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CHINA’s conversion of coal into natural gas could prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. But there’s a catch: As the country shifts its use

Netanyahu cancels meeting with German foreign minister

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday canceled a meeting with the visiting German foreign minister over the latter’s plans to sit down with Israeli rights groups, sparking a

The Buzz | Eurozone deficit down to lowest level since early 2008

Following years of budget restraint, particularly in Greece, government deficits across the 19-country eurozone has fallen to its lowest level since before the most acute phase of the

The Buzz | Trump’s presidency: The 100-day milestone

For a little over 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions. He’s startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough

France | Vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

French voters shut out the country’s political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country’s modern history, and yesterday found themselves being courted

French stocks soar to near-decade highs as Macron tops poll

As relief rallies go, this may be as good as they come. European markets have jumped higher, with France’s main index hitting its highest

Analysis | France discards the politics of left and right

For globalists rattled by Brexit and Donald Trump, the first round of the French presidential race was a relief. They should savor it. It probably

This Day in History | 1974 – Rebels seize control of Portugal

Army rebels are in control of Portugal tonight after an almost bloodless dawn coup ended nearly 50 years of dictatorship. Shortly after midnight, tanks rolled into

Offbeat | Puerto Rico bank robber flees on bicycle, eludes police

It wasn’t a 10-speed, but a bank robber in Puerto Rico was still able to elude police Friday by fleeing on a bicycle. Authorities said the unidentified

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KOREAS Fresh off an immense North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility

Macron, Le Pen on course for French runoff as Fillon concedes

National Front leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are on course to qualify for the second round of France’s tightly fought presidential election after

Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest 

Thousands of Venezuelans dressed in white marched in the capital Saturday to pay homage to the at least 20 people killed in anti-government unrest in

Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot in Kenya

The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save

Offbeat | Starbucks barista has meltdown over Unicorn Frappuccino 

A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain’s much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear. Starbucks’ entry into

This Day in History | 1975 – Baader-Meinhof blow up embassy

A tense stand-off at the West German embassy in Stockholm has ended in violence, with the death of at least three people. Five Baader-Meinhof guerrillas had been

World briefs

CHINA’s foreign minister says China insists on the elimination of nuclear weapons in the Korean peninsula and will continue to pursue the resumption of talks among the involved parties.