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Pope urges Mexico leaders, bishops to tame drug mayhem

Pope Francis (C) at an open-air mass at the Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City, on February 13, 2016Pope Francis admonished Mexico's political and religious leaders to take on drug violence, calling for "true justice" and "prophetic courage" against the scourge afflicting the country.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:36 am

Republican slugfest overshadows policy talk in debate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump lambasted Jeb Bush's brother president George W. Bush's war in Iraq as "a big fat mistake"The Republican presidential race veered into vicious personal attacks Saturday as White House hopefuls brawled in their latest debate, with frontrunner Donald Trump and Jeb Bush locking horns in some of the campaign's most pointed clashes to date.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:35 am

U.S. Supreme Court vacancy upends presidential race

A woman walks past the Supreme Court building at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.By James Oliphant and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sudden and shocking death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia opened a new and incendiary front in the already red-hot 2016 presidential race, one that promises to divide Democrats and Republicans and, perhaps, Republicans from themselves. The vacancy on the court, which is now evenly split 4-4 between its conservative and liberal wings, had Republicans calling on President Barack Obama to refrain from choosing a successor to the right-leaning Scalia while Democrats urged Obama to do as the U.S. Constitution requires and put forward a candidate to face confirmation in an albeit hostile Senate. Facing off in a debate only hours after the 79-year-old Scalia's death was announced, some Republican presidential candidates seized the moment to caution voters that their party's front-runner, billionaire businessman Donald Trump, could not be trusted to nominate a stalwart conservative.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:35 am

U.S. Justice Scalia, conservative icon, dead at 79

Capitol Hill police officers lower the U.S. flag at the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. after the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin ScaliaBy Joan Biskupic and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. Obama called Scalia, who served on the nation's highest court for nearly 30 years, a "larger-than-life presence" and said he intended to nominate someone to fill the vacant seat before leaving the White House next January. "I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to appoint a successor in due time and there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to give that person a fair hearing and timely vote," Obama told reporters in California.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:35 am

U.S. Justice Scalia: outspoken conservative stalwart

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia listens to a question after speaking at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society in New YorkBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In almost 30 years on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was strident, colorful, and most of all, conservative. “I love him but sometimes I’d like to strangle him," Ginsburg, a liberal who bonded with Scalia over a love of opera, once said. Scalia, who died at age 79, was appointed to the high court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and built a reputation as one of the nation's most brilliant, conservative jurists.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:35 am

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, pictured on October 5, 2011, has died at the age of 79Justice Antonin Scalia, a towering conservative voice on the US Supreme Court, has died at the age of 79, triggering a political showdown over his succession in the run-up to the presidential election.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:31 am

Central African Republic to vote in presidential runoff

Central African Republic to vote in presidential runoffFormer prime ministers contesting in close presidential poll as country takes crucial steps to end years of violence.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:22 am

Chinese media in uproar over US move to honor dissident

FILE - In this file photo taken in April 2008, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo poses for a photographer in China. A Chinese nationalist newspaper says Americans politicians are resorting to petty actions after the Senate approved a bill to rename the plaza in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington after the imprisoned Chinese political dissident. (Kyodo News via AP, File) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITBEIJING (AP) — A Chinese nationalist newspaper says Americans politicians are resorting to petty actions following a unanimous bill approval by the Senate to rename the plaza in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington after an imprisoned Chinese political dissident.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:19 am

Japan’s ‘Abenomics’ on the ropes as yen soars, markets plunge

Japan's 'Abenomics' on the ropes as yen soars, markets plungeAll eyes will be on Japan's fourth-quarter GDP data on Monday with many economists expecting a contraction of about 0.7% in the world's number three economy

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:09 am

AP FACT CHECK: Republicans debaters on high court, economy

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson participate during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential debaters misfired in assertions about Supreme Court nominees, Syria, immigration and more.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 5:03 am

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Christchurch cliffs collapse in earthquake – Sky News Australia


Sky News Australia

Christchurch cliffs collapse in earthquake
Sky News Australia
Cliffs have collapsed near Christchurch and there's minor damage across the New Zealand city after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake. It struck shortly after 1pm on Sunday (11am AEDT), just a day after Prime Minister John Key visited the city he grew up in to …
Magnitude-5.8 quake shakes New Zealand city of ChristchurchReading Eagle
As it happened: Major earthquake strikes ChristchurchTVNZ
Magnitude 5.7 quake near ChristchurchNEWS.com.au
New Zealand Herald
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Posted on 14 February 2016 | 4:56 am

