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Clarke could return for World Cup

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:38
Australia captain Michael Clarke says he could return from injury in time for the World Cup, which starts in February.

FTSE higher after Wall Street rally

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:34
London's leading shares edge higher on Wednesday as the market's last session before Christmas begins.

Obama Administration Downplays Court Challenge To Health Law

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:25

With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.

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Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:24

Linking sports and the Christmas spirit is a true challenge, says commentator Frank Deford. "The idea of sports is to beat the other fellow," he says, "while the idea of Christmas is to be giving."

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How to track Father Christmas online

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:23
Combine technology with your imagination and you can track Santa's progress as he delivers presents to children worldwide.

Christmas In Liberia: Ebola Fears, No Snow, Holiday Spirit

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:23

The deadly virus has cast a shadow over the country. Nonetheless, many Liberians are determined to have a happy Christmas and a hopeful new year.

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For Syria's President, The Year Ends Better Than It Began

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:22

Syria's civil war is still raging with no end in sight. But Bashar Assad remains entrenched in Damascus and many argue his position improved over the year as the U.S. began bombing the Islamic State.

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The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:20

Commercial airlines earned nearly $20 billion in profits this year. They're using the cash to buy new planes, update facilities and add amenities — but not all of those new comforts will be free.

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Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Threaten To Bust Prison Budgets

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:18

Inmates in the U.S. have a high rate of infection with chronic hepatitis C — up to 35 percent or more by some estimates. New drugs introduced this year can cure the disease quickly, but at a cost.

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BBC Sport's Christmas quiz 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:06
Gold medals, 'photobombs' and Usain Bolt dancing - how much do you remember about the sporting year?

Somers feared for Rangers board role

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:01
David Somers was worried he would lose his Rangers chairmanship if Dave King's consortium succeeded with a funding offer.

Appeal after woman, 90, hit by car

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:01
Police appeal for witnesses after a 90-year-old woman is critically injured when she was hit by a car in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Shinzo Abe re-elected Japan PM

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 23:00
Japanese MPs re-elect Shinzo Abe to serve another term as prime minister after his landslide victory in snap elections this month.

Planned NHS cash changes spark anger

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 22:51
Hospital specialists say proposed NHS England funding changes could lead to people dying unnecessarily if they are implemented.

Food bank use jumps 20% in Wales

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 22:41
The number of people using food banks in Wales jumps by 20%, according to latest figures for 2014.

VIDEO: Iraqi Christian refugees' Christmas

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 22:32
The oldest Christian communities in the world come from the Middle East, but their numbers are dwindling as Iraqi Christian are forced to flee their homeland.

Scottish cook takes Masterchef title

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 22:14
Jamie Scott, a sous-chef from Arbroath in Angus, has been crowned the winner of this year's MasterChef: The Professionals.

VIDEO: Four die in Mississippi storm

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 21:49
Authorities in Mississippi have declared a state of emergency after a tornado tore through the south of the state.

Three e-cigarette TV adverts banned

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 21:44
Three television adverts for electronic cigarettes are banned, just weeks after a change in rules allowed people to be shown using them.

VIDEO: Santa Claus's Turkish roots

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-23 21:43
The BBC's Mark Lowen visited the southern Turkish town of Demre to trace the roots of old Santa.