1. Departing From Country’s Pacifism, Japanese Premier Vows Revenge for Killings
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-02 at 07:27:31

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged “to make the terrorists pay the price” after an Islamic State video showed the beheading of a second Japanese hostage.

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3. Frozen bubbles in Canadian lakes – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 14:21:39

Photographed in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, the bubbles are made from highly flammable gas methane Continue reading...

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4. Images of child abuse found in Vatican City
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 01:56:54

Holy See’s prosecutor general says two cases involving indecent material came to light last year, along with other crimes Continue reading...

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5. Egypt confirms death sentences for 183 people
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-02-02 at 16:19:19

Supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were convicted on charges of killing police officers in 2013.

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6. Patriots 28, Seahawks 24: Patriots Win Super Bowl XLIX, Defeating Seahawks
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-02 at 10:51:02

With a late interception, New England’s Bill Belichick and Tom Brady won their fourth title, making them one of the most successful combinations of a coach and a quarterback.

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7. VIDEO: BBC witnesses Kobane devastation
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-02 at 04:18:07

A BBC team including correspondent Quentin Sommerville and cameraman Tim Facey have become the first western TV crew to return to Kobane - and they sent this report.

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8. Mosques open their doors for the day to reach out and reassure
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 01:44:23

Finsbury Park mosque, with recent history of extremist members, among those that opened doors to media and public Continue reading...

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9. Saudi Arabia frees associate of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 23:28:48

Souad al-Shammari, who co-founded the Saudi Liberal Network internet discussion group, released after three months Continue reading...

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11. More than two dozen killed in eastern Ukraine in only 24 hours
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 22:34:39

Hopes of a ceasefire evaporate after peace negotiations in Belarus collapse againThirteen government soldiers and at least as many civilians have been killed in 24 hours in eastern Ukraine’s separatist conflict after the collapse of peace talks, a spoke...

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12. Barricades down, ties off: welcome to Greece’s style revolution
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 05:34:09

Last weekend a fresh generation of radicals swept a leftwing party to power. We pick out the key moments that symbolise the birth of the new orderOath of officeIf proof were needed that a new era had been ushered in, it came at 4pm on Monday, less than 24...

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13. Pegida: Germany’s useful idiots
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 23:30:08

With its populist anti-Muslim, anti-immigration agenda, the Pegida protests have convulsed Germany. When novelist Ingo Schulze attended one of their weekly demonstrations, he found a movement that barely knows what it’s protesting about, and, convenient...

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14. U.S. Considers Supplying Arms to Ukraine Forces, Officials Say
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-02 at 04:49:59

President Obama has made no decisions on providing lethal aid in Ukraine’s fight against Russian-backed separatists, who have gained territory since a September cease-fire.

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16. Pakistani LGBT community’s fight for rights
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-02-02 at 13:50:45

Transgender people are often found living at the margins of society with low social status and few job opportunities.

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17. Hong Kong democracy protesters return to the streets
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 17:14:22

Thousands attend first rallies since the Occupy movement’s tents were cleared in December Continue reading...

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18. Sri Lanka tells James Packer: ‘Do not come to our country in your lifetime’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 04:42:07

New prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Australian billionaire is not welcome after he pulls plans for a $350m luxury resort Continue reading...

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20. Sinosphere Blog: Q. and A.: Roderick MacFarquhar on Xi Jinping’s High-Risk Campaign to Save the Communist Party
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-02 at 08:18:24

The Chinese leader is determined to shield the country from the fate of the Soviet Union, but his approach is fraught with danger, according to the Harvard scholar.

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