• Syria warns Saudis against incursion, says will be resisted

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria will see any incursion on its territory as an act of aggression, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Saturday, days after Saudi Arabia announced it was ready to send in ground troops. "Any ground intervention on Syrian land without the agreement of the Syrian…

  • Turkey must cut migrant flows to Europe, top EU official says

    By Robin Emmott AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Europe needs Turkey to dramatically cut the number of migrants reaching Greece within weeks or the pressure for more border closures and fences will grow, the EU's top official in charge of ties with Ankara warned on Saturday. Frustrated that refugees…

  • Merkel urges better protection of EU external borders

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for better protection at the European Union's external borders in order to maintain the passport-free Schengen zone. "We need to protect our external borders because we want to keep Schengen," Merkel said in her weekly podcast. Failing to protect…

  • Rescue efforts continue after massive Taiwan earthquake

    Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn and caused a high-rise residential building to collapse, killing at least 13 people and injuring hundreds. Some 340 people were rescued from the…

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  • How gun control looks from an Arizona gun show

    On a small outdoor stage, past a National Rifle Association welcome banner and a sign offering passers-by the chance to run a mock mission with former Navy SEALs, stands Bob Templeton, the gray-haired, besuited owner of the Crossroads of the West gun show. On this January day, Mr. Obama's new…

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  • Super Bowl 50: amid NFL's golden era, hints of a sweeping change

    National Football League news this week told two dramatically different stories. On one hand, there was the run-up to the Super Bowl, with all the anticipation and intrigue around whether the Denver Broncos can stop the juggernaut that is Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Last year’s ratings…

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  • Readers write: The 'Trump' effect on readers

    Regarding the Jan. 25 cover story, “The Trump effect”: I am insulted to think that the Monitor is giving Donald Trump so much publicity. Mr. Trump has insulted religious groups, threatened to kill other groups or said he wished to eliminate others, called people names, and put down many others. …

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  • Top Asian News 3:23 p.m. GMT

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a high-rise residential building to collapse and killing at least 14 people. Nearly 340 people were rescued from the…

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  • Over 100 missing, 14 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan

    Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a high-rise residential building to collapse ...

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  • Body of Italian student found in Cairo repatriated to Rome

    The body of a 28-year-old Italian student who had disappeared in Cairo last week and was found dead was repatriated on Saturday to Italy which has launched an investigation into his death. Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge University PhD student, had gone missing on January 25 while on his way to meet a…

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  • Huth fires fairytale Leicester six points clear against Man City

    Robert Huth scored twice as Leicester City produced an astonishing demonstration of their Premier League title credentials by winning 3-1 at closest rivals Manchester City on Saturday. Huth broke the deadlock in the third minute from a Riyad Mahrez free-kick and after Mahrez had netted a brilliant…

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  • Hefti wins 2-man bob World Cup race, European title

    ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Beat Hefti of Switzerland won a two-man bobsled World Cup race on his home course Saturday to also be crowned European champion.

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  • Sundby dominates cross-country World Cup meet in Oslo

    OSLO (AP) — Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway extended his lead at the top of the cross-country World Cup standings with an impressive win in the 50-kilometer classical-style race on Saturday.

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  • Germany's Catholic Church calls for 'reduction' in refugees

    The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in "all the world's needy," according to an interview published Saturday. Germany has been struggling to cope with 1.1 million asylum seekers that arrived in 2015 and…

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  • The Latest: Anti-migrant protesters rally in Prague

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Latest on the flow of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):

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  • Up to five killed in Austrian avalanche: police

    VIENNA (Reuters) - Up to five people were killed on Saturday in an avalanche in Austria's skiing region of Tyrol that buried about a dozen people, a police spokesman said. The spokesman said several people had also been injured in the avalanche, which occurred in the Wattental valley, about 40 km…

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  • Sri Lankan nationalists protest U.N. rights chief's visit on war crimes

    By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations' office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka's progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes. The…

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  • EU foreign affairs chief announces visit to Iran

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says she is preparing to visit Iran following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran with world powers.

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