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Ethiopians throng streets for Christian Orthodox festival

Addis Ababa - Under a blazing sun, a procession carrying a replica of the Ark of the Covenant marched on a path of red carpets through the streets of Ethiopia's capital, sending believers to their knees in reverence.

Natural Cycles birth control app under fire over pregnancies

Remember the Natural Cycles Smartphone app that came out last year? It was certified by the European Union and was the only app to be called a form of "contraception" in Europe. The start-up company is now under fire for 37 unwanted pregnancies.

Battle to avert US government shutdown moves to the Senate

Washington - A last-ditch battle to avert a looming US government shutdown moved to the Senate on Friday, where Democrats angered by the collapse of immigration talks have vowed to block a stop-gap funding bill.

Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor

Manila - Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months.

New healthcare technology to reduce diabetes costs: Interview Special

Many employers and health plans are looking to integrate coverage for innovative healthcare technology solutions. One platform is provided by WellDoc, which has partnered with a leading analytics company to address diabetes management and costs.

Troops, cameras, radiation: China preps for N. Korea crisis

Dandong - China has ramped up security along its border with North Korea, installing new surveillance cameras, deploying extra security forces and operating radiation detectors as it braces for a potential crisis.

Firth rebukes Woody Allen over daughter's molestation claims

New York - Woody Allen faced widening isolation Friday over allegations that he molested his daughter more than 25 years ago, after Colin Firth joined the list of actors saying he would not work with the director again.

Woody Allen: prolific film legend stained by scandal

New York - Woody Allen, the director and four-time Oscar winner known for his comedies rife with neurotic characters, is in the crosshairs of America's sexual harassment watershed over decades-old claims that he molested his daughter.

Poll found 0% of Icelanders under 25 believe Bible creation story

Reykjav - A new poll suggests that Iceland is becoming more secular. Religious belief among young people in particular appears on the decline as the poll found zero percent of Icelanders under 25 believed in the Biblical account of creation.

Nine dead as huge storms batter Europe

Berlin - Nine people including two firefighters were killed Thursday as violent gales battered northern Europe, snapping air and train links.

Don't dream it's over: EU's Brexit message to Britain

Brussels - A sudden flurry of suggestions by the EU that Brexit could be reversed has sparked questions about the bloc's motives and even accusations of a secret plot to keep Britain in the European Union.

All-female North Korea band leader set to visit South

Seoul - The leader of North Korea's all-female Western-style Moranbong band is set to head a delegation to the South Saturday to prepare cultural performances during the Olympics, Seoul said, becoming the first North Korean official to visit in four years.

Croupier and guard arrested over $6m Macau casino heist

Hong Kong - Police in the world's biggest gambling hub Macau have arrested a croupier and a security guard over a massive casino heist where almost HK$48 million ($6 million) in gaming chips were stolen from a VIP room.

British policing undergoing digital transformation

London - The Metropolitan Police Force, the U.K.’s leading police service serving London, has announced a range of digital transformation initiatives. Central to this is the service’s Windows XP migration.

Putin takes icy plunge as Orthodox believers mark Epiphany

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin along with millions of Orthodox believers braved freezing temperatures to take a barechested plunge into icy water in a traditional ritual marking the baptism of Jesus.

'I thought I was going to die,' says US Olympian of doctor's abuse

Chicago - Olympian gymnast McKayla Maroney on Thursday told of the "scars" left by alleged sexual abuse by the former national team doctor Larry Nassar, as a report claimed officials at an American university long knew he was suspected of misconduct.

Review: Granger Smith electrifies Irving Plaza in New York City Special

New York - On January 18, country star Granger Smith performed a headlining show at Irving Plaza in New York City, as part of "NASH 94.7 Presents."

Hungary plans 'Stop Soros' laws amid refugee row

Budapest - Hungary published details Thursday of tough anti-immigration laws named after "public enemy" George Soros amid a row over claims Budapest covered up a hike in refugee arrivals.

Storm damage to cost Germany 500 mln euros as death toll rises

Berlin - German insurers estimated Friday that ferocious gales that battered Germany caused 500 million euros ($614 million) in damages, as the number of dead across the country rose to eight.

Storm caused 90 mn euros in damage: Dutch insurers

Den Haag - Dutch insurers said Friday that fierce storms that whipped across The Netherlands caused 90 million euros ($111 million) in devastation, as the country's train service slowly creaked back into gear.
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