1. Fox Renews ‘Gotham,’ ‘Empire’ (after Only Two Episodes!)
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-18 at 04:49:41

Fox just announced three early series renewals — and one is really early.

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2. Obama To Propose Tax Hikes On Wealthy, Breaks For Middle Class
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-18 at 06:25:19

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will lay out a plan to extend tax credits to the middle class by hiking taxes on wealthier Americans and big banks, according to senior administration officials.

Under the plan, the...

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3. 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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5. 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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6. Niger death toll rises after cartoon protests
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-18 at 09:40:13

At least five more killed in capital Niamey on second day of protests against Charlie Hebdo cartoon.

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7. Six million attend Pope Manila Mass
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-18 at 16:27:36

Six million people are estimated to have attended Pope Francis' outdoor Mass in Manila or lined the Papal route, on his last full day in the Philippines.

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8. Israel PM slams impending ‘war crimes’ probe
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-18 at 05:41:27

Netanyahu calls decision by Hague-based ICC to launch investigation into possible war crimes in Palestine "absurd".

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10. IS release elderly Yazidis in Iraq
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-18 at 11:12:01

Islamic State militants free scores of mainly elderly members of the Yazidi religious community in northern Iraq.

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12. Anchor Leaves CNN After Tweets
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-18 at 03:18:49

Jim Clancy, who was at the cable news network for more than 30 years, left after controversy flared around a series of Twitter posts he made.

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13. Belgium Deploys Troops After Foiling Possible Plot
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-18 at 02:58:18

Beefing up security around Jewish sites, embassies and other potential terrorist targets, Belgium deployed scores of heavily armed paratroopers on Saturday in Brussels and Antwerp.

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15. Charlie Hebdo killer Cherif Kouachi buried near Paris
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-01-18 at 16:08:49

Cherif Kouachi, one of the two brothers who killed 12 people in an attack on France's Charlie Hebdo magazine, has been buried in an unmarked grave near Paris under tight security, the local mayor's office told AFP. Kouachi was buried late on Sat...

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16. Israel lobbies foreign powers to cut ICC funding
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-18 at 16:47:58

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is lobbying member-states of the International Criminal Court to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials said on Sunday.

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18. Rajapaksa’s brother probed over killings
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-18 at 14:32:00

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of Sri Lankan ex-leader, accused of ordering murders, including that of a newspaper editor.

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20. Houthi Rebels Abduct Aide to Yemen’s President
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-18 at 01:58:27

Shiite Houthi rebels abducted the office director for Yemen’s president on Saturday in the capital in an effort to disrupt a meeting on a new constitution, which includes provisions to which the Houthis have strongly objected.

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