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Christians gather in Bethlehem

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:21
Christians from across the world are gathering in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to mark Christmas Eve in the place they believe Jesus was born.

Sony To Stream 'The Interview' On YouTube, Other Sites Starting Today

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:09

The studio said the comedy will also be available to rent on Google Play Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website at a price of $5.99. It's also being shown in more than 200 theaters.

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Son's Death 'Doesn't Make Any Sense,' Say Antonio Martin's Parents

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:08

Toni Martin-Green came forward last night to say it was her son who had been shot and killed in Berkeley, Missouri. Today, she says, "I am trying to remain calm."

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Order is critical of NI Secretary

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:04
The Orange Order accuses Secretary of State Theresa Villiers of showing contempt towards it and unionist parties, after the Northern Ireland Office says it will not set up a panel to examine a north Belfast parade dispute.

VIDEO: Showbiz lessons for budding pastors

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:30
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the unemployment rate is extremely high, and one of the safest career paths, is to become a priest or pastor.

Life-term NI prisoner is missing

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:30
The Prison Service says that a man who is serving a life sentence for murder has failed to return to Maghaberry prison in County Antrim.

Two arrested over donkey attack

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:27
Two youths arrested after Cheeky the donkey is left wounded at a community farm in Cwmbran.

Contractor Freed By Cuba Will Get $3.2M From U.S.

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:23

A USAID official confirmed the payment to Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. It's part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company for which he worked at the time of his arrest.

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US to pay freed Cuba prisoner $3.2m

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:13
American Alan Gross, freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail, is to receive $3.2m (£2m) from the US government.

A Very Native American Christmas

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:11

For some Native Americans, Christmas has been a time for decorated trees, Santa Claus and lots of old traditions.

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Quiz: Students at the bar haven’t bounced back

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:09

Law school enrollment declined again in 2014.

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New inquest into army killings

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:06
The Northern Ireland Attorney General John Larkin directs that new inquests into the deaths of people killed by the British Army in west Belfast in 1972 are to be opened.

Israel officials in corruption probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 06:43
Israeli police say they are investigating at least 30 public officials over alleged corruption, following a year-long inquiry.

Two killed in Manchester hit and run

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 06:36
A 45-year-old man dies after being critically injured following a hit and run in Manchester that also killed a 37-year-old woman.

Zambian guide shows how to take on a charging elephant

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 06:33
A Zambian wildlife guide who stood in front of an aggressive elephant and commanded it to "get back" has been widely praised by the British school pupils he protected, writes the BBC's Alastair Lawson.

Aussies have mental edge - Hazlewood

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 06:32
Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood says Australia have a mental edge over India ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Teacher Wins $150,000 Prize — And Donates It All To Her School

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 05:54

Nikki Bollerman recently won a contest that gave books to her students. The third grade teacher, 26, decided the cash that came with it should also go to her school.

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Hong Kong crash sparks money grab

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 05:51
Dozens of people pocket millions of Hong Kong dollars after a van crashes on a major road, spreading banknotes across the tarmac.

25 Years After Death, A Dictator Still Casts A Shadow In Romania

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 05:44

Nicolae Ceausescu ruled with an iron fist for 25 years until he was overthrown and executed on Christmas Day in 1989. A quarter-century after his ouster, the country is still dealing with his legacy.

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Russia reveals Ukraine 'MH17 witness'

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 05:35
Russian investigators say they have evidence Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 may have been downed by a Ukrainian pilot, but Kiev rejects it as fake.