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Syrian government calls Bashar al-Assad a 'red line' in peace talks

Foreign minister says opposition must ‘abandon delusions’ of a Syria without Assad as president or talks will fail<p>The Syrian government has said that peace talks will fail if any party tries to discuss the presidency in a transition government, calling the incumbent president, Bashar al-Assad, a …

Middle East

Brazilian Legislators Look to Increase Abortion Penalties in the Wake of Zika Outbreak

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Brazil

The HPV Vaccine Is Lowering Infection Rates

Most people don’t think of vaccinating themselves to protect against cancer, but when public health experts in the U.S. began recommending in 2006 …

Public Health
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

Russia’s Gays Go Back in the Closet

Even in Putin’s favorite resort, which used to be a safe haven for homosexuals, the most famous gay bar is shutting down.<p>SOCHI, Russia — Most Russian …

North Korea arrests U.S. university student

North Korea on Friday announced the arrest of a university student from Ohio accused of posing as a tourist to commit a "hostile act" against the reclusive nation.<p>News of the<p>University of Virginiastudent’s detention came at a time of heightened tension between North Korea and the United States, …

North Africa

Casualties reported in shooting at Canadian school

The gunman suspected of killing four people and injuring several others in Canada’s worst school violence in a decade first shot his two brothers at home before opening fire at a community high school, the town’s acting mayor said on Friday.<p>Police said a suspect was arrested after the shooting in …

Canada

Blizzard Death Toll Rises To At Least 45

A historic winter storm pummeled the Mid-Atlantic, burying parts of the nation in two feet of snow and triggering emergency declarations from Virginia to New Jersey. The storm became the second largest ever in New York City.<p>The latest figures from the Associated Press:<p>Briahna Gerloff was found …

Syrian migrants in Calais win green light to come to Britain

British court says the four men should be allowed to come here immediately in case with far-reaching implications<p>Judges have ordered that four Syrian refugees living in "The Jungle" migrant camp in Calais should be brought to Britain immediately in a human rights case which could have far-reaching …

Human Rights

Obama visits Michigan amid Flint water scandal, Detroit school crisis

<b>Detroit (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama visited Detroit on Wednesday to highlight a resurgence in the auto industry, but various crises confronting Michigan -- including poisoned water in Flint and school funding woes in Detroit -- also occupied some of his itinerary.<p>Speaking at a joint General …

General Motors

Islamic State destroys oldest Christian monastery in Iraq

The Obama Administration and the Vatican condemned the Islamic State group Wednesday for razing Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, a 1400-year-old structure that survived assaults by nature and man for centuries before it was deliberately destroyed by extremists.<p>At the United Nations, UNESCO …

US scientists say 2015 was hottest on record

Last year was the hottest on record, US space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have said. El Nino accounts …

Global Warming

Vatican Offers Homeless New Mother a Place to Live After She Gives Birth Nearby

Vatican officials offered to house a homeless woman who gave birth near St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday.<p>Italian police found the woman while …

Homelessness

Austria to reduce its cap on refugees entering the country

The Austrian chancellor says his country will accept a maximum of 37,500 asylum-seekers this year<p>Austria has announced a limit on the number of asylum-seekers it will accept, as Europe struggles to bring the refugee crisis under control.<p>The move is a sign of the growing concern in European capitals …

Pakistan

Cologne attack survivor: 'That was really the worst night of my life'

Johanna, 18, agreed to speak with the Times contingent on her last name being withheld because she feared backlash for her statements.<p>She said she and her friends were some of the first people who were trapped near the train station. Johanna said she was grabbed "continually" by men who surrounded …

North Africa

Jews welcome in Russia, Putin tells Europe's Jewish leaders

Russian president Vladimir Putin has met with European Jewish leaders to discuss their concerns over rising anti-Semitism on the continent.<p>During the meeting, Putin pointed out that many Jews emigrated from Moscow when it was part of the former Soviet Union. He said now they can come back.<p>The …

Paris terror attack: American woman and two Belgians among the dead

<b>(CNN) —</b> Portraits are emerging of some of the at least 129 people killed and 352 people wounded last week in deadly attacks at six sites in the French capital.<p>Paris attacks: What we know so far<p>Here's a country-by-country look at the victims whose names or nationalities have been confirmed to …

Times Square

Report: ISIS Lays Mines Around Ancient Sites In Palmyra

Islamic State militants have sown landmines around ancient ruins in the Syrian city of Palmyra, captured by the Islamist group in May, according to a British-based monitoring group.<p>It wasn't clear, however, whether the move is a prelude to destroying the Roman-era sites or securing them from Syrian …

Palmyra

Israeli politician's wife apologizes for Obama 'joke'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Judy Mozes, the wife of senior Likud official Silvan Shalom, apologized Sunday after calling President Barack Obama "black and weak" on Twitter.<p>Mozes said she was repeating a joke. But soon after tweeting, "Do u know what Obama coffee is? Black and weak," she deleted the message.<p>Mozes's …

Barack Obama

California Passes One Of The Strictest Mandatory Vaccination Bills In The Nation

California lawmakers, spurred on by this year's Disneyland measles outbreak, passed a strict bill requiring mandatory vaccinations for schoolchildren.<p>…

Public Health

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

Artificial Intelligence
Middle East

Tunisia tourists take selfies next to empty sun loungers after deadly attack

Thousands of tourists have decided to stay and see out their holidays on the Sousse resort, after 38 were gunned down by Islamist shooter<p>As tour companies began transporting tourists out of Tunisia by coach and plane, some holidaymakers decided to stay behind, sunbathing and parasailing on the …

Terrorism

Revealed: The secret to how parrots talk

Key structural differences in the brains of parrots explain the birds' ability to imitate sounds and human speech<p>Scientists have discovered how parrots talk, as they believe it's down to the wiring in their brains.<p>And the same brain region controls movement which may explain why some parrots …