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ISIS Video Claims to Show Beheading of Japanese Hostage Kenji Goto

wsj.com — TOKYO-A video was released on Saturday purporting to show the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by an Islamic State militant, after days of efforts to secure his release in exchange for an Islamist prisoner held in a Jordanian prison.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @RosenthalRC: A gruesome message in video of IS beheading of its hostage: “So let the nightmare for Japan begin” It has. on.wsj.com/1ExgIfQ #goto

Jan 31, 2015

A gruesome message in video of IS beheading of its hostage: “So let the nightmare for Japan begin” It has. on.wsj.com/1ExgIfQ #goto

Jan 31, 2015

RT @LandersWSJ: The worst has come to pass. Video shows apparent killing of Goto: on.wsj.com/1ExgIfQ. Abe's statement: blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/…

Jan 31, 2015

RT @LandersWSJ: The worst has come to pass. Video shows apparent killing of Goto: on.wsj.com/1ExgIfQ. Abe's statement: blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/…

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Prime Minister Abe’s Statement on Japanese Hostage

blogs.wsj.com — Here is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement responding to the apparent murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State. U.S. President Barack Obama also issued a statement. Mr. Abe's statement was translated by The Wall Street Journal from the Japanese original. Statement 1.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @WSJAsia: Japanese Prime Minister Abe's statement on the apparent killing of Kenji Goto: on.wsj.com/1CmoMzr

Jan 31, 2015

RT @LandersWSJ: The worst has come to pass. Video shows apparent killing of Goto: on.wsj.com/1ExgIfQ. Abe's statement: blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/…

Jan 31, 2015

RT @LandersWSJ: The worst has come to pass. Video shows apparent killing of Goto: on.wsj.com/1ExgIfQ. Abe's statement: blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/…

Jan 31, 2015

RT @LandersWSJ: The worst has come to pass. Video shows apparent killing of Goto: on.wsj.com/1ExgIfQ. Abe's statement: blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/…

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The Great Super Bowl Bed Check

By Stu Woo
wsj.com — After a summer of training, 16 grueling regular-season games and two tough playoff victories, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks have finally reached the Super Bowl. Their reward has been a week of curfews. And, for some, abstinence.
Jan 31, 2015

Coaches enforce curfew for the Super Bowl by tiptoeing into rooms with keys and flashlights on.wsj.com/1EwKUYG pic.twitter.com/mbbYpIXDr4

Jan 31, 2015

RT @stuwoo: Super Bowl players have curfew, enforced by coaches tiptoeing into rooms with master keys and flashlights on.wsj.com/1Hz2IF2

Jan 31, 2015

RT @stuwoo: Super Bowl players have curfew, enforced by coaches tiptoeing into rooms with master keys and flashlights on.wsj.com/1Hz2IF2

Jan 31, 2015

Super Bowl players have curfew, enforced by coaches tiptoeing into rooms with master keys and flashlights on.wsj.com/1Hz2IF2

Jan 31, 2015

RT @stuwoo: How coaches enforce curfew for the Super Bowl: by tiptoeing into rooms with master keys and flashlights on.wsj.com/1Hz2IF2

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Serena Williams Slams Her Way Closer to History

wsj.com — Melbourne, Australia No matter what Serena Williams has made you believe, Grand Slam finals are not easy. Martina Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles. She also lost in 14 finals. Chris Evert went 18-16 in major finals. Steffi Graf, who has won more majors than any women in the Open era, which began in 1968, went 22-9.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @WSJ: Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova 16 straight times, a streak that spans a decade: on.wsj.com/1tLHygG pic.twitter.com/3iP4tqDR3a

Jan 31, 2015

RT @TomPerrotta: For the evening crowd back home: Serena Williams takes aim at history. "I'm going for it." wsj.com/articles/seren…

Jan 31, 2015

For the evening crowd back home: Serena Williams takes aim at history. "I'm going for it." wsj.com/articles/seren…

Jan 31, 2015

RT @WSJ: Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova 16 straight times, a streak that spans a decade: on.wsj.com/1tLHygG pic.twitter.com/3iP4tqDR3a

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As Muslim Uighurs Flee, China Sees Jihad Risk

wsj.com — KAYSERI, Turkey-In hindsight, it was a soccer match that kindled Mehmet's hatred of Chinese rule and set him on the path to exile. In 2002, Mehmet was at university in Xinjiang, the northwest corner of China that is home to his Uighur ethnic group and the source of a wave of deadly violence in the past two years.
Jan 31, 2015

