February 9, 2016

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Leaders seek financial aid for Syria — and elusive stability for region

LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron urged world leaders on Thursday to dig deep to help millions of victims of Syria’s civil war — even as diplomatic efforts to end the conflict stuttered and stalled. Pledges of aid at an international donors’ conference in London came as military bombardments in Syria intensified and tentative Read More…

As aid dwindles, Syrian refugees struggle to buy food

KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq — Perwin Shamsaddeen Ali, a Syrian refugee living in a tent camp in northern Iraq, has been reduced to cooking one meal a day for her family of four. “I cook at 11 o’clock and we eat the leftovers in the evening. Why? Because we have no more food, that’s why,” the Read More…

Democratic presidential race shaken, stirred as Hillary, Bernie meet for debate

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a tug-of-war over who’s the best standard-bearer for progressive values as they road test lines of argument for the first one-on-one debate of the Democratic campaign. The race for the Democratic nomination, once seen as a sure thing for Clinton, took on new vigor this week Read More…

Scientists seek more Zika samples, data from Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say. The lack of data is forcing laboratories in Read More…

‘Gay conversion’ therapists find haven for work in Israel

JERUSALEM — A leading American Jewish group promoting therapy it said could turn gays to heterosexuals was ordered shut in December by a New Jersey court, amid growing efforts in the U.S. to curb the generally discredited practice. But therapists with ties to the shuttered group say they have found a haven for their work Read More…

Seoul, Tokyo threaten to shoot down any debris from North Korea rocket

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang. North Korea has informed international organizations that it will launch an observation Read More…

Judge rules Cosby case can proceed; preliminary hearing scheduled for March 8

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — As a sexual assault case against actor Bill Cosby moves forward, a key battle will be waged over explicit testimony he gave in a deposition more than a decade ago. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill on Wednesday rejected the testimony of a former suburban Philadelphia prosecutor who said he promised Cosby would Read More…

Swedish government says U.N. finds Assange’s detention unfair

LONDON — Sweden’s foreign ministry said Thursday that a U.N. advisory panel has concluded that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s has been a victim of “arbitrary” detention at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he sought refuge in 2012. Sweden has seen the report, to be published Friday, and the Geneva-based U.N. panel concluded that it Read More…

Johnson & Johnson, ViaCyte testing possible diabetes cure

Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder. They’ve already begun testing it in a small number of diabetic patients. If it works as well in patients Read More…

With signing day in the books, many top QB prospects for 2017 have made their decisions, too

Signing day 2016 is in the books, and the race for top 2017 quarterback prospects began long before it ended. In fact, any programs that didn’t get its quarterback of the future Wednesday better act soon because many of the top high school signal-callers in the class of 2017 have already made their college decisions Read More…