Wanted in China: More Male Teachers, to Make Boys Men
Education officials across China are aggressively recruiting male teachers, as the Chinese news media warn of a need to “salvage masculinity in schools.”

Rescuers hunt for Taiwan quake missing
Rescuers are searching the rubble of a high-rise apartment block in southern Taiwan, after an earthquake that kills at least 12 people.

Australia to step up Zika testing as two new cases reported
Australia will intensify testing for the Zika virus in Queensland state where Aedes mosquitoes are found, authorities said on Saturday, adding that two new cases among local residents were the result of travel to affected countries.

FM: Foreign troops entering Syria would return 'in coffins'
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned Saturday that foreign ground troops entering Syria would "return home in wooden coffins."

Taiwan quake kills at least 11, fells apartment block
Most of those killed were in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed.

11 dead, hundreds rescued as strong quake rattles Taiwan
Rescuers race to find additional survivors after a powerful earthquake struck southern Taiwan.

The Latest: 6 asylum seekers arrive in Latvia
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Latest on the movement of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):

North Korea 'advances plans to launch rocket': Japanese media
North Korea will launch the satellite-bearing rocket between February 7 and February 14, Jiji Press and NHK reported the Japanese government as saying on Saturday.

N. Korea says rocket launch could happen as early as Sunday
North Korea's widely-condemned launch of a long-range rocket could happen within a matter of hours, after Pyongyang shortened and brought forward the start of the launch window to Sunday morning. An updated notification sent by Pyongyang to UN agencies on Saturday -- a copy of which was released by the South Korean government -- said the launch would now take place between February 7-14. The initial window announced by the North on Tuesday had been February 8-25.

Thousands of Syrians brave cold, rain at Turkish border
Thousands of Syrians were braving cold and rain at the Turkish border Saturday after fleeing a Russian-backed regime offensive on Aleppo that threatens a fresh humanitarian disaster in the country's second city. Tens of thousands have escaped fierce fighting as government forces unleashed an advance this week against rebels, severing the opposition's main supply route into Aleppo. On Saturday morning, Turkey's Oncupinar border crossing -- which faces Bab al-Salama on Syrian soi...

UN rights chief in Sri Lanka for talks over war crimes
The United Nations' human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein began his first visit to Sri Lanka Saturday to gauge the island's progress in investigating allegations troops committed atrocities during a prolonged civil war.

US Drones, Afghan Forces Kill 28 IS Fighters
Authorities in Afghanistan said Saturday national security forces and U.S. drone strikes have jointly killed at least 28 Islamic State (IS) fighters in a restive eastern region bordering Pakistan. The overnight attacks happened in Achin and Batikot districts of the province of Nangarhar, said local officials. Achin’s chief, Haji Ghalib, told VOA 16 Daesh (Arabic acronym for IS) militants were killed when missiles fired by unmanned American aircraft struck a vehicle and a gathering of...

US Drones, Afghan Forces Kill 29 IS Fighters
Authorities in Afghanistan said Saturday national security forces and U.S. drone strikes have jointly killed at least 28 Islamic State (IS) fighters in a restive eastern region bordering Pakistan. The overnight attacks happened in Achin and Batikot districts of the province of Nangarhar, said local officials. Achin’s chief, Haji Ghalib, told VOA 16 Daesh (Arabic acronym for IS) militants were killed when missiles fired by unmanned American aircraft struck a vehicle and a gathering of...

All to play for on day two (New Zealand Warriors)
(Source: New Zealand Warriors) Nothing but a win over Brisbane will be in the Vodafone Warriors' thinking but they could still advance to the last eight even if they lose their final Hunua Pool match at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines tomorrow. At the very least they'll know exactly what is needed when their match against the Broncos kicks off at 12.40pm. In the first of the games in the pool tomorrow the Sea Eagles meet the Bulldogs at 12.15pm; a third Manly victory will see the Vodafone Warri...

Legends Cup in Luzhniki (RFS - Football Union of Russia)
(Source: RFS - Football Union of Russia) 04.02.2016 On 13 and 14 February Small Sports Arena Luzhniki will host the VIII international tournament Legends Cup named after Konstantin Eremenko. Traditionally the competition will feature the teams consisted of the players above 35 who had some caps for...

Members of VSLAs received Seed Capital (Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic ...
(Source: Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) Members of 14 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) received Seed Capital through the Afghanistan Rural Enterprise...

Australian Open: Sunday Preview (Australian Canoeing)
(Source: Australian Canoeing) The final day of racing at the Australian Open promises to be an entertaining affair with the K1 men and C1 women in action. It will be an important day of racing for Australia's K1 men with seven paddlers in contention to win the first of three Olympic selection trials. Lucien Delfour will enter the semi-final as...

Man detected travelling more than 100km/h over speed limit - Braidwood (NSW Police Force)
(Source: NSW Police Force) Latest Media Releases Man detected travelling more than 100km/h over speed limit - Braidwood Saturday, 06 February 2016 09:31:25 PM A man will face court next month after being detected...

Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, US meet to discuss peace bid in Afghanistan
Representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States and China have met in the Pakistani capital city of Islamabad to draw up a roadmap for Afghan peace talks with the Taliban. The meeting was held in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Saturday. Following the meeting, Pakistani Prime...

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Iran body reverses ban on 1,500 election candidate
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's constitutional watchdog, the hard-line Guardian Council, reversed a ban on 1,500 candidates who had registered to run in Feb. 26 parliamentary elections, state media reported on Saturday.

