Offbeat | 100-year-old German turns tables on trickster

This 100-year-old German woman was too sharp for a would-be trickster. Police in Berlin said last week they have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of attempted fraud after being tipped

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PHILIPPINES A military investigation yesterday has concluded that six elite army soldiers were killed last month by an artillery round mistakenly fired by the marines and not Muslim militants as

Samsung faces fresh child labor claim in China

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant. Samsung

California man faces 22 years in prison for espionage to a Chinese firm

Paulo Elias, Oakland A California chemical engineer is facing more than 20 years in prison for a rare economic espionage conviction for selling to China for USD28 million DuPont Co.'s secret

This Day in History: 1979 – Skylab tumbles back to Earth

All week there has been mounting speculation over where the spacecraft would come down. It has been in orbit six years - for the past five of those it has

Offbeat | US pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the plane was

World Cup entangled with Mideast conflicts

Barbara Surk, Beirut With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been

Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

The Israeli army yesterday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 14 people on the second day of a military operation it

This Day in History: 1985 – Rainbow Warrior sinks after explosion

One of the 11 crew members on board has been killed. He has been named as Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira, 33. Two explosions, 60 seconds apart, ripped through the stern at

Offbeat: US farmer loses phone, found on Japanese island

U.S. farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone was returned unscathed after it

Geopolitics Expedience, pragmatism shape new Asian alliances

Eric Talmadge Moscow is cozying up to its old rival China. China is holding hands with Seoul. Tokyo is striking deals with Pyongyang. In the ever-shifting game of Asian alliances, where just

Offbeat: Loch Ness monster it ain’t: 6-foot croc in… Greece!

Greece has its own lake monster — and it’s no Nessie. The Fire Brigade and authorities on the resort island of Crete say a 6-foot crocodile was spotted last week in

This Day in History: 2001 Scientists discover why we are here

A Californian University has thrown more light on why the Big Bang works after nearly 40 years of world-wide research. Most scientists accept that the universe began with the Big Bang

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JAPAN was bracing for destructive winds and huge waves as a powerful typhoon churned yesterday toward the southern islands of Okinawa after sparing the Philippines. Typhoon Neoguri is expected to

ISRAEL | Suspects confess to killing Palestinian teen

Ian Deith, Jerusalem Three Israeli suspects in the vigilante-style killing of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week confessed to the crime yesterday and were re-enacting

USA | South Texas shows drama behind illegal immigration

Christopher Sherman, Mission The youngest, a 14-month-old boy from Guatemala, lay quietly in a baby carrier hung from his mother's chest. The oldest, a 38-year-old woman from El Salvador, cried with