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GEOPOLITICS | Expedience, pragmatism shape new Asian alliances

Moscow is cozying up to its old rival China. China is holding hands with Seoul. Tokyo is striking deals with Pyongyang.In the ever-shifting game of ... Full story

This Day in History: 2001 Scientists discover why we are here

A Californian University has thrown more light on why the Big Bang works after nearly 40 years of world-wide research. Most scientists accept that the ... Full story

Offbeat: Loch Ness monster it ain’t: 6-foot croc in… Greece!

Greece has its own lake monster — and it’s no Nessie.The Fire Brigade and authorities on the resort island of Crete say a 6-foot crocodile ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Francis to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness

Pope Francis has begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sex abuse in his first meeting with several abuse survivors.The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing ... Full story

World briefs

JAPAN was bracing for destructive winds and huge waves as a powerful typhoon churned yesterday toward the southern islands of Okinawa after sparing the Philippines. ... Full story

RELIGION | Church parade past Mafia home a challenge to pope

In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house ... Full story

USA | South Texas shows drama behind illegal immigration

Deputy Rudy Trevino was patrolling a park along the Texas-Mexico border when he spied movement in the darkness. Swinging his spotlight toward the motion revealed ... Full story

US man convicted on terror charges files appeal

Nine years ago the FBI made a startling announcement: A "sleeper cell" of al-Qaida operatives was uncovered in California's Central Valley.Following the arrests of five ... Full story

ISRAEL | Suspects confess to killing Palestinian teen

Three Israeli suspects in the vigilante-style killing of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week confessed to the crime yesterday ... Full story

This Day in History: 2003 Conjoined twins die in separation OP

Conjoined Iranian twins who volunteered to go ahead with a major operation to separate them have both died during surgery. Laleh and Ladan Bijani suffered ... Full story

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