US-backed alliance enters Syria's Deir al-Zor province

AL JAZEERA - 58 min 38 sec ago
Eleven people killed and more than 35 wounded in air strikes in town in northern Deir al-Zor province, observatory says.

Amnesty: Toxic fear mongering pushing back human rights

AL JAZEERA - 1 hour 16 min ago
'Grave violations of human rights' in 159 countries from Myanmar to France opens door to dark times, group says.

Q AND A: Chris Hemsworth, Australia Spokesman, Is Mad About Melbourne

NEW YORK TIMES - 1 hour 27 min ago
The actor who plays Thor is promoting his native Australia for the country’s tourism group. He has a list of what you should see.

Hong Kong's Donald Tsang jailed for corruption

AL JAZEERA - 1 hour 48 min ago
Tsang sentenced to 20 months in prison for corruption, becoming Hong Kong's highest ranking official to be jailed.

'Cyanide Killer' Mallika moved as she gets pally with Sasikala in jail

TIMES OF INDIA - 1 hour 59 min ago
The news that Sasikala was put up in a cell next to that of 'cyanide killer' Mallika, aka KD Kempamma, 52, in the women's barracks had made headlines late last week in the backdrop of allegations that the AIADMK leader's life was under threat.

UK's £200m aid pledge to Somalia and South Sudan

SKY NEWS - 2 hours 7 min ago
South Sudan and Somalia are going to receive £100m each in UK aid, the Government has announced.

Senior North Korean Diplomat Is Sought in Death of Kim Jong-nam

NEW YORK TIMES - 2 hours 7 min ago
The Malaysian police said the attackers were trained to wipe toxins on the face of the estranged half brother of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader.

North Korea embassy official wanted over Kim killing

AL JAZEERA - 2 hours 11 min ago
Malaysian police identify senior official in North Korean embassy as a suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam.

Judge Blocks Medicaid Cuts to Planned Parenthood in Texas

NEW YORK TIMES - 2 hours 27 min ago
The judge ruled that the state did not support claims that the organization violated medical or ethical standards related to abortion procedures.

Army chief Bajwa blames India for Pak's terror 

TIMES OF INDIA - 2 hours 29 min ago
Pakistan's army chief is now blaming India for Islamabad's inability or unwillingness to act against terror that's been grown and nourished on its own soil. "We are fully aware of Indian design and her support to terrorism in Pakistan and the region," Qamar Bajwa said, according to a press release.

Major Elements of Trump’s New Immigration Policies

NEW YORK TIMES - 2 hours 36 min ago
The Trump administration has significantly hardened the country’s policies regarding illegal immigration.

Embassy official a suspect in Kim Jong-Nam death

SKY NEWS - 3 hours 6 min ago
Malaysian police have identified a senior official in the North Korean embassy as a suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-Nam.

Trump Appears Set to Reverse Protections for Transgender Students

NEW YORK TIMES - 3 hours 9 min ago
The administration signaled an imminent announcement as to whether transgender students should be able to use the bathroom of their choice.

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed challenges house arrest

TIMES OF INDIA - 3 hours 25 min ago
Hafiz Saeed, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid, Qazi Kashif Hussain and Abdullah Ubaid challenged their detention in the Lahore high court. Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan will hear their petition on Wednesday.

Bao Bao the Panda Leaves the Beltway Behind to Breed in China

NEW YORK TIMES - 3 hours 26 min ago
The National Zoo gave Bao Bao a Washington send-off, with her own motorcade. As part of an agreement, pandas born in the zoo must leave for China by age 4.

Breitbart senior editor quits over abuse comments

SKY NEWS - 3 hours 51 min ago
Breitbart News tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned after he triggered a storm with comments which appeared to condone paedophilia.

Three Generals Bound by Iraq Will Guide Trump on Security

NEW YORK TIMES - 4 hours 4 min ago
H. R. McMaster will join Jim Mattis and John F. Kelly at the table in the Situation Room, steering a new president through the crosscurrents of a stormy world.

