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12:29 World
Argentina foils diplomatic luggage cocaine plot

Police seized nearly 400kg of the drug from diplomatic luggage in an embassy annex after being told about it by the Russian ambassador in December 2016.

12:02 World
Barnaby Joyce quits as deputy prime minister and Nationals leader

Joyce saw his support diminish after the revelation on Thursday night that a sexual harassment complaint had been made against him to the country-based National party, the junior partner in the ruling Liberal-National Coalition.

11:38 World
Alina Zagitova, 15, wins Olympic figure skating title for OAR's first gold

The 15-year-old Zagitova edged her friend and training partner Evgenia Medvedeva to end the gold drought for the Olympic Athletes from Russia. 

10:45 World
2 held after firing shots at pro-N. Korea group's Tokyo headquarters

The bullets hit the gate and no one was injured in the incident, the police said. The two men were immediately arrested at the site by policemen stationed nearby.

10:27 World
Work has begun on whether Greece needs debt relief: EU rescue fund head

The technical work, to be done by junior finance ministers and treasury officials from euro zone countries, would link the size of potential debt relief to Greece’s economic performance over time.

20:30 World
Slovenia governmen sacks army chief over failed NATO tests

The decision comes after a battlegroup failed in all but one of five areas in a NATO combat readiness assessment at a training facility near the southwestern town of Postojna.

20:09 World
Iran says may withdraw from nuclear deal if banks continue to stay away

Despite that, big banks have continued to stay away for fear of falling foul of remaining U.S. sanctions - something that has hampered Iran’s efforts to rebuild foreign trade and lure investment.

19:47 World
North Korean closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly sinking

The latest visit by officials from the normally reclusive North will coincide with a visit by a U.S. delegation led by President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

18:38 World
Avani Chaturvedi: First Indian woman to fly fighter jet

She flew a Mig-21 Bison for 30 minutes earlier this week, the air force said.

18:16 World
Game helps players spot 'fake news'

Bad News lets players build a social media following by choosing inflammatory headlines and images to share with their imaginary fans.

17:24 World
Duterte bans reporter from presidential palace compound

President Rodrigo Duterte invoked Thursday the Securities and Exchange Commission ruling in banning Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from the Malacanang palace complex, where he, his spokesman and other top officials hold news briefings.

15:45 World
Lunar New Year: Who owns the 'lucky money' in a red envelope?

Beginning this year on 16 February, the holiday is celebrated by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

15:01 World
'We can't just stop breathing': A global scandal, made in Germany

In most places, the device would make for an unusual garden accessory. But it is a common sight in Stuttgart, southwest Germany, where hundreds of the gadgets hang in homes and backyards across the city.

14:44 World
The 15-year-old documenting Eastern Ghouta massacre with selfie videos

Najem lives in Eastern Ghouta, a besieged suburb of Damascus, which is suffering one of the bloodiest bombing campaigns in the seven-year Syrian conflict.

14:08 World
Man dies in grenade attack on US embassy in Montenegro

US citizens are warned of ‘active security situation’ at embassy in capital Podgorica after man blows himself up with second device.

13:28 World
Uber will aggressively invest in SE Asia, preserve strategy post SoftBank deal

At the time of the investment, SoftBank said it wants Uber to focus on growing in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia - not Asia, which has been among the most costly and competitive regions for the ride-services firm, a source had told Reuters.

13:00 World
41,000 historical artefacts seized in crackdown - Europol

The European Police Force said the items included paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, furniture and ancient weapons.

12:02 World
A massive US farming industry fears China trade trouble

That's a big worry for an industry that supports tens of thousands of jobs in the US, many of them in states that voted for Trump in the 2016 election.

11:38 World
China strengthening air defenses with eye on India, says state media

The article notes that images of Chinese J-10 fighter jet and J-11 fighter jets conducting aerial combat training exercises in western China were released by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), on February 13, two days before the traditional Lunar New Year holiday.

10:45 World
German court to rule on city bans for heavily polluting diesel cars

Federal court set to announce whether Stuttgart and Düsseldorf can use vehicle bans to try to improve air quality.

