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February 5, 2019

Taliban and senior Afghan politicians hold talks in Moscow, upsetting government

Vitalij Sova/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Taliban officials and senior Afghan political leaders met in Moscow on Tuesday for peace talks, despite objections from Afghanistan’s government, which criticized the meeting as undermining its legitimacy. The two-day gathering was the second time Moscow has hosted high-level talks on Afghanistan attended by the Taliban in recent months. It comes a week after negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban in which both sides agreed to a draft framework for a deal wh..
February 5, 2019

Paris apartment fire kills 10, injures more than 30; arson suspected

pictore/iStock(PARIS) -- At least 10 people were killed and 37 others injured when flames engulfed an apartment building in an affluent western Paris neighborhood early Tuesday morning. Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz told reporters at the scene that a criminal investigation has been opened to determine whether the cause of the blaze was intentional arson resulting in death. A woman who lived in the building and was known to have had psychological problems was arrested on the street nearby. "A perso..
February 5, 2019

China begins celebrating Lunar New Year

Toa55/iStock(SHANGHAI) -- The biggest holiday of the year has begun in China. Starting Tuesday, relatives will reunite, red envelopes filled with money will be exchanged and massive feasts will be planned to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Millions of people are hitting the roads, rails and skies to return home as part of the world's largest annual mass migration of humans. Here’s what you need to know about the festivities: What is Lunar New Year? Lunar New Year celebrations occur across ..
February 5, 2019

Crocodile warning issued as Australian city faces ‘unprecedented’ levels of flooding

beckyjenson/iStock(LONDON) -- The Australian government is warning citizens to be on the look out for crocodiles and snakes in the streets amid severe rainfall and flooding in north Queensland over the past few days. “Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and they may move around in search of a quiet place to wait for floodwaters to recede,” Leeanne Enoch, Queensland's minister for environment, said in a statement Monday. She continued, “Crocodiles may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding re..