The Buzz | Richemont sales miss analysts’ estimates

Cie. Financiere Richemont SA, the world’s largest jewelry maker, posted the slowest start to a year since the global recession as consumers held back on buying luxury goods in Hong

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CHINA A freight truck lost control and crashed into a bus stop in a northern Chinese city, killing eight people and injuring six others. SINGAPORE-HK Starting next week, eligible Singapore passport

CRISIS RESPONSE | For Obama, Ebola one day, Islamic threat the next 

President Barack Obama is consulting with military officials about the U.S. campaign against Islamic State fighters, just a day after boosting the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West

Briefs: LIBYA | Spain hosts conference on deepening crisis

Spain’s foreign minister has warned an international conference focusing on Libya that the country could slide into a civil war situation similar to what is happening in Syria. Jose Manuel

This Day in History: 1970 – Rock legend Hendrix dies after party

Hendrix, 27, was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He will be remembered as a key figure in the

Offbeat | British Museum features ‘golden age’ of Ming China

Some 280 objects from the years 1400 to 1450 will be featured, from bejeweled gold vessels and gilded-bronze Buddhist figures to a 9-meter-long scroll painted on bamboo. “This early 15th century

The Buzz | Swiss fans urinate in rival goalkeeper’s bottle

A lower-league Swiss football club says it will investigate reports that some of its fans urinated in a water bottle that a rival goalkeeper then drank from. Reto Felder, a goalkeeper

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CHINA-INDIA Xi Jinping’s trip to India this week highlights subtle shifts in the regional power dynamic that are bringing warmer ties between the two Asian giants, challenging China’s traditional relationship

UK | Sides in Scottish referendum make final push

The two sides in Scotland’s independence debate scrambled yesterday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. The pitch of the debate has grown

EBOLA | US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight outbreak

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed

UKRAINE | Parliament ratifies EU deal, grants rebels autonomy

Ukraine’s parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union yesterday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace

This Day in History: 2001 – Workers return to Wall Street

Workers from New York’s financial district - many of them draped in the American flag - have said they want to show life can go on. The air was still

Offbeat | Jean Paul Gaultier to stop making ready-to-wear

A short statement Monday said the 62-year- old designer — one of the most famous names in fashion — would be concentrating on the lucrative world of haute couture and perfume

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CHINA A well-known 81-year-old Chinese writer is taken from his Beijing home and detained by police after he wrote several articles critical of a senior politician, his wife says. NEW ZEALAND 

Fight over World War II-era tank goes to US court

A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid USD2.5

ISLAMIC STATE TERRORISM | Beheading spurs coalition conference

Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic