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ISIS blasts kill nearly 130 as US, Russia press Syria truce 

A string of suicide bombings near a Shiite shrine outside Syria’s capital and in Homs claimed by jihadists killed at least 127 people on Sunday (Feb 21), as Washington and Moscow worked to secure a ceasefire.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said a provisional deal had been reached on the terms of a truce, as violence intensified on the ground. 

Near Damascus, the attacks, including a car bombing, ripped through the area of the Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab and killed 68 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. 


Defying Cameron, London Mayor Boris to campaign for British exit from EU

London Mayor Boris Johnson said on Sunday (Feb 21) he backed leaving the European Union, dealing a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron by giving the "out" campaign a de facto leader who is one of the most charismatic politicians in British politics.

Forty-three years after Britain joined the EU's predecessor, Cameron announced a June 23 referendum on Saturday after clinching a deal from 27 other leaders to give Britain what he said was a special status.

But Boris, one of Britain's most high-profile politicians, remained silent on Cameron's deal for nearly two days before making his dramatic announcement on the steps of his north London home.


Man nabbed in US shooting rampage was Uber driver who killed in between picking up fares

A man arrested early Sunday on suspicion of shooting dead six people in the northern US state of Michigan was an Uber driver who may have been picking up fares just before the killing spree began.

Uber confirmed that the suspect, 45-year-old Jason Brian Dalton, was a driver for the ride-sharing company, adding he had passed a background check and had no criminal record.

"We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can," Uber's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, said in a statement.


Football: Five-goal Chelsea punish Pellegrini's selection gamble

Chelsea punished Manuel Pellegrini's controversial decision to field a remarkably inexperienced team as Eden Hazard inspired a 5-1 demolition of Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.

With City due to make the long flight to the Ukraine on Monday ahead of their Champions League last 16 first leg tie at Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, Pellegrini had pleaded with the FA not to bow to demands from television networks to move the Chelsea game from its original Saturday date.

But Pellegrini's request was ignored and, concerned that injury-hit City were in danger of being stretched to breaking point, the Chilean boss prioritised European success and next weekend's League Cup final against Liverpool, admitting that he didn't consider the Stamford Bridge showdown "a real game".


Expandable storage, better battery life for new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones

With Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones, the Korean tech giant has addressed the major criticisms that were levelled against the current-generation Galaxy S6 series.

They have re-introduced expandable storage - notably missing in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge - and they have also ramped up battery life, although the battery is still not removable.

Samsung has also announced the Gear 360, a camera which can take 360-degree pictures and videos.