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February 29 2016

The Sound of Silence: Life Returns to Normal in Syria as Ceasefire Holds

Correspondents representing news agencies from around the globe have reported a lively atmosphere on the streets of the capital Damascus and other major Syrian cities just days after a ceasefire took effect in the country, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel.

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Why Super Tuesday is so important

Super Tuesday is seen as a key turning point in most presidential campaigns and narrows the field.

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Oscars 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio finally gets his statuette

The Oscar for Best Actor goes to... Leonardo DiCaprio, for The Revenant.

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February 25 2016

How selfie-related deaths happen

It pops up in the news from time to time: the death-by-selfie. Earlier this month, for example, a teenager in India was struck and killed while trying to take a picture of himself in front of an oncoming train. Now the economics site Priceonomics has attempted to gather the existing statistics about the people who've lost their lives while taking selfies, combing through three years of news reports indicating a death was "precipitated by a selfie," or that a person had died while attempting to take a photo of themselves.

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China accounts for 90 per cent of world’s new billionaires as the number of super-rich swells globally

Despite a global slowdown mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau now account for billionaires than the USA.

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Unlocking San Bernardino iPhone would be 'bad for America': Apple CEO

Apple chief Tim Cook on Wednesday said that complying with a court order to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters would be "bad for America," and set a legal precedent that would offend many Americans.

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February 24 2016

Harper Lee: US author of To Kill a Mockingbird dies aged 89

Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89.

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Johnson & Johnson to Pay $72Mln for Talcum Powder That Killed US Woman

A Missouri state jury has ruled that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson must pay 72$ million in damages to the family of an American woman who died of cancer caused by the company's talcum powder.

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Plastic in Snickers bar prompts Mars recall in 55 countries

Mars Inc has recalled chocolate bars and other products in 55 countries, mainly in Europe, due to choking risk after a piece of plastic was found in a Snickers bar in Germany.

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February 23 2016

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepts the ceasefire deal

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accepted a ceasefire deal announced by Russia and the United States. The agreement which excludes the operations against "Islamic State" and Al-Quaeda should begin this weekend.

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NSA Targets World Leaders for US Geopolitical Interests

Today, 23 February 2016 at 00:00 GMT, WikiLeaks publishes highly classified documents showing that the NSA bugged meetings between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, between Israel prime minister Netanyahu and Italian prime minister Berlusconi, between key EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing their secret trade red-lines at WTO negotiations, as well as details of a private meeting between then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel and Berlusconi.

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Syria conflict: US-Russia brokered truce to start at weekend

The US and Russia have announced that a planned cessation of hostilities in Syria will come into effect at midnight on 27 February.

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February 22 2016

UK's Cameron tries to sell EU deal after London mayor backs Brexit

Prime Minister David Cameron will try to sell his case for Britain remaining in the European Union to parliament on Monday, facing hostility from his own lawmakers and an exit campaign energized by the backing of London Mayor Boris Johnson.

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‘Cardless’ automatic teller machine gaining ground in US

Here's another use for the smartphone as it invades daily life: in place of your debit card at your bank cash machine.

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February 19 2016

​Europol chief warns of threat of new terror attacks in Europe

The head of a European joint police force has warned of new attacks by the "Islamic State" in Europe. The current threat is the biggest in the last 10 years, he told a German daily.

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​Fascists And Evil Americans: Ukrainian Separatists Launch Magazine For Kids

A ruthless cookie-baking overlord named Fashiston dressed in the colors of the American flag. An evil woman named Gnuland handing out treats to masked men controlled by a pig-headed Ukrainian. And a kind, well-dressed man called Papa who has a striking resemblance to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Explosion went off in Turkish Culture Center in Sweden

Experts are working on-site to establish the details of the incident.

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EU leaders gather in Brussels for EU summit

The news is not overwhelmingly encouraging for Mr Cameron, even if it is not disastrous either, Peter Foster writes.

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Turkmens start first-ever independent development of Caspian oil & gas fields

Turkmenistan's state concern Turkmenneft intends to realize plans for development of huge hydrocarbon reserves in the Caspian Sea's Turkmen sector, read a message from the country's oil and gas ministry.

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Oil pipeline blown up in Turkey

Militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have blown up the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline's section running through Turkey's Sanliurfa province.

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Pope Francis Says Donald Trump Is 'Not Christian'

Pope Francis took umbrage at comments Republican presidential candidate Donald Trumphas made about immigrants, saying in an interview that the real estate mogul was "not Christian."

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February 18 2016

Apple Gains Silicon Valley's Backing in Government Fight

Tim Cook has picked a fight with the U.S. government and Silicon Valley is joining his side.

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Putin's Oil Pact With Saudis Masks Threat of Inflaming Syria War

Russia and Saudi Arabia's joint efforts to halt oil's collapse may end up further inflaming the war in Syria.

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Australia's surfing dogs chase waves, not cats

An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend.

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February 17 2016

Schengen: the beginning of the end? Austria to begin tighter border checks

Austria has announced it will introduce quotas to limit the incoming flow of migrants.

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Why Iran, Iraq Likely to Oppose OPEC-Russia Deal on Freezing Oil Output

Iran and Iraq may oppose the proposal to freeze oil output this year at January's level. Some special conditions may be set for both countries.

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February 16 2016

Grammys 2016: Taylor Swift wins Album of The Year

Taylor Swift has won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for 1989.

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Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar Ready to Freeze Oil Production

Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Qatar will freeze oil production at January levels if other countries follow the suit, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday.

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Indian Point plant leak sparks concern over ‘Chernobyl on the Hudson’

News of the tritium water leak at the Indian Point nuclear power plant has rekindled concerns about the 40-year-old plant among the local residents, public health experts and environmentalists.

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February 15 2016

Syria calls on UN to condemn Turkish attacks on Kurds

Damascus addresses UN over Turkey's shelling of its northern territory as Kurdish fighters say they will not retreat.

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KPI says oil prices could reach $50 a barrel mid-2017

Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) said on Saturday oil prices could reach a range of $50 to $60 a barrel by mid-2017, the official state news agency reported.

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Oil prices jump after Opec deal speculation

Crude gains in morning trading but analysts remain sceptical a coordinated production cut will be agreed.

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February 12 2016

Syria: Russian PM warns of world war if troops sent in

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the deployment of foreign ground troops in the Syrian conflict could result in a world war.

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Zurich prison guard 'helped Syrian flee jail'

Swiss police on Tuesday launched a manhunt for a Syrian man convicted of rape, after he fled his cell along with a female prison guard.

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February 11 2016

Russia says U.S. planes bombed Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday

Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that two U.S. aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of Aleppo on Feb. 10, and that Russian planes had not been operating in the area.

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