• US hopeful Argentina can reach deal with holdout creditors

    The United States voiced optimism Sunday that Argentina will be able to settle its long debt battle with "holdout" creditors, following a landmark offer from Buenos Aires. Argentina's new government offered $6.5 billion Friday to settle the dispute and US court case that have roiled global

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  • Militants release Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso

    An elderly Australian woman kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso has been released after mediation by neighbouring Niger, which is now leading efforts to secure the release of her husband, officials said Sunday. Jocelyn Elliott, 84, and her husband, doctor Ken Elliott, 82, from Perth

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  • German police search two homes in anti-terror raids

    German police on Sunday searched the homes of two men suspected of having ties to "a terrorist group" in Syria, federal prosecutors said. The anti-terror raids took place near the western city of Mainz. The federal prosecutor's office said the men were "suspected of having taken

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  • 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. The 79-year-old pontiff himself expressed "great happiness" at his looming visit, during which he will tour a major

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  • Somali plane bomb 'was hidden in laptop': intelligence officials

    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. The blast on Tuesday ripped a hole in the Daallo Airlines plane fuselage shortly after it took off from

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  • Greek island mayor warns of violence over migrant plan

    The mayor of the Greek island of Kos on Sunday called on the government to abandon its plans to build a migrant registration centre as demanded by the EU, warning that local opposition could lead to "uncontrollable" protests. "There is a present danger that we will mourn victims and be

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

    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. Czech psychology students Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka, both 24 at the time, were seized by armed men in March

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  • 'Star Wars' hits $2 billion global sales mark

    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has soared to the $2 billion mark in global ticket sales, Disney announced Sunday, as the movie landed in fourth place at the North American box office, behind "Kung Fu Panda 3" in the top spot. The latest "Star Wars" franchise became only

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  • UN condemns N. Korea rocket launch, vows sanctions soon

    The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's rocket launch on Sunday and agreed to move quickly to impose new sanctions that will punish Pyongyang for "these dangerous and serious violations." With backing from China, Pyongyang's ally, the council again called for "

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  • Nobel medicine prize board member resigns over surgeon investigation

    Swedish genetics professor Urban Lendahl has resigned from the body which awards the Nobel medicine prize over an investigation into controversial surgeon Paolo Macchiarini. Lendahl resigned as secretary general of the Nobel Assembly, an independent body of 50 professors from the Karolinska Institute

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  • Turkey says it won't leave Syrian refugees to die

    Turkey said on Sunday it would not abandon thousands of Syrians stranded on its border after fleeing a major Russian-backed regime offensive, as aid agencies warned of a "desperate" situation. Tens of thousands of people, including many women and children, have been uprooted as pro-government

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  • UN against amnesty for jailed Sri Lanka rebels: chief minister

    The UN rights chief has said Tamil rebels still detained years after the end of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war should not be granted universal amnesty, a top regional official said Sunday. Tamil political and civil society groups have long demanded their unconditional release, tough the government

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  • Rubio springs back from Republican debate glitch

    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.

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  • Rescuers race to save buried Taiwan quake victims

    Rescuers raced Sunday to free around 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 34 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse. The death toll rose as emergency workers dug for survivors of the 6.4-magnitude quake that

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  • Two dead in oil rig fire off coast of Mexico

    Two workers were killed and at least seven injured Sunday in an oil platform fire off the coast of Mexico, state petrol company Pemex said. The blaze broke out in a "compression area" on the rig located off the southeastern state of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico, Pemex reported on Twitter

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  • Seven arrested in Spain over suspected jihad links

    Spanish police said they arrested seven people on Sunday with suspected links to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State groups and uncovered an operation to smuggle arms to jihadists under the guise of humanitarian aid. The arrests were made in the context of an investigation launched in 2014 into "foreign

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  • N. Korea triggers fresh outrage with space rocket launch

    North Korea said Sunday it had successfully put a satellite into orbit, with a rocket launch widely condemned as another defiant step towards developing a missile capable of striking the US mainland. The launch, which violated multiple UN resolutions, amounted to the North doubling down against an international

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  • Deadly air strike hits hospital in east Libya: medic

    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. "There are four dead -- a nurse, her 10-year-old son and two members of the Shura Council," radiologist Dr Mohamad al-Jeddayimi

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  • Bosnians protest against hijab ban in judiciary

    "We gathered to protest against prejudices, discrimination and marginalisation," Samira Zunic Velagic, one of the protest organisers, told the crowd. "The ban of wearing hijab in judicial insititious is a serious attack against Muslim honour, personality and identity, a violation ...