North Korea brings forward rocket launch time frame, to from Sunday
North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the time frame for the launch, the Japanese and South Korean governments said on Saturday.

NZ, England, Fiji, South Africa top pools at Sydney Sevens
SYDNEY (AP) — Fiji and South Africa remained the form teams of the World Rugby Sevens Series and favorites to fight out the first Olympic gold medal in the sport when they swept unbeaten through pool play Saturday in the Sydney Sevens tournament.

Bhutan's queen gives birth to heir
Bhutan's King Wangchuck and Queen Pema have their first child, who becomes crown prince of the remote Himalayan kingdom.

Workshop organized to discuss matters regarding environmental court cases (Ministry of Environment and Forests of ...
(Source: Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Republic of India) Need to present Government perspective in its true spirit before various courts: Environment Minister A unique day long workshop was organized by Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change on 06.02.2016 to discuss matters relating to handling of court cases. The workshop was attended by...

It’s Derby Time \Dor Micha (Maccabi Tel-Aviv)
(Source: Maccabi Tel-Aviv) The atmosphere on the street, the preparations, the smell in the air. It's all the pregame show before what we all call, 'The Derby'. You probably all know the feeling, and we the players certainly feel it as well. I remember my first Derby when I was with the First Team. It was a Toto Cup Derby in 2011/12. There were a few of us, young Maccabi players who has been promoted from the Youth Team....

North Korea advances 'satellite' launch
North Korea reportedly advances the date of its a controversial "satellite" launch suspected to be a cover for weapons testing

The Latest: Turkey admits 15 fleeing Aleppo; border closed
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Latest on the movement of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):

N. Korea moves up rocket launch window to Feb. 7-14
South Korea's Defense Ministry says North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14. ......

North Korea moves up window of planned rocket launch
North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Saturday. The launch, which the North says is an effort to send a satellite into orbit, would be in defiance of repeated warnings by outside governments who suspect it is a banned test of ballistic missile technology. ......

DPRK brings forward planned satellite launch to between Feb 7-14
TOKYO - The Japanese government...

Death toll rises to 7 in Taiwan quake
At least 230 people have been pulled out from rubble, and nearly 380 are injured.

Australian state premier offers 267 asylum seekers refuge
The premier of Victoria state offered on Saturday to look after a group of asylum seekers facing repatriation to a camp on a remote Pacific island.

Sushma Swaraj meets Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday met leaders of Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party TNA led by its chief R Sampanthan, who briefed her about the efforts made by the government in moving forward the reconciliation process with...

Intense Clashes Erupt Between Turkish Army, Kurdish Fighters in Diyarbakir
Intense clashes involving machine guns and artillery is ongoing in the center of the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, which has witnessed clashes between the army and Kurdish fighters, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Saturday. ......

North Korea Changes Satellite Launch Dates
North Korea has changed the dates of its expected satellite launch by one day, Japanese media said Saturday. ......

Taiwan quake: All registered Singaporeans contacted and are safe, says trade office
"We will continue to monitor the situation closely," says the trade office, reminding Singaporeans in the affected areas to exercise vigilance "as there could be aftershocks". 

The Latest: Merkel says aiding refugees fights Islamic State
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Latest on the movement of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):

Deadly quake fells buildings in Taiwan
Rescuers search for trapped survivors after an earthquake topples buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least 11 people.

The Latest: Turkish raids on factories making unsafe boats
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Latest on the movement of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):

Vice President of Argentina receives HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of ...
(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates) Argentina Vice President, Gabriela Michetti, met in Buenos Aires, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah and Argentina Vice President...

PM Modi opens 12th South Asian Games (OCA - Olympic Council of Asia)
(Source: OCA - Olympic Council of Asia) PM Modi opens 12th South Asian Games 05 Feb 2016 Guwahati, India, February 5, 2016: The energy and vibrancy of the youth of the region was showcased in brilliant fashion and in a true north-eastern way - dotted with glitz, glamour and technology in even measure - as the 12th South Asian Games was declared open at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Sarusajai, here on Friday evening, reports The Hindu. Conceived with a...

Shaikh Salman receives CAF ExCo backing (AFC - Asian Football Confederation)
(Source: AFC - Asian Football Confederation) 'I am humbled by the support of CAF's Executive Committee and tremendously encouraged by the unanimous decision to support my bid for the office of FIFA president',...

Transcript of on-board media interaction with Vice President, en route from Bangkok to New Delhi ...
(Source: Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India) Opening Statement (Vice President Hamid Ansari): I hope everyone enjoyed the two very brief stopovers in Brunei and Bangkok. Brunei may be a new place, but Bangkok surely, at least half the crowd here has visited before. All I have to say is that you know everything. These were two visits being made at the level of Vice President after a very long gap. These things happen in governments. But in both places, the discussions were v...

Man's death not suspicious - Korora (NSW Police Force)
(Source: NSW Police Force) Latest Media Releases Man's death not suspicious - Korora Saturday, 06 February 2016 09:02:43 PM Police investigating the discovery of a man's...

Recall: Garden of Life RAW Meal Organic Shakes (NSW Food Authority)
(Source: NSW Food Authority) The NSW Food Authority advises: Flush Fitness has recalled Raw Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement (unflavoured) 908g and Raw Meal Chocolate Organic Shake and Meal Replacement 986g sold...

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