USA | Obama stakes final 2 years on climate change

President Barack Obama is elevating his efforts during his last two years in office to combat global warming above almost all else as he seeks to leave an imprint on

this day in history: 1985 Superpower summit ‘off to good start’

Early reports indicate the meeting between President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva has got off to a good start. Their first get together this morning -

Offbeat | US woman wears colander for driver’s license photo

Asia Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her driver’s license as Jessica Steinhauser, said the pasta strainer represents her beliefs in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Flying

The Buzz | 9 face IRA charges in both parts of Ireland

Seven Irishmen have been charged with membership in an Irish Republican Army faction after Northern Ireland police raided a suspected meeting of the outlawed Continuity IRA. A judge ordered all

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CHINA A fire in a carrot-packaging plant has killed 18 people in eastern China, police said yesterday. An additional 13 people were injured in the fire Sunday night at the

‘Golden visa’ scandal | Portugal Minister steps down as friends caught in corruption net

The Portuguese minister of internal affairs, Miguel Macedo, has announced he is to resign in the wake of a scandal involving so-called “golden visas” saying his “authority was diminished”, even

Islamic State | Obama calls beheadings ‘pure evil’

The Islamic State group has beheaded Peter Kassig, releasing a video Sunday showing a masked militant standing over the severed head of a man it said was the former U.S. Army Ranger-turned-aid worker,

Bird flu | British, Dutch slaughter poultry in new outbreak

Chickens were being slaughtered in the Netherlands and Britain was preparing to kill ducks after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe — but officials insisted yesterday that

Colombia | General kidnapped by FARC rebels

Authorities in Colombia have mounted a massive search and rescue operation for an army general who was apparently taken captive by leftist FARC rebels. Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate and two civilians were intercepted

this day in history: 1989 Protesters demand reform in Bulgaria

In the biggest demonstration in the country’s post-war history, protesters held up banners and chanted: “We want democracy now.” Other demands included free elections, a new constitution and the dismissal of

Offbeat | Pronounced dead, 91-year-old Polish woman awakens

A Polish doctor says she has been in “deep shock” since learning that a 91-year-old woman she pronounced dead woke up in a morgue several hours later. The doctor — identified

The Buzz | Zimbabwe’s vice president linked to plot

Zimbabwe’s vice president, once seen as a possible successor to President Robert Mugabe, has been linked to an alleged plot to assassinate the 90-year-old leader, a state-run newspaper reported yesterday. An

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HONG KONG Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing said it conducted a successful final test of systems before the start of a stock link with Shanghai today. The Shanghai exchange also

Chileans design a ‘bike that can’t be stolen’

It’s a bicyclist’s dream: a bike that can’t be stolen. The “Yerka,” a prototype designed by three young Chilean engineering students, is the latest entry in a recent trend of

Netherlands | ‘Black Pete’ stirs racial controversy 

Police arrested 90 protesters Saturday as a traditional Dutch celebration of the arrival of Saint Nicholas was disturbed by demonstrators who say his faithful sidekick, “Black Pete,” is a racist caricature, and

Islamic State Terrorism | Graphic video claims US aid worker beheaded 

  The Islamic State group released a graphic video yesterday in which a black-clad militant claims to have beheaded U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, who was captured last year. The militant was

offbeat: Seal that won’t stay in ocean bound for US zoo

A seal that wouldn’t stay rescued will be sent to a Detroit zoo to live out the rest of her life after touring the New Jersey shore in recent weeks. The

Judge sticks to BP gross negligence ruling

A federal judge in New Orleans stuck to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence." U.S. District Judge Carl

Obama to pledge USD3b for climate change fund

President Barack Obama will pledge USD3 billion to a United Nations climate-change fund that’s intended to help poor nations boost renewable energy and counter the ill effects of global warming. The

This Day in History | 1997 – Egyptian militants kill tourists at Luxor

The tourists’ bus was fired on as they visited the temple of Hatshepsut, one of the main attractions in the town of Luxor in southern Egypt. An Egyptian police spokesman said

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