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US-led strikes on Syria pro-regime forces kill 100: US official
US-led strikes on Syria pro-regime forces kill 100: US official

The US-led coalition said Thursday it killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its allies in eastern Syria, in one its deadliest confrontations yet with forces backing Damascus. The initial attack was carried out by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on key oil and gas installations in parts of Deir Ezzor province controlled by US-backed Kurdish forces. The clash came against a backdrop of escalating tensions between Washington and Damascus over an uptick in the suspected use of chemical weapons by the regime and allied militia.

Canada orders review of deal to sell helicopters to Philippines
Canada orders review of deal to sell helicopters to Philippines

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Just one day after signing a $233 million agreement to sell 16 helicopters to the Philippines, the Canadian government on Wednesday ordered a review of the deal amid concerns the aircraft could be used to fight rebels. Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said that the deal - formally signed on Tuesday - had been struck in 2012 on the understanding the helicopters would be used for search-and-rescue missions. Philippine Major-General Restituto Padilla, military chief of plans, told Reuters on Tuesday the helicopters would be used for the military's internal security operations, adding they could also be deployed in search-and-rescue and...

The Latest: DNA sought from immigrant in NFL player
The Latest: DNA sought from immigrant in NFL player's death

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on a suspected drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man (all times local):

Death toll soars as Syria regime pounds rebel enclave
Death toll soars as Syria regime pounds rebel enclave

Renewed government strikes killed 34 civilians on Wednesday in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, where overwhelmed medics were still treating survivors of the Syrian conflict's bloodiest day in months. The district of Eastern Ghouta, controlled by rebel factions including Islamists, suffered some of its worst bloodshed in years on Tuesday, when 80 civilians were killed. Regime warplanes returned Wednesday morning for fresh strikes on the enclave, with the death toll climbing to 34 civilians including a dozen children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Kim Jong-un's sister to attend the Winter Olympics: what Kim Yo-jong's visit means for Korean relations
Kim Jong-un's sister to attend the Winter Olympics: what Kim Yo-jong's visit means for Korean relations

North Korea is sending the influential sister of Kim Jong-un to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, officials said on Wednesday. Kim Yo-jong, believed to be around 30 years old, will be the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Analysts said her inclusion in the Olympic delegation shows North Korea's ambition to use the Olympics to break out from diplomatic isolation by improving relations with the South, which it could use as a bridge for approaching the United States. By sending a youthful, photogenic person who will undoubtedly attract international attention during the Olympics, North Korea is also trying to...

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Tarantino 'regrets' car-driving scene that left Uma Thurman hurt

Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino says persuading actress Uma Thurman to perform a car-driving scene on the set of "Kill Bill" -- which ended with her in the hospital -- is the "biggest regret" of his life. Thurman, 47, in an interview with The New York Times published on Saturday, said she had an enormous fight with Tarantino after the car crashed and accused him of trying to kill her. Tarantino delivered his account of the incident which occurred on set in Mexico in an interview published on Monday in Deadline Hollywood.

Sweden FM slams China as missing bookseller row escalates
Sweden FM slams China as missing bookseller row escalates

BEIJING (AP) - Sweden has condemned China's "brutal" detention of Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, escalating a standoff sparked two weeks ago when Chinese agents seized the Hong Kong-based bookseller as he was traveling with Swedish diplomats.

SpaceX to showcase world's largest rocket with launch of Falcon Heavy on Tuesday
SpaceX to showcase world's largest rocket with launch of Falcon Heavy on Tuesday

People from around the world will gather near Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 6 to witness the maiden launch of the Falcon Heavy, a new rocket built by SpaceX.

The Latest: NTSB plans update on deadly Amtrak train crash
The Latest: NTSB plans update on deadly Amtrak train crash

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on a deadly Amtrak train crash in South Carolina (all times local):

The Latest: NTSB plans update on deadly Amtrak train crash
The Latest: NTSB plans update on deadly Amtrak train crash

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on a deadly Amtrak train crash in South Carolina (all times local):

Trump escalates fight over Russia probe, approves release of secret memo

By Doina Chiacu and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved the release of a classified Republican memo that alleges bias against him at the FBI and Justice Department, in an extraordinary showdown with law enforcement agencies over the probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Ignoring the urgings of the FBI earlier this week, Trump declassified the four-page memo and sent it to Congress, where Republicans on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee immediately released it to the public. The Republican president told reporters that the contents of the document tell a disgraceful story of bias against him and...

Vietnam marks 50 years since launch of Tet Offensive
Vietnam marks 50 years since launch of Tet Offensive

Vietnam marked 50 years since the audacious Tet Offensive on Wednesday, in a bittersweet ceremony featuring patriotic dance performances recalling the attacks that changed the course of the Vietnam War. The surprise military offensive in 1968 -- launched by the communist north on the eve of the Tet lunar new year -- targeted more than 100 cities and outposts in southern Vietnam. On Wednesday entertainers dressed as soldiers and peasants took to the stage at an official ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, followed by a string of performances from flag-bearing dancers and martial arts performers in red and gold.

John Leguizamo Took On Donald Trump At The People
John Leguizamo Took On Donald Trump At The People's State Of The Union

Actor John Leguizamo championed immigrant rights and equality at Monday's The People's State of the Union.

The State of Accord and Camry: All New at the Same Time for the First Time Ever
The State of Accord and Camry: All New at the Same Time for the First Time Ever

A look at how these top-sellers go about their business.

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Trump's view that ice caps 'setting records' baffles scientists

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists puzzled on Monday over U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that ice caps are "setting records" when much of the world's ice from the Alps to the Andes is melting amid global warming. "The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now. Many people use the term "ice cap" to refer to polar sea ice or vast ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica.

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