1. A guide to Africa in 2015
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 09:55:03

Simon Allison rounds up some of the stories that are likely to dominate Africa’s headlines this yearDespite Daily Maverick’s attempts to look on the bright side, 2014 was not a great year for Africa. Ebola, Boko Haram, and South Sudan’s egomaniacal ...

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2. Manus refugees fear being killed as they are forced into PNG community
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 09:55:03

Exclusive: Details of release scheme at Australian-run detention centre show refugees must largely fend for themselves in potentially hostile societyRead the text of speech intended for detaineesAustralia is preparing to move the first cohort of refugees ...

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3. Deaths in Iraq show two sides of Iran’s role in sectarian conflict
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 09:55:03

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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4. Tony Abbott won’t rule out boosting Australian troop numbers in Iraq
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 09:55:03

Prime minister leaves the door open to increasing the 200 special forces soldiers assisting the Iraqi military in its fight against Islamic StateTony Abbott has left the door open to increasing the number of Australian special forces soldiers positioned i...

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5. Why North Koreans will suffer for the Sony hack
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 09:55:03

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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6. Verdict against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny galvanises opposition
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 09:55:03

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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8. Bushfires: CFS says 123 injured in South Australia and WA on alert – live
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 09:55:03

• More than 120 people have been injured in the South Australian bushfires, according to figures released on Tuesday by the Country Fire Service • Western Australia has a severe bushfire warning in the south and authorities say if a fire starts in the...

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9. Judge blocks sheriff Joe Arpaio’s raids on undocumented workers in Arizona
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 09:55:03

Sweeps by Arpaio’s criminal employment squad detain hundreds of people, but have been ruled ‘probably unconsitutional’A federal judge has ordered sheriff Joe Arpaio to halt workplace raids which net undocumented people in Arizona, in the latest lega...

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10. Unknown queen’s tomb found in Egypt
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-05 at 15:31:03

The tomb of a previously unknown queen, Khentakawess III, is unearthed in a necropolis south-west of Cairo, Egyptian officials say.

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11. Syria tells U.N. that McCain and former diplomats visited illegally
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-06 at 04:57:41

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria has complained to the United Nations that U.S. Senator John McCain, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith entered the country without visas in separate visits in violation...

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12. Nine people choke to death eating mochi rice cakes in Japan
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 10:04:16

Traditional consumption of mochi rice cakes during New Year celebrations leaves 13 more people in serious condition Continue reading...

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13. Transgender woman is elected district mayor in Indian state of Chhattisgarh
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 20:46:13

‘People have shown faith in me,’ says low-caste woman after victory in Raigarh months after historic court ruling on gender Continue reading...

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14. Indonesia naval captain says may have located missing plane’s tail section
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-05 at 23:35:28

PANGKALAN BUN/JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian naval patrol vessel has found what could be the tail of a crashed AirAsia passenger jet, the section where the crucial black box voice and flight data recorders are located, officials said on Mond...

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15. NYC Mayor de Blasio: Police were disrespectful to turn backs
     Published by Yahoo on 2015-01-06 at 05:58:22

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was "disrespectful" for some New York Police Department officers to turn their backs to him during a pair of funerals for slain police officers.

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16. China complains to Pyongyang after N Korean soldier kills villagers
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 11:06:50

North Korean army deserter reported to have killed four villagers after crossing border into Jilin province Continue reading...

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17. Cameron Diaz And Benji Madden Are Married
     Published by Huffington Post on 2015-01-06 at 07:54:40

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden have officially tied the knot after less than a year of dating. 

The couple married in an intimate ceremony at Diaz's Beverly Hills home on Monday, Us Weekly confirms. And the event was star-studded as the couple's famous fr...

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18. Oil’s Fall Continues Into 2015, and Stock Markets Shudder
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-06 at 01:39:48

West Texas crude oil dipped below $50, and the Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 300 points on a day of volatility.

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19. Ohio transgender teen’s suicide note: ‘Fix society. Please.’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 22:56:03

Death of Leelah Alcorn on 28 December sparks outcry about treatment of transgender people and a call for ban on ‘transgender conversion therapy’Jessica Valenti: Homophobic, transphobic parents make abusive homes Continue reading...

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20. Devon farmer forced to offload aggressive Nazi-bred ‘super cows’
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-05 at 18:03:40

Derek Gow had to thin herd of Heck cattle – linked to extinct European wild ox – because they were too aggressive Continue reading...

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