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article 20 December 2014 World, United States
North Korea urges joint Sony hack inquiry
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North Korea denies any involvement in the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures and offers to hold a joint inquiry with the United States.

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Sony capitulation to North Korea 'a wake-up call' - video

Everyone in business "has to be worried" about the cyber threat, if a country under strict sanctions like North Korea can force Sony to pull a film, says Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times.

video 20 December 2014 UK

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Shoppers out in force on 'Panic Saturday' - video

Shoppers have been splashing out an average £2 million a minute in a last minute high street frenzy that researchers are calling "Panic Saturday".

video 20 December 2014 UK

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Fishermen widen their nets after EU deal - video

The fisheries minister returned from Brussels this week with a deal that will increase the catch of fish in some areas but see reductions or existing quotas maintained in other parts of the UK.

article 20 December 2014 World, Israel
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Israel launches first Gaza attack since August

Israeli aircraft bomb a Hamas militant base in the Gaza strip, in their first strike in Gaza since a ceasefire was declared four months ago.

video 20 December 2014 World, China

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Cyclist cheats death in China - video

A cyclist miraculously cheats death after being hit by a 14-wheel truck. Local police blamed the driver - who failed to spot the cyclist in his blind spot - for the near-fatal incident.

article 20 December 2014 World, Australia
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Police arrest Cairns mother after multiple child murder

Police in Australia arrest a woman on suspicion of murdering seven of her children, who were found stabbed in her home.

video 20 December 2014 World

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Nasa release on-board video of Orion descent - video

Nasa releases a video of the 'Mars mission' Orion spacecraft breaking through the earth's atmosphere before splashing down on the Pacific Ocean.

video 19 December 2014 UK

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Migrants made '100 attempts a day' to enter UK - video

Figures released under the freedom of information act have revealed that border forces detected almost 12,000 attempts in the four months from the beginning of April to the end of July.

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Record number of A&E patients - video

The 110,000 emergency admissions to England's hospitals last week is an all-time high, making up about a quarter of the total number of patients turning up at A&E.

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Read more from Jackie Long on her blog Who cares after young people leave care?

"They come from a system where they are supposed to be looked after and it feels like they leave the system and they just get left and thrown away."

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Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: where do women serve as combat soldiers?

Some soldiers have criticised moves to allow women into close combat roles in the British Army. But women are already on the front line around the world.

article 19 December 2014 World, United States
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FBI place Sony hacking blame on North Korea

The FBI says it has determined that North Korea was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures, which the White House is treating as a "national security threat".

article 19 December 2014 Ireland
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Viable explosive device found under soldier's car in Armagh

A controlled explosion is carried out on device found under soldier's car in Northern Ireland, while a suspect device is found in a park in Cork

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Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: can paedophiles be cured?

A senior policeman has said some people caught looking at images of child abuse online should get medical help, not a conviction. But is paedophilia an illness?

video 19 December 2014 UK

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'Thrown away': how it feels to spend Christmas on your own

Shalyce Lawrence knows what it's like to spend Christmas day alone. That's why she founded the Topé Project, which brings young care leavers together while most of us are with our families.

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Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Chained in cells: the plight of some of Cambodia's mentally ill

The people of Cambodia have suffered like few others, but according to Father Kevin Conroy there are only 15 beds for psychiatric patients in the entire country.

video 19 December 2014 World, Cambodia

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Caged and chained: Cambodia's mentally ill - video

In a country where mental illness is blamed on bad luck, karma and ghosts, sufferers are often shackled and afraid - forced to live in the shadows. Warning: this film contains disturbing images.

video 19 December 2014 UK

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Dalglish gives emotional Hillsborough testimony - video

Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish has given an emotional testimony at the Hillsborough inquest. He described the "mayhem" inside the stadium during the disaster.

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