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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.

At least 33 migrants drown off Turkey in two accidents

Istanbul - At least 33 migrants drowned in two accidents in the Aegean Sea Monday as they tried to cross from Turkey to Greece, Turkish media said.

Children in Somalia starving amid 'alarming' drought: UN

Mugadishu - Over 58,000 children will starve to death in Somalia without urgent support, the United Nations warned Monday, amid severe drought in the impoverished and war-torn Horn of Africa country.

Freed Australian hostage vows to carry on Burkina work

Ouagadougou - An elderly Australian humanitarian worker kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso said Monday after her release that she hoped to be reunited with her husband and "continue" their medical work in the country.

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.

ICC judge apologises for Gbagbo witness blunder

Den Haag - The presiding judge at the trial of ex-Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo on Monday apologised for a major blunder last week in which the names of several protected witnesses were accidentally revealed."First of all the court as such has to apologise.

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Birut - Syrian rebels have withdrawn from three villages threatened by Russian strikes in the northern province of Aleppo that borders Turkey, allowing Kurdish fighters to overrun them, a monitor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

Eight-year-old girl pulled alive from Taiwan quake rubble

Tainan - An eight-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment complex in Taiwan Monday, more than 60 hours after it was felled by a powerful earthquake.

Myanmar presidential nominees to be named March 17

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar will not discover who its new president will be until at least mid-March, an official said Monday, as speculation swirls over who will serve as proxy for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

French ex-budget minister on trial for tax fraud

Paris - Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, who resigned in disgrace in 2013 after admitting to having a secret Swiss bank account, goes on trial Monday for tax fraud.The 63-year-old faces up to seven years in jail and two million euros ($2.

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.

Jetro Pabustan gears up for title fight against Sor Singyu

Filipino bantamweight contender Jetro Pabustan is set to face Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand in his first attempt to capture a world title on Friday, February 12 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Survivors pulled from Taiwan quake rubble

Tainan - Four survivors were Monday pulled from the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in Taiwan, as questions intensified over why the building collapsed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rhonda Vincent named 2016 'Female Vocalist of the Year'

Nashville - Bluegrass sensation Rhonda Vincent was crowned "Female Vocalist of the Year" at this year's SPBGMA awards, which took place today.

Lunar New Year turbulence as 'fire monkey' swings into action

Hong Kong - As the Lunar New Year of the Monkey swings into action Monday, fortune tellers foresee 12 months of political and financial turbulence at the hands of the mischievous, unpredictable creature.

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.
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