1. 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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2. VIDEO: Vatican priests who are also astrophysicists
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-03 at 09:11:27

The Jesuit priests who are also astrophysicists

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3. Egypt court upholds death sentences
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-02 at 20:11:42

A court in Egypt upholds death sentences on 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters over a 2013 attack on a police station that left 11 officers dead.

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4. Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy could be freed within hours
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 14:51:05

Broadcaster’s Cairo bureau chief renounces Egyptian citizenship in move aimed at securing releaseMohamed Fahmy, one of two al-Jazeera journalists still held in Egypt, could be freed within hours after renouncing his Egyptian citizenship.Fahmy’s brothe...

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5. Monopoly maker secretly includes real money in special edition of game
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 08:48:50

Hasbro has produced versions of the boardgame with Monopoly money replaced with real cashThere can’t be a Monopoly fan in the world who has not dreamed of one day playing the game with real money.Now, for the 80th anniversary of Monopoly’s first appea...

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6. Head of UN war crimes inquiry resigns after Israel accuses him of pro-Gaza bias
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 15:21:44

William Schabas quits to prevent consultancy work for Palestine Liberation Organisation overshadowing report on last summer’s military offensiveThe head of a UN inquiry into last summer’s Israeli military offensive in Gaza has said he will resign afte...

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7. Why don’t we care about older people as much as children?
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 18:21:46

By 2047, the over-60s will outnumber the under-16s, yet older people receive little, if any, consideration when talking about development Continue reading...

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9. Stop and frisk: NYPD’s ‘broken windows’ policing ‘criminalizes’ young black men
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 00:52:55

Keeshan Harley has been stopped by police since he was 13 – an everyday occurrence for black men in the US. The problem, he says, is a once-vaunted program that has led police to ‘target and instill fear in’ young men of color Continue reading...

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10. Africa losing billions from fraud and tax avoidance
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 21:13:21

First African initiative to address illicit outflows says governments, multinationals and crime deprive poor countries of crucial services Continue reading...

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11. US increasingly concerned that Russia is intent on partitioning Ukraine
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 20:25:15

With rebels having seized extra 200 square miles of territory, US’s leaking of talks about sending weapons to Kiev may be Obama’s way of warning Putin to back offThe public disclosure that the US is considering supplying lethal weaponry to Ukraine in ...

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12. Greece is George Osborne’s new economic scapegoat
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 03:16:33

Britain is vulnerable but Greece will only damage the global economy if Athens is forced into a disorderly exit of the eurozone Continue reading...

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13. Indictment of Dutch journalist in Turkey heightens press freedom fears
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 00:09:30

Fréderike Geerdink, who has been accused of posting messages supporting the outlawed PKK, faces five years in jail Continue reading...

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14. 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 2015-02-03 at 05:03:55

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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15. News Corp won’t be prosecuted in US in relation to phone hacking
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 04:05:24

News Corp has been notified it will not face charges in the US in relation to phone hacking and payments to public officials by US authoritiesRupert Murdoch’s News Corporation will not face any charges in the US in relation to phone hacking and payments...

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16. Ecuador’s president wages social media counterattack aimed at ‘defamers’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 03:36:44

Rafael Correa has created a website and Twitter account in response to mocking memes. His critics say it is simply a war on freedom of expression Continue reading...

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17. Court rejects Balkan genocide claims
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-03 at 16:39:42

The top UN court rules that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other during the war of secession from Yugoslavia.

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18. Halal slaughterhouse staff investigated over alleged animal cruelty
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 15:33:27

Video footage from animal rights group appears to show sheep being kicked, hacked at and hurled into structures at Bowood Lamb abattoir in Yorkshire Continue reading...

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19. Barack Obama sets out plan to tax US companies on $2tn profits held abroad
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 03:44:36

Apple, Microsoft and General Electric would face bills of $10bn or more under president’s budget proposal for one-off levy plus 19% tax on offshore cashBarack Obama’s plan to force US multinationals to pay tax on the more than $2tn (£1.3tn) of p...

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20. How giving Prince Philip a knighthood left Australia’s PM fighting for survival
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 11:15:32

Described as everything from ‘total craziness’ to ‘pathetically stupid’ to ‘a joke and embarrassment’, Tony Abbott’s knightmare keeps on getting darker• MPs call for vote on Abbott’s leadership Australia Day is not typically a difficult ...

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