1. Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 01:34:27

Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction What are sinkholes and what causes them? Continue reading...

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2. ESPN’s Stuart Scott Dies at 49
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-05 at 00:18:06

The popular Mr. Scott, who was the network’s most prominent black anchor and made “Booyah!” his signature expression, had been ill with cancer.

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3. Australia bushfire weather fears
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-05 at 06:47:59

Firefighters in South Australia say they are racing to get a major bushfire under control before weather conditions worsen later in the week.

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4. Poetry in motion: mobile site brings new audience to African writers
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 09:55:06

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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5. Verdict against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny galvanises opposition
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 09:55:06

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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6. Why North Koreans will suffer for the Sony hack
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 09:55:06

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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7. Deaths in Iraq show two sides of Iran’s role in sectarian conflict
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 09:55:06

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. General election top concern for UK companies in 2015
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 09:55:06

Quarterly poll of chief finance officers finds firms fear uncertain times ahead, with possible exit from EU also cited as a worryPolitical uncertainty ahead of May’s general election and the weakening eurozone economy are hitting confidence across Briti...

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9. Meth seizures at US-Mexico border soar in 2014 as cartels find drug cheaper
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 09:55:06

San Diego Union-Tribune reports meth seized during the period accounted for 63 percent of all meth seized at land, air and sea entry points nationwideSeizures of methamphetamine soared at the US-Mexico border during fiscal year 2014.The San Diego Union-Tr...

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10. Firefighters battle to contain bushfires – live coverage
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 09:55:06

More than 350 firefighters work to assess how many homes have been lost in Adelaide Hills in South Australia 3.04pm AEST A tale of a couple who managed to escape the flames near Adelaide, from AAP:Michael and Jodie Koczwara’s home was gutted in a bushfi...

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11. Passengers stuck on Etihad plane for 28 hours after fog delays flight
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 09:55:06

Hundreds of passengers endure 12 hours on tarmac and complain of lack of food and information during trip from Abu Dhabi to San FranciscoHundreds of passengers landed in San Francisco, safe but irritated after a 28-hour overseas flight they say included 1...

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12. Another Silent Protest of Mayor de Blasio as Officer Liu Is Laid to Rest
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-05 at 07:36:27

The snub by many uniformed officers watching the funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn showed a willingness by the rank and file to disregard their leadership.

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13. Arab spring prompts biggest migrant wave since second world war
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 02:12:15

Migrants fleeing the Middle East and north Africa are already risking everything as they try to escape war at home Continue reading...

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14. Three cheers for the onion
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-04 at 05:37:13

In praise of onions - the world's most widely eaten vegetable

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15. French mayor in racism row after dead Roma baby refused cemetery place
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 22:04:37

Christian Leclerc, mayor of Champlan, says quote given to journalist that graveyard was ‘for those who pay taxes’ was taken out of context Continue reading...

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16. India Rape Case Echoes Claims of Tourists as Prey
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-05 at 07:10:58

Five men were arrested after a tourist claimed they robbed her and held her for days in a village where two of them raped her. Her charges echo complaints from other tourists and tourism officials.

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17. Tomb of Pharaoh’s unknown queen discovered
     Published by Al Jazeera on 2015-01-05 at 06:51:10

The tomb is believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre, who ruled Egypt 4,500 years ago.

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18. Guns, drugs and bandidos: inside the favela too violent for Rio’s armed police
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-04 at 04:03:50

The teenage gangsters of Vila Aliança grow up in a world where death is ever present in battles with police and rival gangs Continue reading...

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19. Ukraine Leader Was Defeated Even Before He Was Ousted
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-04 at 15:33:44

President Viktor F. Yanukovych was not so much overthrown as cast adrift by his own allies, and Western officials were just as surprised by the meltdown as anyone else.

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