Up to 20,000 Syrians were stranded on the Turkish border Friday after fleeing a major Russian-backed regime offensive near Aleppo, where a new humanitarian disaster appeared to be unfolding. Tens of thousands of civilians have joined an exodus to escape fierce fighting involving government forces who severed the rebels' main supply route into Syria's second city. On Friday, clashes between the two sides in and around Ratyan, a town near Aleppo, cost 120 lives, said Britain-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Comedy is the dominant theme for Sunday's Super Bowl television commercials, with celebrities and cute animals trying to make record-setting American audiences laugh while bombarding them with advertising pitches. "From the beginning of the creative process, we tried to find something simple, visual, and fun," said Anselmo Ramos, founder of ad agency DAVID Miami, who made the "Weiner Stampede" hot dog commercial for Heinz condiments. NFL championship spectacles such as Super Bowl 50 are the rare moments when Americans come together as a nation, with a record 114.4 million US viewers tuned in last year -- the sixth record in seven years set by a Super Bowl.