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  • Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam 6 Feb 2016 | 12:09 pm

    Mounted Dutch riot police disperses demonstrators during a Pegida demonstration against islamization in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.


  • Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback 6 Feb 2016 | 11:54 am

    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2015 file photo, Nationalist Buddhist monk Wirathu, center, marches in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar. A new report by U.S. researchers warns that the divisive religious group known as Ma Ba Tha, which counts the hardline monk Wirathu among its senior members, is likely to be a force for some time to come as its anti-Muslim prejudices resonate in the broader Burmese society despite its failure to sway recent national elections. (AP Photo/Hkun Lat, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat.


  • Watson bought by Bangalore for $1.4 million at IPL auction 6 Feb 2016 | 7:53 am

    FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, Australia's Shane Watson, center, celebrates with Cameron Bancroft right, after taking the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan during their T20 International cricket match in Sydney, Australia. Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday after he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Watson went for five times his base price and will join the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle who have been retained by Bangalore.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith, file)BANGALORE, India (AP) — Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday after he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.


  • Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes 6 Feb 2016 | 3:06 am

    Refugees walk towards the border with Serbia from the transit center for refugees near northern Macedonian village of Tabanovce, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Macedonia accepts people only from war-affected zones who declare Austria or Germany as their final destination. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.


  • Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease 6 Feb 2016 | 3:04 am

    In this April 29, 2015 photo, actor Zhang Jinlai in a Monkey King costume poses next to a wax figure base on his stage performance during a ceremony at the Madame Tussauds in Beijing. The Year of the Monkey gives a little-needed excuse to reference the much loved Monkey King character from the 16th century adventure novel “Journey to the West.” The supernatural Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, accompanied a monk on a journey to retrieve sacred scriptures and the story has inspired countless TV shows and movies over the years. Unashamedly trying to capitalize on the new zodiac year, yet another Monkey King adaptation will be released on the first day of the lunar new year - Feb. 8. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.


  • Jansrud wins downhill at test event for Pyeongchang Olympics 6 Feb 2016 | 12:47 am

    Winner Kjetil Jansrud of Norway waves as he is introduced at an award ceremony following a men's World Cup downhill race, also a test event for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud confirmed he's the skier to beat on the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, winning the test event by a comfortable margin Saturday.


  • Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch 6 Feb 2016 | 12:24 am

    A screen advertising a demilitarized zone (DMZ) train tour is displayed near Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Another big North Korea news story, another collective yawn from South Koreans. Many in the South either don’t know or don’t care about their rival’s declared plan to launch a rocket this month that the world sees as a banned test of a ballistic missile that could hit the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.


  • UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists 5 Feb 2016 | 10:03 pm

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December — and that number will only grow in 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report Friday.

  • U.S., India in talks to settle solar power trade dispute 5 Feb 2016 | 4:23 pm

    A worker walks through the installed solar modules at Naini solar power plant in AllahabadBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and India are in talks that could settle a long-running solar power trade dispute, delaying the announcement of a ruling by the World Trade Organization, an Obama administration official said on Friday. Washington filed the WTO challenge three years ago, claiming that India's national solar power program illegally discriminated against imported solar panels and related products though its domestic content requirements. The WTO in recent weeks has twice delayed the public announcement of a ruling in the case, rescheduling it for next Wednesday.


  • Obama, Park press Beijing on N.Korea sanctions 5 Feb 2016 | 4:18 pm

    People watch a news report on North Korea's planned rocket launch as the TV shows file footage of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket, at a railway station in Seoul on February 3, 2016The campaign to win China's backing for deeper sanctions against North Korea gained in intensity Friday, with the US and South Korean presidents making their case directly to Xi Jinping. Presidents Barack Obama and Park Geun-Hye spoke to their Chinese counterpart by phone in separate calls to demand punitive measures following a recent nuclear test. The White House and its allies want to respond with a UN resolution that would slap more sanctions on the North.


Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

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The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
 
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