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The Latest: Syria task force hopes for humanitarian access

BEIRUT " The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence :1:40 p.m.The man who is heading up a ...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Plane laptop bomb 'beat X-ray machine'

The explosive device built into a laptop computer that detonated last week on a Somali passenger jet was "sophisticated" and got past X-ray machines ...

- CNN Top Stories - US

Politicians: it's no longer OK to know nothing about technology

It's bad enough to joke about not being "techy"; it's worse to back a piece of legislation from a position of ignorance.  Earlier this week, facing ...

- New Statesman - UK

Strong quake rocks eastern Indonesia; no damage reported yet

A strong earthquake rocked parts of Indonesia's main island of Java on Friday, causing panic, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or ...

- Washington Post - US

Be careful what you wish for: Higher oil prices and slow growth may make for a perfect storm

Sudeep Reddy, an economics editor at the Wall Street Journal, claims “we are one shock away from a recession and it's not going to take a lot. ...

- Brookings - US | Yengeni's blood alcohol test challenged in court

The legal team for ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengen is challenging the admissibility of his blood alcohol results from his arrest ...

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Purdue anti-choice group apologizes for 'Hand up, don't abort' campaign during Black History Month

A student group at Purdue University has issued a written apology for co-opting the Black Lives Matter slogan, “Hands up, don't shoot,” by ...

- The Raw Story - US

Nepal resumes fuel distribution after 6 months

In a relief to oil-starved Nepalese people, authorities on Friday resumed distribution of fuel after a gap of six months following the Madhesi ...

- Times Of India - IN

If ribs visible, you were candidate for crematorium, Auschwitz survivor tells Nazi trial

DETMOLD, Germany - Three survivors spoke on Friday of the smell of burnt bodies and piles of the dead at Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp, one of ...

- Reuters - US

One Patient's Story: 'That's a Kill Shot'

This American Life,' in a partnership with The New York Times, tells the story of one family caught in the dangerous crossover of mental health ...

- International NY Times - US

How your brain works against you

Have you ever tried to stop yourself from doing something, but were unable to summon up the willpower? A new study finds your brain might be working ...

- CNN Top Stories - US

Yen Strength Sends Japan's Stocks to Deep Losses

The benchmark Nikkei 225 average closed 5.2 percent lower, as investors continued their flight from relatively risky stocks.

- International NY Times - US

French left scratching heads over baffling government posts

France's freshly reshuffled government left some puzzled on Friday over the role of new ministries such as that of "real equality", while another ...

- Times Of India - IN

Iran again postpones London energy summit

Daniel J. GraeberLONDON, Feb. 12 -- Organizers of an Iranian petroleum conference scheduled in London said the event was postponed because Iranian ...

- UPI - US

Uber To Pay $28.5 Million To Settle Safety Advertisement Lawsuits

Uber says that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and ...


Strong quake rocks eastern Indonesia; no damage reported yet

JAKARTA, Indonesia " A strong earthquake rocked parts of Indonesia's main island of Java on Friday, causing panic, but there were no immediate reports ...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

To have more affordable housing, build less affordable housing

If you want more affordable housing available to low-income renters, the best solution can be to build more expensive apartments. This isn't as ...

- The Week - US

All smiles: Macri, unions play nice

President Mauricio Macri appears to have come out on top after his first — and much-anticipated — meeting with the leaders of the ...

- Buenos Aires Herald - AR

FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years

ZURICH " Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years on Friday by the governing body's ethics ...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Kanye sex lyrics angers Taylor Swift family

It's the Kanye West and Taylor Swift drama -- the sequel.

- CNN Top Stories - US

After Waco and Ruby Ridge, patience pays off for FBI in Oregon

The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved for all the world to hear. But in the end, they surrendered ...

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Germany's Migrant Crisis: January 2016

Despite snow, ice and freezing temperatures across much of Europe, a total of 91,671 migrants entered Germany during January 2016. German taxpayers ...

- Hudson New York - US

Van collides with JetBlue plane on tarmac in Boston

Dmitry RashnitsovBOSTON, Feb. 12 -- No injuries were reported Friday after a Swiss Port delivery van collided with a JetBlue aircraft on the tarmac at ...

- UPI - US

How BOJ Stimulus Speculation is Impacting Markets

February 12 -- The yen gained, approaching its highest since October 2014, amid speculation the Bank of Japan may intervene to arrest gains that ...


