Parents ask court to let them take Charlie Gard home to die

A  lawyer for the parents of Charlie Gard told a judge yesterday their last wish is to take their critically ill son home to die. Lawyers

Canada | Polygamous leader found guilty of having 25 wives

Two former leaders of an isolated polygamous community in Canada were convicted Monday of practicing polygamy after a decades-long legal fight, setting up another potential court

France | Macron plays peacemaker, hosting top Libyan rivals

President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker for a country where the stakes are

Briefs | Nigeria: Ailing president gives thanks for nationwide prayers

Nigeria’s government says President Muhammadu Buhari has written to Guinea’s leader thanking him for organizing nationwide prayers for his health and saying “I am making good progress.” Buhari

This Day in History | 1963 – Thousands killed in Yugoslav earthquake

Thousands of people are feared dead after a massive earthquake rocked the Yugoslav city of Skopje. The first quake occurred in the Macedonian capital at about 0500

World briefs

MALDIVES Security forces locked down parliament on orders from the president Monday, leading to clashes after opposition lawmakers stormed the compound in an attempt to vote on whether to

The Buzz | Taiwanese minister visits Dominican Republic to boost ties

Taiwan’s minister of foreign affairs is visiting the Dominican Republic to boost diplomatic ties in the region after recently losing Panama as an ally. David Lee Tawei

Met exhibit looks at Japan’s fine craft of bamboo basketry

Bamboo is getting attention these days as a versatile and sustainable material for housewares, so the timing is good for a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit that

Health | Girl’s HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines — more evidence

South Sudan sexual violence on ‘massive scale,’ report says

It’s been five months since the shy, frail 13-year-old was snatched from his bed, drugged and raped in the middle of the night. The boy hasn’t been

Human Trafficking | Death toll rises to 9 in sweltering truck

Nine people are dead and the death toll could rise after emergency crews pulled dozens of people from a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in

This Day in History | 2000 – Concorde crash kills 113

Concorde has crashed just minutes after take-off, killing all 109 people on board and four people on the ground. The Air France jet, bound for New

World briefs

THAILAND Police say they have arrested 44 people — 19 Chinese citizens and 25 Taiwanese — suspected of running a telephone scam. The suspects made calls over

The Buzz | Six Belgians jailed after dive into Venice’s Grand Canal

Venice’s mayor says six young Belgian men were going to spend the night in jail after they dived from a bridge into the lagoon city’s Grand Canal. Mayor

Rookie from New Jersey wins World Series of Poker, USD8.1m

A New Jersey man with a degree in accounting is this year’s World Series of Poker champion. Scott Blumstein won the series’ marquee no-limit Texas Hold

Israel installs new security cameras amidst dispute over Jerusalem holy site

Israel installed new security cameras yesterday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering “alternatives” to the metal detectors at

Baby Charlie protesters to rally as hospital reports threats

Protesters who want critically ill British baby Charlie Gard to receive an experimental medical treatment are planning a rally and prayer vigil yesterday, while hospital officials say emotions are running so high

Offbeat | Beijing says no to Justin Bieber over past ‘bad behavior’ 

China’s capital says it won’t be inviting Justin Bieber to perform in the country because of his past “bad behavior,” although it did concede that the Canadian singer has