1. Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 21:24:26

A modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in recent years as followers see the stories as metaphors for life not worship of the gods Continue reading...

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2. German neo-Nazi party cancels protest after boarding wrong train
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 19:14:20

NPD members  due to arrive in Freiburg to support  woman banned from  exam due to her party allegianceMembers of Germany’s neo-Nazi National Democratic party (NPD) were forced to cancel a protest in the south-west city of Freiburg after they got on to a...

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3. 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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4. Greece outlines debt ‘menu’ in bid to win over skeptical euro zone
     Published by Reuters on 2015-02-03 at 04:58:25

LONDON/ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed ending a standoff with its official creditors by swapping the debt for growth-linked bonds on Monday, a week after its election on an anti-aus...

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5. Egyptian court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 18:38:00

Proponents of outlawed group were convicted of playing a role in killings of 16 police officers in 2013An Egyptian court has sentenced 183 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death as authorities continue to crack down on Islamists.The men we...

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7. Donetsk opera house: tanks on the street but the show must go on
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-02 at 17:39:30

The city’s opera house remains open despite the dangers posed by the conflict between local separatists and Ukrainian forcesBy now in Donetsk, everyone from children to pensioners can differentiate between the sound of incoming and outgoing fire, or ide...

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8. 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. VIDEO: BBC witnesses Kobane devastation
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-02 at 18:33:44

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville returns to Kobane and assesses the scene on the ground.

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12. 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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13. Head of UN war crimes inquiry resigns after Israel accuses him of pro-Gaza bias
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-02-03 at 04:44:39

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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14. 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 off Continue reading...

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15. Greek leaders head to Rome on Europe tour to urge debt deal
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-02-03 at 08:52:39

Greece's radical new leaders hope to win Rome's support at talks Tuesday in their bid to renegotiate a massive 240-billion-euro ($270 billion) bailout following encouraging remarks from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who said Europe must abandon au...

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16. Obama Budget Would Allow D.C. Marijuana Legalization
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-02-03 at 05:54:10

President Barack Obama's nearly $4 trillion federal budget plan unveiled Monday includes fine print that may have major consequences for marijuana legalization in Washington, D.C. 

Obama's addition of a single word -- "federal" -- to his budget proposal ...

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17. 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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18. 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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19. Crude oil prices continue rebound
     Published by BBC on 2015-02-02 at 20:09:50

The price of oil rallies as investors speculate that the falling cost of crude may have reached its end.

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20. 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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