1. Skull Fossil Adds Insight Into the Story of Human Evolution
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-29 at 01:21:18

Researchers have discovered a 55,000-year-old skull fossil that they say is a missing connection between African and European populations.

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2. Raul Castro warns U.S. against meddling in Cuba’s affairs
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-29 at 03:02:57

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Cuba will not accept any interference from the United States, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling in its internal affairs would make rapprochement between the two countries "meaningless."

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3. Hezbollah Kills Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanon
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-29 at 07:34:41

The missile strike was the latest in a string of events along Israel’s northern frontiers that have raised the risk of a broader confrontation.

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5. The saddest thing in the world is not poverty; it’s loss of dignity
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-28 at 12:30:00

Development is more than just achieving outcomes – it implies a different way of seeing the world and fellow human beings Continue reading...

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6. ‘Hope begins today was their mantra’: the inside story of Syriza’s rise to power
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 02:35:00

Ten years ago, Syriza scraped just 4% of the vote in Greek elections. This week, the leftwing party took control under the charismatic leadership of Alexis Tsipras. How did it do it? For 22 days, Paul Mason followed the party’s campaign trail and saw an...

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7. Jordan Offers to Release Terrorist in Exchange for Pilot Held by ISIS
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-28 at 23:35:02

Militants from the Islamic State had threatened to kill First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh and a Japanese journalist if the deadline was not met. The fate of the journalist was unclear.

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9. What’s the world’s coldest city?
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-28 at 16:22:45

Yellowknife in Canada, where windchill regularly takes the temperature below -30C? Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, where you have to thaw the ground to bury people? Or Yakutsk in Russia, which few aeroplanes are rated to visit? Continue reading...

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10. Phys Ed: How Weight Training Can Help You Keep the Weight Off
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-28 at 22:33:54

Exercise can help keep the pounds off after weight loss, and weight training may be particularly beneficial, a new study shows.

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12. Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-29 at 04:44:48

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

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13. Facebook Sales Beat Forecasts, but Expenses Increase Even Faster
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-29 at 06:56:02

A big increase in stock payouts to employees helped push expenses up, and the stock was down in after-hours trading.

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14. Hong Kong: Occupy Central
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-29 at 03:09:12

The three-part report goes behind the scenes with a pro-democracy campaign trying to ensure free elections in Hong Kong.

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15. French police question eight-year-old over terrorism comments
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 06:03:08

Child expresses ‘radical ideas’ and ‘solidarity’ with Hebdo gunmen after refusing to take part in minute’s silence in honour of victims Continue reading...

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16. German Anti-Immigrant Leaders Resign
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-29 at 03:46:30

The protest group known as Pegida, which has held large rallies protesting immigration, said it was choosing new leadership.

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17. Sharks take the fun out of Western Australia’s beach culture
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-28 at 22:55:32

Sharks spread fear on Western Australia's beaches

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18. Greece will not default – PM Tsipras
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-28 at 22:46:14

New Greek PM Alexis Tsipras says his country will not default on its bailout debts, as bank stocks lose more than 25% of their value.

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19. Global democracy at risk, warns watchdog
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-28 at 22:41:14

Women  main targets for repression as  levels of brutality under authoritarian regimes hit all-time high, says landmark report Continue reading...

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20. Foreigners dead in Tripoli attack
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-28 at 16:56:09

Militants attack a hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, killing at least nine people including five foreigners, officials say.

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