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Castro urges US to lift Cuba embargo  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:12:14 GMT
Cuban President Raul Castro urges the US to end its trade embargo after the two countries opened formal talks on restoring diplomatic relations. 
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  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:37:23 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 Nigerian soldiers  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:59:23 GMT
A Nigerian court martial in the capital Abuja sentences 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants. 
Mass grave 'found in eastern Syria'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:35:33 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. 
EU leaders focus on investment boost  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:05:18 GMT
EU leaders are to consider ways to unlock billions of euros of investment and policy on Russia, at a Brussels summit. 
'Vast store' of world's oldest water  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:25:59 GMT
The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report. 
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. 
VIDEO: 'Buddhist bug' art explores difference  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:19:02 GMT
Performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali's Buddhist bug series aims to answer questions about religion, identity and difference