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26 Jan 2015 - United States
An Iranian website Sunday laid out plans to kill the sons of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in apparent retaliation for last week's death of an Iranian general in a presumed Israeli... airstrike on the Syrian Golan Heights. The Mashark website also detailed plans to kill the sons of former Israeli Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert.
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Conflict and cold take heavy toll on Mariupol

Al Jazeera English - 26 Jan 2015 02:39
The crippling cold and ongoing violence mean residents of Ukrainian city are struggling to cope.
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US ready to do more to fight Boko Haram

Al Jazeera English - 26 Jan 2015 02:08
US Secretary of State on a visit to Nigeria pledges more help to defeat armed group.
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The storm is expected to begin with flurries late Monday morning and gather force as the day goes on, bringing high winds, low visibility and "treacherous" road conditions.
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UK prime minister gets hoax call

CNN - 26 Jan 2015 01:37
UK prime minister gets hoaxBritish Prime Minister David Cameron got an unexpected call from someone claiming to be one of the country's top spy chiefs.
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2 Dead After Shooting at New(NEW YORK) — An employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself on Sunday, police said, sending panicked workers and shoppers... rushing to get away from the gunfire. The 31-year-old man entered the store on West 23rd Street around 2:45 p.m. He exchanged…
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'Potentially Historic' Storm"This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before"
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Iran foreign minister summoned over walk with Kerry

Al Jazeera English - 26 Jan 2015 00:12
Javad Zarif is being asked to explain a stroll he took with the US secretary of state during nuclear negotiations.
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What the New Senate EducationSen. Lamar Alexander, the new chairman of the Senate committee on education, walked into Congress this month with guns a-blazin’. Twelve years after the passage of George W. Bush’s signature... education bill, No Child Left Behind, and eight years after that troubled law was supposed to be revised and updated, the Tennessee Republican says now…
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Blatter to UEFA: 'Put up orSepp Blatter has issued a defiant message to his rivals for the FIFA presidency and challenged European governing body UEFA to put up a candidate of its own in the election later this year.
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Duke Basketball Coach Is FirstA big day for Mike Krzyzewski
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(Reuters) - Seven Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 24 wounded in fighting in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours, Kiev military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Monday.... Fighting in eastern Ukraine is at its worst level since a ceasefire was agreed last September. The rebels have launched an offensive on the port city of Mariupol and vowed to encircle the town of Debaltseve, where Seleznyov said fighting was the most intense.
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A Turkish court ordered Facebook on Sunday to ban pages that share content deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad, local media reports said Monday. The court also threatened to impose a total ban on... the social networking site if it did not comply with the order, Reuters reported.
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(Reuters) - Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras struck a deal with a right-wing party to form a government to confront international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a... crushing election victory by his Syriza party.
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(Reuters) - Turkey opened its biggest refugee camp on Sunday to house 35,000 people fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamist militants in Syria's Kobani, national disaster management... agency AFAD said. Located in the southeastern border town of Suruc, the tent city has two hospitals, seven medical clinics and enough classrooms for 10,000 children, AFAD spokesman Dogan Eskinat told Reuters.
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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was unable to say early Monday what the unidentified "device" was that the Secret Service found somewhere on the White House grounds, nor where it was found,... but he did say that "early indications are that it does not pose any sort of ongoing threat right now to anybody at the White House." The New York Times suggests that maybe the object was a drone. Earnest spoke from New Delhi, India, where he's traveling with President Obama and the first lady, and he referred all further questions to the Secret Service. Obama daughters Sasha and Malia stayed behind in Washington. You can watch Earnest not provide much information below. --Peter Weber
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President Obama wants paid sick and family leave for American workers. He made that abundantly clear in his State of the Union speech, and in a number of recent policy proposals. The moral argument... for these policies is almost too obvious to state. But the economic case is straightforward, too: If a person is faced with caring for a newborn or a sick elder or other family member, and paid leave isn't available, they have to weigh the importance of giving their family member their full attention against leaving their job, the loss of income and all the financial distress that entails, and the difficulties and uncertainties in eventually finding new employment. Meanwhile, employers must go through the time and expense of finding a new hire and training them for the role. Conversely, people...
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The ongoing Republican plot to cut Social Security is shaping up to be a major story. As Dylan Scott has documented at Talking Points Memo, through a totally unnecessary change in accounting rules,... Republicans are trying to ensure Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) runs short of money in less than two years, which would require a one-fifth cut in benefits. Most recently, there are hints that Republicans may top up the SSDI fund by merely a little bit, similar to what they have done with the debt ceiling. The point is to create a series of manufactured crises, and each time the SSDI program runs short of money, they can use their leverage to ratchet down Social Security as a whole. The way Republicans spin all this will be critical. Social Security is very popular, so conservatives...
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On Sunday night, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega beat out 87 other contestants in Miami to win the Miss Universe crown. Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, was first runner-up. Vega, 22, is a business student who's... pretty new to beauty pageants and says she wants to own her own business, because "it gives me independence." She takes over from last year's Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler from neighboring Venezuela. Her yearlong reign will include a luxury apartment in New York, a new wardrobe, a salary, and a scholarship to the New York Film Academy. Below, you can watch the moment Vega learns she won. --Peter Weber
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Remember Libya? Of course not. As a refresher, Libya is a "country" formerly ruled by dictator, state-terror sponsor, and fashion plate Moammar Gadhafi. After the Egyptian government fell following... mass protests in 2011, rebels in neighboring Libya rose up against Gadhafi. He slaughtered them. With internationalist cover provided by French humanitarian hawks, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others urged Obama to intervene in that civil war. Bombs fell, Gaddafi was killed by militants. Clinton took a victory lap, touting her philosophy of "smart power." Today, as Hillary Clinton awaits her coronation as Democratic nominee for president, Libya is a disaster. Will anyone hold her accountable? Here's the latest. Last week, militants took over the Central Bank's offices in Benghazi....
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Read more on this story. Listen to more of The Week's podcasts: * Maybe climate change needs a great pop song * The great paradox of the greatest rock 'n' roll showdown of all time * Let us now praise... Billy Joel
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Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie 10 years ago. Somehow this is still news. From People to The New York Times, Aniston is still regularly compared to, and asked about, Jolie. Even the... Times' columnist Frank Bruni couldn't resist. "It's ridiculous -- that the two names have to go into the same sentence and there has to be a compare-and-despair thing," she told him in a recent profile. It's "... just tiresome and old," she told ET in a separate interview. Amen. The fact that she still needs to make such comments suggests that we should all be ashamed of ourselves. But it also points to a deeper -- dare I say, more interesting -- insight into how we treat actresses. Our assumed intimacy with female celebrities makes us feel like they are pals, not people doing a job. Yes,...
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Poetry in motion

