The Buzz | 66 surfers set record for most people riding a board at once

Sixty-six surfers have set a world record for most people riding a board at once. Surf champions and local heroes were among those who hung loose on a custom built, 42-foot

Strauss-Kahn shifts focus from sex trial to hedge-fund probe

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was acquitted in France on pimping charges this month, but his legal headaches may not be over. While Strauss-Kahn will try to put the

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AFGHANISTAN A Taliban suicide bomber strikes the entrance to the Afghan parliament and gunmen try to storm the heavily guarded compound, setting off a gun battle with police that leaves

Gaza | UN report: Both sides may be guilty of war crimes

A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released yesterday found that both Israel and the Palestinians may have committed war crimes. The commission said it gathered “substantial information

Germany | Al-Jazeera journalist detained in Berlin freed 

The Al-Jazeera journalist who was detained in Berlin on an Egyptian arrest warrant has been released from custody, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutors’ office said yesterday. Stefan Stoehr said Ahmed

Migrant crisis | EU launches navy operation against traffickers 

The European Union launched a naval operation yesterday to try to stop human-traffickers from bringing migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe in unseaworthy boats, a lucrative and at times deadly

Greek crisis | Eurozone finance chiefs look for deal later this week

Eurozone finance ministers broke off talks yesterday without an agreement on Greece’s bailout, saying they aim to reach a deal later this week that might keep the country from defaulting and

This Day in History | 1983 Pope meets banned union leader Walesa

It is the second time Pope John Paul II - who was formerly Archbishop of Krakow - has returned to his native Poland since he became head of the Roman

Offbeat | US court: Workers can be fired for using pot off-duty

Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled last week that a medical marijuana patient who was fired

The Buzz | Portugal pilots warned of 70,000 homing pigeons

Airplane pilots in Portugal have been advised to fly with special care after 70,000 homing pigeons were released in Spain to participate in a race back to their homes in

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CHINA  Heavy storms that swept through several southern Chinese provinces this past week killed 18 people and left four more missing. The storms have dumped more than 20 centimeters of

USA | Black church to hold first service since shootings

Members of a historic black church in the U.S. were to return to their sanctuary yesterday and worship less than a week after a white gunman killed nine people there,

Briefs | Italy Pope pauses in silent prayer before Shroud of Turin

This Day in History | 1985 – Air India jet crashes killing 329

Airline officials said they do not know the cause of the crash, but suspected it was caused by a bomb planted by Sikh extremists. The Boeing 747 plunged into the

Offbeat | Mexican artisan launches Donald Trump pinata

After Donald Trump’s Mexico-bashing comments last week, Mexicans are engaging in a little Trump-bashing of their own. Call it revenge, Mexican style. Artisan Dalton Avalos Ramirez launched a Trump pinata

Health | Religion – Ramadan fast imposes difficult choice on diabetic Muslims

  For years, diabetic Shawkat al-Khalili ignored his doctor’s orders not to fast during the holy month of Ramadan when most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims abstain from food and

The Buzz | Puerto Rico looks to slot machines for cash

Facing a cash crisis, Puerto Rico is turning to desperate measures to pay the bills: It’s delaying tax refunds, borrowing from its insurance company and may even legalize the black-market

Climate Change | Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix ‘perverse’ economy

In a sweeping environmental manifesto aimed at spurring concrete action, Pope Francis called yesterday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he described as a “structurally perverse” economic system where the

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CHINA’s Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd., a provider of internet security products and popular mobile browser, has received a USD9.1 billion offer from a group led by its chief executive

Islamic State | Creating a nation of fear

When the Islamic State fighters burst into the Iraqi village of Eski Mosul, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim knew his wife was in trouble. Buthaina Ibrahim was an outspoken human rights advocate who had once run

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