TODAY'S WORLD HEADLINES

Over 10,000 migrant children missing, feared trapped in sex rings, slave trade: Europol Mon, Feb 1, 2016, 8:52 AM | Nicolas Delaunay, Agence France-Presse

Saudi police arrest 9 American 'terror' suspects: report Sun, Jan 31, 2016, 9:35 PM | Agence France-Presse

Sweden proposes age limit for social media use Sun, Jan 31, 2016, 7:17 AM | Philippines News Agency | Xinhua

IN DEFIANCE OF ZIKA | Carnival gets underway in Rio 2:12 pm | Agence France-Presse Rio's Carnival – a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes – gets underway in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous.

US, UK consider letting spy agencies, police seek email, chat data from companies US, UK consider letting spy agencies, police seek email, chat data from companies 1:40 pm | Mark Hosenball, Reuters US and UK spy agencies and police may soon be allowed to directly ask media…

Sanders, Clinton in dead heat - Reuters/Ipsos poll Sanders, Clinton in dead heat - Reuters/Ipsos poll 12:38 pm | Chris Kahn, Reuters Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has erased Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's wide lead for the…

No kissing, experts warn after finding Zika in saliva, urine No kissing, experts warn after finding Zika in saliva, urine 12:10 pm | Pedro Fonseca, Reuters Scientists identified the Zika virus in the saliva and urine of two infected patients, a…

Syrians mass on Turkish border as regime advances in Aleppo Syrians mass on Turkish border as regime advances in Aleppo 11:27 am | Rana Moussaoui and Mohamad Al Ghandour, Agence France-Presse Up to 20,000 Syrians were stranded on the Turkish border Friday after fleeing a major…

BUSINESS NEWS

Unpaid and angry, some Chinese workers ditch holidays to protest Unpaid and angry, some Chinese workers ditch holidays to protest Many workers with unpaid wages at an apartment complex construction site in Hebei province are not joining China's legion of migrant workers returning home to…

Meralco to hike electricity rate by P0.42/kWh Meralco to hike electricity rate by P0.42/kWh The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said it will increase the overall rate of its electricity prices by P0.42 per kilowatthour (kWh) to P8.82 per kWh…

End-January 2016 GIR level reaches $80.16B End-January 2016 GIR level reaches $80.16B The country's gross international reserves (GIR) stood at US$80.16 billion as of end-January 2016, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. announced…

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Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to hold historic meeting in Cuba 9:30 am | Philip Pullella, Reuters Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to hold historic meeting in CubaPope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in what could be a landmark step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.

Satellite images show fuel trucks at North Korea launch site - think tank 9:12 am | David Brunnstrom, Reuters Satellite images show fuel trucks at North Korea launch site - think tankSatellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past one to two weeks before a rocket launch, a US think tank said on Friday.

Moon walker Edgar Mitchell dead at 85 8:10 am | Agence France-Presse Moon walker Edgar Mitchell dead at 85US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 people to have walked on the Moon, has died aged 85, his family and NASA said Friday, calling him a 'pioneer.'

5 dead, many feared trapped after Taiwan quake topples buildings 6:57 am | Agence France-Presse 5 dead, many feared trapped after Taiwan quake topples buildings(UPDATE 3 - 12:18 p.m.) A powerful earthquake in Taiwan felled a 16-story apartment complex full of families who had gathered for Lunar New Year celebrations in the early hours of Saturday, with at least five dead and more than 30 feared trapped.

Jihadists attack Timbuktu a day after mausoleum ceremony 11:03 pm | Agence France-Presse Jihadists attack Timbuktu a day after mausoleum ceremonyAt least four suspected jihadists and a Malian soldier were killed Friday following an attack on a UN military camp in Timbuktu in Mali's restive north, a Malian security source said.

WITH VIDEO | US and allies aim to track North Korean rocket; launch window from Monday 10:34 pm | Jack Kim and Tim Kelly, Reuters WITH VIDEO | US and allies aim to track North Korean rocket; launch window from MondayThe United States has deployed missile defense systems that will work with the Japanese and South Korean militaries to track a rocket North Korea says it will launch some time over an 18-day period beginning Monday.

WikiLeaks founder Assange should walk free: UN panel 8:51 pm | Katherine Haddon, Agence France-Presse WikiLeaks founder Assange should walk free: UN panelA UN panel said Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be able to walk free from Ecuador's embassy in London after nearly four years of "detention," stoking his hopes of wrapping up the case.

German spy agency says ISIS sending fighters disguised as refugees 8:25 pm | Caroline Copley, Reuters German spy agency says ISIS sending fighters disguised as refugeesIslamic State militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said on Friday, a day after security forces thwarted a potential IS attack in Berlin.

Japanese volcano erupts; nearby nuclear plant unaffected 7:47 pm | Osamu Tsukimori and Kiyoshi Takenaka, Reuters Japanese volcano erupts; nearby nuclear plant unaffectedA Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, shooting ash nearly 2 km into the night sky along with fountains of lava, but there were no immediate report of damage and operations at the power station were not affected.

Syrian rebel commander says northern Aleppo countryside 'totally encircled' 7:26 pm | John Davison, Reuters Syrian rebel commander says northern Aleppo countryside \The commander of a US-supported Syrian rebel group said on Friday the northern countryside of Aleppo province was completely encircled by Syrian government forces and its allies and heavy Russian bombardment continued.

Three missing Hong Kong booksellers held in China: police 11:35 am | Agence France-Presse Three missing Hong Kong booksellers held in China: policeChinese police have said for the first time that they are holding three Hong Kong booksellers who went missing on the mainland last year.

SYRIAN WAR | Beyond the tragic human toll, economic impact at $35B - World Bank 10:01 am | Agence France-Presse SYRIAN WAR | Beyond the tragic human toll, economic impact at $35B - World BankThe devastating economic impact of the war in Syria and its spillover into nearby countries stands at $35 billion and climbing, the World Bank said Thursday. World leaders pledge over $10 billion through 2020 to help the Syrians.