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Two hundred families trapped by Islamic State in Syria - U.N. rights chief

GENEVA (Reuters) - Some 200 families are trapped in a shrinking area of Syria still controlled by Islamic State, whose forces are stopping some from fleeing, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.

Welbilt: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

On a per-share basis, the New Port Richey, Florida-based company said it had net income of 17 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 18 cents per share. The results matched Wall Street ...

Himax: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

On a per-share basis, the Taiwan, Taiwan-based company said it had profit of 5 cents. The fabless semiconductor company posted revenue of $191 million in the period. For the year, the company reported ...

EU's Juncker, May to meet on Brexit on Wednesday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Wednesday to "take stock of the latest state of play on Brexit" with the head of the EU's executive European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, spokespeople of the latter said.

Top Asian News 11:27 a.m. GMT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details. It was a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates and places of employment, there were notes on the places that they had most recently visited — mosque, hotel, restaurant. The discovery by Gevers, a Dutch cybersecurity researcher who revealed it on Twitter last week, has given a rare glimpse into China's extensive surveillance of Xinjiang, a remote region home to an ethnic minority population that is largely Muslim.

Pakistan says India using UN court for 'political theater'

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pakistan accused India on Tuesday of sponsoring terrorism and of using the United Nations' highest court for "political theater" as it urged judges to dismiss an Indian case seeking to save an alleged spy from execution.

Del Monte: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

The Coral Gables, Florida-based company said it had a loss of 70 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 43 cents per share. The food producer posted revenue of $1.05 billion ...

Sequans: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

The Colombes, France-based company said it had a loss of 11 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs and stock option expense, were 10 cents per share. The chip company posted revenue ...

Austrian leader expects US to raise IS fighters during visit

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's leader says he expects U.S. officials to bring up their desire for European countries to take back captured Islamic State group fighters when he visits Washington this week, but he is "very cautious" on the issue.

Simmering stock cube battle shows evolving West African tastes

Mamy Gueye conjures up her version of thiebou diola - a marinated fish and rice dish, served with green sorrel leaves - at a roadside eatery in Senegal's capital Dakar. Since they were introduced by Nestle in the 1950s, Maggi cubes have transformed cooking across the region - providing a boost to flavours that need a careful and often time-consuming juggling of herbs and spices.

Liverpool v Bayern Munich Champions League match preview

All you need to know ahead of the Champions League Round of 16 clash between Liverpool and Bayern Munich at Anfield.

Rod Rosenstein, key figure behind Mueller Trump-Russia inquiry, to step down

One of the US government's most senior lawyers who oversaw the investigation into links between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia is to step down, a justice department official has said. Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who took on the investigation after his boss Jeff Sessions had to disqualify himself, is expected to leave his position in the middle of next month. It comes a day after Andrew McCabe, the former acting director of the FBI, said he and Mr Rosenstein discussed invoking an amendment to the US constitution that would have allowed them to remove Donald Trump as president.

Trump the pundit handicaps 2020 Democratic contenders

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar's snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren's opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing up the 2020 Democratic field: President Donald Trump.

Chinese 'Muslim tracker' surveillance system monitoring movements of 2.5m people in Xinjiang

A Chinese surveillance company has been tracking the movements of more than 2.5 million people in a region where authorities have waged a crackdown on Muslim minorities, a researcher has discovered. Police checkpoints and security cameras have been recording the location data of residents of the Xinjiang region, according to a Dutch cybersecurity expert, who uncovered an online database containing names, photos, ID card numbers, birth dates and employment details of people monitored. Victor Gevers said the database was left unprotected for months by facial-recognition technology company SenseNets Technology.

Suicide bombing kills 3 policemen near Cairo's famed bazaar

CAIRO (AP) — The death toll from a late-night suicide blast near Cairo's famed tourist market rose to three on Tuesday after a police officer died of his wounds, Egyptian security officials said.

Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids

SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — Tony Foulds has a routine when he visits the memorial for 10 American airmen killed in World War II.

Here in France, the gilet jaunes are ruining lives, and after the vile attack on Alain Finkielkraut I can't support them any longer

Fourteen weeks ago, when our youngest son was looking forward to his fifth birthday party, I never expected to have to explain why my family wanted to drive across the roundabout at the bottom of our street in the southwestern town of Castres, so we could get to the party destination, but I did. It was the first week of the gilet jaunes protest in France, a groundswell movement of people who, connected by social media and their now iconic high-visibility vests every driver has to have in their cars, decided to demonstrate against President Emmanuel Macron and his government. The protesters were hardworking people doing everything they could to make ends meet, but because of France’s heavy taxation were out of pocket by the third week of the month.

Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants - state media

Egyptian security forces killed 16 suspected militants in two separate raids in the city of Arish in North Sinai, state media said on Tuesday. The report came the day after an explosion in central Cairo killed three policemen. Ten suspected militants were killed in the Obeidat district of Arish and another six were killed in the Abu Eita district of the city, state-run Al Ahram said.

Twitter launches political ad tracking tools in Europe ahead of key EU polls

Twitter on Tuesday rolled out tools in Europe which will make it easier for voters to identify political campaign ads tied to crucial European Parliament elections in May amidst fears of Russian disinformation campaigns and threats of regulatory action. Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook have come under pressure to do more to combat fake news and the spread of extremism and propaganda online. The European Union is concerned about Russia's role.

'Basic needs before infrastructure': fashioning a fairer Senegal

For fashion designer Sophie Zinga, working to create a fairer Senegal should be a priority for its next leader - and if he can turn the country into a magnet for the creative arts too then all the better. The New York-trained Zinga, believes Macky Sall's outgoing government has not done enough to promote her industry and others like it, and blames a skills shortage among local tailors for failing to sell any of her designs for the first two years after launching her own label in 2012.

Rome's Ciampino airport partially re-opens after fire alert

ROME (Reuters) - Rome's Ciampino airport, used by budget airline Ryanair, partially reopened on Tuesday following a fire alert in the terminal, the company managing the site said.

Allegion: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

On a per-share basis, the Dublin-based company said it had profit of $1.39. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were $1.22 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average ...

Angela Smith has left Labour. Who do I complain to about her ‘funny tinge’ comment?

Angela Smith at a press conference to announce the launch of the Independent Group, February 2019. On Monday, seven Labour MPs resigned the whip to sit as the Independent Group in the House of Commons, and the slide of British politics into the surreal continued apace. Immediately after citing the antisemitism crisis as one of her reasons for quitting the Labour party, Angela Smith joined me in the BBC Politics Live studio and when sharing her thoughts on the nature of racism said “it’s not just about being black or a funny tinge … you know, different - B, err from the BME community”.

Honda closure 'not driven by Brexit'

Ian Howells, senior vice president of Honda Motor Europe, explains why the car company is shutting its Swindon plant.

Anfield, Old Trafford, St James' Park and more: Classic football stadiums then and now

Liverpool are set to play host to another famous European night on Tuesday as Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich visit Merseyside for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

UK business secretary skips conference to update lawmakers on Honda

LONDON (Reuters) - British business secretary Greg Clark will not speak at Tuesday's EEF manufacturing conference as billed and his deputy Richard Harrington will appear instead, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said.

Honda to close UK car plant as Brexit looms

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda will close its only British car plant in 2021 with the loss of up to 3,500 jobs, a major departure of Japanese investment announced just over a month before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union. The Japanese firm, which builds a tenth of Britain's 1.5 million cars at its Swindon plant, said the move was not related to Brexit and that it needed to focus its activity in regions where it expects to sell most cars, after struggling in Europe. "This decision was not informed by Brexit," said Honda Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo.

Nicolas Maduro attacks Trump's 'almost Nazi-style' speech after US president calls on military to abandon Venezuela leader

Nicolas Maduro has accused Donald Trump of speaking in an “almost Nazi style” after he called on Venezuela‘s military to abandon its beleaguered president. On Monday, President Trump said the US stands behind opposition leader Juan Guaido and condemns Mr Maduro and his government’s socialist policies.

Germany's Merkel suggests rethink of EU competition policy

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe may need to rethink its competition rules if it wants to create companies that can play a significant role on the global stage.

Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts Tuesday in a series of sit-downs that replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem that was cancelled over a rift with Poland.

Up to three Tories preparing to join new Independent Group of MPs

Up to three Conservative MPs are preparing to cross the floor to join the new Independent Group of MPs, it emerged today. The bombshell could come as early as tomorrow morning, the day of Tory leader Theresa May’s weekly Prime Minister’s Questions appearance. Chuka Umunna, one of the seven MPs who quit Labour to form the new centre-ground group yesterday, issued a rallying cry to Tories “demoralised by the Ukip-isation, if you like, of the Conservative Party”.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back to be screened with live orchestra in UK first

The force is set to be with the Royal Albert Hall later this year, when it screens Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with a live orchestra for the first time ever in the UK. The Philharmonia Orchestra will play John Williams’s iconic score live on stage to accompany Episode V, which is frequently hailed as the best film in the series. The production is then set to go on a UK tour, with dates yet to be announced.

