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02/13/2016 11:53 AM
Men face higher risk of cancers linked to oral sex

For men, the risk of HPV-driven cancers of the head and neck rise along with the number of oral sex partners, researchers said Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in the US capitalMen are twice as likely as women to get cancer of the mouth and throat linked to the human papillomavirus, or HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, researchers say. For men, the risk of HPV-driven cancers of the head and neck rise along with the number of oral sex partners, researchers said Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in the US capital. Nearly two out of three of these oral cancers in the United States and most western nations are caused by infection with the HPV 16 strain of the virus, and incidence of cancer is on the rise in recent years, said Gypsyamber D'Souza, who teaches epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

02/13/2016 11:52 AM
Burundi government has nationwide protests against Rwanda
BUJUMBURA, Burundi' (AP) — Thousands of Burundians participated in government-sanctioned demonstrations against neighboring Rwanda whom it accuses of supporting a rebellion to topple Burundi's president.

02/13/2016 11:48 AM
The Latest: East practice starts for Sunday's All-Star game

Guy Fieri seen courtside at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Ricoh Coliseum on Friday, Feb.12, 2016, in Toronto. (Photo by Ryan Emberley/Invision/AP)TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):

02/13/2016 11:47 AM
Pope calls on Mexico's president to fight corruption

Pope Francis wears a sombrero hat as he meets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera after his arrival in Mexico CityBy Philip Pullella and David Alire Garcia MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis launched a broadside against endemic corruption on his first visit to Mexico as pontiff on Saturday, calling on President Enrique Pena Nieto and his government to combat it. Corruption is deeply ingrained in Mexico, and Pena Nieto, his wife and finance minister have all been embroiled in conflict of interest scandals involving homes purchased from government contractors. "Experience teaches us that each time we seek the path of privilege or benefits for a few to the detriment of the good of all, sooner or later the life of society becomes a fertile soil for corruption, the drug trade, the exclusion of different cultures, violence and also human trafficking, kidnapping and death," the pope said in a speech to Pena Nieto, the government and foreign diplomats.

02/13/2016 11:44 AM
Turkish military shelled Kurdish militia in Syria: government source
Turkey's military has shelled Kurdish militia targets near the town of Azaz in northern Syria, a Turkish government source told Reuters on Saturday, without elaborating on the extent of the shelling or why it had been carried out. "The Turkish Armed Forces fired shells at PYD positions in the Azaz area," the source said, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara regards as a terrorist organization. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the shelling had targeted a Syrian air base and a village captured from insurgents in recent days by the YPG militia, which is backed by the PYD.

02/13/2016 11:44 AM
Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal as army gains ground

A general view shows the besieged city of Douma from Wafideen Camp, which is controlled by Syrian government forces, in Damascus suburbs, SyriaBy Paul Carrel, Shadia Nasralla and Tom Perry MUNICH/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time.

02/13/2016 11:43 AM
Sen. Cory Booker uses book to trace story of political rise

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photograph, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker answers a question from students as he visits his childhood school, Harrington Park School, in Harrington Park, N.J. In his first book, “United,” Booker traces his political rise from a councilman in Newark to the mayor to the U.S. Senate through stories about the people he learned from or was inspired by along the way. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — In his first book, "United," Sen. Cory Booker traces his political rise from a councilman in Newark to the mayor to U.S. senator through stories about the people he learned from or was inspired by along the way.

02/13/2016 11:42 AM
Trump under pressure to show more presidential side at debate

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Tampa, FloridaBy Steve Holland GREENVILLE, S.C. (Reuters) - Donald Trump will face pressure on Saturday night to show a more presidential side to his personality at a debate with his rivals where he may draw more fire than in previous encounters. With a week to go until South Carolina's Republican primary vote on Feb. 20, the 9 p.m. EST debate comes at a time of high anxiety for Trump's opponents. Trump, who won New Hampshire handily on Tuesday after placing second in Iowa on Feb. 1, has a big lead in the polls in South Carolina.

02/13/2016 11:39 AM
Late try by Medard helps France beat Ireland in Six Nations

Maxime Medard (centre) celebrates after scoring the only try of the Six Nations match between France and Ireland at Stade de France, on February 13, 2016France notched up their first victory over Ireland since 2011 on Saturday, a late converted Maxime Medard try producing an unlikely 10-9 victory to make it two from two in this year's Six Nations. Such was the disparity between the two sides over the opening hour, it would not be harsh to say France, 23-21 winners over Italy in their opening match last weekend, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Two-time defending champions Ireland, who opened their campaign with a bruising 16-16 draw against Wales, were completely dominant against a toothless French side in the first 60 minutes, but were unable to convert that pressure into points.