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  • Four killed, including child, in Burundi grenade attacks

    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. Another grenade thrown at a military patrol, but no one was hurt. Burundi has been in crisis since April when President

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  • Rubio wilts, Trump strong in Republican debate

    Surging Republican hopeful Marco Rubio wilted under sustained attack in the latest US presidential debate, denting his stature going into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary dominated by frontrunner Donald Trump. The telegenic, 44-year-old Florida senator -- who polls suggest has the best change of

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  • Algerian lawmakers adopt reforms, recognise Berber language

    Algeria's parliament adopted a package of constitutional reforms Sunday that authorities say will strengthen democracy, but opponents doubt it will bring real change. The reforms are meant to address longstanding public grievances in the North African nation, and possibly to prepare for a smooth

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  • Syrian army advances towards rebel town near Turkey: monitor

    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 (12.5 miles) from the Turkish frontier, where Syrians who have fled

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  • Rio Carnival dances toward wild finale, swatting Zika aside

    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. After a fortnight of street parties, thousands of gallons of beer, and the day and night sound of drumming and singing throughout

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  • Dutch to probe 'civilian deaths' in Iraq air strikes

    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. "Two incidents in which there may have been possible civilian casualties are being investigated in around 1,300 missions carried

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

    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. The announcement followed a North Korean rocket launch which the US and its allies condemned as a covert

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  • Global outrage over North Korea rocket launch

    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. Pyongyang's state TV announced the nation successfully put a satellite into orbit, "legitimately exercising

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  • Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

    A massive, fleshy crowd of semi-naked people might seem like the Zika-transmitting mosquito's paradise, but Rio Carnival goers Saturday said nothing -- not even an international health emergency -- can stop the party. The peak weekend of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival season got underway with an

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  • China school sees monkey business in New Year

    Shows featuring performing simians, popular in China and throughout Asia, are expecting a boost in the Lunar New Year of the monkey, which begins on Monday. "It's like a human school, but using monkeys," said Takeshi Soma, the Japanese "headmaster" of the facility, at a zoo in

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  • Dubai's Emaar Malls profit jumps 23 pct in 2015

    Emaar Malls, the shopping and retail arm mostly owned by Dubai's Emaar Properties giant, said Sunday its annual profit surged 23 percent to $451 million in 2015, as rental income increased. Net profit reached 1.66 billion dirhams ($451 million) in 2015, compared with 1.35 billion dirhams the year

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  • Two migrant women dead from cold in Bulgaria: Minister

    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. In January, almost 62,200 migrants and refugees entered Europe through Greece, most of them

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  • Volkswagen's family investors 'have too much power': Norway fund

    The head of Norway's sovereign wealth fund -- one of the biggest capital pools in the world -- on Sunday lashed Volkswagen's ownership structure as giving too much power to family shareholders and disadvantaging minority shareholders. As VW battles a global emissions-cheating scandal, the fund

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  • Britain 'strongly condemns' N. Korea rocket launch

    Britain strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket on Sunday and warned of a "robust response" if Pyongyang continued to violate UN resolutions. "I strongly condemn North Korea's ballistic missile technology test," Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said

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  • Villagers sow Mexico's booming opium poppies

    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. Wearing a straw hat, a polo shirt and jeans, Jorge slices the bulbs with a razorblade, releasing a sticky paste -- the raw material

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  • China forex reserves fall almost $100 bn in January

    China’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen to their lowest level in more than three years, the central bank said Sunday, as Beijing sells dollars to stop the yuan from depreciating further. The world's largest currency hoard shrank by $99.5 billion in January to some $3.2 trillion, the People

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  • Ten quotes from the Republican debate

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  • Sea turtles with tumors fill Florida hospital

    A team of medical attendants turns it over, revealing an underbelly cluttered with tumors, some as big as golf balls. This endangered green sea turtle, about two years old and too young for the staff to know yet whether it is male or female, is infected with fibropapillomatosis, a potentially deadly

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  • Republican candidates review their performance after debate

    Donald Trump and his rival Republican candidates lock horns in the final debate before the crucial New Hampshire primary, under pressure to win after trailing second in Iowa.

