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Tunisia veteran claims election win 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:02:25 GMT 
    Beji Caid Essebsi claims victory in Tunisia's first free presidential election, with exit polls suggesting he won more than 55% of the vote

New York killer boasted to onlookers 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:24:56 GMT 
    The gunman who shot dead two New York policemen told people "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the killings, police say.

Driver attacks French pedestrians 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:36:20 GMT 
    A driver shouting the Islamic phrase "God is great" in Arabic runs down pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring 11, French media say.

S Korea holds cyber drill after hack 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:03:11 GMT 
    South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.

Pakistan arrests over school attack 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:45:44 GMT 
    Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.

US mulls putting NK on terror list 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:27:26 GMT 
    The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

Argentine court grants rights to ape 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:05:08 GMT 
    A court in Argentina rules that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans.

Cairns murders: Court plea rejected 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:34:46 GMT 
    A woman charged with the murders of eight children in the Australian city of Cairns has failed to have her case transferred to a mental health court.

Argentine town bans beauty contests 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:50:23 GMT 
    A town in Argentina becomes the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions in its traditional festivities, arguing they are sexist.

Oil price fall 'not Opec's fault' 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:54:12 GMT 
    Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.

Elton John and David Furnish marry 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:34:33 GMT 
    Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage - with the musician documenting the day on the Instagram website.

VIDEO: Testing out a hoverboard 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:06:09 GMT 
    The BBC's Richard Taylor tests out a hoverboard that uses magnetic levitation.

VIDEO: What is the winter solstice? 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:26:22 GMT 
    In the United Kingdom the solstice is a little after 11pm on 21 December this year.

VIDEO: Elton and David's social media marriage 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:33:12 GMT 
    Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have officially married, nine years after they held their civil partnership ceremony.

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  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:35:48 GMT 
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