1. AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: sources
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-31 at 10:03:32

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS (Reuters) - The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save ...

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2. Iranian film on prophet Muhammad set for premiere
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 17:07:56

Majid Majidi’s Tehran-backed production telling the story of Muhammad’s early years to be shown at Iran’s Fajr international film festivalA multimillion-dollar biopic about the childhood of the prophet Muhammad – Iran’s most expensive and lavish...

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3. Hezbollah: we don’t want war with Israel but do not fear it
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-31 at 01:54:28

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere.

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4. Hot chip vending machine created by company that believed it could fry
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 08:46:36

Ten years in development, Perth firm’s ‘mini fish and chip shop’ will start commercial production this year – and sights are set on the international marketA Western Australian company has made a hot chip vending machine that deep fries frozen chi...

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5. California Measles Outbreak Grows
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-31 at 06:47:56

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday.

Figures released by the California Department of Public Health showed there are now 91 confirmed cases in the state, up from 79 on Wednesday. Of those, 5...

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6. Support Waning, Romney Decides Against 2016 Bid
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-31 at 07:33:33

By not pursuing a third presidential bid, Mitt Romney frees up scores of donors and operatives who had been awaiting his decision.

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7. ‘We are so proud’ – the women who died defending Kobani against Isis
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 14:56:00

This week Kurdish forces took full control of Kobani, a Syrian town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State. Mona Mahmood speaks to four Kurdish families about the female fighters who died helping to wrest control of the town...

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8. Pakistan Shia mosque bombing kills dozens
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 23:08:00

Deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two years came during Friday prayers at mosque in Shikarpur, Sindh provinceA Pakistani group that has affiliated itself to Islamic State (Isis) has killed more than 60 people in a bombing of a Shia mosque, one of the d...

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9. Islamic State attacks Kurdish outposts across Iraq
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-31 at 03:58:37

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people.

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10. Inside ravaged Kobani: months of fighting have left a town in ruins – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 03:35:50

Kurdish fighters claimed to have pushed Islamic State militants out of the Syrian border town of Kobani after months of fighting, but much of Kobani has been reduced to rubble Kurdish forces take control of Kobani Continue reading...

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11. President Correa’s troll warfare
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-30 at 19:54:58

The president who names and shames online abusers

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12. Saudi Arabia postpones flogging of Raef Badawi for third week
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 19:33:00

Wife of blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam says it is unclear why next round of punishment has been delayedSaudi Arabia has postponed for a third week in a row the flogging of a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, his...

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13. Report: CIA-Mossad operation killed Hezbollah figure
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-31 at 13:32:54

Washington Post newspaper says US and Israel were behind plot to assassinate senior commander in 2008 car bomb in Syria.

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14. Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-31 at 05:25:55

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK (Reuters) - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.

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15. Balloonists surpass flight records
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-30 at 21:55:30

Two pilots have surpassed the world distance and durations records for a flight in a helium balloon after crossing the Pacific Ocean.

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16. Serena beats Sharapova in Open final for 19th Slam
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-01-31 at 16:51:17

American top seed Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam title on Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova. The triumph means the world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina...

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17. Canada’s new anti-terror legislation prompts civil liberties fears
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-31 at 02:46:42

Prime minister Stephen Harper announces Anti-Terrorism Act that would increase spy powers, crack down on websitesDeclaring that “a great evil has descended on our world”, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled legislation giving security ...

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18. SA apartheid assassin given parole
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-31 at 00:27:26

South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock, nicknamed "Prime Evil", gets parole after 20 years for killing activists.

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19. New Greek nationalist defence minister resurrects old tensions with Turkey
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 22:49:06

Turkish fighter jets entered Greek airspace after Panos Kammenos flew over uninhabited islets off Turkey coast which nearly triggered war in 1996 Continue reading...

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20. Woman opens fire with machine gun on police in Istanbul, say reports
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 20:40:29

Initial reports suggest there were no casualties after the incident in Taksim Square in the centre of the Turkish capital Continue reading...

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