Italy | Shipwrecked Concordia floated for tow to Genova

The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated yesterday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people. Authorities expressed satisfaction

This Day in History : 2000 Police camera action violates human rights

Judge Peter Crawford ruled that the police letter sent to motorists caught on speed cameras required them to incriminate themselves and was therefore in breach of their human rights under

Offbeat | US family maintains hold on pit-spitting contest

When it comes to pit-spitting, it’s tough to beat the Krause family, who recently maintained their dominance in the 41st International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship in southeastern Michigan. Brian Krause took top

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CHINA-US Halliburton said it is entering its first joint venture in China that will use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unleash energy. The Houston company, which provides drilling services to

Divers, snorkelers converge for undersea ‘concert’

The 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, held at Looe Key Reef along the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, featured four hours of commercial-free music piped

THE BUZZ: Chinese officials will buy more electric cars

At least 30 percent of newly purchased government cars will be electric and other types of “new energy vehicles,” China’s official news agency reported yesterday, as the country attempts to

Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed agreements on nuclear energy generation with Argentina as part of a Latin American tour aimed at building Russia's influence in the region. Argentina has been building

IRAQ | Parliament postpones decision on new leaders, clashes rage north of Baghdad

Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed yesterday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation

‘Planet of the Apes’ thumps chest with USD73M debut

  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" thumped its chest at the box office with a USD73 million opening weekend. According to studio estimates yesterday, Fox's "Planet of the Apes" sequel

This Day in History: 1958 Coup in Iraq sparks jitters in Middle East

Baghdad Radio announced the Army has liberated the Iraqi people from domination by a corrupt group put in power by “imperialism”. From now on Iraq would be a republic that would

Offbeat | 100-year-old German turns tables on trickster

This 100-year-old German woman was too sharp for a would-be trickster. Police in Berlin said last week they have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of attempted fraud after being tipped

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PHILIPPINES A military investigation yesterday has concluded that six elite army soldiers were killed last month by an artillery round mistakenly fired by the marines and not Muslim militants as

Samsung faces fresh child labor claim in China

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant. Samsung

California man faces 22 years in prison for espionage to a Chinese firm

Paulo Elias, Oakland A California chemical engineer is facing more than 20 years in prison for a rare economic espionage conviction for selling to China for USD28 million DuPont Co.'s secret

This Day in History: 1979 – Skylab tumbles back to Earth

All week there has been mounting speculation over where the spacecraft would come down. It has been in orbit six years - for the past five of those it has

Offbeat | US pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the plane was

World Cup entangled with Mideast conflicts

Barbara Surk, Beirut With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been

Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

The Israeli army yesterday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 14 people on the second day of a military operation it

This Day in History: 1985 – Rainbow Warrior sinks after explosion

One of the 11 crew members on board has been killed. He has been named as Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira, 33. Two explosions, 60 seconds apart, ripped through the stern at

Offbeat: US farmer loses phone, found on Japanese island

U.S. farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone was returned unscathed after it

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