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TAIWANESE President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that he is stepping down as chairman of the ruling Nationalist Party following stinging defeats in local elections over the weekend that cast a

Bill Cosby leaves Temple University trustees board

Bill Cosby, the popular face of Temple University in advertisements, fundraising campaigns and commencement speeches, has resigned from the board of trustees following renewed accusations that he drugged and sexually

Kenya | Somalia’s Islamist rebels slay 36 workers 

Islamic extremists from Somalia killed 36 quarry workers in northern Kenya early yesterday, targeting non-Muslims just like an attack 10 days ago on bus passengers. The killings happened in Mandera County

Lebanon|Wife of IS leader al-Baghdadi detained

Lebanese authorities detained a wife and suspected son of the leader of the Islamic State group several days ago, and she is being questioned, two senior Lebanese officials said yesterday. A

VATICAN CITY | Pope’s anti-slavery drive gets multi-faith support 

Religious leaders from a half-dozen faiths have signed on to a new Vatican initiative to end modern-day slavery by 2020, declaring that human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution are crimes against humanity. Pope

This Day In History: 1989 Malta summit ends Cold War

At a joint news conference held on board the Soviet cruise ship, Maxim Gorky, the two men announced they had set the stage for big reductions in troops and weapons

Offbeat | Who’s behind Christmas tree at Paris’ Notre Dame?

Amid high tension between Russia and the West over violence in Ukraine, Russia’s ambassador to France says the “tree is a message of peace.” When the rector of Notre Dame told

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S KOREA The U.S. Osan Air Base in South Korea lifts a lockdown that had been ordered as a precaution after someone reported an unscheduled “active shooter drill” at the

Travel | Art festival lights up Amsterdam in dark winter

As a canal boat slides along Amsterdam’s elegant Herengracht canal, a man walking over a bridge pushes down and pulls up on a bicycle pump. As he does, a model

Ebola epidemic | Disease rages in Sierra Leone as UN misses curbing targets

Only 23 percent of cases are being isolated in Liberia, and 40 percent in Sierra Leone, short of a goal set in October to isolate seven-in-ten cases by yesterday. Neither

PERU | Clock ticking, UN climate talks resume in Lima

Negotiators from more than 190 countries get together yesterday in Lima for the last main stop of the U.N. climate negotiations on the road to a planned global warming deal

This Day in History: 1954 US Senate condemns McCarthy

The vote was 67 to 22, with all the Democrats and about half the Republicans voting against him. He has been condemned on two counts: - Contempt and abuse of a Senate

Offbeat | 1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record

Guinness World Records on Friday confirmed that the 120 kilometers of multicolored wire strung in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas gifts in a downtown Canberra mall was

THE BUZZ: Union calls on Lufthansa pilots to stage st rike

A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called on its members to go on strike today in a dispute over retirement benefits. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said yesterday that the strike will

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CHINA An attack in Xinjiang region left 15 people dead and 14 injured, state media reported, the latest in a wave of ethnic violence there that has claimed dozens of

Sports | Badminton Open : Xue Song wins men’s singles, Sindhu revalidates title

In the women’s singles final, two-time World Championship bronze medalist PV Sindhu (India) lifted her first title of the season by successfully defending the Macau trophy after seeing off Kim

ARTS | Jordi Savall unveils musical treasures

The Catalan musician demonstrated strength both as an interpreter and an ensemble leader, offering the audience a musical journey through ancient traditions around the Mediterranean Sea. The concert presented a

Turkey | Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks

Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the violent persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq yesterday and called for dialogue with

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