Man Utd sign Noam Emeran: French wonderkid rejects Barcelona and PSG in favour of Old Trafford

Manchester United have beaten Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to the signature of French wonderkid Noam Emeran. Emeran, 16, has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Old Trafford after catching the eye of United scouts while representing Ligue 1 side Aimens at youth level. “An attacking player with a good left foot,” according to Aimens Under-19 head coach Antoine Buron, Emeran will now join the United academy headed by Nicky Butt, having turned down offers from elsewhere in Europe.

Honda's Europe boss says closure of Swindon plant is not because of Brexit

A furious row erupted today over whether Brexit was partly to blame for Honda’s shock decision to close its Swindon plant with the loss of 3,500 jobs. Business Secretary Greg Clark described the decision as “devastating” for the Wiltshire town and “deeply disappointing” given that the UK is a leader in electric vehicles which Honda stressed was the growing market. Ian Howells, senior vice president for Honda in Europe, insisted that the closure was not linked to Britain quitting the EU but due to the shift towards electric cars and production levels.

Richard Branson and Nicolas Maduro to stage rival border concerts amid Venezuela crisis

Venezuela's government will stage two concerts on the Colombian border this weekend to compete with a "Live Aid"-style show announced by British billionaire Richard Branson to raise funds for food and medicine for the South American country.

Northern Europe set for warmer than normal spring

LONDON (Reuters) - Northern Europe will experience above normal temperatures for the better part of March to May, with most of the continent enjoying a generally warm and wet spring, The Weather Company said on Tuesday.

Pope's sex abuse prevention summit explained

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is hosting a four-day summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, a high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops around the world that the problem is global and that there are consequences if they cover it up.

This is the ultimate dog house

These pampered pooches don’t mind being in the dog house...as theirs is a palace which took a year and a half to complete.

Islamic State steps up guerrilla attacks in Syria - SDF

Islamic State has stepped up guerrilla attacks against U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria, pointing to the threat the jihadists will pose even after they lose their last enclave there, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday. The U.S.-backed SDF is on the brink of defeating Islamic State (IS) in its last pocket in eastern Syria, the village of Baghouz, where it estimates a few hundred Islamic State fighters and about 2,000 civilians are under siege. Islamic State militants have intensified attacks away from the last frontline in recent days, Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office, said.

Knightley's tears on tap

At the London premiere of drama "Aftermath," Keira Knightley reveals how sleep deprivation played a part in her performance, while co-stars Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgard discuss the cold weather shoot. (Feb. 19)

MPs Suggest A 'Penny Tax' On Fast Fashion To Help Curb Pollution

Fast fashion retailers should be made to pay a 1p surcharge on every garmentsold in a bid to help fund schemes that collect and recycle clothes, MPs onthe Environmental Audit Committee have said

Placards outside Montserrat Monastery expose abuse in Spanish Church

Tourists and worshippers visiting Catalonia's imposing mountain-side Montserrat Monastery on a sunny Sunday this month appeared to pay little heed to two men with placards demanding that the local abbot be defrocked for covering up sexual abuse. The Vatican is holding an unprecedented meeting of senior bishops from around the world, experts and heads of male and female religious orders on Feb. 21-24 to discuss how to tackle sexual abuse. Miguel Hurtado, 36, runs an online petition to Spanish authorities to significantly extend the statute of limitations for sexual abuse against minors.

The Latest: Greek police probe attack on migrants' home

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):

SeaWorld: Sixteen rescued after being trapped on ride for four hours

Sixteen people have been rescued after getting trapped on a ride at SeaWorld for four hours. The visitors were left hanging over a chilly California bay after their gondolas stopped working - with officials blaming an "unusual gust of significant wind" for the malfunction. One by one, firefighters used ropes and harnesses to lower the park visitors into boats waiting in Mission Bay.

Hugo Palmer missing: British man and French companion vanish as belongings found on popular Australia beach

Police are searching for a young British tourist and his French companion after they vanished from a beach in Australia. Personal items belonging to backpackers Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux, both 20, were discovered by walkers on Shelly Beach, near Port Macquarie, north of Sydney, on Monday morning. Further personal belongings, including travel documents, were found in the vehicle.