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Indonesia hit by earthquake

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No injuries, deaths or damages were reported, according to CNN.

The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency measured the quake at 7 on the Richter scale, but the USGA measured it at 6.4.

The earthquake was the latest in series of recent quakes in the past weeks, such as a 6 magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday, according to the Earth Times.

Sudan to sign peace deal with Darfur rebels

The Sudanese government signed an agreement Saturday in N'Djamena with Darfur rebels to help resolve the conflict in the region, said President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

The rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement, said the agreement signed Saturday was not a formal peace deal, but only set out terms for negotiations.

A formal framework agreement for a cease-fire with the rebels will be signed next week by the Sudanese government, according to both the rebels and state media.

Bashir said he would cancel death sentences for prisoners who were a part of the rebel group and he would release 30 percent of them immediately, according to Reuters.

According to CNN, Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement signed a confidence-building agreement last year in Qatar.

Rebel spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam said the truce would be temporary and dependent on the actions of the Sudanese government.

Ohno wins silver medal

Apolo Anton Ohno won the silver medal Saturday in the men's 1,500 meter short-track speedskating event at the Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Ohno was in line to finish fourth, but advanced to second place after two Koreans in front of him, Lee Ho-Suk and Sung Si-Bak, took each other out, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ohno's silver medal put him ahead of Eric Heiden as the most decorated American male athlete in Winter Olympic history, according to the USA Today.

Ohno has three more races in this year's Olympics, and only needs one more medal to bypass Bonnie Blair as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian, male or female.

Iran claims to have launched animals into space

Iran announced on Wednesday it had launched a rocket carrying several small animals into space.

An Iranian state-run news agency said the rocket was launched to commemorate the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution on Feb. 11. The launch of the rocket also coincided with Iran's Space Day, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Last year when Iran announced that it was planning a series of satellite launches the U.S. government expressed concerns over the matter.

"Although this appears to be [a] satellite, there are dual-use capabilities that could be applied to missiles, and that's a concern to us and everybody in region," said a U.S. Defense Department spokesman at the time.

According to CNN the Pentagon dismissed claims made by Iran in 2008 saying that they has launched a vehicle into orbit capable of carrying a satellite. The Pentagon said the rocket was too unstable to leave Earth's atmosphere.

British Man Charged For Selling Fake Bomb Detectors

A British man who sold fake bomb detectors was arrested Jan. 22 on suspicion of fraud, said police.

Jim McCormick, 53, was accused of selling bomb detectors that he knew didn't work to several countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, according to police.

BBC News reported that the British government announced a ban on the export of the device, known as the ADE-651, to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to CNN a spokesman for the British government said that the device could only be banned in Iraq and Afghanistan because powers to control the sale of the device were "based on the risk that [the device] could cause harm to U.K. and other friendly forces."

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