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Facebook And Instagram Are Down

Facebook and Instagram are down on the web and on mobile, according to The Next Web. Users are also experiencing problems with Tinder, AIM, and Hipchat, according to Engadget and reports on Twitter (which is still operating fine).

South Korea blocks North bid for right of arrest in joint zone

Seoul (AFP) - South Korea said on Tuesday it had blocked a North Korean bid for the right to detain South Korean businessmen working in the Kaesong joint industrial zone in the event of a dispute.

China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports

Beijing (AFP) - Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.

Survivors return to Auschwitz, 70 years on, as leaders sound alarm

Oswiecim (Poland) (AFP) - Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, ageing survivors and dignitaries gather at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday to honour victims and sound the alarm over a fresh wave of anti-Semitism.

Sharapova sets up Russian semi at Australian Open

Melbourne (AFP) - The experienced Maria Sharapova slapped down young pretender Eugenie Bouchard Tuesday, dominating the ambitious Canadian to set up an all-Russian Australian Open semi-final with dark horse Ekaterina Makarova.

Attack on Ukraine's Mariupol targeted civilians: UN

Moscow (AFP) - The UN said a rocket attack that killed 30 people in a city in eastern Ukraine deliberately targeted civilians, as Russian President Vladimir Putin spurned Western calls to rein in a pro-Moscow insurgency.

South Korean swim star Park in doping shock

Seoul (AFP) - South Korean Olympic swimming star and national icon Park Tae-Hwan fought to clear his name on Tuesday as he reeled from the shock news that he failed a doping test.

Australian PM faces backlash over royal 'knightmare'

Sydney (AFP) - Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott was on Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain's Prince Philip which has prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters.

Americans still confusing Sikhs for Muslims

Washington (AFP) - More than a decade after 9/11, Americans who come across a turban-wearing Sikh are still prone to mistaking him for a Muslim, according to a study released Monday.

Stricken plane safely parachutes into sea off Hawaii

Los Angeles (AFP) - Video from a US Coast Guard aircraft released Monday captured the drama of a single-engine airplane and its pilot splashing safely onto the Pacific Ocean thanks to a parachute built inside its fuselage.

These Two Charts Explain Why Kleiner Perkins Wanted To Buy This Four-Year-Old VC Firm

On Monday, Fortune reported that Kleiner Perkins’ attempt to acquire the four year old upstart VC firm, Social+Capital Partnership, had fallen through in recent weeks.

LIVE: Bill Belichick Is Giving A Press Conference

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is giving his first Super Bowl press conference from Arizona.

20 Of The Safest Cities In The World

The Economist's Intelligence Unit has released a ranking of the safest major cities in the world, and Tokyo comes out on top.

The Creator Of 'Broken Windows' Describes A Huge Misconception About The Controversial Policing Theory

The police-involved chokehold death of Eric Garner has drawn attention to the NYPD's approach to crime, specifically a theory called "broken windows." While police commissioner Bill Bratton has vehemently defended the method (in over 4,000 words, no less), one of its creators, George Kelling, openly discussed the problems on public radio Monday morning.  Kelling said he never intended broken windows to focus on making arrests.

Amazing Pictures Of Relentless Snow Blanketing The Northeast

The first major snowstorm to hit the east coast in 2015 has arrived, and it's shaping up to be just as massive as we thought.

Natalie Portman sits in on retro space-age Dior fashion show

Paris (AFP) - The stars were aligned at Dior's Haute Couture fashion show in Paris on Monday. First, American-Israeli actress Natalie Portman -- the advertising face of Dior's "Miss Dior" perfume -- was sitting in the front row, somewhat less stiffly than her Queen Padme persona from the "Star Wars" prequels.

Obama wraps up India visit with town hall meeting

New Delhi (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will host a town hall-style meeting in India on Tuesday, seeking to stress the shared values of the world's largest democracies as he wraps up a visit aimed at reinvigorating their sometimes tense ties.

The Skies Above New York Are Empty

With the brunt of 2015's first major blizzard bearing down on the tri-state area, the normally crowded airspace over New York City is all but empty.

516 'Brotherhood elements' arrested on Egypt anniversary

Cairo (AFP) - More than 500 backers of Egypt's blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood were arrested as clashes erupted on the anniversary of its 2011 uprising, a minister said Monday, in the biggest police sweep for months.

Dubious Higuain brace sees Napoli up to third

Milan (AFP) - Gonzalo Higuain struck a controversial brace including a late penalty in a 2-1 win over Genoa to send Rafael Benitez's side up to third place in Italy's Serie A on Monday.