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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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.