30 missing in central Italy avalanche that buried hotel

An avalanche buried a four-star spa hotel in a mountainous earthquake-hit region of central Italy, leaving at least 30 people missing, authorities said yesterday. The civil

Briefs | Gambia president refuses to step down

Gambia’s president-elect says he will be sworn in to office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, as his country’s political crisis continues. Barrow won the December election, but

Inaugural things to watch: The speech, the dress and more 

From a morning stop at church through the swearing-in to the last dance of the evening, it’s going to be an inaugural marathon today. Donald Trump will take

Collapse of Tehran high-rise on fire kills 30 firefighters

A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed yesterday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck

This Day in History | 1958 Explorers meet at South Pole

Members of the team attempting the first surface crossing of the Antarctic have joined up at the South Pole. New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary - who has

Offbeat | Raccoons recover at california zoo after cross-country ride

Baby raccoons that inadvertently hitched a cross-country ride to Northern California are recovering at the Oakland Zoo. Animal care authorities said this week that in September

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ITALY Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy yesterday, reporting no signs of life as they searched for

The Buzz | New clash erupts at Brazil prison where 26 killed

Inmates threw rocks at each other and set up barriers yesterday inside a Brazilian penitentiary where 26 prisoners were recently killed in confrontations. Live images on Globo

US | Rules for pot in public fire up debate in Denver

Denver started work yesterday on becoming the first city in the U.S. to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such

Climate change | Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days

Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather. On

USA | Obama shortens Manning’s term, grants clemency to hundreds

President Barack Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning yesterday , allowing the transgender Army intelligence officer convicted of leaking more than 700,000 U.S. documents to go

Russia | Authorities extend residence permit for Snowden

Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency.

This Day in History | 2000 – ‘Internet twins’ taken into care

The American twin girls at the centre of an internet adoption scandal have been seized from a hotel in north Wales and taken into care.

Offbeat | US: Missing hunter located in Alabama jail

Searchers spent time looking for a missing hunter in north Alabama until officers realized he was actually in jail. Relatives of 50-year-old Randy Keith Holt

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MALI A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali yesterday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 soldiers and

IMF boosts growth forecast for US, cites Trump impact

The International Monetary Fund raised its forecast for the U.S. economy over the next two years, saying President-elect Donald Trump’s policies should boost economic growth, particularly