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Syrian army advances towards Turkish border: 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.

Rio Carnival dances toward wild finale, swatting Zika aside

Rio De Janeiro - Swatting aside fears over the Zika virus, the glittering dancers of the Rio Carnival samba championship and their adoring fans were primed Sunday for their first all-night parade.

Review: Eric Burdon & the Animals fantastic at The Paramount in New York Special

Huntington - On Feb. 6, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon & the Animals performed at The Paramount in Huntington. Randy Jackson of Zebra was his opening act.

Dutch to probe 'civilian deaths' in Iraq air strikes

Den Haag - The Netherlands is probing two incidents in which civilians may have been killed or injured in air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the government has said.

S. Korea, US to discuss deployment of US missile system

Seoul - South Korean and US defence officials said Sunday they would begin formal talks on the deployment on the Korean peninsula of a US missile defence system to counter the growing threat from North Korea.

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.

Dan Hicks of Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks dead at 74

Mill Valley - Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks, who is one of the biggest names in American roots music, has passed away on Feb. 6 at the age of 74 in California.

N. Korea rocket launch 'direct violation' of five UN resolutions: NATO chief

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket as a blatant breach of five UN resolutions and demanded Pyongyang comply with international law.

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.

N. Korea rocket launch an 'outright and grave violation': EU

Brussels - The European Union on Sunday lashed North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket as "yet another outright and grave violation" of its obligations and urged Pyongyang to engage in dialogue with the international community.

Sudanese man shot after stabbing Israeli soldier has died: police

Jerusalem - A man who stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier on Sunday in the southern city of Ashkelon before being shot was a Sudanese national who has since died of his wounds, police said.

Hondurans mobilize to wipe out Zika

Tegucigalpa - Armed with brooms, spades and hoes, Hondurans by the thousands took part in a day of national mobilization to try and eradicate mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, the government said.

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.

Two migrant women dead from cold in Bulgaria: Minister

Sofia - Two female migrants found dead in a mountainous rural region of Bulgaria died due to freezing conditions, authorities said Sunday, as asylum seekers continue to try to reach the EU despite harsh winter weather.

Algerian lawmakers adopt constitutional reforms

Alger - Algeria's parliament adopted a package of constitutional reforms Sunday that authorities say will strengthen democracy, but opponents doubt it will bring real change.

Villagers sow Mexico's booming opium poppies

Los Zacatones - Deep in the southern mountains of Mexico, the cicada-like "tsk-tsk-tsk" of a water sprinkler broke the eerie silence as it sprayed a small parcel of opium poppies.

Turkey ready to let in Syrian refugees 'if necessary'

Kilis - Turkey said it was ready "if necessary" to let in tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a major Russian-backed regime offensive, as aid agencies warned Sunday of a "desperate" situation.

Ten quotes from the Republican debate

Manchester - Republican candidates for the White House held their eighth debate ahead of the all-important New Hampshire primary election, which takes place Tuesday.Here are 10 of the most memorable quotes from the event, which took place late Saturday. - Buckle up!..

Global outrage over North Korea rocket launch

Seoul - North Korea hailed an "epochal event" but its latest long-range rocket launch Sunday sparked international anger and plans for talks on a US missile defence system for the peninsula.

Five questions about N. Korea's latest rocket launch

Seoul - North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, triggering fresh outrage from an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month.
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