| Aleppo siege spells doom for West’s goals – analysts

The siege of Aleppo has taken the West even further from achieving its key goals in Syria of stemming the refugee flow, removing the Assad regime and tackling the Islamic State group, experts say.

News24 World | FBI confirms Clinton e-mail investigation

The FBI has formally confirmed it is investigating Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails, giving fuel to a controversy that the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been unable to put behind her.

News24 World | Italy snares Black Widow’s clan

Italian authorities say they have dismantled a mafia business group belonging to a clan headed by a woman known as the “Black Widow of the Camorra” and captured another leading figure in the Naples underworld.

News24 World | Warning: US and Russia could spiral into new Cold War

Russia is “paranoid” about being challenged by Nato and its efforts to rival American power could push it into a new Cold War, the head of US intelligence says.

News24 World | Taiwan developer held over quake building collapse

The developer of a Taiwan apartment complex that collapsed during a strong earthquake, has been arrested as rescuers reported hearing signs of life in the rubble where about 100 people are still trapped.

News24 World | Home grown extremists biggest threat to US

The global threat posed by the Islamic State group is still rising, but US-based home grown extremists pose the biggest danger to the homeland, Washington’s top spy says.

News24 World | North Korea restarts plutonium reactor

North Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor that could provide fuel for nuclear weapons, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says..

News24 World | Battle royale in Britain’s maddest match

Britain’s craziest game of football has unleashed chaos as several thousand townsfolk tussled for a ball in a heaving melee that can last for eight hours.

News24 World | Russian airstrikes increasing refugee flow – Tusk

EU president Donald Tusk has warned that Russian airstrikes in Syria are worsening the conflict and increasing the number of refugees trying to get to an already overburdened Europe.

News24 World | Obama seeks to bolster cybersecurity

US President Barack Obama has unveiled an effort to bolster the government’s cybersecurity amid a growing threat from hackers.

News24 World | Erdogan rewards cigarette quitters with reception

He snatched away their cigarette packets and made them promise to quit. Now Turkey’s President Recep Tayip Erdogan has hosted a reception for about 300 people who’ve kicked the habit.

News24 World | Aid group: Over 400 migrants dead in Mediterranean in 2016

The International Organisation for Migration says 409 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, and migrant crossings in the first six weeks of this year are running at nearly ten times the rate of this time in 2015

News24 World | More than one million Syrians living under siege: NGOs

More than one million Syrians are living under siege after nearly five years of war, a new NGO report has said, warning the crisis was “far worse” than UN officials have acknowledged.

News24 World | French ski resorts lie about size of their … pistes

Skiers on French slopes enjoy some of the longest pistes in the world, but a new study has shown that some resorts exaggerate their length by more than 30%.

News24 World | Nato to take refugee crisis aid requests ‘very seriously’

Nato will take any request to help with the refugee crisis “very seriously”, chief Jens Stoltenberg has said after Germany and Turkey said they would seek the organisation’s help in combating human smugglers.

News24 World | India police arrest goat for grazing in garden

I kid you not – police in central India have arrested a goat and its owner for repeatedly damaging a senior bureaucrat’s garden.

News24 World | Nine dead in ISIS Damascus car bombing

A suicide car bombing has killed nine people at a police officer’s club in the Syrian capital, a monitor says, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

News24 World | Prominent reformists back in Iran election

Prominent but as yet unnamed reformists are among more than 1 400 initially rejected candidates now eligible to contest Iran’s parliamentary elections on February 26, a government official says.

News24 World | S Korea: North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts

Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea’s navy reported a rain of debris suggesting it was a failure. It turns out they were wrong.

News24 World | Man sets himself on fire near Kensington Palace

A man who set himself on fire outside Kensington Palace, the central London home of Prince William and his wife, has died of his injuries.

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