Media: French PM announces delay to fuel tax hikes

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of fuel tax hikes yesterday, a major U-turn in an effort to appease a protest movement that has

Analysis | For Trump, low drama on trip, signs of acceptance

If there has been a constant to President Donald Trump’s tumultuous first two years in office, it has been that his foreign trips have tended to be

Saudi Arabia | Friend of Khashoggi sues Israeli surveillance company

A Saudi dissident has filed a lawsuit against an Israeli surveillance company, claiming its sophisticated spyware targeted him and helped lead to the killing of his friend,

Royal Mail delivers: Postman, can you take this to heaven?

A 7-year-old Scottish boy who sent a birthday card to his father in heaven has received a heart-warming reply. A Royal Mail official responded to Jase

This Day in History | 2003 – US pulls back from steel trade war

The US President, George W Bush, has withdrawn a punitive tax on imported steel to avoid a damaging trade war between the United States and Europe. The

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PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs has cost thousands of lives, says he used marijuana to keep awake at a recent regional meeting, but later disavowed

US | Bush mourned as a great statesman, a man of uncommon decency

Former President George H.W. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as

France | Riot debris covers Paris streets; 133 injured, 412 arrested

Paris police said yesterday that 133 people had been injured and 412 had been arrested as protesters trashed the streets of the capital during France’s worst

Dramatic downfall of Carlos Ghosn reverberates in Lebanon

He may have fallen from grace internationally as one of the auto industry’s most powerful leaders, but Carlos Ghosn can count on continued support in

This Day in History | 1989 – Malta summit ends Cold War

The leaders of the two world superpowers, the USA and the USSR, have declared an end to the Cold War after two days of storm-lashed talks at the

Offbeat | DC clerk stalls marriage over ‘foreign’ New Mexico ID card

A District of Columbia clerk and a supervisor refused to accept a New Mexico man’s state driver’s license as he sought a marriage license because she and her

Entertainment | Netflix tiptoes into theaters, demands secrecy

Netflix Inc. has an Oscar contender on its hands with “Roma,” a drama about a Mexico City family from Academy Award- winning director Alfonso Cuaron.

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VIETNAM A court in northern Vietnam has jailed two former police generals for protecting a multimillion-dollar online gambling ring as the Communist government steps up its crackdown on

Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships amid standoff with Russia

The Ukrainian president has urged NATO to deploy naval ships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a

Argentina | Judge acts on complaint against Saudi prince

Argentine legal authorities took initial action Wednesday to consider a request from Human Rights Watch to prosecute Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for alleged crimes

This Day in History | 1999 – T-bone steaks on sale by Christmas

The beef-on-the-bone ban will be lifted next month, the government has announced. T-bone steaks and ribs of beef should be on sale by 17 December, just over two years

Offbeat | Nelson, Henley to honor Parton at Grammy MusiCares concert

Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she’s honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by

The Buzz | Photo thought to be of Vincent van Gogh is his brother

Experts say a photo thought to be of a young Vincent van Gogh has turned out most likely to be of his brother, Theo. The Van Gogh

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CHINA said yesterday that it had expressed concerns to the U.S. over the passage of a pair of Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait, days ahead of a

Koreas to jointly survey railways separated since war

South Korea will send trains across the border to the North for the first time in a decade, after recent sanction exemptions paved the way to

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