Canada | Judge awards billions to Quebec smokers

A judge has awarded more than $15 billion Canadian (USD12 billion) to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to

Greece | Athens submits draft bailout plan, creditors say not enough

Greece has submitted a proposal for an agreement with its bailout creditors, the prime minister said yesterday, as the country seeks a deal that will unlock desperately needed rescue money. Alexis Tspiras

Greece would join IMF’s hall of shame with missed debt payment

If cash-poor Greece fails to make any of its USD1.7 billion in loan repayments to the International Monetary Fund this month, starting with $334 million due Friday, the country will

This Day in History | 1957 Noel Coward comes home

He arrived at Southampton on the Queen Elizabeth liner dressed in a black tweed jacket with a white diamond pattern, dark trousers and a black and white check bow tie. He

Offbeat | Israeli military punishes soldier for eating a pork sandwich

A U.S.-born Israeli soldier is deep in the mud after pigging out during training. The military sentenced the soldier to 11 days in prison for eating a pork sandwich during a

The Buzz | Google tries to demystify privacy controls with new approach

Google is making its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an attempt to make the more than 1 billion users of its digital services feel more comfortable about

World briefs

S KOREA-CHINA South Korea and China signed a free trade deal that will remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of goods over two decades. BELGIUM Influential European Union nations France

Prague 68 invasion film angers Czechs, Slovaks

The two former federation partners, who split peacefully in 1993, protested the way the documentary portrayed the invasion as a friendly move to protect against a potential threat from the

Gov’t spying | NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in US Senate 

The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk, after Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the

FRANCE | Not eternal: Paris removes ‘love locks’ from famed bridge

Lovers in Paris, beware: City authorities are taking down thousands of padlocks affixed to the famed Pont des Arts bridge. The city says the locks, usually hung by couples to

This Day in History | 1953 Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath

In front of more than 8,000 guests, including prime ministers and heads of state from around the Commonwealth, she took the Coronation Oath and is now bound to serve her

Offbeat | German police alerted to armed mob, find asparagus pickers

Police in rural northeastern Germany rushed out to track down a reported mob of up to 15 people armed with knives and sticks. Instead, they found a group of asparagus

The Buzz | Farmer who killed alleged truffle thief gets 8 years

A court in southeast France has sentenced a farmer to eight years in prison for the shooting death of a suspected truffle thief. Laurent Rambaud was convicted Friday in the

World Briefs

HONG KONG  Malaysian authorities denied entry to a radical Hong Kong lawmaker at Kuala Lumpur’s airport on Friday, the second time this week they have barred one of the city’s

Switzerland | Kerry breaks leg in bike crash; ends overseas trip early

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in bike crash yesterday, apparently after hitting a curb, and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international

Russia | EU says Putin bans 89 officials from entry

Russia has disclosed the names of 89 people from the European Union who are prohibited from entering the country, according to the EU, which criticized the travel ban. “We don’t have

Cuba | Washington removes Havana from US list of terrorism sponsors

The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday (Saturday, Macau time), a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important

Beau Biden, Vice President’s election-winning son, dies at 46

Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joseph Biden, whose election as Delaware attorney general at age 37 made him an ascending star in the Democratic Party, has died of

This Day in History | 2001 – Nepal royal family massacred

King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and Prince Niranjan were among the victims of the tragedy at the royal palace in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.The other victims included three of the King’s children,

Offbeat | Man with 1st name ‘God’ settles with credit rating agency

A Russian-born man whose first name is God has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate. Under the agreement reached in

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