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Day in pictures: 16 December 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:41
Images from around the world: 16 December

Russia's Rate Increase Fails To Stop Currency's Steep Decline

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:41

The ruble plunged to a record low against the dollar, today, despite efforts by the Russian central bank to stabilize it.

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Church reveals abuse allegations

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:40
The Catholic Church in Scotland reveals details of abuse allegations made in 2013, of which seven were made against members of the clergy.

Reading set to appoint Clarke

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:38
Championship side Reading are set to appoint former West Brom boss Steve Clarke as their new manager.

Roma pupils 'need more support'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:34
Children from Roma backgrounds in England's schools must be better supported to learn and achieve, a report by the watchdog Ofsted says.

Charity boss in '£800k fraud' arrest

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:28
The head of finance at a homeless charity in Swansea is arrested on suspicion of fraud understood to be £800,000.

Google threatened with £12m fine

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:23
Google has been threatened with a fine of up to 15m euros (£12m) if it does not do a better job of protecting the privacy of Dutch citizens

McDonald's rations chips in Japan

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:11
Fast food company McDonald's is rationing fries in Japan as it struggles to cope with a chip shortage.

Is Courting Controversy An Urban Outfitters Strategy?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:03

Questionable sincerity aside, the recent pileup of apparent missteps by the retailer raises another question: Is the company doing it on purpose?

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PODCAST: Lend me your art

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:00

How the falling price of oil and its effects on the economy might factor into the deliberations of the Federal Reserve this week. And while the economic scars of the recession largely started to heal by 2013 for white Americans, minority Americans are still feeling an acute decline in wealth, according to Federal Reserve data that was crunched by the Pew Research Center. We dig into one of the reasons why: Housing. Plus, while western sanctions bite more deeply into the Russian economy, and there's talk of a new Cold War, the British Museum has stunned the world with an extraordinary gesture.  It's lent a priceless Greek antiquity to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. But why lend to the Russians? 

Referendum vote is deemed a success

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:54
The Scottish independence referendum was "well run" with high levels of voter satisfaction and is an example to be followed, according to the election watchdog.

Nursing assistant suspended sentence

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:54
A nursing assistant at Muckamore Abbey Hospital near Antrim is given a suspended prison sentence for assaulting a mentally-disabled woman she was meant to be caring for.

Design and technology 'marginalised'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:52
Design and technology is being marginalised by curriculum changes, the subject's teachers say.

Briton guilty of Kenyan child abuse

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:49
Ex-teacher Simon Harris is found guilty of sexually abusing children in Kenya after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Microsoft rivals unite over data row

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:44
Apple and eBay are among those supporting Microsoft's stand against handing over data stored in Ireland to the US government.

Taliban Gunmen Storm School, Kill Dozens In Pakistan

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:35

Officials said the death toll stood at 126 more than half of them were students. The school is run by the military and the Taliban said they were retaliating for a recent military offensive.

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England-only votes: the options

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:18
What exactly are the options for votes on English laws?

In pictures: Peshawar school attack

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:10
Taliban gunmen open fire on school in Peshawar

Landlord pub murder accused remanded

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:06
A man accused of murdering a pub landlord on Anglesey appears at Mold Crown Court.

Teen raped woman on his birthday

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:06
A teenager who raped and assaulted a woman outside a nightclub where he was celebrating turning 18 is jailed for five years.

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