Small bombs hit popular southern Thai beach, damaging statue

Two small bombs exploded at a popular beach in southern Thailand, one of them damaging an iconic statue beloved by tourists, police said. Police in Songkhla province said they’re looking into

Vatican | Pope’s initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy

Syria | Israeli official confirms airstrikes as Russia objects

An Israeli security official has confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers

This Day in History | 1993 Mafia link in cocaine haul

British customs officials have seized £70m of Colombian cocaine which is thought to be directly linked to the Mafia. The discovery of more than a quarter of a tonne

Offbeat | Officials: Man broke into home, got owner to give him a ride

Authorities in Maine say a man broke into a home, had a bite to eat, watched TV and even got a car ride from his unsuspecting victim.

American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that

Sailing |Comanche regains lead in Sydney to Hobart

Comanche regained the lead in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race yesterday after rival Wild Oats XI had taken the overnight lead among a tight tussle of the four

The Buzz | Wynn accuses Genting of copying its looks for Las Vegas project

Genting Group’s USD4 billion foray in the heart of American gambling was met with a lawsuit by Wynn Resorts Ltd., which says the competitor’s yet-to-open property in Las

World Briefs

HONG KONG’s exports contracted unexpectedly in November, highlighting the risks for the trade-dependent city whose top two partners are embroiled in a trade war. Exports fell 0.8 percent

Queen Elizabeth II riffs on wisdom, family’s busy year

Queen Elizabeth II wove personal reflections into the latest edition of her annual Christmas message, saying she hoped her long life brought a measure of

Bizcuits | Time: the Christmas gift

Christmas 2018 marks the year we sent nothing to landfill. Ten family members sat down to Christmas dinner of ham (honey-glazed with assistance from the bees

Friday, December 28, 2018 – edition no. 3199

* Taiwan | Thousands protest taxes with nod to French rallies * Cinephilia growing in Macau * Blaze destroys supermarket * Ma Jian gets heavy sentence   DOWNLOAD

New Museum pays tribute to African Art

  * Movies: Stan & Ollie * Book: All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin * Wine: The Stature of Alsace * Travelog: Digital Detox Hotels   DOWNLOAD

Laurel and Hardy movie ‘Stan & Ollie’ is a joy

There are lot of movies in theaters right now trying to grab your attention, and dollars, from big superhero spectacles and musical extravaganzas to awards darlings and

Book reflects on Rock Hudson’s stardom, closeted love life

Had Rock Hudson not died of AIDS in 1985, he might be best remembered as the most successful of the postwar male stars who got into the

News of the world | At new Museum of Black Civilizations, a call to come home

The Museum of Black Civilizations in Senegal opened this month amid a global conversation about the ownership and legacy of African art. The West African nation’s culture

The Stature of Alsace

Governed by Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité (INAO), France’s world-renowned Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system is primus inter pares in Europe, predating its opposite numbers

TRAVELOG | Digital detox: Resorts offer perks for handing over phones

Can you take a vacation from your cellphone? A growing number of hotels will help you find out. Some resorts are offering perks, like snorkeling tours

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