USA | White House sends 6 prisoners from Guantanamo to Uruguay 

Six prisoners held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees, the U.S. government announced yesterday — a deal that had been delayed for

Yemen | American, South African hostages killed

An American photojournalist and a South African teacher were killed Saturday during a high-risk, U.S.-led raid to free them from al-Qaida militants in Yemen, a turbulent Arab country that is a

Texas biologists warm chilled sea turtles

Marine biologists have flown dozens of endangered sea turtles from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Galveston, Texas, for treatment of hypothermia. The 50 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, a critically endangered species, were

Mexico | 1st ID from remains in case of missing 43 students

More than two months after they disappeared, concrete evidence is beginning to emerge on the fate of 43 college students whose case has caused a political crisis in Mexico. At least

Hollywood bows to Chinese censors while courting investors

Hollywood film studios are courting Chinese investors to gain access to the world’s most populous nation, brushing aside concerns that their new partners will seek to censor the next generation

This Day In History: 1980 John Lennon shot dead

The 40-year-old was shot several times as he entered the Dakota, his luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, opposite Central Park, at 2300 local time. He was rushed

Offbeat | Zimbabwe gets Doris Lessing’s book collection

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing, who died last year, spent her early years in Zimbabwe. She is still giving back to the country whose former white rulers banished her for

The Buzz: Novelist Ben Okri wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize

The writer took the tongue-in-cheek honor for conjuring an over-the-top passage in his novel "The Age of Magic." "The universe was in her and with each movement it unfolded to her,"

Medellin now known for holiday lights, not drugs

Medellin for Christmas vacation? Si, si! The city once wracked by drug violence has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas

World briefs

KENYA Police in Kenya say they have arrested 77 Chinese nationals who were allegedly running an elaborate money laundering and Internet fraud scheme from multiple houses. THAILAND Two Myanmar migrant workers

SPACE | Launch of new Orion ship has NASA flying high 

With the imminent debut of its Orion spacecraft, NASA is on a high not felt since the space shuttle days. Shuttle veterans, in fact, were leading the charge in yesterday morning’s

USA | NY officer in chokehold death cleared by grand jury 

In a case that sparked outrage and drew comparisons to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, a white New York City police officer was cleared in the chokehold death of an unarmed

This Day in History | 1991 – Maxwell business empire faces bankruptcy

At 1100 GMT two sons of the late business tycoon Robert Maxwell, Kevin and Ian, called in administrators from accountants Arthur Andersen as the enormity of their father’s financial difficulties

Offbeat | Cat survives trip in moving box across US

Ashley Barth tells WAVY-TV ( her cat Mee Moowe disappeared in September as movers packed her family's belongings for a move from Suffolk, Virginia, to Hawaii - a nearly 8,000

The Buzz | Circumcision benefits outweigh the risks, US says

U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done despite opposition from advocates who decry the pain,

World briefs

CHINA A 51-year-old Chinese bank employee in the country’s northeast fatally wounded two bank officials yesterday with a shotgun in a rare shooting incident, local media reported. Local newspapers from

Russia | Recession signs mount as central bank stems ruble losses

Russia’s economic pain worsened as a measure of services dropped to the lowest point since May 2009 and the central bank attempted to stem the ruble’s biggest slide in 16

Israel | Lawmakers approve dissolving parliament 

Israeli lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a motion yesterday to dissolve the Knesset in a preliminary vote, paving the way for early elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to iron out

USA | New lawsuit brings Cosby abuse claims into court 

A lawsuit by a woman who claims Bill Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old has moved allegations of sexual misconduct against the comedian from the court of

Islamic State | Diplomats worldwide target militants 

A global fight against Islamic State militants will likely take years to fully succeed, but nations are prepared to engage “for as long as it takes” to defeat the bloody

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