Offbeat | ‘Heroes’ welcome for Sweden’s Eurovision winner

Sleep-deprived and smiling, the 28-year-old singer-TV host arrived at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport draped in a Swedish flag and waving the Eurovision trophy. “I’ve longed for this moment for 10 years, and

The Buzz | Player dies in second-division match in Argentina

Cristian Gomez, a player with Argentine club Atletico Parana, died on Sunday after collapsing during a second-division match. The Argentine Football Association match supervisor for the game, Ramon Gomez, said

World briefs

PAKISTAN The son of Pakistan’s president escapes unharmed from a roadside bomb attack that killed three people and wounded 15. AFGHANISTAN A suicide truck bomb blast at the gate of a

Iraq | After fall of Ramadi, US defense chief’s criticism raises questions 

The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist

Israel | Ex-Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced yesterday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who

USA | ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash dies in taxi crash

Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved,

This Day in History | 1950 UK drivers cheer end of fuel rations

The Minister of Fuel and Power, Philip Noel-Baker, told the House of Commons rationing would be abolished because two American companies had agreed a deal to supply oil in return

Offbeat | Turkmenistan unveils massive gold-leaf statue of president

Turkmenistan has unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse — a move aimed at burnishing the leader’s burgeoning personality cult. The 21-meter

World briefs

CHINA is contributing 600 personnel, including 49 from the military, to multinational disaster relief exercises in Malaysia, the first time it has taken part in such an effort, the Defense

Gov’t surveillance | NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program 

The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend

USA | Protests after Ohio patrolman found not guilty in 2 black deaths 

Police in riot gear made more than a dozen arrests as crowds protested the acquittal of a white Ohio patrolman who fired through the windshield of a suspect’s car at

Ireland | Citizens legalize gay marriage in landslide vote

  They hugged, they cheered, they cried at the news. Celebrations rocked Dublin, the Irish capital, into the wee hours yesterday after citizens voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage — a

This Day in History | 1961 – Kennedy pledges man on Moon

The largest proportion of this would be spent on researching and developing ways of getting an American on the Moon by the end of the decade. “I believe that this

Offbeat | Polish brown bear crosses borders, highway, seeking mate

A Polish brown bear went a wooing, little knowing that scientists were following all the way. Starting from the Tatra Mountains, the bear crossed borders and a highway as it covered

World Briefs

CHINA A Beijing court yesterday sentenced two young men to up to five months in jail for dangerous driving after they crashed a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in a late-night

The Buzz | Court awards some USD1.8 million to phone hacking victims

Britain’s High Court has awarded actress Sadie Frost, sports star Paul Gascoigne and a group of other claimants some 1.2 million pounds (USD1.8 million) in damages after their phones were

Syria | Islamic State in control of Palmyra ruins

Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early yesterday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns the extremists might destroy

Qatar | Amnesty: Little progress made on labor reforms

Qatar is failing to deliver on reforms for its migrant workers a year after the wealthy Gulf nation announced plans to improve conditions for low-paid laborers building its highways, hotels,

USA | California oil sop-up starts, thousands of gallons gathered

More than 22,700 liters of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 15 kilometers of California coast in a cleanup effort that is now

This Day in History | 1972 – President Nixon arrives in Moscow

He was given a modest welcome as he stepped off the plane at Vnukovo airport with his wife earlier today. The welcome party consisted of Soviet president Nikolai Podgorny, Prime Minister

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