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Winter storm cancels flights in US northeast
Treacherous snow and freezing rain struck the northeastern United States on Wednesday, disrupting thousands of flights and causing traffic chaos for millions of Americans. A state of emergency was declared in the states of New Jersey and New York, where dwindling reserves of salt -- used to melt snow and road ice -- was a problem.

Jordan hookah ban sparks public outcry
There's no smoke without ire: a ban on water pipes in restaurants and cafes has caused uproar in Jordan where $1 billion worth of tobacco goes up in smoke every year.

Thai protests to intensify as rice farmers plan to close main roads
Protests in Thailand are set to intensify with rice farmers planning to close all main roads in the country on Thursday. Over 1,000 of them have blockaded a major highway in Ratchaburi province, about an hour from Bangkok.

Olympic Flame Arrives in Sochi after Longest Relay in History
The torch bearing the Olympic flame has arrived Wednesday in the Olympic village in Sochi, Russia, where on Friday the 2014 Winter Olympics will kick off. The flame is scheduled to go through Sochi for three days, which is the longest in history, reports RIA Novosti.

Philippine Leader Sounds Alarm on China
President Benigno S. Aquino III called on Tuesday for nations around the world to do more to support the Philippines in resisting China’s assertive claims to the seas near his country, drawing a comparison to the West’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Hitler’s demands for Czech land in 1938.

No BSE cases in 2013 for first time in 5 years
Portugal had no reported cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy last year, for the first time since 2008, its secretary of state for food and agricultural research, Nuno Vieira e Brito, told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday. As a result, he told deputies, he would be requesting for Portugal from the European Union the status of a country with negligible risk.

Nearly 700 Evacuated After Gas Tanks Explode on Train
Nearly half of a Russian freight train's 65 cisterns carrying natural gas through the Kirov region exploded around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in a derailment that prompted the evacuation of nearly 700 nearby residents, authorities said.

Bangladesh opposition says 300 men killed, disappeared in a month
The head of Bangladesh's largest opposition party, the BNP, accused the government on Tuesday of being involved in the killing or disappearance of more than 300 activists around the time of the country's election.

Panama Canal Expansion Work Suspended After Talks Break Down
The $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal was suspended today as negotiations between a construction group led by Spain’s Sacyr SA and the waterway’s authority broke down, threatening to delay work beyond 2015.

US: Sri Lanka refuses visa for State Dept official after war crime accusations
Sri Lanka has refused a visa request for a U.S. State Department official, the U.S. Embassy said on Tuesday after Washington signaled it would propose a U.N. resolution against the South Asian state over alleged war crimes.



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