1. North Korean leader proposes summit
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-01 at 17:20:30

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offers to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea, which describes the move as "meaningful".

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2. Mario Cuomo, Governor, Governor’s Father and an Eloquent Liberal Beacon, Dies at 82
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-02 at 06:42:25

Mr. Cuomo, a spellbinding orator and prickly personality who flirted with running for the presidency, lived to see his son Andrew follow in his footsteps as governor.

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3. Japan birth rate slumps to new low
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-02 at 05:01:37

Japan's birth rate slumps to a record low in 2014, health ministry figures show, with barely 1m newborns in 2014 - 9,000 fewer than in 2013.

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4. Pope Francis uses new year mass to condemn slavery and human trafficking
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-01 at 19:12:44

Theme of service to mark Roman Catholic church’s World Day of Peace is ‘No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters’ Continue reading...

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5. Artistic touch humanises Australia’s androids
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-02 at 04:49:48

Using art to make Australia's androids more sociable

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6. Al-Jazeera chief calls for release of Peter Greste and colleagues – video
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 09:55:05

The network's managing director says Egyptian courts have taken a step in the right direction by ordering a retrial of the three jailed al-Jazeera journalists. A retrial was ordered by Egypt's highest court on Thursday, citing procedural flaws in the orig...

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7. Deaths in Iraq show two sides of Iran’s role in sectarian conflict
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 09:55:05

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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8. Freak show TV: lessons to learn from Channel Seven’s racist ‘lost tribe’ report
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 09:55:05

After the federal court upheld a ruling that a Channel Seven story about a Brazilian tribe in the Amazon was innacurate and racist, we ask an academic, journalist, activist and filmmaker who have all worked in Brazil to weigh in• Channel Seven loses leg...

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9. Australian road toll for 2014 continues downward trend
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 09:55:05

National rate of road deaths per 100,000 people is at 4.87, the lowest rate since 1984, and fatality numbers fell in NSW, Queensland and TasmaniaThe number of deaths on Australian roads in 2014 continued a long-term decline to reach the lowest rate in at ...

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10. Poetry in motion: mobile site brings new audience to African writers
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 09:55:05

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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12. Italian helicopter scrambles to save 450 migrants abandoned in rough seas
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 09:55:05

Crew winches sailors on board to secure merchant ship Vessel apparently left by traffickers to drift towards Italian coastFour migrants found dead on cargo shipAn Italian helicopter crew scrambled to save hundreds of migrants apparently abandoned on a car...

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13. Verdict against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny galvanises opposition
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-02 at 09:55:05

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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15. Hero Cops Form Human Net To Catch Mom, Girls Jumping From Burning House
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-02 at 03:20:54

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Several police officers formed a human net to catch a woman and her two young daughters as they jumped from their burning home in southern New Jersey.

Camden County police said the fire on Atlantic Avenue in Camden was reported arou...

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18. Deadliest year in Iraq since 2007
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-02 at 06:44:43

Government figure show 2014 was the most violent year for Iraqis since 2007, with more than 15,000 people killed.

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19. Idaho Walmart shooting is latest example of fatal combination of children and guns
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-01 at 21:15:55

No definitive figures exist for people killed or injured by children who get their hands on guns but an average of 62 children a year die in unintentional shootingsIdaho woman shot dead by 2-year-old son was nuclear scientist Continue reading...

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