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  • A man carries a body following a reported Syrian government forces air strike in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday. Syrian army helicopters carried out new raids over Aleppo in the morning, dropping explosive-packed barrel bombs as they press a punishing aerial assault, a monitoring group said. — AFP photo

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Russia says Syria to ship chemical weapons

A man carries a body following a reported Syrian government forces air strike in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday. Syrian army helicopters carried out new raids over Aleppo in the morning, dropping explosive-packed barrel bombs as they press a punishing aerial assault, a monitoring group said. — AFP photo
Russia said its ally Syria would soon ship more chemical weapons abroad for destruction after being accused of dragging its feet, while activists said civilians in Aleppo were fleeing deadly barrel bomb raids by president Bashar al-Assad’s air force. Full story

Pakistan-Taliban peace talks falter on start

Pakistan’s planned peace talks with Taliban insurgents stumbled as they began Tuesday, with government negotiators missing a preliminary meeting citing doubts over the militants’ team. Full story

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Journalists protest at Egypt jailing of Jazeera colleagues

Journalists from the foreign correspondence organisation participate in a protest demanding the release of four Al Jazeera correspondents outside the Egyptian Embassy premises in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Tuesday. — Reuters photo
Scores of supporters of Al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt demonstrated on Tuesday in Kenya, the base of one of the detained reporters. ‘Being a journalist is not a crime,’ the crowd of around a 100 shouted outside... Full story

Sweet tooth linked to heart attacks

The findings of a large US study suggest eating too many sugary drinks, desserts and sweets could increase your risk of having a heart attack, BBC reported. Consuming the equivalent of a can a day of sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks... Full story

Big winter storm hits US East, disrupts travel

 A woman walks down a street during a snowstorm in the Brooklyn borough on Monday in New York City. — AFP photo
Another round of snowy weather hit the eastern United States on Monday, killing at least two people, disrupting thousands of flights and hurting travel plans for people trying to return home from the Super Bowl football championship in the New York... Full story

I know he will be PM, says Modi’s reported wife

The woman who calls herself the wife of Narendra Modi said in a rare interview this weekend that she doesn’t ‘feel bad’ he has cut her out of his life, NDTV reported. Modi, 63, is the opposition BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Full story

N Korea calls Japanese PM Abe ‘Asian Hitler’

North Korea on Tuesday denounced the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, as an ‘Asian Hitler’ intent on amassing military power under the guise of ensuring regional stability. The attack in an editorial carried by the North’s... Full story

Queen asks Kate to wear longer skirts

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Kate Middleton’s grandmother-in-law is demanding lower hemlines. According to Britain’s Mail on Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II asked Kate Middleton to ditch the short skirts in favour of more conservative outfits, The Mail reported. Full story

Best is yet to come, says Facebook’s Zuckerberg

The 10 years since the founding of Facebook have been an ‘amazing journey,’ but the best is still to come, Mark Zuckerberg says. Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of the world’s biggest social network, reflected on... Full story

‘Karzai in secret talks with Taliban’

Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai has been holding secret talks with Taliban officials in the hope of persuading them to make peace with his government, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed Afghan and Western officials. Full story

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The Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, could call early elections to end mass anti-government unrest, a top lawmaker said on Tuesday, as protest leaders demanded curbs to presidential powers in a stormy parliamentary debate. Full story


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