Russia | Putin on Victory Day: military to be strengthened

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the annual military Victory Day parade in Red Square yesterday that the country will continue to strengthen its armed forces.

Italy | Holocaust survivor opens book fair after neo-fascist banned

A Polish-born Holocaust survivor opened a book fair in Italy yesterday to a standing ovation, after organizers agreed to ban a publisher linked to a neo-fascist group.

Offbeat | Orchestra searching for child who charmed crowd with ‘wow!’

America’s oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just

This Day in History | 1994 – Mandela becomes SA’s first black president

Nelson Mandela has become South Africa’s first black president after more than three centuries of white rule. Mr Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) party won 252

The Buzz | Holocaust survivor opens book fair after neo-fascist banned

A Polish-born Holocaust survivor opened a book fair in Italy to a standing ovation, after organizers agreed to ban a publisher linked to a neo-fascist group. Halina

World briefs

CHINA A Chinese court held an appeal hearing yesterday for a Canadian who was sentenced to death for drug smuggling in a case that has deepened a

BBC DJ fired after royal baby tweet with chimpanzee picture

A BBC radio broadcaster was fired yesterday for using a picture of a chimpanzee in a tweet about the royal baby born to Meghan the Duchess of Sussex

Australia | Political parties woo Chinese-Australian voters

The Chinese diaspora in Australia, long regarded as a politically apathetic ethnic minority, are being wooed like never before by political parties who see them as key

South Africa starts voting amid issue of corruption

South Africans voted yesterday in presidential and parliamentary elections amid issues of corruption and unemployment. It is 25 years since the end of apartheid, but

Iran | Rouhani threatens more enrichment if no new nuclear deal

Iran threatened yesterday to resume higher enrichment of uranium in 60 days if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its 2015 nuclear deal a year

Offbeat | Whose poo is this? Prague Zoo takes a closer look at dung

After producing plenty of elephant dung and other manure for years, Prague Zoo has capitalized on its expertise by creating a new permanent exhibit on the world of

This Day in History | 1955 – West Germany accepted into Nato

West Germany has formally joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a special ceremony in Paris. The German delegates to NATO were greeted by British Foreign Secretary

World briefs

CHINA’s exports fell unexpectedly in April, adding to pressure on Beijing ahead of negotiations on ending a tariff war with Washington over Chinese technology ambitions. CHINA The

The Buzz | Trump says report he lost over $1b ‘inaccurate’

President Donald Trump says a New York Times report that his businesses lost more than USD1 billion from 1985 to 1994 is “highly inaccurate.” The newspaper, citing

Eyes wide shut | Witness testifies on secret society’s ‘sex slave’ initiation

A woman testified that shortly after being recruited for a secret “master-slave” society within an upstate New York self-help group she got a disturbing message from her handler:

Chinese media start mentioning renewed US trade war threats

Chinese media outlets began to report on the renewed threats of U.S. tariffs yesterday, more than a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would impose

Russia | Plane crash survivor recalls strong lightning strike

A survivor of the Russian commercial airliner that crash-landed in Moscow on Sunday, killing 41 people, says a flash of lightning was heard moments before the plane

US-Iran | Tensions rise ahead of anniversary of deal pullout

A sudden White House announcement that a U.S. aircraft carrier and a bomber wing would be deployed in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran comes just

Elections | Erdogan defends Istanbul vote redo, critics see power grab

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted yesterday that rerunning the Istanbul mayoral vote won by the opposition will only strengthen democracy, while critics called the

Offbeat | Coffee cup in ‘Game of Thrones’ scene perks up viewers

“Game of Thrones” fans got a taste of the modern world when eagle-eyed viewers spotted a takeout coffee cup on the table during a celebration in which the

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