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VIDEO: Lonely at Christmas: A friendly voice

BBC - Wed, 2013-12-25 02:19
Every year charities such as Silver Line work hard to make sure those who are lonely have someone to talk to - and it can make a huge difference, as Dorothy Masters explains.

Chinese smugglers 'dig tunnel to HK'

BBC - Wed, 2013-12-25 02:06
China uncovers a tunnel from the mainland to Hong Kong, apparently built by gangs aiming to smuggle mobile phones and other electric goods.

VIDEO: Carols and music at Camp Bastion

BBC - Wed, 2013-12-25 01:56
Entertainment, presents and a full Christmas dinner are among the home comforts being provided for the 5,000 British service personnel on tour in Afghanistan.

Curbishley handed key Fulham post

BBC - Wed, 2013-12-25 01:45
Alan Curbishley becomes Fulham's first-team technical director more than five years after leaving West Ham.

VIDEO: Astronauts repair ISS cooling pump

BBC - Wed, 2013-12-25 01:41
Astronauts on board the International Space Station have successfully repaired the facility's cooling system during a seven-hour spacewalk on Christmas Eve.

Cook keen to right England's wrongs

BBC - Wed, 2013-12-25 01:29
England skipper Alastair Cook says his side's successes last summer may have hidden serious flaws in both the team and his captaincy.

Keep in touch with the BBC Sport app

BBC - Wed, 2013-12-25 01:15
The BBC Sport app will keep you in touch wherever you are with our comprehensive sports coverage on mobiles and tablets.

Service for murdered church organist

BBC - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:31
An evening service is held on a Sheffield street where a church organist was murdered last Christmas Eve.

No Rest For Ye Merry NBA Players This Christmas

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:23

Pro sports have become almost part and parcel of major American holidays. The NBA's Christmas Day lineup this year has grown to a whopping 13 straight hours of nationally televised games.

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Why We Hold Tight To Our Family's Holiday Food Traditions

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:22

We asked for stories of the holiday food traditions your family cherishes. And we learned that many of you are reviving special dishes this year to pay tribute to your heritage and ancestors.

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Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:21

As the city tries to emerge from bankruptcy, the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Arts — a collection appraised at more than $850 million — might wind up on the auction block. But a federal judge mediating Detroit's bankruptcy has a plan that just might keep the art in the city — and reduce cuts to retirees' pensions.

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How House Speaker Boehner Survived A Roller-Coaster Year

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:17

Speaker of the House John Boehner's year began with members of his own party trying to oust him from the speakership. Thus began a year of rocky relations with the Tea Party wing of the House Republican caucus. But by year's end, Boehner was firmly in control of his gavel.

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What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope)

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:16

Students thinking about the road ahead for transportation imagine everything from flying cars and hovercraft to crowdsourced car design and driverless vehicles. A key part of planning, says one expert, is that changes must not only make life better for commuters, they must also be done in a way "that this planet can support."

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All Thousands Want For Christmas Is Electricity

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-24 23:12

A half-million utility customers — from Maine to Michigan and into Canada — lost power in an ice storm last weekend. One utility called it the worst storm during Christmas week in its history. Repair crews were working around the clock to restore service.

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S Sudan mediation efforts stepped up

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-24 22:02
International efforts are intensifying to end bloodshed in South Sudan, where thousands of people are feared to have died in the past 10 days.

VIDEO: Dozens dead in South American floods

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-24 21:06
At least 30 people have been killed after torrential rain caused flooding in two of Brazil's south-eastern states.

VIDEO: Asia's Christmas Day celebrations

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-24 21:04
Christmas Day is being celebrated by people in countries across Asia, including Pakistan, Cambodia and Afghanistan.

Ex-N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer And Wife End Two-Decade Marriage

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-24 20:23

Eliot Spitzer and wife Silda Wall Spitzer made the announcement Tuesday. She stood by his side in 2008 when he resigned after admitting he paid for sex with prostitutes.

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Aid pledged to Brazil flood-hit area

BBC - Tue, 2013-12-24 20:15
Floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in south-eastern Brazil kill at least 30 people and force thousands from their homes.

Drummer Ricky Lawson, 59, Dies After Aneurism

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-24 20:03

Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59.

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