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  1. US-ASEAN Summit: Obama To Welcome Southeast Asian Leaders Amid China Challenge
    President Barack Obama will spend two days with what the Washington Post called a “parade of dictators” when he welcomes Southeast Asia’s 10 leaders to a summit in California Monday. But the region's economies are growing fast, the Islamic State group struck there last month and, probably most importantly, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations surrounds the South China Sea, a geopolitical hotspot one analyst calls Asia’s cauldron.
  2. US Federal Reserve’s ‘Dot Plot’ Of Interest Rates Appears Increasingly Out Of Touch
    The U.S. Federal Reserve’s so-called dot plot of the path of interest rates has become increasingly detached from financial markets’ rate projections and risks sending an overly hawkish message that may undermine the central bank’s credibility. Despite falling inflation expectations and turmoil in financial markets this week as concerns about growth mounted, the Fed hewed to its message that it could build on December’s rate rise with further hikes in 2016.
  3. 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy Paintings Reveal Clues To Modern Portraits, Scientists Say
    While most mummy paintings at the Northwestern University research center are more than 2,000 years old, they are still imparting new information and can offer clues to some of the first portrait artists in Western history, researchers revealed in a press conference Sunday. Scientists have begun using CSI technology to learn more about painting techniques and traditions from the Roman-Egyptian era, which is considered one of the first antecedents to modern portraiture.
  4. Brazil Corruption Scandal Update: Former President Lula Prepares For Graft Probe Testimony
    During Brazil’s annual carnival earlier this week, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva found himself the center of attention, as some demonstrators paraded around floats with the politician portrayed in a back-and-white pinstriped jail outfit, the Financial Times reported Sunday.
  5. Cartoons Go Streaming, And Everyone Loves VR: A Recap Of Digital Entertainment World
    LOS ANGELES — Prime-time broadcast television is the mountaintop for a producer of an animated series, or so it would seem. But in the TV ecosystem of 2016, the number of potential viewers who aren’t watching that way was too much to ignore for one leading animated studio.
  6. The FDA Is Growing And Needs More Scientists, But It Struggles To Recruit
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is growing in scope, and officials say the agency needs more employees to meet its responsibilities. However, the agency faces a chronic HR challenge: how to entice scientists and physicians from lucrative posts at top universities and pharmaceutical companies to join the government’s ranks.
  7. Germany To Introduce Random Emissions Testing In Dieselgate Aftermath
    German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt reportedly said Sunday that the country may carry out unannounced emissions tests on all carmakers. The measure is aimed at reinstating confidence in the industry in the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal last year, Dobrindt told the German newspaper Bild.
  8. Turkey Shells Kurdish Forces For A Second Day
    Turkey’s army shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed fighters for the second straight day on Sunday in northern Syria, according to Al Jazeera. The attack came after Turkey bombed the Kurdish militia Saturday and demanded that it retreat from the territory it had seized. Two fighters died in the Saturday incident, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group told Al Jazeera.
  9. Putin, Obama Agree On Cooperation To Implement Syria Agreement
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to intensify diplomatic and other cooperation to implement an agreement on Syria struck at talks in Munich, the Kremlin said on Sunday. Major powers agreed on Friday to a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria. The pause is due to begin in a week's time. After phone talks between Putin and Obama on Sunday, the Kremlin said that both gave a "positive valuation" to the meeting on Syria in Munich on Feb. 11-12.
  10. UN Records 11,002 Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan In 2015
    The United Nations said Sunday that about 11,002 civilians have been killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2015, showing an increase of 4 percent over 2014. The country has been facing insurgency from militant groups like Taliban, while the Western forces are training the local troops in the country to bolster their defense against such groups.
  11. China’s Spring Festival Retail Sales Surge On Movie Ticket Sales, Travel
    China’s week-long Spring Festival ushered good news for shops, cinemas and restaurants, with retail sales surging by 11.2 percent during the week, compared to the same vacation period a year earlier, according to data released by the country’s Ministry of Commerce Saturday.
  12. Who Is Sri Srinivasan? Indian-American Judge In Race To Replace Justice Antonin Scalia
    Speculations were ongoing Sunday to find out who U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after he passed away unexpectedly on Saturday. Speculations in local media listed out several possible nominees for the post, but most cited a report from 2013 to suggest that Sri Srinivasan, a former senior Justice Department official for whom Obama had fought to confirm a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, could be appointed to the post.
  13. Russia-Backed Syrian Army Gains Foothold In Aleppo, Peace Hopes Fade
    Syrian government forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, gained significant foothold around the key city of Aleppo Saturday, setting their sights on the Islamic State group-controlled Raqqa province, according to media reports.
  14. North Korea Develops New Unit To Deploy KN-08 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile: Report
    North Korea has created a new unit that can deploy a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), sources told South Korea's Yonhap news agency on Sunday. The move comes as Pyongayang’s recent nuclear test and a satellite launch are being criticized by the international community.
  15. China’s Central Bank Chief Says No Basis For Further Yuan Devaluation
    China’s Central Bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan said there was no basis for further decline in the value of the yuan and dismissed the need for stricter capital controls to stem the outflow of foreign exchange, according to an interview published Saturday in the mainland financial magazine, Caixin, local media reported.
  16. New Zealand’s Christchurch Rocked By 5.7 Magnitude Quake, Cliffs Collapse Into Sea
    A strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch in New Zealand on Sunday, causing cliffs to collapse into the sea but no major damage to the city, which was devastated by a 2011 quake which killed nearly 200 people. The epicenter of Sunday's quake on New Zealand's south island was 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Christchurch and at a shallow depth of 15 kilometers (9 miles), said the country's seismological body Geonet. Geonet said there were more than 40 aftershocks.
  17. North Korea Took 70% Of Kaesong Wages For Weapons Program: South Korea
    South Korea said 70 percent of the U.S. dollars paid as wages and fees for the suspended Kaesong industrial project, run jointly with the North, had been diverted for Pyongyang's weapons program and luxury goods for leader Kim Jong Un. It is the first formal acknowledgement by the South that the 55,000 North Korean workers at the Kaesong complex saw little of the $160 they were paid on average a month.
  18. When Is The Next GOP Presidential Debate? Trump, Cruz, Rubio To Meet In Houston
    The Republican candidates are next scheduled to debate the issues Feb. 25, in Houston, in a contest co-sponsored by CNN and Spanish-speaking TV channel Telemundo. Saturday night's debate in Greenville, South Carolina, featured businessman Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Unless one or some of the candidates drop out after the South Carolina Republican primary Feb. 20, the same slate of White House hopefuls will likely participate in the Houston debate.
  19. Who Won The CBS Republican Presidential Debate? Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, Bush Have Strong Outings As Trump Booed
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may have scored the most political points Saturday night, as he systematically launched heated attacks against all of his competitors on the South Carolina debate stage, critcizing their stances on national security, health care and immigration.  Cruz enjoyed what appeared to be a disproportionate amount of time to speak while largely remaining calm as he came under fire from his rivals. However, the incessant bickering among the other candidates may have turned off a lot of undecided voters,  a top GOP pollster speculated.
  20. CBS Republican Debate Highlights 2016: Best Video Clips, Questions, Insults And Gaffes From Trump And Cruz
    The six remaining Republican presidential candidates – including business mogul Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush -- took to the candidates’ debate stage in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday night, after voters in Iowa and New Hampshire weighed in on the race. Trump came out the clear winner of the New Hampshire primary last week, after winning the last presidential debate and coming in second to Cruz in the Iowa caucus.

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