Organized crime | Mexico judge orders release of cartel ‘Queen of the Pacific’

A Mexican federal judge threw out a five-year, money-laundering sentence for Sandra Avila Beltran, ordering the immediate release of the “Queen of the Pacific” for her alleged role as a

MUSIC | Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys, Beck takes home album of the year

  Sam Smith was the king of the Grammys, taking home three of the top four awards, including song and record of the year for “Stay With Me,” and best new artist,

Ukraine | Germany says ‘no guarantee’ of peace as talks planned

    Germany sounded a cautious note over prospects for peace talks on Ukraine, while the government in Kiev claimed more Russian troops entered the conflict zone and Russian President Vladimir Putin

France | Gunmen open fire in tense Marseille same day as PM visits

Gunmen exchanged fire in a Marseille housing project known as an open-air drug market yesterday, prompting police to close off the area in a search for the shooters the same

Iraq | Suicide attack, bombing kill at least 22 in Baghdad

Attacks in Baghdad killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens yesterday, just days after the government lifted a nighttime curfew that had been in place in the Iraqi capital

This Day in History: 1952 India passes first test of democracy

The Congress Party of India, led by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, has won an outright victory in the country’s first general election. The party has won 249 of the 489 seats contested

Offbeat | Grammys: The woman from the domestic violence segment

After President Barack Obama made a video appearance calling on musicians to pledge to stop domestic violence, Brooke Axtell took to the Grammy stage to speak about her own experiences.

THE BUZZ: Fire in southern China market kills at least 17 people

A 9-year-old boy playing with a lighter caused a fire at a southern China wholesale market that killed 17 people and injured at least five firefighters, including one who was

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INDONESIA divers have recovered several more bodies from December’s AirAsia crash, including one from the jet’s cockpit, bringing the total number of victims retrieved to 100, an official said Saturday. JORDAN

Nigeria | Gov’t postpones elections to March 28, cites uprising

Nigeria is postponing presidential and legislative elections until March 28 because security forces fighting Boko Haram extremists cannot ensure voters’ safety around the country, the electoral commission announced Saturday in

MEXICO | Argentine experts question missing student probe

A team of Argentine forensics experts is questioning Mexico’s probe of the disappearance of 43 students, saying that the evidence doesn’t support the government’s conclusion and that it should be

Ukraine | Leaders aim to hold summit in Minsk Wednesday

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine aim to hold a summit in Minsk this week as they try to stem fighting in eastern Ukraine, officials in Germany and France said yesterday. The

Slovakia | Vote on gay rights curbs not binding due to turnout

A nationwide referendum on restricting gay rights in Slovakia has failed to produce a legally binding result after the required number of eligible voters did not turn out. In Saturday’s vote,

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1950 McCarthy launches anti-red crusade

He made the startling allegation in a public speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, saying the State Department was infested with communists and brandished a sheet of paper which purportedly contained

Offbeat | Rare monkey eaten by otters in accident at British zoo

A British zoo says an endangered monkey that accidentally fell into a pond was eaten by otters. Bristol Zoo Gardens say the rare golden lion tamarin monkey, a squirrel-sized species native

UN climate chief tempers expectations on Paris deal

Tempering expectations on a global climate deal in Paris this year, the U.N.'s top climate diplomat on Thursday warned against assuming the pact will suffice to prevent dangerous levels of

THE BUZZ: California appeals ruling that allowed foie gras again

California filed an appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked the state's ban on the sale of foie gras — a delicacy that gourmets consider heaven and animal rights

Masterpieces from New York’s Frick on show at Mauritshuis

New York’s Frick Collection is displaying its gratitude to the Mauritshuis by sending over a trove of masterpieces of its own for the first art show in a new wing

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CHINA A Canadian woman detained in China along with her husband on suspicion of stealing state secrets has been released on bail, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said yesterday. Ministry spokesman

Argentina | President’s tweets on Chinese accent cause furor

  Embattled Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, while on a state visit to China seeking badly needed investment, caused a furor Wednesday by joking about her hosts’ accents on Twitter. Fernandez tried to mimic

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