Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

Secretary of State John Kerry said diplomats have agreed to work with Syrian parties to implement a ‘‘nationwide cessation of hostilities.’’

A member of the Syrian government forces waved as he sat on the road leading to Gaziantep on the outskirts of the village of Kiffin on Thursday.

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The Internationalist

Does peace in Syria stand a chance?

Ending civil wars can be a long and messy process.

Shirley Leung

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Did the apocalypse just hit Suffolk University?

Sebastian Smee

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/11/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Degas-Two%20Dancers%20Entering-1473785.jpg The hard truths behind Misty Copeland’s Degas photos

Many view Degas’s ballet pictures as if the works were some sort of grand affirmation of their art. They’re really not.

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

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The ex-NFL official has gained a reputation — perhaps unfairly — for being Mr. Wrong, and may not be back on CBS.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/12/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/norton%20plant.jpg Alnylam buys Norton site for $200m drug manufacturing plant

The facility may employ 220 workers within five years.

A scientist in Germany was silhouetted by a a visualisation of the waves, discovered by a team of physicists led by MIT and Caltech. Above, notes related to Albert Einstein’s prediction of the interstellar sounds.
The tremendously powerful collision of two black holes was shown in a computer simulation on Thursday.

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Major new discovery allows scientists for the first time to hear the universe

A team from MIT spearheaded the landmark discovery, which marked the first time scientists had detected gravitational waves.

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Bostonians appear smitten with the idea: There have been about 1,500 active users each month here since Bark’N’Borrow’s launch.

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The couple allege in the lawsuit that Aisling Brady McCarthy is responsible for the death of their 1-year-old girl in 2013.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/12kanyewest1.jpg Kanye West mounts fashionable NYC party for ‘The Life of Pablo’

On Thursday afternoon, the hip-hop superstar unveiled his hotly anticipated new album during a fashion show at Madison Square Garden.

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Democrats stress the needs of minorities, women during debate

The debate was the first time Hillary Clinton has been on stage since Bernie Sanders beat her by 22 points in the N.H. primary.

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On Thursday, Darryl Whiting, a once-feared drug dealer, choked back tears as he pleaded with a federal judge for mercy.

David Sukhin says he’s been wrong about cancellations in Greater Boston only once or twice since 2012.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

With flurry of data, this app is a snow day predictor

The calculator considers weather predictions, number of school days already used up, and media hype about a storm.

Officials vow to protect East Boston after gang slayings

Mayor Martin J. Walsh pledged during a public meeting in East Boston on Thursday night to work to protect the neighborhood.

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Stocks plummeted in Tokyo, with the Topix index headed for its biggest weekly loss since 2008.

Opinion | JOAN VENNOCHI

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Changes to the park should honor the former mayor, but not set the city back financially.

Former mayor Ray Flynn in car accident, not injured

Former mayor Ray Flynn was in a car accident Thursday while driving near his home in South Boston, but was not injured, the city said.

Boston-02/11/16 The finals of the mens and ladies FIS Snowboard World Cup 2016 at the Big Air event at Fenway Park. Julia Marino from USA on her last jump. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Julia Marino wins women’s World Cup at Fenway

Marino, 18, of Westport, Conn., was the Big Air star with 169.25 points.

Ground Game

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/11/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tripssquare-11204.jpg It’s South Carolina’s turn to sort out the GOP field

New Hampshire was supposed to pick a favorite of the establishment GOP field. They didn’t, and now it’s South Carolina’s turn.

The Big Picture

Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday 2016

Historians say Mardi Gras dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of a pagan festival as a period of celebration before the penance of Lent.

Globe investigations

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A look at high-impact investigations from The Boston Globe, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning report on abuse in the Catholic Church.

BetaBoston

Betaboston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/11/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/masschallenge.jpg MassChallenge program for entrepreneurs opening in Mexico City

The Boston-based accelerator program that gives office space and grants to emerging companies is opening its fifth location.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Crux

crux

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/06/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/Peter-Saunders-C-717x450-1298-ksp--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Vocal member of Vatican abuse panel to depart

An outspoken member of an abuse commission headed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley said he won’t leave unless the pope asks him to.

Globe Insiders

Design New England

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/03/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/bath.jpg Immersed in the View

A seaside location sets the tone for a free-flowing master bathroom with partitions and angles — but no doors to restrict sightlines.