10:27 World
Colombia boosts security after looting at stores with ties to FARC

The top prosecutor said on Monday he would confiscate 60 supermarkets as well as houses, livestock and commercial companies valued at $227.8 million that were not declared by the FARC as assets when the group signed a peace accord in late 2016.

19:24 World
Peru coach plunges off Pan-American Highway killing dozens

The accident happened at 01:30 local time (06:30 GMT) near the Ocaño bridge in Peru's southern Arequipa province.

19:00 World
Bahrain activist jailed for five years over Twitter comments

Nabeel Rajab - a key figure in 2011's pro-democracy protests - was convicted over posts on Twitter about the alleged torture of prisoners in the country.

18:38 World
Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews

Ladino, a language taken abroad by Spanish Jews expelled from Spain in the late 15th century, uniquely preserves many elements of medieval Spanish, but some fear it is dying out.

18:16 World
They were students a week ago. Now they're survivors with a message

In the days following the massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland a week ago, students have turned into activists, protesting and making social media appeals to state officials to demand gun reform.

17:45 World
Snow isolates Moroccan mountain villages more used to sun

The effects are starkest in the north African nation's Middle Atlas mountains, home to many hard-to-reach villages with poor infrastructure.

17:24 NKR
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan received vice-chairman of the American University of Armenia Ashot Ghazaryan

Issues related to the implementation of various programs in our republic were on the discussion agenda. Special attention was paid to the ties between the American University of Armenia and Artsakh State University.
Source: Central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President

17:00 World
Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: we were close to the perfect game against Barcelona

Willian’s well taken goal had squeezed Chelsea, the more threatening side, a lead only for Andreas Christensen’s rare mistake to present Barça with an equaliser 15 minutes from time.

16:16 World
Syria's Eastern Ghouta suffers 250 civilian deaths, rights group says

SOHR said at least 106 of the civilian deaths took place on Tuesday.

15:27 World
Volkswagen lifts German workers' wages by 4.3 percent: union

As part of the agreement at Europe’s largest automaker unveiled on Wednesday, workers at facilities in western Germany will also receive an additional payment equivalent to 27.5 percent of their monthly wage once a year from next year.

15:01 World
South Africa's parliament to launch inquiry into mines minister Zwane

The committee did not give specific reasons on why it wanted to open an investigation into Zwane, who it had interviewed last October. Zwane has previously denied any wrongdoing.

14:02 World
Indonesian boy claims he laid 20 eggs over two years

Several x-ray images taken at the hospital showed two eggs nestled in the boys lower abdomen. “The latest occurrence happened at about 11 am when he laid another egg,” his father, Rusli told DetikHealth.

13:41 World
Porsche axes all diesel variants from line-up

German manufacturer drops diesel versions of Macan and Panamera, citing a "cultural shift" among customers.

13:28 World
In 1848 a French commune built an interconnected treehouse cabaret based on Swiss family Robinson

What started as open air dancehalls called “guinguettes,” turned into treehouse cabarets after restaurant proprietor Joseph Gueusquin built Le Grand Robinson in 1848.

12:43 World
Britain sold spying gear to Philippines despite Duterte's brutal drugs war

Labour MP says sale of surveillance tools ‘makes UK complicit in deaths of thousands of Filipinos’.

12:02 World
Stanley Majors: Life sentence for Oklahoma man who murdered neighbour

Stanley Majors was sentenced on Tuesday by a judge in Oklahoma for killing 37-year-old Khalid Jabara, whose family came to the US from Lebanon.

11:38 World
FaceTime chat 'saves woman's life'

Opokua Kwapong, who lives alone in New York, was on a call with her sister, Adumea Sapong, in Manchester, when Mrs Sapong noticed that her elder sibling "didn't look right".

10:27 World
Human rights groups say Mexico not investigating spyware claims

Activists, human-rights lawyers and journalists filed a complaint in June with the attorney general’s office, claiming the government had infected their phones to spy on them with software known as Pegasus, which Israeli company NSO Group allegedly sold to Mexico’s government.

10:00 World
India's federal police arrest sixth bank official in $1.8-billion fraud case

The branch is at the center of the alleged fraud involving firms tied to diamond merchants Nirav Modi, whose lawyer has denied any wrongdoing, and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, whose firm, Gitanjali Gems (GTGM.NS), has said it has nothing to do with the case.

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