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15 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Asylum policies 'brutal and shameful', authors tell Turnbull and Dutton

Thomas Keneally, JM Coetzee and Peter Carey are among the 61 signatories of a letter describing policies as having a disregard for human dignity More than 60 Australian writers including Nobel laureate JM Coetzee and Booker prize winners Thomas Keneally and Peter Carey have written to the prime minister and immigration minister condemning the governments offshore detention policies as brutal and shameful. Related:

21 minutes ago // Reuters

world Haiti protesters stone to death ex-fighter as political crisis deepens

PORT-AU-PRINCE Reuters - Haiti slipped deeper into unrest on Friday as former fighters roamed the capital and a mob of protesters stoned one of them to death, days before President Michel Martelly is due to leave office with no elected successor.

21 minutes ago // CBS

world Apple will start letting you trade in a broken iPhone

Cracked your iPhone screen? You can exchange it for a newer model in Apple Stores

22 minutes ago // New York Times

world Taiwan Mobilizes Army to Search Rubble After Earthquake

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan, leveling at least one residential building and killing at least two people.

25 minutes ago // BBC

world Charities' government grant use curbed

Organisations that are given government grants will be banned from using the money to try to persuade ministers to change the law or increase spending.

27 minutes ago // BBC

world Syrian fighting rages as thousands flee

Fierce clashes are reported near the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, as thousands of refugees stream to the Turkish border, triggering a new crisis.

27 minutes ago // CBS

world Dark, brooding tarantula species named for Johnny Cash

"The Man in Black" now has an eight-legged namesake found near Folsom Prison

28 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Strong quake hits Taiwan, killing 3; 221 rescued from rubble

Rescuers in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan pulled out 221 people and three dead from a residential high-rise complex that collapsed when a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck before dawn Saturday, leaving still others trapped inside.

30 minutes ago // New York Times

world U.S. Judge Approves Extradition of Former Salvadoran Colonel

The ex-colonel, accused in the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, a housekeeper and her teenage daughter in El Salvador, was ordered deported.

30 minutes ago // CBS

world America's $15.5 billion Super Bowl party tab

That's a whole lot of pizza, chicken wings, salsa, chips and assorted snacks -- and a major dose of alcoholic beverages

31 minutes ago // CNN

world Poor suffer as Mumbai chokes on garbage dump haze

On any regular morning in the bustling port city of Mumbai in western India, a thick, yellow-gray pall hangs over the city. Driving on one of the metropolis' highways, buildings just dozens of meters away are hard to make out through the early morning smog.

31 minutes ago // CNN

world Thousands fleeing battle for Aleppo

The battle for the devastated city of Aleppo -- once Syria's commercial heart -- is intensifying, and video has surfaced appearing to show thousands of civilians streaming out of the city.

31 minutes ago // CNN

world Hotel shooting kills one

One person has been killed and two injured in a shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, a police representative has told CNN.

33 minutes ago // CNN

world How to have sex without catching the Zika virus

Active Zika virus has been detected in saliva and urine, a Brazilian public health institute said Friday, posing new questions for researchers trying to understand how the virus could spread.

35 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Cologne Carnival Avoids Major Disturbance Despite Ongoing Security Fears

A day after the Carnival festival kicked off across Germanys Rhineland without widespread disturbances, the arrest of a refugee on Friday for suspected rape showed tensions persisting in this city since a wave of assaults on New Years Eve.

39 minutes ago // CNN

world 'We lost a hell of a lot': Iranians emerge from sanctions

Sanctions against Iran were imposed by the United States and Europe to punish the government and try to effect policy change, but of course ordinary Iranians were hit too.

43 minutes ago // CBS

world 180-year-old piano likely heard by Abraham Lincoln to play again

Until last month, the instrument believed to have been in the parlor where Lincoln courted and later married Mary Todd hadn't been heard for decades

48 minutes ago // CNN

world 'The only solution' to the crisis in Syria

Billions of dollars in new humanitarian aid is critical but ultimately insufficient to end the suffering of those affected by the war in Syria, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees says.

