1. IS ‘burns to death 45 in west Iraq’
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-17 at 20:51:31

Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, the local police chief says.

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2. Indian millionaire accused of murdering guard over delay in opening gate
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 15:31:52

Muhammad Nisham allegedly pinned victim to wall with his Hummer and beat him with iron rodIndian police have charged a millionaire businessman with murder after he allegedly rammed an SUV into his security guard for being slow in opening a gate, an offici...

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3. Double-layered veils and despair … women describe life under Isis
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 12:30:01

Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code in areas it controls in Iraq and Syria, with punishments of fines or beatings for those who do not comply Women living under Islamic State’s control in Iraq and Syria are facing increasingly harsh restrictio...

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4. Iran arms exports to Iraq tolerated in fight against Isis says report
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 10:40:11

An internal Iranian report says Tehran has gained credibility from supporting Iraq’s fight against Isis despite UN ban on Iranian weapons exports, but that Tehran faces growing western scrutiny as Isis weakens Continue reading...

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5. Chainsaw drink-driver loses appeal
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-17 at 16:29:41

An Australian learner driver who stitched his own chainsaw wound and drank gin before trying to drive to a hospital loses a Supreme Court appeal.

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6. North Korea’s Arirang mass games – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 20:04:06

Pyongyang has announced that it will not stage the Arirang games in 2015. Here’s a look back at earlier renditions of the world’s biggest choreographed extravaganza – part circus act, part rhythmic gymnastics – last held in 2013 Continue reading.....

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7. ‘Being a Muslim in the south is great, until you turn on the news’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 21:40:49

The deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina and a wave of negative stories about Islam has made life tough for Muslims in the south. Wajahat Ali talks to Muslim southerners determined not to be beaten by bigotry Continue reading...

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8. Reclaiming Puerto Rico’s Food Paradise
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-18 at 00:09:42

A movement of loosely affiliated cooks, farmers and activists is trying to reclaim the gastronomic paradise at their fingertips.

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9. Tony Abbott: Indonesia should reciprocate for tsunami aid by sparing Bali Nine pair
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 04:46:30

Prime minister says clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran would be a fair response to Australia’s $1bn tsunami assistance Continue reading...

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10. Ukraine pro-Russia forces seize strategic Debaltseve railway hub despite truce
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 01:07:37

Rebels close in on government soldiers, trapped in ruins and running out of food and supplies after more than a week under siegePro-Russia forces seized parts of the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve in intense street fighting, ignoring a shaky ceasefir...

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11. US and Turkey near Syria rebels deal
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-18 at 02:25:18

Turkey and the US have reached a tentative agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces, US officials say.

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12. Great Barrier Reef polluters face tougher action under Queensland’s new government
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 02:58:01

Labor government appoints state’s first ever reef minister as it steps up plan to avoid the UN listing the ecosystem as ‘in danger’ The Queensland government may adopt tough new regulations to tackle the amount of pollution flowing onto the Great Ba...

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13. Float accident at Haiti Carnival parade kills at least 16
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-02-18 at 07:15:48

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — At least 16 people were killed early Tuesday in the Haitian capital after a man on top of a musical group's Carnival float was shocked by high-voltage wires above the street, setting off a panic in which dozens of people wer...

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14. Church of England calls for ‘fresh moral vision’ in British politics
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 21:13:18

C of E letter urging people to vote on 7 May laments ‘growing appetite to exploit grievances, find scapegoats and create barriers between people and nations’  Continue reading...

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15. Binyamin Netanyahu faces damning expenses accusations ahead of elections
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 22:24:41

Report into spending by Israeli prime minister accuses him of improper use of public funds, including criticising spending on takeaway meals and cleaningA damning official report into spending by the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, at his offi...

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16. What will it take to stop Isis using rape as a weapon of war?
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 14:30:03

When so many women have been raped by Isis fighters, the stigma surrounding survivors is gradually being eroded Continue reading...

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17. ‘Some people don’t understand my music’: meet Vladimir Putin’s ‘official DJ’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 10:30:11

Dance music is so popular in Russia that acts have been invited to appear at the Kremlin. DJ Fenix describes how his strobe-heavy rave sets go down with Moscow’s conservative elite Continue reading...

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19. How blogger Brown Moses used open-source information to analyse missile attacks on Ukraine – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 19:30:00

Blogger and citizen journalist Eliot Higgins – aka Brown Moses – explains how he used open-source information to determine cross-border artillery attacks that appear to be being fired from Russian territory into Ukraine. His team used satellite imager...

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20. Who’s going to cough up the cash to meet global poverty targets?
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-17 at 12:30:02

Politicians need to feel the heat ahead of the financing for development summit in Ethiopia. If Addis disappoints, the fallout could be extensive Continue reading...

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