1. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-23 at 16:28:46

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital, royal officials announce, weeks after being admitted with a lung infection.

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2. Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Leader, Is Arrested on Graft Charges
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-23 at 07:30:56

Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Mr. Silver had produced “a nice profit on being a public official.”

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4. Tutankhamun’s beard glued back on
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-23 at 03:20:02

Egyptian officials probe reports that Tutankhamun's beard was hastily glued back on after becoming detached from the priceless antiquity.

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5. Female UN peacekeepers: an all-too-rare sight
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-22 at 12:30:09

Fifteen years after a UN resolution stressed the vital role of women in conflict resolution, only 2% of its largest mission – in DRC – are femaleExplainer: Has resolution 1325 made any difference for women?Congo’s women fight for the right to play a...

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8. Planned flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi postponed again
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 13:24:44

Medical assessment shows Badawi – who received 50 lashings on 9 January – unfit to face punishment• A look at the writings of Raif Badawi• Saudi blogger’s wife: I will not sit in a corner and cry  Continue reading...

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9. In a Reversal, Argentine President Says Prosecutor’s Death Was Not a Suicide
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-23 at 04:20:25

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said she believed that the lead investigator of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center did not commit suicide.

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10. Gates foundation annual letter: what do you think of their vision?
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-22 at 14:05:42

Do you think the goals outlined by Bill and Melinda Gates over the next 15 years are achievable? Share your thoughtsBill Gates: digital learning will revolutionise education in global south Continue reading...

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11. El Salvador pardons woman jailed after birth complications led to death of child
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-22 at 22:04:43

Campaigners hail decision as pressure grows to release 16 other women jailed under draconian anti-abortion laws following miscarriages Continue reading...

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12. Donetsk trolleybus explosion blows Ukraine peace negotiations apart
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-22 at 23:29:30

Russia and Ukraine’s superficial attempts to reconcile in Berlin earlier this week have rapidly come to nothing Continue reading...

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13. A mother pleads as Japan hostage deadline passes
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-01-23 at 16:39:58

The deadline set by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese men unless they were given $200 million passed Friday, after one captive's mother made a desperate plea to save her son's life. Japan had heard nothing from the extremists h...

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14. Philippines moved homeless people to luxury resort for pope’s visit
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 13:10:14

Government says 490 beggars and homeless people were taken off streets and put in holiday cabins for Pope Francis’s visit Continue reading...

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15. Kenyan grandmother at school with her great-great-grandchildren
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-23 at 06:11:40

The 90-year-old Kenyan at school with her great great grandchildren

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17. Scientists slow the speed of light
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-23 at 06:58:30

A team of Scottish scientists make light travel slower than the speed of light by changing the shape of photons.

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19. Ousted Thai PM Yingluck banned from politics, faces criminal charges
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-23 at 15:26:41

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities dealt a double blow to ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her powerful family on Friday, banning her from politics for five years and proceeding with criminal charges for negligence that could put her in jai...

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20. U.S. Fears Chaos as Government of Yemen Falls
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-23 at 07:31:59

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his cabinet stepped down, providing opportunities both for Iranian-supported rebels and Al Qaeda, whose Yemeni branch claimed responsibility for a recent terrorist attack in Paris.

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