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Pope Francis criticism stuns Vatican  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:00:39 GMT
The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican. 
Pakistan ready to ramp up executions  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:51:37 GMT
More than 50 people convicted of terrorism in Pakistan face imminent execution after the president rejected mercy petitions, officials say. 
Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:57:08 GMT
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70. 
Van driven into shoppers in France  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:56:04 GMT
Ten people are injured as a van is driven into shoppers at a Christmas market in Nantes, officials say, with reports the driver then stabbed himself. 
UN discusses N Korea human rights  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:19:19 GMT
The UN Security Council begins a rare discussion of North Korea's human rights situation, despite objections from Russia and China. 
Six people killed in bin lorry crash  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:20:07 GMT
Six people have been killed and eight others injured after an out-of-control bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in central Glasgow. 
Essebsi wins Tunisia president vote  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:09:59 GMT
Beji Caid Essebsi is confirmed as winner of Tunisia's first free presidential poll, but critics say this marks the return of the old regime. 
China investigates ex-leader's aide  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:59:49 GMT
China launches an investigation into former President Hu Jintao's top aide, state media report, after he is accused of "disciplinary violations". 
New York mayor urges city to heal  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:46:05 GMT
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged his city to heal and support the families of two police officers that were shot dead on Saturday. 
Rouble rallies despite crisis warning  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:50:34 GMT
Russia's former finance minister warns the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year. 
Fifa holds secret talks with Blatter  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:55:08 GMT
Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body. 
Alstom to pay US $772m bribery fine  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:48:14 GMT
Alstom agree to pay $772m in criminal penalties to settle charges with the US Department of Justice. 
NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:22:04 GMT
A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says. 
Deadly twin bombings hit Nigeria  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:15:55 GMT
At least 26 people have been killed in bombings in two major cities in northern Nigeria, with commuters and shoppers targeted, witnesses say. 
Spanish princess to face fraud trial  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:40:55 GMT
The Spanish king's sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's dealings.