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In the past two years, several of Belgium's seven reactors have been shut down repeatedly because of fires, oil and water leaks, one unresolved case of sabotage and the discovery of thousands of cracks in reactor vessels. Critics are fighting to have the aging reactors taken offline permanently. (Associated Press)

Dispute over Belgian nuclear reactors exposes EU’s conflicting energy agendas

- The Washington Times

A dispute among Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, centered on a pair of 40-year-old Belgian nuclear reactors roughly an hour’s drive from large cities across the border, is laying bare a growing European rift over nuclear energy.

** FILE ** Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States. (Associated Press)

Russian ambassador sees U.S. ties at post-Cold War low

The Washington Times

Russia’s top diplomat in the U.S. said in a briefing with reporters Monday that relations between Washington and Moscow are in “a deplorably difficult state” and have fallen in recent years to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.

At least 35 migrants die as boats capsize off Turkey

- The Washington Times

At least 35 migrants were killed Monday after two boats capsized off the coast of western Turkey, just as German Chancellor Angela Merkel was visiting the nation to strategize with Turkish authorities on how to stem the flow of refugees to Europe from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

With the first case of sexual transmission confirmed in the U.S. last week, the White House announced Monday that President Obama will request $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika at home and abroad. (Associated Press)

White House requests $1.8 billion from Congress to fight Zika virus

- The Washington Times

The World Health Organization said Monday it wants to fast-track a better test for the Zika virus as dozens of countries cope with yet another scary pandemic, saying doctors on the front lines should at least be able to single out the disease from similar infections in hard-hit Latin America.

Many say Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed to deliver on his promised reforms. (Associated Press)

Narendra Modi’s star fades in India as promised reforms fail to materialize

- The Washington Times

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won office in May 2014 with an Obama-style “hope and change” message, promising to improve his country’s notoriously backward business climate and boost its underwhelming image on the world stage.

South Korean army soldiers watch a news program about North Korea's rocket launch Sunday at Seoul Railway Station. (Associated Press)

U.S., allies defy China, push missile shield after North Korea launches rocket

- The Washington Times

North Korea defied international warnings Sunday by launching a new long-range rocket — prompting swift condemnation from the United Nations and frustration in Washington and Seoul, which will now formalize long-anticipated talks toward deploying an advanced U.S. missile shield in South Korea despite opposition from China.

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Editorials from around New England

- Associated Press

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:

A Syrian man gestures as Syrians gather at the border gate with Turkey, in Bab al-Salam, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Thousands of Syrians have rushed toward the Turkish border, fleeing fierce Syrian government offensives and intense Russian airstrikes. Turkey has promised humanitarian help for the displaced civilians, including food and shelter, but it did not say whether it would let them cross into the country. (AP Photo/Bunyamin Aygun) TURKEY OUT

Syria says any foreign troops would return 'in coffins'

- Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's foreign minister warned Saturday that Saudi or other foreign troops entering his country would "return home in wooden coffins" and asserted that recent military advances put his government "on track" to end the five-year-old civil war.

Rescue workers search a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Over 100 missing, 14 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan

- Associated Press

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a high-rise residential building to collapse and killing at least 14 people.

Washington bill seeks partial automatic voter registration

- Associated Press

Months after Washington state saw record low voter turnout, several lawmakers and Secretary of State Kim Wyman say they want to help increase engagement with automatic voter registration for some.

Stranded migrants shouts slogans next a covered body of a man believed to be from Morocco, at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The man was electrocuted after touching high-power overhead railway cables when he climbed on top of a train carriage. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

EU ministers want to buttress borders to stem refugee flow

- Associated Press

European Union nations anxious to stem the flow of asylum-seekers coming through the Balkans are increasingly considering sending more help to non-member Macedonia as a better way to protect European borders instead of relying on EU member Greece.

Correction: Election Bills story

- Associated Press

In a story Feb. 4 about election bills, The Associated Press erroneously reported the party affiliation of state Sen. Martin Quezada. He is a Democrat, not a Republican

NATO chief meets EU defense ministers to discuss cooperation

- Associated Press

European Union defense ministers huddled Friday with NATO's secretary general to discuss closer cooperation between the military alliance and the 28-nation bloc to tackle looming threats to the region.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, sits with Reverend Jesse Jackson of USA, stand on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in central London, Friday Aug. 21, 2015. Assange has been holed up inside the Ecuador Embassy building since 2012, as he fights against extradition to Sweden in relation to allegations of sexual assault. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) ** FILE **

U.N. panel: Julian Assange detained arbitrarily, should be freed

- The Washington Times

A United Nations human rights panel has sided with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his long-running battle with Swedish and British authorities, saying he should be freed immediately and compensated for the years he has lost.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, health workers stands in the Sambadrome spraying insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

For Brazil's Carnival fans, even the Zika virus can't stop the party

- Associated Press

Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream -- five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.

In this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, file photo, a man walks past a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed for North Korea's rocket launch at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to defend its airspace from incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Experts say launch won't bring North Korea much closer to ICBM

- Associated Press

Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to shoot down any incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. The U.S. is already gunning to punish Pyongyang for what it says will be a ballistic missile test in the guise of a space launch.

In this April 30, 2014, file image provided by the Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian rebels pray in front of their tank at al Mutayia village in the southern province of Daraa, Syria. (AP Photo/the Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad, File)

Activists: Syrian government closes in on Daraa

Associated Press

The Syrian Army on Friday retook a strategic town on the doorstep of Daraa, a contested southern city that lies between Damascus and the Jordan border, according to activists and the Syrian state news agency.