Oscar for ‘Best Picture’ Worth Its Weight in Gold – ABC News

ABC NewsFor a movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture is, of course, an honor. But what’s it worth at the box office? To find out, IBISWorld, an industry…

Hezbollah takes lead in pounding Syrian rebels – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT, Lebanon — Forces of the terrorist group Hezbollah say they are winning battles to defeat a three-year rebellion against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad by pouring fighters into remote…

Israel suspects Hezbollah will target top Israeli officials – Haaretz

HaaretzIsrael won’t publicly admit to Monday’s strike and Hezbollah is not making threats, but under the surface, the sides are locked in conflict. By Amos Harel | Feb. 26, 2014…

​No spying on friends: NSA bugs Merkel aides instead of chancellor – RT

RTIn the wake of President Obama’s promise to stop spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the US intelligence has switched its attention to her top government officials, a German newspaper…

At least 21 Afghan soldiers killed, seven kidnapped by Taliban – ABC Online

ABC OnlineAt least 21 soldiers have been killed and seven kidnapped by Taliban in a raid on a border outpost, prompting Afghan President Hamid Karzai to blame Pakistan for failing…

Syria field hospital hit by car bomb near Turkey – BBC News

BBC NewsSeveral people are reported to have been killed by a car bomb near a field hospital in northern Syria, close to the border with Turkey. Activists said the blast…

Libyan Vote on Charter Assembly Is Marred by Violence and Low Turnout – New York Times

New York TimesTRIPOLI, Libya — Libya’s long-delayed efforts to draft a new Constitution hit another obstacle on Thursday when elections for a 60-member constitutional drafting committee fell well short of…

Panel OKs funding help for Glendale Super Bowl costs – Arizona Daily Star

Panel OKs funding help for Glendale Super Bowl costsArizona Daily StarPHOENIX — A House panel agreed Wednesday to help Glendale with some of its 2015 Super Bowl costs, but with…

Justin Bieber cluelessly burning through his money – Examiner.com

Examiner.comJustin Bieber may soon become the next entertainer to wind up broke despite raking in the money. The Daily Star reported on Sunday, Feb. 16, that the singer is burning…

Made In Britain? Alfonso Cuarón Defends Gravity’s British Accolades – Entertainmentwise

EntertainmentwiseGravity stars an American actress, Sandra Bullock, and actor, George Clooney, who are directed by Mexican auteur, Alfonso Cuarón. So why does Alfonso believe his film deserves the British Academy…

Countdown to Daytona: Today’s Number is 7 – HNN Huntingtonnews.net

HNN Huntingtonnews.net7: The record number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships won by Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt. This year, Jimmie Johnson will attempt to join that exclusive…

Kerry: Russia Enabling Syria’s Pursuit of Military Path – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Syrian government is trying to win a military victory over the opposition, and that Russia is enabling President Bashar al-Assad…

Snake-handling preacher dies after refusing treatment for bite – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesIn some readings of the Bible, faith is stronger than venom. “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power…

Egyptian ex-leader Morsy to return to court, this time on conspiracy charges – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy and 35 Muslim Brotherhood members are scheduled to stand trial Sunday on conspiracy charges. They stand accused of spying for foreign organizations outside…

Chechen leader offers to take Danish giraffe – UPI.com

UPI.comAn 11-day-old giraffe calf stands with his herd at the Brookfield Zoo on July 2, 2013 in Brookfield, Illinois. Jasiri, a 7-year-old giraffe gave birth to the 173-pound, 5-foot-9-inch tall…

Syria conflict: Homs aid convoy comes under fire – BBC News

BBC NewsAn aid convoy bringing supplies into the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs has come under fire, leaving at least one person hurt. Renewed fighting in…

Bosnia-Hercegovina protests break out in violence – BBC News

BBC NewsDemonstrators in Bosnia-Hercegovina have set fire to government buildings, in the worst unrest since the end of the 1992-95 war. Hundreds of people have been injured in three days…

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.…

Afghan presidential election campaign begins – BBC News

BBC NewsThe campaign for Afghanistan’s presidential election has been formally launched, with rallies for key candidates in the capital, Kabul. The election is scheduled to take place on 5 April,…

Al Qaeda fighters in Syria kill rival rebel leader – Fox News

Fox NewsBEIRUT – Al Qaeda fighters killed the leader of a rival Islamic brigade in a twin car bombing near Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, an attack likely to further…

UN calls for unity after deadly Lebanon bombing – The Daily Star

The Daily StarBEIRUT: The U.N. Security Council appealed to the Lebanese people to preserve national unity despite consistent attempts to undermine the country’s stability, in the wake of the deadly…

Kerry warns Syria of consequences on chemical weapons – The Daily Star

The Daily StarBERLIN: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he could face consequences for failing to live up to international agreements on removing…

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…

Syrian government ‘demolished thousands of homes’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe Syrian government has been “deliberately and unlawfully” demolishing thousands of homes, a new report by Human Rights Watch says. Satellite images appear to show large-scale demolitions with explosives…

11 things to know about Lunar New Year – CNN

CNN(CNN) — It’s that time again: Lunar New Year. Red packets of money will change hands and dragon dances will roar through the streets as people around the world, predominately…

Egypt ex-President Morsi ‘arrives for jail escape trial’ – BBC News

BBC NewsEgypt’s former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has arrived at a court in Cairo to go on trial over his escape from prison in 2011, state media say. He was…

Opportunity Still Roving on Mars After a Decade – ABC News

ABC NewsA decade after landing on Mars, the rover Opportunity is still chugging along. Sure, it has some wear and tear. One of its six wheels and two instruments stopped…

High stakes, low expectations for Syria peace talks – CNN International

CNN International(CNN) — A new peace conference aimed at ending Syria’s civil war convenes Wednesday in Switzerland, where the international community hopes to apply a tourniquet to the Middle East’s…

Turkey’s Erdogan, on Brussels visit, criticized over crackdown – Reuters

ReutersBRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, making his first visit to Brussels in five years, faced sharp criticism from European Union leaders on Tuesday over a crackdown on…

Deadly car bomb targets Hezbollah in Beirut – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb ripped through a Shiite neighborhood in south Beirut on Tuesday, killing four people and sending plumes of smoke over the area in the…

Bomb Hits Hezbollah Neighborhood – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalHezbollah supporters gather at the site of a bomb blast in the Haret Hreik neighborhood in southern Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday. European Pressphoto Agency. BEIRUT—A car bomb exploded in…

Four killed in Beirut southern suburbs blast: security source – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – Four people were killed in a blast in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Tuesday, a security source told Reuters, attributing the blast to a suicide bomber wearing an…

Livni, Molcho head for Washington to confer with Kerry on peace talks – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostAfter six months of negotiations, there are still believed to be enormous gaps between Israelis, Palestinians. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post. Israeli’s top two…

Kabul restaurant was beloved refuge; now it’s terrorists’ rubble – CNN

CNN(CNN) — The best chocolate cake I ever ate in Kabul was tucked away on a discreet corner near the city’s diplomatic area. Kamal Hamade, the well-known and loved Lebanese…

Analysis: Egypt vote muddies political outlook – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleCAIRO (AP) — For all the self-congratulatory headlines in Egypt’s pro-military media, the results of last week’s constitutional referendum may have fallen short of the emphatic popular mandate the…