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Roses are red, elbows are blue: Japanese women fight for their Valentines

February 13, 2016 4:28 pm

TOKYO: Elbowing each other in the stampede to buy Valentine’s Day chocolate for the men in their lives, Japanese women brought stores to a standstill Saturday. In Japan, the men folk do sweet nothing on February 14 while the women … Read more »

Two teen girls killed at Arizona school in murder-suicide

February 13, 2016 1:02 pm

LOS ANGELES: Two teenage girls died Friday at a high school in Arizona in what police called a murder-suicide. The 15-year-olds, described as close friends and in a relationship, were found lying next to each other under a covered patio … Read more »

North Korea lacks technology for anti-US nuclear strike – Pentagon

February 13, 2016 12:59 pm

WASHINGTON: North Korea is committed to striking the United States with a nuclear-armed missile, but it can’t do so without outside help, due to shortfalls in its own technology, the Pentagon said Friday. The report to Congress was written prior … Read more »

Venezuela leader gets emergency powers, rivals vow ouster

February 13, 2016 12:48 pm

CARACAS: Venezuela’s opposition on Friday vowed to speed up efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro after he defied lawmakers by securing emergency powers to intervene in the crisis-hit oil state’s economy. The maneuvers intensified a political standoff that has raised … Read more »

US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

February 13, 2016 12:38 pm

SEOUL: The United States has temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea following North Korea’s recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, US Forces Korea said Saturday. The move came as the two allies plan to start … Read more »

Pope in Mexico after historic talks with Russian patriarch

February 13, 2016 12:35 pm

MEXICO CITY: Mexico greeted Pope Francis with mariachi music and thousands of Catholic faithful lining the streets after the pontiff held historic talks with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Cuba. President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday welcomed … Read more »

Brazil mounts fight against Zika virus spreading before Olympics

February 13, 2016 12:27 pm

BRASILIA: Brazilian government is intensifying its efforts to contain Zika by waging a nationwide mosquito eradication campaign Saturday. In accordance with an announcement circulated Friday by the country’s Health Ministry, the ministry will carry out a campaign known as National … Read more »

Powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia – USGS

February 12, 2016 8:41 pm

JAKARTA: A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia late Friday, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued, US seismologists said. The earthquake hit at 5:02 pm local time (1002 GMT Friday), the US Geological Survey said, and was centered three … Read more »

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi gets extra security after death threat

February 12, 2016 6:34 pm

YANGON: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has been given extra security following a death threat on Facebook alluding to her presidential ambitions, officials said Friday. In a post last week, a man called Ye Lwin Myint threatened to shoot anyone … Read more »

Large-scale trials for Zika vaccines at least 18 months away – WHO

February 12, 2016 6:32 pm

GENEVA: Large-scale trials for Zika virus vaccines are at least 18 months away, while establishing a possible link between the virus and two more harmful conditions will likely only take weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday. An estimated 15 … Read more »