02/13/2016 11:37 AM
The Latest: Pope tackles Mexico's ill in speech

Pope Francis walks with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and his wife Angelica Rivera, at the Presidential palace in Mexico City, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Francis kicked off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with a long popemobile ride past cheering crowds on a day that will see him meet with the country’s political and church elite, and end with a silent prayer before the Virgin of Guadalupe. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Mexico (all times local):

02/13/2016 11:37 AM
Zika outbreak won't compromise Olympics: Brazil president

Aedes aegypti mosquitos in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador, in San SalvadorThe presence of the Zika virus in Brazil won't compromise the Olympics in August, President Dilma Rousseff vowed Saturday as soldiers went door-to-door across the country to share key tips on how to stem the outbreak. "The situation does not compromise the Olympics," Rousseff said. "We are confident that until the Olympics begin we will have considerable success in exterminating" the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the virus.

02/13/2016 11:30 AM
South Sudan rebel leader says he is will take up VP position
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's rebel leader says he has accepted his appointment by President Salva Kiir as vice president and will return to the country to take up the position when adequate security arrangements are made.

02/13/2016 11:26 AM
The Latest: Baton Rouge police say 2 officers, suspect shot
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on police shooting in Baton Rouge (all times local):

02/13/2016 11:22 AM
The Latest: NATO chief: Alliance has not rekindled Cold War

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gestures during his speech at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the security conference in Munich (all times local):

02/13/2016 11:13 AM
Mali: Extremists claim attack that killed 5 peacekeepers
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A group that tracks jihadi activity online says Mali-based Islamic extremists have claimed responsibility for an attack on a U.N. base that killed five peacekeepers.

02/13/2016 11:10 AM
Turkey shells Kurdish-held areas of Syria's Aleppo: monitor

Rebel fighters at Minnigh air base in Aleppo province in 2013Turkish artillery on Saturday bombarded areas of Aleppo province in northern Syria controlled by Kurdish forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The monitoring group's head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said Turkish shelling struck areas of Aleppo, including Minnigh, recently taken by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia from Islamist rebels. Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its YPG militia to be branches of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

02/13/2016 11:05 AM
Russia decries 'new Cold War' as East-West tensions cloud talks

Dmitry Medvedev speaks at the Munich Security Conference on February 13, 2016The world has plunged into a "new Cold War", the Russian premier said Saturday, as Moscow came under attack at a global security gathering over its targeting of moderate rebels in Syria. "To adhere to the agreement it made, Russia's targeting must change," he said, referring to the international deal forged on Friday, in which 17 countries agreed to seek a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria within a week.

02/13/2016 11:02 AM
Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, addresses parliament in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. El-Sissi, said his country has established a democratic system after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising, but rights groups say his rule has been marked by an unprecedented crackdown on dissent. El-Sissi declared the completion of Egypt's transition to democratic rule in a 32-minute address to parliament, a 596-member chamber packed with his supporters. (MENA via AP)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president said Saturday that his country has established democratic and constitutional rule after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising, but rights groups say he has presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.

02/13/2016 11:00 AM
Documentary "Fire at Sea" open at Berlin Film Festival

Director Gianfranco Rosi attends a press conference for the competition film 'Fire At Sea' at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)BERLIN (AP) — The director of "Fire at Sea" — a documentary about the Italian island of Lampedusa, where thousands of asylum-seekers are arriving from lawless Libya — says he wanted "to show the tragedy that's playing out in front of our eyes ... We're all responsible."

02/13/2016 10:59 AM
Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo

In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 photo, a building is seen with heavy damage in Aleppo, Syria. The fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing rebels from key areas and creating a humanitarian disaster as tens of thousands of people flee. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces on Saturday captured another village near Aleppo, tightening the noose around rebel-held parts of the northern city, Syrian state TV and an opposition activist group said.

02/13/2016 10:59 AM
Dangerous cold grips northeast U.S., could break Valentine's Day records

A woman is seen bundled up from the cold in NewYorkBy Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON, Mass (Reuters) - A dangerous cold snap seized the northeastern United States on Saturday with temperatures in some areas set to fall below zero and Boston facing its coldest Valentine's Day in almost four decades. Officials warned people to stay indoors away from what the National Weather Service described as "life threatening" cold. "Wind chills will be getting colder and colder as the day goes on," said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts.