Kanye West claims Taylor Swift 'gave her blessings' for that edgy lyric

It's been less than 24 hours since Kanye West debuted his new album, The Life of Pablo, in a splashy live show at Madison Square Garden — but true ...

- The Week - US

Five rising democracies

Ted Piccone, a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy discusses the five rising democracies; Brazil, South Africa, India, ...

- Brookings - US

'We will kill you': Ahead of Pope's visit, Mexico gang violence targets priests

When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday he will land in the most dangerous country for priests in Latin America, with dozens killed in the past ...

- The Raw Story - US

Oil surges on report OPEC will cooperate to cut output

Wall Street Journal report quotes UAE energy minister saying OPEC will work with other producers to lower production.

- Al Jazeera - QA

South Africa revives 'extinct' zebra subspecies

In a spectacular valley less than two hours' drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more ...

- The Raw Story - US

China says UN action needed to make North Korea 'pay price' for behaviour

February 12, 2016 9:04 PMMUNICH - China will back a wide-ranging UN Security Council resolution to make North Korea "pay the necessary price" for its ...

- The Straits Times - SG

World powers agree to end Syria hostilities but deal leaves out ISIS and Nusra Front

February 12, 2016 7:37 PMMUNICH - World powers on Friday agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria, but the Munich deal left ...

- The Straits Times - SG

Venezuela opposition speeds up bid to oust president

Venezuela's opposition Friday vowed speeded-up moves to oust President Nicolas Maduro after he defied lawmakers by decreeing a state of economic ...

- Yahoo! News - US | Rock-shifting technology brings new hope to Lily Mine rescue efforts

New vibration technology is being used to loosen a huge rock that is hampering attempts to rescue three trapped miners in Mpumalanga, exactly a week ...

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Indonesia bans 'gay' emojis on messaging apps for violating 'religious norms'

In the latest crackdown on gay rights in Indonesia, the government has demanded all instant messaging apps remove same-sex emoticons or face a ban in ...

- The Raw Story - US

U.S. Drawing Southeast Asia Closer With California Summit

Competition with China will be the subtext as President Obama hosts Asean leaders beginning on Monday in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

- New York Times - US

Zuma ridicules S. Africa opposition for disrupting his speech

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday mocked the opposition as 'useless' and ignorant, after rowdy radical lawmakers repeatedly disrupted his ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Several people killed in attack on UN base in Mali

An official says militants have attacked a United Nations base in northern Mali, killing at least three people and injuring 30 others.

- Washington Post - US

Pope's meeting a millennium in the making

It's a meeting nearly a millennium in the making.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne Named Public Policy Fellow at Wilson Center's Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute, at the Wilson Center, is pleased to welcome E. Anthony Wayne, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, as a Public Policy Fellow. While ...

- Wilson Center - US

Thai police say slain Spaniard's DNA found in suspect's home

Police in Thailand said Friday they have found bloodstains and DNA from a Spanish victim in the apartment of the Spanish man who was arrested on ...

- Washington Post - US | Bashir not immune from arrest, appeal court hears

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was not immune from arrest when he was in South Africa last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has ...

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Iran rules decadent' Valentine's Day celebrations a crime

Iran says it is cracking down on Valentine's Day celebrations and shops engaging in them will be guilty of a crime.

- Washington Post - US

Attack at UN peacekeepers' base kills three in Mali

Islamist militants have expanded their attacks in recent months

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Mideast 'quartet' to prepare report on peace prospects

MUNICH " The international diplomatic "quartet" on the Mideast says it will prepare a report on the current situation between Israel and the ...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Top officials may face court over Berlin's 'phantom' unfinished airport

The airport that killed the myth of German national efficiency may now lead to criminal prosecutions of the city's former...

- The Times - UK

Britain's 'The Independent' newspaper to go digital-only

LONDON — Britain’s The Independent newspaper will close its print operations in March and go digital-only, the owner ...


In Photos: The Weird And Wonderful World Of India's Rural Olympics

Thousands of participants come together to compete in traditional athletics as well as weird and wonderful feats of strength such as lifting heavy ...

- VICE News - US

Civil servant doesn't turn up to work for six years, wins award

A Spanish civil servant who did no work for six years has been fined almost 27,000 euros after his long absence was finally noticed. Officials in ...

- Times Of India - IN | Gold heaps praise on Coetzee

Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold has heaped praise on Marcell Coetzee, who captained the Sharks in their win over Toulouse.

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2 Wounded In Shooting At Arizona High School: Police

Two people were wounded in a shooting at a high school in Glendale, Arizona, a police officer said on Friday.