A new president is seen as unlikely to emerge from the first three rounds of voting which requires a two thirds majority. -AFP
Victor H.M. Wee survives a night in minus 5 deg C temperatures at the Icehotel in Sweden. -SG Travellers
"Extremely difficult" to ensure smooth operations without female guards: camp commander. -AFP
The recalls are to address problem parts that could lead to injuries. -AFP
A judge in Rock Hill, South Carolina overturned the convictions of the "Friendship Nine" during a symbolic and at times emotional court session. -AFP
The atmosphere was tense in Jordan, where the country's involvement in the US-led air raids against IS positions is contentious. -AFP
China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) had expressed an interest in purchasing the stake. -China Daily/ANN
Barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson was killed when police stormed the cafe in Sydney's financial district in the early hours of December 16. -AFP
Taipei Mayor Ko's office received a threatening phone call. -China Post/ANN
Jordan offered to exchange a female jihadist for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group. -AFP

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