1. Blaze wrecks Moscow public library
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-01 at 04:13:13

A blaze rages for more than 17 hours at one of Russia's largest public libraries, destroying parts of the building in the capital Moscow.

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2. Protesters back on Hong Kong streets
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-01 at 16:21:33

Pro-democracy protesters return to the streets of Hong Kong for the first time since the mass Occupy demonstrations ended last year.

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3. Nigeria’s Maiduguri ‘under attack’
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-02-01 at 13:11:36

Suspected Boko Haram members launch offensive against city's south.

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4. Robert Mugabe shrugs off concern about new African role
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-02-01 at 14:18:21

The new African Union chairman says he is not worried about what the West will think of his appointment.

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5. Fire in major Russian library destroys 1m historic documents
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 04:51:05

Leading scientist speaks of cultural ‘Chernobyl’ after blaze ravages 2,000 sq metres of Moscow institute holding papers dating to 16th centuryA fire that ripped through one of Russia’s largest university libraries is believed to have damaged more th...

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6. Justin Timberlake Confirms Jessica Biel’s Pregnancy With Sweetest Photo Ever
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-02-01 at 06:35:05

Bye, bye, bye to any doubt. 

Justin Timberlake celebrated his 34th birthday by finally confirming wife Jessica Biel's pregnancy in an Instagram that is almost too adorable for words:

     Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I'm getting th...

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7. Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-01 at 00:12:27

Tens of thousands of people attend a rally in central Madrid by radical leftists Podemos, as they look to build on Syriza's recent victory in Greece.

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9. Is South Korea’s democracy under threat from within?
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-02-01 at 16:00:21

Government meddling and restrictions on freedoms threaten to unravel hard-fought democratic gains, critics say.

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10. Almost 1,400 Iraqis killed in January violence
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-02-01 at 15:32:12

Civilians make up more than half of all casualties, with UN figures showing that month was one of deadliest in years.

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11. Merkel rules out Greek debt relief
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-31 at 19:35:39

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects any cancellation of Greece's debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.

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12. Carl Djerassi, 91, a Creator of the Birth Control Pill, Dies
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-01 at 00:11:25

Dr. Djerassi was one of two chemists working with a student assistant who in 1951 first synthesized a hormone that became the key ingredient of the contraceptive pill.

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14. Canada’s new anti-terror legislation prompts civil liberties fears
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-31 at 02:46:42

Prime minister Stephen Harper announces Anti-Terrorism Act that would increase spy powers, crack down on websitesDeclaring that “a great evil has descended on our world”, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled legislation giving security ...

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15. Sink or Swim? The global drowning crisis
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-01 at 05:53:34

Playpens to drones - new ideas to reduce deaths by drowning

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16. Isis video purports to show beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 04:13:00

Apparent death of kidnapped journalist accompanied by warning that Japan is now a target for Islamic State militants Continue reading...

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17. Kobani: destroyed and riddled with unexploded bombs, but its residents dare to dream of a new start
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 01:39:10

Kurdish forces triumphed over Isis in Kobani but the Syrian town is devastated. Emma Graham-Harrison was one of the first reporters on the scene Continue reading...

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18. Scott Walker Takes Lead In Iowa Poll
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-02-01 at 06:06:11

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the top choice for president in 2016 among Republican voters in Iowa, surging past a crowded field of rivals to take the lead in a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll of prospective Republican candidates for president.

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19. Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram to be bolstered by 7,500 African Union troops
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 04:31:00

International community including US and Iran rally against Islamist insurgent group as it increases attacks in runup to electionAfrican leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in north-east Nigeria as the international...

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20. US drone strike in Yemen kills four suspected al-Qaida operatives
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 01:06:34

The latest crisis in Yemen has plunged the impoverished country deeper into turmoil and pushed it closer to fracturing along sectarian and tribal lines Continue reading...

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