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'New chapter' in US-Cuba ties 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:34:05 GMT 
    The US and Cuba announce moves to normalise relations in a major policy shift, following the release by Cuba of US contractor Alan Gross.


Farc rebels declare unilateral truce 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:50:43 GMT 
    Colombia's Farc rebels declare a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period of time, but the government is yet to respond to the move.


Sony cancels The Interview release 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:40:15 GMT 
    Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.


Death penalty for Nigeria soldiers 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:48:48 GMT 
    Nigerian court martial sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusal to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants


Mass grave 'found in eastern Syria' 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:17:26 GMT 
    The bodies of more than 230 people thought to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists say.


Fifa investigator Garcia resigns 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:18:00 GMT 
    Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest over the handling of his World Cup bidding report.


New York bans fracking due to risk 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:06:17 GMT 
    Fracking, the controversial method of oil and gas development, will be banned in New York state after a report concludes the process poses "significant public health risks".


Sharif vow to end Pakistan terrorism 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:32:03 GMT 
    Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after the Taliban killed 141 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.


Russia plans new action over rouble 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:32:12 GMT 
    Russia says it is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble after its slump against the dollar.


Taliban kill 10 in Afghan bank raid 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:12:41 GMT 
    Ten people are killed and many more wounded as Taliban militants attack a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say.


UK army murder claims 'were lies' 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:40 GMT 
    Allegations of murder and torture made against British soldiers by Iraqi detainees after a 2004 battle were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.


Oil price forces new Nigeria budget 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:06:15 GMT 
    The prolonged slump in the price of oil forces oil-export dependent Nigeria to revise its budget plans, prompting its currency to fall to a record low.


VIDEO: Why was Alan Gross jailed in Cuba? 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:36:36 GMT 
    The US and Cuba have struck a prisoner swap deal that involves the release of American Alan Gross and three Cubans, US officials have announced.


VIDEO: US navy develops 'fish' robot 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:18:22 GMT 
    The US military has been showing off its latest catch.


VIDEO: Russians splash out to beat rouble fall 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:28:42 GMT 
    As the Russian rouble falls in value - and prices for imported goods looks set to rise - Russians have been flocking to the stores, to spend their cash on durable goods.
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