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Obama vows response to Sony hack  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:35:02 GMT
President Barack Obama vows to respond to North Korea's alleged cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, and calls the decision to cancel the film a mistake. 
Peshawar spurs Pakistan executions  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:38 GMT
Pakistan carries out its first executions since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre. 
Fifa agrees to release Garcia report  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:55:25 GMT
Fifa changes its mind and agrees to publish a "legally appropriate version" of a disputed report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption. 
Turkey issues warrant for Gulen  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:57:09 GMT
Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement. 
Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:26 GMT
The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble. 
Eight children found dead in Cairns  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:50:23 GMT
Eight children are found dead at a home in Cairns, Australia, reportedly after stabbings, with the mother of at least seven suffering stab wounds. 
China rules against 'gay therapy'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:28:10 GMT
China orders a psychological clinic to pay compensation to a gay man who was given electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual. 
Kenya leader signs tough security law  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:03 GMT
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday. 
Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:37:31 GMT
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants. 
Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:51:45 GMT
One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say. 
Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices. 
Mandy Rice-Davies dies aged 70  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:44:54 GMT
Former UK model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, has died from cancer at the age of 70, her publicist says. 
VIDEO: 'Exhausted workforce' in Apple factory  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:02:34 GMT
A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China. 
VIDEO: Spectacular spire climb filmed  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:17:13 GMT
Cathedral conservators film themselves scaling Britain's highest spire to repair weather meter. 
VIDEO: Girl hears Christmas for first time  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:29:47 GMT
It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.