World briefs

SOUTH EAST ASIA Jihadis who fought by the hundreds for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria now have a different battle closer to home in the southern

USA-Russia Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, it has

Somalia | Survivors tell of restaurant siege by rebels; 31 dead

At least 31 people were killed in the night- long siege of a popular Mogadishu restaurant by al-Shabab Islamic extremists that was ended yesterday by security forces.

Offbeat | Less Vegas: Landmark ‘Vegas Vickie’ neon cowgirl sign removed

The famous neon sign of a cowgirl in downtown Las Vegas has been taken down as part of the construction of a planned casino-resort.

This Day in History | 1989 – Hungary reburies fallen hero Imre Nagy

Former Communist prime minister Imre Nagy, the man who symbolises the 1956 Hungarian uprising, has been given a formal public funeral 31 years after he was executed.

Boxing | Mayweather coming back to fight UFC star McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will come out of retirement to meet UFC star Conor McGregor in an Aug. 26 boxing match that will feature two

World briefs

SOUTH CHINA SEA Vietnam urged China yesterday to take responsible and constructive actions in the disputed South China Sea following a Pentagon report that highlighted Beijing’s military buildup in

The Buzz | EU Court adviser says bridge is a sport – for taxes at least

An adviser to the European Union’s top court has an official opinion about something that vexes sports fans and card players alike: is a game like bridge a

UN report | Migrants sending billions more home than in 2007

Migrants are sending home billions of dollars more than they did a decade ago — and the rate of growth in remittances is almost double the increase

UK | 12 killed, 74 injured in massive London high-rise blaze

A deadly overnight fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London yesterday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 74 others. One desperate woman threw

USA | Congressional Democrats sue Trump over foreign payments

Democratic lawmakers are suing President Donald Trump over foreign money flowing into his global business empire. Almost 200 senators and representatives are plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging

Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue doused with paint – again

Danish police say Copenhagen’s famed Little Mermaid statue was found doused with paint early yesterday, for the second time in two weeks. Police said the bronze was

This Day in History | 1974 – Man dies in race rally clashes

A march through central London has left one person dead and many more injured as rival demonstrators clashed with police and each other. One man

World briefs

PHILIPPINES The government learned days in advance of a plan by militants aligned with the Islamic State group to lay siege to a southern city and staged an army

The Buzz | Stay thirsty: ‘Most interesting man’ now pitching tequila

“The Most Interesting Man in the World” is giving up beer for tequila. Actor Jonathan Goldsmith appeared as the sophisticated, eccentric and worldly pitchman for Dos Equis

USA | Mattis blames Congress for poor state of US combat readiness

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis blamed the inability of Congress to deliver an annual defense budget for what he called a shockingly poor state of combat readiness

Iraq | Mass food poisoning, two die at Mosul camp for displaced people

A mass food poisoning at a camp for the displaced near the northern city of Mosul killed at least two people and sickened over 700, Iraq’s health minister said yesterday, becoming

Offbeat | Man! Madrid buses move to curtail ‘manspreading’ practice

If you’re taking a bus in the Spanish capital, be sure to keep your legs to yourself. Madrid authorities this week started putting up signs banning