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Hundreds gather to remember the liberation of Auschwitz.

  At the infamous Nazi concentration camp in southern Poland, an estimated 300 survivors commemorated the 70th anniversary of its liberation. German chancellor Angela Merkel was there, as was French president François Hollande. Russia’s Vladimir Putin, however, was conspicuously absent, though it was Soviet troops who first entered Auschwitz.
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New York City gets off lightly from Winter Storm Juno.

  Despite warnings that the city could face up to three feet of snow overnight, it got only a few inches. But other areas were harder hit and blizzard warnings remain in six other states; the worst of the storm is yet to hit Boston, with winds reaching more than 70 mph in parts of Massachusetts.
3 hours ago

Siemens becomes a euro zone casualty.

  The engineering group reported a fiscal first-quarter profit of €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion), down from €1.4 billion a year earlier. Falling energy prices and lower levels of investment from European utility companies squeezed the company’s profits.
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Alibaba’s rival launches a food fight., China’s second-largest e-commerce company, announced a partnership with food producers in the Americas, Europe, and Australia in an attempt to dominate China’s fast-growing imported food market. plans to offer goods including ale, orange juice, fresh fruit, and Starbucks coffee.
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Facebook and Instagram go down.

  The world’s largest social network confirmed that a “major outage” of unknown origin lasting one hour also affected its Instagram photo sharing service. Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger continued to operate as usual, and all services are now back online.
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Chart of the Moment

One device is behind Apple’s recent growth.

January 27, 2015

North America gets its first human case of bird flu.

  Canadian health authorities said a woman who traveled through mainland China before returning to British Columbia tested positive for H7N9, but did require hospitalization. She was not symptomatic on her flight, which flew from Hong Kong, so the chances are very slim that she could have passed on the virus.
3 hours ago

Mixed messages in Britain’s GDP.

  The UK’s economy grew by 2.6% in 2014, the fastest pace since 2007, but was hindered by fourth-quarter growth of just 0.5%. That was lower than expectations and below the 0.7% growth seen in the third quarter, due to a slowdown in construction, mining, and energy.

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