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.

Wall St. down over 2 percent as tech rout deepens, oil drops 10:46am EST

Wall Street was deep in the red on Monday, as technology stocks extended a selloff from Friday and U.S. crude oil slipped below $30 per barrel, sending investors scurrying for cover to safe-haven assets.

Cast members (L-R) Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei and Steve Carell pose at the premiere of "The Big Short" during the closing night of AFI Fest 2015 in Hollywood, California November 12, 2015.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Wall St. crooks get a screen test

NEW YORK - With the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the accompanying Great Recession still having an impact on many lives, stories about greed on Wall Street are having their moment on the big screen.  Full Article 

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 

A performer plays an instrument at a temple fair in the beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year, at Huangsi Temple in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Sheng Li

Images from Lunar New Year celebrations around the world.  Slideshow | Video 

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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