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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.

Turkish military hits Kurdish PYD, regime in Syria: State media
Turkish military hits Kurdish PYD, regime in Syria: State media

The Turkish military on Saturday hit targets of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Syrian regime in two separate incidents in response to incoming fire, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

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.

Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 112
Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 112

 The death toll in a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on February 6 has risen to 112 with five people still reported missing, the authorities announced on Saturday.

US presidential race turns testy
US presidential race turns testy

 Ahead of the next round of nominating contests, the US presidential race is turning testy with rival candidates of both parties attacking each other with no holds barred.

Death toll in Taiwan earthquake rises to 109

The death toll in a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan 's oldest city of Tainan a week ago rose to 109 today with an estimated nine people missing.

Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'

President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep "fighting terrorism" while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire.

World powers agree to end Syria hostilities
World powers agree to end Syria hostilities

World powers today agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-torn Syria, but the Munich deal left out the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda's local branch, leaving analysts to doubt its viability.

Historic pope-patriarch declaration: Key points

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday held the first meeting in nearly a millennium between heads of their two branches of the Christian church.

Obama admin notifies Congress of sale of F-16s to Pakistan

The Obama administration today notified the US Congress of its decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan worth nearly USD 700 million, notwithstanding American lawmakers' demand for stopping the proposed sale.

Pope in Mexico after historic talks with Russian patriarch

Catholic faithful flocked to the streets of Mexico City to greet Pope Francis on Friday after the pontiff held a historic meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba
After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East.

Zika link to birth defects could be proven within weeks: WHO

The suspected link between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, could be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.