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Peshawar spurs Pakistan executions

December 19, 2014 - 1:50pm
Pakistan carries out its first executions since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre.
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Belarus moves to protect currency

December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm
Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.
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Greek MP alleges 3m euro vote bribe

December 19, 2014 - 1:01pm
A Greek MP says he was offered a bribe worth 3m euros in order to vote for the government's candidate in a critical presidential vote.
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Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas

December 19, 2014 - 12:54pm
Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.
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Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor

December 19, 2014 - 12:51pm
One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.
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Lineker criticises Fifa 'farce'

December 19, 2014 - 12:43pm
Former England striker Gary Lineker says the way Fifa is running world football is a "farce" and "hugely depressing".
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Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia

December 19, 2014 - 12:36pm
The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.
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Nigeria court backs prisoners' vote

December 19, 2014 - 12:31pm
A court in Nigeria rules that all prisoners should be able to vote, with general elections looming in February 2015.
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Cook removed as England ODI captain

December 19, 2014 - 12:00pm
Alastair Cook is replaced by Eoin Morgan as England's one-day captain, less than two months before the World Cup.
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Toddler's parents cleared of murder

December 19, 2014 - 11:43am
The parents of Levi-Blu Cassin are cleared of his murder at Birmingham Crown Court - but convicted of causing or allowing his death.
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Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014

December 19, 2014 - 11:42am
The best news photos from around the world
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VIDEO: Iraqi soldiers 'fighting for their lives'

December 19, 2014 - 11:30am
Quentin Sommerville reports from the Ain al-Asad airbase - a linchpin in the battle against Islamic State for Iraq's Anbar province.
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China rules against 'gay therapy'

December 19, 2014 - 11:28am
China orders a psychological clinic to pay compensation to a gay man who was given electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual.
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Plea by parents of Aurora accused

December 19, 2014 - 11:19am
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.
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Eight children found dead in Cairns

December 19, 2014 - 10:50am
Eight children are found dead at a home in Cairns, Australia, reportedly after stabbings, with the mother of at least seven suffering stab wounds.
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VIDEO: Cubans react to 'sweeping change'

December 19, 2014 - 10:50am
World leaders have welcomed a historic move by the US to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Cuba and restore diplomatic relations, but, what does it mean for Cubans?
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Pakistan school massacre: Who are the dead?

December 19, 2014 - 10:43am
The BBC profiles victims of the Taliban school massacre
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Kenya leader signs tough security law

December 19, 2014 - 10:40am
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday.
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Pakistan army 'kills 59 Taliban'

December 19, 2014 - 10:37am
Pakistan's military says it has killed 59 Taliban militants in several operations, days after the Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar.
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VIDEO: Greenpeace to aid Nazca Lines inquiry

December 19, 2014 - 10:21am
Greenpeace will co-operate with an investigation by a Peruvian court to determine responsibility for damage caused by activists at the Nazca Lines, the group's chief executive says.
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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.