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PM Shinzo Abe condemns a "despicable" Islamic State threat to kill hostage Kenji Goto within 24 hours, saying Japan is working for his release.
Report by Israeli rights group B'Tselem accuses Israel of deliberately bombing Gaza homes while occupants were inside.
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WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters.

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PM Shinzo Abe condemns a "despicable" Islamic State threat to kill hostage Kenji Goto within 24 hours, saying Japan is working for his release.
BBC
Militants attack a hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, killing at least nine people including five foreigners, officials say.
Reuters
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's highest court ruled on Wednesday that the detention of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka on the high seas for almost a month was lawful, a win for the government's tough immigration policy.
Reuters
TOKYO (Reuters) - The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber.
Associated Press
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia....
Associated Press
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch....
New York Times
Critics are attacking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who plans to address Congress before Israeli elections, for politicizing a key interest: curbing Iran?s nuclear program.
New York Times
A human rights group said attacks in Gaza against Hamas last summer appeared in some cases to violate the provisions of international law, a report said.

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A spider commonly found in garden centers in Britain is giving fresh insights into how to spin incredibly long and strong fibers just a few nanometers thick. The majority of spiders spin silk threads several micrometers thick but unusually the 'garden centre spider' or 'feather-legged lace weaver' can spin nano-scale filaments. Now scientists think they are closer to understanding how this is done.
Science Daily
Girls who frequently consume sugary drinks tend to start their menstrual periods earlier than girls who do not, according to new research. The findings are important not only because of the growing problem of childhood obesity in a number of developed countries, but also because starting periods earlier is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer later in life.
Science Daily
Psychopathic violent offenders have abnormalities in the parts of the brain related to learning from punishment, according to an MRI study.
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