52 minutes ago // CBS

world "Affluenza" teen Ethan Couch moved to adult jail

The 18-year-old infamous for using an "affluenza" defense after killing four in a drunken driving wreck was moved from a juvenile detention center to a Texas jail Friday

59 minutes ago // VOA

world New Warning From CDC on Zika Virus Transmission

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new warning for men about transmitting the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, creating a crisis for pregnant women. VOA's Carol Pearson reports very little is actually known about the virus.

59 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world The Latest: At least 3 dead in Taiwan quake, 154 injured

The Latest on a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan all times local:

1 hour ago // BBC

world Attacks on Calais migrants investigated

French prosecutors are investigating at least six attacks on migrants at the makeshift Calais camp called the Jungle, the BBC understands.

1 hour ago // USA Today

world Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Taiwan, collapses buildings

So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported. Video provided by Newsy

1 hour ago // CBS

world Jury: Fla. jackpot winner must pay ex his share

Her boyfriend said he gave her money to buy the winning $1 million ticket in 2007 and that they had an agreement to split the winnings

1 hour ago // The Washington Post

world Strong quake hits Taiwan; 221 people pulled out from rubble

Rescuers in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan pulled out 221 people from two residential high-rises that collapsed when a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck before dawn Saturday, leaving still others trapped inside.

1 hour ago // The Washington Post

world Former soldiers clash with protesters in Haiti; 1 dead

A band of former Haitian soldiers clashed Friday with a far larger gathering of anti-government demonstrators in the troubled countrys capital, resulting in the killing of an ex-member of the abolished military amid an ongoing political crisis.

1 hour ago // The Washington Post

world Tainan authorities say 3 dead, 154 hospitalized from 6.4-magnitude earthquake in south Taiwan

Tainan authorities say 3 dead, 154 hospitalized from 6.4-magnitude earthquake in south Taiwan.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Deadly quake fells buildings in Taiwan

An earthquake topples a number of buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least three people.

1 hour ago // ABC

world Full Episode: GMA 02/05/16: Massive Crane Collapses in NYC

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Face Off at New Hampshire Debate; Super Bowl 50: First Look at Coldplay's Halftime Show

1 hour ago // ABC

world The Latest: At Least 3 Dead in Taiwan Quake, 154 Injured

Authorities in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan say three people including a 10-day-old have been killed and 154 hospitalized following a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake

1 hour ago // VOA

world Goodell Dangles NFL Expansion Carrot to London

The NFL continued to build its global brand on Friday when commissioner Roger Goodell announced Mexico will host a game next season and dangled a carrot to British fans saying a team in London was a realistic possibility. The National Football League will play three regular season games in London next season and Goodell said he expects that number to rise in the future as the league continues to build a solid British fan base. The NFL played only one game in Wembley Stadium for six seasons b

1 hour ago // Newsvine

world ISRAEL: China's Stance on East Jerusalem

This posture has been the de facto official position of the Chinese government for the last two decades or so, although it has only become truly evident over the last few years. Arguably, the emergence of this view can be traced to changes in the conceptualization of the Palest …

1 hour ago // Newsvine

world Argentina Reaches Partial Debt Deal as Singer Accord Elusive - Bloomberg Business

Argentina reached preliminary accords with two of the six biggest creditors that successfully sued the country over its $95 billion default in 2001. There was no deal with billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, which had led the group of creditors litiga …

1 hour ago // VOA

world Pope to OK Use of Indigenous Languages for Mass in Mexico

Pope Francis will issue a decree authorizing the use of indigenous languages in Mass celebrations when he travels to Mexico next week, one of the symbolic gestures he will make in defense of Indian rights in the country. The Vatican said Friday that Francis will present the decree during a Mass dedicated to indigenous people in the state of Chiapas on Feb. 15. Some church authorities had long bristled at the inclusion of indigenous elements in Masses, which was championed by the late bisho

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Quake fells Taiwan apartment building, at least two dead

TAINAN, Taiwan Reuters - A powerful earthquake toppled a 17-story apartment building in southern Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least two people, including a 10-day-old girl, and triggering frantic efforts to rescue dozens of people feared trapped inside.

1 hour ago // BBC

world VIDEO: Taiwan earthquake: 'No way to escape'

An earthquake has toppled a number of buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan.