EU ministers want to buttress borders to stem migrant flow
AMSTERDAM (AP) ? European Union foreign ministers anxious to stem the flow of migrants coming through the Balkans on Saturday sought with their counterparts from the region better ways to protect borders.
Seoul: N. Korea moves up rocket launch window to Feb. 7-14
North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Saturday. The launch, which the North says is an effort to send a satellite ...
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Obama seeks to double US funds for clean energy research
President Barack Obama on Saturday proposed doubling US funding over the next five years for clean energy research and development, as part of his ongoing effort to tackle climate change. The president next week sends to Congress the final spending blueprint of his presidency -- a guidepost to his policy priorities -- including proposals in the coming fiscal year to raise taxes and boost spending. "One of the greatest challenges of our time is climate change," the US leader said.
Trump, Rubio likely targets in eighth Republican presidential debate
By Emily Stephenson MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Donald Trump and Marco Rubio could be top targets for rivals' fire on Saturday when seven Republican White House hopefuls take the stage in New Hampshire for their eighth debate, just days before the state's high-stakes primary. Billionaire Trump held a wide lead in polls in New Hampshire, with U.S. Senator Rubio of Florida second in a rapid rise ahead of Tuesday's primary, part of the series of contests to pick the nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election. Trump and Rubio have taken flak from competitors as candidates launched an all-out offensive across New Hampshire.
Sub-Saharan Africa to shift sugar sales to region as EU quotas end
By Zandi Shabalala and David Brough JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan African sugar producers will shift sales to growing regional and domestic markets when exports to the European Union become less attractive after production quotas are dismantled in 2017, industry sources and analysts said on Friday. EU sugar production is forecast to expand when quotas are lifted after Sept. 30, 2017, diminishing import needs. Gavin Dalgleish, managing director of Africa's biggest producer Illovo Sugar, part of Associated British Foods, said that while the reform process had reduced the attractiveness of the EU market, it will have limited impact on the company?s growth strategy due to expectations of rising regional consumption.
N. Korea brings rocket launch dates forward
North Korea's planned launch of a long-range rocket could happen within a matter of hours, after Pyongyang shortened and brought forward the start of the launch window to Sunday. An updated notification sent by Pyongyang to UN agencies on Saturday -- a copy of which was released by the South Korean government -- said the launch would now take place between February 7-14. The updated notice sent by Pyongyang offered no reason for the date change which means the launch would now take place before the February 16 birthday of late leader Kim Jong-Il, the father of current leader Kim Jong-Un.
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Three missing, 87 rescued after South Africa mine collapse
By Sipiwe Sibeko LILY GOLD MINE, South Africa (Reuters) - Almost 90 miners were rescued and three other workers were missing after a cave-in at a gold mine in the northeast of South Africa on Friday, mine owner Vantage Goldfields said. Work at the mine was suspended pending investigation on what caused the collapse, Vantage said. "The three missing are office workers, not miners.
Eleven dead after powerful Taiwan quake fells buildings
Tainan (Taiwan) (AFP) - A powerful earthquake in Taiwan felled a 16-storey apartment complex full of families who had gathered for Lunar New Year celebrations Saturday, with at least eleven dead and more than 30 feared trapped.