Deadly quake rattles Taiwan

TAINAN, Taiwan - A powerful earthquake toppled a 17-story apartment building in southern Taiwan, killing at least five people, including a 10-day-old girl, and triggering frantic efforts to rescue about 35 people feared trapped inside.

Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo 12:33am EST

BEIRUT Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the major city could soon fall under a full government siege. | Video

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U.S. officials say North Korea may be nearing launch

WASHINGTON Satellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past shortly before a rocket launch, a U.S. think-tank said, as U.S government officials signaled that a launch could occur as early as Monday.

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Exclusive: Top cybercrime ring disrupted as authorities raid Moscow offices - sources

WASHINGTON Russian authorities in November raided offices associated with a Moscow film distribution and production company as part of a crackdown on one of the world’s most notorious financial hacking operations, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter.

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Special Report: Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers

WASHINGTON Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. But the U.S. president, a fierce advocate for gun regulation, has money in a pension fund that holds stock in gun and ammunition companies. | Video

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WikiLeaks' Assange calls on Sweden, Britain to allow him freedom after U.N. panel report

LONDON WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a U.N. panel ruled he had been arbitrarily detained and should be awarded compensation. | Video

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Sanders supporters banned from Tinder after campaigning on dating app

Stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tinder is getting some women banned from the online dating app after sending campaign messages to prospective matches. | Video

No kissing for Carnival

Model Juliana Paesthe (C) of Viradouro samba school participates in the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 15, 2015.    REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO - Scientists identified the Zika virus in the saliva and urine of two infected patients, a top Brazilian biomedical research institution said on Friday, prompting its president to urge pregnant women not to kiss strangers just as local Carnival celebrations begin.  Full Article 

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