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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.


'100 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:08:29 GMT 
    Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping at least 100, a survivor tells the BBC.


Dismay at Sony film cancellation 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:01:17 GMT 
    Hollywood stars say Sony's cancellation of The Interview, a comedy film about a plot to kill North Korea's leader, is a "victory" for hackers who threatened cinemas.


Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:26:29 GMT 
    Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules.


Pakistan bails Mumbai attack suspect 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:12:42 GMT 
    A man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which left 165 people dead. is granted bail by a court in Pakistan.


Swiss interest rate to turn negative 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:57:25 GMT 
    Switzerland's National Bank says it will introduce in a negative interest rate on cash deposits of more than $10m.


Kenyan MPs brawl over security bill 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:10:53 GMT 
    Kenyan MPs trade blows and the deputy speaker has water thrown on her amid a chaotic parliamentary session called to push through changes to a tough new security bill.


Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:27:20 GMT 
    World leaders welcome an agreement between the US and Cuba to end more than 50 years of hostility and move towards restoring diplomatic ties.


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.


US boy's 1944 conviction overturned 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:13:33 GMT 
    A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago.


China village 'shuns' boy with HIV 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:35:19 GMT 
    About 200 villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to "isolate" an HIV-positive eight-year-old, report local media.


Sydney gunman 'had illegal firearm' 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:51 GMT 
    Australian police say Sydney cafe attacker Man Haron Monis did not have a gun licence, though they initially told PM Tony Abbott he did.


VIDEO: Contemporary art on show in DR Congo 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:43:11 GMT 
    The Democratic Republic of Congo is hosting its first ever contemporary arts biennial where local talent Freddy Tsimba will display his work.


VIDEO: Talking Movies' top 10 films of 2014 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:09:41 GMT 
    As the end of 2014 draws near, Talking Movies' Tom Brook picks his top 10 films that have been released in the past year.


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  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:44:34 GMT 
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