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Penguins at London Zoo are given their breakfast in special heart-shaped ice blocks as a fun way of celebrating Valentine's
Day, and to highlight the start of penguin breeding season. AP PHOTO
A number of people have died in a motorway pile-up involv-
ing more than 50 vehicles in Pennsylvania, authorities say.
The crash, 120km (75 miles) north-west of Philadelphia, left
trucks and cars strewn across three lanes of traffic and the
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency said 40
people had been taken to hospital and 70 to a temporary shel-
ter.Drivers have been urged to use caution amid cold weather
and drifting snow.
A spokeswoman for Penn State Hershey Medical Center said
three patients had been brought in in a critical condition, three
more with moderate to severe injuries and four with minor
Officials have warned people in the north-eastern US to stay
indoors during what the National Weather Service described
as "life-threatening temperatures". (BBC)
Several dead in
The municipal agencies of New York
City are on high alert and Mayor Bill de
Blasio again warned residents to stay
indoors because of the wave of bitter
cold that will intensify in the coming
De Blasio said the coldest weather in
over 20 years began last Thursday when
temperatures began to drop below zero.
They could sink as low as -24 F (-31
C) because of the expected chill from
winds between 25 and 30 mph (40 and
48 kph). "These temperatures can be life
threatening---especially for seniors, infants
and people with medical conditions," De
Blasio said, and advised people to stay
home and take care of each other.
Due to the danger of freezing tem-
peratures, municipal employees and vol-
unteers have been searching for homeless
people and taking them to shelters.
People who have to go out for any
reason are warned to wear several layers
of clothing, cover their faces and return
home as quickly as possible.
Snow is expected tomorrow but there
will not be more than two inches, though
that situation could change. (Fox News)
NY on high alert due to freezing temperatures
Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a purported bomb
attack on a passenger plane in Somalia earlier this month,
saying it was targeted at Western officials and Turkish Nato
The blast punched a one-metre-sized hole in the side of the
Airbus A321 about 15 minutes after it had taken off from
Mogadishu heading for Djibouti on February 2.
A senior source within the group said that their initial target
was a Turkish Airlines jet, but only attacked Daallo Airlines
after Turkey s national carrier cancelled its flight to the Somali
In a statement, the armed group said yesterday the attack
on the Daallo Airlines flight was part of an operation targeting
dozens of Western intelligence officials and Turkish Nato forces.
It added that while the operation did not bring down the
plane, "it struck terror in the hearts of the crusaders, demon-
strating to the disbelievers that despite all their security measures
and the strenuous efforts they make to conceal their presence,
the Mujahideen can and will get to them".
Al-Shabab said the operation was "retribution for the crimes
committed by the coalition of Western crusaders and their
intelligence agencies against the Muslims of Somalia". Al Jazeera
Haitian politicians were set to elect a tem-
porary president to fill the power vacuum fol-
lowing the departure of Michel Martelly, after
an election to choose his replacement was
postponed amid violent protests.
Thirteen candidates applied to run in the
election yesterday---but only three paid the
fee of around $8,400 and will participate.
The three contestants are Dejan Belizaire
and Edgar Leblanc Fils---two former presidents
of the Senate---and Jocelerme Privert, the cur-
rent president of the National Assembly.
Under an agreement signed hours before
the end of Martelly s five-year term on Feb-
ruary 7, the interim president will serve for
up to 120 days.
A January 24 runoff between Martelly s
favoured candidate, Jovenel Moise, and oppo-
sition leader Jude Celestin, was called off fol-
lowing violent protests by demonstrators alleg-
ing that foul play had helped the government
candidate take the first round.
Last week s agreement has set a new election
date for April 24, with a new president installed
on May 14, though Privert has stressed those
were only proposed dates.
Yet, the plan to elect an interim president
by indirect vote has also angered opponents
who have protested the electoral process for
Several hundred demonstrators marched in
Port-au-Prince last Friday, criticising the poll
in Parliament as an illegal process. Some politi-
cians also questioned the legitimacy of Privert s
"Stop the parliamentary coup d etat," mem-
ber of parliament Gary Bodeau said. "Parlia-
ment cannot be judge and jury ... the process
is not impartial."
A potential long-term power vacuum is the
latest challenge for the Caribbean country
that is the poorest in the Americas.
Thirty years after the end of the Duvalier
dictatorship, Haiti is still struggling to hold
credible elections that would boost develop-
ment and raise the standard of living for the
60 per cent of the population living below
the poverty line. Al Jazeera
Uncertainty grips Haiti ahead of interim leader vote
Pressure is increasing on Russia over
civilian deaths in Syria, with France and
the US urging greater caution.
French PM Manuel Valls and US Sec-
retary of State John Kerry said civilians
were dying in Russian air strikes.
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said
there was "no evidence of our bombing
civilians, even though everyone is accusing
us of this".
One observers group says at least 1,015
civilians have been killed in Russian air
strikes. The UK-based Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said late last month
that close to a quarter of those killed were
under the age of 18.
Russia, an ally of Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad, has consistently denied
hitting civilian targets and insists it is
Valls said his government "respects
Russia and Russia s interests" but "that
to re-discover the path to peace, to dis-
cussion, the Russian bombing of civilians
has to stop".
Kerry again accused Russia of using
so-called dumb bombs in Syria that do
not hit precise targets. Last week, he said
women and children were being killed
"in large numbers" by Russian raids.
Medvedev said Russia was "not trying
to achieve some secret goals in Syria",
adding that "we are trying to protect our
Their comments were made at a secu-
rity conference in Munich, days after
world powers agreed a deal to push for
a cessation of hostilities in Syria within
a week. (BBC)
Russia faces pressure
over Syria deaths
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