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Josefina’s lyrics dig deep into the psyche

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Josefina Asconape (who performs simply as Josefina) spent her childhood and most of her adult life living in different countries. Among the many she has spent time in (everywhere from Italy to China to Japan to Belgium), Paris appears to be the most influential in her pursuit of music. In France, she began her musical tenure singing jazz standards and French songs.

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U.N. condemns North Korean satellite launch, threatens new sanctions (+video)

The United Nations on Sunday condemned North Korea’s satellite launch as a “dangerous and serious” violation of international restrictions, and threatened new sanctions aimed at dissuading the rogue nation from building missiles capable of delivering weapons against distant adversaries including the United States.

China lets the good times roll for the ‘Year of the Monkey’ (+video)

BEIJING — China’s Spring Festival (or “Chinese New Year”) celebrations begin next week. The festival will usher in the Year of the Monkey — the ninth sign in the 12-year zodiac cycle, sandwiched between the sheep and the rooster. According to traditional Chinese belief, babies born this year — so-called monkey babies — will be smart, curious, cute and perhaps a bit condescending. Here’s a further look at the celebrations and some related numbers: