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  • Major powers agree to plan for 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria

    Thursday, 9:20 PM

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in MunichBy John Irish and Warren Strobel MUNICH (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns, but failed to secure a complete ceasefire or an end to Russian bombing. Following a marathon meeting in Munich aimed at resurrecting peace talks that collapsed last week, the powers, including the United States, Russia and more than a dozen other nations, reaffirmed their commitment to a political transition when conditions on the ground improved. At a news conference, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged the Munich meeting produced commitments on paper only.

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  • South Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defense; South cuts power to Kaesong park

    Thursday, 8:34 PM

    South Korean vehicles transporting employees working at the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) wait to pass the gateway at the South's CIQ in PajuBy Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will begin talks with Washington as early as next week on deploying an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's rocket launch, an official said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run jointly with the North. The discussions would focus on placing one Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit with the U.S. military in South Korea after the North's launch last weekend, a South Korean defense official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. South Korea on Wednesday suspended operations at the Kaesong industrial zone as punishment for the rocket launch and a nuclear test last month.

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  • Russia boosts ties with Iraq in challenge to U.S. influence

    Thursday, 11:11 AM

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (R) and Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (L) sign documents in BaghdadBy Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Russia is ready to sell civil airliners to Iraq and keep providing it with military aid to fight Islamic State, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday, accompanied on a trip to Baghdad by the biggest Russian delegation in years. The mission by nearly 100 government and business officials was part of a drive by Moscow to strengthen commercial and security ties with Iraq, potentially eroding U.S. influence in one of the world's most critical regions. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said discussions had revolved around providing military assistance to defeat Islamic State militants, also known as Daesh, who seized a third of Iraq in 2014 and want to redraw the map of the Middle East.

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  • Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

    Friday, 3:10 AM

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Talks aimed at narrowing differences over Syria and keeping afloat diplomacy to end its civil war have gotten under way in Munich. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short.

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  • Italy recovery stalls, threatening debt plan

    Friday, 3:09 AM

    Italy's recovery from recession virtually stalled towards the end of 2015, complicating Italian efforts at debt reductionItaly's recovery from recession virtually stalled towards the end of 2015, complicating Italian efforts at debt reduction, worse-than-anticipated growth figures indicated Friday. The Bank of Italy had last month forecast an expansion of 0.8 percent for 2015 with growth accelerating to 1.5 percent in both this year and 2017, broadly in line with the government's figures. Slower-than-anticipated growth could threaten Italy's pledge to start reducing its 2.2 trillion debt mountain this year and exacerbate festering tensions with Brussels over economic policy.

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  • Migrant 'hotspots' a flashpoint on Greek island of Kos

    Friday, 3:08 AM

    Migrants check their mobile phones after getting out of an inflatable boat on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, on August 12, 2015As dawn breaks over the Greek island of Kos, 20 soldiers and five bulldozers wait to start construction work on a site that has become a flashpoint for the tourist hub on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis. The construction of the so-called "hotspot" to house and process migrants has been held up by opposition from the mayor and local residents, but site overseer Vassilis Klamponis said his team is going as fast as they can. Greece has pledged to build five "hotspots" on the islands of Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesbos and Samos.

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  • Thunder down Pelicans as both teams play with heavy hearts

    Thursday, 11:03 PM

    Russell Westbrook helped Oklahoma City Thunder roll into the NBA's All-Star break with a 121-95 victory over the New Orleans PelicansWestbrook was one rebound shy of his ninth triple double of the season as he collected 10 assists and nine rebounds. Durant connected on 10 of 17 from the field and also handed out six assists as Oklahoma City improved to 40-14. The Thunder are one of three Western Conference teams heading into the All-Star break with at least 40 wins, behind the Golden State Warriors (48-4) and San Antonio Spurs (45-8).

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  • Padres hire Nomo to bolster Pacific Rim presence

    Thursday, 9:22 PM

    (Reuters) - The San Diego Padres have hired Japanese pitching pioneer Hideo Nomo as an advisor for baseball operations to strengthen their presence in the Pacific Rim, the National League franchise said on Thursday. The Padres already have four full-time scouts in the Pacific Rim and expect the 47-year-old Nomo to help them gain a stronger foothold in terms of finding talent in the region. "We are proud to welcome Hideo to the Padres organization," San Diego general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement.... read more

  • Bucks pull away from Wizards down the stretch

    Thursday, 8:54 PM

    NBA: Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks(The Sports Xchange) - Khris Middleton scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away from the Washington Wizards down the stretch for a 99-92 victory on Thursday at the Bradley Center. Middleton hit 9 of 17 shots but also set his teammates up well, notching nine assists while grabbing six rebounds and five steals. Forwards Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 17 apiece for Milwaukee, which also got 12 points and nine rebounds from center Greg Monroe.

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  • New Orleans Mayor Landrieu hails Mardi Gras as a success

    Friday, 3:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From a decline in arrests to a rise in airport passengers, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday hailed the Carnival season in New Orleans as a success... read more

  • Patient strategy pays off for FBI in ending Oregon standoff

    Friday, 2:54 AM

    FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing, at podium, talks to reporters at the Chamber of Commerce in Burns, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. The end of a nearly six-week-long standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge played out live on the Internet, with tens of thousands of people listening as supporters encouraged the last armed occupiers to surrender. The holdouts surrendered Thursday, having refused to leave Malheur National Wildlife Refuge after the group's leaders were arrested last month.(AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved for all the world to hear. But in the end, they surrendered without a shot being fired, leaving behind a vandalized federal property that authorities will spend weeks combing for evidence, explosives and damage before it can reopen to the public.

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  • Teen who killed 5 family members to be sentenced as juvenile

    Friday, 2:53 AM

    CLARIFIED THAT GRIEGO IS NOW 18 YEAR OLD - FILE - Nehemiah Griego is seen in an undated photo provided by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department. A judge cleared the way Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, for the New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen's attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated. Griego is now 18 years old. (Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deptartment, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen's attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated.

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  • Large-scale trials for Zika vaccines at least 18 months away: WHO

    Friday, 2:34 AM

    Aedes aegypti mosquitos in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador, in San SalvadorLarge-scale trials for Zika virus vaccines are at least 18 months away, while establishing a possible link between the virus and two more harmful conditions will likely only take weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday. An estimated 15 companies or groups have begun work on a vaccine for the virus, the spread of which has been declared an international health emergency, WHO's deputy director for health systems and innovation Marie-Paule Kieny told journalists. There are currently two vaccine candidates which appear most promising, including one product being developed by the US National Institutes of Health and another from India-based Bharat biotech, Kieny said.

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  • Outlook for Syria peace talks still 'cloudy': U.N.

    Friday, 2:12 AM

    The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a rapid "cessation of hostilities", a U.N. spokesman said on Friday, but plans to reconvene the talks were still "cloudy". De Mistura abruptly suspended a first round of talks between the Syrian sides on Feb.3, saying there was more work to be done by the big powers sponsoring the talks, but he hoped to bring them back to the table in Geneva by Feb. 25.... read more

  • WHO expects to set link between Zika and microcephaly in weeks, vaccine 18 months

    Friday, 2:07 AM

    World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General Kieny addresses a news conference on Zika virus in GenevaThe World Health Organization (WHO) expects the suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre in adults, to be established within weeks, a senior WHO official said on Friday. "We have a few more weeks to be sure to demonstrate causality, but the link between Zika and Guillain-Barre is highly probable," Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation, told a news briefing.

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