World briefs

CHINA Education officials admonish a grade school teacher for letting a pupil hold a parasol for her. NEPAL Climbers who stayed in villages close to the Everest base camp have started

Gaming | Riviera casino closes doors after 60 years on Vegas Strip

If the ghosts of Frank Sinatra and Liberace were still hanging around the Riviera Hotel and Casino on Monday morning (yesterday in Macau), they wouldn’t have found a seat at

USA | Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility yesterday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. An audio statement on the extremist group’s

Syria | Rights group condemns atrocities in city of Aleppo

Syrian government forces and insurgents have both committed abuses in the contested northern city of Aleppo, but some of the government’s actions amount to crimes against humanity, an international rights

Somalia | Kerry visits Mogadishu; 1st such trip for a secretary of state

Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia yesterday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war

This Day in History: 1994 President and Queen open Channel

After travelling through the tunnel, which took eight years and billions of pounds to build, the Queen said it was one of the world’s great technological achievements. The tunnel is the

Offbeat | US: UC Berkeley’s Mark Twain project finds cache of new writing

In the letters, the man who would write The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, likened the city’s police chief to a dog chasing its

World briefs

AFGHANISTAN  Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade express a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues, an

Britain’s new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The princess is the second child of Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, royal officials

USA | 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

Two gunmen were killed after opening fire on a security officer outside a contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad and a bomb squad was called in to search their

Racism | Israeli president says Ethiopian protest exposes ‘wound’

Israel’s ceremonial president said yesterday that an outbreak of violent protests by Ethiopian Jews has “exposed an open, bleeding wound in the heart of Israeli society” and that the country

Nigeria | With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned girls to death

Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an

This Day in History: 1981 Bobby Sands dies in prison

The 27-year-old republican spent the last days of his life on a water bed to protect his fragile bones. He had been in a coma for 48 hours before being pronounced

Offbeat: Oyez! Town crier at royal baby birth captures attention

And it wasn’t for the first time. Town crier Tony Appleton took to the steps Saturday outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital to loudly proclaim the birth of Britain’s newest royal member,

World briefs

CHINA A pilot said yesterday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to

USA | Baltimore demonstrators praise prosecutor as officers charged

Thousands of people looked on as speakers praised the city’s young top prosecutor for quickly moving forward with charges against the police officers they see as responsible for the death

UK | Britain has a new princess – and eagerly awaits her name

From Prince Charles to royal fans to most of those who put down a bet, millions in Britain were hoping for a girl. The Duchess of Cambridge delighted her nation and

This Day in History | 1979 – Election victory for Margaret Thatcher

Mrs Thatcher arrived at Downing Street to take over from James Callaghan after her party won an overall majority of 43 seats. On the steps of Number 10, she quoted from

Offbeat | Thinking it’s a joke, man hangs up on pope; gets papal hug

The newspaper said the man, Franco Rabuffi, hung up twice, thinking it was a prankster. On the third call, he realized it truly was Francis and was speechless. The paper says

Beckham’s influence grows as former soccer star turns 40

David Beckham turned 40 on Saturday and while memories of his playing days with England, Manchester United and Real Madrid fade, he remains a captivating figure of worldwide interest. When he

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