Turkey Istanbul gunman captured after more than two weeks on the run

Turkish authorities captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year’s nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying yesterday that he’s an Uzbekistan national who trained

Germany | Supreme court rejects bid to outlaw far-right party

Germany’s supreme court yesterday rejected a bid by lawmakers to outlaw a fringe far-right party accused of pursuing a racist and anti-Semitic agenda. Andreas Vosskuhle, chief

This Day in History | 1991 – Iraqi Scud missiles hit Israel

Iraq has attacked two Israeli cities with Scud missiles, prompting fears that Israel may be drawn into the Gulf War. Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv, and

Offbeat | Obama made Kenyan artist’s name, but Trump portraits fizzle

Kenyan artist Evans Yegon is sad to see President Barack Obama leave office. The artist has made a name for himself painting USD1,000 portraits of Obama and

World briefs

BRITAIN Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear: the U.K. will make a clean break from the European Union and leave its single market of some 500

Literature | Patchett, Chabon among nominees for critics prizes

Ann Patchett, Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith were among the nominees announced yesterday for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. Books by Louise Erdrich and former

Kyrgyzstan | Ministry: Turkish cargo plane crash kills 37

A cargo plane crashed yesterday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The

USA | Revelers, rally-goers to clog DC for Trump’s inauguration

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation’s capital for Donald Trump’s inauguration and a major demonstration the day after, but how many will

Oman says it accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay inmates at US request

Oman said it accepted 10 inmates from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he

This Day in History | 1983 – BBC wakes up to morning TV

People have been switching on their televisions a little earlier than usual to catch Britain’s first breakfast news programme. The BBC’s new Breakfast Time

Offbeat | Cutest captain: Sea lion caught in fishing gear hops on boat

Officials say a juvenile sea lion was so happy to be rescued after getting hooked by fishing gear off Southern California, it jumped into a Coast Guard boat.

World briefs

VIETNAM-JAPAN Japan will provide Vietnam new patrol vessels, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday on the last stop of his four-nation tour to boost his country’s trade

Stark inequality: Oxfam says eight men as rich as half the world

The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael

Ignoring Trump’s skepticism, Davos elite bets on climate change

Donald Trump has often ridiculed global warming and promised to withdraw the U.S. from the global accord signed in Paris in 2015. Yet despite the change

World diplomats in Paris to urge renewed Mideast peace talks

Fearing a new eruption of violence in the Middle East, more than 70 world diplomats gathered in Paris yesterday to push for renewed peace talks that would

This Day in History | 1979 Shah of Iran flees into exile

The Shah of Iran has fled the country following months of increasingly violent protests against his regime. Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi and his wife, Empress