1. News Analysis: New Saudi King and U.S. Face Crucial Point in the Relationship
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-24 at 07:34:06

Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, inherits both the policies put in place by the more assertive brother he is succeeding and the conflicts that in recent years have characterized relations with Washington.

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2. T Magazine: The Peculiar Genius of Bjork
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-24 at 02:44:09

Solo musician or master collaborator? For her new album, Bjork merged the two sides of her artistry to create a new experience of music — again.

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3. Islamic State deadline on Japanese captives passes with no word on fate
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-24 at 03:45:43

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Friday it was still trying to secure the release of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State militants after a deadline to pay ransom for their release passed and there was no immediate word on their fate.

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4. Yemen suffers power vacuum after president, premier quit
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-24 at 04:58:00

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance.

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6. West’s praise of King Abdullah shows Saudi Arabia is exception to human rights stance
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 22:04:08

Rights groups point out the kingdom has grown even harsher since 2011 in stifling online criticism, but this has not dampened western courtship of Riyadh Continue reading...

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7. Greek leftists Syriza extend poll lead two days before election
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-24 at 00:04:06

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's anti-bailout Syriza party has widened its lead over the ruling conservatives to 6.7 percentage points from six points previously, a survey showed on Friday, two days before a national election.

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8. Argentina suspects rogue agents were behind death of prosecutor
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-24 at 04:47:01

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina suspects rogue agents from its own intelligence services were behind the death of a state prosecutor investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

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9. For Auschwitz Museum, A Time of Great Change
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-23 at 21:53:20

As the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum observes the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps, it is focusing on new generations of visitors.

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10. Nigeria suffers highest number of civilian deaths in African war zones
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 19:45:02

Boko Haram violence underpins rising death rates among Nigerian citizens, while thousands also killed in Central African Republic, South Sudan and Somalia Continue reading...

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11. Greece’s solidarity movement: ‘it’s a whole new model – and it’s working’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 19:09:35

Citizen-run health clinics, food centres, kitchens and legal aid hubs have sprung up to fill the gaps left by austerity – and now look set to play a bigger role under a Syriza government Continue reading...

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12. Brazil’s worst drought in history prompts protests and blackouts
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 13:30:09

Lights go out, internet is cut for days, and agriculture is suffering as crisis spreads from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro and beyond Continue reading...

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14. SkyMall’s Parent Files for Bankruptcy Protection
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-24 at 08:03:34

The in-flight catalog’s parent, Xhibit, attributed some of its troubles to changes in in-flight entertainment and retail competition.

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15. Headed to Cuba? MasterCard removes block on US-issued cards
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-24 at 02:03:49

Starting 1 March, the credit card company will allow its cards issued in the United States to be used in the island nation Continue reading...

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17. Whitehall’s King Abdullah half-mast flag tribute criticised by MPs
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 20:05:20

Decision to mark Saudi royal’s death at parliament and Westminster Abbey called ‘extraordinary misjudgment’ Continue reading...

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18. This woman’s work: why the gender employment gap hampers prosperity
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 18:45:20

Equal pay and access to work may not be on the Davos agenda, but research suggests women would be $9tn better off given the same opportunities as men Continue reading...

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19. Transgender life in Pakistan – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 14:49:05

Across conservative Pakistan, where Islamic extremists launch near-daily attacks and many Muslims follow a strict interpretation of their faith, trans people face the challenge of balancing two identities. Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen m...

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20. House Republicans push through bill to tighten abortion restrictions
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-23 at 18:47:32

House votes 242-179 to permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage as Democrats accuse GOP of trying to limit women’s freedom Continue reading...

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