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Quake fells Taiwan apartment building, at least five dead

Saturday February 6, 2016    4:25 AM

TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan early on Saturday killing at least 11 people, most in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed, with at least five people missing in the ruins of the complex as darkness fell, government officials said. As rescuers searched for survivors, questions were raised about the construction of the Wei-guan Golden Dragon Building in the southern city of Tainan, ... Full Story

New year, new travel: more Chinese choose tourism over tradition

Friday February 5, 2016    10:05 PM

"I decided to go abroad this year because my parents are pressuring me to marry," he told AFP. Instead of making the 1,200 kilometre trek from Beijing, where he works as a designer, to his icy northern hometown of Harbin, Zhang booked a 20,000 yuan ($3,000) trip to Thailand for February 6 ... Full Story

New Jersey sues Volkswagen over excess diesel emissions

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

(Reuters) - New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action. New Jersey's acting attorney general, John J. Hoffman, accus ... Full Story

NATO says Russian air strikes 'undermining' Syria peace efforts

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

Syrian peace talks in Geneva earlier this week broke up acrimoniously as Moscow's long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad launched a fresh offensive against rebel forces in Aleppo with massive Russian backing."What we have seen is that the intense Russian air strikes mainly targeting ... Full Story

HSBC to pay $601 mn for shoddy US mortgage practices

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

Washington (AFP) - British banking giant HSBC is to pay more than $600 million to US authorities for its abusive mortgage lending and foreclosure practices in the housing market, officials said Friday.HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, will pay $470 million to settle the allegations by the US gove ... Full Story

UN urges missing Sierra Leona people to come for Ebola testing

Thursday February 4, 2016    12:00 PM

Freetown (AFP) - United Nations officials in Sierra Leone on Thursday appealed to nearly 50 people wanted for Ebola testing to come forward, as the country seeks to stamp out a fresh outbreak of the virus.Health authorities freed 55 people from quarantine on Wednesday after declaring them Ebola- ... Full Story

Mexico issues order to quiz actress over Chapo links

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

Mexico City (AFP) - Mexican authorities have issued an order for actress Kate del Castillo to be found and questioned about her links to drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.The attorney general's office formally asked Del Castillo last month to testify amid an investigation into whether Guzman invested in her tequila brand.But the ... Full Story

China faces diplomatic 'crisis' over missing Hong Kong booksellers

Friday February 5, 2016    10:05 PM

HONG KONG/GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - For years Gui Minhai, a China-born publisher of tabloid books on China's leaders, had believed he could live and work overseas on a Swedish passport without fear of persecution by Chinese authorities, which ban such works on the mainland. His disappearance, however, from Thailand last October and his tearful appearance last month on Chinese state television have undermined confidence among some diplomats in the protections afforded to hundreds of thousands of foreign ... Full Story

U.S., India in talks to settle solar power trade dispute

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and India are in talks that could settle a long-running solar power trade dispute, delaying the announcement of a ruling by the World Trade Organization, an Obama administration official said on Friday. Washington filed the WTO cha ... Full Story

Syrian govt. not serious about political solution: rebel leader

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

In his first interview since becoming leader of Syrian insurgent group Jaish al-Islam after the former chief was killed in December, Issam Buwaydani said it was clear "the regime and its allies are not convinced of a political solution." "The biggest proof ... Full Story

Anxious wait in Turkey for Syrian relatives of refugees

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

The situation was calm on Friday at the Turkish border crossing of Oncupinar near Kilis, which faces the northwestern Syrian frontier post of Bab al-Salam.But there was chaos on the Syrian side of the border as tens of thousands of people flee an upsurge in fighting in northern Aleppo province.Up to 20,000 people have gathered at the Bab al-Salam crossing, according to the UN.Throughout the day, ambulances were seen crossing into Syria to treat the injured, but the crossing was closed to all other traffic.AFP pictures from the Syrian side of the border showed families carting bags massing near the border gate, with many parents carrying small children bundled up in hats and jackets against the cold. ... Full Story

Europe's shift to dark green forests stokes global warming-study

Thursday February 4, 2016    12:00 PM

OSLO (Reuters) - An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures. Forest changes have nudge ... Full Story

Gomes jumps to Japan after MLB World Series wins

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

New York (AFP) - Jonny Gomes, a 13-season Major League Baseball outfielder who played on two of the past three World Series champions, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Japan's Rakuten Eagles.The 35-year-old American was a free agent but unable to land a North American deal, setting t ... Full Story

Russia and Turkey trade accusations over Syria

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

BEIRUT/MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it suspected Turkey was preparing a military incursion into Syria, as a Syrian army source said Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces with Russian air support. Turkey in turn accused Moscow of trying ... Full Story

U.S. officials say North Korea may be nearing launch

Friday February 5, 2016    10:05 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past shortly before a rocket launch, a U.S. think-tank said, as U.S government officials signaled that a launch could occur as early as Monday. North Korea has told U.N. agencies it will launch a rocket carrying what it called an earth observation satellite some time between Fe ... Full Story

Obama, Park press Beijing on N.Korea sanctions

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

Presidents Barack Obama and Park Geun-Hye spoke to their Chinese counterpart by phone in separate calls to demand punitive measures following a recent nuclear test.On January 6 Pyongyang detonated what it claimed was a powerful thermonuclear bomb.The unpredictable hermit state has followe ... Full Story

German spy agency says ISIS sending fighters disguised as refugees

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

Hans-Georg Maassen said the terrorist attacks in Paris last November had shown that Islamic State was deliberately planting terrorists among the refugees flowing into Europe. "Then we have repeatedly seen that terrorists ... have slipped in camouflaged or disgu ... Full Story

Satellite images show fuel trucks at North Korea launch site: think tank

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past one to two weeks before a rocket launch, a U.S. think tank said on Friday. North Korea has told U.N. agencies it will launc ... Full Story

The Latest: Army says Saudi ready to send troops to Syria

Thursday February 4, 2016    12:00 PM

7.40pmA Saudi military spokesman says the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri told The Associated Press on Thursday that Saudi Arabia has taken part in coalition ... Full Story

Iran calls on U.S. to reassure European banks over trade with Tehran

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran on Thursday called on the United States to make a clear public pledge that it would not penalize European banks for legitimate trade with the Islamic Republic. Many foreign banks are cautious about resuming trade with Iran following January' ... Full Story

Under fire for smacking, UN tells France to ban corporal punishment

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

The recommendations, which are non-binding, were laid out in a report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) after a review of the state of child rights in France.In the report, the committee urges France "to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, including in t ... Full Story
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