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The Salt
2:25 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

In Slovakia, Christmas Dinner Starts In The Bathtub

Ivan Babej AP

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 1:38 pm

For centuries, families throughout much of central Europe have relied on one simple main course for Christmas Eve dinner: the common carp.

But getting from river (or carp farm) to table is not so simple. As the tradition goes, the Christmas carp must first swim in the family bathtub for at least a day or two before being killed, cleaned and prepared.

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The Two-Way
12:11 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

1 Dead In Protest At Chinese-Backed Copper Mine In Myanmar

Farmers confront riot police at the site of the Letpadaung copper mine in northwestern Myanmar on Monday. A woman was fatally shot during a crackdown on protesters at the Chinese-backed copper mine.
AP

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 1:01 pm

A crackdown on protesters at a Chinese-backed copper mine in Myanmar has left at least one person dead, the company that runs the project said today in a statement.

The statement from the company, Myanmar Wanbao, said it had "just been informed of the death of a female resident from Moe Kyo Pyin village," adding: "The events leading up to her death are still unclear." [Some news sources call the village Mogyopyin.]

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with cardinals and bishops of the Curia at the Vatican on Monday. The pope said the Curia suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism.
Andreas Solaro AP

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 1:14 pm

Pope Francis blasted the Vatican's top bureaucrats at an annual Christmas gathering, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who make up the Curia of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and of lusting for power at all costs.

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tunisian Election Puts Former Regime Figure In Presidency

A supporter of newly elected Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essibsi flashes the V-sign from a car as they celebrate the first results of the Tunisian elections in Sousse, Tunisia.
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A tense runoff election in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring in 2011, has ended with a win for Beji Caid Essebsi, a veteran of the country's autocratic regimes. Essebsi defeated interim leader Moncef Marzouki.

Affiliated with the secular-leaning Nidaa Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party, Essebsi won Tunisia's first democratic presidential election by taking more than 55 percent of the vote. Election officials announced the results Monday.

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Spain's Princess Cristina To Stand Trial On Tax Fraud Charges

Princess Cristina, seen here on April 5 in Barcelona, Spain, will face trial on tax fraud charges.
Manu Fernandez AP

Spain's Princess Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI, will stand trial on charges of tax fraud, becoming the country's first royal in modern times to face prosecution.

The allegations stem from Cristina de Borbon's alleged links to her husband's business affairs between 2007 and 2008.

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Mon December 22, 2014

7 Stories You Should Have Paid More Attention To In 2014

King Felipe VI of Spain attends the Congress of Deputies for the proclamation as King of Spain to the Spanish Parliament on June 19.
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Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 12:29 pm

As 2014 winds down, we want to learn about the stories that didn't make the headlines. It's hard to say what qualifies as an underreported story, but here are some suggestions from smart people we know.

1. Algorithms Are Shaping Our Stories:

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Middle East
6:24 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Jordan Hangs 11 After 8-Year Execution Moratorium

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 10:20 am

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Europe
5:33 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark-Sky Reserve

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:37 am

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Africa
5:17 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Results Being Tallied In Tunisia's Presidential Election

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:37 am

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Almost exactly four years ago, the Arab Spring was born in protests in Tunisia. Yesterday, that North African country chose its first democratically elected president. NPR's Leila Fadel reports from the capital, Tunis.

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Asia
5:15 am
Mon December 22, 2014

U.S Turns To China For Help With North Korea Cyberattack

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:37 am

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