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  • Turkey 'has reached capacity to absorb Syrian refugees'

    Turkey 'has reached capacity to absorb Syrian refugees'

    Turkey has reached the end of its "capacity to absorb" refugees but will continue to take them in, Turkey's deputy premier said. His country is facing mounting pressure to open its border, where tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government...

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

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

    Rescuers in Taiwan pulled more people alive from a collapsed apartment tower today, a day after a strong earthquake shook the island, and kept searching for about 120 people still believed trapped in the ruins of the building. Those found alive...

  • UN condemns North Korea rocket launch

    UN condemns North Korea rocket launch

    The UN deplored a rocket launch by North Korea warning it was in violation of Security Council resolutions against Pyongyang's use of ballistic missile technology. A spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the launch came despite the...

  • Two killed in late-night visit to Canadian bobsleigh track

    Two young men died and six others were injured after using their personal toboggan to go down a luge-bobsleigh track after hours at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Calgary police said emergency crews received a call from an employee at the...

  • Five killed in Austria avalanche

    Five killed in Austria avalanche

    Five people were killed in an avalanche that buried 17 people from the Czech Republic in Austria's skiing region of Tyrol, police said. The avalanche, which regional TV station ORF Tirol said was 2 km wide and 5 m high, came down shortly after...

  • More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus

    More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect...

  • Tens of thousands of Syrians flee as fighting intensifies

    Tens of thousands of Syrians flee as fighting intensifies

    Russian and Syrian government forces intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Syrian city of Aleppo that has prompted tens of thousands to flee to the Turkish border to seek refuge. The assault around Aleppo, which aid workers have...

  • Austria asks EU to cover costs of additional migrants

    Austria asks EU to cover costs of additional migrants

    Austria's Finance Minister Hans-Joerg Schelling has asked the European Commission to provide 600 million euros to cover the costs of taking in additional refugees, a ministry spokesman said. Austria budgeted for 35,000 asylum seekers annually at a...

  • Pregnant women urged to be cautious over kissing as fears of Zika virus grows

    Pregnant women urged to be cautious over kissing as fears of Zika virus grows

    Pregnant women should not kiss anyone other than a regular partner, Brazil health officials warned in a sign of growing concern over the Zika virus. They were also told to avoid sharing cutlery, glasses and plates with people who have symptoms of...

  • Taiwan quake kills at least seven, fells apartment block

    Taiwan quake kills at least seven, fells apartment block

    A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan killing at least seven people, most in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed, with about 35 people still feared trapped there hours into a rescue operation. As a search for survivors in the rubble went...

  • Serbia's Defence Minister dismissed over sexist remark

    Serbian MPs have voted to dismiss the defence minister who had insulted a female journalist with a sexist remark. Bratislav Gasic was fired after a stormy parliament session on Friday that at one point saw most of the ruling populist coalition...

  • Catholic priest avoids jail over more than 3,000 child porn images

    A Catholic priest has avoided being sent to jail after pleading guilty to having more than 3,000 child porn images. Paul Clarke, 71, now of Urmston, Manchester, but formerly of Watchbell Road, Rye, East Sussex, was sentenced to an eight-month...

  • Denmark says US plane was ready to fly Edward Snowden back

    A US government plane was parked at Copenhagen Airport in June 2013 waiting to fly former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to the States, according to Denmark's justice minister. Soeren Pind said in a letter to parliament that...

  • One killed as crane collapses on to parked cars in New York

    One killed as crane collapses on to parked cars in New York

    One person has died and two others are seriously injured after a crane collapsed on to parked cars in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the crane was being lowered as a precaution because of high winds when the accident occurred in the...

  • UN calls for expanded birth control in Zika-hit countries

    UN calls for expanded birth control in Zika-hit countries

    The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has said women in countries hit by the Zika virus should have access to birth control methods, dropping laws against abortion in some cases. Speaking in Geneva, spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly...

  • Brazil finds active Zika virus in urine and saliva

    A leading Brazilian health research institute says it has discovered the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples. Paulo Gadelha said the virus's ability to infect other people through the two body fluids requires further study,...

  • Atlas V rocket blasts into space

    Atlas V rocket blasts into space

    A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today, carrying a $122 million Boeing-built Global Positioning System satellite, the 12th and final member of the upgraded 2F constellation. The 20-story tall...

  • Dozens rescued after building collapses at South African gold mine

    Dozens rescued after building collapses at South African gold mine

    Three people are still missing after a building collapsed above a gold mine in South Africa, trapping dozens. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union said the collapse at the Makonjwaan Gold Mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga province,...

  • WikiLeaks' Julian Assange calls UN ruling 'vindication'

    WikiLeaks' Julian Assange calls UN ruling 'vindication'

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says via a video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, that a UN panel ruling saying he should be allowed to go free and be awarded compensation is a "really significant victory". The UN panel decided...

  • Economy blues hit China's workers

    Economy blues hit China's workers

    Little Lunar New Year cheer for China's migrant workers as economic slowdown bites. Natasha Howitt reports.