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Farage Defends UKIP Candidate's Chinese Slur

news.sky.com — Nigel Farage has said he feels sorry for a UKIP candidate who was forced to step down after being recorded using derogatory terms about homosexuals and Chinese people. The politician described Kerry Smith, a parliamentary hopeful in one of UKIP's strongest constituencies, as a "rough diamond" who fell victim to London snobbery over colloquial language.

Astronauts Prepare For Year-Long Space Trip

news.sky.com — Two astronauts are set to blast off for the longest ever space mission, on a trip designed to prepare for possible future expeditions to the Moon, Mars and asteroids. Roscosmos' Mikhail Kornienko and NASA's Scott Kelly will embark on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan in March - and will not return for a year.

UK-Funded Ebola Hospital Built In Jungle

news.sky.com — To get to the newest, UK-funded Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone, you have to drive for several hours from the capital Freetown and through numerous virus checkpoints. At these, you go through the well-practised routine of washing your hands in chlorinated water from a plastic container before having your temperature taken with what looks like a roadside speed gun.

Pensioner Jailed For Acid Attack On Teenage Ex

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Dec 19, 2014

RT @SkyNews: 80-year-old jailed for paying two men to throw acid at his teenage ex-girlfriend news.sky.com/story/1394795/… pic.twitter.com/uhXAAPvKuB

Falling Oil Prices Could Spell Serious Trouble

news.sky.com — Paul Kenworthy has been an oilman for more than two decades. He's the owner of 10 wells near Midland West Texas and has seen good times and bad come and go, several times over. But the precipitous drop in oil prices on what they called Black Friday last month has been painful all the same.

Three Murders Investigated In Child Abuse Probe

news.sky.com — Police are investigating the murders of three young boys as part of an inquiry into an alleged historical Westminster paedophile ring. Detectives from Operation Midland want abuse victims and potential witnesses to come forward to assist them in their probe into the suspected gang.
Dec 18, 2014

video- police appeal for people who were abused in Dolphin Sq or who lived at dolphin sq in early 80s to come forward news.sky.com/story/1394091/…

Dec 18, 2014

Police investigate murders of three boys in alleged historical Westminster paedophile inquiry news.sky.com/story/1394091/… pic.twitter.com/EwzIgiZ20u

Dec 18, 2014

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Is North Korea Really Behind Sony Hack Attack?

news.sky.com — Here's the pitch: a paranoiac tinpot state feels its honour is besmirched by a Hollywood film. So it dispatches an elite, secret band of cyberwarriors - Unit 121 - to take down the company behind the movie.

RBS Loses Fight Over £4bn Investor Court Date

news.sky.com — Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will face angry investors in court by the end of 2016 in a legal case that is likely to see Fred Goodwin, its former boss, testify about the lender's implosion.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @MarkKleinmanSky: Exclusive: RBS loses fight with shareholders over £4bn lawsuit triggered by bank's mammoth rights issue in 2008. goo.gl/lIJy9m

Dec 18, 2014

Exclusive: RBS loses fight with shareholders over £4bn lawsuit triggered by bank's mammoth rights issue in 2008. goo.gl/lIJy9m

Dorset School In Lockdown After Shots Reported

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Victim Shows Sky Where 'MPs' Abused Him

news.sky.com — A survivor of VIP sex abuse parties in the 1980s has revealed to Sky News the area of London where he says "part of him died". 'Michael' was abused growing up in care in north Wales but he and other children were also taken on a minibus for weekend trips to Pimlico in central London in the early 1980s.

CCTV Shows Police Shoot-Out On London Streets

news.sky.com — CCTV footage of a shoot-out between a criminal and a policeman on a north London street has been released. Gunman Sedat Meric is seen in the video firing three shots into West Green Pool Bar, in Haringey, where officers from the National Crime Agency were conducting surveillance.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @SkyNews: Watch: CCTV footage of a shoot-out between a criminal and a policeman on a north London street news.sky.com/story/1394366/… pic.twitter.com/ZlcwnciUt4

Obesity Can Be 'Disability', Says EU Court

news.sky.com — Obesity can count as a disability, the European Court of Justice has ruled in the case of an overweight man who lost his job. The judgment said it could qualify if the obesity "hinders the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life".

Putin Backs Recovery As Rouble Falls Again

news.sky.com — The rouble has last more ground ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual news conference. The currency was more than 2% weaker on the day despite efforts by the central bank to prop it up.

Boko Haram Gunmen Kidnap 185 Nigeria Villagers

news.sky.com — More than 185 people, including women and children, have been kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters in northeast Nigeria. Gunmen killed 32 people during the attack in the remote village of Gumsuri in Borno state - the latest in a string of abductions by the Islamist group.

TV Weatherman Shot Outside Texas Studio

news.sky.com — A manhunt is under way in central Texas for a gunman who shot a TV meteorologist in a studio parking lot. KCEN-TV morning weatherman Patrick Crawford was shot multiple times on Wednesday. The gunman opened fire on Mr Crawford after an argument, police said.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @SkyNews: Manhunt underway for a gunman who shot a TV meteorologist outside Texas studio news.sky.com/story/1394226/… pic.twitter.com/Nz7xLfj0vJ

Nigeria Troops Sentenced To Death For Cowardice

news.sky.com — Fifty-four members of Nigeria's special forces have been sentenced to death for mutiny and cowardice after refusing to take part in a raid against Islamist group Boko Haram. A court martial said the men had refused to help recapture three towns in August.

Sony Cancels Kim Jong-Un Movie After Threats

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Dec 18, 2014

Sony Cancels Kim Jong-Un Movie After Threats. Film pulled as cinemas refuse to show it worldwide. news.sky.com/story/1393777/…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @SkyNews: US investigators say they have linked the Sony Pictures hacking incident to North Korea news.sky.com/story/1393777/… pic.twitter.com/y74mSyfdGH

North Korea, Inside-Job Or Hacktivists?

news.sky.com — Doubts remain over whether North Korea could really have been behind the cyber attack on Sony. Sky's Tom Cheshire takes a forensic look at the chief suspects.

Sky's Tim Marshall profiles the Russian leader

news.sky.com — Sky News' Diplomatic Editor Tim Marshall presents a special report on the man who has led Russia for more than a decade - Vladimir Putin.