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Queen Elizabeth II praises workers who fight Ebola

Queen Elizabeth II will use her Christmas broadcast to call for international reconciliation and to praise workers fighting Ebola in Africa.

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Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

Pope Francis is focusing his attention on refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.

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Hack threat comedy released in US

The Sony Pictures comedy The Interview opens in some US cinemas and online, after a major cyber-attack and threats over its release.

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CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure

A CDC lab technician is under observation for possible Ebola exposure due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens.

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Germans balk at plan for wind power lines

Germans welcomed renewable energy, but enthusiasm may be waning with a plan for high-voltage transmission lines. The New York Times reports.

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Putin acts to halt rising vodka cost

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a cap on rising vodka prices, fearing they are pushing drinkers towards cheap, illegal substitutes.

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Italy steps in to save steel plant

The Italian government intervenes in the management of the Ilva steel plant, in an attempt to reform the beleaguered business.

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SFA rejects Ashley’s Gers stake hike

The Scottish FA board rejects Mike Ashley’s request to raise his shareholding in Rangers International Football Club to 29.9%.

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French jobless total at new record

The number of people seeking work in France has risen to a record high, official figures show.

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UK productivity shows small rise

UK workers managed to increase their output per hour by 0.6% in the July-to-September period, the Office for National Statistics has said.