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December 19, 2014 02:54
European heads of state pose for a photo during a European Council meeting in Brussels, December 18, 2014.(AFP Photo/Emmanuel Dunand)
EU introduces ‘discriminatory’ sanctions on Russia’s Crimea
Having slapped Crimea and Sevastopol with new investment restrictions, the EU stopped short of introducing new sanctions against Russia’s mainland, with political heavyweights including France and Germany cautiously hinting at possible policy reversal.
Screenshot from YouTube video by peaseraunews 8 children stabbed to death in Australia, 34yo mother in serious condition
Eight children aged from 18 months to 15 years have been found stabbed to death inside a house in Manoora suburb of the city of Cairns in far north Queensland, police have confirmed.
Reuters/Enrique De La Osa ​‘US got isolated trying to isolate Cuba’ – Rene Gonzalez of the Cuban Five
A step of reconciliation with Cuba was inevitable, as the US was becoming increasingly isolated in its failed attempts to isolate Cuba while their competitors were building closer ties with the island, Cuban intelligence agent Rene Gonzalez told RT.
Spanish police block the entrance of Genova street close to the Spanish Popular Party's headquarters after a man runned his car with two gas cylinders into the political party's building, in Madrid on December 19, 2014.(AFP photo / Gerard Julien) Spanish businessman with grudge crashes car into Spain's ruling party HQ
A bankrupt businessman has driven a car containing gas cylinders into the headquarters of Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP), which he blames for his misfortune.
December 18, 2014. President of Russia Vladimir Putin during his tenth annual major news conference at the World Trade Centre on Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich) ​‘Can’t stuff this bear’ & other Putin Q&A quotes
The range of answers at Vladimir Putin’s annual meeting with the media varied from purely practical to practically poetic and even personal. RT has compiled the most memorable quotes from the president.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (R) and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of Russia give a press conference on December 18, 2014 at the UNESCO in Paris.(AFP Photo / Patrick Kovarik) ‘No borders in space’: Russian cosmonaut, US astronaut get ready for longest ISS flight
While tensions between the US and Russia are high, an astronaut and a cosmonaut are “great friends, colleagues and professionals,” the pair said ahead of their joint year-long ISS flight in preparation for a manned Mars mission.
Reuters / Toru Hanai Air pollution in late pregnancy elevates risk of autism – Harvard study
The chance of children developing autism doubles among mothers exposed to high levels of air pollution during late pregnancy, compared with those living in cleaner areas, a major US study reveals.
Dutch far-right wing PVV-leader Geert Wilders (AFP Photo) Anti-Moroccan chant lands anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders in court
Dutch authorities are going to prosecute far-right anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders over his controversial remarks made in March at his party rally which they said incite racial hatred.
Reuters / Stringer Chinese villagers sign petition to isolate HIV-positive child
A petition to isolate a small boy has attracted more than 200 signatories in a remote Chinese village requesting “preventative isolation measures by taking Kun Kun [the child] away from the village, and protect the health of the villagers and children.”
Don't let him in ‘Spear phished’: Hackers attack internet overlord ICANN
ICANN, the US-based overseer of the internet structure and naming system, has fallen victim to hackers who impersonated employees to gain access to confidential data.
Screenshot from youtube.com ‘Drunk journalist’ laughed at in Putin’s Q&A revealed as stroke sufferer
A provincial journalist, who acted strangely while asking Vladimir Putin his question during a nationwide Q&A session, was not drunk as many thought, but has serious health problems, the man’s colleagues said.
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Apocalyptic Donetsk airport video reveals aftermath of E. Ukraine standoff
Footage has emerged of Donetsk International Airport resembling an airplane graveyard. Strewn everywhere are torn parts, fuselages split in half and other debris – a remnant of months of fighting between the Kiev government and the Donetsk opposition.
A piece of a three-dimensional bone structure obtained from the own adipose stem cells of a patient (Reuters / Yves Herman) EU top court clears path for stem cell patenting
The European Court of Justice has ruled that organisms incapable of developing into a human being can be patented. The ruling has been heralded by proponents as "a big step in the right direction" for stem cell research in the European Union.
Reuters / Carlos Barria Early exit? Chinese first-time flyer opens plane emergency door
A Chinese first-time flyer has opened an emergency door in a plane to get some fresh air. Luckily, he did not cause any harm, and the offense is being treated leniently compared to previous incidents aboard Chinese planes.

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