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Sydney gunman 'had illegal firearm'

17 hours 21 min ago
Australian police say Sydney cafe attacker Man Haron Monis did not have a gun licence, though they initially told PM Tony Abbott he did.
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Sydney academic resigns over emails

December 17, 2014 - 11:41pm
An Australian professor and government education advisor, Barry Spurr, resigns from the University of Sydney for sending racist emails.
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Avon fined $135m for China bribes

December 17, 2014 - 10:39pm
Beauty company Avon has been fined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for paying bribes and gifts to Chinese officials.
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VIDEO: Reactions to thaw in Cuba-US ties

December 17, 2014 - 9:46pm
The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations is prompting strong reactions from Cubans in Havana and exiles in the US.
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Sony cancels The Interview release

December 17, 2014 - 9:37pm
Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
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'Ringing' rock arches recorded

December 17, 2014 - 8:51pm
America's huge humming arches
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'Vast store' of world's oldest water

December 17, 2014 - 8:25pm
The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.
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UK using less energy, report finds

December 17, 2014 - 7:38pm
People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.
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Sterling was outstanding - Rodgers

December 17, 2014 - 7:37pm
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says criticism of Raheem Sterling is misplaced after he scored twice at Bournemouth.
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Last orders for LA British boozer

December 17, 2014 - 7:33pm
LA's British ex-pat haven the Cat and Fiddle pub goes dark
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The boats of guns for hire against pirates

December 17, 2014 - 7:30pm
The risks and rewards of storing guns at sea
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The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine

December 17, 2014 - 7:27pm
The ordinary Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
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Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers

December 17, 2014 - 6:59pm
A Nigerian court martial in the capital Abuja sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants.
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US stocks surge on Fed statement

December 17, 2014 - 6:52pm
The US Federal Reserve leaves interest rates on hold and says it "can be patient" over any decision to raise them, sending stocks higher.
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Mass grave 'found in eastern Syria'

December 17, 2014 - 6:35pm
The bodies of more than 230 people thought to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.
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VIDEO: 'Buddhist bug' art explores difference

December 17, 2014 - 6:19pm
Artist's colourful search for identity
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'New chapter' in US-Cuba ties

December 17, 2014 - 5:34pm
The US and Cuba announce moves to normalise relations in a major policy shift, following the release by Cuba of US contractor Alan Gross.
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US coach banned for eight years

December 17, 2014 - 5:33pm
American sprinter Tyson Gay's former coach Jon Drummond has been banned for eight years for doping violations.
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VIDEO: Russians splash out to beat rouble fall

December 17, 2014 - 5:28pm
As the Russian rouble falls in value - and prices for imported goods looks set to rise - Russians have been flocking to the stores, to spend their cash on durable goods.
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Greek political crisis: Huge amount at stake

December 17, 2014 - 5:23pm
Greece on knife-edge over presidential vote
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Fransini Giraldo is a Colombian girl who dances her own style of Salsa. In this video, she dances to the rhythm of Sonora Carruseles de Colombia, presumably in the Colombia countryside. Published July 16, 2013.