Portugal police: Banker in Angola scandal hangs himself

A Portuguese banker named in a major Angolan money-laundering and corruption scandal has died in apparent suicide at home, police said yesterday. Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, named as a

Offbeat | Judge deals blow to woman charged for being topless at home

A judge refused to overturn part of Utah's lewdness law Tuesday in a blow to a woman who's fighting criminal charges after her stepchildren saw her topless in her

This Day in History | 1969 – LSE closes over student clashes

The London School of Economics has been closed following violent protests by students angry at the installation of steel security gates. Police were called in to try to break

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SINGAPORE The outbreak of a SARS-like virus that’s killed at least 17 people appeared in the Asian financial hub of Singapore, as Chinese health officials scrambled to halt its spread. Travel

The Buzz | Police bust ring accused of smuggling 10,000 migrants to UK

French and Dutch police have arrested 23 suspected members of a criminal network that has smuggled as many as 10,000 migrants from France to Britain, according to the European

‘Magic’ gloves let acclaimed Brazilian pianist play again

A few days before Christmas, renowned pianist João Carlos Martins summoned his friends to a Sao Paulo bar so he could show off the best gift he'd received in

UN experts: Jeff Bezos phone hack shows link to Saudi prince

The phone of Amazon billionaire and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked after receiving a file sent from an account used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, United

This Day in History | 1973 Nixon announces Vietnam peace deal

The US president, Richard Nixon, has appeared on national television to announce “peace with honour” in Vietnam. Statements issued simultaneously in Washington and Hanoi confirmed the peace deal was signed in

Offbeat | Cold-stunned iguanas expected to fall from Florida trees

The National Weather Service routinely warns people about falling rain, snow and hail, but temperatures are dropping so low in South Florida the forecasters warned residents Tuesday about falling iguanas. “This

The Buzz | Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, has died at 77. He had been suffering from dementia. Jones’s agent says he died Tuesday evening. In a statement, his

S. Korean military decides to discharge transgender soldier

South Korea’s first known transgender soldier pleaded to be allowed to continue serving after the military decided yesterday to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery. It was the first time

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THAILAND Police have arrested a man on suspicion of ruthlessly killing three people, including a toddler, during a gold shop robbery that shocked the country. Local media said the suspect

Environment | Thunberg tells Davos: you’ve done nothing on climate change

Greta Thunberg brought a stark message to the business elite gathering in Davos: Everybody is talking about climate change, but nobody is doing anything. Her

Iran acknowledges Russian-made missiles targeted Ukraine jet

Iran acknowledged yesterday that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran’s main airport earlier

Offbeat | Prankster appears in Australia court for driving flooded car

A social media prankster appeared in an Australian court on Wednesday charged in relation to driving a car full of water to a liquor store during a heat

This Day in History | 2001 – MMR triple vaccine declared safe

The government is launching a £3m campaign to convince parents the controversial MMR triple vaccine is safe. Fears have been raised the vaccine against measles, mumps

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CHINA has sentenced the former president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, to 13 years and six months in prison on charges of accepting more than $2 million in bribes.

The Buzz | Death toll up to 10 in Ethiopia platform collapse; 250 hurt

Regional officials in Ethiopia yesterday confirmed 10 deaths and 250 people injured after a wooden platform collapsed during a religious event the day before. Thousands of

Unhealthy levels of smog choke Thai capital for over a week

Unhealthy levels of smog have choked Bangkok for more than a week, as the Thai capital’s residents fume over the ineffectiveness of government measures to combat the

EU won’t recommend banning Huawei in upcoming 5G risk rules

The European Union won’t explicitly ban Huawei Technologies Co. or other 5G equipment vendors when the bloc unveils guidelines for member states to mitigate security risks. The EU will unveil a

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