1. Blaze wrecks Moscow public library
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-01 at 04:13:13

A blaze rages for more than 17 hours at one of Russia's largest public libraries, destroying parts of the building in the capital Moscow.

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2. Fire in major Russian library destroys 1m historic documents
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 04:51:05

Leading scientist speaks of cultural ‘Chernobyl’ after blaze ravages 2,000 sq metres of Moscow institute holding papers dating to 16th centuryA fire that ripped through one of Russia’s largest university libraries is believed to have damaged more th...

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3. Japan hostage Goto ‘killed’ – video
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-01 at 07:34:40

A video is released online purporting to show the beheading by Islamic State militants of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.

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5. Serena Williams Wins Australian Open With Coughs, Guts and Aces
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-31 at 17:53:34

Williams won her 19th Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, defeating Sharapova, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to become the oldest woman to win the singles title in the Open era.

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6. Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-01 at 00:12:27

Tens of thousands of people attend a rally in central Madrid by radical leftists Podemos, as they look to build on Syriza's recent victory in Greece.

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7. IS claims beheading of second Japanese captive
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-02-01 at 09:36:57

The Islamic State group claimed in a video that it has beheaded a second Japanese hostage, drawing international condemnation and outrage from a visibly upset Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who denounced it as a "heinous and despicable" act. The app...

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10. Justin Timberlake Confirms Jessica Biel’s Pregnancy With Sweetest Photo Ever
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-02-01 at 06:35:05

Bye, bye, bye to any doubt. 

Justin Timberlake celebrated his 34th birthday by finally confirming wife Jessica Biel's pregnancy in an Instagram that is almost too adorable for words:

     Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I'm getting th...

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12. Merkel rules out Greek debt relief
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-31 at 19:35:39

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects any cancellation of Greece's debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.

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13. Kendall Jenner Shows Skin In Cut-Out Top, Cozies Up To Ansel Elgort For Photo Shoot
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-02-01 at 05:28:13

Kendall Jenner is one lucky girl!

Wearing a black and burgundy beaded cut-out top, red pants, and headphones around her neck, the 19-year-old model and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star cozied up to "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Divergent" star and ...

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14. Canada’s new anti-terror legislation prompts civil liberties fears
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-31 at 02:46:42

Prime minister Stephen Harper announces Anti-Terrorism Act that would increase spy powers, crack down on websitesDeclaring that “a great evil has descended on our world”, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled legislation giving security ...

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15. Carl Djerassi, 91, a Creator of the Birth Control Pill, Dies
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-02-01 at 00:11:25

Dr. Djerassi was one of two chemists working with a student assistant who in 1951 first synthesized a hormone that became the key ingredient of the contraceptive pill.

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18. Venezuela issues new protest rules
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-31 at 06:30:28

New regulations are published in Venezuela allowing soldiers to open fire if they feel their lives are at risk during demonstrations.

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20. US drone strike in Yemen kills four suspected al-Qaida operatives
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-01 at 01:06:34

The latest crisis in Yemen has plunged the impoverished country deeper into turmoil and pushed it closer to fracturing along sectarian and tribal lines Continue reading...

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