the buzz: Thailand ranks No. 1 in beachfront hotels

Experiencing a dramatic surge in tourism, Thailand has surpassed the United States in the number of hotels truly set on its beaches, according to a survey of more than 11,000

Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

A heavily tattooed German man whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said Sunday he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to

GAMING | Christie says road to Atlantic City recovery will be bumpy

Christie, a 51-year-old Republican, said he’s “plugged in” to efforts to reverse the city’s decline and will do all he can to keep open the 11 gaming establishments that account

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CHINA A knife-wielding man in a northeastern Chinese city near the North Korean border went on a slashing spree yesterday, killing two people and injuring 14 others, a state broadcaster

IRAQ | Islamic fighters execute scores of Yazidi men

Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to

EBOLA | Kenya to bar travelers from outbreak-hit countries

The Kenyan government over the weekend said it will bar passengers traveling from three West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak, closing a debate in East Africa’s economic powerhouse about whether

GERMANY| Report: Berlin intel spied on Kerry, Clinton 

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday. The respected news weekly reported that

USA | Police deploy tear gas to impose Ferguson curfew 

Seven people were arrested early yesterday morning as police used smoke and tear gas against protesters who defied a curfew in a St. Louis suburb where a black teen walking

this day in history: 1969 Woodstock music festival ends

An estimated 400,000 youngsters turned up to hear big-name bands play in a field near the village of Bethel, New York state in what has become the largest rock concert

Offbeat | Artist accused of damaging environment in Mexico

Agata Oleksiak, who uses the name Olek, said she intervened at the Cancun Underwater Museum this month to call attention to the dangers facing species such as the whale shark. But

the buzz: Orwell rep accuses Amazon of doublespeak

The literary executor of George Orwell's estate is accusing Amazon.com of doublespeak. In a letter published this week in The New York Times, Bill Hamilton criticized Amazon for "turning the facts

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CHINA Police wounded at least 10 Tibetans when they opened fire on a crowd protesting the arrest of a village leader, a Tibetan rights group said. Authorities used tear gas

GAZA CRISIS | Truce extension fans hope of Cairo talks deal 

A five-day extension of a Gaza truce appeared to be holding despite a rocky start yesterday, fanning cautious optimism of progress in the negotiations underway in Cairo between Israel and

USA| Tear gas, Molotov cocktails in St. Louis suburb 

Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night in a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the shooting of

IRAQ | US: Far fewer refugees on Sinjar mountain 

  Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said. A team of U.S. military personnel assessed the situation and reported that only

This day in history: 1945 Allied nations celebrate VJ Day

There is joy and celebration around the world and 15 August has been declared Victory in Japan day. The end of war will be marked by two-day holidays in the UK,