Fantastic story about Uighurs fleeing China: 'Either we must be exactly like them, or we will be destroyed.' on.wsj.com/1EvkFlr

Jan 31, 2015

RT @JNBPage: How and why are China's Uighurs fleeing via SE Asia to Turkey? We went to Turkey to find out: on.wsj.com/1ygYs3c pic.twitter.com/1ecXZDGSxi

Jan 31, 2015

RT @JNBPage: How and why are China's Uighurs fleeing via SE Asia to Turkey? We went to Turkey to find out: on.wsj.com/1ygYs3c pic.twitter.com/1ecXZDGSxi

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De Blasio and the Groundhog

wsj.com — For decades, Groundhog Day at the Staten Island Zoo has given an oft-forgotten borough its moment in the spotlight. This year, no one seems to want to talk about it. The intrigue comes a year after the ceremonial rodent died not long after being dropped by New York City Mayor Bill Blasio.
Jan 31, 2015

"The agency cited the use of an 'untrained person' to handle the groundhog." goo.gl/o30Mht #deblasiosnewyork

Jan 31, 2015

RT @grynbaum: "That would never happen in Punxsutawney." Death of Staten Island Chuck led to federal rebuke for zoo. on.wsj.com/1DghPfX @MaraGay

Jan 31, 2015

RT @jdawsey1: Staten Island Zoo was hit with federal violation for letting "untrained person" - or de Blasio - hold the groundhog. wsj.com/articles/de-bl…

Jan 31, 2015

“I don’t like to say things about other groundhogs," a grown man tells @MaraGay on.wsj.com/1DghPfX

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Chimerix Scraps Testing of Experimental Ebola Drug in Liberia

wsj.com — Chimerix Inc. scrapped testing of its experimental antiviral in Ebola patients in Liberia, saying the number of infections had dropped in recent weeks, and that only a handful of patients had been enrolled in the Liberian study.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @JeanneWhalen: Weeks after US military rushed experimental Ebola drug 2 Liberia, company ends trial, citing falling infection rate. on.wsj.com/1wOqq4T

Jan 31, 2015

Chimerix scraps Ebola drug study in Liberia, saying a fall in infection rates makes it hard to enroll patients. on.wsj.com/1DiCMa2

Jan 31, 2015

Weeks after US military rushed experimental Ebola drug 2 Liberia, company ends trial, citing falling infection rate. on.wsj.com/1wOqq4T

Jan 31, 2015

Chimerix scraps Ebola-drug study in Liberia, saying a fall in infection rates makes it hard 2 enroll patients. $CMRX on.wsj.com/1wOqq4T

North Korean Art, Rarely Seen, Revealed in Exhibition

wsj.com — North Korean paintings have gone on display this week in South Korea, as global interest in the isolated country rises and a few collectors hunt for works from one of the art world's final frontiers.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @markscheffler: A new exhibition displays works from North Korea, one of the art world's final frontiers. on.wsj.com/1wJNWzN

Jan 31, 2015

A new exhibition displays works from North Korea, one of the art world's final frontiers. on.wsj.com/1wJNWzN

Jan 31, 2015

North Korean art, rarely seen, revealed in exhibition in South Korea on.wsj.com/1wJNWzN

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Lafarge, Holcim Near Deal to Sell Assets to CRH

wsj.com — Cement giants Lafarge SA and Holcim Ltd. are nearing a deal to sell at least $7 billion worth of assets to Ireland's CRH PLC, according to people familiar with the matter. CRH was a finalist in an auction for the assets, vying in the past few days with a private-equity consortium including Blackstone Group LP, Cinven and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, said the people.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @FAquila: Lafarge, Holcim near deal to sell assets to CRH, sources say $CRH $LFRGY $HCMLY on.wsj.com/1Ex8jsM

Jan 31, 2015

RT @Shayndi: Lafarge, Holcim near deal to sell assets to CRH, sources say $CRH $LFRGY $HCMLY on.wsj.com/1Ex8jsM via @WSJ

Jan 31, 2015

Lafarge, Holcim near deal to sell assets to CRH, sources say $CRH $LFRGY $HCMLY on.wsj.com/1Ex8jsM via @WSJ

