1. Fox Renews ‘Gotham,’ ‘Empire’ (after Only Two Episodes!)
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-18 at 04:49:41

Fox just announced three early series renewals — and one is really early.

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2. 2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-17 at 09:30:05

Extreme land temperatures were accompanied by an unusually warm ocean surface virtually everywhere except around Antarctica, scientists reported.

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3. Obama To Propose Tax Hikes On Wealthy, Breaks For Middle Class
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-18 at 06:25:19

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will lay out a plan to extend tax credits to the middle class by hiking taxes on wealthier Americans and big banks, according to senior administration officials.

Under the plan, the...

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4. Saudis ‘to review’ blogger flogging
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-17 at 02:43:37

The case of a Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes has been referred to the Supreme Court by the king's office, the BBC learns.

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5. As Pope Francis Visits Philippines, Tensions Between Church and Government Surface
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-17 at 09:26:41

After meeting with the pope, President Benigno S. Aquino III said that church leaders in the Philippines had been overly critical of him.

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7. Hundreds of Yazidis released by ISIL
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-18 at 04:41:21

More than 200 mostly elderly members of the minority community freed after being held for months by armed group.

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8. Niger Charlie protesters burn churches
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-18 at 04:04:34

At least three are killed and churches set on fire in Niger during protests against the French magazine Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad cartoon.

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10. Chérif and Saïd Kouachi’s Path to Paris Attack at Charlie Hebdo
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-17 at 23:06:12

Documents reveal how Chérif Kouachi became a professional jihadist virtually under the noses of the French authorities and, with his brother, Saïd, carried out the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

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12. Israel PM slams impending ‘war crimes’ probe
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-18 at 05:41:27

Netanyahu calls decision by Hague-based ICC to launch investigation into possible war crimes in Palestine "absurd".

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13. Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-17 at 17:53:52

Residents of islands off Maine’s coast seek to draw on the experiences of the Danish island Samso in an effort to explore alternative sources of light and heat.

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14. Morocco Crushed Dissent Using a U.S. Interrogation Site, Rights Advocates Say
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-17 at 23:07:59

The authorities in Morocco denied allegations that they used the war against terrorism and harsh C.I.A. tactics as a cover to torture those who spoke out against them.

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15. Belgium Deploys Troops After Foiling Possible Plot
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-18 at 02:58:18

Beefing up security around Jewish sites, embassies and other potential terrorist targets, Belgium deployed scores of heavily armed paratroopers on Saturday in Brussels and Antwerp.

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16. Stopping all terrorist attacks is impossible, says Europol chief
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-17 at 16:45:12

Rob Wainwright says extremist threat has changed in 10 years but adds police response is more advanced too Continue reading...

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17. France must reach out to disillusioned young Muslims, says director of The Class
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-17 at 18:22:48

Palme d’Or-winner says country’s challenge is to start dialogue and maintain secular principles Continue reading...

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18. Houthi Rebels Abduct Aide to Yemen’s President
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-18 at 01:58:27

Shiite Houthi rebels abducted the office director for Yemen’s president on Saturday in the capital in an effort to disrupt a meeting on a new constitution, which includes provisions to which the Houthis have strongly objected.

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19. Isis using UK female jihadis to incite terror acts back home, say researchers
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-18 at 03:05:00

Intensive monitoring of social media accounts of female Britons based in northern Syria reveals women’s key new role Continue reading...

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20. Europe’s far right gets the attention, but the left is making the political running
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-18 at 05:36:13

EU leaders are already assuming that Syriza will win the Greek election. If so, the consequences elsewhere could be profound Continue reading...

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