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Quake fells Taiwan apartment building, at least two dead

TAINAN, Taiwan A powerful earthquake toppled a 17-story apartment building in southern Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least two people, including a 10-day-old girl, and triggering frantic efforts…

Zika found in saliva, urine in Brazil; U.S. offers sex advice

RIO DE JANEIRO Authorities in Brazil said on Friday Zika has been detected in patients’ saliva and urine, adding to the concern over the spread of the virus,…

Pentagon releases photos tied to Afghan, Iraq detainee abuse

WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Friday released 198 photographs linked to allegations of abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them showing close-ups of cuts and bruises…

Despite Libya urgency, hurdles to quick action against Islamic State

WASHINGTON The United States and its allies are probably many weeks or even months away from launching a new military campaign against Islamic State in Libya, despite mounting…

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to hold historic meeting in Cuba

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in what could be a landmark step towards healing the…

Al Qaeda group claims kidnapping of Australians in Burkina Faso

CAIRO The militant group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of two Australians near Burkina Faso’s border with Mali on Jan. 15,…

EU needs detention and removal centre for migrants – official

BRUSSELS European Union countries that register arriving migrants also need detention and removal centres to handle those that are not granted the right to stay in the 28-nation…

News

Deadly quake fells buildings in Taiwan

Media captionThe earthquake has destroyed a number of buildings An earthquake has toppled several buildings…

Twitter shuts 125,000 ‘terror’ accounts

Twitter shuts 125,000 ‘terror’ accounts

Image copyright Reuters Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 “for…

Syrian fighting rages as thousands flee

Syrian fighting rages as thousands flee

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrians are gathering at the Bab al-Salam crossing hoping to…

Earthquake topples buildings in Taiwan

Earthquake topples buildings in Taiwan

Image copyright AP Image caption It was felt strongly in Tainan, a city of two…

Refugees mass at Turkey-Syria border

Refugees mass at Turkey-Syria border

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands are seeking to escape the fighting in Aleppo, which…

Massive crane collapses in New York

Media captionAt least one dead in New York City crane collapse A large construction crane…

UK brands Assange ruling ‘ridiculous’

Media caption“What right does this government… have to deny my children their father?” – Julian…

UK brands Assange ruling ‘ridiculous’

Media captionJulian Assange: ‘There are consequences to undermining the UN’ The foreign secretary has branded…

Al-Shabab retakes key Somali port

Al-Shabab retakes key Somali port

Image copyright AP Image caption Al-Shabab went into the town soon after African Union forces…

Crane collapses in New York City

Crane collapses in New York City

Large construction crane collapses in central New York City, US media report This breaking news…

US News

U.S. judge grants injunction against anti-abortion activists

SAN FRANCISCO A U.S. judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction stopping the distribution of surreptitious videos taken by anti-abortion activists who alleged Planned Parenthood staff discussed the…

Alibi testimony could have been key in Maryland ‘Serial’ case: witness

BALTIMORE Lawyers seeking a new trial for a man they say was wrongly convicted of murder in a case made famous by the popular “Serial” podcast argued on…

Exclusive: Pentagon’s budget plan funds 404 Lockheed F-35 jets – sources

WASHINGTON The U.S. Defense Department plans to buy 404 Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-35 fighter jets over the next five years, a net decrease of 5 to 7…

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on moon, dies at 86

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon as module pilot on the record-setting Apollo 14 mission in 1971, has died at the age of…

Twitter shuts 125,000 ‘terror’ accounts

Twitter shuts 125,000 ‘terror’ accounts

Image copyright Reuters Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts”. In a blog, the US-based firm said the…

Sixth man on Moon Edgar Mitchell dies

Sixth man on Moon Edgar Mitchell dies

Image copyright NASA Image caption The Apollo 14 crew: Edgar Mitchell (left) with Alan Shepard (centre) and Stuart Roosa US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man…

U.S. traffic deaths increase 9 percent in 2015

WASHINGTON Traffic deaths in the United States rose about 9 percent in the first nine months of 2015 compared to same period a year earlier, the U.S. Transportation…

New Jersey extends contract for Atlantic City fiscal work

NEW YORK Atlantic City, New Jersey’s cash-strapped gambling hub, may no longer have a state-appointed emergency manager, but some big costs for outside professionals working to resolve its…

Maryland prosecutors appeal to force testimony in Freddie Gray case

Maryland prosecutors have asked an appeals court to force a Baltimore police officer to testify against three of his colleagues in the Freddie Gray case, according to a…

Australian News

Family’s relief at Aussie woman’s release

Family’s relief at Aussie woman’s release

Video Image Militant group says they will release an Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso in January. Dr Ken Elliott and…

‘Surprise! I’m still alive’

‘Surprise! I’m still alive’

Noela Rukundo was kidnapped and almost killed by hitmen her husband hired. Source: ABC A MELBOURNE woman gatecrashed her own funeral…

