Bode Miller, Russia target Olympic golden starts – AFP

AFPSochi — Bode Miller attempts to master a course he has already condemned as “treacherous” in pursuit of the Olympic Games downhill title on Sunday while hosts Russia look to…

Svindal: Bode Miller is downhill favorite – Washington Post

Washington PostU.S. skier Bode Miller looks on during a press conference of the U.S. alpine dki team at the Gorki media center in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, on Feb. 6,…

Special Report: Francois Hollande puts on a new political face – Reuters

ReutersPARIS (Reuters) – Francois Hollande’s advisers needed a drink. Their boss, the president of France, had been dogged for days by allegations he was cheating on his long-time girlfriend with…

US Said to Warn of Toothpaste-Bomb Peril on Russia Flights (1) – Businessweek

BusinessweekSecurity at the Olympic games will be tight in response to threats of terror strikes by Islamic militants. Photographer: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images. Airlines flying to Winter Olympics host…

Baghdad bombs, one near foreign ministry, kill 24 – AFP

AFPBaghdad — Three explosions in Baghdad, including one opposite the foreign ministry, killed 24 people on Wednesday, the latest in the country’s worst surge of violence in nearly six years.…

Clooney directs A-listers to work for cheap in ‘Monuments Men’ – AFP

AFPLos Angeles — George Clooney stars both in front of and behind the camera in his latest film, about a little-known group of heroes who risked all to rescue stolen…

Chief PLO negotiator says “no progress in peace talks” – Al-Bawaba

Al-BawabaLivni and Erekat reportedly had a heated argument over the peace talks in Munich. Here, they are accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/File). More >. Create alert…

Corruption Costs European Union 120 Billion Euros a Year, Study Finds – New York Times

New York TimesCecilia Malmstrom, the European commissioner for home affairs, said corruption “hurts the European economy and deprives states of much-needed tax revenue.” Yves Logghe/Associated Press. PARIS — Despite its…

Small plane crashes near Johannesburg, three dead – Press Trust of India

Press Trust of IndiaJohannesburg, Feb 3 (AFP) A light aircraft crashed today at Johannesburg’s Lanseria airport in South Africa, killing all three people aboard, an official at the city’s second…

Israel, US locked in spat over Kerry boycott remark – AFP

AFPJerusalem — Israel and Washington were at loggerheads on Sunday after senior Israeli figures attacked US Secretary of State John Kerry for warning of a growing boycott threat if peace…

Ukraine Warring Sides Sharpen Rhetoric as President Out Sick (1) – Businessweek

BusinessweekAnti-government protesters stand at a road block in Kiev on Jan. 30, 2014. Photographer: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images. Ukraine’s opposition accused President Viktor Yanukovych of foul play as he took sick…

Russia identifies suicide bombers, arrests suspected accomplices – PBS

PBSSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images Russian authorities identified the two bombers Thursday who killed 34 in attacks in the city of Volgograd in December and arrested two suspected accomplices. STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images. The Russian…

Iraq forces free hostages as January toll tops 900 – AFP

AFPBaghdad — Iraqi forces ended a hostage-taking at a Baghdad government building killing four militants on Thursday, as nationwide violence took January’s death toll past 900 with elections looming. The…

Bennett clarifies: I did not apologize to Netanyahu – Haaretz

HaaretzPM issues ultimatum to economy minister: Apologize by Sunday or you’re fired; Bennett says regrets if Netanyahu was hurt; Likud officials: We didn’t expect our threat to work so quickly.…

‘Not Game Ready’: Pitchers pan MLB-approved protective cap – Fox News

Fox NewsNEW YORK – Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season. Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage…

Sochi mayor claims there are no gay people in the city – SI.com

SI.comVladimir Putin’s stance on gay rights has become a lightning rod ahead of the Olympics. (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images). Anatoly Pakhomov, the mayor of 2014 Winter Olympics host-city Sochi, said that…

Syria negotiators resume talks, opposition seeks prisoner release – Reuters

ReutersGENEVA (Reuters) – Syrian government and opposition delegations resumed face-to-face talks on Sunday expected to tackle humanitarian issues including opposition calls for Damascus to release women and child prisoners. A…

