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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NYC investigates radioactive leak in groundwater at Indian Point

New York City - Entergy Corporation's Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant is in the news again after it was announced on Saturday that groundwater underneath the plant was contaminated with radioactive materials.

The grave-diggers of Maiduguri: burying Boko Haram and the past

Maiduguri - Even the dead weren't safe from Boko Haram when the Islamist insurgency erupted in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri nearly seven years ago.

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.

Martelly leaves office with Haiti in crisis

Port-au-prince - Michel Martelly ended his presidential term Sunday 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.

Op-Ed: Unidentified planes bomb city of Derna in eastern Libya

Darnah - Unidentified warplanes bombed the eastern city of Derna or Darnah early Sunday. The city was captured from the Islamic State last year by the Derna Shura Council fighters driving them into the nearby mountains and outlying suburbs of the city.

Op-Ed: Feminist icon Gloria Steinem supports Clinton over Sanders

Feminist icon from back in the sixties, Gloria Steinem has urged women, especially younger women, who tend to support septuagenarian self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders from Vermont, to support Hillary Clinton as US Democratic presidential candidate.

Rubio springs back from Republican debate glitch

Esbon - Marco Rubio, the young Republican senator fast building momentum in the race for the White House, came back swinging Sunday after a mauling in the latest presidential debate for his lack of experience.

Criss Angel announces charity event for cancer, inspired by son

International magician Criss Angel announced that a charity event is going to take place for his one-year-old son, Johnny Christopher, who is battling leukemia.

Chase Rice nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year ACM award

Country singer Chase Rice has been nominated for a 2016 Academy of Country Music (ACM) award for "New Male Vocalist of the Year."

Deadly air strike hits hospital in east Libya: Medic

Benghazi - An air strike hit a hospital in Derna in eastern Libya on Sunday, killing four people including a woman and her child and two anti-government fighters, a doctor said.

Czech govt paid $6 mn ransom for two women held in Pakistan: Report

Prague - The Czech government paid a $6-million (5.4-million-euro) ransom to secure the release last year of two women kidnapped Pakistan, the Respekt weekly reports in its Monday edition.

Four killed, including child, in Burundi grenade attacks

Nairobi - Four people, including a child, were killed in grenade attacks in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, which has been wracked by political violence, an official and witnesses said Sunday.

S. Korea navy fires warning shots at North vessel

Seoul - The South Korean navy fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that intruded over their disputed maritime border Monday, a day after the North's launch of a long-range rocket raised tensions.

Green Thumbs Up: Key beer ingredient threatened by climate change

Beer-lovers will tell you the key ingredient in beer is hops. But climate change is becoming a threat to the production of this important ingredient says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Mexicans to light pope's route with mobile phones

- Worshipers will line the roadside holding up their mobile telephones to light the way for Pope Francis when he arrives on his visit to Mexico next week, organizers said Sunday.
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