USA | Extreme athlete Potter dies in Yosemite BASE jumping accident

Dean Potter, renowned for his daring and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was one of two men killed after jumping from a 2,290-meter promontory called Taft Point in Yosemite

Iraq | Islamic State killed hundreds as it took Ramadi

Islamic State militants likely killed up to 500 people — both Iraqi civilians and soldiers — and forced 8,000 to flee from their homes as they captured the city of

Burundi | President fires ministers, sends army to quell protests

Army soldiers were deployed yesterday for the first time in Burundi to quell street protests, putting the military into a precarious position amid persistent demonstrations against the president’s bid for

USA | 9 dead in Texas biker gang shooting

A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police

This Day in History: 1997 Labour to stub out tobacco sponsorship

The announcement, made in a speech to the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference in Harrogate, could spell the end of the British Formula One Grand Prix. Other sports like rugby,

Offbeat: European officials sing “We Are the World” at NATO meeting

In a distinctly different note for a military alliance meeting, European officials ended a NATO meeting with a spirited rendition of “We Are The World.” Taking a break from issues such

World Views: Janet Yellen takes a back seat to China

Traders have been panicking over the sudden rise in global bond yields triggered by the expected tapering of the Federal Reserve’s stimulus programs. But an unlikely savior may emerge to

The Buzz | Australia: Melbourne Victory win A-League title

Albanian striker Besart Berisha added to his team-leading goal total in the biggest match of the season, helping the Melbourne Victory to a 3-0 win over Sydney FC in the

World Briefs

SOUTH KOREA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Korea where he will be discussing security issues amid fresh fears of North Korean belligerence and delivering a speech

Egypt | Ousted President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the country’s first freely elected leader, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, to death over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually

VATICAN CITY | Pope canonizes 2 saints from 19th century Palestine

Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th century Palestine yesterday in hopes of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists. Sisters

Burundi | President makes first appearance since failed coup

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has made his first appearance in the capital since the attempted coup against his government last week. Nkurunziza appeared before journalists at his presidential palace in Bujumbura

Syria | ISIS head of oil operations killed in secret US raid

In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and rescued a woman

USA | Jury orders death for the Boston Marathon bomber

A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical

This Day in History | 1964 – Mods and Rockers jailed after seaside riots

Yesterday two youths were taken to hospital with knife wounds and 51 were arrested in Margate after hundreds of teenagers converged on the town for the holiday weekend. Dr George Simpson,

Offbeat | South African cyclist hits dead buffalo in city suburb

Cyclists in South Africa’s biggest city usually worry about getting hit by vehicles. But one cyclist rode into an unexpected obstacle in Johannesburg’s suburbs: a dead buffalo. Andrew McLean said last

GAMING HISTORY | Everything must go! Doomed Vegas casino has liquidation sale

Whether it’s a brass letter “R,” a baby grand piano or a hotel ice machine you desire, it’s all there inside the Riviera — for a price. The Las Vegas Strip

Climate change | Anti-Arctic drilling activists hold ‘Shell No’ protest

Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the water off Seattle in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal

10 pieces of art sold this month for almost USD800m | Wynn hits jackpot with a Picasso sold for 67.4 million

The art market is on such a tear even the insiders are scratching their heads. Since New York’s spring sales started last week, at least USD2.1 billion of art has

World Briefs

JAPAN research Honda Motor Co. is recalling an additional 4.89 million vehicles around the world for a new type of problem in Takata air bag inflators, for which Japanese rivals

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