Flight 17 tragic end for family of 6 coming home

Mohammad Afif and his family were about to start a new chapter in their lives. Afif was getting set to begin his university studies in architecture, and his father was

This Day in History: 2003 Saddam’s sons killed in gun battle

The bodies of the two men were identified after 200 American soldiers, backed by helicopters, stormed a house in the northern city of Mosul following a tip-off from an Iraqi

Offbeat | SAY WHAT!? Removal by noise reaps barbs in Belgium

A plan by a Belgian mayor to remove a group of Gypsies by playing loud music backfired when the camping cars stayed put and the children danced to the music. The

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CHINA The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 17 people after claiming at least 94 lives in the Philippines, officials say. ISRAEL says it has widened

THE BUZZ: No Macau residents amongst MH17 passengers

The Macau Tourism Crisis Management Office has revealed that, from the information that has been gathered so far, no Macau residents were among the passengers of the Malaysia Airlines flight

HEALTH | Teen’s death in Ohio puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. But it was

World Views: Who Did It? What Next?

“...and once the TAR (Target Acquisition Radar) has lock-on, this light will go green. Then just push this button here, and the rest’s automatic. Good luck!  Oh, and make sure

MH17 | Without radar, missile may not have identified jet

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said. American officials

MH17 | ALMOST 200 | Recovered Plane crash bodies put on train for rebel city

The surprising, rapid-fire developments yesterday morning came after a wave of international outrage over how the bodies of plane crash victims were being handled and amid fears that the armed

US building case tying separatists to airliner crash

The United States began building a case linking pro-Russian separatists to the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine as a somber President Barack Obama declared the deaths of those

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

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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

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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

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