The Week - 26 Jan 2015 12:23
Poetry in motionTravis Magee discovered his dual passions for photography and dance early on. At the tender age of 14, he packed his bags and moved to New York City to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater... School. "Dancers have a limited time to pursue a career," Magee, who is now 30, says. "I decided that dance would be my focus, and photography my personal passion." (Travis Magee) After several successful decades on the stage, Magee suffered a foot injury while dancing for Lucinda Childs. It was a friend that encouraged him to turn his personal passion into his full-time focus. "I was ready (to transition to photography) because I had never stopped shooting," Magee says. "In fact, I had spent years playing and experimenting -- without oversight from clients or critics. It allowed me to develop...
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Church of England to OrdainThe Reverend Libby Lane will be the first to wear the title
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I wouldn't blame anyone who refuses to watch another grim TV murder mystery. The sheer number of quality TV shows is impossible to keep up with -- Vulture recently reported that first-run scripted... programs on cable television had increased by 683 percent since the year 2000 -- and dark murder mysteries are by far the most over-represented type of show. The past few years have brought us True Detective, Fargo, The Fall, Broadchurch, and Top of the Lake -- and those are just the ones worth watching. Bear all that in mind when I say that yes, you should spend your time and DVR space on Pivot's new murder mystery Fortitude -- at least the first episode, to see whether or not you have room for one last chilly crime drama somewhere in your heart. Fortitude takes place in one of those small towns...
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