This Day in History: 1991 US Congress votes for war in Iraq

The vote seals the United Nations’ 15 January deadline for the Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, to order his troops out of Kuwait, or face military action. After three days of sometimes

Offbeat | Bucharest metro officials vow to fight ‘no pants’ stunt

Romanian subway officials have gotten their knickers in a twist over a planned stunt in which people will ride the Bucharest subway without their pants. Briefed about plans, the Metrorex subway

Sleeper cell awakes France’s worst fears in 3 days of terror

Blood-curdling, al-Qaida-inspired murder that tore at the heart of the nation which raised him wasn’t ghoulish enough for Cherif Kouachi. His body, felled by elite soldiers’ bullets and stun grenades,

World briefs

CANADA The Canadian sergeant-at-arms hailed as a hero for shooting the gunman who stormed Parliament in Ottawa will be named the country’s ambassador to Ireland. The Canadian Press has reported

‘Je Suis Charlie’ message goes viral after Paris attack

Messages of condolence, outrage and defiance over the Paris terrorist attack on a newspaper office spread quickly around the world Wednesday with thousands of people taking to the streets to

Terrorism | I am Charlie : Hunt for 2 in French shooting that killed 12, 1 surrenders

  Police hunted yesterday for two heavily armed men, one with possible links to al-Qaida, in the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammed.

This Day in History: 1957 Sir Anthony Eden resigns

A statement issued by Buckingham Palace at 1900 GMT today said that following a private audience with the Queen, Her Majesty had accepted the prime minister’s resignation. Sir Anthony issued his

Offbeat | Discarded Christmas trees a vitamin-filled treat for goats

Christmas trees can be enjoyed long after they are discarded by a family. They’re a great source of vitamin C — for goats. A farm in the northeastern state of Maine

THE BUZZ | Guyana police seize USD13M worth of cocaine aboard cargo ship

Authorities in the South American country of Guyana say they have discovered USD13 million worth of cocaine aboard a ship that arrived from neighboring Suriname. The director of the anti-narcotics unit

World briefs

INDONESIA Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spot the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board, an important finding because the

Terrorism | 12 dead in attack on Paris newspaper, France goes on alert

  Masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper yesterday, killing 12 people before escaping. It was France’s deadliest terror attack in at least two decades. French

Terrorism | Charlie Hebdo shootings Europe’s latest deadly terror attack

A gun assault on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was the deadliest terrorist attack in France’s recent history. Some other terror attacks in Western Europe: March 11, 2004:

World expresses shock at attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper

  Political leaders, journalists’ groups and others around the world have expressed horror at the attack by gunmen on the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Here are some of

This Day in History: 1989 Dozens die as plane crashes on motorway

The British Midland flight 092 was forced to crash land after both engines of the brand new aircraft failed. It slammed into the motorway embankment at 2026 GMT, breaking into

Offbeat | Mardi Gras countdown starts amid huge, bright parade floats

“Everybody knows that this is what we live for,” Landrieu said during the event at Mardi Gras World, where many of the floats used in the yearly Carnival season processions

The Buzz | Davos forum of power brokers, business leaders to draw 2,500

Most European countries are sending their heads of state or government to this month’s gathering of world leaders and power brokers in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, while high-level

World briefs

CHINA The U.S. State Department said yesterday it was not given advance notice about a New Year’s flag-raising ceremony at the residence of Taiwan’s representative to Washington that has angered

Strong dollar makes world travel cheaper

If you’ve been putting off a trip abroad because it’s too expensive, start packing your bags. A stronger dollar has reduced the price of travel, from a hotel room to a

Iraq | Clashes with IS kill 23 troops, allied fighters

  A suicide blast targeting Iraqi security forces and subsequent clashes with Islamic State extremists yesterday killed at least 23 troops and pro-government Sunni fighters in the country’s embattled western province

SpaceX calls off launch to space station at last minute

  SpaceX called off its planned flight to the International Space Station yesterday because of rocket trouble. The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was

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