02/13/2016 10:52 AM
Somalia: Al-Shabab claims responsibility for plane bomb
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, said Saturday they carried out the bombing of a commercial passenger jet earlier this month that blew a hole in the fuselage, sucking out the suspected bomber and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

02/13/2016 10:39 AM
Ankara says Turkey, Saudi 'could launch Syria ground operation'

Tornado warplanes fly over Saudi capital Riyadh during an airforce military exerciseTurkey and Saudi Arabia could launch a ground operation against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, the Turkish foreign minister said Saturday, adding the kingdom was already sending jets to a Turkish base to attack the extremists. The coordinated plans by Riyadh and Ankara, who are pursuing an increasingly tight alliance, add a new element to the explosive situation in Syria where Russia has been backing a successful regime offensive against rebels. "If there is a strategy (against IS) then Turkey and Saudi Arabia could enter into a ground operation," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Yeni Safak and Haberturk newspapers after taking part in the Munich Security Conference.

02/13/2016 10:38 AM
Viewers' Guide: GOP hopefuls spar in South Carolina

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., poses for a photograph with supporters after speaking at a rally at Greenville Downtown Airport Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)WASHINGTON (AP) — Serious issues are facing the Republican presidential candidate in their debate Saturday night in South Carolina. The state has a deep-rooted military culture and is still reeling from the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church in June.

02/13/2016 10:36 AM
Syrian army intends move into IS stronghold of Raqqa province: source
The Syrian army intends to advance into Islamic State-held Raqqa province having captured positions at the provincial border of the jihadists' stronghold, a Syrian military source said on Saturday. A move into Raqqa province would reestablish a foothold for Damascus in a region where it has had no presence since August 2014, and complicate any attempt by Saudi Arabia to send ground forces to the area to fight Islamic State. The army had captured several positions from Islamic State at the provincial border between Hama and Raqqa in the last two days.

02/13/2016 10:31 AM
Feds: New traceability rules would cut down illegal seafood
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities say they want feedback from the public about proposed rules they hope would take a bite out of illegal fishing imports that jeopardize the country's multibillion dollar commercial fishing industry.

02/13/2016 10:23 AM
Czech designer, architect Borek Sipek dies at age 66

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2015 file picture, renowned Czech artist, designer and architect Borek Sipek is seen at his exhibition in Prague. Borek Sipek, Czech architect and designer best known in his country for his work for late President Vaclav Havel has died. He was 66. Prague’s Vaclav Havel Library announced his death Saturday. No cause was given but he was recently battling a pancreas cancer. (AP Photo,CTK/Katerina Sulova) SLOVAKIA OUTPRAGUE (AP) — Borek Sipek, Czech architect and designer best known in his country for his work for late President Vaclav Havel has died. He was 66.

02/13/2016 10:11 AM
SAfrica: Rescuers suspend search after second mine collapse

A search and rescue team member at the Lily Gold Mine near Barberton, South Africa, Saturday Feb. 13, 2016. Rescue operations were forced to suspend a search for three people trapped in a container underground for more than a week after a second collapse Saturday. The search would resume once conditions were safe. (AP Photo)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A second collapse of a mine shaft on Saturday has forced rescuers to suspend a search for three people who have been trapped underground for more than a week at a South African mine.

02/13/2016 09:59 AM
Rebels in eastern Congo kill 6, kidnap 14 in village attack
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Rebels in northeast Congo killed six civilians and kidnapped 14 others, a local activist group reported Saturday, the latest attack in a region the United Nations says is facing deteriorating security.

02/13/2016 09:52 AM
Ai Weiwei art project in Berlin features refugee life vests

A art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei with life vests used by refugees and collected on the Greek island of Lesbos is set up at the Konzerthaus Berlin (Concert Hall Berlin) for the Cinema For Peace gala alongside the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The charity gala will take place at the Konzerthaus on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) — An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Berlin showcases thousands of used life vests by refugees from the Greek island of Lesbos.

02/13/2016 09:39 AM
Somalia's al Shabaab says its bomber behind airline blast
By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents said on Saturday they were responsible for a blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane last week that the government said was caused by a bomb meant to kill everyone on board. The suspected suicide bomber was sucked out of the Daallo Airlines plane through a one-metre (one-yard) wide hole when the blast ripped open the pressurised cabin in flight, officials said last week. "Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen carried out the airborne operation as a retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders and their intelligence agencies against the Muslims of Somalia," al Shabaab said in an emailed statement.

