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UN Security Council strongly condemns North Korea's rocket launch 

The UN Security Council on Sunday (Feb 7) strongly condemned North Korea’s rocket launch and said it would speed up work on a sanctions resolution “in response to these dangerous and serious violations.”

The statement was adopted by China, Pyongyang’s ally, and the 14 other council members during an emergency meeting called after Pyongyang said it had put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch. 

Sunday’s launch followed Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test on Jan 6, which drew international condemnation and prompted China and the United States to open negotiations on new, tougher UN sanctions.


Faint signs of life detected as rescuers race to save buried Taiwan quake victims

Faint signs of life were detected as rescuers raced Sunday to free around 124 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 34 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse.

Sophisticated sensors deployed at the site of the 17-story building detected occasional cries from some of the victims buried deep under many layers of rubble, the New York Times reported.

The death toll rose as emergency workers dug for survivors of the 6.4-magnitude quake that toppled the 16-storey complex of almost 100 homes in the city of Tainan on Saturday.


Doctors puzzle over severity of defects in some Brazilian babies

Experts on microcephaly, the birth defect that has sparked alarm in the current Zika virus outbreak, say they are struck by the severity of a small number of cases they have reviewed from Brazil.

Consultations among doctors in Brazil and the United States have increased in the last two weeks, and some of the leading authorities on the condition are finding patterns of unusual devastation in scans of the newborns' malformed brains.

While it's not known how representative the scans are, the early observations of these doctors point to a tough road ahead for the babies, their families and their communities and heighten the concern surrounding Zika, which is suspected of causing microcephaly.


Football: Diego Costa rescues Chelsea in stoppage time for 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Diego Costa snaffled a stoppage-time equaliser to preserve interim manager Guus Hiddink's unbeaten record as Chelsea snatched a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

United looked to be closing to within four points of the Premier League's top four after Jesse Lingard's 61st-minute goal set Louis van Gaal's men on course for a third consecutive win in all competitions.

But in the first of six minutes of injury time, added on for a serious-looking knee injury to Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma, Costa rounded David de Gea to score, extending Hiddink's unbeaten run since succeeding the sacked Jose Mourinho to 10 matches.


Football: Fans fulfil mask pledge to monkey chant victim Koulibaly

Thousands of Napoli fans made good a pledge to racism victim Kalidou Koulibaly on Sunday by filling the San Paolo stadium with masks of the Senegal defender prior to kick off against Carpi on Sunday.

"It's great what the fans did today, it shows their affection for a lad who has a wonderful character," Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri told reporters after a 1-0 win kept them top of Serie A with a two-point lead on champions Juventus.

The latest in a long line of racist incidents hit Italian football last week when France-born Senegal international Koulibaly was the victim of monkey chants during a 2-0 win at Lazio.