US seeks to counter growing Chinese influence in Africa

Trump administration wants to see an increase in U.S. investment and trade in Africa as part of a new strategy aimed at countering China’s growing influence on

Brexit | May seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a lifeline from European Union leaders today after winning a no-confidence vote among her own Conservative lawmakers. May

Offbeat | Five charged with running massive movie piracy ring in LA LA land

A Los Angeles federal grand jury has indicted five men who allegedly ran an international piracy ring that offered hundreds of stolen movies and TV shows online, including

This Day in History | 2003 – Saddam Hussein captured

The ousted President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, is under arrest after he was captured by US soldiers. “Ladies and gentlemen, we got him,” US administrator Paul Bremer told

World briefs

CAMBODIA’s Parliament passed legislation yesterday that could allow the lifting of a five-year ban on political activity by some top opposition politicians. THAILAND A policeman

The Buzz | Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction yesterday along with Stevie Nicks and

France | Five detained as hunt begins for Christmas market terror suspect

French authorities detained five people as they hunted yesterday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire at one of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets in the eastern

Syria | Turkey says it will launch new offensive within days

Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria “within a few days,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday, a move likely

Britain | May to face no-confidence vote from her party

British Conservative lawmakers forced a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday, throwing U.K. politics deeper into crisis and Brexit further into doubt. May vowed to fight

This Day in History | 2001 Suicide attack on Indian parliament

A group of gunmen has broken through tight security to attack the parliament building in the Indian capital, New Delhi. At least 12 people have been killed

Offbeat | Police give USD3 to person who found it 14 years ago

Police in New Jersey have given $3 to the person who found it 14 years ago. Paige Woodie was 12 years old when she and a friend

The Buzz | Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run

Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he’s taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The

Beyonce! Hillary! India revels in a very big wedding

In a season of big Indian weddings, yesterday’s marriage of the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all. The bride, Isha

World Briefs

INDONESIA’s government has rejected a demand by rebels in the country’s restive Papua province to hold negotiations on the territory’s self-determination, following a Dec. 2 attack on a

Egypt | Normalcy restored in Sinai city, but danger lurks

Mohammed Amer Shaaban stood over trays of fresh fish at his tiny store in the coastal Sinai Peninsula city of el-Arish, pointing to his right and

European Union | May in the Netherlands as she fights to save Brexit deal

Top European Union officials yesterday ruled out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain as Prime Minister Theresa May launched her fight to save her Brexit

Offbeat | Nine years after being flushed, woman’s wedding ring reappears

A New Jersey woman has her wedding ring back, nine years after she accidentally flushed it down her toilet. Paula Stanton was sure the diamond-encrusted gold ring

This Day in History | 1969 – Deadly bomb blasts in Italy

At least 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after a bomb exploded at a bank in Milan, Italy. Up to 14 people

World briefs

CAMBODIA Six union leaders yesterday each received suspended 2 1/2-year prison terms in connection with labor protests about five years ago in which four garment workers were

The Buzz | Four journalists and a newspaper are Time’s Person of the Year

The group, which Time called “the guardians,” consists of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi; the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot to

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