02/13/2016 09:38 AM
Gunmen kill two in Burundi as marchers rally against Rwanda

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power and Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza speak to the press in Gitega, BurundiUnidentified gunmen shot dead two people in an apparent targeted killing late on Friday in Burundi, where months of violence linked to the president's disputed re-election have left more than 400 people dead. The central African nation has been in turmoil since April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza vowed to run for a third term, sparking protests by the opposition who said his bid was unconstitutional. Celestin Singirankabo, the regional administrator of Gisozi commune in Mwaro province some 60 km (37 miles) east of the capital, Bujumbura, said one of the people killed on Friday was a village administrator.

02/13/2016 09:38 AM
More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government

Colombian women listen as a health worker distributes information how to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, at the transport terminal in Bogota, ColombiaMore than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. Zika, which has spread to more than 30 countries, has been linked to birth defect microcephaly and to neurological disease Guillain-Barre syndrome. Total reported Zika cases increased by 23 percent over last week's figures, while the number of pregnant women with the virus was up 57.8 percent.

02/13/2016 09:36 AM
U.S. commander sees al Qaeda Africa group strengthening

A man reads newspaper headlines that talk about the al Qaeda attack on the Splendid Hotel and Cappuccino that killed at least 28 people from at least seven countries restaurant in OuagadougouBy Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Two high-profile strikes in West Africa since November by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) could further strengthen the Islamist militant group, a U.S. commander for North and West Africa said. AQIM, a militant group that emerged from the Algerian civil war in the 1990s and is now mostly north Mali-based, is emerging from a period of near dormancy marked by factional infighting. The group, linked to veteran jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, claimed two hotel sieges in the Mali and Burkina Faso capitals in November and January that killed dozens, including many Westerners, proving its ability to strike further south.

02/13/2016 09:32 AM
Turkish media say Saudi Arabia, Turkey may strike in Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrives at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkish media reported Saturday.

02/13/2016 09:31 AM
India's Modi renews plea for manufacturing investment

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a huge challenge in persuading foreign companies -- many of which still eye India's labyrinthine bureaucracy, complex regulations and poor infrastructure with suspicion -- to invest in the countryIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi renewed his call Saturday for firms to invest in India and turn it into a global manufacturing hub, painting the country as a bright spot for investment in an uncertain world economy. The right-wing prime minister was addressing a gathering of industry leaders, CEOs and foreign dignitaries in the commercial capital Mumbai to mark the start of Make in India week, which runs until February 18. "This campaign has the capacity to boost India's economy and also brighten the global scenario," Modi said.

02/13/2016 09:09 AM
Officials: 6 Afghan security men killed in Taliban attacks

U.S. Army General John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaks during a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Speaking weeks before he ends his command, Campbell confirmed that U.S. special forces would be deployed to Helmand to provide “training, advice and assistance” to Afghan forces as they battle the Taliban. (Omar Sobhani/Pool Photo via AP)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents killed six Afghan security personnel Saturday in two separate attacks, Afghan officials said.

02/13/2016 08:52 AM
U.S. Defence Secretary says UK needs nuclear weapons for 'outsized' world role

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at a news conference during a NATO Defence Ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in BrusselsBritain must renew its submarine-borne Trident nuclear weapons system if it is to maintain its "outsized" role in world affairs, U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in comments published on Saturday. A decision on replacing the ageing fleet of four submarines which carry nuclear warheads is due to be made this year and while Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to renewal, the issue has caused deep divisions in the opposition Labour Party. Carter said the submarine fleet helped the "special relationship" Britain enjoyed with the United States, the BBC said on its website.

02/13/2016 08:50 AM
Pope-Patriarch meeting seen by Russians as significant

Pope Francis, left, embraces Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill after signing a joint declaration on religious unity at the Jose Marti International airport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The two religious leaders met for the first-ever papal meeting, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)MOSCOW (AP) — Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine.

02/13/2016 08:48 AM
UN peacekeepers prepare for Central African Republic vote

UN peacekeepers from Congo Brazaville walk in the PK5 district after unloading a truck of its voting material and ballots at a polling station in Bangui, Central African Republic, Saturday Feb. 13, 2016. Two former prime ministers, Faustin Archange Touadera and Anicet Georges Dologuele, are running neck-and-neck in the second round of presidential elections Sunday Feb. 14 to end years of violence pitting Muslims against Christians in the Central African Republic. Central Africans will also vote in legislative elections. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Thousands of U.N. peacekeepers fanned out across Central African Republic on Saturday, delivering voting materials to polling stations and stepping up security ahead of a historic presidential runoff election.



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