Cuba | Hearing loss of US diplomats blamed on covert device

The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of bizarre incidents that left a group

France | Security forces now top targets of Islamic radicals

French soldiers taking part in Operation Sentinelle are the highest profile symbols of the fight against Islamic extremism — but along with other security forces patrolling

Yemen | National blood bank faces threat of closure

Yemen’s national blood bank faces a complete shutdown within a week after a medical aid charity ended its two-year support, the facility’s director said yesterday,

Offbeat | It’s Not Delivery. It’s DiGiorno Pizza spilled on highway

Arkansas highway officials shut down westbound lanes of a cross-country interstate for four hours so crews could pick up pizza. An 18-wheeler containing DiGiorno and Tombstone frozen

This Day in History | 1982 – Krays let out for mother’s funeral

The notorious East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray have been allowed out of prison for their mother’s funeral. Violet Kray, 72, died of cancer last week.

World briefs

GUAM The tiny U.S. territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island.

Controversial film about Russian czar cleared for release

A historical film about the last Russian czar’s affair with a ballerina has been cleared for release, the Culture Ministry said yesterday, despite passionate calls for its ban.

Spain | Catalans think twice about risks of rupture as good life returns

Joan Boix has been attending separatist demonstrations in Catalonia for at least five years and he contributes to the campaign for a split from Spain.

France | Man arrested in search for driver who hit soldiers

French police shot and arrested a man yesterday suspected of slamming a BMW into soldiers in a Paris suburb, injuring six of them in what appeared

Offbeat | 3-day-old deer pulled from wild to spend life in captivity

A 3-day-old baby deer is being sent to a wildlife reserve after somebody thought they were helping the fawn by removing it from a desert area in

This Day in History | 1962 – US spaceman orbits Earth

The first American to orbit the Earth has landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean. Marine Lieutenant John Glenn, 40, travelled about 81,000 miles (more than 130,000km)

World briefs

US-NORTH KOREA Residents of the tiny Pacific island of Guam say they’re afraid of being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea

The Buzz | Veteran cinematographer elected film academy president

Cinematographer John Bailey is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization’s board of governors elected Bailey to a one-year term

Atlantic City | Casinos embrace eSports even as they work to understand it

Casinos are slowly embracing competitive video game tournaments as a way to help their bottom lines, but the money is coming from renting hotel rooms to

Briefs | Venezuela: Court orders protest-zone mayor jailed

Venezuela’s pro-government supreme court has ordered the removal and imprisonment of a Caracas area mayor at the center of protests against President Nicolas Maduro. The court has sentenced

Kenyans choose next president in fiercely contested vote

From the Indian Ocean coast to Rift Valley towns to Nairobi’s slums, Kenyans turned out in large numbers to vote yesterday in an election pitting President

Offbeat | Sinead O’Connor pleads for help, says she’s living in motel

Sinead O’Connor has emotionally pleaded for help and opened up about her struggles with mental illness in a rambling Facebook video. The 50-year-old Irish singer says in

This Day in History | 1999 – Kennedy wins Lib Dem leadership

Charles Kennedy has won the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as leader of the Liberal Democrats. Mr Kennedy, who was the party’s rural affairs spokesman, won