More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis....
Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police, who fired warning shots into the air, clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies, leaving dozens injured and arrested....
Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East....
Search for life continues at Taiwan complex toppled by quake
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Rescuers using cranes, dogs and electronic devices searched for survivors Tuesday in a high-rise apartment complex in southern Taiwan that was toppled three days earlier by a powerful earthquake....
Pope's visit to violent Mexican city highlights broader ills
ECATEPEC, Mexico (AP) -- One evening in September 2014, Mariana Yanez left her home in this crime-plagued Mexico City suburb saying she was going to make some photocopies. Then she vanished....
Germany, Turkey vow diplomatic effort to end Aleppo violence
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey's border, Turkish and German leaders pledged Monday to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more refugees making their way into Europe....
Displaced by fighting, Kurdish residents call for peace
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) -- Azize Calis is pleading for peace....
Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State group shortly
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that "the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help."...
Syria troops make more gains in Aleppo, near Turkish border
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said....
Frowning masks and whips highlight Carnival in Brazil town
TRIUNFO, Brazil (AP) -- Far from the glitz and glamour of Rio de Janeiro's famous Sambadrome parades, people in this northeast Brazilian town put a frown on their Carnival celebration....
President Obama will ask Congress for more than 1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, and has been linked to a surge of children born with abnormally small heads and brains in Latin America. The World Health Organization has declared the growing outbreak a global medical emergency. The continental U.S. has yet to see any cases of transmission by mosquitoes, but Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories that are typically warmer are on alert for a possible outbreak.
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