1. Leonardo DiCaprio Kicks Off 2015 With A Private Island Bash
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-04 at 03:52:18

Leonardo DiCaprio ran an experiment on New Year's Day -- can a guy with the beard of a homeless dude get a bunch of chicks to party with him in St. Barts?

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2. Villagers kidnapped in north Nigeria
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-03 at 18:34:46

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped about 40 boys and young men in a raid on a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, residents say.

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3. Dying in the E.R., and on TV Without His Family’s Consent
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-04 at 04:09:26

Months after her husband was hit by a truck, Anita Chanko watched him die again on “NY Med,” a medical series. But she hadn’t given permission for those moments to be aired.

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4. Why North Koreans will suffer for the Sony hack
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 09:55:05

Only a select few are allowed internet access in North Korea. There had been small signs of change, but in the wake of the Sony hack, will that continue? asks Andray AbrahamianNorth Korea’s already limited access to the internet went black several times...

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5. Poetry in motion: mobile site brings new audience to African writers
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 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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6. Verdict against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny galvanises opposition
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 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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7. Twelve homes destroyed as South Australia battles bushfires for third day – live
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 09:55:06

At least 12 homes have been lost and 22 people injured in bushfires burning just outside Adelaide as Victorians returned to the homes they were evacuated from on Saturday. Follow the updates here 3.00pm AEST Here are some more images of the aftermath of t...

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8. The Observer view on the future of Europe
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 09:55:06

This is a watershed year for Europe as internal division and external hostility affect the regionSeventy years after the founders of modern Europe set out to bring stability, unity and prosperity to a war-ravaged continent, Europe and its principal politi...

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9. Kentucky plane crash: bleeding and injured girl, 7, was ‘brave and amazing’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 09:55:06

Sailor Gutzler walked about a mile through woods, barefoot in near-freezing temperatures, and knocked on a doorBleeding and alone, Sailor Gutzler, a seven-year-old girl, walked for about a mile (1.6km) through heavy Kentucky bush on Friday after surviving...

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10. Deaths in Iraq show two sides of Iran’s role in sectarian conflict
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 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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11. Three held in India for alleged kidnap and gang-rape of Japanese woman
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-03 at 01:50:31

Police hunt two more suspects after woman held for three weeks and raped by gang near Buddhist site at Bodh Gaya, Bihar state Continue reading...

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12. Indian and Pakistani Guards Trade Fire on Disputed Border
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-04 at 00:53:27

The exchange of fire across the northern border in the state of Jammu and Kashmir left at least two people dead and at least one other wounded, officials said Saturday.

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14. Tensions Mount as Israel Freezes Revenue Meant for Palestinians
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-04 at 02:40:23

It is the first of an expected series of punitive measures in response to a push by the Palestinians to prosecute Israeli officials for war crimes during the battle with militants in the Gaza Strip last summer.

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16. Victoria Azarenka Aims to Return to Tennis’s Ruling Class
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-03 at 23:44:44

After a period of pain and reflection, Victoria Azarenka, the former No. 1 player in the world, is primed for the opening of a new season.

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18. Former Massachusetts Senator Edward W. Brooke Dead At 95
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-04 at 03:00:19

BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95.

Brooke died of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Florida, home, said Ral...

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19. Obama Is the Nation’s Private Golfer in Chief
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-04 at 00:56:37

While little is known about President Obama’s game, his own hints (and golfers who have played with him) describe a dedicated and gradually improving player.

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20. Syrians fleeing war maimed by landmines
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-03 at 22:36:13

Landmines placed decades ago by Turkey's army on border with Syria have killed or hurt several people in recent months.

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