UN envoy for Syria condemns Damascus, Homs attacks claimed by Daesh

February 22, 2016 by · Comments Off on UN envoy for Syria condemns Damascus, Homs attacks claimed by Daesh 

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 22 — UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has condemned the recent car bomb and suicide attacks that have reportedly left over 140 people killed in Damascus and Homs in Syria.

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US, Israel start joint drill on ballistic missile defense

February 22, 2016 by · Comments Off on US, Israel start joint drill on ballistic missile defense 

JERUSALEM, Feb. 22 — Israel and the United States started a joint exercise on Sunday focusing on defense against the threat of ballistic missiles, the Israeli army said.

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US reports first locally transmitted case of Zika virus

February 3, 2016 by · Comments Off on US reports first locally transmitted case of Zika virus 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 — The first locally transmitted case of Zika virus in the United States has been reported in a county in Texas, the county's health department said Tuesday.

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Former soccer star Maradona accuses ex-wife of asset plundering

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BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 2 — Former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona accused his ex-wife, Claudia Villafane, on Monday, of plundering around UD 9 million dollars worth of his assets amid the alleged fraud scandal that surfaced in 2015.

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Japan's agricultural exports climb 21.8% in 2015

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TOKYO, Feb. 2 — Japan's exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products increased 21.8 percent from a year earlier to 745.2 billion yen (USD6.15 billion) in 2015, the government said Tuesday.

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Feature: Japan looks to music therapy as population grays

February 3, 2016 by · Comments Off on Feature: Japan looks to music therapy as population grays 

TOKYO, Jan. 31 — As Japan's population grays and diseases of aging increase, some hospitals and municipalities are introducing "music therapy" as a way to help patients living with dementia.

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US pledges 'significant' addt'l aid for asylum seekers from Syria

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 — US President Barack Obama spoke with UK Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of a London conference on Syria, with the president pledging to help Europe cope with a refugee crisis created by the Syrian civil war, the White House said in a press release on Tuesday.

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Ted Cruz pledges to negotiate with Russia on nuclear arms reduction

February 3, 2016 by · Comments Off on Ted Cruz pledges to negotiate with Russia on nuclear arms reduction 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 — US Republican presidential candidate and winner of Iowa caucus Ted Cruz pledged on Tuesday to negotiate new cuts in nuclear weapons with Russia if he wins the presidency.

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US visa restrictions to provoke retaliation in Europe

January 22, 2016 by · Comments Off on US visa restrictions to provoke retaliation in Europe 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 — Newly introduced restrictions on the US Visa Waiver Program will provoke European countries to employ similar measures that will cause significant difficulties for Iranian nationals traveling to the United States, the National Iranian American Council said in a press release.

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Feature: Poverty, violence, unemployment create more Central American migrants

January 5, 2016 by · Comments Off on Feature: Poverty, violence, unemployment create more Central American migrants 

MEXICO CITY, Jan. 2 — Poverty, violence and a lack of job opportunities have combined to lead thousands of Central Americans to risk their lives and uproot their families in illegal migration into the United States in 2015 for the "American dream."

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