the buzz | WHO: Ebola death toll reaches 932; 1,700 cases

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 932. The new figures come yesterday as authorities in Nigeria confirmed the death

Ugandan lawmakers in campaign to revive gay law

Ugandan parliamentarians are launching a campaign to revive a recently invalidated anti-gay measure and hope to have it passed within weeks, a lawmaker said. About 150 lawmakers have promised to vote

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CHINA Gao Zhisheng, a fiery critic of China’s authoritarian government whose imprisonment and accounts of torture triggered international criticism of Beijing appears set for release today, amid concerns he will

GAZA | Indirect Israel-Hamas talks start in Cairo

Israel and Hamas began indirect talks on a new border deal for the blockaded Gaza Strip as a cease-fire ending their month-long war entered its second day yesterday. Israel has said it wants

USA-AFRICA | Obama announces USD33B in commitments

  President Barack Obama announced USD33 billion in commitments yesterday aimed at shifting U.S. ties with Africa beyond humanitarian aid and toward more equal economic partnerships. The bulk of the commitments came from private-sector

SPACE | Rosetta probe catches up with comet 

After a journey of 6.4 billion kilometers, Europe’s unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination yesterday, a milestone in mankind’s first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet. The decade-long trip was

this day in history: 2003 Bali bomber smiles at guilty verdict

At least 190 people from 21 countries died in the blasts. Most were foreign tourists, nearly half of them from Australia. Amrozi bin Nurhasyim is the first to stand trial for

Offbeat | Aussie commuters tip train cars to aid trapped man

Dozens of people helped rescue a fellow commuter in Australia by pushing against train carriages to free the man whose foot had slipped between the platform and the train. Closed-circuit footage

THE BUZZ: 51 migrants hurt in clashes in French port Calais

Migrants massing at France’s English Channel port of Calais have clashed in overnight battles that left 51 injured — one seriously. Police intervened with tear gas early yesterday to break

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CHINA’s smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities. Beijing’s

ISRAEL | Temporary truce sets stage for talks on Gaza

Israel and Hamas began observing a temporary cease-fire yesterday that sets the stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal on the Gaza Strip, including a sustainable truce and the rebuilding

UKRAINE | Gov’t troops edge closer to rebel city

Ukrainian troops took control of a checkpoint yesterday on the western edge of the pro-Russian rebel-held city of Donetsk as the government makes further gradual advances to quash separatist forces

This Day in History: 1945 US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

President Harry S Truman, announcing the news from the cruiser, USS Augusta, in the mid-Atlantic, said the device was more than 2,000 times more powerful than the largest bomb used

Offbeat | Missing from New Zealand’s ski slopes? Snow

Winter has rolled into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he’s going stir crazy as he stares out at the driving rain on the small ski

THE BUZZ: Snowden’s asylum status in Russia ending

Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at 4am Friday (Macau time), but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities

Former enemies unite for WWI commemoration | Forgive not forget

Former enemies united yesterday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, with Belgium, France, Britain and Germany standing together in a spirit of reconciliation. Belgian King