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CHINA Well-known Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser said yesterday that she and her husband have been placed under house arrest in Beijing as China plays host to ... Full story

THE BUZZ: FIFA claims 2 Twitter records for Germany rout

FIFA is claiming two Twitter records for Germany’s stunning 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinals.FIFA says there were 35.6 million Twitter posts ... Full story

World Cup entangled with Mideast conflicts

Barbara Surk, BeirutWith the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some ... Full story

Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

The Israeli army yesterday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 14 people on the second day ... Full story

This Day in History: 1985 Rainbow Warrior sinks after explosion

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has been blown up in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand. One of the 11 crew members on board has been killed. ... Full story

US farmer loses phone, found on Japanese island

U.S. farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone ... Full story

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RUSSIA will allow gambling in Sochi in a bid to make continued use of the facilities that were built in the Black Sea resort for ... Full story

Gandhi to join Churchill, Mandela in London square

A statue of India’s pacifist freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi will be placed in London’s Parliament Square alongside other famous statesmen, including his political adversary ... Full story

SRI LANKA | Hardline Buddhists want Pope Francis to apologize

A Buddhist group accused of instigating recent attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka says Pope Francis must apologize to Buddhists for atrocities allegedly committed by Christian ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Late-night US talk show ‘Conan’ debuts in China

The American late-night talk show “Conan” has racked up more than 3 million hits since its debut on an online video site in China.The comedy ... Full story

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