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world Taliban 'close to capturing Sangin' as militants step up assault on Helmand

Insurgents almost overran the symbolic battleground in December but army sources sceptical that Afghan forces can hold them off indefinitelyThe Taliban are inching closer to capturing Sangin district as the militants intensify their prolonged assault on government forces in Afghanistans pivotal Helmand province.After the insurgents almost overran the district

14 minutes ago // CBS

world Texas tabloid threatens to publish all local cops' addresses

After San Antonio police reveal man shot dead by cop was just holding a cellphone, local newspaper compares them to "Ku Klux Klansmen with hoods"

16 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Malcolm Turnbull backs away from a GST increase politics live

The prime minister has opened the new parliamentary sitting week by effectively killing off a rise in the GST as part of the tax reform package. The House of Representatives sits and estimates hearings are underway. All the developments from Canberra, live 9.06pm GMT Ill get to the business reaction on the GST switcheroos shortly, but first, a brief breaking update

19 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Is this the 'mystery kibbutz' visited by Bernie Sanders in the 1960s?

Israeli journalists said the secret is revealed but the oldtimers at the socialist commune don't remember the Vermont senator.

19 minutes ago // The Guardian

world North Korea rocket launch will have 'serious consequences', US says

John Kerry calls foreign ministers in South Korea and Japan to discuss action against Pyongyang and affirm Washingtons ironclad commitment to alliesNorth Korea rocket launch: UN security council condemns latest violationThe US vowed serious consequences for North Koreas rocket launch with ballistic missile technology on

21 minutes ago // CBS

world "It just takes your breath away": Zika's impact

Dr. Jon LaPook reflects on the devastating toll of the Zika outbreak on babies in Brazil, and what we can do to prevent future epidemics

23 minutes ago // ABC

world Full Episode: This Week 02/07/16: Presidential Candidates Prepare for New Hampshire Primary

Guests: Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, Cokie Roberts, Bill Kristol

24 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Man killed by falling crane in New York remembered at funeral

David Wichs lauded for good deeds at Manhattan synagogueDe Blasio announces four-point safety plan for large cranesA funeral was held on Sunday for a man who was killed by a falling construction crane as he walked down a New York street on Friday. Related:

24 minutes ago // Fox News

world Investigators find video of possible Somalia bomb handoff

Surveillance video appears to have captured the handoff of an explosive-laden laptop from airport workers to a Somali jet passenger who later blew a hole in the side of the craft before he was sucked out the side to his death.

26 minutes ago // Newsvine

world How to manage the migrant crisis

REFUGEES are reasonable people in desperate circumstances. Life for many of the 1m-odd asylum-seekers who have fled Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries for Europe in the past year has become intolerable. Europe is peaceful, rich and accessible. Most people wou …

26 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Malcolm Turnbull backs away from a GST increase politics live

The prime minister has opened the new parliamentary sitting week by effectively killing off a rise in the GST as part of the tax reform package. The House of Representatives and estimates hearings are underway. All the developments from Canberra, live 8.56pm GMT Good morning blogans, bloganistas, and welcome to the festival of dangerous ideas and borderline defamation

26 minutes ago // Reuters

world More pulled out alive after Taiwan quake, about 120 people still trapped

TAINAN, Taiwan Reuters - Rescuers pulled more survivors from a collapsed apartment tower in Taiwan on Sunday and kept searching for about 120 people still believed trapped in the rubble a day after a strong earthquake shook the island.

28 minutes ago // Reuters

world North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS Reuters - North Korea drew renewed international condemnation and the threat of more sanctions on Sunday after launching a long-range rocket in defiance of United Nations rules just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test.

31 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Brazil in full carnival swing despite spread of Zika virus

More than a million revellers turn out in cities across the country for annual event, even as virus continues to dominate global headlinesOne of the most significant health scares in recent history is not keeping Brazilians from their annual carnival revelry, with millions taking to the streets despite the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Street processions, block parties and the televised, big-budget parades that are the hallmark of the festival moved into their second

31 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Brazil in full carnival swing despite spread of Zika virus

More than a million revellers turn out in cities across the country for annual event, even as virus continues to dominate global headlinesOne of the most significant health scares in recent history is not keeping Brazilians from their annual carnival revelry, with millions of partiers taking to the streets despite the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Street processions, block parties and the televised, big-budget parades that are the hallmark of the festival moved into t

38 minutes ago // New York Times

world No Matter the Brand, Europes Diesels Flunked a Pollution Test

Even before the Volkswagen scandal, European regulators were finding better emissions when a vehicle was tested in the lab than during road tests.

38 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Woman dies after cliff fall on Dorset coast

Dorset police confirm woman in her 50s suffered serious injuries after accident at Peveril Point, near SwanageA woman has died after falling from cliffs on the Jurassic coast in Dorset.Police said the local woman, who was in her 50s, suffered serious head and chest injuries after falling from Peveril Point, near Swanage, on Saturday at about 2.30pm. A passerby saw her fall from the cliff.

39 minutes ago // BBC

world Anger over Taiwan quake building 'faults'

An investigation into the construction of a Taiwanese apartment complex toppled by an earthquake is launched amid allegations that building regulations were not followed.

