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What Happened on 05 November 2014

Britain not putting enough pressure on China: Chris Patten

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, has said the UK was not putting sufficient pressure on China… Read More.

Catalonia pledges to hold independence vote

Catalonia’s government says it will go ahead with a symbolic independence vote, defying both Madrid and a court order, as… Read More.

Setback for Obama as Republicans win control of Senate

The US Senate is now in control of the Republicans after mid-term elections that may diminish the clout of Barack… Read More.

Poroshenko orders army reinforcements to key cities in Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, has ordered troops to important cities in the south and east to ward off any possible… Read More.

Australia to contract private firm to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

Australia will contract a private medical firm to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, Tony Abbot said. The prime minister said… Read More.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un walks without stick

Photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un showing him walking without a stick have been published in the state-controlled media… Read More.

Virgin Galactic pilot unlocked device early, say investigators

Investigators say that the SpaceShipTwo pilot who was killed in the crash over California’s Mojave desert moved a device meant for… Read More.

Christian couple beaten to death in Pakistan

In an instance of rising community based violence against minorities, a Christian couple, both brick-kiln workers, was beaten to death… Read More.

Real Madrid defeat Liverpool 1-0

A 27th-minute goal by Frenchman Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid to a well-fought 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a Champions… Read More.

Government user data requests increased by 24%, says Facebook

Government requests for social networking giant Facebook’s user data rose by a quarter in the first half of 2014 compared… Read More.

Venture capitalists back gay 'hook-up' app in China

Venture capitalists have reportedly invested $30 million in an app used by Chinese gay men to hook up.  Blued, which… Read More.

Helen Macdonald wins Samuel Johnson prize

Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk has won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.   The jury described it as… Read More.