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Two New York policemen shot dead

Two police officers were shot dead in New York "with no warning and no provocation", by a gunman who later killed himself, said the police chief.

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Asia Pacific

This photo shows the police (R) at the scene outside a house where eight children were found dead in the northern Australian city of Cairns on Dec 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP/Catherine Shaw)

Woman charged with murder of 8 children in Australia

A 37-year-old woman was charged with the murder of her niece and seven of her children.

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A NYPD car (AFP/Kena Betancur)

Two New York policemen shot dead

Two police officers were shot dead in New York "with no warning and no provocation", by a gunman who later killed himself, said the police chief.

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Business

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang speaks during the opening ceremony of the 5th Summit of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program in Bangkok, Dec 20, 2014. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

China pledges US$11.5b to Mekong region countries: Xinhua

China will provide more than US$11.5 billion in loans and aid to neighbouring Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, mostly for infrastructure and industrial capacity building, state media said.

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Sport

Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring a goal against San Lorenzo during the FIFA Club World Cup final football match at the Marrakesh stadium in the Morocco, Dec 20, 2014. (AFP/Fadel Senna)

Football: Real Madrid win Club World Cup, fourth title of 2014

Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014.

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Entertainment

Madonna arrives on the red carpet for the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. (AFP/Robyn Beck)

Madonna releases new songs after leaks

Madonna released six new songs months ahead of schedule, upset that early versions had leaked online.

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Technology

A combo picture shows flexible healthcare sensors on a newly developed adhesive gel sheet applied to a finger at Someya's laboratory in Tokyo, stretching (top) and bending (bottom) of the finger. (Photo: AFP/University of Tokyo/Takao Someya)

Japan scientists develop micro-fine adhesive sensors

Scientists in Japan have developed micro-fine adhesive sensors that can be applied to the body like a compress. 

Scientists make strides in tsunami warning

The 2004 tsunami led to greater global cooperation and improved techniques for detecting waves that could reach faraway shores, even though scientists still cannot predict when an earthquake will strike.

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Health

A combo picture shows flexible healthcare sensors on a newly developed adhesive gel sheet applied to a finger at Someya's laboratory in Tokyo, stretching (top) and bending (bottom) of the finger. (Photo: AFP/University of Tokyo/Takao Someya)

Japan scientists develop micro-fine adhesive sensors

Scientists in Japan have developed micro-fine adhesive sensors that can be applied to the body like a compress. 

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Lifestyle

Traffic along a highway around Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Photo: AFP/ Nicolas Tucat) 

Wrong-way drunk driver covers 50km on French highway

A 56-year-old drunk driver clocked 50 kilometres going the wrong way on a highway in western France, hitting a guardrail and at least three other cars.