British mosques hold open day after Paris attacks
Djokovic beats luckless Murray for fifth Australian Open title
Arabic news channel backed by Saudi prince goes on air
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The fight for Arabic news viewers is heating up.
Mali armed groups clash near Timbuktu: security sources
Serbia grants citizenship to main rival of Palestine leader
Egypt antiquities showman tells the world it's safe to visit
Ukraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels
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Egypt 'freeing jailed Peter Greste'
Jailed Australian al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is being released and deported from Egypt, state news agency and police say.
McIlroy coasts to Dubai triumph
Rory McIlroy earns a three-shot victory at the Dubai Desert Classic as he is not seriously challenged on the final day.
Greece: The dangerous game
The BBCs Europe editor Gavin Hewitt says European officials and governments are much more anxious about the Greek drama than they are letting on.
VIDEO: Whitney Houston's daughter in hospital
The daughter of the late singer, Whitney Houston, is recovering in hospital after being found unconscious in a bath at her home.
Traumatic times for Jordan pilot's family
Jordan is rallying around the family of captured pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, held for more than 40 days by Islamic State jihadists, Yolande Knell reports.
Maude to stand down at election
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announces he is to stand down at the next election after 32 years as a Conservative MP.
US boy, three, shoots both parents
A three-year-old US boy shoots and injures his mother and father with the same bullet after pulling a gun from her handbag in a New Mexico motel.
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Bill Maher slams 'medieval' Saudi leaders
Bill Maher criticized Saudi Arabian leaders for refusing to shake Michelle Obamas hand while she and the President were there.
Boko Haram agains tries to take city
Boko Haram renewed attempts to seize the key Nigerian city of Maiduguri Sunday, the militants second attack there in a week.
How Iron Dome shoots missiles out of the sky
How Israel uses the Iron Dome missile system to defend its citizens from foreign attacks.
Victory is his fifth at tournament Down Under
Novak Djokovics dominance at the Australian Open continues. The world No. 1 beat sixth-seed Andy Murray 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 in a nearly four-hour contest in Melbourne.
Whitney Houston's daughter in medically induced coma
Whitney Houstons daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was placed in a medically induced coma after she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water, a source close to the family said.
Which Super Bowl city is cooler?
Beantown vs. the Emerald City. Snow vs. rain. Tea vs. coffee.
The Ridiculist: Driver pulled over for eating burger
A driver in Georgia was ticketed for distracted driving after an officer observed him indulging in excessive deliciousness.
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Ukraine: 13 killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels
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Israeli medical marijuana creates buzz but no high— will it go global?
SAFED, Israel — In a greenhouse in the mountains of the Galilee, a technician in a lab coat is coddling a marijuana seedling that is coveted for life-saving medical benefits for epileptic children, doctors say — without the high. Read
Good cop, bad cop on North Korea? Washington plays the tough guy.
