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Top 5 Stories from Around the World on January 13, 2015

5 Stories from around the world today January 13, 2015


Bodies of 4 Jewish victims of Paris attack arrive in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) - The bodies of four Jewish victims of a Paris terror attack on a kosher supermarket arrived in Israel on Tuesday ahead of a funeral to be attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other public figures.

Ronaldo leaves Messi in shade with third Ballon d'Or

Portuguese and Real Madrid great Cristiano Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or on Monday at the FIFA ceremony in Zurich to edge within one of his eternal rival Barcelona's Argentinian magician Lionel Messi. The 29-year-old forward -- who played a key role in Real Madrid's charge to a 10th Champions League trophy -- beat Messi and Germany's World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

UAE oil minister says OPEC won't budge on output decision

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will stick to its decision to keep oil output unchanged regardless of current oil prices, the United Arab Emirates' oil minister said Tuesday. Instead, oil producers outside OPEC need to be rational and adjust their output according to the growth rate of oil supply in the market, Suhail Mohamed Faraj al-Mazrouei told an energy event in Abu Dhabi organized by Gulf Intelligence.

West Struggles to Halt Flow of Citizens to War Zones

WASHINGTON - For more than a decade, Western governments have struggled to stem the flow of their citizens traveling to fight in war zones in Muslim countries, increasing surveillance of those who have expressed an interest in joining extremists, creating computer programs to track suspicious travel patterns and taking other measures.

80-Year-Old Retired New York Principal Wins $326 Million Lotto Jackpot

A New York couple who spent a combined 75 years as educators were announced today as the winners of a $326 million Mega Millions jackpot, the largest in New York Lottery history.Harold Diamond, 80, of Wurtsboro, and his wife, Carol, accepted a $130,676,438 check - the amount the couple received after taxes and a lump-sum payment - at the same Valero gas station in Middletown, New York, where Diamond purchased the ticket in November.

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