US has no plans yet to attack IS forces in Libya: Pentagon

The United States has not decided whether to launch military action in Libya, where the Islamic State group is exploiting political instability to expand its operations, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said on Thursday.

Support for Britain leaving the European Union has risen since Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled proposals for a deal to keep the country in the bloc, according to a poll published today.
Mexico's navy said yesterday it was investigating allegations that marines sexually assaulted or tortured six women, marking the latest abuse claims against the country's military.
Colombian justice officials are investigating the deaths of 37 children from suspected mercury poisoning in a jungle area rife with illegal mining, authorities said yesterday.
Hillary Clinton locked horns with her rival for the Democratic White House nomination Bernie Sanders in a party debate yesterday, saying his promises "don't add up" and accusing him of smear tactics.
Australian officials on Friday refused to deny allegations that authorities paid crew on a people-smuggling boat US$30,000 to return 65 asylum-seekers to Indonesia, while insisting that no laws had been broken.
Canadian blood agencies announced ON Wednesday a temporary restriction on blood donations aimed at keeping the Zika virus out of the nation's blood supply.
The British government announced £1.2 billion (US$1.74 billion) in aid for war-torn Syria and its neighbours on Thursday, ahead of a donors' conference in London.
South American health ministers held an emergency meeting on Wednesday on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a "nightmare" by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.
Tropical forests reclaiming land cleared for agriculture or livestock not only grow quickly, but absorb far more CO2 from the atmosphere than old-growth trees, according to a study released on Wednesday.
As the world ramps up its fight against the Zika virus, West Africa is battling to contain a growing outbreak of Lassa fever with nine people in Benin reported dead, a health official said on Tuesday.
TransAsia Airways plane crashes in typhoon-hit Taiwan, killing 47

A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said.

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Teacher's long fight for justice pays off Teacher's long fight for justice pays off

Nguyen Than spent years trying to prove the innocence of his former student, wrongfully convicted on a murder charge 18 years ago.

Passion motivates circus artists to take risks Passion motivates circus artists to take risks

The circus has always been about performers attempting precarious and daring acts in exchange for the intangible reward of the roar of the crowd.

New flowers grown for Tet New flowers grown for Tet

Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will offer new varieties of flowers for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which falls on February 8 this year.

VN strives to reform customs ahead of FTAs VN strives to reform customs ahead of FTAs

The World Trade Organisation's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) would boost customs reforms to facilitate trade across borders in line with international standards, an official has said.