World briefs

THAILAND Police say they have arrested 44 people — 19 Chinese citizens and 25 Taiwanese — suspected of running a telephone scam. The suspects made calls over

The Buzz | Six Belgians jailed after dive into Venice’s Grand Canal

Venice’s mayor says six young Belgian men were going to spend the night in jail after they dived from a bridge into the lagoon city’s Grand Canal. Mayor

Rookie from New Jersey wins World Series of Poker, USD8.1m

A New Jersey man with a degree in accounting is this year’s World Series of Poker champion. Scott Blumstein won the series’ marquee no-limit Texas Hold

Israel installs new security cameras amidst dispute over Jerusalem holy site

Israel installed new security cameras yesterday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering “alternatives” to the metal detectors at

Baby Charlie protesters to rally as hospital reports threats

Protesters who want critically ill British baby Charlie Gard to receive an experimental medical treatment are planning a rally and prayer vigil yesterday, while hospital officials say emotions are running so high

Offbeat | Beijing says no to Justin Bieber over past ‘bad behavior’ 

China’s capital says it won’t be inviting Justin Bieber to perform in the country because of his past “bad behavior,” although it did concede that the Canadian singer has

This Day in History | 1974 – Nixon ‘must hand over Watergate tapes’

Giving the judgement to a packed and hushed courtroom, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger said the court rejected Mr Nixon’s claims of executive privilege.

World briefs

    PHILIPPINES Congress on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the president’s appeal for martial law in the south to be extended to the end of the year to help

Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

It was a typical phone call between two boys and their mother, who was on vacation in France. It was brief — the boys wanted to get

Germany raises pressure on Turkey after activist jailed

The German government increased pressure on Turkey yesterday after the jailing of a human rights activist, telling all citizens traveling there to exercise caution and threatening to withhold backing

France | Macron visits air force base amid military crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron promised an “unprecedented” hike in defense spending next year and vowed to safeguard the country’s nuclear deterrent, as he tries to show his

Briefs | Syria: Parents of missing US reporter believe he is alive 

The parents of an American journalist who has been missing in Syria for the past five years said yesterday that they believe he is still alive

Venezuela’s Maduro, foes head into crucial showdown

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his opponents face a crucial showdown yesterday as the country’s opposition calls the first national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed

This Day in History | 1954 – Peace deal ends Indochina war

The major world powers have reached agreement on the terms for a ceasefire in Indochina, ending nearly eight years of war. The war began in 1946 between

World briefs

PHILIPPINES The country’s president flew for the first time yesterday to a besieged southern city to cheer troops who have been trying to quell a nearly two-month uprising

The Buzz | Man beats odds of catching blue lobster, donates to science

The oft-cited odds of catching a blue lobster are 1 in 2 million. But no one knows for sure. Ward says the lobster is unlike anything

McCain battling brain cancer 

Battling brain cancer, Sen. John McCain yesterday promised to return to work, making a good-natured dig at his Republican and Democratic colleagues who were jolted by news of

Health – Science | Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer’s? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose