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· Russia says U.S. planes bombed Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday

Stalls are seen on a street beside damaged buildings in the rebel held al-Shaar neighborhood of AleppoRussia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that two U.S. aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of Aleppo on Feb. 10, and that Russian planes had not been operating in the area. A Pentagon spokesman had accused Russian and Syria government forces on Wednesday of destroying Aleppo's two main hospitals with air strikes, though he did not specify when the strikes were alleged to have taken place. The Syrian army has made rapid advances near Aleppo in recent weeks with the help of Russian air strikes.

· Kurdish forces said to take air base near Turkish border

A Free Syrian Army fighter carries his weapon as he walks along the fence of the Menagh airport which, according to the FSA, is partially controlled by Syrian regime forces in Aleppo's countrysideBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish fighters backed by Russian bombing raids have driven Syrian rebels from a former military air base near the border with Turkey, a group that monitors the war said on Thursday. Rebel groups have been distracted by a major offensive in the area by the Syrian army and its Russian and other allies, allowing the Kurds to capture the base and expand their foothold in the north. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war through a network of sources on the ground, reported heavy fighting between Kurds and Syrian rebels around Menagh air base, a former Syrian air force facility that had fallen into rebel hands.

· U.S. tells allies campaign to defeat Islamic State must be accelerated

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at a news conference during a NATO Defence Ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in BrusselsBy Phil Stewart and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States is pressing allies on Thursday to contribute more to a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State that it says must be accelerated, regardless of the fate of diplomatic efforts to end Syria's civil war. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to start talks on Thursday afternoon in Brussels with more than two dozen defense ministers, including from key ally Saudi Arabia, which has held out the possibility of sending special forces into Syria.

· North Korea says South's pulling out of industrial zone 'declaration of war'

Workers unload products made in Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) after returning from KIC near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in PajuBy Ju-min Park PAJU, South Korea (Reuters) - North Korea said it was kicking out all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone on Thursday, calling the South's move to suspend operations, in retaliation for Sunday's rocket launch by the North, a "declaration of war". The North declared the industrial park, run by the rivals as a symbol of cooperation for more than a decade, a military control zone, the agency that handles its ties with Seoul said, according to the official KCNA news agency. Dozens of South Korean trucks were already returning across the border earlier in the day, laden with goods and equipment, after the South said it was pulling out.

· Prison riot in northeast Mexico kills dozens: local media
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Dozens of people were killed in a riot in a prison in northeastern Mexico early on Thursday, local media reported, the just days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another prison near in Mexico´s far north. Reuters could not immediately reach security officials in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, where the Topo Chico prison is located. The riot started before dawn, local media said. Milenio TV said at least 50 people had been killed, adding some prisoners may have escaped. (Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Simon Gardner)
· China warns on South China Sea as U.S., India consider patrols

A USS Boxer LHD travels at an offshore location in GoaChina on Thursday responded to a Reuters report that the U.S. and India are discussing joint naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea, warning that interference from countries outside the region threatens peace and stability. "Countries from outside the area must stop pushing forward the militarization of the South China Sea, cease endangering the sovereignty and national security of littoral countries in the name of 'freedom of navigation' and harming the peace and stability of the region." The United States wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to adopt a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tension has spiked since China's construction of seven islands in the Spratly archipelago. China lays claim to most of the South China Sea, while Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.

· The Latest: Unease as Greek, Portuguese bond rates spike

The Latest: Unease as Greek, Portuguese bond rates spikeThe latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local): 12:50 p.m. The financial market turmoil is drawing attention back to the ability of a number of countries that use the euro ...

· Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather in a street that was hit by shelling, in the predominantly Christian and Armenian neighborhood of Suleimaniyeh, Aleppo, Syria, April 11, 2015. Russia has proposed a March 1, 2016, ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Feb. 10, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The U.S. has countered with demands for the fighting to stop immediately, the officials said. Peace talks are supposed to resume by Feb. 25. The conflict has killed more than a quarter-million people, created Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II and allowed the Islamic State to carve out its own territory across parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq. (AP Photo/SANA)MUNICH (AP) — Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials say, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.

