1. Deaths in Iraq show two sides of Iran’s role in sectarian conflict
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-07 at 09:55:02

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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2. After 220 years, Boston time capsule finally gives up its secrets
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-07 at 09:55:02

Small box hidden by revolutionary heroes Sam Adams and Paul Revere contains coins, the seal of the commonwealth and a silver plateA small greenish box, disinterred from underneath Boston’s State House and containing 220-year-old relics from the United S...

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3. Why North Koreans will suffer for the Sony hack
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-07 at 09:55:02

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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4. Ex-Soviet countries on front line of Russia’s media war with the west
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-07 at 09:55:02

The Kremlin’s plans for the global expansion of state media have been greeted with suspicion, especially in the countries of the former USSRWhen Dmitry Kiselyov, the Russian state television presenter known for his scandalising monologues, announced the...

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5. Gay Ugandans face new threat from anti-homosexuality law
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-07 at 09:55:02

LGBT community prepares for round two in the battle for their rights, as new government legislation is expected to outlaw the ‘promotion’ of homosexual acts“Go away! We know who you are. We don’t want you in our country. If we see you, we’ll bur...

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6. Leaked plan to move Manus Island refugees is policy on the run
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-07 at 09:55:02

Speech transcript sheds light on a process being kept secret from those paying for it – Australian taxpayers – and, more importantly, refugeesThe transcript of a speech to asylum seekers in immigration detention on Manus Island detailing how they are ...

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7. Shell announces £55m payout for Nigeria oil spills
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-07 at 09:55:02

Settlement avoids London High Court case and will be split with £35m paid directly to affected individuals and £20m for the Bodo community The mud stinks and the crabs caught in the swamps around the town of Bodo in the Niger delta still smell of light ...

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8. Cuba has released some of 53 ‘political’ prisoners, U.S. says
     Published by Reuters on 2015-01-07 at 05:23:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba has freed some of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners, as agreed under last month's U.S.-Cuban rapprochement, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday in its first public acknowledgement that some detain...

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9. EU wants Turkey’s explanation on smuggling of migrants in cargo ships
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 22:45:54

Turkish authorities urged to clarify how traffickers managed to take cargo ships carrying hundreds of migrants out of country Continue reading...

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10. Why hasn’t Japan banned child-porn comics?
     Published by BBC on 2015-01-07 at 05:44:36

Why hasn't Japan banned child-porn comics and cartoons?

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11. Same-Sex Pairs In Florida Say Jubilant ‘I Dos’
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-07 at 07:30:07

Only six years ago, Florida passed a constitutional amendment ban on gay marriage, garnering 62 percent of the vote.

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12. Bone Broth Evolves From Prehistoric Food to Paleo Drink
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-07 at 00:37:32

Nourishing stock pops up on restaurant menus and replaces caffeine in the cups of Americans on the run.

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13. Dutch reporter held on terrorism charges in Turkey
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 20:17:30

Dutch foreign minister expresses shock at Frederike Geerdink’s arrest, while President Erdoğan defends Turkish press freedoms Continue reading...

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14. Bob McDonnell, Ex-Governor of Virginia, Is Sentenced to 24 Months for Corruption
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-07 at 06:09:23

Bob McDonnell was convicted in September in one of the most spectacular falls of a statewide official in the history of the commonwealth.

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15. Anti-Pegida rallies throughout Germany – in pictures
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-06 at 23:34:46

Counter-demonstrations against the group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, or Pegida, have taken place in several cities in Germany Continue reading...

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16. Passenger planes to report position every 15 minutes under new UN tracking plan
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-07 at 06:24:46

United Nations’ aviation agency wants a worldwide system of tracking in place after disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Continue reading...

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17. So Many Earth-Like Planets, So Few Telescopes
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-07 at 07:04:05

Scientists have found more new planets orbiting their stars that look a lot like Earth. The next question: how to study them more closely.

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18. Boehner Beats Back Dissent to Reclaim House Speaker Post
     Published by The New York Times on 2015-01-07 at 07:34:06

Two dozen Republicans voted against John A. Boehner, diminishing somewhat what should have been a day of euphoria for the party as Republicans assumed control of both houses of Congress.

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19. Syria used chlorine gas in attacks, say chemical weapons experts
     Published by The Guardian on 2015-01-07 at 07:07:15

OPCW says 26 people heard ‘whistling’ sound of falling bombs containing toxic chemicals during last year’s attacks Continue reading...

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