Iraq | Court sentences Russian national to death for IS links

Baghdad’s central criminal court sentenced a Russian national to death by hanging for his membership in the Islamic State group, the court said in a statement.

Spain | Officials crank up pressure on Catalan breakaway bid

Spain’s top prosecutor is investigating more than 700 Catalan mayors for cooperating with a planned referendum on the region’s independence after the nation’s constitutional court ordered the

The name is Finn: Dog’s YouTube ‘candidacy’ is a big hit in Newfoundland

One of the candidates in for mayor in St. John’s, Newfoundland, has become a celebrity — the one with fur and four legs. It’s a 5-year-old Australian

This Day in History | 1982 – Hollywood princess dead

Princess Grace of Monaco has died of the injuries she sustained in a car crash near Monte Carlo yesterday. The Hollywood actress Grace Kelly - who

World briefs

SYRIA’s civil war has been one of the modern world’s most brutal conflicts and one of its most heavily filmed. But Syrian activists fear all that history could be

The Buzz | Mexican man carrying USD450,000 in drugs arrested on Texas bus

A Border Patrol officer inspecting the bus at a checkpoint at Sarita, on U.S. Highway 77 about 152.88 kilometers north of the Texas-Mexico border at Brownsville,

Film | J.J. Abrams to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

J.J. Abrams is returning to “Star Wars,” and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of “Episode IX,” pushing the film’s release date back seven months.

Caribbean | ‘Worst ever seen’: European leaders view Irma-hit islands

France’s president, Britain’s foreign secretary and the Dutch king were visiting Caribbean territories yesterday that have been hammered by Hurricane Irma, trying to quell accusations by

Zimbabwe | First lady denies assault, says she was attacked

Representatives of Zimbabwe’s first lady say a young woman who accused her of assault was the actual aggressor, allegedly attacking Grace Mugabe with a knife while drunk,

Mexico | Death toll from big earthquake rises to 96

The death toll from Mexico’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake rose to 96 yesterday   as more victims were confirmed in the hard-hit southern states of Oaxaca

Offbeat | Complaints about festival’s cold pizza prompt state inquiry

Some New York City foodies say a neighborhood pizza festival has left them with a bad taste in their mouths. Prosecutors are looking into the New York

This Day in History | 1993 – Rabin and Arafat shake on peace deal

The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, have shaken hands before cheering crowds on the White House lawn in Washington.

World briefs

PHILIPPINES A tropical depression dumped heavy rain on the Philippines yesterday, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing landslides and flash floods that killed at least four

The Buzz | Merkel: Hungary can’t ignore EU refugee ruling

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it’s unacceptable for Hungary to ignore a ruling by the European Union’s top court that it must accept refugees under an EU-wide plan.

Syrian refugee camp in Jordan gets full-size football pitch

  UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin kicked a ball around with Syrian children who joyfully ran onto the facility’s artificial grass after the ribbon-cutting. “I love football because it helps us

Terrorism | US commemorates 9/11; ceremony at ground zero

Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9/11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary of the attacks at ground zero yesterday with

Irma | UK defends hurricane response as critics say it’s too slow

The U.K. government defended its response to Hurricane Irma yesterday, amid claims it has been slow to help British overseas territories devastated by the storm. The

Offbeat | Oregon town seeks solutions to wild turkeys, their droppings

A small Oregon city is asking the state for advice on how to handle a flock of wild turkeys that are ruining gardens and leaving droppings just