News You Should Read Today – February 8 – 2016

North Korea launches long-range rocket ( condemns N Korea rocket launch

The United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea on Sunday for defying international warnings in launching a long-range rocket that many believe is a cover for a test of a ballistic missile that could reach the United States mainland.

It comes a month after the rogue state claimed to have detonated a hydrogen bomb. All 15 Security Council members approved a statement at an emergency meeting emphasizing that using ballistic missile technology violates four resolutions. The group also vowed to adopt a new resolution soon with “significant” sanctions for North Korea. The Associated Press

North Korea’s missile launch has Japan moving quickly to impose additional unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang. Some key sanctions against North Korea which were previously eased by Japan are now expected to be tightened again. North Korea’s multi-stage rocket flew over Japan’s southern island of Okinawa on Sunday morning before placing an object into orbit around the Earth. VOA



US Presidential election newsUS Presidential election

In a Monmouth University poll released Sunday, Donald Trump leads the Republican field with 30 percent of the support from likely New Hampshire primary voters. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are tied for 13 percent. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton, 52 percent to 42 percent. The poll’s margin of error is 4.4 percentage points. On Tuesday, New Hampshire will be the second state to vote in the primaries. Monmouth University

On the eve of New Hampshire’s presidential primaries, a new CNN Poll of Polls finds both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are holding on to substantial leads in their respective races, but each faces an opponent whose support is on the rise. CNN



Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50

The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, beating the Carolina Panthers 24-10. This is Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning’s second Super Bowl win.

NFL MVP Cam Newton threw an interception and fumbled twice, including one that was returned for a touchdown by the Denver defense in the first quarter. The Panthers’ high-powered offense struggled all game against the Broncos’ tough defense. Linebacker Vonn Miller, who harassed Newton all game and came up with two critical strip-sacks, was the game’s MVP. Los Angeles Times



Turkey keeps Syrian refugees waitingTurkey keeps Syrian refugees waiting

While Turkey says it has reached its “capacity to absorb” refugees, Turkish aid workers are providing tents and supplies for Syrian refugees who have gathered at the border between the two countries.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told CNN-Turk television Sunday Turkey has already taken in 3 million refugees, the vast majority of them Syrians.

“But in the end, these people have nowhere else to go. Either they will die beneath the bombings and Turkey will… watch the massacre like the rest of the world, or we will open our borders,” Kurtulmaus said.

Turkey has closed its Oncupinar border opposite Syria’s Bab al-Samam frontier where thousands of Syrians massed Sunday for a third day waiting for the border to open. Turkish officials say up to 35,000 Syrians are waiting at the border. The Syrians are escaping a Russia-backed government offensive in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said “if necessary, we have to and will let our brothers in.” It was not immediately clear, however, what has to happen before the crossing is opened. VOA

Chinese new year, It’s the year of the monkey!Chinese new year, It’s the year of the monkey!

From business to sports and pop culture, Year of the Monkey is everywhere (and a little controversial at times). Monday marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, celebrated in Asian culture as a year for successful business ventures and entrepreneurs. It’s also the year of optimism, positivity and certain change – so expect the unexpected, according to centuries’ old lore. USA Today

People gathered at one of Hong Kong’s best known temples – the Wong Tai Sin – to make their new year wishes, while dancers dressed in traditional costumes performed at Ditan Park in Beijing. Wellwishers in the Philippines, Indonesia, North Korea, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand have also kicked off the celebrations in their countries. The Sydney Opera House in Australia was bathed in red light as part of city wide lumiere and lantern display to welcome in Chinese New Year. Telegraph

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