USA | Journalist, activist released by US Border Patrol

USA Journalist, activist released by US Border Patrol Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, a Philippines- born immigration activist who has lived in the U.S. illegally since he was a child, was released by U.S. Border Patrol agents yesterday after they detained him

This Day in History: 1974 Bomb blast at the Tower of London

A bomb ripped through the Mortar Room in the White Tower at 1430 BST. The small basement exhibition room was packed with tourists from the UK and abroad who took the

Offbeat | On-duty officer delivers his own son in California

Every now and then a police officer has to deliver a baby. The first time Officer Bryan Anderson did it, the baby was his own son. Anderson was on duty early

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CHINA Three members of an imprisoned pastor’s family have sneaked out of China to the U.S. with the help of activists after complaining about an extended campaign of harassment by

THE BUZZ: Thailand’s plan to deport 130,000 to myanmar raises concerns

Refugee advocates yesterday raised concerns about the safety and welfare of 130,000 long-term displaced people whom Thailand’s military government recently said it planned to send back to Myanmar. Junta leader said last

STUDY | US Alzheimer’s rate seems to be dropping

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply

AFGHANISTAN | 89 killed in suicide blast in eastern city of Urgun

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 89 people and wounding more than 40 in

NICARAGUA | Diplomats discuss obligations on aiding refugees

Officials from the U.S., Mexico and Central American nations began a two-day meeting in Nicaragua tomorrow at which they are expected to discuss the possibility of treating Central American migrants

SOMALIA | Hundreds arrested in security sweep

A Somali police official says more than 200 suspects have been arrested in a security sweep aimed at stemming a wave of militant attacks in Mogadishu, the capital. Col. Ahmed Ali

This Day in History: 1945 Allied leaders gather at Potsdam

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Harry S Truman and leader of the Soviet Union Josef Stalin, accompanied by senior ministers and military staff, are conducting a systematic review

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