• Ukraine rebels say government forces pushed back near Donetsk

    By Alessandra Prentice and Maria Tsvetkova KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian separatists said on Tuesday they had pushed government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main stronghold Donetsk and their aim was to expand their control to the entire region. The separatists say…

  • Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani: U.S. official

    By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is still too early to declare "mission accomplished" in Kobani, the northern Syrian town where Kurdish fighters have largely pushed out Islamic State militants, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. "About 90 percent of the town has been…

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  • Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan: Israeli military

    At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. An Israeli military spokesman said the army "responded…

  • US car-spying program revealed: Are Americans now OK with some candid camera?

    US drivers, beware: You’re probably on the government’s candid camera. Revelations that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is building a massive highway license-plate-camera program to spy on millions of unwitting drivers to catch a few smugglers, rapists, and kidnappers has riled civil…

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  • Never again: The Auschwitz 'warning to humanity' turns 70

    For Irene Fogel Weiss, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz today was to be her third and final trip to the Nazi concentration camp. “I won’t be going back to Auschwitz again after this visit,” the 95-year-old survivor of the camp told The Guardian.

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  • Caught feasting on rare lizard, Chinese officials face Xi's wroth

    Chinese officials in Guangdong were called out in state media today for illegally consuming a giant endangered salamander in a lavish banquet costing more than $1,000 in government funds.

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  • How Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar video brought the funk to one tech school

     “Our school is unique because we’re project-based with no lectures,” Theater Arts teacher Scot Pankey says in a telephone interview from his classroom. “The student working the camera (Johan Cruz) had to learn to walk backwards, then was actually on a library cart being pulled backwards by other…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • Blizzard hits U.S. northeast, New York spared its brunt

    By Scott Malone, Jill Serjeant and Laila Kearney BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, closing schools, cancelling thousands of flights and leaving residents in the hardest-hit parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut digging out as much as 2…

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  • Thousands displaced by Boko Haram flood Nigeria city

    Thousands of people fleeing the latest Boko Haram violence have poured into the embattled Nigerian city of Maiduguri, putting pressure on camps for the displaced as rescue workers try to cope with the influx. A group of 5,000 people, most of them women and children, reached the Borno state capital…

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  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live." The message again demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan…

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  • Russian skier Khoroshilov leads WCup slalom by huge margin

    SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Russia's Alexander Khoroshilov led the opening run of a men's World Cup night slalom by a huge margin on Tuesday.

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  • US: 12 years for Venezuelan financier in massive fraud

    HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — U.S. prosecutors say a Venezuelan financier who ran a massive investment fraud scheme deserves at least 12 years in prison.

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  • Japan urges Jordan's help in IS hostage crisis after video

    By Antoni Slodkowski and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan pressed Jordan for help in securing the release of Kenji Goto, a Japanese hostage of Islamic State militants, after a video on Tuesday appeared to show him saying he could be killed in 24 hours. "Tell the Japanese government to put…

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  • Slide in US stocks slows in afternoon trading

    Disappointing earnings outlooks from big-name companies drove the stock market lower Tuesday afternoon as investors worried about future profit growth.

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  • Nigeria will not delay elections: commission

    The head of Nigeria's electoral commission said on Tuesday the country will hold a presidential election as scheduled on Feb. 14, rejecting a call from one of the president's advisors to delay them. "We remain committed to implementing the timetable," commission head Attahiru Jega told a news…

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  • Tanzania shuts major East African newspaper

    Tanzania has suspended the publication of a major regional newspaper, the East African, with diplomats voicing concern at a possible crackdown on press freedom ahead of elections in October. The Nairobi-based weekly, part of the influential regional Nation Media Group, has been sold in Tanzania…

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