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Russia 'must stop Syria civilian bombing'
French PM Manuel Valls urges Russia to stop bombing civilians while carrying out airstrikes in Syria - but Moscow denies harming them.
Pope in historic Russia church talks
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill call for restored Christian unity between the two churches at historic talks in Cuba.
Doctors side with Australia asylum baby
Protesters gather at a Brisbane hospital in support of doctors refusing to discharge an asylum seeker baby facing deportation to an offshore immigration camp.
Bill Murray 'throws phones from bar'
Hollywood actor Bill Murray offers to reimburse drinkers after allegedly throwing their mobile phones from a rooftop bar after they tried to take photos.
US wants 'strong UK in strong EU'
The US has a "profound interest in a very strong UK staying in a strong EU", US Secretary of State John Kerry says.
Polluted air 'causes 5.5m deaths a year'
More than 5.5 million people worldwide are dying prematurely every year as a result of air pollution, according to new research.
US scientists warn on 'dustbowl' risk
US scientists have modelled how a 1930s-like "dustbowl" drought might impact American agriculture today, and found it to be just as damaging.
Brazil deploys soldiers over Zika virus
More than 220,000 Brazilian soldiers are to be deployed from Saturday to warn of the risks of Zika virus.
Venezuela leader's foes move to oust him
The new opposition-controlled National Assembly in Venezuela plans to speed up moves to oust the government of Nicolas Maduro as economic woes deepen.
Taiwan earthquake toll reaches 116
The official death toll from an earthquake in Tainan city, Taiwan, rises to 116, as the remains of the last missing person are found.
Alzheimer's preventative drug hope
Cambridge scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, acting like statins for the brain.
'I'm 2-0 up in match against cancer'
Netherlands, Ajax and Barcelona great Johan Cruyff says he feels "2-0 up in a match" against lung cancer.
VIDEO: Civilians starve as bombs fall in Syria
Doubts mount over international agreement to cease some of the hostilities in Syria.
VIDEO: Creeping paralysis fear for Zika patients
The Zika virus has moved north to Colombia where it is being linked by some doctors to cases of paralysis.
VIDEO: Troops to join battle against Zika
Two hundred thousand troops will be deployed on the streets of Brazil in a bid to contain the Zika virus.
VIDEO: What is happening on Turkey/Syria border?
Thousands of refugees are fleeing the conflict in Aleppo after a recent surge in the military operations by the government backed by Russian airstrikes
VIDEO: Obama’s Valentine poem for his wife
US President Barack Obama appears on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and is surprised by a Valentine poem from his wife Michelle
VIDEO: Greg James finishes his five triathlons
Radio 1 DJ Greg James finished five triathlons in five days in five cities.
VIDEO: Woman and toddler saved from sinking car
Video has emerged showing the dramatic rescue of a woman and her child after her car went into a canal in Amsterdam.
VIDEO: Paedophiles use Facebook to swap images
Paedophiles are using secret groups on Facebook to post and swap obscene images of children, the BBC has found.
Yahoo World News
Syrian army edges toward Islamic State bastion, jets hit rebel towns
By Tom Perry and Paul Carrel BEIRUT/MUNICH (Reuters) - Syrian government forces were poised to advance into the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province and allied Russian jets kept up air strikes on rebel-held towns north of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday. An advance into Raqqa would re-establish a Syrian government foothold in the province for the first time since 2014 and may be aimed at pre-empting any move by Saudi Arabia to send ground forces to fight Islamic State militants in Syria.
After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba
By Philip Pullella and Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart, the meeting at an airport terminal in Cuba was the first ever between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. "Their churches are being barbarously ravaged and looted, their sacred objects profaned, their monuments destroyed." They also said large-scale humanitarian aid was required to tend to refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq, lamenting the "massive exodus of Christians." Cuban President Raul Castro stood to the side during the ceremony, enjoying another moment in the international limelight after receiving Francis last year and restoring diplomatic relations with the United States recently, meeting President Barack Obama in Panama in April.
Death toll at collapsed building in Taiwanese city reaches 114 as rescue efforts end
The death toll at a building that collapsed from a strong earthquake in southern Taiwan reached 114 as rescue efforts came to an end on Saturday, a week after the temblor hit. "The search and rescue has come to an end," said Tainan Mayor William Lai, in remarks carried live on local television, identifying the last individual to be pulled out from the rubble as Hsieh Chen-yu, who was part of the fallen building's management committee. All of those believed missing in the building have now been accounted for, city officials said.
Russia, facing widespread criticism, denies bombing civilians in Syria
By Paul Carrel and Shadia Nasralla MUNICH (Reuters) - France led international criticism of Russia on Saturday for bombing civilians in Syria, a charge Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev rejected as major powers bickered openly just a day after they agreed a pause in combat in Syria. The differences between the stakeholders in a Syria settlement highlighted their lingering divisions despite Friday's "cessation of hostilities" agreement, which was not signed by any of the warring parties on the ground - government forces and the opposition - and does not take effect for a week. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, in a head-to-head debate with Medvedev at a security conference in Munich, pressed Russia to stop bombing civilians in Syria, saying this was crucial for achieving peace in the country.
