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Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming ...
The protest at the Letpadaung project comes two years after police forcefully dispersed demonstrators at the site. Villagers had complained of health ...
He accused the Curia, which oversees the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism. Francis has made reforming the Vatic...

World

BBC
Ten people are injured as a van is driven into a Christmas market in Nantes, French officials say....
Six people have been killed and eight others injured after an out-of-control bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in central Glasgow....
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70....
At least 26 people have been killed in bombings in two major cities in northern Nigeria, with commuters and shoppers targeted, witnesses say....
The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican....

Europe

BBC
Ten people are injured as a van is driven into a Christmas market in Nantes, French officials say....
Six people have been killed and eight others injured after an out-of-control bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in central Glasgow....
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70....
The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican....
Alstom agree to pay $772m in criminal penalties to settle charges with the US Department of Justice....

Canada

CBC
The federal government will start issuing open work permits to help the spouses of Canadians already living in the country but waiting...
A man has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping in the severe beating of a child on the Paul Fi...
The federal government's monthly deficit expanded to $3.2 billion in October, about $700 million higher than the same month a year ago...
Average weekly earnings in Canada grew 2.8 per cent in the year to October, to an average of $942 a week, according to Statistics Cana...
BlackBerry is hoping not only to return to the hearts and minds of smartphone users but, starting next year, the company wants to get ...

Australia-Pacific

ABC
War veterans seeking to heal the physical and mental scars of conflict and inspire others will be among the competitors in this year's Sydney to Hobar...
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says he wants to keep his job with the top-selling rock band and allegations he tried to hire a hitman are "ludicrous". ...
The local share market is finally finishing higher than where it started this year, after a strong rally at the close of trade pushed the All Ordinari...

Middle East

BBC
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....
Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia...
Sex-slavery trauma of Yazidis seized by Islamic State...
Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices....
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani praises Peshmerga fighters on a visit to Mount Sinjar, claiming a "large area" of Sinjar has been retaken from Is...

Asia-Pacific

BBC
China launches an investigation into former President Hu Jintao's top aide, state media report, after he is accused of "disciplinary violations"....
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber-attacks....
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...
The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is charged with a drug offence, Chinese prosecutors say, and could now face three years in jail....
Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga to return from injury for the latter stages of the one-day international series against New Zealand....

South-Asia

BBC
China launches an investigation into former President Hu Jintao's top aide, state media report, after he is accused of "disciplinary violations"....
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber-attacks....
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...
The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is charged with a drug offence, Chinese prosecutors say, and could now face three years in jail....
Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga to return from injury for the latter stages of the one-day international series against New Zealand....

Business

BBC
Alstom agree to pay $772m in criminal penalties to settle charges with the US Department of Justice....
Russia's former finance minister warns the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year....
Where will the oil price settle?...
Chancellor George Osborne confirms that the rigging of foreign exchange rates and other financial benchmarks will become a criminal offence....
The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014 following the £250m mis-statement of its profits....
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