CHINESE NEW YEAR UNDERWATER DRAGON DANCE

CHINESE NEW YEAR UNDERWATER DRAGON DANCE. Divers wear costumes as they perform at an aquarium ahead of the upcoming Spring Festival inside a zoo in Beijing, China, on Feb 4, 2016. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

SYRIAN FORCES BREAK REBEL SIEGE OF KEY TOWNS

SYRIAN FORCES BREAK REBEL SIEGE OF KEY TOWNS. Residents of Nubul and al-Zahraa, along with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, celebrate in Nubul, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria, on Feb 4, 2016, after the siege of their towns was broken. The two towns of Nubul and Zahraa, with an estimated 60,000 population, are connected to the border by areas under the control of K... Read More

MALI REACH CHAN FINAL

MALI REACH CHAN FINAL. Yves Bissouma’s Mali football player gestures after scoring a goal during 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Feb 4, 2016. Mali qualified for the final of the 2016 Championship after ejecting African giants Cote d'Ivoire 1-0 on Thursday. Mali will now play DR Congo in the final on Sunday. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

MOST POPULAR LION TRAINER IN EGYPT

MOST POPULAR LION TRAINER IN EGYPT. Anosa Kouta trains a tiger in Damietta, Egypt, on Feb 5, 2016. Anosa Kouta, a 27-year-old beast tamer, is considered the most popular lion trainer in Egypt for the variety of her performances. She was born into a famous circus family, which mastered taming wild animals since the 19th century. Photo courtesy Xinhua ... Read More

SRI LANKA CELEBRATES I-DAY BY RENDERING NATIONAL ANTHEM IN TAMIL TOO

SRI LANKA CELEBRATES I-DAY BY RENDERING NATIONAL ANTHEM IN TAMIL TOO. Sri Lankan Civil Defence Forces soldiers march during the 68th Independence Day parade in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, on Feb 4, 2016. Sri Lanka on Thursday celebrated the 68th anniversary of gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1948. This year the theme is "Ekama Deyak, Maha Balayak" (One Nation, ... Read More

TALLEST OUTDOOR CHINESE LANTERN

TALLEST OUTDOOR CHINESE LANTERN. A Malaysian-Chinese woman poses for a photogrph in front of the tallest outdoor Chinese lantern replica standing at 72-feet in height decorated at Malaysian landmark KLCC ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Monkey celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Feb 3, 2016. According to the Chinese Zodiac Calendar, the Lunar New Year which falls on Feb. 8 this year... Read More

LORENZO SETS THE PACE IN PRE-SEASON TESTING AT SEPANG CIRCUIT

LORENZO SETS THE PACE IN PRE-SEASON TESTING AT SEPANG CIRCUIT. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo doing testing on the second day of the 2016 MotoGP pre-season testing at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, on Feb 3, 2016. Lorenzo clocked the fastest lap time on the final day of the first MotoGP official pre-season testing at Sepang. Despite the ever changing weather, the 28-year-o... Read More

PETRUCCI TOPS TIMESHEET ON SECOND DAY OF PRE-SEASON TESTING

PETRUCCI TOPS TIMESHEET ON SECOND DAY OF PRE-SEASON TESTING. Octo Pramac Yakhnich rider Danilo Petrucci during his laps at 2016 MotoGP pre-season testing at Sepang International Circut (SIC), Malaysia, on Feb 2, 2016. Petrucci set the fastest lap time on the second day of the 2016 MotoGP pre-season testing at the Sepang Circuit. The Italian rider clocked two minutes and 0.095 seconds which was... Read More

TRAVEL RUSH AHEAD CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

TRAVEL RUSH AHEAD CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS. Passengers run to catch a train at a railway station in Hangzhou during the travel rush ahead of the upcoming Spring Festival, Zhejiang province, China, on Feb 2, 2016. Chinese people around the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, which this year falls on Feb 8, the first day of the Year of the Monkey. Photo court... Read More

