1. U.S. kills key ISIS figure
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 02:57:25

U.S. kills key ISIS figure

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2. 2 degrees: Most important number you’ve never heard of
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 02:49:30

tl;dr version: You can vote on the first story I'll report as part of this new series on 2 degrees Celsius -- which is the agreed-upon threshold for dangerous climate change. Go here if you don't see the poll. Thanks!

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3. Biologist creates ‘self-healing’ concrete
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 02:27:07

Biologist creates 'self-healing' concrete

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4. Egypt’s former president to die
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 00:41:14

Egypt's former president to die

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5. 2015: The warmest first quarter on record
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 02:49:28

New climate change records have come along to remind us that Earth's thermostat is steadily pushing upward.

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6. NASA: Antarctic ice shelf to disappear by 2020
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 02:53:11

A NASA study predicts that what remains of the once-prominent ice shelf most likely will "disintegrate completely" before the end of this decade.

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7. Parts Unknown: The wilds of magnificent Madagascar
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 00:26:46

Parts Unknown: The wilds of magnificent Madagascar

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9. American Pharoah on course for Triple Crown
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 02:14:10

American Pharoah stayed on course for the famed Triple Crown by winning the 140th edition of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Saturday.

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10. US commandos kill top IS leader in Syria raid
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-05-17 at 01:42:47

US commandos killed a senior Islamic State group leader in a nighttime raid into Syria, American officials said, as IS jihadists tried to seize the northern part of Syria's ancient desert city of Palmyra. Across the border, IS battled Iraqi army rein...

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11. Why a massive gas mask has appeared in Venice
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 00:17:29

The historic art and architecture of Venice is the key to the city's popularity as a tourist destination, but every two years, from May to October, it also becomes a place of pilgrimage for contemporary art lovers.

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12. How mom’s letter inspired superstar
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 02:42:32

How mom's letter inspired superstar

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13. Funniest travel books ever written?
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 02:16:04

We expect a lot from our travel writers.

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14. IS militants ‘smuggled to Europe’
     Published by BBC on 2015-05-17 at 03:13:24

Islamic State fighters are being smuggled into Europe by gangs in the Mediterranean, an adviser to the Libyan government tells the BBC.

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15. Syrian army pushes IS jihadists back from ancient Palmyra
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-05-17 at 03:09:16

Syria's antiquities chief voiced guarded relief on Sunday as government troops pushed jihadists of the Islamic State group back from the remains of ancient Palmyra. The jihadists, who have demolished several ancient sites in neighbouring Iraq, had ad...

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16. US ‘deeply concerned’ by Egypt’s death penalty decision for Mohamed Morsi
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-05-17 at 00:25:36

US joins Amnesty International and Turkey’s president in criticising mass death sentence handed to more than 100 Muslim Brotherhood supportersThe US is “deeply concerned” about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for the former pres...

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18. Street artist turns city into 1980s video game
     Published by CNN on 2015-05-17 at 00:02:41

Street artist turns city into 1980s video game

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19. TV plea leads to missing Ben clues
     Published by BBC on 2015-05-17 at 00:57:31

A TV appeal for help in finding a toddler who went missing 24 years ago generates "seven very strong possible leads".

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