Woman survives deadly snake bite

Woman survives deadly snake bite

Video Image A Perth grandmother is battling horrific injuries after she was bitten by a deadly brown snake. Courtesy: 9 News…

Media Release: NSW JCTT charges Auburn woman

Media Release: NSW JCTT charges Auburn woman Release Date: Saturday, February 06 2016, 07:45 AM This is…

10pm bottle shop curfew a ‘joke’

10pm bottle shop curfew a ‘joke’

Liquor stores, such as Red Bottle in the Sydney CBD, have had to cut back their trading hours since the laws…

Chinese New Year: Seize the chance

Chinese New Year: Seize the chance

Video Image This is how a Chinese New Year “Giga selfie” will look – taken from Circular Quay by a camera…

Politics

Cameron gets Danish backing for EU deal

Image copyright AFP David Cameron has received Denmark’s backing for his EU renegotiation after Poland said plans to limit benefits for migrants need “further discussion”. Danish PM…

Cameron wins Danish backing for EU deal

Image copyright AFP David Cameron has won the backing of Denmark for his EU renegotiation after Poland said plans to limit benefits for migrants need “further discussion”.…

Row erupts between EU exit campaigns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kate Hoey and John Mills (centre) at the launch of Labour Leave A row has erupted between rival groups campaigning for…

UK brands Assange ruling ‘ridiculous’

Media captionJulian Assange: ‘There are consequences to undermining the UN’ The foreign secretary has branded as “ridiculous” a UN panel’s ruling that Julian Assange be allowed to…

Traffic keeps Farage from Question Time

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nigel Farage was “at a standstill” on the A1 for an hour-and-a-half Nigel Farage missed an appearance on BBC Question Time…

Cameron seeks Polish EU deal backing

Image copyright AFP Poland has said it supports aspects of David Cameron’s EU renegotiation package but plans to limit benefits for EU migrants need “further discussion”. Speaking…

Finance

UPDATE 6-Quake fells Taiwan apartment building, at least two dead

TAINAN, Taiwan A powerful earthquake toppled a 17-story apartment building in southern Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least two people, including a 10-day-old girl, and triggering frantic…

UPDATE 3-Argentina offers $6.5 billion cash deal to end debt battle

NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES Argentina offered a $6.5 billion cash payment to creditors who hold its defaulted bonds on Friday, seeking to end a festering legal battle that…

Pennsylvania lawyer convicted in U.S. of insider trading

Feb 5 A former partner at the law firm Fox Rothschild was found guilty on Friday of engaging in insider trading after learning that a client at…

UPDATE 3-Bridgewater’s Dalio calls report about feud with Jensen overblown

NEW YORK Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates LP, the world’s largest hedge fund, said on Friday that a Wall Street Journal story about a dispute with…

Argentina presents proposal in NY to end debt battle

BUENOS AIRES Feb 5 Argentina presented a proposal on Friday to creditors to end their battle in U.S. courts over debt the country defaulted on in 2002,…

UPDATE 1-Mediator in Argentina’s debt battle says to issue ‘significant statement’

NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES The mediator in Argentina’s decade-long legal battle with creditors over unpaid debt said he would issue a “significant statement” later on Friday after presiding…

Travel Advice

Marshall Islands

5 February 2016 5 February 2016 Latest update: Summary – a state of emergency has been declared due to severe drought conditions in the Marshall Islands A…

Burundi

5 February 2016 5 February 2016 Latest update: minor editorial amendments Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: all areas…

Finland

5 February 2016 5 February 2016 Latest update: this advice has been reviewed and re-issued without amendment There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism Most…

New Zealand

5 February 2016 5 February 2016 Latest update: this advice has been reviewed and re-issued without amendment If you’re visiting remote areas of New Zealand, make sure…

Falkland Islands

4 February 2016 4 February 2016 Latest update: Health section – British nationals visiting the Falkland Islands are no longer entitled to receive dental care under the…

Uganda

4 February 2016 4 February 2016 Latest update: Summary – local elections are planned between 24 February and 10 March 2016; remain vigilant and avoid large crowds…

All Sports

Shane Williams column: Wales can roar home with Lions in midfield 

Wales have a great chance to win this year’s Six Nations – if they use their heads. But if the World Cup showed us…

Brendan Gallagher: Six Nations coaches are at the crossroads

Three New Zealanders, two Frenchmen and an Aussie. That’s your Six Nations coaching line-up this season, an eclectic and erudite bunch although you will…

Peter Jackson column: Irish get set for Storm Gatland to blast Dublin

The deep depression hanging over Ireland has nothing to do with Storm Gertrude and everything to do with Wales landing in Dublin this coming…

Premiership round 11 teams

Bath v Gloucester Bath: Tom Homer; Semesa Rokoduguni, Matt Banahan, Kyle Eastmond, Horacio Agulla; Dan Bowden, Chris Cook; Max Lahiff, Rob Webber, David Wilson;…