Spanish Antiausterity Party Podemos Holds Massive Rally in Madrid

wsj.com — MADRID-Tens of thousands marched in the Spanish capital on Saturday to express support for Podemos, an upstart political party that is aiming to replicate the recent victory of radical leftists in Greece in its home country later this year. The rally passed through downtown Madrid and ended in the symbolic, central Sol Square, where...
Jan 31, 2015

RT @pdacosta: Democratic contagion: Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos holds massive rally in Madrid on.wsj.com/1Ewkq9N pic.twitter.com/Y6jpwaVI06

Jan 31, 2015

RT @pdacosta: Democratic contagion: Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos holds massive rally in Madrid on.wsj.com/1Ewkq9N pic.twitter.com/Y6jpwaVI06

Jan 31, 2015

Democratic contagion: Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos holds massive rally in Madrid on.wsj.com/1Ewkq9N pic.twitter.com/Y6jpwaVI06

Jan 31, 2015

RT @dromanber: Tens of thousands express support for Greece antiausterity stance as Podemos holds massive rally in Madrid on.wsj.com/1Ewkq9N via @WSJ

Jan 31, 2015

RT @dromanber: Tens of thousands express support for Greece antiausterity stance as Podemos holds massive rally in Madrid on.wsj.com/1Ewkq9N via @WSJ

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As Greece and EU Clash, Clues on Deal Emerge

wsj.com — ATHENS-Greece's finance minister and a representative of its European creditors exchanged grimaces, tough rhetoric and a frosty farewell on Friday, capping a week in which Athens's new antiausterity government roiled its eurozone paymasters almost daily. But behind the acrimony, clues are emerging about how Athens and its German-led creditors are searching for a deal that keeps Greece in the euro.
Jan 31, 2015

As #Greece & #EU clash #German official sees "room for [economic] compromise" but adds "the question is the politics" online.wsj.com/articles/as-gr…

Jan 31, 2015

Syriza officials said in private they know they will have to offer a convincing package wsj.com/articles/as-gr…

Jan 31, 2015

RT @economistmeg: Greek govt clashing w Europeans, but there's still room for a deal to be found. Excellent piece by @MMQWalker wsj.com/articles/as-gr…

Jan 31, 2015

WSJ on outline of possible Greece-Troika deal - wsj.com/articles/as-gr… - interest rate cut/maturity extension on debt + some fiscal space.

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Fire Engulfs Brooklyn Warehouse

wsj.com — NEW YORK- More than 200 firefighters are battling a five-alarm fire in a Brooklyn storage facility that has sent smoke billowing across the borough and over the East River into Manhattan. An FDNY spokesman said on Saturday that it will take more time to...

Video Claims to Show Beheading of Islamic State’s Japanese Hostage

wsj.com — A video was released on Saturday purporting to show the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by an Islamic State militant. The deadline for a prisoner swap involving Mr. Goto, as well as a Jordanian pilot and a woman imprisoned in Jordan for her role in...
Jan 31, 2015

IS video crafted to test PM Abe policies: “Let the nightmare for Japan begin.” By @TokyoWoods on.wsj.com/1vmnp1N pic.twitter.com/NyzG8kqgOG

Jan 31, 2015

Video Claims to Show Beheading of Islamic State’s Japanese Hostage - WSJ ow.ly/IhecH

Jan 31, 2015

RT @JMSchles: Tragic new breaks early Tokyo Sunday morning: Reports claim Japanese journalist hostage killed. on.wsj.com/1vmnp1N

Jan 31, 2015

Tragic new breaks early Tokyo Sunday morning: Reports claim Japanese journalist hostage killed. on.wsj.com/1vmnp1N

Ukraine General Says Russia Knew Rebel Offensive Was Coming

wsj.com — SOLEDAR, Ukraine-Gen. Oleksandr Rozmaznin says he raised his eyebrows when his Russian counterpart, assigned to help with the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, announced that he would no longer show up at their joint workplace. "I said, 'Well, I'm there. So if you know something I don't know, maybe you can let me in on it,'" Gen.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @PaulSonne: Ahead of the rebel offensive to take Ukrainian-held Debaltsevo, not only locals fled the city. The Russians did, too. on.wsj.com/1HtbG6F

Jan 31, 2015

RT @gauthiervillars: In #Ukraine war, ceasefire-monitoring hub becomes hottest battlefield; 'Time to decamp,' Russian Gen says. @PaulSonne wsj.com/articles/ukrai…

