Skipping Olympics is an option: U.S. officials

NEW YORK - The United States Olympic Committee said athletes concerned about the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August.

Woman who accused Bill Clinton of assault to campaign against Hillary presidential run 8:38am EST

NEW YORK One of the women who has accused former U.S. President Bill Clinton of sexual assault says she has agreed to work for an anti-Clinton political group being formed by a former advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan holds a news conference after the first meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee concerning the Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

Physicians, heal thyselves

GENEVA - It was accused of overreacting to the H1N1 pandemic. It was blasted for underreacting to Ebola. And now the World Health Organisation is under fire for its Zika response. What's going on over there?  Full Article 

Volkswagen cars are parked outside a VW dealership in London, Britain, in this file photograph dated November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/files

Volkswagen says compensation will be ample

FRANKFURT - Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages to the roughly 600,000 owners of diesel vehicles whose emissions are over the legal limit, the head of its claims fund told a German paper.  Full Article 

Internally displaced people, covered with mud, wait as they are stuck in the town of Khirbet Al-Joz, in Latakia countryside, waiting to get permission to cross into Turkey near the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria, February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Russian firepower helps Syrian forces

BEIRUT - The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad.  Full Article 

Activists hold placards and chant slogans as they protest outside the offices of the Australian Immigration Department in Sydney, Australia, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jarni Blakkarly

Australia to deport terminally ill asylum seekers

SYDNEY - Some of the 267 asylum seekers Australia wants to deport to an offshore immigration center following a court ruling are suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses, a senior government official said.   Full Article 

Death by meteorite?

A meteor streaks over the North Star in the northern skies during the Perseid meteor shower early on Monday morning north of Castaic Lake, California August 12, 2013. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

CHENNAI - Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years.   Full Article 

Two booksellers, one diplomatic dustup

China is facing a diplomatic crisis over two Hong Kong booksellers with foreign passports. They've turned up in custody on the mainland, and their governments say Beijing is blocking access to them.

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