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December 20, 2014 19:43
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100 foreign fighters executed by ISIS for trying to quit - report
ISIS ‘military police’ executed 100 foreign fighters who attempted to quit and flee from the insurgents’ de-facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria as frustration among militants has been growing, a UK newspaper reported citing a witness activist.
People hold candles and signs to condemn the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, during a rally in Lahore December 19, 2014. (Reuters / Mohsin Raza) Pakistan starts hanging militants in revenge for school massacre
Pakistan has executed two convicted militants after lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in response to the murder of over 130 children at a Peshawar school by the Taliban. It is planning more hangings and airstrikes against militants.
Demonstrators protest against the new public security law ("ley mordaza") approved by the lower house of parliament, in Madrid on December 20, 2014.(AFP Photo / Pierre-Philippe Marcou) Rallies staged in over 30 Spanish cities against tough new anti-protest law (PHOTOS)
More than 30 cities in Spain have expressed their anger over the so-called ‘gag’ legislation that criminalizes social protest and, demonstrators say, curbs the freedom of expression.
Greenpeace hand out photograph showing Greenpeace activists from 7 countries gathered in Nazca, Peru on December 8, 2014. (AFP Photo / Greenpeace) Greenpeace director appears in Peru court after ill-conceived Nazca Lines stunt
Greenpeace’s executive director was met with protests calling for “Justice for Nazca” outside a Peruvian court following a reckless stunt during which activists trampled Peru’s world-renowned Nazca Lines in an attempt to promote renewable energy.
RIA Novosti / Anton Denisov Porsches sold out: Luxury cars go like hotcakes in Russia amid ruble plunge
Car dealers in the Russian capital ran out of stock, as customers were buying Porsches, Lamborghinis and BMWs in unusually large numbers, despite growing price tags. The influx was prompted both by holiday spirits and ruble devaluation, experts say.
Cuba's President Raul Castro (Reuters/Enrique De La Osa) Cuba to stand by its communist principles, Castro says
Cuban leader Raul Castro said the country would not give up its political values for which it has fought. Calling for mutual respect in the new development of relations with the US, Castro stated Cuba would continue its socialist route.
Five Stars movement's leader Beppe Grillo attends a press conference on December 18, 2014 in Rome. (AFP Photo / Andreas Solaro) Already 50,000 signatures for Italian referendum on Euro, Eurosceptic leader says
Beppe Grillo, the leader of an Italian Eurosceptic party says he has already received 50,000 signatures for his petition to push for a referendum on Italy leaving the Euro. He cites rising unemployment and lack of economic growth for wanting to quit.
Still from YouTube video/TestDriven ​'World’s first' smart bike helmet alerts drivers and cyclists, aims to reduce accidents
A Swedish trio of companies has developed an innovative bike helmet equipped with a high-tech sensor which will warn cyclists and drivers alike of impending traffic using a cloud-based two-way communication system.
Police use water canon to disperse a rally making its way to Kizilay Square in the capital Ankara, as mainly teachers demonstrated against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government's education policy, on December 20, 2014.(AFP Photo / Adem Altan) Over 100 detained as Turkish police crackdown on ‘secular’ teachers' protest (VIDEO,PHOTOS)
Police in Ankara detained more than 100 people during a protest organized by a secular teachers’ union as officers used force to disperse the demonstration in a surprise crackdown.
Reuters / Eric Vidal Global life expectancy rises 6 yrs in last 2 decades
Men and women can live "long and happily together," but they are unlikely to die on the same day, a major study has shown. Global life expectancy soared by 5.8 years in men and 6.6 years in women between 1990 and 2013.
Image from lionard.it
​Buying bonanza: Russians hunt for Italian castles in 'strategic locations'
Several dozen historical Italian castles are up for sale, their owners unable to pay maintenance costs and high taxes. But Russian buyers are stepping in, searching for properties in "strategic locations."
Reuters / Kacper Pempel 'Secret Santa for post-Snowden era': New app uses Tor-like encryption
With Christmas coming fast upon us a new web application called Crypto Santa uses virtual encryption technology, which entirely removes human identification from the process of gift giving, adding a new twist to the semi-anonymous game.
The plasma created by the interaction between the Orion spacecraft and the Earth's atmosphere (Image from nasa.gov) Vertigo-inducing NASA video shows Orion hurtling through Earth’s atmosphere
A new NASA video gives a glance of what an astronaut could see from a spacecraft while rushing down through our planet’s atmosphere. The recording presents the last 10 minutes of the Orion’s test flight – before the final splash into the Pacific Ocean.
Reuters / Rachel French ​Virtual model of Arctic to monitor human impact and climate change
Russian scientists are working on a high-tech virtual map of the Arctic in order to keep track of climate change developments and monitor human impact on the area, in what may help pave the way for safer mining of the region’s oil and gas reserves.

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