‘Miss Saigon’ triumphs at London’s WhatsOnStage awards

Miss Saigon” and Shakespeare have triumphed at Britain’s WhatsOnStage awards, as theatergoers rewarded seasoned shows, spectacle and star power. “Miss Saigon” took nine trophies at Sunday’s ceremony, whose winners were decided

Denmark | 2 suspected accomplices deny helping Copenhagen gunman 

Two men suspected of helping the gunman behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen faced a court hearing yesterday as Danes mourned the victims of a shooting spree that authorities said

Egypt | Army strikes IS group in Libya after video of mass killing 

Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya yesterday, just hours after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheading of several Egyptian Coptic Christians it had held

Ukraine | Battles persist for railway hub, despite peace deal 

Intense artillery exchanges between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists around a strategic town in the east persisted yesterday in fighting that threatens to dash a cease-fire deal brokered last

This Day in History: 1979 China invades Vietnam

Vietnamese Vice-Foreign Minister Nguyen Ko Tach has told ambassadors in Hanoi the Chinese troops have occupied nearly all Vietnamese border positions and are advancing southwards. He did not give any idea

Offbeat | Wild boar causes flight delays at Spain’s main airport

Spain’s airport authority says a wild boar that broke through a perimeter fence at Madrid’s international airport caused runways to be shut briefly and two landings to be delayed. The beast

Health | Report urges new name, better diagnosis for chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a real and serious disease that needs a new name to reflect that — and a straightforward way to diagnose the illness, a U.S. government advisory

Movies | ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ whips up stunning USD81.7 million

Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend. The erotic drama sizzled in its debut, earning an

THE BUZZ: Netanyahu calls for ‘massive’ Jewish immigration to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling for the “massive immigration” of European Jews to Israel following the shooting attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue that killed a Danish Jew. Netanyahu says

It’s mud madness at Brazilian Carnival party

Forget the sexy nurses, the pirates and devils. At the Bloco da Lama Carnival street party, swamp creature is the costume of choice. Last weekend, revelers in the seaside colonial town

World briefs

CHINA has ordered stepped-up safety measures over the CNY travel rush in the wake of terrorist threats and the fatal stampede in Shanghai. Beijing estimates about 2.8 billion trips will

To combat fraud, Visa wants to track your smartphone

Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy USD200 in

USA | Indian man slammed down after caller reported ‘black guy’

A man from India who was slammed to the ground by a police officer had been singled out by police after a caller said a "skinny black guy" with a toboggan hat

Offbeat | US: 5 students wrongly given ‘Fifty Shades’ puzzles

The Valley Independent (http://bit.ly/1F6liC5) reports Monessen Schools Superintendent Leanne Spazak issued a statement apologizing and saying the puzzles were “mistakenly and unknowingly” put in a stack of worksheets given to

This Day in History: 1959 Castro sworn in as Cuban PM

At the age of 32, he has been sworn in as Prime Minister in the Cabinet Room of the Presidential Palace in Havana. Dr Castro led the resistance against the seven-year

THE BUZZ: Russia, US, Europe lose ground in media watchdog’s report

Reporters Without Borders says Russia, the United States, Japan and many parts of Europe lost ground last year in its ranking of global press freedoms. War, the rise of non-state groups,

Adelson welcomes Romney, now that he’s not running for president

Now that Mitt Romney’s no longer running for president, billionaire Sheldon Adelson is happy to have him over for dinner. The Republican Jewish Coalition, to which Adelson is a top donor, yesterday

World briefs

CHINA The latest hot product in China’s shadow- banking industry is giving Chen Ruogang the convenience of Internet commerce, triple the returns of deposits and regular free fruit hampers. It

Image of gay couple in Russia wins World Press Photo

An atmospheric image of a gay couple in Russia by Danish photographer Mads Nissen was crowned the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 yesterday. The intimate image of Jon and

Iran | Drug abuse rising despite executions, police raids

Iran is breaking bad. Officials say methamphetamine production and abuse of hard drugs are skyrocketing in the country despite potentially lethal criminal penalties for users if they are caught. The

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