The Buzz | Angola to hold first diamond auction in january, Sodiam says

Angola will conduct its first diamond auction in January as part of the southwest African country’s plan to open its economy to foreign investors, state-owned diamond-trading company Sodiam

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INDONESIA Rebels in Indonesia’s Papua province demanded that the government hold negotiations on their territory’s self-determination and warned of more attacks following a raid on a construction site

Music | Fifteen choirs join third annual choir festival

The third International Choir Festival of Macau (MIC) has attracted some 410 vocalists from 15 choirs representing eight different countries to perform in the region.

In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legs

Israeli forces deployed along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israel’s long-running blockade of

France | Paris cleans up after latest riot as pressure builds on Macron

Paris tourist sites reopened, workers cleaned up broken glass and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again yesterday, a day after

This Day in History | 1990: Iraq frees British hostages

The first of the hostages held in the Gulf for four-and-a-half months have arrived in Britain after their release by Saddam Hussein. A total of 100 British hostages

Offbeat | California teacher arrested for forcibly cutting boy’s hair

A high school teacher in central California was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after forcibly cutting the hair of one of her students while singing the

Ship saves British sailor after storm in Southern Ocean

A cargo ship on Friday rescued a British sailor after a violent storm ripped off her mast and flung her yacht end over end in the Southern Ocean

The Buzz | Fosun Tourism is said to raise USD426 million in Hong Kong IPO

Fosun Tourism Group, a unit of billionaire Guo Guangchang’s drugs-to-insurance conglomerate, raised HK$3.34 billion ($426 million) after pricing its Hong Kong initial public offering at the bottom of

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  CHINA’s export growth sank in November as global demand weakened, adding to pressure on Beijing ahead of trade talks with Washington. Exports rose 5.4 percent over a

Environment | Sails make a comeback as shipping tries to go green

As the shipping industry faces pressure to cut climate- altering greenhouse gases, one answer is blowing in the wind. European and U.S. tech companies,

Offbeat | Met orchestra onstage for bows behind Nezet-Seguin

Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the rare step of bringing the entire orchestra on stage for curtain calls following his first performance as just the third music director in the

This Day in History | 1993 – Activists lose battle over chestnut tree

Dozens of people have been injured at the end of a 20-year battle to save a 250-year-old chestnut tree in east London. Twenty protesters were arrested after they

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INDONESIA Security forces have located the bodies of 16 people and a soldier who were killed in one of the bloodiest separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive Papua province,

The Buzz | Splits deepen as UN climate talks near crunch time

Splits are deepening at the U.N. climate talks between rich and poor countries, oil exporters and vulnerable island nations, and those governments prepared for radical action on climate

IFFAM films among Golden Globes nominations; Cheney biopic tops the list

Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” seized control of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards with a leading six nominations, narrowly edging Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival

UK | May loses control over Brexit endgame in parliament war

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is locked in a power struggle with the British Parliament that looks set to determine the final shape of Brexit. May

USA | Four men charged in Panama Papers investigation

Federal authorities announced a raft of conspiracy and tax fraud charges yesterday against four men in the first U.S. prosecution related to the so-called Panama

This Day in History | 1978 Spain set to vote for democracy

Spaniards have been turning out in force today to cast a vote for democracy and end almost 40 years of dictatorial rule. The majority of the 25

Offbeat | Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars

Kevin Hart has a new job — he will host the 2019 Academy Awards, a role the prolific actor-comedian says fulfills a longtime dream. Hart announced his

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