Crisis is rocking Latin America. Peru’s leader has a plan to escape it

Roadblocks of mud, sticks and steel wire bar the entrance to villages lining the northern side of the Rio Tambo, a sign of revolt in the fertile valley cultivated

Wealthy German family gives millions to Holocaust survivors

One of Germany’s richest families, which owns Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Pret A Manger and other international brands, is giving millions to support Holocaust survivors as it

Offbeat | Oink oink, cha-ching: $3 million found in barrels of pork

Barrels of raw pork shoulder were riding fat in a tractor trailer pulled over by North Carolina deputies. Approximately $3 million in cash was recovered from

This Day in History | 1981 – Military crackdown on Polish people

Poland’s military rulers have declared a state of emergency after imposing martial law and placing leaders of the Solidarity trade union under arrest. The country is effectively

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TAIWAN Prosecutors say they have detained 10 people, including a former staff member of the China-friendly opposition party, and are investigating them on suspicion of falsifying documents

The Buzz | Double suicide suspected in guesthouse bathroom

A 35-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman were found dead yesterday morning in a guesthouse bathroom in what is being treated as a suicide case, the Judiciary Police

Facebook, Google drop out of top 10 ‘best places to work’ list

Big tech companies like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, long seen as some of the world’s most desirable workplaces offering countless perks and employee benefits, are

UK Elections | Political leaders chase undecided voters on eve of vote

British political leaders rose early yesterday to pursue undecided voters on the eve of a national election, zigzagging across  the country in hopes that one last

Holiday rom-com ‘Love, Actually’ inspires election memes

Love, Actually” is all around this year in Britain’s pre-Christmas election. The 2003 romantic comedy about the love lives of assorted Londoners over the holiday season has

Offbeat | Teen runaway found ‘camping’ inside Bed, Bath & Beyond

Employees at a Bed, Bath & Beyond in North Carolina discovered an uninvited sleepover guest hiding in the store when they opened up Monday morning. The Greenville employees called

This Day in History | 1975 – Balcombe Street siege ends

A six-day siege has ended peacefully in London after four IRA gunmen freed their two hostages and gave themselves up to police. They are in custody at Paddington Green

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CHINA-US Eleven Chinese migrants were discovered hiding in furniture and appliances inside a truck stopped by agents as it entered the U.S. from Mexico at a Southern California

The Buzz | Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time ‘person of the year’

Thunberg emerged as the face of the youth climate movement after she started skipping school once a week to protest outside her country’s parliament. In the

US Federal watchdog says FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia

The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia  and did not act with political bias, the

Chile | Military plane missing with 38 on way to Antarctica

Chile’s air force lost radio contact with a transport plane carrying 38 people on a flight yesterday to the country’s base in Antarctica, and authorities indicated

Offbeat | In Sweden’s Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving

Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain

This Day in History | 1979 – Rhodesia reverts to British rule

The Zimbabwe-Rhodesian Parliament has voted itself out of office and handed power back to the British until democratic elections can take place. Both the House of Assembly

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TAIWAN’s top diplomat Joseph Wu said that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for “freedom and democracy,” and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous

The Buzz | Merriam-Webster declares ‘they’ its 2019 word of the year

A common but increasingly mighty and very busy little word, “they,” has an accolade all its own. The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared  “I have

West Bank | Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the

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