41 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Taliban close to capturing Sangin as militants step up assault on Helmand

Insurgents almost overran the district in December but Afghan army and police reinforcements were able to stave them offThe Taliban are inching closer to capturing Sangin district as the militants intensify their prolonged assault on government forces in Afghanistans pivotal Helmand province.After the insurgents almost overran the district in December, the Afg

41 minutes ago // NPR

world A Tale Of Twin Brothers: Poland's Mourned Leader And Lonely Mastermind

The Guardian and The Associated Press offer two windows into the gripping drama of Polish politics: a look at a nation-shaping plane crash, and a profile of the man pulling Poland's political strings.

45 minutes ago // Time

world Spain Arrests 7 Suspected of Supplying Cash and Weapons to ISIS

The suspects have alleged ties to ISIS and other jihadist groups

48 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Flint Lives Matter: residents say Hillary Clinton coming for the entertainment

While some praise the candidates visit for bringing attention to the city as its water crisis continues, others see a candidate plying a cause just to get votesHillary Clinton has made every effort to make Flint her own. The water crisis afflicting this predominantly black Michigan city ignored by Washington politicians for years has become another ba

50 minutes ago // Reuters

world Decrying graft, Pope to tour poor, violent corners of Mexico

MEXICO CITY Reuters - Pope Francis will visit some of the poorest and most violent corners of Mexico on his first visit as pontiff, and will also head to the northern border to address the plight of migrants trying to reach the United States.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees remain stranded at Turkish border

Convoys of aid supplies and ambulances entered the country from Turkey reinforcing the impression that Ankara plans to create safe haven for civiliansTens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a Russian-backed government advance on Aleppo have remained stranded near the Turkish border over the weekend, with no sign that the authorities in Ankara will respond to mounting international pressure to allow in more refugees uprooted by the escalating war. Airstrikes targeted villages

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Tens of thousands of Syrians remain stranded at the Turkish border

Convoys of aid supplies and ambulances entered the country from Turkey reinforcing the impression the Turks plan to create a safe haven for civiliansTens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a Russian-backed government advance on Aleppo remained stranded near the Turkish border over the weekend, with no sign that the authorities in Ankara will respond to mounting international pressure to allow in more refugees uprooted by the escalating war. Air strikes targeted villages betwe

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Palestinian villagers fear further home demolitions by Israeli army

An injunction is to decide if the Israeli army has a legal grounding to destroy more residences, a week after 23 homes were bulldozed Palestinian villagers in remote parts of the southern West Bank are bracing themselves for more home demolitions, a week after Israeli bulldozers destroyed 23 homes leaving more than 100 people homeless.Villagers

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Hillary Clinton: 'What Happened in Flint Is Immoral'

At a Baptist church in Flint Sunday, Clinton argued that a wealthier city would never have let its children drink water that was "poisoned."

1 hour ago // CBS

world Hillary Clinton: Rubio's abortion attacks "pathetic"

The Democratic front-runner candidate appeared on "Face the Nation" to talk Saturday's GOP debate and those Wall Street questions

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Woman dies after cliff fall on Dorset coast

Dorset police confirm woman in her 50s suffered serious injuries after accident at Peveril Point, near SwanageA woman has died after falling from cliffs on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.Police said the local woman. who was in her 50s, suffered serious head and chest injuries after falling from Peveril Point, near Swanage, on Saturday at about 2.30pm. A passerby saw her fall from the cliff.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Small-town Stops Can Win Votes for Candidates

In New Hampshire, a handshake at a diner can turn into a vote in the ballot box. For decades, presidential candidates have sought out small-town campaign stops to make a personal connection with the voters in this first-in-the-nation primary state. At Robies general store in Hooksett, New Hampshire, decades of signed political photographs line the walls, a testament to the generations of candidates who have stopped by to meet voters. They really want to say Im a normal perso

1 hour ago // VOA

world Small-town Stops Can Win Votes for Candidates

In New Hampshire, a handshake at a diner can turn into a vote in the ballot box. For decades, presidential candidates have sought out small-town campaign stops to make a personal connection with the voters in this first-in-the-nation primary state. At Robies general store in Hooksett, New Hampshire, decades of signed political photographs line the walls, a testament to the generations of candidates who have stopped by to meet voters. They really want to say Im a normal

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Official Quits Nobel Panel Over Inquiry Into Surgeon

Urban Lendahl, a genetics professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, resigned Saturday as secretary general of the Nobel Assembly at the institute.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Council cuts show the north is still in hock to the southern powerhouse Letters

Northerners like to think of themselves as down-to-earth sorts Editorial, 4 February. Is the Guardian in a competition with other London papers to win the prize for most patronising editorial of the year? But this does not explain the editorial support for leading council chiefs in northern cities making deals with a Treasury conduct

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Future generations will count the cost of cuts in UK statistics Letter

Following the governments spending review, the Office for National Statistics is consulting again on cuts it proposes to make in its statistical outputs. Statistics under threat include data on maternal, perinatal, infant and childhood mortality in England and Wales. These important statistics form the bedrock of much research and have been used for monitoring trends for almost four decades.Without them we will also not be able to benchmark against other countries and identify and r

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Its a case of Russia demonising the west Letters

Dr Matveeva and Professor Sakwa criticise the demonisation of Russia Letters, 5 February. No country should be demonised, particularly demonised by major powers like the UK. As the scholars wisely point out, this can be dangerous, risking global catastrophe. Russian media demonise the US, the UK and Germany. President Obama and Dr Merkel are under constant attack. Clearly the of

1 hour ago // The Washington Post

world The Latest: Kerry consults with Japan, SKorean counterparts

The Latest on North Koreas launch of a long-range rocket all times local: