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  1. Republican Paul Ryan has been elected U.S. House speaker. He replaces John Boehner, who has held the position since 2011
    The Wisconsin Republican, reluctant to accept the job at first, cleared the 218-vote threshold needed to become speaker on Thursday.
  2. China will end its one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children for the first time in more than three decades
    The Central Committee approved a plan Thursday that would allow couples to have two children, according to the state-run news agency.
  3. If Britain leaves the European Union, it would face barriers to trading with America, a top U.S. trade official has warned
    The U.S. isn't keen on pursuing a separate free trade deal with Britain if it leaves the European Union, the U.S. trade representative, Michael Froman, said — the first public comments from a senior U.S. official on the matter.
  4. What Fast food's tech experiment means for restaurant workers
    America's growing force of fast-food workers may soon have a challenge on their hands greater than the inability to earn a living wage from full-time work in the industry.
  5. Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi awarded Top E.U. human rights prize
    Raif Badawi, a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for calling for reform in Saudi Arabia, was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.