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Sony hack is 'US security issue' 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:49:09 GMT 
    The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.

Kurds 'break IS mountain siege' 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:29:20 GMT 
    Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Carbon mission returns global maps 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:20 GMT 
    Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.

Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick' 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:14:29 GMT 
    Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".

Putin seeks to ease economic fears 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:32:43 GMT 
    President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.

US Secret Service is too 'insular' 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:49:11 GMT 
    The agency guarding the US president is too insular and must recruit its next head externally, a review prompted by a White House security breach says.

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT 
    Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.

'200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:47:28 GMT 
    Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor tells the BBC.

EU needs 'long-term' Russia strategy 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:36:30 GMT 
    The European Union needs a "plan for years" towards Russia, Donald Tusk says, chairing his first summit as European Council president.

Wilders faces charges of incitement 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:51:11 GMT 
    Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is to be tried on charges of inciting racial hatred against Moroccans in a speech, the authorities say.

Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:59 GMT 
    Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78.

New record depth for deepest fish 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:01:55 GMT 
    Fish are filmed more than 8,000m down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.

VIDEO: CAR: Child soldier numbers 'doubles' 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:47:14 GMT 
    International relief organisations say thousands of children have been recruited as child soldiers in the Central African Republic.

VIDEO: Sony scraps The Interview worldwide 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:25:28 GMT 
    A cyber attack on Sony Pictures that forced the cancellation of a major film release is being seen as a serious national security matter, the US says.

VIDEO: Historic portraits with a modern twist 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:24:18 GMT 
    Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop tells Focus on Africa why he reinvented some historic paintings with a playful touch of his very own.
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