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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.

Mexico | Protesters jam road demanding police find students 

Tens of thousands of teachers, activists and residents marched and blocked a major highway in the Guerrero state capital Wednesday to protest the disappearance of 43 teachers college students and

Nobel Prize | France’s Patrick Modiano wins literature award

Patrick Modiano of France, who has made a lifelong study of the Nazi occupation and its effect on his country, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature yesterday. The Swedish Academy gave the

Yemen | Suicide bomb attack kills 47 in Sana’a

A bomb attack on a gathering of Shiite-Muslim Houthis in Yemen’s capital killed 47 people, a fortnight after the rebel group secured control of the city. After the blast, the Al-Masirah

This Day in History | 1970 – Canadian minister seized by gunmen

He was seized from his home in Montreal by two men armed with machineguns. The kidnappers are thought to be part of the Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ), whose goal

Offbeat | Mexican’s Harry Potter hoard is world’s biggest

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films. His collection fills two rooms

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AFGHANISTAN A Kabul police chief says Afghan authorities have executed five men convicted of armed robbery and gang rape in a case that galvanized the nation this summer. Gen. Mohammad

ISLAMIC STATE OFFENSIVE | Syrian rights groups call on world to save Kobani

Several Syrian human rights groups called on the world to save the embattled Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group as new

NOBEL PRIZE | 3 win accolade for giving microscope sharper vision 

Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell won the Nobel Prize in chemistry yesterday for developing new methods that let microscopes see finer details than they could

This Day in History | 1967 – Che Guevara ‘shot dead’

A statement issued by the commander of the Eighth Bolivian Army Division, Colonel Joaquin Zenteno Anaya, said the 39-year-old guerrilla leader was shot dead near the jungle village of Higueras,

Offbeat | Hunt on for huge gargoyles missing from US church

Church officials and preservationists are trying to figure out what happened to several 1.5-ton gargoyles from a Massachusetts church. The church in Worcester is a one-fifth scale replica of Notre Dame

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CHINA The dengue virus has killed six people and infected more than 23,000 in southern China’s worst outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease in about two decades, officials said yesterday. The

EBOLA OUTBREAK | Nurse in Spain becomes infected raising global concern

In a case underscoring the perils of caring for Ebola patients, a nurse in Spain has come down with the disease — the first time the virus has spread outside

NOBEL PRIZE | 2 Japanese, 1 American win award for LED lights

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize in physics yesterday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that spurred

This Day in History | 1987 – Zeebrugge disaster was no accident

The outcome into the ferry disaster in March, which killed 187 people, has now opened the possibility of a criminal prosecution by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). In summing up,

Offbeat | Union chief: Irish army running short of uniforms

Legend has it that Celtic warriors once charged into battle naked. Things aren’t that bad in the modern Irish army, but its union chief says soldiers must wage a daily

THE BUZZ | US: Drugmaker provides experimental drug for Ebola use

A North Carolina drugmaker says it is providing an experimental antiviral drug for patients with Ebola, an emergency step authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Chimerix Inc. says physicians sought

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CHINA Police say five people were killed early yesterday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China. Police in Guizhou province are investigating the cause of the

Billionaires’ artworks headed to auction

Ninety modern and contemporary artworks, including a rare Mark Rothko painting, from the collection of the renowned art benefactors Pierre and Sao Schlumberger could realize USD85 million at the autumn

Las Vegas | Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett set for new year’s duet

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are set to take the stage at The Cosmopolitan casino on New Year’s Eve for their first show together in the U.S. since they released

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