Offbeat | Man claims kingdom so daughter can be princess

An American man says he has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess. Jeremiah Heaton tells the Bristol Herald Courier (bit.ly/1rcQHtp) that he recently trekked to

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CHINA Part of a railway tunnel has collapsed in the southwest of the country, trapping an estimated 14 workers, Xinhua says. According to the official news agency, the collapse happened

GAMBLING | Singapore ad backfires thanks to Germany Cup run

In the TV version of the ad, which debuted last month when the World Cup kicked off, a sullen young boy named Andy tells his friends in the playground that

THE BUZZ: Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

Church of England has voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church’s national assembly, known as the General Synod, approved the historic measure at its meeting

USA | FBI cyber expert is ex-discount furniture salesman

In May, five Chinese Army intelligence officers were charged with stealing trade secrets from major manufacturers including U.S. Steel, Alcoa and Westinghouse. In June, a Russian man was charged with leading

TERRORISM | Fire destroys restaurant owned by suspect in Rochester, NY

A fire has destroyed an upstate New York restaurant owned by a Yemen-born man charged last month with plotting vengeance attacks against members of the U.S. military and the Muslim

Italy | Shipwrecked Concordia floated for tow to Genova

The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated yesterday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people. Authorities expressed satisfaction

This Day in History : 2000 Police camera action violates human rights

Judge Peter Crawford ruled that the police letter sent to motorists caught on speed cameras required them to incriminate themselves and was therefore in breach of their human rights under

Offbeat | US family maintains hold on pit-spitting contest

When it comes to pit-spitting, it’s tough to beat the Krause family, who recently maintained their dominance in the 41st International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship in southeastern Michigan. Brian Krause took top

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CHINA-US Halliburton said it is entering its first joint venture in China that will use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unleash energy. The Houston company, which provides drilling services to

Divers, snorkelers converge for undersea ‘concert’

The 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, held at Looe Key Reef along the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, featured four hours of commercial-free music piped

THE BUZZ: Chinese officials will buy more electric cars

At least 30 percent of newly purchased government cars will be electric and other types of “new energy vehicles,” China’s official news agency reported yesterday, as the country attempts to

Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed agreements on nuclear energy generation with Argentina as part of a Latin American tour aimed at building Russia's influence in the region. Argentina has been building

IRAQ | Parliament postpones decision on new leaders, clashes rage north of Baghdad

Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed yesterday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation

‘Planet of the Apes’ thumps chest with USD73M debut

  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" thumped its chest at the box office with a USD73 million opening weekend. According to studio estimates yesterday, Fox's "Planet of the Apes" sequel

This Day in History: 1958 Coup in Iraq sparks jitters in Middle East

Baghdad Radio announced the Army has liberated the Iraqi people from domination by a corrupt group put in power by “imperialism”. From now on Iraq would be a republic that would

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