Lakers’ Housecleaning Hands Reins to Magic Johnson

NEW YORK TIMES - 4 hours 53 min ago
Jeanie Buss, the team president, ousted her brother from his job as the head of basketball operations and fired the longtime general manager, Mitch Kupchak.

At Jewish Cemetery, Seeking Answers Amid Heartbreak

NEW YORK TIMES - 5 hours 15 sec ago
People came to Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery to see if their loved one’s graves were vandalized. And Jewish leaders pondered the extent of anti-Semitism.

Larry Coryell, Guitarist of Fusion Before It Had a Name, Dies at 73

NEW YORK TIMES - 5 hours 11 min ago
Mr. Coryell favored dipping into different genres and international musical traditions to augment his work.

End to Police ‘High Five Fridays’ at Schools Roils a Massachusetts Town

NEW YORK TIMES - 6 hours 16 min ago
A program in Northampton in which officers would greet elementary school students ended after a month in response to some children feeling uncomfortable.

Hear How ‘Moonlight’ Got Its Sound: Violins, Chopped and Screwed

NEW YORK TIMES - 6 hours 24 min ago
Nicholas Britell, the film’s composer, whose score is up for an Oscar, explains his treatments of the music using the style of a Houston D.J.

Who Will Win Best Song at the Oscars? Popularity Helps

NEW YORK TIMES - 7 hours 2 min ago
YouTube views and animated musical films may up the odds, as the numbers behind the musical numbers show.

Immigration, Milo Yiannopoulos: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

NEW YORK TIMES - 7 hours 15 min ago
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Turkey Punishes 2 Opposition Leaders as Crackdown Continues

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 23:10
One leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party was sentenced to five months in jail, and the other was expelled from Parliament.

ED ex-joint director held by CBI for graft

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 23:10
The Central Bureau of Investigation arrested on Tuesday arrested former Enforecement Directorate Joint Director J P Singh and three others on charges of bribery to dilute probe in the IPL spot fixing scandal.

Cash deposits over Rs 5L to attract I-T scrutiny

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:51
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has decided to crack the whip on those who fail to verify cash deposits of Rs 5 lakh or more during the demonetisation drive, while deciding to go easy on “low-risk cases”. It has also asked officers to act against those who have offered or repaid loans in cash, which attract 100% penalty.

Modern Love: The Modern Love Podcast: Live on Valentine’s Day, Part 1

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:44
This week’s podcast was recorded live at Boston’s Wilbur Theater with Alysia Reiner (“Orange Is the New Black”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”) and music from Hite.

Profile: Donald Trump

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:26
A real estate mogul, businessman, pageant owner, reality TV star, becomes the 45th US president.

PM Modi conveys to US India’s unease over likely H-1B curbs

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:09
PM Narendra Modi has urged the US to take a “reflective, balanced and far-sighted” perspective on the movement of skilled professionals, indicating India’s discomfort with the Trump administration’s intent to curb H-1B visas.

'British IS bomber' is former Guantanamo detainee

SKY NEWS - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:06
A British man said by Islamic State to have detonated a suicide bomb attacking Iraqi forces in Mosul is former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ronald Fiddler, Sky sources have said.

Lenin Moreno, Guillermo Lasso to contest April runoff

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:41
Ecuador's electoral council says presidential election will go to an April runoff after a nail-biter first round.

US ramps up crackdown on undocumented immigrants

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:11
Department of Homeland Security issues sweeping new rules for automatically expelling undocumented immigrants.

Ukraine Lawmaker Who Aided Trump Associates on Pact Faces Treason Inquiry

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:06
Prosecutors are weighing charges against Andrii V. Artemenko, who worked on a back-channel plan to settle Ukraine’s conflicts with Russia.

President Trump targets many more immigrants for possible deportation

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:05
Many more people living in the United States illegally could face rapid deportation, including people simply arrested for traffic violations, under the Trump administration's sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday.

Who is to blame for famine in South Sudan?

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:03
The United Nations says millions are going hungry in the world's newest country.

