1. Conquering El Capitan: climbers make history in California’s Yosemite national park – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 06:24:16

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are the first people to free-climb the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite national park, California, using only ropes to catch them if they fellYosemite duo celebrate reaching summit of El Capitan, world’s toughest cli...

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2. Starting Friday, U.S. Will Ease Restrictions on Travel to Cuba
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-16 at 07:23:40

While ordinary tourism remains banned by law, new rules put in place by President Obama will make it easier for Americans to visit Cuba than it has been for most of the last 50 years.

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4. US jackpot winner accused of fraud
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-16 at 08:05:16

Officials in the US state of Iowa arrest a lottery employee named as the mystery winner of a multimillion-dollar ticket.

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5. Pope Francis: freedom of expression has limits
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 14:02:38

Pontiff defends freedom of speech en route to the Philippines but says ‘you cannot insult the faith of others’ Continue reading...

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6. Uncertain future for wind power in Australia
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-16 at 02:22:25

South Australia leads the way on wind power

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7. Boko Haram: satellite images reveal devastation of massacre in Nigeria
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 17:05:24

Before-and-after photographs show more than 3,100 structures destroyed by fire in villages where hundreds, perhaps thousands, were killedBoko Haram massacre: ‘I walked through five villages and each one was empty except for dead bodies’ Continue readi...

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8. VIDEO: Beaten for blogging: #Free Speech Stories
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-16 at 08:36:17

Wife of convicted Saudi blogger living in 'perpetual anxiety'

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9. Syrian refugees caught in winter’s grip – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 18:30:58

Heavy snowfall has added to the vulnerability of more than 400,000 Syrian refugees living in makeshift shelters in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Amid fears that tents will collapse or be flooded, and with mounting concern over inadequate supplies of clean wat...

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11. Celebrities push to make 2015 year of action on poverty and climate change
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 03:30:00

Matt Damon and Malala Yousafzai among supporters of Action/2015 campaign to ensure success at UN summits on development goals and climate change Continue reading...

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12. Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 05:39:00

Newly uncovered Snowden document contrasts with British PM’s vow to crack down on encrypted messaging after Paris attacks Continue reading...

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13. Turkey PM likens Netanyahu to Paris attackers
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-16 at 02:09:55

Davutoglu says Israel's Gaza operations and its raid on a 2010 aid flotilla on par with Paris attacks that killed 17.

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14. Protesters in Istanbul burn copies of newspaper which published Charlie Hebdo cartoons – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 15:18:27

Dozens of protesters demonstrate in Istanbul on Wednesday against pro-secular newspaper Cumhuriyet which published translated versions of Charlie Hebdo cartoons. The protesters burned copies of the paper and said its employees 'will pay for what they did'...

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16. Jewish schools closed in Belgium with Europe on high terror alert
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 14:31:49

Belgian officials say deadly raid on suspected terror cell averted major atrocity, but was not linked to last week’s Paris shootings Continue reading...

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18. ‘In dog we trust’ – US rug misprint
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-15 at 23:50:14

A $500 (£329) rug is removed from a Florida sheriff's office after someone spotted it mistakenly read "in dog we trust".

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19. Swiss currency shock: blame the bank in Frankfurt not Zurich
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 18:07:47

Swiss decision probably means Mario Draghi and the ECB have at last convinced Germany that QE is needed to save the eurozone Continue reading...

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20. Swiss franc soars as euro cap ends
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-15 at 23:26:33

The Swiss franc soars and sends markets into turmoil as Switzerland abandons the cap on the currency's value against the euro.

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