Bangladesh | Court sentences ten to death for 2000 plot to kill PM

A Bangladesh court has sentenced to death 10 leaders and activists from a banned Islamist group for a plot in 2000 to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by

Russia | US Embassy suspends issuing non-immigrant visas

In a step that could affect hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists, the U.S. Embassy in Russia said yesterday it would suspend issuing nonimmigrant visas in Moscow

Egypt | Lawmaker steps back from call to extend president’s term

The Egyptian law- maker behind a call to amend the constitution to extend the president’s term by two years said in comments published

Spain – Terrorism | Authorities hunting just one suspect in Las Ramblas attacks

Spanish authorities yesterday said they were looking for just one person after the deadly vehicle attacks last week in Barcelona and a seaside town south

Offbeat | Overtime. Penn Jillette apologizes to Newfoundland for insult comedy

Penn Jillette is apologizing profusely for his wisecracks insulting Newfoundland. The talkative half of the Penn & Teller magic and comedy act called Newfoundland “a euphemism for

This Day in History | 1972 – Rhodesia out of Olympics

Rhodesia has been thrown out of the Olympic Games with just four days to go before the opening ceremony in Munich, Germany. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)

World briefs

OFF SINGAPORE The USS John S. McCain docks at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after an early morning collision with an oil tanker as vessels

The Buzz | Big Ben’s bell goes silent for years of repairs

Britain’s Big Ben has bonged the hour for the last time yesterday ahead of almost four years of repair work. The giant bell atop Parliament’s clock tower rang out

Death at 91 | Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis knew how to laugh and cry

Jerry Lewis sometimes didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “There’s nothing more dramatic than the comedy I’ve done,” Lewis, who died yesterday (Macau time) at age 91,

South Africa | Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe

Granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from Johannesburg yesterday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting

Venezuela | Pro-gov’t assembly takes over

Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly took over the powers of the opposition-led congress Friday, dramatically escalating a standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes.

Spain investigates missing imam, mysterious explosion

A missing imam and a house that exploded days ago became the focus Saturday of the investigation into an extremist cell responsible for two deadly attacks in Barcelona and

Nature | The Andes: Getting water to Peru’s desert capital is no easy task

Getting fresh water to Peru’s desert capital is no easy task. Lima relies on a vast network of concrete tunnels to transport water originating in lakes in the

Feature | Obituary Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies

Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional

Offbeat | Are you for real? Police check out man looking for dentures

A wary woman in southern Germany alerted police after a man buzzed on the door and asked for permission to search her balcony for his false teeth.

This Day in History | 1983 – Filipino opposition leader shot dead

The Philippines opposition leader, Benigno Aquino, has been assassinated just minutes after returning home from exile. Mr Aquino, 50, had spent the last three years in the

World briefs

SYRIA President Bashar Assad yesterday refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups. Assad’s defiant

The Buzz | Senator says Trump can regain moral authority

Sen. Tim Scott says President Donald Trump can regain his moral authority on the issue of race by spending time with people who have lived through