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January 31, 2015 14:02
Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma (2nd R) after arriving at Minsk International Airport, January 31, 2015. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)
No breakthrough as Ukraine peace talk parties meet in Minsk amid worsening crisis
All of the participants of the contact group on the Ukraine crisis – OSCE representatives, Kiev, Moscow, and the Donbass region – have met in Minsk. No new agreements have been reached, with the meeting ending in a blame game between Kiev and the rebels.
Reuters / Petr Josek Spanish hospital uses stem cells to fix heart attack damage
For the first time in medical history, a hospital in Madrid has successfully treated seven patients who recently suffered heart attacks by using stem cells from donors, according to the hospital’s statement.
On the site of a fire in the library of the Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences.(RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich) ‘Like Chernobyl’: Millions of unique texts feared lost in Moscow library fire (PHOTOS)
The massive fire in Russia’s leading academic library may have destroyed some 15 percent of the collection – or roughly two million unique, historic documents. The devastation “resembles Chernobyl,” say academics hoping to save some of the ancient texts.
Screenshot from YouTube user Beto A SABER UN peacekeepers film suspected Israeli shell hitting their position in Lebanon (VIDEO)
UN peacekeepers captured the moment shells hit their position in southern Lebanon on Wednesday, the day their Spanish colleague was killed. The footage suggests Israeli artillery, retaliating against Hezbollah rocket attack, might be responsible.
Photo of Imad Fayez Mughniyah. (Image from Wikipedia) CIA tested 25 bombs before helping Mossad kill top Hezbollah figure – report
The US helped Mossad assassinate a top Hezbollah figure in Syria in 2008 by lending bomb expertise and surveillance on the ground, Washington Post reported. The joint operation marked CIA’s post-9/11 drift toward modern-day drone killings.
A H-2A rocket carrying Daichi-2, an all-purpose earth-surveying satellite tasked with helping to map the planet and aiding with disaster recovery, blasts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the Japanese southwestern island of Tanegashima, in this photo taken by Kyodo May 24, 2014. (Reuters / Kyodo) Japan launches new spy satellite (VIDEO)
Japan has placed a new spy satellite into orbit, successfully conducting this year’s first launch of the H-IIA carrier rocket. The Joho Shushu Eisei (JSE) series satellite became the fifth in Tokyo’s radar and surveillance orbit group.
A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) flashes a V-sign as he patrols in the streets in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.(Reuters / Osman Orsal) ​Kurds retake Kobani as ISIS admits retreat
Islamic State fighters have admitted that Kurdish forces managed to retake Kobani after the intensified US-led air campaign forced the jihadists to abandon position in the strategic city near the Syrian-Turkish border.
People walk past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, on a street in Tokyo  (Reuters / Yuya Shino) ‘Inhumane & contemptible’: ISIS beheads Japanese hostage Goto
Islamic State militants have beheaded captive Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, after Tokyo’s negotiations with IS reached a “deadlock.” The gruesome video of the execution appears to be genuine, Japan said, vowing justice for those responsible.
Still from Youtube video by The Atlantic Google creates synthetic skin for cancer detecting project (VIDEO)
Google’s clandestine cutting-edge health research facility has created synthetic human skin as part of its innovative cancer detecting project that aims to prevent the disease before it develops, US media has revealed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. (Reuters/Nir Elias) ​Bottlegate? Netanyahu denies wife pocketed state money in cash-for-bottles scheme
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied reports that his wife, Sara, stole thousands of dollars worth of state funds from bottles returned to local supermarkets on her orders.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. (Reuters/Marko Djurica) 'Busy' Greek prime minister to meet Angela Merkel 'in due time'
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel “in due time,” a Cabinet member said, adding that Tsipras has a very busy schedule and plans to meet with the leaders of Italy and France first.
Reuters/Matthew Dunham 2,000yo Siberian brain surgery techniques recreated by Russian scientists
Russian neurosurgeons alongside anthropologists and archaeologists have carried out pioneering tests to better understand how incredible operations on skulls were conducted more than 2,000 years ago.
People fill Madrid's landmark Puerta del Sol as they gather at a rally called by Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos (We Can) January 31, 2015. (Reuters/Sergio Perez)
​Spaniards hold mass rally for leftist Podemos ahead of elections
Tens of thousands of Spaniards have taken to the streets of central Madrid in support of Podemos, a leftist political party campaigning on an anti-austerity platform. The party’s popularity has soared in the wake of the Syriza victory in Greece.
Reuters/Muhammad Hamed Clotted in controversy: Iran’s premiere of Prophet Mohammed biopic reportedly cancelled
The most expensive film in Iran's history - a biopic of Prophet Mohammed – had been scheduled to have its world premiere in Tehran on Sunday. However Iranian Film Daily reported the last-moment cancellation of the premiere.


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