Ukraine | Kerry travels to Kiev as US weighs sending arms

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Ukraine to show support for the embattled government as the Obama administration weighs sending arms to Kiev to help it fight Russian-backed separatists. Amid a

Offbeat | Australian V8 champ Jamie Whincup bitten by snake

Australian motor racing champion Jamie Whincup has been bitten by a snake at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo during a pre-season photo shoot for the domestic V8 Supercars series. Whincup, a six-time V8

The Buzz | Not just Monopoly money: Game in France will have real thing

You can pass go, get out of jail free and collect real money. The French version of Monopoly is celebrating its 80th year by slipping cash into 80 boxes of the

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CHINA Ten people, including four children, were killed in an accident involving a minibus in southern China yesterday, also the first day for the peak travel season centered on the

ISIS TERRORISM | Jordan executes 2 al-Qaida prisoners after IS kills pilot

  Jordan executed two al-Qaida prisoners before dawn yesterday, just hours after an online video purported to show Islamic State group militants burning a captured Jordanian pilot to death in a cage. The

Argentina | Prosecutor considered call for president’s arrest

  Investigators examining the death of a prosecutor who accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of agreeing to shield the alleged masterminds of a 1994 terror bombing said Tuesday (early yesterday, Macau

This Day in History: 1982 Laker Airways goes bust

After a four-hour board meeting at London’s Gatwick Airport, company chairman Sir Freddie Laker asked Clydesdale Bank to appoint a receiver. All 17 Laker aircraft have been ordered to return to

Offbeat | The Ross brothers redefine the Western

Documentary directors and brothers Bill and Turner Ross have made a career out of examining microcosms in the modern American landscape, from their first film, “45365,” about their middle-class hometown

World briefs

CHINA Already the world’s largest, China’s online population grew last year but drifted away from Twitter-like microblogs, with the number of microblog users falling by 32 million. The decline shows

Organized crime | NYC to pay USD5m to kin of man killed in ‘Mafia cops’ case

Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother’s home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he’d been mistaken for a mobster with the

BALKANS | UN Court: Serbia and Croatia didn’t commit genocide in 1990s

  The United Nations’ top court ruled yesterday that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other’s people during the bloody 1990s wars sparked by the breakup of the

Cuba | Havana publishes first photos of Fidel Castro in 5 months

Cuba has published the first photos of Fidel Castro in more than five months, showing the 88-year-old former leader engaged in what appears to be a lively conversation with a university

This Day in History: 1968 More Kenyan Asians flee to Britain

The party included nine children under two, and all flew in on cut-price one-way tickets costing about £60 - less than half the normal single fare. Omar Sharmar, an Indian who

Offbeat | Virgin Galactic gets back on track toward space tourism

The only thing interrupting the creosote and mesquite that makes up one of New Mexico’s most remote stretches of desert is a pristine runway where Virgin Galactic plans one day

World briefs

CHINA A father and daughter are executed for attacking and killing a woman who had refused to join their outlawed religious group during an altercation at a McDonald’s outlet. AFGHANISTAN Taliban

Ebola | Vaccine trial starts in Liberia

A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia’s capital yesterday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has

France | Pimping trial to start for ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is going on trial for sex charges in France — the nation where he once was considered a top presidential contender. The former head of the International Monetary Fund,

Egypt | Al-Jazeera reporter freed from jail wants colleagues released

For more than a year, the parents of jailed Al-Jazeera English journalist Peter Greste kept up a relentless, resolute campaign to free their Australian son from an Egyptian prison. Yesterday,

Ukraine | Rebel leader aims to call up 100,000 as conflict intensifies

  A Ukrainian separatist leader ordered a full military mobilization as the conflict with government forces escalated after peace talks failed to secure a truce. The call-up in 10 days’ time seeks

This Day in History: 1988 Nurses protest for better pay

In the House of Commons Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher condemned the health workers’ strike saying it was prolonging waiting lists and deserting patients. But just 200 of the 9,000 operations planned

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