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JAPAN Walt Disney Japan apologizes after a tweet sent from its corporate Twitter account wished readers “congratulations on a not special day” on the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic

USA | Man shot near Ferguson protest critically injured

A man who opened fire on officers in Ferguson, Missouri, on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death was critically wounded when the officers shot back, a police chief in the

Turkey | Assailants fire shots at US Consulate in Istanbul

Two assailants opened fire at the heavily protected U.S. Consulate building in Istanbul yesterday, touching off a gunfight with police before fleeing the scene, Turkish media reports said. One of the

Germany | Prosecutors drop treason probe against journalists 

German federal prosecutors yesterday dropped a much-criticized treason investigation of two journalists who had reported on secret plans to expand online surveillance in Germany. Prosecutors notified website Netzpolitik.org in late July

This Day in History | 1999 – Millions marvel at total eclipse

The phenomenon began over the Atlantic, a few hundred miles east of Boston, North America. The only part of mainland Britain to witness totality - the full blacking out of the

Offbeat | NY City scents: 2 baby skunks found in subway station

There are plenty of smells in New York City’s subways. But skunks? The New York Post said that police and a transit worker rescued two baby skunks that had strayed into

The Buzz | Bangladesh police kill 6 alleged tiger poachers in gunfight

Police in Bangladesh have shot dead six suspected tiger poachers in the world’s largest mangrove forest after a new survey found that the population of the big cats has dropped

Australia | Chinese dominate as high-spending Asian leisure visitors

The Asian high-spender (HS) market has changed dramatically in recent years and is now being dominated by Chinese consumers, according to a new report released by Tourism Research Australia. The study,

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AFGHANISTAN  A suicide bomber in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province has killed 29 people, mainly members of illegal armed groups that have clashed with security forces and the insurgents in the

USA | March, moment of silence mark anniversary in Ferguson

One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police in the United States interact with black communities, the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was being

Israel | Gov’t cracks down on Jewish extremists with new arrests

Israel intensified its crackdown on Jewish extremists yesterday, jailing two high-profile ultranationalist Israelis for six months without charge and arresting additional suspects in West Bank settlement outposts, security authorities said. The

This Day in History | 1990 Magellan starts mapping Venus

The craft arrived just after 1730 BST (1630 GMT). Soon after, controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California instructed it to fire its solid-rocket motor for 83 seconds to

Offbeat | US lawmaker hoped to distract from affair with smear

A state lawmaker had an email sent to his Republican supporters falsely claiming he had been caught having sex with a male prostitute, apparently believing such a smear campaign would

USA | Renowned architect Frank Gehry working on LA River plan

Internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry is working on a master plan to redevelop the Los Angeles River. The designer of the steel-clad Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the

Bloomberg View | Predictions of Trump’s death were exaggerated

The most overhyped debate in history opened with a shock: loud boos for Donald Trump, the only candidate who raised his hand to say he wouldn’t rule out running as

The Buzz | Packer sells Sydney mansion for Aussie record

Casino billionaire James Packer sold his Sydney harborside mansion for a reported A$60 million (USD44 million), a new record in Australia’s biggest city. The six-level La Mer property in the suburb

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INDONESIAN police have rescued 45 Burmese fishermen, believed to be trafficking victims, from a hotel in central Jakarta where they were taken after traveling on fake documents, officials and the

Italy | Bank of China money-laundering trial to begin in March 

A USD5 billion money-laundering trial of the Bank of China and 297 other defendants in Italy is scheduled to begin in March, deputy public prosecutor Giulio Monferini said Wednesday. At issue is more

Saudi Arabia | Mosque bombing targets police, 17 dead

A bomb ripped through a mosque in Saudi Arabia used by Interior Ministry special forces in the southwestern city of Abha yesterday, killing 17 people, according to the official Saudi Al-Ekhbariya news channel. A Saudi Interior Ministry official told

Offbeat | US sheriff asks drug dealers to turn in their rivals on Facebook

A sheriff’s office in the United States has posted a flyer on its Facebook page asking drug dealers to turn in their rivals. Media outlets report the Sheriff’s Office in Franklin

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