Offbeat | Man rescued after 13 nights stranded in Outback; one missing

A second person missing in the punishing Australian Outback for almost two weeks was rescued yesterday, while the search continued for their missing friend. Northern Territory Police said Phu Tran was

Two K-pop stars get prison terms for sexual crimes

A South Korean court on last week found two K-pop stars guilty of illicit sexual relations with a woman who was unable to resist and sentenced them to up to

Author Milan Kundera has Czech citizenship restored

Milan Kundera, the Czech-born author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” has been given back the citizenship of his homeland that he lost 40 years ago. The Czech ambassador to France,

Greta Thunberg arrives by sail in Europe for climate talks

Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived yesterday by catamaran in the port of Lisbon after a three-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States. The Swedish teen sailed to the

The Buzz | Iran state TV says ‘rioters’ shot and killed amid protests

Iranian state television yesterday acknowledged security forces shot and killed what it described as “rioters” in multiple cities amid recent protests over the spike in government-set gasoline prices — the

World Briefs

CHINA Some of the country’s wealthiest tycoons steered billions of dollars into electric-car companies in order to fuel the country’s dreams of becoming a leader in the field. Now a

NATO under friendly fire as leaders ready for London summit

NATO leaders will gather in London today as the world’s biggest military alliance, marking its 70th birthday, battles with one of the most confounding of adversaries: Itself. As thousands of troops

Climate Summit | Guterres disappointed by climate action so far

The head of the United Nations said yesterday he’s “disappointed” with pledges made so far by the world’s bigger greenhouse gas emitters to reduce their contribution to the planet’s rising

This Day in History | 1984 Hundreds die in Bhopal chemical accident

Hundreds of people have died from the effects of toxic gases which leaked from a chemical factory near the central Indian city of Bhopal. The accident happened in the early hours

Offbeat | Cats to be put on leashes to protect wildlife? EU says No

Put domestic cats on a leash to better protect threatened birds and the environment? The European Union says that would deny mankind’s furry friend its unalienable right to roam. The EU’s

Daughter in admissions scandal returns to YouTube channel

Social media star Olivia Jade Giannulli (pictured, left) posted yesterday her first YouTube video since the arrest of her parents, actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, made

Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem

A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus’ manger arrived last weekend in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after

The Buzz | Former governor of China’s Xinjiang sentenced in bribery

The former governor of China’s tense northwestern region of Xinjiang was sentenced to life in prison on charges of taking bribes, becoming one of the highest-profile ethnic minority politicians to

Belgian Carnival town renounces UNESCO title over racism row

The famed Belgian Carnival town of Aalst wants to renounce its place on the U.N. cultural heritage list, saying it is sick of widespread complaints that this spring’s edition contained

World Briefs

CHINA’s foreign ministry urged Canada to free an executive of telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies held for more than a year as she awaits an extradition trial. Canada arrested Huawei’s

Offbeat | Dog spooked by sealion is rescued from remote Pacific island

Things first started to go wrong for Flint the rat-sniffing dog when a sealion charged at him. It emerged from the scrub, lurching and bellowing, full of aggression. Spooked, he ran

Merry Clickmas | Black Friday online sales hit record $7.4 billion

This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, as fewer people hit the stores and shoppers rang up $7.4 billion in transactions from their phones, computers and

UK attack now political football as Johnson, Corbyn spar

Britain’s political leaders sparred yesterday over who is responsible for the early release of a convicted extremist who launched a stabbing attack in central London that left two dead and

This Day in History | 1954 – US pledges to defend Nationalist China

US President Dwight D Eisenhower has announced the signing of a pact of mutual security with the Nationalist Chinese Government. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles concluded the agreement with Chinese

The Buzz | Spain seizes record haul of crystal meth for European market

Spanish police say they have made their biggest seizure of methamphetamine, taking 631 kilograms (1,400 pounds) in a raid near Barcelona. Police said in a statement Saturday that the drug, in

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