1. Sinosphere Blog: Saturday Night in Taipei, and the Cool Kids Are at the Bookstore
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-20 at 11:00:20

At a time when many booksellers are struggling, Eslite is thriving, with 43 stores in Taiwan and one in Hong Kong. One secret to its success in Taiwan: It operates like a self-contained mall.

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2. IMF cuts global growth forecast
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-20 at 15:34:41

The International Monetary Fund lowers its forecast for global economic growth for this year and next.

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3. Boko Haram – the Guardian briefing
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-19 at 22:50:32

Fears are growing that increasingly ruthless Islamist group is expanding operations into neighbouring countries Continue reading...

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4. Puzzling Death of a Prosecutor Grips Argentina
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-20 at 07:03:22

Alberto Nisman, a federal prosecutor who was found dead in his home, had accused top Argentine officials of conspiring with Iran to cover up responsibility for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

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5. Recipient of Artificial Heart Goes Home
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-20 at 16:49:53

The news, reported by Carmat, the French company that developed the device, signals a milestone toward its possible commercialization.

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7. Alberto Nisman’s death highlights failures of Argentinian investigation
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-20 at 06:26:49

Fate of prosecutor who claimed cover-up of 1994 bombing came from on high described as fresh attack on Jewish community Continue reading...

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8. Martin Luther King weekend events from Selma to Ferguson – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-20 at 00:40:46

Americans across the country take part in events to commemorate the civil rights leader who was born 86 years ago. In New York and elsewhere, events were meant to commemorate King and to protest police brutality in the wake of several high-profile deaths ...

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9. Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’, says Pope Francis
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-20 at 10:44:10

Pope says Catholic church supports “responsible parenting” but criticises ‘ideological colonisation’ of the developing worldPope defends church’s opposition to artificial contraceptionPope confirms he will visit New York, Philadelphia and Washi...

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10. ArtsBeat: Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards Are Announced
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-20 at 05:30:58

Among the writers whose books were nominated: Thomas Piketty, Phil Klay, Chang-rae Lee, Marlon James, and Marilynne Robinson.

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11. Freed Yazidi: I was beaten by Isis because I refused to say the Shahada
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-20 at 01:23:54

Shepherd Amin Jendi was among those released by the militant group this week although 5,000 still thought to be captive Continue reading...

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12. Up to 800,000 Chechens protest over cartoons of prophet Muhammad
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-19 at 22:42:37

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said he would die to protect prophet’s name in wake of Charlie Hebdo’s ‘vulgar’ images Continue reading...

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13. Pretty radical: a young woman’s journey into the heart of Poland’s far right – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-19 at 14:25:00

We follow 19-year-old Paulina, who joins Poland's far-right National Radical Camp. She is quickly selected as a candidate in local elections because she's 'a pretty young woman' who might improve the image of an organisation thought to be full of 'bald ho...

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15. Top Iranian general and six Hezbollah fighters killed in Israeli attack in Syria
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-19 at 21:29:51

Revolutionary Guards confirm Mohammad Ali Allahdadi died in Sunday’s attack along with members of Lebanese militant group Continue reading...

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16. As Growth Slows, China Pins Hopes on Consumer Spending
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-20 at 07:48:12

Beijing, which reported growth of 7.4 percent for 2014, below its target of 7.5 percent, is trying to reduce its dependence on credit-fueled investment and government spending.

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18. ‘Palestinian lives don’t count here’
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-20 at 15:49:46

Palestinians in Israel call for general strike after police kill two people in Negev.

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19. Bahrain’s main opposition leader accused of plotting coup
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-20 at 01:16:39

Calls for immediate release of al-Wefaq movement head Sheikh Ali Salman as well as human rights activist Nabil Rajab Continue reading...

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