1. Leonardo DiCaprio Kicks Off 2015 With A Private Island Bash
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-04 at 03:52:18

Leonardo DiCaprio ran an experiment on New Year's Day -- can a guy with the beard of a homeless dude get a bunch of chicks to party with him in St. Barts?

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2. Villagers kidnapped in north Nigeria
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-03 at 18:34:46

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped about 40 boys and young men in a raid on a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, residents say.

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3. Deaths in Iraq show two sides of Iran’s role in sectarian conflict
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 16:55:09

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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4. Poetry in motion: mobile site brings new audience to African writers
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 16:55:09

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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5. A Man of Good Hope review – a refugee’s tale
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 16:55:09

The harrowing life story of a man buffeted across Africa by violence and loss is testament to the human spiritAsad Abdullahi was eight years old when he awoke one day to find his mother pressed up against the door, peering nervously through the cracks. He...

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6. Kentucky plane crash: bleeding and injured girl, 7, was ‘brave and amazing’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 16:55:09

Sailor Gutzler walked about a mile through woods, barefoot in near-freezing temperatures, and knocked on a doorBleeding and alone, Sailor Gutzler, a seven-year-old girl, walked for about a mile (1.6km) through heavy Kentucky bush on Friday after surviving...

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7. Twelve homes destroyed as South Australia battles bushfires for third day – as it happened
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 16:55:09

At least 12 homes have been lost and 22 people injured in bushfires burning just outside Adelaide as Victorians returned to the homes they were evacuated from on Saturday 4.09pm AEST Just before I sign off for the day I’ll lay down what we have learnt t...

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8. Verdict against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny galvanises opposition
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 16:55:09

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. Why North Koreans will suffer for the Sony hack
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 16:55:09

Only a select few are allowed internet access in North Korea. There had been small signs of change, but in the wake of the Sony hack, will that continue? asks Andray AbrahamianNorth Korea’s already limited access to the internet went black several times...

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10. India-Pakistan border clashes turn deadly
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-03 at 23:23:26

At least four people killed and hundreds of people displaced as security forces exchange fire amid renewed tensions.

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11. Israel freezes Palestinian tax funds over international criminal court move
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 02:41:28

Palestinian leaders call Israel’s decision to withhold tax transfers an act of piracy and ‘collective punishment’ Continue reading...

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12. Dying in the E.R., and on TV Without His Family’s Consent
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-04 at 04:09:26

Months after her husband was hit by a truck, Anita Chanko watched him die again on “NY Med,” a medical series. But she hadn’t given permission for those moments to be aired.

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13. Chinese demand for tiger wine and skins puts wild cats in peril
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 04:30:05

Conservationists concerned as tiger farming industry removes stigma of buying status symbols and boosts illegal trade Continue reading...

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14. Bahrain crisis: Testing allies and opponents?
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-04 at 02:00:28

The US and Iran are criticising the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain over its detention of a Shia opposition leader.

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15. AirAsia flight QZ8501: icing of engines likely cause of crash, says agency
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 15:16:20

Indonesia’s meteorological agency says weather was ‘trigger’One more body and another large piece of the plane found Rough seas again force divers to give up search for the daySearch teams find four parts of AirAsia on sea bed Continue reading...

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16. Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 01:34:27

Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction  Continue reading...

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17. Indonesia threatens to cancel AirAsia licence
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-04 at 01:09:51

Budget carrier to cooperate with evaluation after officials say route of Flight 8501 when it crashed was unauthorised.

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18. Condition of British Ebola Patient Worsens
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-04 at 04:29:50

Doctors treating Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish nurse who was found to have Ebola after returning from volunteer work in Sierra Leone, say that her condition has deteriorated to critical.

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