South Africa | Pistorius prosecutor knocks athlete’s charity at sentencing

The prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius’s trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp said the athlete’s charity work was aimed at self-promotion and shouldn’t influence his sentence for manslaughter. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel

This Day in History: 1964 Khrushchev ‘retires’ as head of USSR

Mr Khrushchev, who is 70, took over as First Secretary of the Central Committee soon after Stalin’s death. He has held the role of both party leader and prime minister

Offbeat | Finnish authorities ban whisky from expo name

It’s a whisky trade fair. But it can’t say it is. Authorities in Finland have ordered the “Beer and Whisky Expo Finland 2014” to change its name, arguing it violates

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CHINA has approved the development of a USD3.3 billion Universal theme park in Beijing that would be the first major foreign-owned theme park in the Chinese capital. The U.S. company

Frenchman Tirole wins Nobel economics prize

Calling Tirole “one of the most influential economists of our time,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said he’s made contributions in a range of research areas. But it highlighted

Ebola | Health worker’s infection raises concern for caregivers

The U.S. health worker who contracted Ebola after being in contact with an infected patient in Dallas is leading officials to examine how widespread the danger is for those who

South Africa | Psychologist says Pistorius is ‘broken man’ 

Oscar Pistorius is a «broken man» after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he lost her, his reputation, friends, income and sense of self-worth, a psychologist called by the Olympic runner’s lawyers testified

Offbeat | Large mosaic in ancient tomb uncovered in Greece

The mosaic, 3 meters long and 4.5 meters  wide, depicts a horseman with a laurel wreath driving a chariot drawn by two horses and preceded by the god Hermes. According

This Day In History: 1973 Thai army shoots protesters

Violence broke out when several thousand students took to the streets demanding the military government step down. They are also calling for an early introduction of a constitution. Today demonstrators barricaded

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CHINA Chinese rights lawyers say their meeting in a Beijing suburb to discuss wrongful cases has been broken up by police who stormed into their conference room. It’s the latest

GAMING ALERT | Billionaire: lawmaker ‘selling out’ Atlantic City

Carl Icahn accused New Jersey’s Senate president of “selling out” Atlantic City by considering casinos near New York City, while the legislative leader said the state wouldn’t give the billionaire

COOPERATION | CE wants to boost Delta cities’ understanding of Macau

The Chief Executive Chui Sai On said at the High-level Forum of the 10th Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Co-operation and Development Forum that the Macau government will consider hosting more workshops

MEXICO | Governor: Some bodies aren’t of students

The governor of the southern Mexico state where 43 college students disappeared after a confrontation with police said Saturday that some of the bodies recovered from clandestine graves last weekend did not

USA | Police shooting protests continue in St. Louis 

A weekend of peaceful daytime protests and nightly police standoffs was expected to continue yesterday as organizers prepared for a wave of resistance they anticipate will lead to widespread, intentional

BOLIVIA | Morales to coast to third term

President Evo Morales appeared headed to an unprecedented third term in elections yesterday on the strength of the economic and political stability the coca growers’ union leader has brought to

This Day in History | 1976 – Bolivian plane crashes in Santa Cruz

The incident is feared to have claimed the lives of the plane’s three American crew as well as scores of civilians on the ground. Reports suggest the Lloyd Aereo Boliviano

Offbeat | Chocolate-covered bugs served up at insect museum

The bug feast was served up Saturday at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans. The 2,100-square-meter facility is the largest free-standing museum in the United States dedicated to

HEALTH | Stepped-up Ebola screening starting at NYC airport

U.S. customs and health officials began taking the temperatures of passengers arriving at New York’s Kennedy International Airport from three West African countries on Saturday in a stepped-up screening effort

The Buzz | Poker star Phil Ivey loses casino case in Britain

Ten-time World Series of Poker winner Phil Ivey has lost his case against a British casino he accused of improperly withholding his winnings. Britain's High Court ruled yesterday that Genting Casinos

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AUSTRALIA An Australian couple has rejected their biological child born to an Indian surrogate mother because of the baby’s gender, but has taken home its twin sibling, a judge says.

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