1. Migrant tragedy in Med ‘preventable’
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-12 at 17:56:47

The drowning of more than 300 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea this week could have been prevented with better EU lifesaving provision, experts say.

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2. U.S. Orders Alabama To License Gay Unions
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-13 at 07:37:44

The decision was expected to send a signal to judges statewide who are caught between a federal ruling and an order from Alabama’s chief justice.

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3. Egypt court grants bail to Al Jazeera journalists
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-02-13 at 08:16:38

Trial of Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who had been detained for 411 days in Cairo jail, to resume on February 23.

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4. New Romantic icon Steve Strange dies
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-13 at 06:12:19

Steve Strange, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, has died aged 55 following heart attack, his record label says.

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5. Surprising Speech by F.B.I. Chief Focuses on Police and Race
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-12 at 23:24:16

James B. Comey said that officers develop a mental shortcut because of the number of black suspects they arrest, and need to interact more with those they are charged to protect.

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7. ‘Glimmer of hope’ for Ukraine after new ceasefire deal
     Published by Reuters on 2015-02-13 at 05:25:08

MINSK (Reuters) - Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed to a deal offering a "glimmer of hope" for an end to conflict in eastern Ukraine, but the United States and NATO said further intense fighting on Thursday ran counter to the spirit of the accord...

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9. Yemen facing ‘forgotten crisis’ as humanitarian disaster looms
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-12 at 12:30:14

Donors urged to step in with almost two-thirds of country’s population – including 840,000 acutely malnourished children – in need of assistance Continue reading...

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10. Paris moves to sue Fox News for false reporting on Muslim ‘no-go zones’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-13 at 04:25:39

City council approves lawsuit against ‘bloopers factory’ Fox News for incorrectly reporting in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack that some city areas ban non-Muslims  Continue reading...

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11. Aid money for development projects in Nepal linked to child labour
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-12 at 17:32:19

Bricks made by children and adults trapped in bonded labour have been used in construction projects funded by international donors including the UN, UK and the Asian Development Bank  Continue reading...

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12. Democrats Pick Philadelphia for 2016 Convention
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-13 at 02:22:47

The Democrats, anticipating the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall enfolding their presidential nominee in a patriotic glow, chose Philadelphia over New York and Columbus, Ohio.

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13. Italy is a ‘dying country’ says minister as birth rate plummets
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-13 at 06:09:45

New figures show the lowest total number of births since the formation of the modern Italian state Continue reading...

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14. HSBC files: Swiss bank hid money for suspected criminals
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-12 at 23:51:44

Documents detail customers who faced allegations including drug-running, corruption, doping and money launderingHSBC’s Swiss bank concealed large sums of money for people facing allegations of serious wrongdoing, including drug-running, corruption and m...

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15. David Carr, Media Columnist for The Times, Is Dead at 58
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-13 at 09:04:18

Mr. Carr, who joined The Times in 2002, wrote about the intersection of media with business, culture and government.

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16. Brian Williams Scandal Prompts Frantic Efforts at NBC to Curb Rising Damage
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-13 at 00:33:06

Interviews show a news division in crisis mode as it investigated Brian Williams and assessed whether its celebrity anchor could salvage his position.

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17. Toxic orange cloud spreads over Catalonia after chemical blast
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-12 at 19:05:32

Residents told to close windows and seal air vents after dense cloud hovers over six municipalities in central Catalonia More than 60,000 residents in north-eastern Spain have been told to stay indoors after an explosion at a chemical warehouse sent a den...

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18. Rachel Corrie’s family loses wrongful death appeal in Israel’s supreme court
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-13 at 05:59:49

Family of US woman killed in Gaza 12 years ago had sought to hold Israel liable for her death, but judges uphold decision of lower court in Haifa  Continue reading...

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19. Lens Blog: French Muslims, Never Fully at Home
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-13 at 00:07:47

In the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks, Bharat Choudhary’s photos show how French Muslims struggle to live in a society that they fear will never fully accept them.

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20. Coastal communities dumping 8m tonnes of plastic in oceans every year
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-13 at 00:30:04

China ranked top polluter as figures suggest total plastic litter ending up in the seas could rise tenfold by 2025Coastal populations put about 8m tonnes of plastic rubbish into the oceans in 2010, an annual figure that could double over the next decade w...

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