Offbeat | Coke tweet targeting Pittsburghers uses map of Philadelphia 

Coca-Cola’s marketing efforts during the weekend’s heatwave in Pittsburgh backfired when the company mistakenly used a map of Philadelphia in a post on Twitter. Sunday’s tweet said, “Today’s forecast

This Day in History | 1982 – Princess Diana gives birth to boy

Diana, Princess of Wales, has given birth to a boy sixteen hours after checking in to St Mary’s Hospital, in London. The boy, who has been

Football | Perez says he hasn’t spoken to Ronaldo about rumors of exit

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he has yet to speak with Cristiano Ronaldo regarding speculation that the star forward wants to leave Spain after

World briefs

MYANMAR A court in Myanmar sentenced a self-styled exorcist to death yesterday for killing three children during a ritual he carried out after telling their parents their offspring

UK – Terrorism | London police plead for calm after attack at mosque

London police, already stretched by a series of major incidents around the capital, are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public after a

Buildings Worldwide | Insulating skin on high-rises has fueled fires before Grenfell Tower

For the last decade, engineers specializing in fire safety have worried about the hidden danger posed by the kind of insulated metallic skin that transported flames

Middle East | US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

The U.S. military shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants,

This Day in History | 1995 – Shell makes dramatic U-turn

Oil giant Shell has given in to international pressure and abandoned plans to dump its Brent Spar oil rig at sea. But the company’s decision, which

Offbeat | Confederations cat: Russia unveils psychic feline

Russia’s famed Hermitage Museum has chosen one of its resident cats to predict the results of the Confederations Cup matches. From Saturday to July 2, Russia

World briefs

UK Authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London

The Buzz | Merkel seeks ‘good agreement’ with UK on Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she hopes for a “good agreement” after Brexit talks in which 27 EU countries will listen carefully to what Britain wants but also defend their

Portugal awaits foreign help to fight deadly wildfires

More than 2,000 firefighters in Portugal battled yesterday to contain major wildfires in the central region of the country, where one blaze killed 62 people, while authorities

Canoe returns to Hawaii after epic round-the-world voyage 

No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon during a three-year journey around the globe. About a dozen crewmembers for each leg of

61 dead in central Portugal wildfires; many killed in cars 

Raging forest fires in central Portugal killed at least 61 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, in what the prime

Tougher Trump line toward Cuba delights hardliners on island

President Donald Trump’s announcement of a tougher line toward Cuba has delighted hardliners on the island, who say it reveals the long-held U.S. aim of imposing American will

Rout by Macron’s party expected in French parliament vote

French voters are still casting ballots early today in the final round of parliamentary elections that could clinch President Emmanuel Macron’s hold on power, as his

Offbeat | In wurst case, German sausage seller prepared to go to jail 

A German snack bar owner is preparing for the worst — or is it wurst — in a spat with authorities over the sale of sausages at a

This Day in History | 1997 – Victory for McDonald’s – at a cost

Fast food chain McDonald’s has won a partial victory in its epic libel trial against two environmental campaigners. The pair, Helen Steel and Dave Morris, had