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TAIWAN will build its own submarines to get around Beijing’s efforts to prevent it from purchasing such craft from overseas and ensure an adequate defense against Chinese

The Buzz | Woody Harrelson gives up smoking pot after ‘30 solid years’

Woody Harrelson has given up marijuana after decades of what he calls partying too hard. The actor is one of Hollywood’s most well-known marijuana enthusiasts. Harrelson tells

Martin McGuinness, Irish rebel turned politician, dies at 66

Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who led his underground paramilitary movement toward reconciliation with Britain, died yesterday, his Sinn Fein party announced. He was

Dire straits | Gibraltar faces Brexit chaos against its will

All Antonio Molina has to do to cross the border into Gibraltar for work is wave an identity card, barely slowing his motorbike’s pace. The

Brexit | Britain to formally trigger process to leave EU on March 29

Britain’s government will begin the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on the two years in which to complete the most

This Day in History | 1991 – Heseltine unveils new property tax

Environment Secretary Michael Heseltine has scrapped the controversial poll tax and replaced it with a property tax. The new council tax will involve a single bill

Offbeat | You’re nabbed! French gendarmes find thief stuck in window

Arrests can’t come any easier than this. French gendarmes called to a robbery found the suspected thief stuck in a hole he’d made with a hammer in a

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  BRITAIN will begin divorce proceedings from the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on two years of intense political and economic negotiations that will fundamentally change

The Buzz | Pink diamond worth millions shown in London ahead of auction

Sotheby’s is displaying the startling “pink star” diamond in London before it’s auctioned in Hong Kong next month. The company says the gem should fetch more

Who’s happy, who’s not: Norway tops list, US falls

If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps — and a sense of community. A

Germany | Merkel’s rival eschews Trump-style campaigning

Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat who’s shaping up as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s biggest electoral threat yet, said he’ll avoid campaign tactics associated with U.S. President Donald Trump

Peru | Death toll rises to 72 in rains, flooding, mudslides

The intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen in two decades, Peruvian authorities said Saturday, affecting more than

Britain | Sturgeon says 2021 Scots independence vote is unacceptable

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May of being intransigent on the timing of a referendum on Scottish independence, and said it would

This Day in History | 2003 – US launches missiles against Saddam

American missiles have hit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, signalling the start of the US-led campaign to topple Saddam Hussein. President George Bush delivered a live

Offbeat | ‘Most Interesting Man’ judges beard contest; girl’s dad wins

A man who helped pitch Dos Equis beer as the Most Interesting Man in the World turned his attention from his favorite beer to his favorite beard by

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NORTH KOREA has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for