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Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed nearly 130 people in two days, marking some of the deadliest bombardment of the rebellious region in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.

Retaliatory shells rained down on Damascus, killing at least eight people and causing panic among residents of the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad’s power.

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique’s capital on February 19, killing 17 people who were buried by debris.

Authorities believe more bodies could be buried at the Hulene garbage dump on the outskirts of Maputo, and a search was underway.

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Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 16,400 feet into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes Monday.

There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

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Hungary’s prime minister says that “Christianity is Europe’s last hope” and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have “opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam.”

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Philippines (AP) – U.S. forces are undeterred by China’s military buildup on manmade islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever “international law allows us,” said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets.

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The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should “not test Israel’s resolve” as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Many foods are processed at least to some degree, but ultra-processed foods include packaged breads and buns, chocolate bars, sodas, instant noodles, chicken nuggets, frozen microwavable meals, and any other foods made mostly or entirely from sugar, oils and fats.

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  • AMERICAS

America’s new defense budget means the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a whole lot more.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments.

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Since the International Criminal Court began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving Afghanistan, it has gotten a staggering 1.17 million statements from Afghans who say they were victims.

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The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) has skyrocketed over the past 10 years, partly owing to them being a cheap yet effect deterrent to opposing forces. The United Nations Mine Action Service estimates that 59 countries worldwide have “widespread contamination” of landmines or IEDs from either past or current conflicts.

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The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising concerns about whether the FBI missed signs that might have stopped a mass shooting.

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The United States and Turkey pulled back from the brink of a potentially disastrous crisis on Friday, agreeing to normalize badly strained relations over Syria and other issues that had threatened the NATO allies’ longstanding ties.

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Ethiopia’s prime minister announced Thursday he has submitted a resignation letter after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century, saying he hoped the surprise decision would help planned reforms succeed and create a “lasting peace.”

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging European allies and Canada to keep ramping up defense spending, as the alliance expands its command headquarters in response to a more assertive Russia.

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We kick it. We stomp it. We sweep it out of our homes. We even use its name as an insult. Yet by doing so, we undervalue one of our most important resources.

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South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, avoiding his almost certain ouster in a parliamentary vote scheduled for February 15 after years of corruption scandals.

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According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people die and more than 1,000 are injured each day in distracted driving accidents in America. Yet it can be difficult to pin down exactly how many deaths come specifically from texting.

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Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use, according to a report released on February 12 by a U.S. senator.

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Continued attacks on innocent victims in religious services are making many leaders question how they can protect congregations.

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The British and Irish prime ministers met political leaders in Belfast on February 11, as the two main parties in Northern Ireland edged closer to unlocking a political stalemate that has left the region of 1.8 million people without a government for more than a year.

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As a political crisis plays out in the Maldives, a quiet tug of war is taking place around it, with heavyweights China and India vying for strategic dominance in the picturesque Indian Ocean nation.

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Kuwait on Monday opened a week of conferences seeking aid for rebuilding Iraq after the onslaught of the Islamic State group, seeking tens of billions of dollars for a nation that invaded it only a generation ago.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Americans’ penchant for drugs, alcohol, unhealthy food, and tendency toward suicide has caused the overall life expectancy in the U.S. to fall for the second year in a row.

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Antibiotic resistance worldwide is putting the globe in a dangerous position to fight future diseases, according to a new United Nations World Health Organization report—and India’s illegal drug market may be causing the most damage.

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