India | State polls to test Modi strength before national election

Key Indian states are voting in polls that may be a preview of next year’s national election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi trumpeting populist welfare schemes

Kremlin says it still expects Putin-Trump summit to go ahead

Russia said yesterday it still expects a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead as planned. Trump, in an interview with

UN report says fragile climate puts food security at risk

Feeding a hungry planet is growing increasingly difficult as climate change and depletion of land and other resources undermine food systems, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization said

Brazil | Government backs out of hosting 2019 climate talks

Brazil’s government has backtracked on hosting the United Nations’ annual meeting to address global climate change, just two months after offering to do so. The

Italy | Banks burdened with bad loans may get lift from Brussels

Banks from Greece to Italy that are struggling to get rid of a mountain of bad loans may soon get some help from European Union lawmakers.

This Day in History | 1963 Canadian air disaster kills 118

A Canadian jet has crashed within minutes of take-off, killing all 118 people on board. The Trans-Canada Airlines DC8, bound for Toronto, crashed into a

Offbeat | Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm

Knickers the steer is huge on the internet — for being huge. The black-and-white Holstein Friesian won social media fame and many proclamations of “Holy Cow!” after

Major League Baseball taps MGM as first sports-gambling partner

Major League Baseball named its first official gambling partner, part of a new multiyear marketing agreement with MGM Resorts International. The deal is similar

WADA experts hold talks in Moscow about doping lab data

A delegation from the World Anti-Doping Agency held talks with Russian authorities in Moscow yesterday as it tries to access data which could mean more bans for the country’s

Football | Seven more teams qualify for Champions League knockout stage

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich put aside their domestic worries to impress on the European stage and qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League

Irish football team sorry for falsely reporting player’s death

A death notice for a football player was posted in a local newspaper. A game was postponed. Teams across the league held a minute’s silence. Football clubs in

The Buzz | Greek court frees cleaner serving 10 years for forged papers

A court in the central Greek city of Larissa has ordered the temporary release from prison of a cleaner jailed for 10 years for forging an elementary school certificate

22 dead in blast outside northern China chemical plant

An explosion outside a chemical plant in northeastern China early yesterday killed at least 22 people and destroyed scores of vehicles, in the latest challenge to efforts to

World Briefs

CHINA Jack Ma, co-founder of China’s most valuable company, was officially confirmed as a member of the Communist Party in a state-backed newspaper recognizing business leaders for their

Thursday, November 29, 2018 – edition no. 3181

* Trial witness says El Chapo’s lavish lifestyle included stops in Macau * Coloane power station to expand * Concession process lacks transparency * ‘Aerial arts’ local community grows   DOWNLOAD

Girl About Globe | Forget a healthy economy. Cough-tails, anyone?

It seems as though the eyes of every passenger on the ferry are boring into me, or at least the peepers that aren’t closed due to tipsy drowsiness.

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