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Putin insists rouble will stabilise 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:24:12 GMT 
    President Vladimir Putin insists Russia's under-fire currency will stabilise, but warns the country's economic crisis could last two years.

Nations hail US-Cuba breakthrough 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:11:08 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.

Dismay at Sony film cancellation 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:49:17 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.

'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.

Swiss interest rates turn negative 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:01:53 GMT 
    Switzerland's National Bank says it will introduce a negative interest rate for cash deposits of more than $1m.

Obesity 'is a disability' - EU law 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:02:01 GMT 
    Obesity can constitute a disability, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Nigerian militants 'kidnap dozens' 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:40:16 GMT 
    Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping dozens, a survivor tells the BBC.

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.

North Sea oil sector near 'collapse' 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:38:15 GMT 
    The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".

Myanmar trial over 'Buddha insult' 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:47:09 GMT 
    A New Zealander and two Burmese men go on trial in Myanmar on charges of insulting Buddhism with a flyer for a bar event.

Palestinian peace plan put before UN 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:15:54 GMT 
    A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel is submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan.

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 08:17:53 GMT 
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