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An unidentified object is photographed in the sky from Dandong, China, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. (Minoru Iwasaki/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

UN vows action over N. Korea rocket launch

Sunday, February 7, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.N. Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders denounced as a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with “significant” new sanctions. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un went ahead with the launch just two hours after an eight-day window opened early Sunday, and a month after the country’s fourth nuclear test. He ignored an appeal from China, its neighbor and important ally, not to proceed and in another slap to Beijing, he chose the …

Rescuers dig for quake survivors in Taiwan

Sunday, February 7, 2016

TAINAN, Taiwan — The death toll from a powerful earthquake that toppled a high-rise apartment building in Taiwan rose to at least 34, according to government figures Monday, with rescuers digging through rubble for survivors more than 48 hours after the quake struck. More than 100 are believed to be still buried in …

Turkey nears its limits but will keep taking in refugees

Sunday, February 7, 2016

KILIS, Turkey — Turkey has reached the end of its “capacity to absorb” refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled a government onslaught. The United Arab Emirates meanwhile …

Cruz’s 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among …

Dems ready for long, pricey primary between Clinton, Sanders

Friday, February 5, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming …

Strong quake hits Taiwan, many trapped in building

Friday, February 5, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. Firefighters rushed to pull out survivors. Firefighters scrambled to the site with ladders, cranes and other …

Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison’s fate

Friday, February 5, 2016

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful. After 14 years, the …

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting

Friday, February 5, 2016

BEIRUT — Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria’s largest city of Aleppo. Turkey, an ally of the Syrian opposition, promised humanitarian help for the …

Granby voters face decision on $34.2 million school project at special Town Meeting

Friday, February 5, 2016

GRANBY — Voters will be asked at a special Town Meeting on Monday to approve a $34.2 elementary school project that calls for renovating one building and constructing another. The Massachusetts School Building Authority announced last week that it would reimburse the town for a little more than …

‘Hear Our Voices’ against mandatory minimum sentences Sunday in Northampton as state Sen. James Eldridge joins formerly incarcerated women

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — The women of Voices from Inside, a writing and leadership training program for incarcerated women, and state Sen. James B. Eldridge will join forces to speak against mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses in Massachusetts at an event in Northampton on Sunday. “It is an extremely …

World leaders pledge $10B for Syrian relief

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LONDON — World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria’s civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said “will save lives, will give hope, will …

UN panel rules for Assange, but it may not be enough

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has found a surprising ally — a little known United Nations panel that has decided he has been unfairly detained in Britain while seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer allegations …

Was it really woolly mammoth on the menu?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Yale researcher says a lavish 1951 Explorers Club dinner in New York City didn’t include 250,000-year-old extinct woolly mammoth, despite folklore about the event. Nor did the feast include meat from a giant ground sloth, as the …