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The U.S. "would be prepared to meet bilaterally with the Iranian leadership," U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during a speech at the Munich Security Conference Saturday. Biden added "that offer stands, but it must be real and tangible and there has to be an agenda that they are prepared to speak to. We are not just prepared to do it for the exercise."
Egypt-Football (will update)
In a country obsessed with its premier sport, Egypt's football season kicks off Saturday to heavy anticipation -- but without any fans in the stands. Instead of the roars of raucous crowds, players take the pitch to the relative silence of secure military stadiums.
As an armed standoff entered its fifth day Saturday, authorities negotiated through a ventilation pipe with a man accused of barricading himself and a 5-year-old hostage in an underground bunker in southeastern Alabama.
A tropical disease called "river blindness" affects 18 million people worldwide, but most are in Africa. Some strains cause blindness, while others make the skin become spotted or hard and saggy. Efforts are ongoing to eliminate the disease in several countries. The drug ivermectin, donated by Merck, can reverse some symptoms, but not blindness.
Thomas Jones always knew his job as an NFL running back was up for grabs. So, like any other football player, he did whatever it took to prove himself -- sometimes risking his health. Today, the former Kansas City Chiefs has produced a documentary on NFL players and concussions. Jones says he also plans to donate his brain so researchers can learn more about the long-term effects of concussions.
Gay rights activists liken their struggle for civil rights to the battles against sexism and racism. Only, their movement has yet to yield laws that afford them the full protections and rights given to women and racial minorities. But many feel they are at a precipice; that America has reached a watershed moment in its writing of gay rights history. "Watershed? No, it's a tidal wave," said Mark Segal, a veteran activist who was at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 when protests against police raids became known as the signature start of the movement.
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Every week, we try to bring you some of the most interesting stories from around Africa. Here are the five you need to know this week.
French President Francois Hollande visited the Malian town of Timbuktu on Saturday, a jubilant trip days after his nation's forces freed the fabled city from the iron grip of Islamist militants.
At least six soldiers and 12 militants are dead after militants attacked an army base in northwest Pakistan early Saturday, authorities said. Two of the militants who were killed were wearing suicide jackets, intelligence officials said. Ten civilians also died when one of the suicide bombers entered a nearby house and detonated the explosives, intelligence officials said.
Twitter is coming forward as the latest site to be hacked. The social network said in a blog post Friday afternoon that approximately 250,000 user accounts were compromised, with attackers gaining access to information including user names and email addresses. This attack follows major security breaches at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, which were both attributed to Chinese hackers. The New York Times suspects it was in response to negative coverage of the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, and the Journal said evidence pointed to an attempt to "target the monitoring of the Journal's coverage of China." While the Twitter post does not mention China or blame the hacks on any specific country or group, it does mention the newspaper hacks.
The New York Times' acknowledgment in its Thursday editions that Chinese hackers carried out sustained attacks on its computer systems should be a wake-up call to any company around the world that trades in information, according to computer security experts.
A fire erupted at the entrance to Egypt's presidential palace Friday night as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at security forces, who responded with tear gas and water cannon. One person was fatally shot during clashes, according to an official from Cairo's Heliopolis Hospital, and authorities were seen dragging away demonstrators.
He had been guarding the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, as he'd done many other days -- with commitment and professionalism. She had gone there to have tea with the ambassador, a respected television journalist set to renew acquaintances with a diplomat and do her job. Then came the blast. Whether or not they'd crossed paths before, these two people's stories now forever will be intertwined -- thanks to a man Turkish authorities say belonged to the Marxist Leninist organization known as the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party, or DHKP-C, which the U.S. government and others label a terrorist organization. Ecevit Shanli, as he was identified by Istanbul police, died after detonating his suicide vest near the embassy's Gate No. 2 around 1:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m. ET) Friday.
The suicide bombing in Ankara Friday is a reminder to counterterrorism agencies that it's not just jihadist groups who threaten Western governments and their interests overseas. Pockets of the extreme left and extreme right still consider political violence legitimate -- among them the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party in Turkey. Turkish authorities have blamed the U.S. Embassy attack on the group, better known as DHKP-C, and are in the process of identifying the bomber.
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Authorities captured a convicted murderer whom Chicago authorities mistakenly released from custody. Steven Robbins, 44, convicted of a 2002 murder in Indianapolis,had been on the run for three days before he was captured in Illinois Friday night.
