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Several injured in Christmas market attack in France

ImageAt least 10 people have been injured after a van drove into shoppers in Nantes, France. The driver is said to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" before carrying out the attack, the second such incident within days.


Pakistan to execute 500 convicted militants

ImagePakistan has announced plans to execute 500 convicted extremists after a moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in response to last week's Taliban school massacre that killed over 130 children.


Former Chinese presidential adviser Ling Jihua 'under investigation'

ImageA probe has been launched into a former Chinese presidential adviser, according to state media. It's the latest case in a government crackdown on corruption.


Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer, aged 70

Pop legend Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70, according to his agent. He is best known for hits such as the cover "With a Little Help From My Friends," which he performed at Woodstock in 1969.


Christmas shoppers killed by runaway garbage truck

Several people were killed after a garbage truck lost control in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It's reported the driver could have been taken ill at the wheel.


Anti-Islamist Essebsi wins Tunisian election

Anti-Islamist Beji Caid Essebsi has won Tunisia's presidential election with over 55 percent of the vote, according to the electoral commission.


The battle against Ebola "is far from over"

In a bid to curb the spread of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, the international humanitarian organization, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has opened new treatment centers in the capital Freetown and Magburaka.



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1899: Gustaf Gründgens

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1965: Cinema Premiere of "Doctor Zhivago"