• Hong Kong riot police fire warning shots in bloody street clashes

    By Clare Baldwin and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots on Tuesday during clashes that erupted in the Chinese-ruled city when authorities tried to remove illegal street stalls set up for Lunar New Year celebrations, the worst violence since pro-democracy…

  • Suicide blast at Damascus police club kills several: interior ministry

    A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a police officers' club in a residential district of Damascus on Tuesday, killing several people, Syria's interior ministry said. It said a number of people were also wounded in the blast in Masaken Barza, a middle class district where several major…

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  • Iraqi military advance reconnects Ramadi to key army base

    Iraqi forces recaptured territory from Islamic State militants on Tuesday which links the recently recaptured city of Ramadi to a major army base in western Iraq, the military said. A statement broadcast on state television said the army, police and counter-terrorism forces had retaken several…

  • White House reveals plan to bolster American cybersecuity

    The White House is rolling out a major initiative to fortify the government's digital defenses and educate Americans about ways they can improve their own digital security. The Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which will be announced Tuesday, comes as the government is scrambling to…

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  • Beyoncé's black pride moment at the Super Bowl

    The sound may not have been working correctly, but Beyoncé made a statement during Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show that didn’t escape anyone’s notice. Audio trouble couldn’t prevent an estimated 100 million viewers from watching the pop superstar – flanked by a platoon of female dancers in…

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  • Could John Kasich be New Hampshire primary's Rocky Balboa?

    Could John Kasich be the Rocky Balboa of the New Hampshire primary – the fighting underdog who shocks the world? Ohio Governor Kasich seems to be running as an unapologetic blast-from-the-past candidate. During his opening statement at last September’s Ronald Reagan Library GOP debate, Kasich…

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  • Sideways snow lashes New England coast

    A storm over New England is dumping snow and vigorous winds on the southern part of the region on Monday, closing schools and government offices, and crippling travel. Cape Cod and the islands are under a blizzard warning through the evening, said the National Weather Service, which is projecting…

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  • North Korea turns to 'old workhorse' rocket to repeat past success

    By Jack Kim and David Brunnstrom SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's weekend rocket launch repeated earlier success rather than breaking new ground, using a nearly identical design from a 2012 launch, experts said, adding the reclusive country probably remained years from building a…

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  • Iraqi government says it fully recaptured Ramadi from IS

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition say the government has regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts.

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  • German train crash 'kills eight' in Bavaria

    Two commuter trains crashed head-on in southern Germany on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 100, in one of the country's deadliest rail accidents in years. Several carriages were derailed, with blue, yellow and silver metal debris left strewn around the crash site next…

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  • Russia says no evidence of civilian deaths in its Syria bombings

    Russia said on Tuesday there was no credible evidence of its air strikes causing civilian deaths in Syria, rejecting German Chancellor Angela Merkel's criticism of the bombing campaign. Merkel said on Monday that Russian bombing had forced tens of thousands of Syrian civilians to flee, suggesting…

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  • UN official asks Sri Lanka to locate remains of war missing

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The top United Nations human rights official has asked Sri Lanka to locate the remains of thousands of civilians reported missing in the civil war who the government says are probably dead.

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  • Top Asian News 11:31 a.m. GMT

    In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a "grave, provocative act" if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of "searing consequences" if the launch went ahead. Moscow and Washington, which rarely agree on much of anything these…

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  • Swedish prosecutor 'still aims' to question Assange in London

    A Swedish prosecutor said Tuesday she still aims to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London over a rape allegation in Sweden, despite a UN report condemning Stockholm for his "arbitrary detention". "Concerning the report that was issued last week, I would like…

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  • Taiwan seeks detention of developers of toppled building

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Prosecutors have requested the detention of the developers of a high-rise apartment building in southern Taiwan that collapsed over the weekend following a strong earthquake, killing dozens of people, official media said Tuesday.

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  • Brother of Dublin crime boss killed in growing gangland feud

    DUBLIN (AP) — As Dublin's gangland tensions deepened, Ireland's justice minister urged gang members to seek police protection Tuesday after gunmen shot to death the brother of a Dublin crime kingpin in apparent retaliation for last week's deadly attack on a boxing ceremony.

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  • U.N. refugee agency urges Turkey to open borders to Syrians

    The United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to open its borders to thousands of desperate Syrian refugees fleeing Aleppo, in line with its international obligations to protect people fleeing conflict or persecution. William Spindler, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),…

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  • EU's Tusk says Russian bombings make situation in Syria even worse

    By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Top European Union official Donald Tusk denounced Russian air strikes in Syria as helping the "murderous" government of President Bashar al-Assad and triggering fresh waves of refugees fleeing toward Europe. The war in Syria has made millions flee their…

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  • Turkey sees 70,000 Syrian refugees reaching border, 'won't close gates,' says PM

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Some 70,000 Syrian refugees could reach the Turkish border if the military campaign there continues at this intensity, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutolgu said on Tuesday, adding Turkey will not shut its gates to the refugees. Davutoglu made the comments in a speech to his…

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