1. North Korean leader proposes summit
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-01 at 17:20:30

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offers to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea, which describes the move as "meaningful".

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2. Mario Cuomo, Former New York Governor, Governor’s Father and an Eloquent Liberal Beacon, Dies at 82
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-02 at 06:42:25

Mr. Cuomo, a spellbinding orator and colorful personality who flirted with running for the presidency, lived to see his son Andrew follow in his footsteps as governor.

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3. Japan birth rate slumps to new low
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-02 at 05:01:37

Japan's birth rate slumps to a record low in 2014, health ministry figures show, with barely 1m newborns in 2014 - 9,000 fewer than in 2013.

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4. Syria’s war ‘killed 76,021’ in 2014
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-02 at 03:51:46

Monitoring group says nearly half of those killed in the conflict last year were civilians.

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5. Artistic touch humanises Australia’s androids
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-02 at 04:49:48

Using art to make Australia's androids more sociable

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6. Pope Francis uses new year mass to condemn slavery and human trafficking
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-01 at 19:12:44

Theme of service to mark Roman Catholic church’s World Day of Peace is ‘No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters’ Continue reading...

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7. Hero Cops Form Human Net To Catch Mom, Girls Jumping From Burning House
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-02 at 03:20:54

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Several police officers formed a human net to catch a woman and her two young daughters as they jumped from their burning home in southern New Jersey.

Camden County police said the fire on Atlantic Avenue in Camden was reported arou...

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8. Verdict against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny galvanises opposition
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 16:55:05

A court has handed Russia’s most prominent opposition figure a suspended sentence and jailed his brother on fraud charges they say are politically motivated. The case will only reflect badly on the Kremlin, writes Mark GaleottiA three-and-a-half year su...

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9. Poetry in motion: mobile site brings new audience to African writers
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 16:55:05

Continent’s ancient oral tradition gets new hearing on pioneering mobile site Badilisha Poetry X-Change“These days, the language of deathis a dialect of betrayals; the bodies broken, placid as saints, hobble along the tiled corridors, from room to roo...

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10. Uganda has little to show for African trade agreement with the US after 14 years
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 16:55:05

The African Growth and Opportunity Act of 2000 promised a brighter future for Uganda, but the country has seen few benefitsWhen Uganda recruited more than 1,400 women from rural villages and took them to the country’s capital, Kampala, in 2002, the east...

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11. Southern Australia braces for weekend of extreme fire danger
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 16:55:05

Strong winds and soaring temperatures expected to fan blazes in South Australia, while authorities have issued warnings for Victoria and Tasmania Southern Australia was bracing for a weekend of extreme fire danger, with already running fires expected to b...

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12. Freak show TV: lessons to learn from Channel Seven’s racist ‘lost tribe’ report
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 16:55:05

After the federal court upheld a ruling that a Channel Seven story about a Brazilian tribe in the Amazon was inaccurate and racist, we ask an academic, journalist, activist and filmmaker who have all worked in Brazil to weigh in• Channel Seven loses leg...

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14. Deaths in Iraq show two sides of Iran’s role in sectarian conflict
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 16:55:05

The funeral this week of a Revolutionary Guard commander killed inIraq showed Iran’s official commitment to its armed forces, whilethe murkier dimensions of Tehran’s growing role in the region’ssectarian conflict have been highlighted by the death o...

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18. Idaho Walmart shooting is latest example of fatal combination of children and guns
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-01 at 21:15:55

No definitive figures exist for people killed or injured by children who get their hands on guns but an average of 62 children a year die in unintentional shootingsIdaho woman shot dead by 2-year-old son was nuclear scientist Continue reading...

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19. Syrian conflict has claimed 76,000 lives in deadliest year yet, say monitors
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-01 at 21:45:50

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 2014 was worst of four-year war, with thousands of children among dead Continue reading...

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20. France’s rock star economist Thomas Piketty turns down Legion of Honour
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-01 at 22:30:59

Bestselling author spurns country’s highest distinction on grounds that government should not decide who is honourable Continue reading...

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