The Buzz | Almada dance troupe draws thousands on China tour

An unprecedented 6,000 people in all attended four shows staged so far in China by the Companhia de Dança de Almada, one of Portugal’s handful of professional dance troupes, its

Music | Flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata dies

His great nephew, Ricao Bissiere, confirmed his death to The Associated Press, calling him a “great guitarist and a beautiful man who opened the doors for gypsy music.” Bissiere said the

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CHINA Officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog says in a report that

USA | Obama immigration vow clashes with Republicans

President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell promised Americans yesterday they’d search for common ground, then fired the opening salvos of a new battle over immigration. The usually serious

Israeli War Crimes | ICC: No prosecution on storming of Gaza aid boat 

Israeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed an aid flotilla boat heading to Gaza in 2010, but the possible crimes are not grave enough to merit a

Ebola | West African countries to get USD450 million in financing 

A new private sector initiative announced Wednesday will provide at least USD450 million in commercial financing to the three West African countries hardest hit by Ebola to promote trade, investment

this day in history : 2000 Hillary Clinton is first First Lady in Senate

Votes are still being counted but exit polls show she has a clear majority over Republican rival Rick Lazio in the state of New York. The Clinton family voted near their

Offbeat | Dutch to public: Don’t pee on the royal palace

If you're caught short on Amsterdam's historic Dam Square, the Dutch government has a message for you: Don't pee on the palace. The Dutch royal family uses the stately Royal Palace

The Buzz | Angola journalist criticizes African Union

The African Union should move its headquarters out of Ethiopia because of concerns about freedom of expression there, an Angolan journalist and human rights campaigner said. Rafael Marques, who has

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CHINA Activists say police have detained seven employees of a shoe factory amid a quarrel over back pay and benefits in a rare case of detentions in a labor dispute.

Mexico | Residents in ‘forgotten state’ hail arrest of fugitive mayor

The elected mayor is under arrest, the police chief is on the run and city hall is a fire-ravaged shell of a building. This is the southern Mexican city of

USA | Republicans take Senate in voter rebuke to Obama

Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and bolstered their majority in the House of Representatives as Americans delivered a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama in elections Tuesday. Obama

This Day in History: 1968 Nixon wins close contest for president

It was not until midday EST (1800 BST)) that Democrat Vice-President Hubert Humphrey conceded victory to the Republican candidate. The announcement came after a full 24 hours of waiting when

Offbeat | Manet, Chagall at NYC art auction

A celebrated portrait of a Parisian actress by Edouard Manet was slated for the auction block at Christie’s during the second day of a major fall sale of big-ticket impressionist

The Buzz | Spanish registered jobless up 3rd month in a row

The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain rose by nearly 80,000 in October compared with the previous month, suggesting a bump in the economy’s recovery but also due

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CHINA-JAPAN Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid for formal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a regional summit in Beijing next week is unlikely to succeed, a commentary by

USA | Control of Senate main prize in midterm election

Optimistic Republicans looked to win control of the Senate, while Democrats struggled to limit their congressional losses yesterday in a U.S. election that could change the balance of power midway

UK | Top spy chief says Web is command center for terror

The new head of Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency said U.S.- based social media have become the command and control network of choice for terrorists and criminals and that tech companies are in denial

South Africa | Pistorius prosecutors file appeal papers

The leader of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine has been officially sworn in after an election that has been roundly condemned by the West as destabilizing. Alexander Zakharchenko was inaugurated

This day in history: 1984 Sandinistas claim election victory

Within hours of the count beginning, the leader of the country’s left-wing junta, Daniel Ortega, said he had gained nearly 70% of the vote in the presidential election. Mr Ortega said

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