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'Injured parrot' was Christmas hat  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:00:17 GMT
A woman is left "mortified" after calling in the Scottish SPCA to rescue an injured parrot that turned out to be a Christmas hat. 
China to send troops to South Sudan  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:42:44 GMT
China says 700 troops are ready to be deployed to South Sudan to bolster a UN peacekeeping force in the world's newest state. 
Pakistan arrests over school attack  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:45:44 GMT
Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar. 
Driver attacks French pedestrians  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:59:31 GMT
A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say. 
Argentine town bans beauty contests  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:50:23 GMT
A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist. 
Oil price fall 'not Opec's fault'  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:54:12 GMT
Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices. 
US mulls putting NK on terror list  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:27:26 GMT
The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. 
Child abuse inquiry overhaul urged  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:38:27 GMT
Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body. 
Man dies in police Taser shooting  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:50:22 GMT
A man dies after being shot by police with a Taser during a suspected burglary in Staffordshire. 
Tesco accounts face fresh inquiry  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:27:07 GMT
The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014 following the £250m mis-statement of its profits. 
Parties say progress made in talks  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:58:12 GMT
First Minister Peter Robinson says he believes that there is "real money on the table" from Westminster as cross-party talks continue at Stormont. 
Day in pictures: 22 December 2014  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:57:04 GMT
Images from around the world: 22 December 
Brighton Winter Solstice in pictures  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:59:19 GMT
Brighton's annual Burning the Clocks 
Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:43 GMT
News photo from around the world 
Picture power: Doused with milk  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:12:51 GMT
Treated for the effects of pepper spray 
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