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UN halts evacuations from Homs

The United Nations on Friday halted the evacuation of civilians from the blockaded city of Homs until the fate of men detained from the rebel-held areas becomes clear, a senior UN official said. The development came... Full story

3 dead, flights disrupted

A spectacular volcanic eruption in Indonesia has killed three people and forced mass evacuations, disrupting long-haul flights and closing international airports Friday. Mount Kelud, considered one of the most dangerous.... Full story

Thai cop push out street protesters

Riot police managed to clear anti-government protesters from a major boulevard in the Thai capital in a small but brief victory on Friday as authorities try to reclaim areas that have been closed during a three-month push to unseat the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. Full story

Battered Britain faces fresh winter storm

Britain faced a fresh battering on Friday as a new Atlantic storm barrelled in, threatening to dump a month’s worth of rain on flood-hit communities already struggling to cope after the wettest January for 250 years. The country’s Met Office said a... Full story

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US Northeast pounded by heavy snow

A man wearing ski goggles rides his bike on Broadway in Bayonne, NJ on Thursday. — AP photo
A new storm paralysed the US Northeast with heavy snow and sleet, while hundreds of thousands across the ice-encrusted South waited in the cold for the electricity to come back on. At least 21 deaths were blamed... Full story

Italy’s premier resigns after sacking by own party

Italy’s president has accepted the resignation of premier Enrico Letta after he was sacked by his own party in a back-room mutiny. The president, Giorgio Napolitano, said he would start consulting political leaders later Friday with an aim of finding... Full story

More talking, longer sentences help babies’ brains

The sooner parents start explaining the world to their baby, the better. That does not mean flash cards for tots, or merely pointing out objects: ‘Here’s an orange. That’s a bowl.’ New research shows that both how much and... Full story

Kerry warns China against new air defence zone

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, warned China on Friday against unilateral moves to set up a new air defence zone, saying such a step could threaten regional stability at a time of heightened tensions. After a day of talks with senior... Full story

Mass Valentine wedding in Malaysia despite Muslim anger

Malaysian Islamic authorities took their annual swipe at Valentine’s Day Friday, calling it a threat to Muslim values, but 138 couples took part in a mass wedding to mark the date. In its official Friday sermon text distributed... Full story

New gender options for Facebook users

With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues switched from Male to Neutral. Marilyn Roxie, formerly Female, chose three: Androgynous, Transgender and Genderqueer. Across the US on Thursday, news... Full story

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Koreas agree to hold family reunions North and South Korea have agreed in a rare high-level meeting to hold reunions of Korean War-divided families as planned despite a dispute over upcoming US-South Korean military drills. Full story


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