• 'Project Panic' rather than love may keep Britain in EU

    By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Panic rather than love may keep Britain in the European Union when voters cast their ballots in a referendum, probably in June, on whether to stay in the 28-nation bloc under Prime Minister David Cameron's "new settlement". While few may be swayed by the…

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  • North Korea took 70 percent of Kaesong wages for weapons program: South Korea

    South Korea said 70 percent of the U.S. dollars paid as wages and fees for the suspended Kaesong industrial project, run jointly with the North, had been diverted for Pyongyang's weapons program and luxury goods for leader Kim Jong Un. It is the first formal acknowledgement by the South that the…

  • New Zealand's Christchurch rocked by 5.7 magnitude quake, cliffs collapse into sea

    A strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch in New Zealand on Sunday, causing cliffs to collapse into the sea but no major damage to the city, which was devastated by a 2011 quake which killed nearly 200 people. The epicentre of Sunday's quake on New Zealand's south island was 15…

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  • This Valentine's Day, what do women want? Not flowers

    Two out of three women polled said they don't enjoy flowers because they die too quickly. "Most floral arrangements last four to seven days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive," wrote Lisa Greene, a floral marketing director in Massachusetts for Flower Factor. 22…

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  • Amid peace talks, Is the military situation in Syria escalating?

    As diplomats seek a truce in Syria, the war could actually be escalating. Under the cover of Russian airstrikes, Syrian troops are advancing on the strategic city of Aleppo. On Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu revealed that Turkey would supply ground troops to fight in…

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  • Eric Garner's daughter releases ad for Bernie. Will it win black voters?

    Erica’s father, Eric Garner, was an unarmed African American man who died in 2014 after a white New York City police officer placed him in a chokehold. Mr. Garner repeated "I can’t breathe" 11 times, but the officers’ force continued unabated. Video of Garner’s death went viral, inspiring Black…

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  • Obama’s ‘aggressive’ national monument strategy irks some in West

    By carving some 1.8 million acres of California’s stunning backcountry into three new national monuments on Friday, President Obama, may have overtaken President Teddy Roosevelt as America’s greatest protector of the national landscape. With the addition of these monuments – Mojave Trails, Sand to…

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  • Saudi Arabia shoots down Scud missile fired from Yemen

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen says the kingdom has shot down a Scud missile fired from Yemen.

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  • Cuba, from antagonist to diplomatic player

    Spurned for decades by Western powers, Cuba is now taking an ever bigger role in international relations. Havana hosted a historic meeting between the heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches on Friday. Cuba's President Raul Castro, 84, witnessed their kiss and embrace.

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  • Kerry in Albania to press reform

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Albania to make a push for the Balkan nation to enact a major package of judicial and legislative reforms.

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  • Germany's Neureuther wins men's World Cup slalom in Japan

    YUZAWA, Japan (AP) — Felix Neureuther of Germany won the men's World Cup slalom on Sunday, edging Andre Myhrer of Sweden.

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  • Somalia's president: Many fight for al-Shabab for money

    MUNICH (AP) — Somalia's president says military forces have made inroads in their fight against al-Shabab militants but the key to defeating them lies in providing better opportunities for the country's youth.

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  • Kerry in Albania to encourage anti-corruption reforms

    By Warren Strobel TIRANA, Albania(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Albania on Sunday to encourage the country's leaders to complete anti-corruption reforms that could improve the country's chances of joining the European Union. Kerry was to meet with Albanian Prime…

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  • Venus Williams beats Misaki Doi to win Taiwan Open

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered Misaki Doi of Japan 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Taiwan Open without dropping a set in the tournament.

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  • Pope to lead mass in crime-ridden Mexican city

    Pope Francis will celebrate an open-air mass in a rough, crime-plagued Mexico City suburb on Sunday after pressing the nation's leaders to combat the menace of drug violence. Thousands already lined up outside a university's campus late Saturday, prepared to brave the cold night ahead of the…

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  • Scarred by election flop, British pollsters diverge over Brexit

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - If you believe online polls, Britain's looming referendum on whether to quit the European Union will be a tight race that the "out" camp could win. The EU risks losing its second-biggest economy and one of its two main military powers, while the consequences…

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  • Central African Republic voters seek leader to end chaos

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic went ahead with a presidential runoff vote Sunday that many hope will solidify the country's tentative peace after more than two years of sectarian fighting left thousands dead and nearly 1 million people displaced including most of…

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  • Top Asian News 8:54 a.m. GMT

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The guest list at Sunnylands reads like a roster of the rich and famous, from years past to today: Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Queen Elizabeth II, to name a few. President Barack Obama will add more names to the VIP…

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  • India disappointed by US sale of F-16 fighters to Pakistan

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India said that it is disappointed with the United States' decision to sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan and that it does not believe such an arms transfer will help combat terrorism.

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