1. Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples Nationwide
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-17 at 07:29:20

The court, after declining to take up the issue in October, is now likely to resolve one of the great civil rights questions of the age before its current term ends in June.

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2. 2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-17 at 09:30:05

Extreme land temperatures were accompanied by an unusually warm ocean surface virtually everywhere except around Antarctica, scientists reported.

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4. Guantánamo Diary: ‘They made me drink salt water. The chains stopped the circulation to my hands and feet’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 23:44:11

The brutality and disorientation of a three-hour boat trip off the coast of Cuba leaves Mohamedou Ould Slahi terrorised. Plus: Stephen Fry reads an extractDeclassified diary published at lastExtract: Flight to GuantánamoExtract: False confession Continue...

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5. Erdogan lashes out at Charlie Hebdo magazine
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-17 at 01:28:17

Turkish leader says magazine "wreaks terror by intervening in freedom of others", adding freedom "is not limitless".

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6. Islamists killed in Belgian terror raids ‘planned to massacre police in street’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 20:31:00

Counter-terror officers kill two and arrest 15 suspected jihadis in Belgium and France with Europe on high alert for further attacks Continue reading...

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7. Saudis ‘to review’ blogger flogging
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-17 at 02:43:37

The case of a Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes has been referred to the Supreme Court by the king's office, the BBC learns.

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8. As Pope Francis Visits Philippines, Tensions Between Church and Government Surface
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-17 at 09:26:41

After meeting with the pope, President Benigno S. Aquino III said that church leaders in the Philippines had been overly critical of him.

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9. ICC to probe possible war crimes in Palestine
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-17 at 12:12:30

ICC opens preliminary probe into war crimes committed by Israel prompting US to condemn decision as "tragic irony".

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10. US-Cuba travel restrictions eased
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-16 at 22:59:46

New US trade and travel rules covering Cuba have come into effect, allowing the use of credit cards and ending a ban on Cuban cigars.

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12. Guantánamo Diary exposes brutality of US rendition and torture
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 23:45:09

Memoir serialised by Guardian tells how Mohamedou Ould Slahi endured savage beatings, death threats and sexual humiliationHow a classified manuscript became an extraordinary bookProfile: a chronicler of fear, not despairExtract: the flight to Guantánamo ...

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14. Pakistan clashes over Hebdo cartoon
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-16 at 20:25:56

Pakistani police use tear gas and water cannon to push back crowds of protesters angry at a French magazine's cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

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15. Why is the world blind to the fresh threat of genocide in Darfur?
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 21:43:16

While the west focuses on Islamic State and Boko Haram, forces loyal to Khartoum are mounting a renewed campaign of violence in Darfur, writes Ahmed H Adam Continue reading...

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16. Nigeria’s elections promise a genuine contest – but avoiding unrest is vital
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 12:30:09

When Nigeria goes to the polls in February, rival candidates Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari must do all they can to limit the risk of violence Continue reading...

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17. Rhinos escape from snoozing guard at Israeli zoo – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 01:57:00

Three female rhinos escape from Israel's safari zoo after a security guard falls asleep at his post. The three rhinos, Rihanna, Keren Peles and Karnabella, are caught on CCTV running away while being chased by the guard. The trio were eventually rounded u...

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19. Former LNP minister launches scathing attack on Newman government
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-17 at 12:38:01

Dr Chris Davis, who attacks former colleagues in a pre-election TV ad, warns voters to ‘be wary of sociopaths’  Continue reading...

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20. Europe high alert for terror attack
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-17 at 12:55:56

Security has been tightened across Europe, as Belgium joins France in deploying troops alongside police after a series of anti-terror raids.

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