SC lifts Rs 1cr bar, allows homebuyers’ joint plea

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:00
In the David vs Goliath fight of middle-class flat owners against builders with deep pockets, the Supreme Court came to the rescue of the former. It ruled on Tuesday that flat owners could join hands to directly approach the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) against realtors.

Portugal Detains Former C.I.A. Officer Sought by Italy

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 20:51
Sabrina De Sousa, 60, faces a prison sentence relating to the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric under a secret U.S. program.

Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns From Breitbart News After Pedophilia Comments

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 20:50
After a storm of criticism, the conservative, polemical editor left the website, saying the move was “mine alone.”

Sick of Politics? Try These Great Reads

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 20:25
Today, we’re reading about disappointing sofas, face transplants and what fun it is to make fun of our wedding announcements.

Nigerians in S Africa 'living in fear' after attacks

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 20:17
Nigerian community in South Africa calls for protection after reports of renewed 'xenophobic' violence in Pretoria West.

Trump publicly condemns anti-Semitic threats

SKY NEWS - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:56
Donald Trump has publicly condemned for the first time recent anti-Semitic threats in the US as "horrible and painful".

De Blasio Picks David Hansell to Lead New York’s Child Welfare Agency

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:54
Mr. Hansell will take over as head of the Administration for Children’s Services after its previous commissioner stepped down amid a wave of criticism.

Danes Fighting for ISIS Were Paid Welfare Benefits, Government Says

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:48
Denmark said a number of citizens receiving government pensions had traveled to Syria to take up arms for ISIS, as anti-immigration sentiment grew.

Three held in anti-terror raids across France

SKY NEWS - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:47
Three men have been arrested in France by anti-terror police.

A Chelsea Manning-WikiLeaks Opera, Seen in a New Light

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:33
The composer Ted Hearne talks about how this work has held up as its subject matter has continued to evolve as a news event.

Riots Break Out in Stockholm Suburb, Drawing Attention to Trump’s Remarks

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:01
The clash between the police and residents came two days after President Trump’s provocative claims about migration and crime in the country.

South Sudan areas affected by famine

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:46
The United Nations has declared a famine in certain parts of the world's youngest country, South Sudan.

Heads of adoption centre 'arrested over trafficking'

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:41
Adoption agency accused of selling at least 17 children to foreign couples in eastern state and sending them abroad.

Kindness isn't always the solution to famines

SKY NEWS - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:33
Five million in South Sudan, six in Somalia - half the population in the Yemen, 14 million, facing starvation in the future.

BMC polls: 55% voter turnout, highest in 25 years

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:19
There are a total of 91.80 lakh eligible voters in Mumbai. "There were a lot of complaints of missing names from the electoral list and yet if Mumbai managed to increase the voter turnout it means more people came out to vote," said an officials from the state election commission.

The Waldorf Is Closing, but Its Salad Lives On

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:08
The Manhattan hotel, which will shut its doors indefinitely for renovations starting next month, gave rise to a dish that has made an indelible mark on American menus.

Sovereignty first: India sets tone before strategic talks with Beijing

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:00
Foreign secretary S Jaishankar said that India remained "strongly committed" to maintaining good relations with China, but without making any compromises on its stand on major issues of differences between the Himalayan neighbors.

Poaching: Shoot-at-sight orders at Corbett

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:53
In a stringent anti-poaching measure, authorities at Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) have issued shoot-at-sight orders "to prevent killing of big cats in the reserve". The orders were passed after movement of suspected poachers was reported near the southern boundary of the park

Gaza Is Outwardly Rebuilding, but Inwardly Fearful

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:46
The region is uncertain as the state of play between Israelis and Palestinians shifts. It seems at a loss for what might — or even should — come next.

Marine Le Pen stirs headscarf controversy in Lebanon

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:32
Far-right presidential candidate refuses to wear a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni religious leader.

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:21
The rules authorize expelling undocumented immigrants who have committed even minor offenses. And they make it easier to deport people immediately.

Fashion Review: In London, Fantasy Meets Obsession

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:45
Christopher Bailey at Burberry reflects Henry Moore’s sculptural silhouettes, while Christopher Kane gets dirty and Mary Katrantzou goes Disney.

