bbc.com. “Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70 after cancer battle” - Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70. The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong. His agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker, who died after battling lung cancer, was "simply unique".
akipress.org. “Kazakhstan 42 points up in Global Competitiveness Index's intellectual property rights protection – Minister” - Kazakhstan has improved its performance by 42 points in the Global Competitiveness Index on the indicator "Protection of intellectual property rights," Minister of Justice Berik Imashev said on December 22, reports Primeminister.kz.
dw.de. “Extremist killings made 2014 deadly for international journos” - An annual review by the Committee to Protect Journalists has found that murders by extremists contributed to 2014 being very dangerous for the international press. Sixty journalists have been killed this year.
inform.kz. “Putin ratifies treaty on Armenia’s accession to EEU” - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratified the treaty on Armenia's joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Kazinform refers to Panorama | Armenian news citing RIA Novosti. The Russian, Belarusian and Kazakh presidents will meet in the Kremlin on Tuesday for final consultations before the beginning of work of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), according to TASS.
sputniknews.com. “Former French Airline CEO Claims MH370 Was Shot Down by US Military” - Marc Dugain, a reputable French author and former Proteus Airlines CEO, claims Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was shot down by US military forces near Diego Garcia Navy base. Marc Dugain, the former Proteus Airlines CEO and reputable French author claims that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have been shot down by the US military.