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Zola appointed Cagliari head coach

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 10:50
Gianfranco Zola, the former West Ham and Watford manager, is appointed head coach of Serie A side Cagliari.

VIDEO: Cash grab as millions spill on to road

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 10:01
Shoppers and motorists in Hong Kong tried to grab notes which spilled from a cash van on to the busy Gloucester Road near the city's financial district.

Suspension in SA 'renditions' case

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 09:39
A top South African policeman is suspended over allegations that he was involved in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans.

Would You Like Health Insurance With Those Stocking Stuffers?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 09:35

While shoppers rush to the mall to pick up the last neckties and Transformers for Christmas, health officials are trying to pitch them on an unconventional gift this holiday season: health insurance.

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U.S. Strikes Have Killed 1,100 ISIS Fighters and Cost $1 Billion

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 09:27

Spending exceeds $8 million per day. Operation Inherent Resolve, as the U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State is known, is getting its own inspector general to oversee government costs.

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Newry man claims £1.7m lottery prize

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 09:20
A farm shop owner from Newry, County Down, is celebrating after claiming more than £1.7m with a winning ticket on the National Lottery.

Prince plays Christmas Eve football

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 09:01
Prince Harry shows off his football skills in a festive match for workers at the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

China's Fierce Anti-Corruption Crackdown: An Insider's View

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:51

China's president has pushed hard to combat corruption. But he's meeting resistance from some bureaucrats who say their incomes have fallen because bribes are less common.

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E-cigarettes sold in prison shops

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:44
Prisoners are being allowed to smoke e-cigarettes as part of a pilot scheme that could lead to a smoking ban in jails.

Police attacked during town trouble

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:38
Four people are arrested in Newcastle, County Down, after police are attacked during sporadic fighting, with kit including CS spray being lost and stolen.

Italy steps in to save steel plant

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:28
The Italian government intervenes in the management of the Ilva steel plant, in an attempt to reform the beleaguered business.

Sony to release The Interview online

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:27
Sony Pictures is to distribute its film The Interview online, after a cyber-attack and a row over its release.

Christians gather in Bethlehem

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:21
Christians from across the world are gathering in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to mark Christmas Eve in the place they believe Jesus was born.

Sony To Stream 'The Interview' On YouTube, Other Sites Starting Today

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:09

The studio said the comedy will also be available to rent on Google Play Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website at a price of $5.99. It's also being shown in more than 200 theaters.

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Son's Death 'Doesn't Make Any Sense,' Say Antonio Martin's Parents

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:08

Toni Martin-Green came forward last night to say it was her son who had been shot and killed in Berkeley, Missouri. Today, she says, "I am trying to remain calm."

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Order is critical of NI Secretary

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:04
The Orange Order accuses Secretary of State Theresa Villiers of showing contempt towards it and unionist parties, after the Northern Ireland Office says it will not set up a panel to examine a north Belfast parade dispute.

VIDEO: Showbiz lessons for budding pastors

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:30
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the unemployment rate is extremely high, and one of the safest career paths, is to become a priest or pastor.

Life-term NI prisoner is missing

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:30
The Prison Service says that a man who is serving a life sentence for murder has failed to return to Maghaberry prison in County Antrim.

Two arrested over donkey attack

BBC - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:27
Two youths arrested after Cheeky the donkey is left wounded at a community farm in Cwmbran.

Contractor Freed By Cuba Will Get $3.2M From U.S.

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:23

A USAID official confirmed the payment to Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. It's part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company for which he worked at the time of his arrest.

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