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Angela Merkel isolated as EU partners slam door on refugees
Angela Merkel isolated as EU partners slam door on refugees

Abandoned by France, defied by eastern Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a lonely figure in her struggle for EU "solidarity" on the refugee crisis ahead of a Brussels summit.

North Korea govt took 70% of money paid for Kaesong workers: Seoul

South Korea said on Sunday 70 percent of the U.S. dollars paid as wages and other fees for the now-suspended Kaesong industrial project run jointly with the North had been diverted for use in Pyongyang`s weapons programme and luxury goods for its leader.

When US missile was wrongly shipped to Cuba

Cuba has returned a dummy US Hellfire missile that was mistakenly shipped there from Europe in 2014, American and Cuban officials have said.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a fiery conservative who helped shape American legal thought, died Saturday. He was 79.

Boko Haram gunmen kill 30 in two Nigeria village raids

At least 30 people have been killed in Boko Haram raids on two villages in northeast Nigeria, vigilantes told AFP Saturday.

French PM rejects permanent quota system for refugees

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls rejected on Saturday the idea of a permanent quota system for distributing refugees across Europe, putting Paris at odds with Germany ahead of a summit to discuss the EU crisis over migration.

Dangerous cold grips northeast US, could break Valentine's Day records

A dangerous cold snap seized the northeastern United States on Saturday, with temperatures in some areas set to fall below zero and Boston facing its coldest Valentine`s Day in almost four decades.

Adorable video: Barack Obama, Michelle wish each other Happy Valentine's Day - Watch
Adorable video: Barack Obama, Michelle wish each other Happy Valentine's Day - Watch

Today is Valentine's Day, when love birds share precious moments together and spread the message of love.

Dozens of newly released Clinton emails now classified

A new tranche of 551 email documents from Hillary Clinton`s private server released by the State Department on Saturday includes 84 that have been reclassified as "confidential" or "secret."

US urges Turkey to halt Syria strikes

The United States pressed Turkey on Saturday to halt military strikes on Kurdish and Syrian regime targets Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo, as Ankara weighs a joint ground assault with Saudi troops.

Pope urges Mexico leaders to provide `true justice`

Pope Francis urged Mexico`s leaders Saturday to provide "true justice" to citizens hit by drug violence and called on bishops to courageously fight the scourge plaguing the country.

Turkey strikes Kurd, regime forces in Syria, mulls ground attack
Turkey strikes Kurd, regime forces in Syria, mulls ground attack

There were no further details on the nature of the Turkish strikes but they probably involved artillery fire from tanks.

Aid convoy reaches Syrian rebel-held area: Report
Aid convoy reaches Syrian rebel-held area: Report

A convoy carrying medical aid entered the besieged rebel-controlled Douma area near the Syrian capital on Saturday, the official SANA news agency reported, citing the Syrian Red Crescent.

World is heading for 'chocolate deficit', says report
World is heading for 'chocolate deficit', says report

The chocolate deficit will impact more on developing countries as people in those nations buy more of the sweet treat, MailOnline said citing the report.

Al-Shebab claims bomb attack on Somalia plane

On February 2, Shebab "mujahideen carried out an operation targeting dozens of Western intelligence officials and Turkish NATO forces aboard an airplane bound for Djibouti.

Russia decries 'new Cold War'; East-West tensions cloud talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry told the Munich Security Conference that "the vast majority of Russia's attacks (in Syria) have been against legitimate opposition groups."

Donald Trump under pressure to show more presidential side at debate

With a week to go until South Carolina`s Republican primary vote on Feb. 20, the 9 pm. EST debate comes at a time of high anxiety for Trump`s opponents.

Turkey shells Kurdish-held areas of Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its YPG militia to be branches of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

Thousands protest in Burundi against Rwanda `aggression`

Thousands of people took to the streets of Burundi`s capital Bujumbura Saturday to condemn what the country`s embattled government calls neighbouring Rwanda`s meddling in its affairs.

Refugee crisis `a near existential threat to Europe`: John Kerry

The mass influx of refugees and other migrants into Europe spells a "near existential threat" to Europe, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back

Egypt's president says his country has established a democratic system and rebuilt constitutional institutions after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

Don't believe an iota of what Headley disclosed to India, says Pervez Musharraf
Don't believe an iota of what Headley disclosed to India, says Pervez Musharraf

"I don't believe in whatever he is saying, unless our investigation and our intelligence are saying the same,” Musharraf said.

Politics has become worse; but still believe in hope, says Barack Obama

Nine years after he announced his decision to run for the highest office in the country, US President Barack Obama today said that the politics of the country has become worse, but he is still hopeful.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia could launch anti-IS ground operation in Syria: Ankara
Turkey, Saudi Arabia could launch anti-IS ground operation in Syria: Ankara

Saudi Arabia and Turkey both see the ousting of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as essential for ending Syria`s five-year civil war and are bitterly critical of Iran and Russia`s support of the Syrian regime.

World has slipped into new Cold War: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev
World has slipped into new Cold War: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a new Cold War.

Large-scale terror attacks in Europe `a certainty`: French PM
Large-scale terror attacks in Europe `a certainty`: French PM

More major attacks in Europe are a "certainty", French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told an audience at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveils new cabinet line-up
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveils new cabinet line-up

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday announced the line-up of his new cabinet, emphasising the role of his younger and female colleagues.

Pakistan President says don't observe Valentine's Day as it is against Islamic culture
Pakistan President says don't observe Valentine's Day as it is against Islamic culture

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has asked his countrymen to avoid observing Valentine's Day, saying the western tradition was not part of "our culture".

Baloch nationalists protest in front of White House

Demanding an end to Pakistan's "forceful" occupation of Balochistan , hundreds of Baloch- Americans and leaders from this restive Pakistani province held a peaceful protest in front of the White House to seek US intervention and deployment of NATO troops in the region.

Former Afghan governor kidnapped in Islamabad

A former governor of Afghanistan`s Herat province has been kidnapped from a market in an upscale district of Islamabad, Pakistani police said Saturday.