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.

European stocks plunge as Lunar New Year offers no cheer 5:43am EST

LONDON European shares plunged to 16-month lows on Monday, extending a aggressive sell-off, while bond yields and oil also fell as investors shed risky assets on persistent concern over the pace of global growth.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo with a supporter after a campaign rally in Plymouth, New Hampshire, February 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Trump shows mellower side

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to the small town of Plymouth in the New Hampshire mountains and promised to lower prescription drug prices, improve education and help heroin addicts get treatment.  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 

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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