Critical Shopper: The Minimalist Bliss of Acne Studios

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:37
Design can be intoxicating at the company’s spare new store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Dozens of 'abandoned' migrants wash ashore

SKY NEWS - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:37
The bodies of at least 74 migrants have been washed ashore in western Libya, in the latest tragedy along the dangerous trafficking route to Europe.

Nonfiction: Two Books Argue the Case for Police Reform From Within

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:31
Frank Zimring’s “When Police Kill” and Barry Friedman’s “Unwarranted” take up the case of police use of force and surveillance.

Trump Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitism

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:29
He made the comments after drawing criticism in recent days for failing to condemn the rise in anti-Jewish threats and actions.

BMC poll: Vote for change, says BJP; anti-note ban anger, counters Sena

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:03
Minutes after voting ended for BMC polls, the Shiv Sena and the BJP rushed to claim a tide in their favour going by the turnout. The encouraging turnout prompted CM Fadnavis to tweet: "Thank you Mumbai for the record voting percentage and ... for participating in festival of democracy!"

Police in Afghanistan Surround Vice President’s House

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:02
Soldiers and police officers appeared to be trying to arrest nine aides to Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum accused of kidnapping a political rival.

President Ilham Aliyev appoints wife as vice president

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:30
Move follows constitutional changes made after a tightly-managed referendum last year that introduced vice presidency.

Goalie Eats Pie, Bettors’ Wallets Fatten and Investigators Question Etiquette

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:28
The backup goalkeeper for Sutton, Wayne Shaw, said he knew about a bet on whether he’d have lunch during the match and had eaten because of it.

Hopes rise for early extradition of Vijay Mallya after India-UK talks

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:24
The extradition of Vijay Mallya may happen sooner than expected. After a meeting between officials from UK and India on extradition and mutual legal assistance, Indian sources said they received a “positive” response from UK.

Iran and Turkey trade barbs over Syria and Iraq

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:20
Iran summons Turkish ambassador and hits back at Ankara, after officials blame Tehran of destabilising the Middle East.

A true general strike is possible in Trump's America

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:34
This is the moment to take action for establishing meaningful connections among communities and issues.

California Today: California Today: Lawmakers With Little in Common, Except a Name

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:12
Tuesday: Name confusion vexes a California representative and assemblyman, a Whittier police officer is killed, and clam digging in Humboldt Bay.

A day of road shows as campaign ends for Phase 4 of UP election

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:01
The high-decibel campaign in 53 assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh going to polls on Thursday came to an end this evening with leaders going the extra mile to woo voters.

Beijing Memo: Is China Pushing Trump to Talk to North Korea?

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:59
Beijing’s plan to stop buying North Korean coal, a bid to get Kim Jong-un to curb his nuclear ambitions, was also a signal to President Trump: Now it’s your turn.

Indonesia: Widespread flooding hits Jakarta

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:52
Many days of torrential rain have brought floods to Indonesia's capital, closing schools and causing travel disruption.

Elor Azaria verdict: 'No justice for Palestinians'

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:39
Soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and a demotion.

Bodies of 74 Migrants Wash Up on Libyan Coast

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:34
The victims were believed to have come from a shipwrecked boat that was found along the shore, an ominous sign before the high season for crossings to Europe.

Man dies in shark attack after ignoring warning

SKY NEWS - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:30
A man who ignored warnings not to surf off the coast of Reunion Island has died after being bitten on the leg by a shark.

Elor Azaria, Israeli Soldier Who Killed Wounded Palestinian, Gets 18 Months in Prison

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:07
The sergeant shot an incapacitated attacker lying on his back, a case that has divided Israelis and prompted calls for a pardon.

Sinosphere: Scammers in China Fake Road Injuries, but Cameras Capture the Truth

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:58
Fraudsters are throwing themselves in front of cars or buses to extort money from motorists, but the results are often unconvincing.

US anti-fascists: 'We can make racists afraid again'

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:52
While the media focuses on rise of far-right, anti-fascist organisations are growing in response across the US.

