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Swaziland plans to relocate 18 elephants to American zoos

Swaziland is planning to transfer 18 wild elephants in a Boeing 747 plane to United States in order to relocate them to three American zoos. In exchange, the zoos will be contributing $450,000 to a wildlife conservation trust in Swaziland for rhinos.

Syria rebels lose new ground to Kurds, regime: monitor

Birut - Syrian rebels have withdrawn from three villages threatened by Russian strikes in the northern province of Aleppo that borders Turkey, allowing Kurdish fighters to overrun them, a monitor said Monday.

Op-Ed: Why Pacquiao-Bradley fight would still sell despite backlash

Right after the official announcement of the Pacquiao-Bradley trilogy fight late last year, Bob Arum who promotes both fighters contends that the fight will still sell because Bradley has improved a lot as a fighter since they fought in 2014.

Iraq deploying thousands of troops to retake Mosul

Kirkuk - 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.

Study shows cats may have been domesticated more than once

The rise of the domesticated house cat may have been inevitable, according to a new study that found ancient Chinese farmers were domesticating leopard cats 5,000 years ago, a different species from cats domesticated in the Middle East 10,000 years ago.

U.S. missile shield spotlights divisions on handling North Korea

Seoul - Official moves towards the deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea following Pyongyang's latest rocket launch will increase pressure on Beijing to bring its errant neighbour to heel, analysts say.

German mayor: Young girls should not 'provoke' sexual harassment

The mayor of a small German town caused outrage when he suggested young girls should not provoke migrants by passing a refugee centre while walking to school.

Review: Lady Gaga outstanding on national anthem at the Super Bowl

Santa Clara - Grammy-winning music star Lady Gaga performed the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl and she did an excellent job.

Syrian army advances towards rebel town near Turkey: Monitor

Birut - Syrian government troops advanced Sunday toward a rebel town near the Turkish border as they pressed a Russian-backed offensive that has prompted tens of thousands to flee, a monitor said.The town of Tal Rifaat is around 20 kilometres (12.

Participant in 12th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge passes away

Raleigh - A man passes away after suffering chest pains during the 12th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge race Saturday in North Carolina.

UN probe accuses Damascus of 'extermination' of detainees

Ginebra - UN investigators on Monday accused Damascus of "extermination" in its jails and detention centres, saying prisoners were executed, tortured to death or held in such horrific conditions that they perished.

Bayer refuses to pull insecticide despite EPA's request

German chemicals company Bayer AG on Friday rejected an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request to pull its Belt insecticide from the U.S. marketplace.

Adele's album '25' exceeds 8 million in sales in America

Music superstar Adele has been on a roll with her new album "25." It has sold over 8 million copies in the United States.

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant gets sexually harassed?

Microsoft has explained how it trains its Cortana digital assistant, available on Windows, Android and iOS, to respond to the "inappropriate" questions that users often ask. A "good chunk" of early queries asked Cortana about her sex life.

Passengers on bombed Somalia plane 'meant for Turkish Airlines'

Nairobi - A man suspected of detonating a bomb on a Somali passenger plane had initially intended to board a Turkish Airlines flight, the company's chief said Monday.

Turkish border town fears fresh Syrian refugee influx

Kilis - Outside a hospital in the Turkish border town of Kilis, a young nurse sums up the concerns of many residents about Syrian refugees. "I already feel I am not in Turkey," says Tugba Kaya. "It's like Syria here.

Somali plane bomb 'was hidden in laptop': Intelligence officials

Mugadishu - Somali intelligence officials investigating a bomb blast on a commercial jet released surveillance footage Sunday appearing to show a passenger being given a laptop in which the bomb was concealed.

40,000 starving to death as S.Sudan teeters on famine: UN

Juba - At least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations said Monday, in a plea to rival forces to let aid in.

ICC apologises for Gbagbo witness blunder

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court Monday apologised for an embarrassing blunder during the trial of former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo which led to the unmasking of several protected witnesses, and ordered a formal inquiry.

Jagger and Scorsese strum up rock 'n' roll's 'Game of Thrones'

Paris - The 1970s may have been the decade that fashion forgot, but Martin Scorsese believes that was because the world was too busy with drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll to care.
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