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  • Turkey strikes Kurdish militia in Syria, demands it withdraw

    By Orhan Coskun and Daren Butler ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's military shelled Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Saturday and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu demanded that the group withdraw from the area in a move that further complicated the conflict across the NATO member's…

    Reuters
  • Alleged killer of Mexican journalist arrested in Veracruz

    The presumed mastermind behind the murder of a Mexican journalist was arrested in the eastern state of Veracruz on Saturday, the state's governor said, as Mexico struggles with a wave of attacks on reporters. Anabel Flores, who covered the police force for regional media outlets, was violently…

    Reuters
  • Death toll at collapsed building in Taiwanese city reaches 114 as rescue efforts end

    The death toll at a building that collapsed from a strong earthquake in southern Taiwan reached 114 as rescue efforts came to an end on Saturday, a week after the temblor hit. "The search and rescue has come to an end," said Tainan Mayor William Lai, in remarks carried live on local television,…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Pope urges Mexico leaders, bishops to tame drug mayhem

    Pope Francis admonished Mexico's political and religious leaders to take on drug violence, calling for "true justice" and "prophetic courage" against the scourge afflicting the country. The Argentine-born pontiff used his Saturday's visit to the National Palace and the capital's cathedral to send…

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  • US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

    Justice Antonin Scalia, a towering conservative voice on the US Supreme Court, has died at the age of 79, triggering a political showdown over his succession in the run-up to the presidential election. President Barack Obama ordered flags to fly at half-staff across the United States until the…

    AFP18 mins ago
  • Top Asian News 5:20 a.m. GMT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of serious damage, nearly five years after a deadly, more powerful quake destroyed much of the city center. The quake was strong enough to prompt some…

    Associated Press28 mins ago
  • Chinese media in uproar over US move to honor dissident

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese nationalist newspaper says American politicians are resorting to petty actions following a unanimous bill approval by the Senate to rename the plaza in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington after an imprisoned Chinese political dissident.

    Associated Press6 mins ago
  • Unfazed by quake, Lydia Ko wins New Zealand Women's Open

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Unfazed by an earthquake just before she teed off, top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for the third time in four years Sunday.

    Associated Press38 mins ago
  • 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 epicenter of Sunday's quake on New Zealand's south island was 15…

    Reuters38 mins ago
  • Pope to bring message of hope to gritty Mexico City suburb

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pope Francis heads into the capital's crime-ridden suburb of Ecatepec on Sunday to see firsthand the reality of the Mexican "periphery," where drug violence, gangland-style executions and kidnappings are daily facts of life.

    Associated Press44 mins ago
  • NZ 178-4 in 2nd innings, 201 behind Australia

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scores at stumps Sunday, the third day of the first test between New Zealand and Australia at the Basin Reserve:

    Associated Press49 mins ago
  • Top Asian News 4:58 a.m. GMT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of serious damage, nearly five years after a deadly, more powerful quake destroyed much of the city center. The quake was strong enough to prompt some…

    Associated Press51 mins ago
  • 'Monday Afternoon Fever' in South Korea's old-age discos

    The army veteran is one of thousands of retired South Koreans hitting the dance floors at "Colatecs" -- special discos for the elderly that are flourishing across the country. As a result, patrons like Han Keum-Ok, a 75-year-old Kukilgwan regular for the past 10 years, keeps her hobby a secret.

    AFP