• ISIS forced to cut fighters' pay 50 percent because of airstrikes, says Glaser

    The Islamic State (IS) militant group has been forced to cut pay to its fighters by up to 50 percent because U.S.-led air strikes have had a substantial impact on the money it makes from oil, a senior U.S official said on Monday. Daniel Glaser, assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the…

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  • Migrants' boat capsizes off Turkish coast, 22 drown: coast guard

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Twenty-two migrants drowned when the boat carrying them capsized off Turkey's Aegean coast in the Edremit area of Balikesir province on Monday as they tried to reach a Greek island, a Turkish coast guard official told Reuters. Separately, the private Dogan news agency said 11…

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  • Some Australian asylum seekers to be deported have cancer, terminal illnesses

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Some of the 267 asylum seekers Australia wants to deport to an offshore immigration center following a court ruling are suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses, a senior government official said on Monday. Australia's High Court last week upheld the…

  • Why an SNL impression won't curb Bernie Sanders voters' enthusiasm

    The star of HBO’s ‘Curb your Enthusiasm’ and former SNL writer Larry David has come on the show to play Sanders twice already: in an October sketch of the first Democratic debate and then again in November after the MSNBC Forum. Recommended: How well do you know Bernie Sanders?

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  • How NYC schools are celebrating Lunar New Year this Monday

    New York City public schools are wishing students a happy Lunar New Year by officially recognizing it as a holiday. In a city where one in eight residents is of Asian descent, according to the US Census, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean American parents for years have had to choose between…

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  • What does North Korea's rocket launch mean?

    North Korea’s launching of a long-range rocket Sunday was declared a success by the reclusive state, as countries around the world condemned the operation. Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea's state news agency, reported that the missile launched into space was carrying an…

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  • Should feminists feel ashamed for supporting Bernie Sanders?

    Hillary Clinton’s older feminist supporters took campaign smack talk to a whole new level over the weekend, when two icons separately chided young women for supporting Bernie Sanders. Ms. Clinton is nearly 20 points behind her opponent in support among women ages 18 to 34, according to a USA…

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  • Top bankers urge closer ties to solve euro's problems

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The top central bankers from France and Germany are joining in an appeal to fix longstanding flaws in the euro currency by more closely integrating their economies and putting more authority over policy at the European level.

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  • Top Asian News 11:57 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended. Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling the…

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  • Maldives police arrest judge, ex-prosecutor general

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Maldives police arrested a judge and a former prosecutor general for issuing an arrest warrant for the country's president without the police requesting one, an official said Monday in the latest political turmoil in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

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  • Freed Australian hostage vows to carry on Burkina work

    An elderly Australian humanitarian worker kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso said Monday after her release that she hoped to be reunited with her husband and "continue" their medical work in the country. "I want to be with my husband shortly so that we can go to Djibo and…

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  • Iraq deploying thousands of troops to retake Mosul

    The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to retake the Islamic State group's hub of Mosul, officials said on Monday. IS seized Mosul in June 2014 and except for air strikes has held Iraq's second city largely unopposed for more than 18…

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  • Martelly leaves office with Haiti in crisis

    Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Michel Martelly ended his presidential term without handing power to a successor, in an electoral crisis highlighting Haiti's long struggle to keep democracy on track in the 30 years since the Duvalier dictatorship ended. Martelly was able to leave office thanks to a…

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  • Syria troops make more gains in Aleppo, near Turkish border

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.

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  • Leopard wanders south Indian school, injures 3 before caught

    BANGALORE, India (AP) — Officials say a leopard wandered into a school in southern India and injured three people as it tried to escape.

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  • Australian released by jihadists arrives in Burkina Faso

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An Australian woman who was freed by her al-Qaida captors after several weeks said Monday that she hopes her husband who remains a hostage will soon be released as well so they can continue their charity work in the West African country.

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  • Spain: Madrid city calls for release of puppeteers

    MADRID (AP) — Madrid city hall has apologized to parents for exposing their children to a violent puppet show, but says authorities' decision to jail the puppeteers for allegedly praising terrorism was disproportionate.

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  • Mother, sons freed from debris, dark and confusion in quake-toppled Taiwan home

    By J.R. Wu TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - When an earthquake struck southern Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday, Chang Chun-jung thought it was all over. All three are being treated in hospital for lacerations.

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