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What Happened on 16 December 2014

Tony Abbott pays tribute to victims of Sydney café siege

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott paid tribute to the two victims of the Sydney café siege who lost their lives… Read More.

Anti-Islam march held in German city

Around 10,000 people marched in eastern Germany’s Dresden city against what they call the "Islamisation of the West". Another demonstration… Read More.

'US must lead the way on torture policy'

Actress and director Angelina Jolie says that the United States must lead the way against torture.   A US Senate… Read More.

Erdogan slams EU criticism over media arrests

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit out at the EU for criticizing the mass arrests of journalists. He… Read More.

Abe restates goal of rewriting Japan's pacifist constitution

Shinzo Abe, who has been re-elected as Japan’s prime minister, has expressed his determination to go ahead with rewriting the… Read More.

Russia's central bank hikes interest rate to 17%

Russia’s central bank has hiked interest rates by 6.5 percentage points to 17% to prevent the rouble’s freefall. The drastic… Read More.

McDonald's Japan forced to restrict fries

Over 3,000 McDonald’s outlets in Japan are selling only small-sized portions of fries after major delays hit imports of the… Read More.

China's factory activity shows year-end contraction

A private survey has indicated that China’s manufacturing activity has contracted as the year draws to a close. The initial… Read More.

Premier League: Everton beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1

Everton defeated Queens Park Rangers 3-1 to move into the Premier League table’s top half. England midfielder Ross Barkley's brilliant… Read More.

World Cup, Ebola among top searches on Google in UK

The Brazil World Cup, Ebola and the iPhone 6 were the largest trends and news articles that British users searched… Read More.

Scores of students killed as Taliban targets school in Pakistan

The Taliban massacred more than 125 people, most of them children, in a bomb and gun attack on a school… Read More.

Yoga may protect you from heart disease, says study

Practicing yoga may offer good protection against heart diseases, especially if you can’t do other vigorous exercises, a study has… Read More.