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Elton John to wed David Furnish after 21 years together


Windsor (United Kingdom) (AFP) - British pop legend Elton John will marry long-time partner David Furnish on Sunday, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with a ceremony in Windsor, home of the castle beloved by Queen Elizabeth II.

Find Out How Your Salary Compares To The UK National Average


How does your salary compare to the national average? The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently published the preliminary results of their Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings for 2014.  For the year ending in April 2014, the annual average wage for full-time employees was £27,200, an increase of 0.7% from the previous year.  The report also contained good news for working women.

Tunisians vote for post-revolution president


Tunis (AFP) - Tunisians voted Sunday in the runoff of the first free presidential election in the country's history, the final leg of an at times bumpy four-year transition from dictatorship.

'Irresponsible' non-OPEC output behind oil price plunge: UAE


Abu Dhabi (AFP) - "Irresponsible" levels of output by producers from outside the OPEC oil cartel is among the main causes of the slump in prices, the United Arab Emirates energy minister charged Sunday.  "One of the main causes is irresponsible production by some producers from outside the organisation, some of whom are newcomers," Suhail al-Mazrouei told an energy forum in Abu Dhabi.

Pardew bids to avoid unwanted record for derby defeats


Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has set his sights on avoiding an unwanted record in the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland on Sunday.

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with 'mild' pneumonia


Louisville (AFP) - Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was in stable condition after being hospitalized with a "mild" case of pneumonia, his spokesman Bob Gunnell said.

For Russia's economy, the worst is yet to come


Moscow (AFP) - Deep recession, skyrocketing prices and a fragile banking system: although the ruble seems to have stabilised after its abysmal drop this past week, Russia still faces the heavy consequences of the turbulence.

Spared the butcher's knife, horses get new lease of life in Italy


Vigone (Italy) (AFP) - Considered taboo in many parts of the world, eating horsemeat remains sufficiently widespread in Italy for the country to have to import live animals destined for the slaughterhouse.

In the dogfight over posh airline food, the sky's the limit


Paris (AFP) - Michelin-star food and vintage champagne: airlines are pulling out all the stops to cater to their top-tier passengers' tastes, as they seek a larger slice of the highly profitable market.

NYPD Officers Turn Their Backs On Mayor De Blasio


Police officers showed their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio as he entered a news conference regarding two fallen officers shot Saturday afternoon.

Wall Street eyes Uber, Airbnb after hot 2014 for IPOs


New York (AFP) - Wall Street in 2014 enjoyed its best year for initial public offerings since 2000, thanks to the record-setting flotation of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba and a barrage of biotech deals.

French police kill 'Allahu Akbar' attacker


Joué-lès-Tours (France) (AFP) - French police shot dead a knife-wielding man who attacked three officers in a police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great").

Mother charged with murder of eight children in Australia: police


Sydney (AFP) - The mother of all but one of eight children killed in the northern city of Cairns was charged with their murder Sunday following a bedside hearing, Australian police said.

Protesters Shut Down America's Largest Mall


Hundreds of protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, a community group member said.

The Single Most Important Risk Investors Face


It may sound obvious. But when you invest in stocks, you're at risk of getting wiped out. That really is the single most important risk to investors.

The Sony Hackers Just Pranked The FBI


The hacker group who broke into the computer network of Sony Pictures and managed to halt the release of 'The Interview' have issued a new message, this time mocking the FBI.  The Daily Beast reports that Guardians of Peace published a new message on Pastebin on Saturday.

A Master Chef Shows How To Cook The Perfect Burger In Your Own Kitchen


Monday through Thursday at the Monarch Room in New York City, executive chef Michael Citarella prepares his off-the-menu burger, the Monarch Burger.

Two New York police officers 'executed' in Brooklyn


New York (AFP) - Two New York police officers were shot dead in Brooklyn on Saturday, officials said, in what local media called an apparent ambush.

Real Madrid win Club World Cup


Marrakech (Morocco) (AFP) - Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014.

The 16 Best Selfies From 2014


The end of December is near and as we look back on the last 12 months, it felt fitting to roundup our favorite selfies of 2014.


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