1. A Regal Beagle Seizes the Spotlight
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-18 at 19:59:24

Miss P, winner of Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, is a grandniece of the 2008 Best in Show winner.

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2. Swiss raid HSBC’s Geneva office
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-18 at 22:47:36

Swiss prosecutors search offices of the Geneva subsidiary of HSBC bank in an inquiry into alleged money-laundering.

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3. Guantánamo torturer led brutal Chicago regime of shackling and confession
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 21:31:56

Exclusive: Longtime detective’s tactics exported from Chicago to GuantánamoMinority Americans allege catalogue of abuse and coercion similar to detaineeOfficials examining complaints after innocent man spent half his life in prisonA Chicago detective w...

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4. Paris police launch inquiry after Chelsea fans seen abusing black man on film
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 17:48:46

Investigation begins in Paris into crimes of racial violence on public transport, with Scotland Yard set to study footage in bid to identify those involvedPolice in Paris and London have launched investigations after Chelsea supporters were filmed singing...

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5. Argentines demand independent judiciary in huge street march
     Published by Reuters on 2015-02-19 at 05:00:02

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched peacefully through the Argentine capital on Wednesday demanding an independent judiciary, as the country reels from the death of a state prosecutor who had been investigating the president.
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7. From Cairo Private School to Syria’s Killing Fields (With Video)
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-18 at 23:41:31

The West is not alone in struggling to understand why young men like Islam Yaken, raised in homes that would never condone violence, are joining the Islamic State.

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9. Obama: US at war with those who have perverted Islam
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-02-19 at 07:36:51

US president says those fighting for ISIL and al-Qaeda are not religious leaders, but "terrorists".

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10. 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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11. Google warns of US government ‘hacking any facility’ in the world
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 22:47:59

Google says increasing the FBI’s powers set out in search warrants would raise ‘monumental’ legal concerns that should be decided by CongressGoogle is boldly opposing an attempt by the US Justice Department to expand federal powers to search and sei...

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12. Chinese lunar new year 2015 – in numbers
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 10:30:05

Out with the year of the horse, in with the sheep. A guide to Chinese new yearThe number of days most Chinese workers will get off work during the 40-day lunar new year period, giving them a rare chance to spend time with their families. At midnight on We...

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13. Divers find ‘priceless’ hoard of gold coins off Israel’s Mediterranean coast
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 07:45:29

Record haul of 2,000 coins found in an ancient harbour and belong to era of Fatimid Caliphate which ruled much of the Middle East and North Africa from 909 to 1171Scuba divers have discovered the largest trove of gold coins ever found off Israel’s Medit...

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14. Russian punk band Pussy Riot release I Can’t Breathe, inspired by Eric Garner
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 18:10:02

‘Industrial ballad’ is born of taking part in street protests against US police brutality but also takes aim at Russia’s repressive Putin regimeThe video is dark, claustrophobic and haunting – an “industrial ballad”, in the words of Pussy Riot...

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15. New Approach to Blocking H.I.V. Raises Hopes for an AIDS Vaccine
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-19 at 00:13:30

A new compound has blocked H.I.V. infection so well in monkeys that it may be able to function as a vaccine against AIDS, scientists say.

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16. Tony Blair advising Serbian government 16 years after bombing of Belgrade
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-19 at 00:48:48

Blair will counsel Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic, once his outspoken critic, under deal believed to be funded by United Arab Emirates Continue reading...

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17. Kyrgyzstan detains imam for ‘encouraging followers to fight for Isis’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 19:35:36

A prominent Kyrgyz imam and government critic has been detained for ‘making extremist statements’ – charges his supporters say are politically motivated. EurasiaNet.org reports  Continue reading...

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18. Kidnapped Tanzanian albino boy found dead with limbs hacked off
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 17:51:57

The killing of one-year-old Yohana Bahati is the latest murder for body parts used by witch doctors, police sayA one-year-old boy with albinism has been found dead in Tanzania with his arms and legs hacked off, the latest such murder for body parts used b...

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19. Dissenting voices silenced in Pakistan’s war of the web
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-18 at 12:30:07

YouTube is banned and tweets are censored, while pornography thrives and foreign Islamist militants have their sayPakistan already goes further than most in digitally shielding its citizens from the outside world. There are only two countries where Facebo...

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20. Mexican oil giant Pemex puts some deep-water exploration on hold
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-19 at 01:40:03

State-run oil company also having to lay off workers in response to steep drop in global crude prices, Pemex chief says Continue reading...

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