NOBEL PRIZE | 3 win accolade for giving microscope sharper vision 

Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell won the Nobel Prize in chemistry yesterday for developing new methods that let microscopes see finer details than they could

This Day in History | 1967 – Che Guevara ‘shot dead’

A statement issued by the commander of the Eighth Bolivian Army Division, Colonel Joaquin Zenteno Anaya, said the 39-year-old guerrilla leader was shot dead near the jungle village of Higueras,

Offbeat | Hunt on for huge gargoyles missing from US church

Church officials and preservationists are trying to figure out what happened to several 1.5-ton gargoyles from a Massachusetts church. The church in Worcester is a one-fifth scale replica of Notre Dame

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CHINA The dengue virus has killed six people and infected more than 23,000 in southern China’s worst outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease in about two decades, officials said yesterday. The

EBOLA OUTBREAK | Nurse in Spain becomes infected raising global concern

In a case underscoring the perils of caring for Ebola patients, a nurse in Spain has come down with the disease — the first time the virus has spread outside

NOBEL PRIZE | 2 Japanese, 1 American win award for LED lights

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize in physics yesterday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that spurred

This Day in History | 1987 – Zeebrugge disaster was no accident

The outcome into the ferry disaster in March, which killed 187 people, has now opened the possibility of a criminal prosecution by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). In summing up,

Offbeat | Union chief: Irish army running short of uniforms

Legend has it that Celtic warriors once charged into battle naked. Things aren’t that bad in the modern Irish army, but its union chief says soldiers must wage a daily

THE BUZZ | US: Drugmaker provides experimental drug for Ebola use

A North Carolina drugmaker says it is providing an experimental antiviral drug for patients with Ebola, an emergency step authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Chimerix Inc. says physicians sought

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CHINA Police say five people were killed early yesterday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China. Police in Guizhou province are investigating the cause of the

Billionaires’ artworks headed to auction

Ninety modern and contemporary artworks, including a rare Mark Rothko painting, from the collection of the renowned art benefactors Pierre and Sao Schlumberger could realize USD85 million at the autumn

Las Vegas | Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett set for new year’s duet

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are set to take the stage at The Cosmopolitan casino on New Year’s Eve for their first show together in the U.S. since they released

BRAZIL | Surprising election keeps zigging, zagging

It’s the presidential election that just keeps surprising. A year after a spasm of huge anti-government protests across Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff piled up more votes in Sunday’s election than any

NOBEL PRIZE | 3 win medicine award for discovering brain’s GPS

U.S.-British scientist John O’Keefe and Norwegian scientists May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser won the Nobel Prize in medicine yesterday for discovering the “inner GPS” that helps the brain navigate through

VATICAN CITY | Pope urges bishops to speak out on family issues

Pope Francis urged bishops to speak their minds about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce at the start yesterday of a two-week meeting aimed at making the church’s

ISLAMIC STATE BEHEADINGS | Indiana aid worker says in letter is afraid to die

An Indiana aid worker threatened with beheading by the Islamic State group said in a June letter that he’s afraid to die and is saddened by the pain his captivity

This Day in History | 1977 – Invasion of Swedish identical twins

The twins are taking part in studies by researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. The scientists are investigating links between the environment and human behaviour. But participants are viewing the excursion

Offbeat | Sky’s no limit for Czech chimney climbers

Dozens of members of the Czech Union of Chimney Climbers scaled the 60-meter tall chimney of a former textile factory one recent Saturday — a hobby they do for thrills