Up to 32 feared dead in Quebec retirement home – AFP

AFPMontreal — A fire that ravaged a Quebec retirement home may have killed up to 32 people, authorities said Saturday as they resumed their somber search for bodies in the…

Four more Egypt embassy staff kidnapped in Tripoli: Libya – AFP

AFPTripoli — Kidnappers seized Egypt’s cultural attache and three other embassy staff in Tripoli Saturday a day after another of its diplomats was abducted, the Libyan foreign ministry said. “The…

Warring sides sign peace pact for torn South Sudan – The Standard Digital News

The Standard Digital NewsThe Government of South Sudan and rebels led by former Vice-President Riek Machar have pledged to stop fighting. The ceasefire agreement, which was signed in Addis Ababa,…

Syria Foes to Meet Face-to-Face as UN Sees More Talks – Businessweek

BusinessweekSyrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid al-Muallem, center, arrives at the United Nations Office in Geneva on Jan. 24, 2014. Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images. Syria’s government and opposition have…

IBM, Lenovo and the $2.3bn question: Can they hit the jackpot twice? – ZDNet

ZDNetSummary: Both companies will be hoping the $2.3bn deal for IBM’s server business will turn out to be the same win-win kind of deal that the sale of its PC…

Ukraine Faces More Violence as Ultimatum Nears End – ABC News

ABC NewsThick black smoke from burning tires engulfed parts of downtown Kiev as an ultimatum issued by the opposition to the president to call early election or face street rage…

Texas Executes Mexican National Despite International Pressure – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaA Mexican national has been executed in Texas, despite appeals from the Mexican government and Secretary of State John Kerry. Edgar Tamayo was put to death late Wednesday…

Iran’s Rouhani takes Davos spotlight – AFP

AFPDavos — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani takes centre stage at the Davos World Economic Forum Thursday, as he seeks to drum up investment for his sanctions-hit economy amid thawing relations…

Web mystery: China Internet traffic winds up in Wyoming – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comChina has an estimated 591 million Internet users, the most of any country. On Tuesday, much of its Web traffic was redirected to IP addresses that belonged to a company…

Israel arrests Al-Qaida recruits trying to bomb US embassy in Tel Aviv – Haaretz

HaaretzShin Bet officials announced on Wednesday that they have arrested three Palestinians, two of them East Jerusalem residents with Israeli identification cards, for alleged involvement in an Al-Qaida plan to…

Syrian Peace Envoys Clash as Civil War Negotiations Start – Businessweek

BusinessweekSmoke billows from buildings as fighting between opposition forces and troops loyal to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues in the city of Daraya, southwest of Damascus, on…

Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov: Australian Open 2014 – live! – The Guardian

The GuardianRafael Nadal will inflict extreme pain on this ball very shortly. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images. Live. Sort by: Latest first; Oldest first. Auto update: On; Off. Updates: 2.37pm AEST.…

Maria Sharapova joins A-lister Serena in discard pile – Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & AnalysisWho would have expected Maria Sharapova to be cast in the role of Wag for the second week of the -Australian Open? Maria Sharapova – AFP. Who…

UPDATE 2-US begins Iran sanctions relief, sees tough talks ahead – Reuters

ReutersBy Jeff Mason and Steve Holland. WASHINGTON Jan 20 (Reuters) – The United States has followed through on promised sanctions relief for Iran covering oil exports, trade in precious metals…

Assad tells Russians he plans to stay in power – Irish Times

Irish TimesSyrian president Bashar al-Assad: issue of stepping down will not be discussed at peace conference. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images. Michael Jansen. Topics: News

Two Gazans hurt as Israel strike targets Islamic Jihad – AFP

AFPJerusalem — Two Palestinians were hurt, one critically, in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on Sunday, which the military said had targeted a senior Islamic Jihad militant. Gaza…

US envoy tweets concern at Japan dolphin hunt – Press Trust of India

Press Trust of IndiaTokyo, Jan 19 (AFP) US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the “inhumaneness” of a Japanese village’s traditional dolphin hunt. “Deeply concerned by…

Syrian opposition says to attend talks, backed by rebel fighters – Reuters

ReutersSILIVRI, Turkey (Reuters) – Syria’s main political opposition group in exile agreed on Saturday to attend internationally sponsored peace talks, and said for the first time three rebel fighting forces…