Exeter still Ali Hepher’s focus despite link to England

Ali Hepher, the highly-rated strategist behind Premiership Rugby’s deadliest attack, refused to rule himself out of coaching England but insists his mind is focused…

John Barclay returns to Scotland XV

John Barclay will make his first Six Nations appearance in four years on Saturday after being named in Scotland team to take on England…

Sport UK

Scotland 0-32 England: Harriet Millar-Mills stars as England women power to victory in Six Nations opener

England Women eased past hosts Scotland in the Six Nations Tries from Harriet Millar-Mills and Lauren Cattell put England ahead Sarah Hunter and Lucy Demaine also touched…

Scotland looking to cause England ‘chaos’ in defence and attack in Six Nations opener at Murrayfield, says Ross Ford

Scotland host England in Six Nations opener at Murrayfield on Saturday Ross Ford says: ‘Something we look to do is create chaos’ England will be braced for a…

Benik Afobe: Harry Kane and me were goal machines for Arsenal U9s… they never gave me a chance but I don’t hold a grudge

There are photos in the Afobe family home that offer a miniature view of what Arsenal are missing and what might have been. A pair of little…

Man Utd hold talks with Mourinho

Jose Mourinho left Chelsea – for the second time – on 17 December Manchester United have held talks with representatives of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The…

Dublin hotel shooting leaves one dead during boxing weigh-in

These are the shocking scenes as a family flees a hotel as a gangland assassin shoots dead a suspected drug dealer during the weigh-in for a boxing…

Chelsea’s rising stars are not given chance to shine… Louis van Gaal has got plenty wrong at Manchester United but at least he is prepared to blood the youngsters

Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon  The two clubs have had very different youth policies in recent seasons Chelsea have had very successful…

Sport US

Relaxed Goodell back control and charting new course

By Steve Keating SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A much more relaxed Roger Goodell delivered his Super Bowl state-of-the-league address on Friday than the under-fire NFL commissioner who…

Ko moves into tie for LPGA lead

Miami (AFP) – World number one Lydia Ko was tied for the lead with Jang Ha-Na at seven-under par when darkness halted play in the third round…

Goodell dangles expansion carrot to London

By Steve Keating SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The NFL continued to build its global brand on Friday when commissioner Roger Goodell announced Mexico will host a game…

NFL chief Goodell says sport safe

San Francisco (AFP) – National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday played down safety concerns associated with the sport at youth level, insisting it was safe…

Arizona basketball team wins reversal of Navajo hair bun ban

(Reuters) – Arizona athletic officials have apologized for barring a mostly Native American high school basketball team from playing with Navajo buns in their hair, clearing the…

Mexico City to host Houston-Oakland game in November

By Frank Pingue (Reuters) – Mexico City will host the first Monday Night Football game outside the United States when the Houston Texans play the Oakland Raiders…

All Sports

Duo answers London Irish lock crisis

Ian Nagle and Jerry Sexton have both joined London Irish for the remainder of the season as injury cover. Nagle joins from Cambridge University…

Chris Ashton not allowed to appeal gouging ban

Chris Ashton’s appeal against the ten-week gouging ban he received last month has been rejected. The Saracens wing was found guilty of making contact…

Owen Farrell starts at centre for England

Owen Farrell will start at inside centre for England against Scotland in the first round of the Six Nations on Saturday. The Saracens fly-half…

Nick Cain: My arrows of desire point to an anthem for England

Having (reluctantly) once had to regale a packed Marseille restaurant with a solo rendition of God Save the Queen on the eve of a…

Nigel Wray: Saracens ‘punished’ for producing England stars

Chairman Nigel Wray has described the compensation system for producing England players as “a complete nonsense” after revealing Saracens are set to be denied…

England U20s name team to take on Scotland

Jack Walker will captain England U20s in their Six Nations opener against Scotland as they start the defence of their title in Glasgow. Walker,…

Health

Zika ‘linked to nerve disorder deaths’

Image copyright AP Image caption Colombia has launched a programme to kill the mosquitoes that spread Zika Colombia says three people have died after contracting the Zika…

Zika ‘linked to nerve disorder deaths’

Image copyright AP Image caption Colombia has launched a programme to kill the mosquitoes that spread Zika Colombia says three people have died after contracting the Zika…

Active Zika found in saliva and urine

Image copyright Getty Images Active Zika virus has been detected in saliva and urine, Brazilian scientists say. The finding does not mean the virus can be readily…

Bed-bug DNA scanned for vulnerabilities

Image copyright Louis Sorkin Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the bed bug to help work out how to eliminate the pest, which has been developing…

‘Suicide prevention app’ trial

Image copyright anyaberkut/ Thinkstock An NHS mental health trust is working with US researchers to develop an app that may stop people from killing themselves. Liverpool-based Merseycare…

Brazil declares ‘war’ on Zika virus

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Brazilian military has been deployed in force to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has declared war on…