Retail | Hermes confirms luxury rebound with strong gains in Asia

Hermes International SCA reported quarterly sales that beat estimates as the brand’s new production sites maintained faster output of Birkin bags and other leather goods

North Korea | Rumors rife as gas restrictions in Pyongyang drag on

An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that has sparked price hikes and hoarding is raising fears of potentially crippling pain

Asian Affairs | A look at North’s evolving brinkmanship

North Korea observers have long marveled at the ability of a small, impoverished, autocratic nation to go toe-to-toe with the world’s superpowers. Part of the secret to

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on Kim

The Trump administration told lawmakers yesterday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary

South China Sea | Duterte says he won’t raise sea feud win vs. China in summit

The Philippine president said yesterday he will not raise his country’s victory in an arbitration ruling that invalidated China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea during

Xinjiang | Authorities ban list of Islamic names in restive region

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are prohibiting parents from giving children some Islamic names in the latest effort to dilute the influence of religion on life in

Sports | Guangzhou Evergrande charged for fans’ anti-Hong Kong banner

Two-time Asian Champions League winner Guangzhou Evergrande has been charged by the sport’s continental governing body after supporters unfurled an offensive banner aimed at a Hong Kong

Brexit | Merkel: Britain should hold no illusions exit will be easy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday sought to dash British hopes that its exit from the European Union will have only a limited impact on

France | After Whirlpool battle, Le Pen and Macron clash over fish

After “the battle of Whirlpool,” when Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both went hunting for France’s blue-collar vote at a threatened home appliance

Middle East | Syrian media: Israel attacked installation near Damascus

An apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military installation near Damascus International Airport shook the capital yesterday and raised tensions between the two hostile neighbors.

This Day in History | 2001 First space tourist blasts off

A billionaire businessman from California has become the first paying passenger to go to outer space. Dennis Tito, aged 60, set off from Kazakhstan at 1338

Offbeat | WWII painting stolen by Nazis to rotate between Paris and US

A 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has transferred from the University of

Victoria’s Secret returns grander than ever

Victoria’s Secret opened its first full assortment store at The Venetian yesterday, hosting mini tours at its shop during a private event before opening to the public

Football | Cardiff hotels already full for Champions League final

Supporters wanting to stay in the city hosting this season’s Champions League final are in for a shock. Hotels in Cardiff are expected

Top Football | Messi leads Barcelona to 7-1 victory; Real Madrid wins 6-2

While Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to trounce Osasuna 7-1, Cristiano Ronaldo was rested by title rival Real Madrid in its 6-2 rout of Deportivo

Golf | Levy shoots 63 to take 1-stroke lead at China Open

Alexander Levy shot a 9-under 63 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the China Open. The Frenchman, who won the