Prayers across Netherlands for victims

The carrier said in a statement yesterday that beginning Friday, it will no longer use MH17 to identify any of its Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flights. It said it is doing so

This Day in History: 1969 Man takes first steps on the Moon

The astronaut stepped onto the Moon’s surface, in the Sea of Tranquility, at 0256 GMT, nearly 20 minutes after first opening the hatch on the Eagle landing craft. Armstrong had earlier

Offbeat | ‘Bonnie & Clyde’: US couple pilfers replica of baby dino from museum

Police are looking for a man and a woman caught on video stealing a baby dinosaur replica from a North Carolina museum. The theft at the North Carolina Museum of Natural

295 people feared dead | Both sides in Ukraine deny shooting down Malay plane

Peter Leonard & Mstyslav Chernov, Kiev Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down yesterday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia

World briefs

USA A woman from China, Mo Yun, 42, awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is asking the government to

THE BUZZ: Japanese vagina selfie artist vows legal battle against obscenity charges

A Japanese artist who made figures of Lady Gaga and a kayak modelled on her vagina said she was outraged by her arrest and vowed a court fight against obscenity

Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after JLo

The music of the Bronx, New York-born entertainer who has Puerto Rican roots was a hit with the group while they wrote about their findings, biologist Vladimir Pesic said in

This Day in History: 1966 Nurses murder suspect charged

Richard Speck was arrested yesterday in hospital where he had been taken after slashing his wrists in an apparent suicide attempt. He was discovered bleeding in a hotel in Chicago’s Skid

Offbeat | Uruguay teachers protest attacks by parents

Teachers in this South American country are going on a 24-hour strike to protest a wave of physical attacks on educators by students’ mothers and fathers. The local teachers union called

World briefs

BRICS The leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit yesterday (Macau time) that they gave final agreement to creating their own development bank worth USD100 billion that

THE BUZZ: Plane heading to hong kong hits turbulence, 20 injured

Severe turbulence struck a South African Airways plane that was heading to Hong Kong, injuring 20 people before the aircraft landed safely yesterday, the airline said. Medics were waiting at

NYC mayor’s plan for rail strike? I’m outta here

New York’s tabloid newspaper front pages next week are easy to imagine: a photo of a nightmarish traffic jam caused by a strike at the largest U.S. commuter railroad juxtaposed

GAZA STRIP | Scars show as children endure third war

The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing their homes as Israel bombarded their neighborhood in the Palestinian Gaza

USA | Journalist, activist released by US Border Patrol

USA Journalist, activist released by US Border Patrol Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, a Philippines- born immigration activist who has lived in the U.S. illegally since he was a child, was released by U.S. Border Patrol agents yesterday after they detained him

This Day in History: 1974 Bomb blast at the Tower of London

A bomb ripped through the Mortar Room in the White Tower at 1430 BST. The small basement exhibition room was packed with tourists from the UK and abroad who took the

Offbeat | On-duty officer delivers his own son in California

Every now and then a police officer has to deliver a baby. The first time Officer Bryan Anderson did it, the baby was his own son. Anderson was on duty early

World briefs

CHINA Three members of an imprisoned pastor’s family have sneaked out of China to the U.S. with the help of activists after complaining about an extended campaign of harassment by

THE BUZZ: Thailand’s plan to deport 130,000 to myanmar raises concerns

Refugee advocates yesterday raised concerns about the safety and welfare of 130,000 long-term displaced people whom Thailand’s military government recently said it planned to send back to Myanmar. Junta leader said last

STUDY | US Alzheimer’s rate seems to be dropping

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply

AFGHANISTAN | 89 killed in suicide blast in eastern city of Urgun

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 89 people and wounding more than 40 in

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