UN: 1.4 million children could starve to death

SKY NEWS - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:49
Almost 1.4 million children "are at imminent risk of death" this year from famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, the UN children's agency has warned.

Committed: Like to Mock Our Weddings Pages? Get in Line

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:47
We don’t mind people poking fun at The Times’s marriage announcements. To prove it, we’re sharing some mockery done by masters.

Pak cancels licences of Hafiz Saeed's weapons

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:35
Pakistan has cancelled the licences of 44 weapons issued to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other members of his organisations, citing security reasons. The government on January 30 had put Saeed and four other leaders of his organizations under house arrest in Lahore for a period of 90 days.

Shots fired as police stop speeding gas truck

SKY NEWS - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:35
A man has been arrested by police in Barcelona after driving a truck filled with gas canisters the wrong way on a major road.

US lawmakers target undocumented student 'sanctuaries'

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:31
State lawmakers move to strip funding from universities protecting students against deportation and detention.

India squad has become self-sufficient: Kumble

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:24
He feels privileged to be India's national cricket coach but the legendary Anil Kumble on Tuesday said it has been more satisfying to see Virat Kohli and Co. become self-sufficient in dealing with challenges both on and off the field.

'India wants transparency in US visa regime'

TIMES OF INDIA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:13
"We have discussed in detail as to what the uncertainties are all about ... business always flourishes in an environment of certainty and transparency. So even this visa related issue is an issue on which we would want to have an air of certainty and also transparency," said Nirmala Sitharaman.

Jordan's worsening economy sparks a new wave of protest

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:09
A government increase in sales tax has affected poor and middle-class families, activists say.

Elor Azaria gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:08
Elor Azaria shot and killed Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif as he lay on the ground incapacitated after being gunned down.

New York Today: Blasting Gum Off Sidewalks

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:02
Tuesday: Getting rid of gum, trekking from New York City to Canada, and celebrating Black History Month.

Eleven Madison Park Plans a Makeover and a Summer Pop-Up

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:00
The top-rated Manhattan restaurant will close for three months of renovation and open a more casual version in the Hamptons.

H.R. McMaster, Mike Pence, Vitaly Churkin: Your Tuesday Briefing

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:55
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Israeli jailed for killing Palestinian attacker

SKY NEWS - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:45
An Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian attacker as he was lying on the floor has been sentenced to 18 months.

Best of Late Night: A Working Holiday for Colbert and Meyers

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:04
Most late-night hosts took a break on Presidents’ Day. But Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers spent it roasting the president.

Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:00
The civil rights leader Malcolm X was killed Feb. 21, 1965, at a rally in New York City. Hear from a witness and visit the site of the assassination — in the past, present and in 360 video.

Protesters Ready for Trump’s First Visit to New York as President

NEW YORK TIMES - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:00
The president has not set foot in the city since his inauguration, puzzling and emboldening some protesters in his hometown.




LONDON (Reuters) - A 14-year old girl who died of cancer has been cryogenically frozen in the hope she could be brought back to life in the future after winning a landmark court case shortly before her death, the BBC reported on Friday, 2016-11-18.
The youngster knew she only had weeks to live when she wrote a heartbreaking letter to a judge asking to be frozen until a cure could be found.

REASON FOR CHOICE OF BEST NEWS 2016: Even though we think that life continues somewhere else, like in heaven or paradise, she wanted to have it, and get brought back to life in the future, AND FOUGHT FOR IT ! AND WON ! She was only 14 years old, and wanted to live. In the future, we might end up with a 14-year old girl, living in 2 worlds at the same time. That was our main reasons. Hope you support our choice of NR 1 best news 2016. Especially considering the fact that she was 14 years old, and had to die, in this sometimes quite fucked up world, but her will and desire to live, manifested in a HOPE, that she MIGHT be brought back to life in the future somewhere. That is why this was the best news in 2016. She was only 14 years old and none could help her with her cancer. So I insist that IF we can make a body live again that has been frozen, she will be the first one "ONLINE" again.
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