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17 December 2014 Last updated at 11:19 ET

Russian media note panic over roubleMoskovskyi Komsomolets front page

In Russian media, commentators are split on whether efforts by the Central Bank to halt to decline of the currency have been effective.

A Pakistani resident reads the front pages of a selection of the country's main newspapers reporting a militant attack on an army-run school in Karachi on 17 December 2014. Media mourn Pakistan's 'blackest day'

Papers describe the Peshawar attack as Pakistan's 'worst national tragedy since its inception'.

 Russian rouble and U.S. dollar bank notes Russian media ponder rouble plunge

After the Russian central bank raised interest rates to support the currency, Russia's main state-owned channels appear to be playing down the possible impact on the country's economic growth.

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  • An injured girl is carried to hospital in Peshawar, 16 DecemberChina media

    Media say the attack on a Pakistan school is related to the West's "interventionist" policies.

  • Relatives comfort injured student Mohammad Baqair in Peshawar, 16 DecemberIndian media

    Indians share Pakistan's 'sorrow and pain' over the killing of at least 132 children, papers report.

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