· South African police captain arrested in fatal beatings
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities say a police captain faces murder charges for allegedly helping four farmers beat two suspected thieves to death in a case that ignited racial tension in a rural town.
· Merkel says every effort must be made to get peace in Syria
Every effort must be made to try to secure peace in Syria, including at talks later on Thursday in Munich, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. "The international environment around Iraq is very complicated and therefore we agreed that all efforts need to be made, for example today in Munich, to have talks on the future of Syria and to bring about peace in the region," said Merkel.
· Spurs emerge from shadows as realistic title contender

Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier, right, Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele, centre, and Tottenham’s Dele Alli celebrate after the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at White Hart Lane in London, Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Amid the buzz about surprise leader Leicester and the stuttering challenges of Arsenal and Manchester City, another title contender in the English Premier League has been working pretty much in the shadows.

· 7 arrested in attack on Kurdish migrants in northern France
PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor says seven masked men carrying iron bars were arrested overnight in northern France after an attack on migrants near the city of Calais.
· Turkish military ends operations in Kurdish town of Cizre
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Interior Minister says military operations against militants in the mainly Kurdish southeastern town of Cizre have ended.
· Top Asian News 12:35 p.m. GMT
PAJU, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a "dangerous declaration of war." North Korea said it was responding to Seoul's shutdown order by immediately deporting the hundreds of South Koreans who work at the complex just across the world's most heavily armed border in the city of Kaesong, pulling out the tens of thousands of North Korean employees and freezing all South Korean assets. The North also said it was shutting down two crucial cross-border communication hotlines.
· Hong Kong to send Chinese man back to US over teen deaths

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2016 file photo, Chinese fugitive Shi Deyun, left, escorted by a police officer in a police van, arrives at a magistrate court in Hong Kong, following his arrest after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles in connection with the slayings of his teenage nephews in Arcadia, Calif. Shi agreed in a Hong Kong court Thursday, Feb. 11 to be sent back to the U.S. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese man agreed in a Hong Kong court Thursday to be sent back to the U.S., where he is wanted by authorities in connection with the slayings of his teenage nephews.

· European Tour hails new Pace of Play policy
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — The European Tour says its new Pace of Play policy has helped reduce average round times and may result in an increased size of fields for tournaments.
· Former rowing world champion Abbagnale faces doping ban
ROME (AP) — Former rowing world champion Vincenzo Abbagnale is facing a doping suspension after missing three surprise tests.
· World's most polluted city, Delhi, plans new limits on car use

A traffic policeman wears a mask to protect himself from dust and air pollution as he signals to drivers in New DelhiThe Delhi government plans another round of tough measures to restrict the use of private cars and clean up toxic air in the Indian metropolis, the world's most polluted city.From April 15, for two weeks, cars will only be allowed on the road on alternate days, going by whether their number plates are odd or even, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday."We are seriously considering if we can do this for 15 days every month," Kejriwal said. "We can't do this on a permanent basis until we get better public transport." The rule hits most of the 2.6 million cars that ply the traffic-choked roads of Delhi and its surrounding areas. Kejriwal said his plans had overwhelming public support and were necessary to rein in the rising levels of air pollution that regularly cloak the city in smog.

· Archaeologists present findings of Chamorros migration
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Archaeologists say they have found evidence indicating that Guam's ancient Chamorros came from two waves of migration.
· Well rested, Barcelona returns focus to Spanish league

Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic duels for the ball with Valencia's Ruben Vezo during a semifinal, second leg, Copa del Rey soccer match between Valencia and Barcelona, at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)MADRID (AP) — Barcelona returns its focus to the race in the Spanish league with its top players rested after the reserves advanced the team to the Copa del Rey final and secured the club record of 29 consecutive games without a loss.

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