YANGON, Myanmar -- Clashes between Myanmar troops and ethnic Kokang rebels near the Chinese border leave 47 government soldiers dead and 73 wounded, state media say. By Aye Aye Win. SENT: 290 words.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Militants storm a Shiite mosque in northwestern Pakistan, killing 19 people in a wave of shooting and explosions, officials say. By Riaz Khan. SENT: 100 words.
BANGALORE, India -- A train derails after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track in southern India, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens, officials say. SENT: 150 words, photos.
NEW DELHI -- India is sending its top foreign ministry official to Pakistan to resume talks after a six-month hiatus, taking advantage of the Cricket World Cup. By Ashok Sharma. SENT: 360 words.
SEOUL, South Korea -- The former Korean Air executive sentenced to one year in prison for forcing a plane back to the gate over a bag of nuts has appealed the ruling. SENT: 370 words, photos.
VATICAN CITY -- One hails from Tonga, where climate change is threatening the very existence of the archipelago. Several live in places tormented by drug violence and organized crime. Another represents a tiny, remote church that has witnessed first-hand the deadly drama of Mediterranean migration. The 20 men from 18 countries who will join the College of Cardinals on Saturday reflect the far-flung diversity of the Catholic Church. But they also represent unity in living out some of Pope Francis' core concerns -- and will bring that experience to bear when they eventually elect his successor. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 890 words, photos.
-- TONGA-FIRST CARDINAL -- Tonga overjoyed at selection of Pacific nation's first cardinal. SENT: 850 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-WHALE STRANDING
SYDNEY -- Nearly 200 pilot whales strand themselves on New Zealand's South Island, with hordes of rescuers rushing to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea. SENT: 210 words, photos.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan official says gunmen have killed a member of the country's High Peace Council in the southern city of Kandahar. SENT: 130 words.
INDIAN MAN-POLICE STOP
MADISON, Alabama -- A police officer charged with assault will be fired after authorities say he badly injured an Indian man whom he stopped to question as the man was walking through his son's neighborhood. SENT: 390 words.
BEIJING -- China's first female astronaut begins training for her next mission after giving birth to her first child, state media report. SENT: 230 words.
BEIJING -- A new military policy in China requires all personnel to meet weight limits and links promotions to fitness, official media say. SENT: 290 words.
CHINA-US CONSULATE RAMMED
BEIJING -- A Chinese man rams a car into a barrier in front of the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai and injures an armed police officer, local authorities say. SENT: 220 words, photos.
BANGKOK -- Representatives of the European Union express concern over Thailand's use of detention without charge and having civilians tried in military courts, adding to mounting criticism of justice under the Southeast Asian nation's military rule. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1400 GMT.
MALAYBALAY, Philippines -- Crossfire between the military and communist rebels wounds a bird-watching guide and scares seven foreigners in a protected mountain area in the southern Philippines, officials say. SENT: 210 words.
PHILIPPINES-ONE BILLION RISING
MANILA, Philippines -- Around 4,000 mostly female students from a Roman Catholic school demand an end to violence against women and girls. SENT: 200 words, photos.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, a revered Islamic spiritual leader who helped bolster unity in Malaysia's opposition bloc and was a key advocate of Islamic law, dies at age 84. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 560 words, photos.
BANGKOK -- Ah, Valentine's Day. Call the police, or better yet the Moral Promotion Center. In most countries, Feb. 14 is a highly commercialized day of romance. In Thailand, it's also a time for strict warnings -- and this year a new Twitter hashtag aimed at preventing premarital sex. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 460 words, photos.
BEIJING -- The son of actor Jackie Chan is released from a Beijing jail after completing a six-month sentence for allowing people to use marijuana in his apartment. SENT: 300 words, photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy says, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 430 words, photos.
BEIJING -- China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources. SENT: 180 words.
SEOUL, South Korea -- A Korean Air Lines Co. plane returns to Yangon after officials discover it had clipped another aircraft while taxiing. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 160 words.
U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is taking a wary, wait-and-see approach toward the new Ukraine peace agreement, which was reached without direct American input while the U.S. considers whether to give defensive weapons to Ukraine and slap fresh sanctions on Russia. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 670 words, photos.
-- UKRAINE -- Fierce Ukraine battles persist despite peace deal and looming cease-fire deadline. SENT: 650 words, photo.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, President Barack Obama is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun Beltway bureaucracies. Obama is participating Friday in a Silicon Valley summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 560 words, photos.
CAIRO -- Two Al-Jazeera English journalists are released from an Egyptian prison on Friday, after spending more than a year behind bars on terror-related charges in a case denounced as a sham by rights groups and the international community. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.
DRESDEN, Germany -- The Soviet troops were pressing into Germany from the east and the other Allies from the west, but for 12-year-old schoolboy Eberhard Renner the war seemed far away. Dresden had been spared the destruction suffered by other cities like Berlin and Hamburg, and Renner clung to the hope that the Saxon capital would stay off the target list with the war so near its end. Then the bomb fell in Renner's backyard. By Kerstin Sopke and David Rising. SENT: 610 words, photos.
NEW YORK -- Media columnist David Carr, who wrote the Media Equation column for The New York Times and penned a memoir about his fight with drug addiction, collapsed at his office and died. He was 58. By Tom McElroy. SENT: 350 words, photos.
-- CITIZENFOUR-SNOWDEN -- Edward Snowden, interviewed by Carr hours before Carr's death, appears by video link with "Citizenfour" director ahead of Oscars. SENT: 280 words.
STEPHENVILLE, Texas -- Eddie Ray Routh spoke of insanity, anarchy and the apocalypse when police tried to arrest him after the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend. By Jamie Stengle. SENT: 450 words, photos.
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey has long enshrined the secular ideals of founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, particularly in an education system that until recently banned Islamic headscarves in schools and made schoolchildren begin the day reciting an oath of allegiance to Ataturk's legacy. Now proponents of Turkey's secular traditions claim President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is overturning those practices by building a more Islam-focused education system to realize his stated goal of raising "pious generations." By Suzan Fraser. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.
CUBA-HORSE BUSINESS-PHOTO ESSAY
HAVANA -- Already renowned for fine rum and fancy cigars, Cuba is carving out a new luxury niche that is attracting Latin American elites to the communist-run island: thoroughbred jumping horses. By Anne-Marie Garcia. Photos by Ramon Espinosa. SENT: 630 words, photos.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION
-- FASHION-KANYE WEST -- With Beyonce, Jay Z, Diddy and baby North on the front row, Kanye West unveils Yeezy Boosts. SENT: 620 words, photos.
-- CHELSEA MANNING-TREATMENT -- Hormone treatment approved for Chelsea Manning, former analyst who leaked classified documents. SENT: 380 words, photo.
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