PREGNANT WOMEN URGED TO AVOID OLYMPICS OVER ZIKA VIRUS

PREGNANT WOMEN URGED TO AVOID OLYMPICS OVER ZIKA VIRUS. Kaitie Resende, who is seven months pregnant, pose for a photo outside her home in Vila Canoas slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb 2, 2016. Pregnant women have been advised against travelling to Brazil during the 2016 Olympic Games to avoid potential birth defects related to an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Brazil President Di... Read More

YOKO ONO BRINGS 'LAND OF HOPE' PEACE EXHIBIT TO MEXICO

YOKO ONO BRINGS 'LAND OF HOPE' PEACE EXHIBIT TO MEXICO. Yoko Ono’s work “Cut Piece” is seen on display inside the Museum of Memory and Tolerance, during a press visit to promote the opening of Ono’s show “Land of Hope,” in Mexico City, Mexico, on Feb 2, 2016. Photo courtesy Rebecca Blackwell ... Read More

ESCAPED ZEBRA EMERGENCY DRILL IN JAPAN

ESCAPED ZEBRA EMERGENCY DRILL IN JAPAN. Zookeepers hold up a large net barricade to capture a zoo staff member dressed as a zebra at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb 2, 2016. In the drill simulating the scenario in the event of a zebra escaping a disaster, the Ueno Zoo workers, local police and emergency workers practiced evacuating the guests and capturing the zookeeper dressed in zebra costum... Read More

MISS TRANSGENDER BEAUTY PAGEANT

MISS TRANSGENDER BEAUTY PAGEANT. Ximena Santana from Sucre was crowned Miss Gay Colombia for 2016 in Medellin. Santana, Colombia, on Feb 1, 2016. Santana will represent Colombia in an international competition for transgender beauty called Miss International Queen in Thailand. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

MYANMAR OPENS NEW PARLIAMENT SESSION

MYANMAR OPENS NEW PARLIAMENT SESSION. National League for Democracy Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi (2nd L) attends the first session of the new parliament in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on Feb 1, 2016. The first freely elected parliament in Myanmar for 50 years has held its opening session. Myanmar's new parliament Monday elected U Win Myint of the National League for Democracy (NLD) as Speaker of the Ho... Read More

ROBOT HELPS PASSENGERS DURING TRAVEL PEAK OF SPRING FESTIVAL IN CHINA

ROBOT HELPS PASSENGERS DURING TRAVEL PEAK OF SPRING FESTIVAL IN CHINA. An intelligent robot named "Xiao Lu" attracts the attention of passengers in Guangzhou South Railway Station in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, on Feb 1, 2016. It's a trial for the station to introduce robots to provide service during the travel peak of the Spring Festival. Photo courtesy Xinhua ... Read More

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ASIA
UN RIGHTS CHIEF IN LANKA TO DISCUSS WAR CRIMES PROBE

COLOMBO, Feb 7 (NNN-PTI) -- The UN human rights chief today arrived here for talks with the Sri Lankan government over its probe into allegations of war crimes during the country's brutal civil war.

The four-day visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is ...

MIDDLE EAST
35,000 SYRIANS FLEE TO SYRIAN-TURKISH BORDER

ISTANBUL, Feb 7 (NNN-KUNA) -- Some 35,000 Syrians, majority of whom fleeing Aleppo, have arrived in the border region near Kilis and are being given dwelling in makeshift camps on the Syrian side, said a Turkish official on Saturday.

Sulymen Tabiz, Kilis Governor, told reporters near the border checkpoint, ...

AFRICA
RWANDA REJECTS ALLEGATIONS OF PLOTTING TO OVERTHROW BURUNDIAN GOVT

KIGALI, Feb 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, has rejected allegations that her country was involved in the military training of Burundian refugees to overthrow the Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

The allegations were made public on Thursday through a leaked United Nations report.

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
JAMAICA: TOURISM CONTINUES TO DO WELL DESPITE ZIKA REPORTS - MINISTER

KINGSTON, Feb 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill says that despite “anecdotal reports” of persons cancelling their bookings to Jamaica due to concerns about the Zika virus, the country’s tourism industry continues to do well. “... It is early days. We have anecdotally heard of cases of ...

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