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Putin and Obama discuss Syria conflict resolution

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have failed to see eye to eye over the Syria conflict Credit: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama discussed issues related to resolving the conflict in Syria on Sunday, the Kremlin has said.

During phone talks, both leaders agreed to intensify diplomatic and other cooperation to implement a ceasefire agreed at a global security conference in Munich, the Kremlin said in a statement,

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Turkey continues to shell Kurdish militia in northern Syria

The Turkish army have shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria for a second day, killing two fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group has said.

On Saturday, Turkey demanded the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia withdraw from areas that it captured in the northern Aleppo region in recent days.

Turkey's prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu insisted the army 'retaliate against every step' made by the YPG. Credit: Reuters

The shelling has targeted an air base and other positions captured by the Kurdish-backed forces from insurgents in Syria.

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned that Turkey would retaliate if the YPG did not leave the airbase.

"We will retaliate against every step. YPG and the forces behind it should be aware of Turkey's stance. The YPG will immediately withdraw from Azaz and the surrounding area and will not go close to it again", he said.

Three confirmed dead after huge pile-up on US highway

Three people are confirmed to have died in a pile-up on a highway in Pennsylvania that involved more than 50 vehicles.

According to TV station Penn Live, 70 people were transported to several hospital after accident on Interstate 78.

Winds of at least 30 mph were blowing at the time of the crash, NBC News reports, citing The Weather Channel, and visibility was less than 2 miles.

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Weather: Cold and frosty start for many

Top temperatures on Sunday will reach 8C (46 F). Credit: ITV Weather

Today it will be a cold and frosty start for many of us, but where there have been showers overnight there will be some icy conditions around.

Rain will clear from the south during the morning, with sunny spells developing in the afternoon.

In northern and eastern areas, there are likely to be wintry showers throughout the day, but with sunny spells in between.

Top temperatures of 8C (46 F).

Earthquake strikes New Zealand city

The earthquake's epicentre was 15km east of Christchurch Credit: Google Maps

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake has struck near Christchurch, on New Zealand's east coast.

The quake caused cliffs to collapse into the sea, but no injuries and no major damage to the city was reported.

The epicentre of Sunday's earthquake was 15km east of Christchurch, the country's seismological body Geonet, said.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said: "Obviously with a 5.7 magnitude earthquake so close to the eastern coast of Christchurch its certainly been a big shock for the city, a set back in terms of people's confidence and feeling of security."

In 2011, Christchurch was devastated by an earthquake which killed nearly 200 people.

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