1. ‘Hope begins today’: 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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2. Thorn Birds author McCullough dies
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-29 at 15:27:50

Australian author Colleen McCullough, best known for her novel The Thorn Birds, dies aged 77.

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3. MH370: Malaysia officially declares disappearance of plane an accident
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 17:09:56

Officials declare search for survivors over but underwater hunt for missing plane to continueMalaysia has officially declared the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident and its passengers and crew presumed dead, 327 days after...

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4. Everyone calm down: Michelle Obama’s Saudi outfit was plenty respectful
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 01:54:12

The first lady’s decision to forgo a headscarf makes her neither the first nor the last visiting female official to do so in Saudi Arabia – and does not flout protocol Continue reading...

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5. Texas poised to execute intellectually disabled prisoner within hours
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 00:40:41

Robert Ladd’s lethal injection to come days after Georgia’s execution of another intellectually disabled man; lawyer condemns policy based on fiction Continue reading...

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6. ‘Love jihad’ in India and one man’s quest to prevent it
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 11:30:27

Vijaykant Chauhan believes that, all over India, gangs of Muslims are seducing Hindu women and forcing them to convert to Islam – and he’s made it his mission to stop them. Aman Sethi reports on India’s rising religious tensionsEvery few days, Vijay...

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7. Senate Passes Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Bill
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-30 at 02:52:24

As expected, the Senate passed the bill forcing construction of the oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast—a measure President Obama has promised to veto.

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8. Chad ‘forces Boko Haram from town’
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-29 at 21:43:21

Chad's army has driven Boko Haram militants out of Malumfatori town in north-eastern Nigeria, a senior official from Niger tells the BBC.

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10. Jordan seeks proof pilot is alive
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-30 at 00:07:15

Jordan seeks proof a pilot held hostage by the Islamic State group is still alive, as efforts to negotiate a prisoner swap continue.

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12. Israeli city told to pay women damages after failing to remove ‘modesty signs’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 21:34:14

Billboards in ultra-orthodox community bar women from certain buildings and pavements and warn against ‘slutty clothing worn in a religious style’Four female campaigners have been awarded damages in a groundbreaking case in an Israeli court, after the...

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13. New Saudi king announces major government shake-up
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-01-30 at 09:15:22

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman further cemented his hold on power, with a sweeping shakeup that saw two sons of the late King Abdullah fired, and the heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced alongside a cabinet shuffle. Top officials fro...

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14. Vatican to provide free haircuts for the homeless
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 22:11:01

The move by Pope Francis’s almoner follows plan unveiled last year to install toilets and showers for the homeless near St Peter’s Square Continue reading...

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15. Ebola virus mutating, scientists say
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-29 at 11:25:38

Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

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16. Berlin’s rat baths: inside the ruined swimming palace Blub – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 17:54:50

The atmospherically ruined ‘air and bathing paradise’ Blub has been abandoned to rodents, graffiti and teenage partiers. Abandoned Berlin’s Ciarán Fahey dives in Continue reading...

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17. Climate change on Valentine’s Day: what might you lose that you love?
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 14:30:28

Share what treasured things in your community could be affected by climate change or something you love about the planet that may be lost forever  Continue reading...

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18. Russian planes ‘disrupted UK aviation’
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-30 at 00:48:48

Russian military planes flew near UK airspace, causing "disruption to civil aviation" and prompting RAF jets to "escort" them, the Foreign Office says.

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19. Crowds of women rally in Cairo to denounce death of female protester
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-29 at 20:59:17

Officials deny police shot and killed 32-year-old mother and activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh in Egyptian capital on Saturday Continue reading...

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20. Obama must finally end NSA phone record collection, says privacy board
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 02:14:53

White House could take action ‘at any time’, says Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board chair as key Patriot Act measure is poised to expireThe US government’s privacy board is calling out President Barack Obama for continuing to collect Ameri...

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