Iraq's Sadr calls for technocratic government, swift reform
Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Saturday the country needed a technocratic government, threatening to quit politics if Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi failed to carry out promised reforms. The remarks by Sadr, whose Al-Ahrar bloc holds 34 seats in parliament and three cabinet posts, were the first high-level reaction to the premier's call for politically appointed ministers to be replaced with technocrats. Struggling to show results from reforms he announced six months ago, Abadi said this week he wanted to make the replacements in a cabinet reshuffle, a shake-up that would alter the delicate balance of government in place since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
U.S. Defence Secretary says UK needs nuclear weapons for 'outsized' world role
Britain must renew its submarine-borne Trident nuclear weapons system if it is to maintain its "outsized" role in world affairs, U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in comments published on Saturday. A decision on replacing the ageing fleet of four submarines which carry nuclear warheads is due to be made this year and while Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to renewal, the issue has caused deep divisions in the opposition Labour Party. Carter said the submarine fleet helped the "special relationship" Britain enjoyed with the United States, the BBC said on its website.
Russian PM: West rekindling the Cold War
MUNICH (AP) — Russia's prime minister accused the West on Saturday of rekindling the Cold War, telling a meeting of top defense officials, diplomats and national leaders that sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea and new moves by the NATO alliance "only aggravate" tensions.
Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV and an opposition activist group say government forces have captured another village near Aleppo, tightening the noose around rebel-held parts of the northern city.
Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president said Saturday that his country has established democratic and constitutional rule after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising, but rights groups say he has presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.
Top Asian News 12:19 p.m. GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited — neighboring power China — will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes. As part of Obama's so-called pivot in U.S. foreign policy toward the Asia-Pacific, he has made a point of traveling to the region each fall to meet with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. Now, Obama is inviting ASEAN leaders to the U.S., and to the same venue where he hosted China's President Xi Jinping in 2013.
Officials: 6 Afghan security men killed in Taliban attacks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents killed six Afghan security personnel Saturday in two separate attacks, Afghan officials said.
World Baseball Classic qualifying: South Africa into final
SYDNEY (AP) — Catcher Kyle Botha's bases-loaded double in the sixth inning scored three runs to break open a close game and give South Africa a 9-2 win over New Zealand and a spot in Sunday's final against Australia in a regional World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.
Israeli troops kill Palestinian who tried to stab soldier: army
Israeli security forces shot dead on Saturday a Palestinian woman who tried to stab a soldier in the occupied West Bank, Israel's military said. No Israelis were wounded in the attack that happened near the Cave of the Patriarchs in the city of Hebron. A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians has killed 27 Israelis and a U.S. citizen since the start of October.
Kerry takes aim at Russia over Ukraine and Syria
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday sharply criticized Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of "repeated aggression" in both places.
Syrian army seizes village overlooking rebel areas near Aleppo: state TV
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army has retaken a village that overlooks major rebel-held towns around Aleppo, state television said on Saturday, part of a government campaign to encircle and recaptured insurgent areas of the major northern city. It said the army entered the village of al-Tamura located on high ground above the towns of Anadan, Hayan and Haritan that have been heavily bombed in recent days and become a front line in Syria's almost five-year-old war. ...
Saudi Arabia to send planes to Turkey for Islamic State fight: media
Saudi Arabia will send aircraft to NATO-member Turkey's Incirlik air base for the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was reported as saying on Saturday. Saudi Arabia has resumed its participation in air strikes against Islamic State in recent weeks and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday welcomed its commitment to expand its role. "Saudi Arabia is now sending planes to Turkey, to Incirlik.
Israeli military: Palestinian killed after attacking soldier
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says a Palestinian was shot and killed after she pulled out a knife and attacked a soldier on guard near a sensitive West Bank holy site.
Red Cross says delivers medical aid to Taiz in Yemen 'breakthrough'
The Red Cross said on Saturday it had entered the war-torn Yemeni city of Taiz for the first time since August, delivering three tonnes of life-saving medical supplies to four hospitals treating the wounded. Taiz has been one of the hardest-fought fronts in a war in which local militias and forces loyal to a Saudi-backed government ousted by Houthi rebels last March are seeking to fight their way back to the capital Sanaa. "This is a breakthrough and we hope that today's operation will be followed by many more to come," Antoine Grand, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Yemen, said in a statement.
Mourinho talks would be a blow, admits Man Utd boss Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal says he would be upset if it is true that Manchester United have approached Jose Mourinho behind his back. Embattled United boss van Gaal takes his team to Sunderland on Saturday with speculation mounting that Mourinho is waiting in the wings to take charge at Old Trafford. United have refused to deny reports they have spoken to Mourinho in recent weeks following their team's slump and the former Chelsea boss is said to have made it clear he is ready to replace van Gaal if the Dutchman is sacked or departs at the end of the season.
Suarez 'would only return to Liverpool'
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez would only return to the English Premier League if it was to rejoin former club Liverpool, he revealed in a British newspaper interview published on Saturday. "I'd prefer to stay here (Barcelona) for many more years," he told the Daily Mail. Suarez, 29, scored 82 goals for Liverpool in a three-and-a-half-year spell and almost inspired the team to Premier League glory in 2014 before leaving for Barcelona.
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