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Day in pictures: 18 December 2014

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:31
Images from around the world: 18 December
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VIDEO: 'He threw me down three flights of stairs'

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:22
The law on domestic violence in England and Wales is being changed to include "coercive and controlling behaviour".
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Sony Pictures hack - whodunnit?

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:20
As Sony counts the cost of a devastating breach, the question is now who is responsible?
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Swiss National Bank to Adopt a Negative Interest Rate

International Herald Tribune - Europe - Thu, 2014-12-18 06:33
The central bank moved to hold down the value of the franc as the Russian crisis and falling oil prices caused a sharp correction of global currencies.
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VIDEO: Footage of Kenya parliament scuffles

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 05:49
Footage shows Kenyan MPs trading blows amid a chaotic parliamentary session called to push through a tough new security bill.
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Putin seeks to ease economic fears

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 05:32
President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.
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VIDEO: India launches largest rocket

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 05:32
India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space.
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Caption Challenge: Light costume

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 05:30
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.
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VIDEO: Transport Committee

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 05:18
MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.
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Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 05:13
Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups.
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Free school meals 'for 85% infants'

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 05:08
An extra 1.3 million pupils in England, 85% of infant children, are eating a free school lunch, the government says.
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Kass' early gift: The best dang French Onion Soup in the universe! - Chicago Tribune

Google News French - Thu, 2014-12-18 05:02

Kass' early gift: The best dang French Onion Soup in the universe!
Chicago Tribune
Would you like to make the best French Onion Soup in the universe? Think of it: The cold December wind howling outside, but inside your warm and toasty kitchen, those hearty, comfortable aromas wafting. And there are your guests, so eager to eat a ...

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France to block David Cameron's treaty change plan -

Google News France - Thu, 2014-12-18 03:41

France to block David Cameron's treaty change plan
But President Hollande will remind Mr Cameron that any treaty change will need the unanimous agreement of all EU countries, including France. “There is no demonstration of the need for new rules and no urgency,” said the source. Senior Conservatives ...
'We won't pay extra': France threaten to veto Cameron's proposed EU treatyRT
France to Veto British Government's Initiative on EU Treaty Change: ReportsSputnik International
New blow for David Cameron as France says 'NON' to Prime Minister's bid to

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Autism link to air pollution raised

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 02:26
A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.
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Your pictures of the year 2014

BBC News - Thu, 2014-12-18 01:52
A selection of the best readers' photos
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European Markets Eye an Austerity-Weary Greece

International Herald Tribune - Europe - Wed, 2014-12-17 21:28
There is a general sense that Europe could survive a breakup with Greece, if it came to that, with relatively minimal damage, thanks to an array of recent regulatory changes and a renewed commitment among leaders.

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Borja Journal: A Town, if Not a Painting, Is Restored

International Herald Tribune - Europe - Wed, 2014-12-17 19:16
Grief at a botched retouching of a church fresco has turned to gratitude for divine intervention — the blessing of free publicity — that has made Borja, Spain, a magnet for thousands of curious tourists.

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London overtaking Oxbridge domination

BBC News - Wed, 2014-12-17 19:13
A major analysis of research quality, which will decide £2bn annual funding, suggests that London universities could soon "eclipse" Oxford and Cambridge.
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Picture power: Under the dress

BBC News - Wed, 2014-12-17 17:55
Actress America Ferrera red-faced
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Russia Introduces Measures to Calm Economic Jitters

International Herald Tribune - Europe - Wed, 2014-12-17 17:20
By Wednesday evening, amid indications of a government intervention in the currency markets, the ruble had recovered more than 11 percent of its previous day’s losses.

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