The Brief

Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate In Milwaukee
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A Debate on Obama

There were only two Democrats on the debate stage in Milwaukee on Sunday night, but they should have brought a third podium for President Obama, with heated exchanges over his legacy reflecting how he has become a specter in the Democratic primary contest

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Asian Markets Plummet

Japan's main stock index dived more than 5 percent Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in Europe and the U.S. Global stocks have been in a slump since the beginning of the year when China's market plunged dramatically.

Syria Support Group meeting in Munich, Germany

Diplomats Agree to Syria Cease-Fire

Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in the coming week

The Angel of Independence monument is seen near a building of HSBC in Mexico City

Families of Americans Killed in Mexico Sue HSBC

The families of four U.S. citizens who were murdered by gangs in Mexico have filed a lawsuit against the British multinational bank HSBC, claiming that the bank willfully let the cartels in question launder billions of dollars via its institutions

In this Jan. 11, 2016, photo, a group of women and young children wait to leave the besieged town of Madaya, northwest of Damascus, Syria. Doctors Without Borders says dozens of people in Madaya have died of starvation since September.

Besieged Syrian City on the Verge of Starvation

Some people were so malnourished when the aid arrived to the town of Madaya that they died in the following weeks. The U.N. said 400 people needed immediate medical evacuation, but was not able to take them out

A video screen grab shows riot police outside Topo Chico prison after a deadly riot in the northern city of Monterrey, Mexico, Feb. 11, 2016.

At Least 52 Dead in Mexico Prison Riot

A prison riot and fire killed at least 52 and left 12 others injured in the Mexican state of Monterrey, local outlets report. Several prisoners may have escaped. The fire began shortly after midnight and was accompanied by shouts and explosions

American rapper Kanye West poses before French fashion house Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women's ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week

Kanye Turns His Mom Into a Video Game

Kanye West has announced his newest venture, Only One: The Game — a video game inspired by his late mother Donda going to heaven. "You've got to bring her to the highest gate of heaven" he said of the game's objective

Elsa and Anna, Frozen, 2013.

'Frozen' Musical Selects Denver for World Premiere

Attention: All flights to Arendelle must first connect through Denver. Disney’s upcoming stage musical adaptation of Frozen, which announced its plans to head to Broadway in the spring of 2018, will first make an out-of-town pit stop in Colorado

J.K. Rowling poses for a photo during an appearance at The David H. Koch Theater in New York on Oct. 16, 2012.

How J.K. Rowling Became a Support System for Her Fans

J.K. Rowling's fans look to her to answer all kinds of questions, from the fate of their favorite character to the truth about that rumored eighth Harry Potter book—but they also ask her about how to cope with depression