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Gunman kills two New York policemen  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:27:33 GMT
A gunman with an apparent grudge against the US police shoots dead two officers in a patrol car in New York before killing himself. 
Tunisia holds landmark election  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:22:02 GMT
Tunisia, whose 2011 uprising inspired the Arab Spring, holds a presidential run-off whose winner will be the country's first freely elected leader. 
US insists North Korea behind hack  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:27:57 GMT
The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack. 
Mother charged with Cairns murders  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:04:03 GMT
Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece. 
Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:46:45 GMT
Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. 
'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot in France  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:56:05 GMT
Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic. 
Muhammad Ali down with pneumonia  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:19:30 GMT
Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says. 
Jordan ends death penalty moratorium  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:13:36 GMT
Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty. 
Cuba 'will stay on' communist path  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:23:11 GMT
Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system. 
Russians 'will not cave in' to West  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:59 GMT
Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. 
Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:02:12 GMT
Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony. 
Lockerbie bomber's guilt reaffirmed  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:05:08 GMT
Scotland's top prosecutor says there is no evidence to suggest Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is innocent. 
VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:44:46 GMT
The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year. 
VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:11:53 GMT
Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s. 
VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:19:55 GMT
Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers. 
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Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Mild Pneumonia  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:33:00 -0500
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Gunman kills two New York policemen  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:27:33 GMT
Tunisia holds landmark election  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:22:02 GMT
US insists North Korea behind hack  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:27:57 GMT
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