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North Korea threatens US over Sony  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:39:13 GMT
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks. 
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. 
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. 
New York killer boasted to onlookers  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:41 GMT
The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public to "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the attack, police say. 
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. 
S Korea holds cyber drill after hack  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:03:11 GMT
South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker. 
IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:09:33 GMT
Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say. 
Tunisia candidate refuses to concede  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:25:47 GMT
Caretaker leader Moncef Marzouki refuses to admit defeat in Tunisia's presidential election after exit polls suggest a win for Beji Caid Essebsi. 
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. 
Abbott: House bill cut helped women  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:27:36 GMT
Australian PM Tony Abbott is criticised for saying that women benefitted from his scrapping of a carbon tax, as they were "particularly focused on the household budget". 
City workers expect bigger bonuses  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:15:52 GMT
Senior workers in London's financial services sector are expecting an average 21% rise in their bonus payouts for this year, a survey found. 
Austrian crooner Udo Juergens dies  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:41:02 GMT
Udo Juergens, one of the best-known pop stars in the German-speaking world and winner of Eurovision in 1966, dies at the age of 80. 
VIDEO: Elton and David's social media marriage  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:33:12 GMT
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have officially married, nine years after they held their civil partnership ceremony. 
VIDEO: 2bn euro lottery drawn in Madrid  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:50:23 GMT
The draw for the world's biggest lottery, El Gordo, is underway in Madrid with total prize pool of €2.5 billion ($3bn) 
VIDEO: Testing out a hoverboard  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:06:09 GMT
The BBC's Richard Taylor tests out a hoverboard that uses magnetic levitation.