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  • 'The Revenant' continues grand tradition of arduous shoots

    Shot in brutal weather to a punishing schedule, Oscar favorite "The Revenant" belongs to a fine Hollywood tradition in which the truly creative must suffer for their art. Leonardo DiCaprio went through hell to inhabit the character of 19th century frontiersman Hugh Glass, eating a raw buffalo

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  • With no president in sight, Haiti gets transitional government

    Haitian politicians inked a last-minute agreement to install a transitional government Saturday, just hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down with no replacement in line.

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  • Inarritu scoops top DGA prize for 'The Revenant'

    Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's bid for Oscars glory was boosted Saturday as he took top prize at the Directors Guild of America honors -- seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards. Inarritu was crowned best director for revenge and survival epic "The Revenant", three

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  • Five questions about N. Korea's latest rocket launch

    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. Here are five questions and answers on what lies behind the global concern over what North Korea insists is a purely scientific

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  • Rio Carnival in full swing despite Zika

    A massive, fleshy crowd of semi-naked people might seem like the Zika-transmitting mosquito's paradise, but Rio Carnival goers Saturday say nothing -- not even an international health emergency -- can stop the party.

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  • France's Cahors wine is new frontier for Argentina, China

    France's southwestern Cahors region is a new frontier for foreign investors, from Argentine winegrowers doing the "Malbec tango" to potential investor "ambassadors" from China. Cahors is the new go-to destination for foreign investors as wine-growing land is becoming scarce -

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  • Adblock Plus, scourge of websites, seeks industry deal

    Now the German firm behind Adblock Plus is taking a more conciliatory tack, reaching out to its adversaries to find an "acceptable" level and form of advertising on the net. Adblock Plus' owners, Eyeo, have dubbed the discussions surrounding its plans to set up an independent committee

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  • Philippine mayor shot in pre-election ambush

    A Philippine town mayor was shot and wounded in an ambush in the conflict-wracked south on Sunday, two days before the official campaign for general elections in May kick off, police said. A gunman riding a motorcycle opened fire on Mayor Jasper Que as he drove with his two bodyguards in the port city

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  • Chronology of North Korean missile development

    North Korea on Sunday launched a long-range rocket seen by much of the outside world as a covert test of ballistic missile technology for a future weapons system capable of striking the US mainland.

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  • Economy, security woes dent popularity of Canada's Trudeau

    One hundred days after Justin Trudeau's Liberal government was sworn in, the still-popular Canadian prime minister faces mounting criticism, against the backdrop of a floundering economy and terror fears. The 44-year-old Trudeau -- a former schoolteacher and the son of a popular prime minister -

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  • China school sees monkey business in New Year

    Macaques in frilly dresses turn backflips and answer maths questions for crowds of screaming children at a Chinese monkey school, where trainers teach them to waltz and play rock drums.

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  • Rise in number of suspected jihadists blocked from leaving Australia

    The rate at which suspected jihadists are being blocked from departing Australia has doubled in the past year, a report said Sunday, amid a government crackdown of its nationals travelling to Iraq or Syria to fight. The immigration department confirmed the figures to AFP but it was not clear how many

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  • Rescuers race to save over 120 buried after Taiwan quake

    Rescuers race against time to free more than 100 people still buried beneath the rubble of apartment blocks felled by a powerful earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 18 dead.

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  • Thousands brave freeze at Turkey border as Syria warns Riyadh, Ankara

    Thousands of Syrians braved the freezing cold at Turkey's border after fleeing a regime assault that threatens a new humanitarian disaster, as Damascus warned Riyadh and Ankara not to send in troops. The government said any uninvited foreign soldiers who enter Syria would go home "in a wooden

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

    In North East Nigeria, the grave-diggers talk of a time when piles of bodies were routinely dumped from trucks to be buried. Sometimes, victims were even brought to be killed. But in recent times, their workload has decreased as attacks become more sporadic and a sustained counter-insurgency brings a

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

    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. In a statement, Stoltenberg said he strongly condemned the launch, which entailed the use of ballistic missile

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

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

    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. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said the use of "

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  • With no president in sight, Haiti gets transitional government

    Haitian politicians inked a last-minute agreement to install a transitional government Saturday, just hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down with no replacement in line. The agreement, signed by the presidents of both chambers of the National Assembly, keeps the country from

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