1. Hot chip vending machine created by company that believed it could fry
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 08:46:36

Ten years in development, Perth firm’s ‘mini fish and chip shop’ will start commercial production this year – and sights are set on the international marketA Western Australian company has made a hot chip vending machine that deep fries frozen chi...

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2. Support Waning, Romney Decides Against 2016 Bid
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-31 at 07:33:33

By not pursuing a third presidential bid, Mitt Romney frees up scores of donors and operatives who had been awaiting his decision.

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3. ‘We are so proud’ – the women who died defending Kobani against Isis
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 14:56:00

This week Kurdish forces took full control of Kobani, a Syrian town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State. Mona Mahmood speaks to four Kurdish families about the female fighters who died helping to wrest control of the town...

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4. Pakistan Shia mosque bombing kills dozens
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 23:08:00

Deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two years came during Friday prayers at mosque in Shikarpur, Sindh provinceA Pakistani group that has affiliated itself to Islamic State (Isis) has killed more than 60 people in a bombing of a Shia mosque, one of the d...

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5. Inside ravaged Kobani: months of fighting have left a town in ruins – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 03:35:50

Kurdish fighters claimed to have pushed Islamic State militants out of the Syrian border town of Kobani after months of fighting, but much of Kobani has been reduced to rubble Kurdish forces take control of Kobani Continue reading...

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6. Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-31 at 05:25:55

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK (Reuters) - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.

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7. President Correa’s troll warfare
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-30 at 19:54:58

The president who names and shames online abusers

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8. Saudi Arabia postpones flogging of Raef Badawi for third week
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 19:33:00

Wife of blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam says it is unclear why next round of punishment has been delayedSaudi Arabia has postponed for a third week in a row the flogging of a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, his...

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9. Balloonists surpass flight records
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-30 at 21:55:30

Two pilots have surpassed the world distance and durations records for a flight in a helium balloon after crossing the Pacific Ocean.

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10. Many Labels, Little Clarity
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-30 at 22:46:46

Products described as not containing genetically modified organisms, whether that statement has been verified or not, are increasingly appearing in stores.

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11. Iranian film on prophet Muhammad set for premiere
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 17:07:56

Majid Majidi’s Tehran-backed production telling the story of Muhammad’s early years to be shown at Iran’s Fajr international film festivalA multimillion-dollar biopic about the childhood of the prophet Muhammad – Iran’s most expensive and lavish...

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12. As Measle Cases Spread in U.S., So Does Anxiety
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-30 at 22:56:54

New cases have emerged in California, Nebraska and Minnesota, while Arizona officials warned that at least 1,000 people may have been exposed.

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13. Erdoğan: presidential Turkey would be like UK, where Queen’s in charge
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 19:44:57

Leader vying for more powers says Britain’s constitutional monarchy is close to system he is trying to build Continue reading...

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15. Obama to appear in public with Dalai Lama
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-01-31 at 06:47:07

US President Barack Obama will appear in public at an event attended by the Dalai Lama next week in Washington, the White House said, in a move sure to anger Beijing. "The president will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast," Nationa...

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16. Canada’s new anti-terror legislation prompts civil liberties fears
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-31 at 02:46:42

Prime minister Stephen Harper announces Anti-Terrorism Act that would increase spy powers, crack down on websitesDeclaring that “a great evil has descended on our world”, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled legislation giving security ...

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17. Woman opens fire with machine gun on police in Istanbul, say reports
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 20:40:29

Initial reports suggest there were no casualties after the incident in Taksim Square in the centre of the Turkish capital Continue reading...

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18. New Greek nationalist defence minister resurrects old tensions with Turkey
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 22:49:06

Turkish fighter jets entered Greek airspace after Panos Kammenos flew over uninhabited islets off Turkey coast which nearly triggered war in 1996 Continue reading...

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19. SA apartheid assassin given parole
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-31 at 00:27:26

South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock, nicknamed "Prime Evil", gets parole after 20 years for killing activists.

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20. Texas executes intellectually disabled killer Robert Ladd
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-30 at 07:42:00

57-year-old man is second mentally impaired prisoner to die by lethal injection in US this week despite high court banTexas has executed an intellectually disabled prisoner despite a high court ban on putting mentally impaired prisoners to death, the seco...

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