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Pakistani man gets 26 years in jail for hoax bomb threats

December 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Pakistani Muslims gather at a fairground as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Karachi on 30 July 30, 2014 The hoax calls were made during the busy Eid celebrations in July

A Pakistani man has been given a 26-year jail term for making two hoax bomb threats in two public places in Punjab province in July, prosecutors say.

Pope gunman Mehmet Ali Agca visits John Paul II’s grave

December 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Mehmet Ali Agca holding a wreath of flowers on St. Peter's square in The Vatican from Adnkronos TV on 27 December 2014 The would-be assassin tipped off Italian media ahead of his visit to John Paul II’s tomb on Saturday

Al-Shabab militant Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi ‘surrenders’

December 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Al-Shabab fighters in  Mogadishu, Somalia (5 March 2012) Al-Shabab fighters are increasingly launching cross border attacks in neighbouring Kenya

A top al-Shabab militant, Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi, has given himself up, Somali officials say.

North Korea berates Obama over The Interview release

December 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm
Billboard advertising The Interview (19 December) The Interview was released on Christmas Day, despite threats to movie-goers

North Korea has condemned US President Barack Obama over the release of the film The Interview, about a fictional plot to kill its leader Kim Jong-un.

AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore missing

December 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

A map showing flight QZ8501's flight path

An AirAsia flight travelling from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, the company has said.

France Alps: Snow strands motorists in Savoy

December 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Snow and ice has caused major delays for holiday traffic going to and from ski resorts

Snow and ice in the French Alps have stranded 15,000 vehicles, snarling up holiday traffic to and from ski resorts, French media report.

The country declared an orange weather alert, its second-highest, as local authorities scrambled to put up motorists for the night.

Why are so many drinks flavoured with honey?

December 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm

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Honey has long been in people’s shopping baskets. But why is it increasingly finding its way into bread and alcoholic drinks, asks Luke Jones.

Malaysia flooding: PM Najib Razak pledges extra funds

December 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

The Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, at an evacuation centre following heavy flooding in the country The Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, has visited the worst affected areas

Malaysia has announced an extra 500m ringgit ($142m; £92m) to help victims of the country’s worst flooding in decades.

How the fairytale of New York can become a nightmare

December 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm

By Michael Wendling New York


New York City at Christmas is often considered magical, with the giant Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center, ice-skating at Bryant Park and a stream of department-store Santas up and down Fifth Avenue. But I don’t buy it.

Huge funeral for shot New York policeman Rafael Ramos

December 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Mia Hunt-Pierce sang the national anthem during the service as thousands of police officers watched outside

Tens of thousands of people are attending the funeral in New York of Rafael Ramos, one of the two policemen shot dead a week ago.

Vice-President Joe Biden praised the “finest police department in the world” at the service, attended by police forces from across the US and Canada.

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