The U.S. Army reported Thursday that there were 325 confirmed or potential suicides last year among active and non-active military personnel.
The voice on telephone messages left for Manti Te'o matches that of the 22-year-old man who says he posed as a woman in carrying on a relationship -- by e-mail and over the phone -- with the Notre Dame linebacker, according to the "Dr. Phil" show. "They all say, with scientific certainty, that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is the female voice in those recordings," host Phil McGraw said, citing conclusions by forensic voice analysts with three independent contractors. That conclusion supports Tuiasosopo's assertion that, posing as a woman, he was involved in a relationship with Te'o, who had not known that his love interest was a man.
It's not hard to find Ray Lewis in prayer. You might catch a glimpse of it on the sidelines before a game. In the locker room. Even on the cover of Sports Illustrated -- the muscular Baltimore Ravens linebacker standing bare-chested in a swimming pool, his palms pressed together.
The Texas prosecutor shot to death in broad daylight outside a courthouse had feared for his life and carried a gun to work, according to a Dallas attorney describing herself as his friend. Colleen A. Dunbar told CNN that she spoke with Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse on January 24, and he told her he began carrying a gun in and out of the county courthouse on a daily basis. Hasse was gunned down in the parking lot while going to work Thursday. Investigators on Friday were reviewing his caseload for possible clues about what led to his killing.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is considering whether to grant parole to a convicted murderer who followed notorious killer Charles Manson, a spokeswoman for the governor said. Brown's office received a formal recommendation from the state board parole Friday to release Bruce Davis, 70, who would be the first Manson "family" member to secure freedom solely for good behavior. Brown has 30 days -- or until March 3 -- to either modify, affirm or reverse the parole board's recommendation, a corrections spokeswoman said.
More than half of the students implicated in last year's cheating scandal at Harvard University have been required to withdraw from school for a period of time, a dean said in a statement Friday on behalf of the school.
Alex Rodriguez is denying any connection to a Miami man who a South Florida newspaper and ESPN reported provided the New York Yankees star with performance-enhancing drugs. The Miami New Times published a story Tuesday saying more than a dozen professional baseball players, including Rodriguez, and other athletes were named in records kept over several years by the Biogenesis clinic.
U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will step down this month, concluding a long career that was clouded last year by a scandal at the agency involving agents and prostitutes ahead of a presidential summit in Colombia. Spokesman Brian Leary said on Friday that Sullivan would retire on February 22 after leading the agency that protects presidents and fights financial crime since 2006. He's been an agent for 30 years. There was no statement on the reason for his decision to leave.
Secretary of State John Kerry is likely to visit the Middle East as part of his first official overseas trip, wasting no time in demonstrating an urgency for reviving stalled peace talks and addressing political chaos in Egypt. The full itinerary of Kerry's initial travel schedule was not clear, but a U.S official said the trip would likely include stops in Israel and Egypt.
President George W. Bush's Scottish Terrier Barney has died, the former president said in a statement Friday. He was 12 and had been suffering from lymphoma.
As streaming content grows more competitive, Netflix is branching out in a big way: producing its own original series. It's a bold and risky bet, particularly the $100 million Kevin Spacey vehicle "House of Cards" that went live just after midnight on Friday.
One of the hottest new dramas of the season isn't on your television - it's wherever your closest Internet connection happens to be. Netflix's "House of Cards" has generated considerable buzz because of its risk-taking: the reported $50 million price tag to produce a single season; the streaming entertainment service's push for original programming; and the fact that all 13 episodes can be watched in one gluttonous sitting. But however you decide to watch it - serialized, like your appointment viewing TV shows, or as one long movie - critics are calling "House of Cards" a must-view for Netflix subscribers.
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Celebrities, city officials and everyday commuters gathered at Grand Central Terminal Friday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the New York landmark.
One of the most memorable Super Bowl ads in recent years starred a pint-size Darth Vader attempting to use the force all over his house, finally succeeding, or so he thought, in starting his dad's car. These days the boy behind the Vader mask is strictly using his force for good. Max Page, the 8-year-old actor who stole audience's hearts in the 2011 Volkswagen ad, was born with a rare congenital heart defect and has undergone eight surgeries, most recently last summer. But his medical problems haven't dampened his spirit.
Is the Ankara attack a sign of things to come?
Koch a friend and force to the end