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Italy ferry deaths rise to seven

The death toll following a fire on the Norman Atlantic ferry off Corfu rises to seven, as all remaining passengers and crew are evacuated.
BBC: December 29, 2014

5 dead, 407 rescued from burning "Norman Atlantic'

5 dead, 407 rescued from burning "Norman Atlantic' The numbers rescued from the burning ferry "Norman Atlantic" had reached 407 by Monday afternoon, according to the latest update given to Greece's shipping ministry by the Italian search and rescue centre RCC Roma.
December 29, 2014

Greek ferry fire: Evacuation hampered by winds

A major rescue operation is underway for a Greek ferry carrying more than 460 people which caught fire around 40 nautical miles north-west of Corfu.
BBC: December 28, 2014

Hong Kong crash sparks money grab

Hong Kong police have appealed to the public to return millions of dollars taken after a van transporting HK$525m ($68m; £44m) crashed on a major road.
BBC: December 24, 2014

Australian authorities detect increased 'terrorist chatter'

Australian authorities say they have detected increased "terrorist chatter" in the days following last week's deadly siege at a Sydney cafe.
December 23, 2014

Greeks learning to speak Ottoman

Turkey is in the grips of a public debate over the wisdom of teaching the Ottoman alphabet to students. However, Turkey's neighbor across the Aegean has gone beyond that
Daily Sabah: December 22, 2014

Greek opposition party Syriza offices cleared after bomb threat

The offices of Greece's leftwing Syriza party were evacuated on Monday after a bomb threat was received, a day before the second round of a closely watched vote in parliament which could trigger snap elections.
TODAYonline: December 22, 2014

Greek austerity violates human rights says international body

Austerity policies have exacerbated poverty and inequality, while undermining democracy, according to a new report.
teleSUR: December 19, 2014

Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU courts rule

Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU's highest court has ruled.
BBC: December 19, 2014

EU court orders Hamas removed from terror list

A European court has ruled that the Palestinian militant group Hamas must be removed from a European Union list of designated terror groups.
December 17, 2014