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PAKISTAN Warplanes strike five militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, killing 65 insurgents, the military says. The strikes, carried out in two phases hours apart, targeted

TECHNOLOGY | Apple watch threatens Swiss industry’s lower priced timepieces

Swatch Group AG’s Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar watch has a compass, tells the altitude and runs on solar power. It costs USD1,250 - more than three times the smartwatch Apple

CHILE | President steps up security after bomb hurts 14 


Chile’s president increased security measures and expanded powers to investigate on Tuesday (yesterday, Macau time), a day after a bomb injured 14 people in the capital in the worst attack

USA | Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants 


President Barack Obama plans to outline in an address to Americans an expanded military and political effort to combat Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly

This Day in History: 2001 – US rocked by day of terror

The Pentagon was also severely damaged by one of the three civilian airliners which hijackers turned into flying bombs. A fourth plane crashed in a field near Pittsburgh. A state of

THE BUZZ | Christie says N.J. casinos, tracks can offer sports betting

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration declared that casinos and racetracks can offer sports betting without fear of prosecution or civil liability, setting up another possible showdown with professional and

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CHINA-US U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice repeatedly raised concerns about risky Chinese fighter intercepts of U.S. surveillance flights in meetings this week with Chinese leaders in Beijing, senior administration

French women bid topless sunbathing ‘adieu’

France’s summer is fast becoming a memory, and so is one of its iconic beach sights: the topless woman. As few as 2 percent of French women under 35 now

MALAYSIA AIRLINES CRASH Report: Flight 17 likely downed by outside impacts 


Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the deadly aviation

UKRAINE | EU slows new Russia sanctions as it gauges truce

European Union governments abruptly put on hold for at least a “few days” new sanctions against Russia, allowing more time to assess the viability of a cease-fire in Ukraine without

GLOBAL WARMING | UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high 


Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said yesterday. In an annual report,

This Day in History: 1963 – American Express comes to Britain

This move by American Express is bound to give a powerful boost to the idea of credit cards in Britain, which have not, so far, spread very far. Until now,

Offbeat | Norway considers renting Dutch prison cells

Norway is in talks with the Netherlands to rent prison space and export some prisoners while carrying out urgent maintenance work and to ease overcrowding, an official said yesterday. Justice Ministry

The Buzz: 10 people killed in Istanbul elevator accident

An elevator plunged 32 stories at a construction site in Istanbul, killing ten people. Istanbul’s governor, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, said eight people were detained and that an investigation has been

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SOUTH KOREA A second member of the South Korean band Ladies’ Code died from injuries sustained from a motor accident, her management said yesterday. Kwon Ri-sae, 23, died yesterday morning

9/11 museum shows SEAL’s shirt from bin Laden raid

The items went on view yesterday at the ground zero museum, where leaders see them as an important and moving addition to a collection that often uses personal artifacts to

UKRAINE | Rebel shelling claims lives, sets houses ablaze

Clashes broke out yesterday outside the main rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, throwing the freshly forged cease-fire agreement between government troops and Russian-backed separatists into further doubt. At least two houses

USA | Obama defends decision to delay immigration action

President Barack Obama says that the surge of immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally changed the politics surrounding the issue of immigration and led him to put off a pledge to use

UK | London offers Scotland more autonomy ahead of vote

The British government plans to offer Scotland more financial autonomy in the coming days as polls predict a very close vote in the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence. Chancellor George Osborne told the

Offbeat | Maine lobstermen catch 2 albino lobsters in week

The Portland Press Herald reports that Bret Philbrick caught the curious crustacean off of Owls Head on Thursday and Joe Bates caught one off the Rockland breakwater days earlier. Albino

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