1. Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-21 at 13:27:49

A fire fanned by strong winds sweeps through the Torch skyscraper in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.

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2. Martin Rowson on the Greek bailout – cartoon
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-21 at 02:57:27

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3. Sim card database hack gave US and UK spies access to billions of cellphones
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-20 at 04:58:40

International row likely after revelations of breach that could have given NSA and GCHQ the power to monitor a large portion of world’s cellular communicationsAmerican and British spies hacked into the world’s largest sim card manufacturer in a move t...

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4. Let us eat cake: Robert Mugabe prepares for lavish birthday celebrations
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-20 at 12:30:04

Zimbabwe’s president and guests to enjoy a $1m party at a luxury golf course amid widespread child malnutrition and high unemploymentJohn F Kennedy being serenaded by Marilyn Monroe apart, most presidents tend to make their birthdays private, low-key af...

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6. Niagara Falls freezes over as polar vortex drops temperatures – pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-21 at 02:56:44

It is so cold across North America that the normally rushing falls of the Niagara river have partially frozen. The river is still flowing underneath the ice, which isn’t expected to melt any time soon as temperatures continue to stay below freezing Cont...

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7. Venezuela agents arrest Caracas mayor
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-20 at 06:37:17

Antonio Ledezma, a critic of President Nicolas Maduro, hauled from office by intelligence service after being accused of involvement in alleged coup plotVenezuelan intelligence agents have arrested the opposition leader and Caracas metropolitan mayor Anto...

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8. Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao Showdown Is Finally Set
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-21 at 07:40:00

Mayweather and Pacquiao, widely considered two of the greatest boxers of their generation, have agreed to a bout on May 2 in Las Vegas.

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9. Greece agrees deal with eurozone
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-21 at 06:23:05

EU finance ministers grant breathing space to let Athens renegotiate its financial aid package following talks in Brussels.

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10. Freed Boko Haram abductees reunited
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-20 at 17:19:26

A group of 158 women and children abducted by Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria last month are reunited with their families.

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11. 800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-21 at 03:41:55

The government urged the health insurance consumers to hold off on filing their tax returns, and said millions of others would get more time to buy insurance.

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12. Starbucks apologises for ‘offensive’ ad ahead of Armenia genocide anniversary
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-20 at 19:50:27

Coffee company angers Armenian Americans with image of women in traditional clothes celebrating under Turkish emblems, reports RFE/RL  Continue reading...

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13. The buses you choose because of their music
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-21 at 07:21:16

The buses you choose because of their dance music

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14. UK and Europe ‘badly misread Russia’
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-20 at 22:06:57

The UK and European diplomats are accused by peers of a "catastrophic misreading" of the mood in the Kremlin in the run-up to Ukraine crisis.

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15. Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly accused of exaggerating war zone exploits
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-20 at 17:29:34

Mother Jones magazine accuses O’Reilly of having his own ‘Brian Williams problem’ by claiming to have acted heroically in war zones when he was actually far from the actionFox News anchor Bill O’Reilly has falsely claimed to have reported from war...

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16. UK police launch hunt for London schoolgirls feared to have fled to Syria
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-20 at 20:12:39

Counter-terrorism police open international search for three girls who left their homes in east London last week and caught a flight to TurkeyBritish counter-terrorism police have launched an international hunt to find three London schoolgirls feared to b...

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17. Russia’s debt downgraded to junk by Moody’s
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-21 at 05:58:20

Move follows S&P’s downrating as agency predicts Ukraine crisis, falling oil price and rouble plunge will bring further gloom Moody’s has cut Russia’s debt rating by one notch into “junk” territory, saying the Ukraine crisis and the fall in ...

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18. Drug-resistant malaria threatens to spread from Burma, say researchers
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-20 at 09:36:55

Oxford scientists warn parasite impervious to the key drug artemsinin has been found in testing near Indian border and could emerge in AfricaMalaria with total resistance to the antimalarial drug artemisinin has taken hold in Burma and spread close to the...

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19. Underwear blamed for MP’s swift exit
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-20 at 17:19:21

A Canadian MP says he rushed out of parliament and nearly missed a vote because of his tight underpants.

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20. Up to 25,000 Iraqi troops preparing for attack on Islamic State in Mosul
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-20 at 07:06:13

Assault to retake Iraq’s second largest city expected to begin in April or May according to US officialThe operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May and will involve about 12 Iraqi br...

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