SEOUL — Differences between the United States and South Korea over their approach to North Korea are becoming increasingly apparent, and Seoul’s interest in exploring renewed contacts with its estranged Communist sibling could call into question the likely success of
Ukraine’s ability to fight separatist forces is tested by economic and military challenges
KIEV, Ukraine — To hear it from their president, the Ukrainian people have never been more determined to beat back what they see as a threat to Western civilization — all the way to the Russian border.Read full article >>
Richard von Weizsaecker, German president from 1984 to 1994, dies at 94
Richard von Weizsaecker, a onetime soldier in Hitler’s army who used his largely ceremonial office as president of Germany to denounce his country’s Nazi past and to condemn intolerance toward immigrants and other minorities, died Jan. 31. He was 94.Read
New Islamic State video appears to show beheading of Japanese journalist
TOKYO — The Islamic State released a video Saturday purportedly showing the beheading of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist being held hostage by the extremist group, after negotiations for a prisoner exchange stalled.Read full article >>
India’s Rajasthan state eases labor laws to spur investment in manufacturing
JAIPUR, India — Two years ago, disgruntled workers at a leather-boot factory here went on strike, demanding a 300 percent pay raise.As workers gathered at the gate waving red flags and shouting slogans, factory owner Rajendra Kumar Poddar found himself caught
Kids in Liberia go back to school — in a building where dozens died of Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia — The bodies had been removed from the classrooms. The blood and vomit of Ebola patients had been wiped away.Now, Tete Johnson needed to decide whether she was ready to send her fourth-grade son to a school that
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Obama proposes 14 percent tax on U.S. companies' untaxed foreign earnings
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obamas fiscal 2016 budget would impose a one-time 14 percent tax on some $2 trillion of untaxed foreign earnings accumulated by U.S. companies abroad and use that to fund infrastructure projects, a White House official
Kurdish forces free oil workers at Kirkuk crude station: officials
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces on Sunday found and freed workers who had gone missing a day earlier when Islamic State insurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern city of Kirkuk, the provincial governor and a
Exclusive: Some charities to refuse money from U.S. financier accused in sex case
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he
Ukraine military says 13 soldiers killed in eastern fighting in past 24 hours
KIEV (Reuters) - Thirteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, a Kiev military spokesman said on Sunday.
Boko Haram attacks northeast Nigeria's main city Maiduguri: witnesses
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Insurgents attacked the outskirts of northeast Nigerias main city of Maiduguri on Sunday, triggering a gun battle with soldiers that killed at least eight people, witnesses and a security source said.
Pro-democracy protesters back in Hong Kong, no violence
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year.
Sudan rebels free Bulgarian aid workers: ministry
SOFIA (Reuters) - Six Bulgarian U.N. aid workers who were detained by rebels in Sudans strife-torn South Kordofan region have been released, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Sunday.
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Most uplifting stories of the week
A bartender inspiring Bostonis among the weeks list of uplifting stories       
Voices: Cuba's not ready for prime-time tourism
It will need more hotels, restaurants and taxis to accommodate any big influx of American tourists.       
Dartmouth bans hard liquor in effort to end high-risk and harmful behavior
Our top priority must be student safety, and we believe that anything we can do to limit access to hard alcohol will make our campus safer....   
U. Va. fraternity party ban called 'degrading' and an 'injustice'
While U.Va. fraternities celebrate Bid Night, one of the biggest party events of the year, the sorority women at U.Va. will be staying home ...   
Cure for Super Bowl Sunday pig-out? A healthy Monday
To build healthy habits, even after a binge, treat every Monday as a mini New Years.       
Jordan renews prisoner swap offer after ISIL claims to behead hostage
I feel indignation over this immoral and heinous act, Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.       
Boy, 3, wounds mom and dad with one shot
Youth gets hold of handgun from moms purse, wounds both parents.       
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Jordan 'Still Ready' to Swap Terrorist for ISIS Hostage
The fates of the pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, previously had been linked.
Toddler Shoots Dad, Pregnant Mom in Motel Room
The Albuquerque Police Department said in a statement that it appears the toddler managed to take a handgun out of his mothers purse.
Month in Space Pictures: Catch a Comet and a Cosmic Dawn
Experience an orbital sunrise, a stellar blast, a New Years comet and other outer-space highlights from January 2015.
Super Bowl Snowday: Millions Brace for a Second Wallop
The storm — which The Weather Channel is calling Linus — could dump up to a foot of snow.
'Damage is Everywhere': Iraqis Return After ISIS Raid
Civilians in the Iraqi villages of Chadaghli and Qaranaz return to their homes after a deadly ISIS offensive.
Suspicious Package Contained 1,000 Condoms, Cops Say
A canine unit cautiously approached the package Friday evening at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.
Injured Climbers Airlifted Off Mount Hood
The climbers, a man and a woman, were injured near Hogsback, a popular route on the south side of the mountain.
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Clashes Intensify Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Over Disputed Land
Dozens of soldiers on each side have been killed and the countries are perilously close to open war.
