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4:22 AM

Liverpool back down on ticket-price hike

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool's American owners have backed down on plans to increase ticket prices significantly following a mass walkout protest at their Anfield stadium on Saturday.

4:21 AM

Nestle says to end IAAF partnership amid athletics scandal

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss food giant Nestle has opted to end its partnership with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because of the scandal surrounding the sport, the company said on Wednesday.

4:21 AM

British body to take control of Russian drug tests

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's anti-doping body UKAD will take charge of testing Russian athletes while the local agency is suspended for non-compliance following allegations of widespread doping in the country.

4:21 AM

Argentine football team Huracan's bus overturns in Venezuela, injuries light

CARACAS (Reuters) - A bus carrying Argentina's Huracan football team overturned on Wednesday in Venezuela, according to a local official and a diplomat, but the team suffered only minor injuries.

4:20 AM

Poland to join fight vs Islamic State in return for NATO help in east

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will join the fight against Islamic State, its defence minister said on Wednesday, though he signalled that the scale of its involvement would depend on NATO's response to Russia's renewed assertiveness on the alliance's eastern flank.

4:20 AM

Catholic group urges pope to allow contraception to fight Zika

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic group appealed to Pope Francis on Wednesday to allow Church members to "follow their conscience" and use contraception or to let women have abortions to protect themselves against the Zika virus.

4:19 AM

WHO urges precautions in Zika areas but reassures most births normal

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Wednesday advised women in areas with the Zika virus, especially during pregnancy, to cover up against mosquitoes and practice safe sex but also reassured them that most would give birth to "normal infants".

4:19 AM

More than 60 people killed in suicide bombs in Nigeria - officials

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two female suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a camp for people displaced by an insurgency of the jihadist Boko Haram group in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa, military and emergency officials said on Wednesday.

4:18 AM

Rubio needs strong New Hampshire showing to rebut debate critics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Chris Christie considered the future of his struggling U.S. presidential bid on Wednesday amid news reports he would suspend his campaign and narrow the field of rivals facing businessman Donald Trump.

4:18 AM

Damascus expects tough but short battle for Aleppo

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Syrian government expects a tough battle for Aleppo, the city that has become the focal point of the country's long civil war, but is confident of victory and says it won't be a long fight.

4:17 AM

International Red Cross stepping up aid to displaced in northern Syria

KILIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Hospitals near the Syrian frontline have come under attack and been overwhelmed by severely wounded victims of Russian air strikes, taking the area's health system to the verge of collapse, health workers say.

3:31 AM

Yellen: Fed not likely to reverse course on rates despite risks (Update)

WASHINGTON: Tightening financial conditions and uncertainty over China pose risks to the US recovery, but chances are slim the Federal Reserve will reverse the rate tightening cycle it began in December, Fed chair Janet Yellen told US lawmakers on Wednesday.

3:14 AM

Wall Street up as Yellen eases concerns about economy

NEW YORK: Wall Street was on track to snap a three-day losing run on Wednesday after comments by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen eased investor concerns about the capacity of the economy to absorb a gradual rise in interest rates.

3:00 AM

Bursa highlights for Wed, Feb 10

Companies that made notable announcements to Bursa Malaysia on Wednesday included COMPUGATES, MALAYSIA AIRPORTS, PETRONAS GAS and XOX.

2:38 AM

Bolton Wanderers chairman Gartside dies at 63

LONDON (Reuters) - Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside, who was also on the board of the Football Association, has died of cancer at the age of 63.

2:30 AM

U.S. envoy says Islamic State branch in Libya greatest cause for concern

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State said on Wednesday that Russian airstrikes in Syria are boosting the militant group because of the toll they are taking on U.S.-backed opposition fighters.

2:21 AM

NATO to agree new Russian deterrent but avoid Cold War footing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO agreed on Wednesday its boldest steps yet to deter Russia from any attack in the Baltics or eastern Europe, setting out ways to rapidly deploy air, naval and ground forces without resorting to Cold War-era military bases.

2:15 AM

World's top scientists pledge to share all findings to fight Zika

LONDON (Reuters) - Thirty of the world's leading scientific research institutions, journals and funders pledged on Wednesday to share for free all data and expertise on the Zika virus as soon as they have it.

2:06 AM

Kenyan federation CEO dismisses bribery claim

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The head of the Kenyan athletics federation has dismissed claims by two banned athletes that he asked for money to reduce their doping suspensions, describing the allegation as a "fabrication".

1:57 AM

Germany would participate in NATO refugee mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany would take part in a potential NATO mission to help slow refugee flows in the Aegean Sea, the country's defence minister said on Wednesday, a day before the alliance is due to discuss a request for help.

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