New Zealand | Gov’t plans to ease abortion restrictions

New Zealand’s government announced yesterday that it plans changes to the country’s abortion laws that would treat the procedure as a health issue rather than a crime. While abortions have been

USA | Trump says he wants stronger gun checks, but reneged in past

President Donald Trump claimed yesterday he wants legislation providing “strong background checks” for gun users, but he provided no details and has reneged on previous promises to strengthen gun laws

This Day in History | 1961 – Russian cosmonaut spends day in space

The USSR has launched its second cosmonaut into space just four months after Yuri Gagarin made his historic venture. Major Gherman Titov, aged 25, has amazed the world by spending the

Offbeat | Illegal trash dumper leaves witty nod to Arlo Guthrie song

Whoever dumped trash at the building made famous in Arlo Guthrie’s 1967 Thanksgiving protest anthem “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” has a sense of humor. The director of what’s now the Guthrie Center

Encore! New ‘Angelina Ballerina’ books in the works

The beloved “Angelina Ballerina” picture books series is getting an encore. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced Monday that a reissue of the original book, “Angelina Ballerina,” comes out this month,

‘The Rookie’ star alleges sexual harassment, discrimination

Afton Williamson, co- star of the ABC crime series “The Rookie,” said she’s quitting the show because of sexual harassment and racial discrimination she experienced during the show’s first season. In

Predatory Hamilton hunts down Verstappen to win Hungarian GP

More used to other drivers chasing him, Lewis Hamilton turned predator on Sunday to hunt down Max Verstappen and win the Hungarian Grand Prix. When Hamilton had tried and failed to

The Buzz | Restored World War II Spitfire begins round-the-world trip

A restored World War II Spitfire has taken off from an English aerodrome on the first leg of a planned 27,000-mile (43,000-kilometer) trip around the globe. Pilots Steve Brooks and Matt

World briefs

CHINA  allowed its yuan to fall below the politically sensitive level of seven to the U.S. dollar yesterday for the first time in 11 years, prompting concern Beijing might use

Centuries-old bazaar in Aleppo making slow recovery

Bit by bit, Aleppo’s centuries-old bazaar is being rebuilt as Syrians try to restore one of their historical crown jewels, devastated during years of brutal fighting for control of the

Our Desk | Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

As everyone knows by now, the protests in Hong Kong have reached the ninth consecutive week. From a weekend event, it has now passed to an almost-every-day event with several

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – edition no. 3347

• Rosário outlines ongoing improvements to public works * Junket denies owner facing investigation * HK mobsters return to take on protesters * A local septuagenarian was stabbed by a mainland assailant, who

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