Last of 116 dead in Taiwan quake is pulled from rubble – Washington Post


Washington Post

Last of 116 dead in Taiwan quake is pulled from rubble
Washington Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Rescuers in Taiwan pulled out the remains of the final victims of last week's earthquake and with a minute of silence ended the search with the death toll of 116, most of them in a collapsed high-rise apartment building. All but two
Taiwan earthquake: Search ends as death toll reaches 114CNN International
Death Toll in Taiwan Quake Rises to 113NBCNews.com
114 bodies pulled from toppled Taiwan building; 1 missingHouston Chronicle

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Posted on 14 February 2016 | 3:51 am

Syrian army gains ground around Aleppo, looks to Raqqa – Reuters


Reuters

Syrian army gains ground around Aleppo, looks to Raqqa
Reuters
MUNICH/BEIRUT Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa …
Syria truce hopes dim as Russia is skeptical, fighting ragesWashington Post
Pressure mounts on Russia over choice of targets in SyriaCNN
Syria truce hopes dim as fighting ragesObserver-Reporter
ABC News
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Posted on 14 February 2016 | 2:45 am

Turkey strikes Kurdish militia in Syria, demands it withdraw – Reuters


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Turkey strikes Kurdish militia in Syria, demands it withdraw
Reuters
ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey's military shelled Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Saturday and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu demanded that the group withdraw from the area in a move that further complicated the conflict across the NATO member's …
US Urges Restraint from Turkey, Kurdish Militia Near AleppoVoice of America
Syrian troops capture village near northern city of AleppoSCNow
The Latest: Turkey confirms shelling Kurds in SyriaOmaha World-Herald
Sydney Morning Herald
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Posted on 14 February 2016 | 2:40 am

Russia: Chances of Syria truce 50% – Salt Lake Tribune


Salt Lake Tribune

Russia: Chances of Syria truce 50%
Salt Lake Tribune
In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 photo, children peer from a partially destroyed home in Aleppo, Syria. The fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years
Saudi Arabia confirms sends aircraft to Turkey for IS fightReuters
Pentagon Urges Turkey, Kurdish Forces to Halt Fire in SyriaBloomberg
Saudi Arabia official: If all else fails, remove Syria's Assad by forceCNN
Daily Mail –Washington Post
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Posted on 14 February 2016 | 2:37 am

Russian premier: ‘We have slid into … a new Cold War’ – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times

Russian premier: 'We have slid into … a new Cold War'
Los Angeles Times
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the specter of a new Cold War on Saturday and compared the current tensions between Russia and the West to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. “NATO's …
Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO movesSTLtoday.com
AP News in Brief at 9:04 pm ESTMiami Herald
The Latest: NATO chief: Alliance has not rekindled Cold WarPost-Bulletin

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Posted on 14 February 2016 | 2:04 am

Pope calls out drug trade in Mexico – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

Pope calls out drug trade in Mexico
USA TODAY
MEXICO CITY — Pope Francis called on Mexico's elected leaders to provide basic rights to their citizens and blamed individualism as the root of the country's most pressing challenges, including rampant corruption and ongoing drug violence. Flanked by …
The Latest: Pope ventures out again to greet faithfulWashington Post
Pope Francis in Mexico Day One: Official Text of the Pope's Address to the Bishops of MexicoNational Catholic Register
Pope gives tough love to Mexico's political, church eliteSTLtoday.com
Pittsburgh Catholic
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Posted on 13 February 2016 | 8:19 pm

Liberated Yazidi sex-slaves become a vengeful, elite anti-ISIS fighting force – Boing Boing


Boing Boing

Liberated Yazidi sex-slaves become a vengeful, elite anti-ISIS fighting force
Boing Boing
The Force of the Sun Ladies is an all-woman brigade of fighters who were formerly enslaved by ISIS during the occupation of Mosul. The women are part of the Yazidi ethnic minority, singled out for exception brutality by ISIS after the 2014 raid on
Iraqi says moving troops, preparing offensive to retake MosulReuters

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Posted on 13 February 2016 | 4:30 pm

Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia in-flight jet blast – CNN


CNN

Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia in-flight jet blast
CNN
(CNN) The jihadist group Al-Shabaab on Saturday claimed responsibility for a bomb blast on a Somali passenger plane this month — an explosion that authorities say killed only the alleged bomber. The Daallo Airlines plane, which took off from Somalia's …
Shabab Claims Plane AttackNew York Times
Al Shabab Claims Responsibility for Somalia Plane BombTIME
Shabaab claims 'Western intelligence officials' targeted in airliner bombingLong War Journal
NPR –New Haven Register
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Posted on 13 February 2016 | 3:47 pm

French govt reshuffle makes Ayrault the new foreign minister – STLtoday.com


French govt reshuffle makes Ayrault the new foreign minister
STLtoday.com
PARIS (AP) — Former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, a low-key veteran of the Socialist Party much acquainted with German culture, will become France's new foreign minister. Ayrault, 66, replaces Laurent Fabius in a government reshuffling announced …

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 9:09 pm