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INDONESIA Plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable

Iraq | In heart of Baghdad, IS war museum honors fallen militiamen

A few steps from Baghdad’s cultural heart and its famous book market on al-Mutanabi Street lies the Iraqi capital’s latest tourist attraction: a war museum glorifying the sacrifices of

Poland | Pompeo says ‘confronting Iran’ key to Mideast peace

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday at a security conference in Warsaw that Iran is the top threat in the Middle East and confronting the

This Day in History | 1983: Hundreds die in Assam poll violence

Hundreds of people have died in Assam as fierce fighting rages in the run-up to the election. Villages have been set on fire and bridges and offices

Offbeat | A very prompt Marc Jacobs welcomes back a ‘90s supermodel

Marc Jacobs didn’t waste a second before starting his runway show yesterday . Literally. The designer, whose high-profile show traditionally closes out Fashion Week, was clearly determined

The Buzz | British IS schoolgirl ‘Wants to return home’ – report

One of three schoolgirls who left east London in 2015 to join the Islamic State group says she has no regrets, but wants to return to the UK.

Papua New Guinea on hunt for 275 cars missing after APEC

A Papua New Guinea police superintendent yesterday  was hot on the trail of one of the many high-end cars he’s trying to recover after an international summit.

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PHILIPPINES The head of a Philippine online news site who was arrested by government agents in a libel case accused President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration yesterday of acting like

Iran | Supreme leader says any talks with US can only ‘harm’

Iran’s supreme leader said yesterday that any negotiations with the U.S. “will bring nothing but material and spiritual harm” in remarks just ahead of an American-led meeting on the

Dutch fishermen try to avert EU ban on electric shocks

Dutch fishermen protested Tuesday outside parliament in a last-ditch attempt to avert a European Union ban on the practice of using electric shocks to stun fish before

Brazil | Slow-going restoration at fire-gutted museum

Five months after fire gutted Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum, the site that once held some of the nation’s greatest treasures remains a ruin of scorched walls, twisted

Spain | Budget defeat puts center-left government on ropes

Catalan separatist and right-wing lawmakers in the Spanish parliament’s lower house rejected yesterday the ruling Socialist government’s 2019 budget plan, likely paving the way for

Swiss set quotas for UK citizens in event of no-deal Brexit

British citizens hoping to work in Switzerland will face immigration quotas, just like people from countries such as Canada or Japan, in the event of a cliff-edge Brexit.

This Day in History | 1945 Thousands of bombs destroy Dresden

British and US bombers have dropped hundreds of thousands of explosives on the German city of Dresden. The city is reported to be a vital command

Offbeat | Gucci creative head breaks silence over ‘blackface’ sweater

Gucci’s creative director broke his silence Tuesday over an USD890 sweater that resembled blackface, saying racism was never his intention. Alessandro Michele, a design force at

The Buzz | Purse lost in school in the 1950s to be reunited with owner

A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part

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EAST TIMOR An American missionary who was a hero in East Timor for founding children’s shelters that have operated for more than two decades has been expelled from

USA | Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues

EU said to mull response to China hacking after UK report

European Union member states are considering a possible joint response to cyber-attacks allegedly conducted by a Chinese state-linked hacker group after the U.K. presented evidence last

This Day in History | 2001 Landmark Aids case begins in Scotland

Stephen Kelly, 33, is charged with taking no precautions when having sex with a former girlfriend despite knowing he was HIV-positive. Mr Kelly contracted HIV

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