Jan 31, 2015

In #Ukraine war, ceasefire-monitoring hub becomes hottest battlefield; 'Time to decamp,' Russian Gen says. @PaulSonne wsj.com/articles/ukrai…

Jan 31, 2015

A Ukrainian general and his Russian counterpart forge a close relationship, but can't prevent resumption of war online.wsj.com/articles/ukrai…

Jan 31, 2015

shocked and stunned RT @MaxBoot: Surprise! Russian military knew in advance of rebel offensive in Ukraine. bit.ly/1LveQGy

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Draw With Manchester City Suits José Mourinho Just Fine

wsj.com — LONDON-No one sucks the air out of a big soccer occasion like José Mourinho. From major on-field decisions-like playing with two defensively-oriented midfielders-to little sartorial details, his plans for the most significant games all seem to follow the same mantra: Pretend it's no big deal.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @JoshRobinson23: Mourinho's big-game strategy: Pretend you don't care about big games, right down to the sweatpants on.wsj.com/1wOLacI via @WSJ

Jan 31, 2015

Mourinho's big-game strategy: Pretend you don't care about big games, right down to the sweatpants on.wsj.com/1wOLacI via @WSJ

Muslim Women to Launch Their Own Mosque

wsj.com — LOS ANGELES-When Hasna Maznavi would show up to pray at her Southern California mosque, even during off hours, the few men in the main hall would gently point her upstairs to a separate area for women. "I started to feel unwelcome," said the 29-year-old comedy writer and film-school graduate.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @rafat: This is pretty awesome: women start their own mosque in LA, in a Jewish multi-cultural center. Lots pioneered here. wsj.com/articles/musli…

Jan 31, 2015

Amazing. RT @katierogers: Feeling Unwelcome at Mosques, 2 Women Start Their Own in L.A. on.wsj.com/1EuBhcN via @WSJ

Jan 31, 2015

@LibyaLiberty FYI. "@erinmcunningham: Muslim women launch own mosque in L.A. on.wsj.com/1EuBhcN Sermons, call to prayer by women"

Jan 31, 2015

Feeling Unwelcome at Mosques, 2 Women Start Their Own in L.A. on.wsj.com/1EuBhcN via @WSJ

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Italy’s New President is Sergio Mattarella

wsj.com — ROME -Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and seasoned politician, as the country's president, marking a political win for young Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who put him forward as the only candidate for his center-left Democratic Party.
Jan 31, 2015

Italian premier’s candidate is elected president on.wsj.com/1wMpWvV via @WSJ by@gzampano

Jan 31, 2015

italy elects new president, big win for prime minister @matteorenzi first of all: wsj story wsj.com/articles/italy…

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Star-Studded Images From the Hubble Space Telescope

wsj.com — Twenty-five years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit-an event NASA has called "the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope." Since then, speeding around the Earth at 17,500 miles an hour, Hubble has given scientists an in-depth look at outer space.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @gis_ufm: “It’s like popcorn—stars are born, they grow up, then they blow up and die.” via @WSJ | on.wsj.com/1JX1mBH

Jan 31, 2015

RT @mikeglenn: Photographs from Hubble telescope are magnificent! on.wsj.com/18DnPGA

Debate Heightens Over Measuring Health-Care Quality

wsj.com — The Obama administration's goal of tying more Medicare payments to the quality-not the quantity-of health care by 2018 has intensified the debate over how "quality" is defined and measured. Many doctors, hospitals, insurers and cost experts want to move away from the myriad quality metrics that largely measure process-from tracking the percentage of patients with chest pain who get an aspirin in the ER, to how hair is removed from...
Jan 31, 2015

RT @MelindaBeckWSJ: New HHS goals for Medicare heighten debate over how to measure quality of health care on.wsj.com/1wKl2zs via @WSJ

Jan 31, 2015

New HHS goals for Medicare heighten debate over how to measure quality of health care on.wsj.com/1wKl2zs via @WSJ

Jan 31, 2015

"To me, the only metric that matters is, did you get better?" Debate Heightens Over Measuring Health-Care Quality on.wsj.com/167RlDw

Jan 31, 2015

Doctors, hospitals heighten debate over how to measure care quality as more payments tied to metrics @MelindaBeckWSJ on.wsj.com/1wKl2zs