1. Conquering El Capitan: climbers make history in California’s Yosemite national park – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 06:24:16

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are the first people to free-climb the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite national park, California, using only ropes to catch them if they fellYosemite duo celebrate reaching summit of El Capitan, world’s toughest cli...

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2. No chance for Putin to be invited to G7 summit, Merkel says
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-16 at 01:10:05

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no chance that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be invited to the next meeting of G7 leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will host the summit, was quoted as saying on Thursday.

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3. Starting Friday, U.S. Will Ease Restrictions on Travel to Cuba
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-16 at 07:23:40

While ordinary tourism remains banned by law, new rules put in place by President Obama will make it easier for Americans to visit Cuba than it has been for most of the last 50 years.

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5. Belgian police kill two in raid on suspected Islamists
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-16 at 03:38:19

VERVIERS, Belgium (Reuters) - Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch "terrorist attacks on a grand scale".

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6. Pope Francis: there are limits to freedom of expression
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 19:14:00

Pontiff defends freedom of speech en route to the Philippines but says ‘you cannot insult the faith of others’ Continue reading...

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7. Hollande reassures Muslims, Islamists hack French websites
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-16 at 03:30:52

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande reassured Muslims on Thursday that his country respected them and their religion but said France would not compromise on its commitment to freedom and democracy.

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8. US jackpot winner accused of fraud
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-16 at 08:05:16

Officials in the US state of Iowa arrest a lottery employee named as the mystery winner of a multimillion-dollar ticket.

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9. Uncertain future for wind power in Australia
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-16 at 02:22:25

South Australia leads the way on wind power

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10. North Korea calls U.S.-South Korea exercises ‘open challenge’
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-16 at 02:37:39

GENEVA (Reuters) - Joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States this week are "an open challenge" to North Korea's demand to ease tension on the divided peninsula, a Pyongyang envoy said on Thursday.

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11. Boko Haram: satellite images reveal devastation of massacre in Nigeria
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 17:05:24

Before-and-after photographs show more than 3,100 structures destroyed by fire in villages where hundreds, perhaps thousands, were killedBoko Haram massacre: ‘I walked through five villages and each one was empty except for dead bodies’ Continue readi...

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12. Canadian minister hopes for Jazeera reporter’s release after Cairo talks
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-16 at 01:04:14

CAIRO (Reuters) - Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said after "constructive" talks in Cairo on Thursday he hoped that a Canadian journalist working for Al Jazeera television could be released before long from an Egyptian prison.

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13. Pressure grows on Saudi Arabia over blogger facing second flogging
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-16 at 01:29:07

UN and EU seek end to free speech activist Raif Badawi’s punishment and call for Riyadh to end lashing penalty• A look at Raif Badawi’s writings Continue reading...

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14. Syrian refugees caught in winter’s grip – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-15 at 18:30:58

Heavy snowfall has added to the vulnerability of more than 400,000 Syrian refugees living in makeshift shelters in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Amid fears that tents will collapse or be flooded, and with mounting concern over inadequate supplies of clean wat...

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18. Target to close all 133 Canada stores
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-16 at 01:14:14

The US discount retailer Target is to shut all of its 133 stores in Canada two years after launching there.

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19. Matter: Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-16 at 00:31:59

Scientists find what they say are clear signs that humans are beginning to damage oceans on an unprecedented scale.

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20. Fighting intensifies at Ukraine airport, two soldiers killed
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-16 at 02:16:27

KIEV (Reuters) - Fighting intensified around the international airport in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Thursday as pro-Russian separatists stepped up efforts to dislodge government forces and Ukraine's military said two of its soldiers had been killed...

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