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Zoroastrian village comes to life for ancient winter festival - Middle East Eye
Head of Zoroastrian temple says people are returning to their roots - Rudaw
Rare wedding shows ?love must overcome fear? - Cronulla News (press release)
Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal as army gains ground
By Paul Carrel, Shadia Nasralla and Tom Perry MUNICH/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday a ceasefire deal for Syria agreed by major powers was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by further Russian air strikes gained more ground against rebels near Aleppo. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time.
Pope urges peace in Mexico's poor, violent corners
By Philip Pullella and David Alire Garcia MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - From the U.S. border to the indigenous south, Pope Francis will visit some of the poorest and most violent corners of Mexico on his five-day trip and celebrates Mass on Saturday before an image of the country's patroness, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Chronic violence and corruption will be themes of his visit to the world's second most populous Roman Catholic country, and he will address the plight of migrants trying to reach the United States with a service at the northern border next week. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join the pope on Saturday afternoon at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where pilgrims flock from all over Latin America.
French PM rejects permanent quota system for refugees
By Andreas Rinke and Tatiana Jancarikova MUNICH/BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls rejected on Saturday the idea of a permanent quota system for distributing refugees across Europe, putting Paris at odds with Germany ahead of a summit to discuss the EU crisis over migration. Speaking to reporters at a security conference in Munich, Valls said France would stick to its pledge to take on 30,000 of the 160,000 refugees European countries have agreed to divide among themselves, but would not accept additional numbers. "We won't take any more," Valls said.
U.S. Defence Secretary says UK needs nuclear weapons for 'outsized' world role
Britain must renew its submarine-borne Trident nuclear weapons system if it is to maintain its "outsized" role in world affairs, U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in comments published on Saturday. A decision on replacing the ageing fleet of four submarines which carry nuclear warheads is due to be made this year and while Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to renewal, the issue has caused deep divisions in the opposition Labour Party. Carter said the submarine fleet helped the "special relationship" Britain enjoyed with the United States, the BBC said on its website.
Documentary "Fire at Sea" open at Berlin Film Festival
BERLIN (AP) ? The director of "Fire at Sea" ? a documentary about the Italian island of Lampedusa, where thousands of asylum-seekers are arriving from lawless Libya ? says he wanted "to show the tragedy that's playing out in front of our eyes ... We're all responsible."
Czech designer, architect Borek Sipek dies at age 66
PRAGUE (AP) ? Borek Sipek, Czech architect and designer best known in his country for his work for late President Vaclav Havel has died. He was 66.
Ai Weiwei art project in Berlin features refugee life vests
BERLIN (AP) ? An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Berlin showcases thousands of used life vests by refugees from the Greek island of Lesbos.
Rock band kicks off rescheduled tour after Paris carnage
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ? Jesse Hughes, frontman of the U.S. band whose Nov. 13 gig at the Bataclan theater in Paris was stormed by Islamic extremist suicide bombers killing 89 people, says "my friends died very beautifully, they died very well, with great courage."
Dijsselbloem rejects calls for looser banking rules
Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem rejected calls for banking union regulations to be loosened after weeks of falling bank shares, saying new European bail-in rules had caused investors to look "more critically" at risks born by banks. Speaking on Dutch radio on Saturday, Dijsselbloem, who is also the Dutch finance minister, said stricter rules imposed in the wake of the 2007 financial crisis that would restore confidence in banks. The Stoxx Eurozone Banks Index has fallen more than 25 percent since the beginning of the year, prompting policymakers including Bank of Italy governor Ignazio Visco to call for a more gradual introduction of rules that place the burden of propping up failing banks on investors.
Late-day buying could be start of turnaround
The S&P 500 is down about 13 percent from its record high in May, as oil remains mired below $30 a barrel, while concerns about stability among banks and uncertainty about the U.S. Federal Reserve's path of rate hikes have pushed investors away from risk assets. Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank in Chicago, views that as a positive sign. "My suspicion is that you are seeing institutions nibble at extremely compressed valuations," said Peter Kenny, equity market strategist at Kenny & Co LLC in Denver.
Apple to launch new iPhone, iPad in March: 9to5mac
(Reuters) - Apple Inc is on target to introduce its next iPhone and iPad models on March 15, and aims to start selling the devices in the same week, technology blog 9to5Mac reported, citing sources. Apple, which will introduce a new 4-inch iPhone, dubbed the "iPhone 5se", and a new iPad Air at a launch event, is unlikely to take pre-orders for the new devices, the blog reported. The technology giant has hit a trough in iPhone demand.
China Lunar New Year holiday retail sales up 11.2 percent year-on-year
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's retail sales grew 11.2 percent during the week-long Lunar New Year vacation compared with the same holiday period last year, Ministry of Commerce data showed on Saturday.
This giant, flightless bird roamed Canada's North 50 million years ago
More than 50 million years ago, Canada's Arctic was a warm, wet place, home to alligators, giant tortoises and ? as it now turns out ?giant, flightless birds.
Explore Wyoming forest and uncover a mystery in Firewatch
A sleepy job looking out for fires in 1989 Wyoming quickly becomes a tense mystery story in Firewatch, a new video game by independent studio Campo Santo.
Data centre dilemma: How online consumption is leading to higher energy use, costs
Every time you update your Facebook profile, every time you email a friend, every time you stream your favourite show, you're using data. And the energy required to power that usage is increasingly becoming a problem.
Detection of gravitational waves marks new era in astronomy: Bob McDonald
The announcement Thursday that elusive gravitational waves have been detected for the first time heralds a new era in astronomy that could be as important as Galileo?s first use of the telescope.
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Consumer sentiment falls in February - CNBC
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