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Feb 7, 2016

Aleppo, crossroads of civilizations, now is center of fighting in Syria

A look at Aleppo, Syria’s key northern city: Syria’s largest city and once its commercial center, Aleppo was a crossroads of civilization for millenniums. It has been occupied by the Greeks, Byzantines and multiple Islamic dynasties. As one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited ...

NATO plans biggest build-up against Russia since the Cold War

Feb 7, 2016

NATO plans biggest build-up against Russia since the Cold War

Backed by an increase in U.S. military spending, NATO is planning its biggest build-up in Eastern Europe since the Cold War to deter Russia, but it will reject Polish demands for permanent bases. Worried since Russia’s seizure of Crimea that Moscow could rapidly invade ...

Feb 6, 2016

Australian state premier offers 267 asylum seekers refuge

The premier of an Australian state offered on Saturday to look after a group of asylum seekers facing repatriation to a camp on a remote Pacific island, adding to opposition to the federal government’s policy of offshore detention. Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria state, ...

Feb 6, 2016

Australia to step up Zika testing as two new cases reported

Australia will intensify testing for the Zika virus in Queensland state where Aedes mosquitoes are found, authorities said on Saturday, adding that two new cases among local residents were the result of travel to affected countries. Queensland’s government has earmarked 400,000 Australian dollars ($283,000) ...

Feb 6, 2016

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorism supporters

Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The move signaled efforts by Twitter to automatically identify tweets supporting terrorism, ...

Zika won't stop Olympics, historian says

Feb 6, 2016

Zika won't stop Olympics, historian says

The world’s best-known Olympic historian said Friday it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “Historically, the only times the games have been canceled is in war — World War I and World War ...