THE BUZZ | Asian Cup: Tim Cahill scores overhead kick in Australia win over China

Tim Cahill scored a stunning overhead kick for Australia in their 2-0 Asian Cup quarter-final win over China. After Mark Bresciano's corner is partially cleared, the ball is lofted back into

After terror attacks, the show must go on for Paris fashion

There was a subdued atmosphere at the first day of Paris Fashion Week menswear shows — which began in earnest following the French capital's worst terror attacks in decades. The

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NEPAL steps up security in the capital and put police on alert, anticipating trouble both inside parliament and on the streets because of planned protests by the opposition against governing

Cuba | US addresses obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties 

The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of

Venezuela | Maduro finally addresses faltering economy

Venezuela’s embattled president pledged Wednesday night to strengthen safety net programs and he rejected devaluing the currency during a long-delayed speech addressing the socialist country’s deteriorating economy. President Nicolas Maduro had

This Day in History | 2002 – Elderly patient sparks Commons row

A 94-year old woman has found herself at the centre of a bitter political row between the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition. The family of Rose Addis claim

Offbeat | Irish grandma busted for possessing cocaine at bingo hall

Helen Heaphy's number came up at the bingo hall. The prize was a trip to court. The 50-year-old grandmother pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of possessing cocaine for sale or

The Buzz | Emirates CEO intends to buy 100 More A380s

Emirates, the biggest customer for the A380 superjumbo, said it has told Airbus Group NV it would commit to buying 100 more of the planes if the manufacturer agrees to

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CHINA A New Yorker journalist famed for his reporting from China says the state-run newspaper China Daily faked an editorial under his byline after interviewing him. JAPAN is doing all it

France | Police to get better guns, more intel agents to fight terror

  France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism yesterday, including giving security forces better weapons and protection, going on an intelligence agent hiring spree and creating a better database

Israel | Palestinian attacker stabs passengers on Tel Aviv bus

  A Palestinian man stabbed nine people on a bus in central Tel Aviv yesterday, wounding four of them seriously before he was chased down, shot and arrested by Israeli police

USA | Obama calls for closing income gap

  U.S. President Barack Obama declared the U.S. economy healed and said the nation now must begin work to close the gap between the well-off and the wanting. “Tonight we turn the

This Day in History: 1980 Soviet dissident Sakharov banished

One of the Soviet Union’s most outspoken critics, nuclear physicist Dr Andrei Sakharov, has been ordered into internal exile. Officials in Moscow were angered by an interview Dr Sakharov gave

Offbeat | Man cited in US for eating cheeseburger while driving

A man says he was cited by police outside Atlanta for eating a cheeseburger while driving. Madison Turner tells Atlanta station WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/14Xxy83) he ordered a double quarter-pounder with cheese

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CHINA’s leadership has issued guidelines requiring universities to strengthen ideological controls in classrooms and telling professors to champion Marxism, traditional culture and socialist core values. The orders come as President

Nobel laureate Gbowee: Security Council must reform itself

Nobel peace laureate Leemah Gbowee told the Security Council yesterday (Macau time) that people across the world are living in fear and she urged the U.N.’s most powerful body to

USA | Obama aims to influence debate in State of the Union speech

  President Barack Obama planned to use his second-to-last State of the Union address to Congress to maintain his influence in American politics as the unofficial campaign to choose his successor has already

Yemen coup | Shiite rebels shell president’s home, take over palace

  Yemen’s powerful Shiite Houthi rebels shelled the residence of the country’s embattled president yesterday and simultaneously swept into the presidential palace in the capital, Sana’a, as a top military commander warned

RELIGION AND CONTRACEPTION | Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’ 

  Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice “responsible parenting.” Speaking to reporters en route home

IMF cuts growth forecasts, citing sluggish EU, Japan, BRICS

  The International Monetary Fund lowered its forecasts for global growth over the next two years, warning yesterday that weakness in most major economies will trump gains from lower oil prices.

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