Belichick and Carroll, the Sons, Contribute to Patriots and Seahawks
The sons of coaches Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll are valuable assets to their teams as assistants and have high aspirations in the N.F.L.
Arizona Sheriff Known for Toughness Is Allowing Inmates to Watch the Super Bowl
Inmates at the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona will be allowed to watch the Super Bowl on television, but Sheriff Joe Arpaio still has strict rules.
Super Bowl 2015: Seahawks vs. Patriots Preview
The Seahawks should be able to put points on the board, which may not be true for Tom Brady and the New England offense, unless the Patriots commit to running the ball and succeed.
The Carpetbagger: Top Sundance Prizes Go to ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’
The whimsical tearjerker that rode a crescendo of buzz after screening in Park City last week claimed top prizes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival awards on Saturday night.
David Adam’s ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Stop’
A guide to the science of obsessive-compulsive disorder, offered by a sufferer.
App City: An App, Happy, Offers Discounts for Drinkers
Happy, known on Android phones as Happy Any Hour, is a new app that allows users to drink on the cheap at participating bars in Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan.
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Wisconsin Governor Leads Republicans in Tight Iowa 2016 Race, Poll Says
An early lead for Scott Walker
These Are the Cities With the Largest Homes
Not so surprisingly, the cities with the largest homes are on the whole more sparsely populated than major urban cities in the U.S.
Puppy Surprises Soldier Mom at Airport and They Can’t Stop Crying Tears of Joy
Soldiers know, the only thing that could make coming home from a long deployment better is coming home to your dog. This soldier was surprised to be greeted by her own dog while waiting to leave the airport. Then her
Watch the New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
Not long after giving us a second trailer to analyze for weeks, Marvel’s released a new TV spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron this week. Familiar faces from Tony Stark to Captain America are seen in the 30 second clip,
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Are Having a Baby
Justin Timberlake is going to be a dad. The “It’s Not a Bad Thing” singer is expecting his first child with his wife, actress Jessica Biel, he confirmed on his birthday Saturday. “Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This
Watch Saturday Night Live Make Fun of Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman
Saturday Night Live has done it again. One week after a spot-on mocking of the New England Patriots’ Deflategate scandal, SNL took on the Seattle Seahawks’eventful Super Bowl media week proceedings. With Kenan Thompson playing running back Marshawn Lynch, Jay
Aaron Rodgers Is the NFL MVP
The NFL announced its 2014 awards on Saturday night, honoring Aaron Rodgers,J.J. Watt, DeMarco Murray and more. The “NFL Honors” award show was hosted in Phoenix one day before Super Bowl XLIX. Comedian Seth Meyers hosted the event, which honored
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Horror in Japan over journalist's purported beheading
Appalled and saddened by news of journalist Kenji Gotos purported beheading by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions Sunday and said it would persist with its non-military support for fighting terrorism.
Maker of 'high-quality counterfeits' speaks of casino tokens
Louis The Coin Colavecchio introduced himself over the phone last week as the Worlds Greatest Counterfeiter, a title he earned by making near-perfect replicas of slot machine tokens that confounded and impressed casino operators in multiple jurisdictions.
3-year-old wounds both parents with one shot, police say
Authorities say a 3-year-old boy got ahold of a handgun from his mothers purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents.
Winter storm forecast to drop 4-8 inches of snow, freezing rain on Long Island starting tonight
Winter is expected to land its second major punch to Long Island Sunday night into Monday.
Val Kilmer says he doesn't have tumor in Facebook post
Val Kilmer confirmed Saturday that he is hospitalized and awaiting medical results, but said he has no tumor and hasnt had surgery.
Long Island could see 4 to 8 inches of snow, forecasters say
A winter storm warning will be in effect from 7 p.m. today through 6 p.m. Monday for northern Nassau and northwestern Suffolk Counties, according to the National Weather Service. 
Brunch on Long Island: 11 notable options
Brunch, bastion of eggs Benedict and Mimosas and refuge for later risers and early drinkers, is getting a wake-up call on Long Island.
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