Offbeat | 1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record

Guinness World Records on Friday confirmed that the 120 kilometers of multicolored wire strung in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas gifts in a downtown Canberra mall was

THE BUZZ: Union calls on Lufthansa pilots to stage st rike

A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called on its members to go on strike today in a dispute over retirement benefits. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said yesterday that the strike will

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CHINA An attack in Xinjiang region left 15 people dead and 14 injured, state media reported, the latest in a wave of ethnic violence there that has claimed dozens of

Sports | Badminton Open : Xue Song wins men’s singles, Sindhu revalidates title

In the women’s singles final, two-time World Championship bronze medalist PV Sindhu (India) lifted her first title of the season by successfully defending the Macau trophy after seeing off Kim

ARTS | Jordi Savall unveils musical treasures

The Catalan musician demonstrated strength both as an interpreter and an ensemble leader, offering the audience a musical journey through ancient traditions around the Mediterranean Sea. The concert presented a

Turkey | Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks

Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the violent persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq yesterday and called for dialogue with

US-RUSSIA | Scores of Russian gays are seeking asylum in America

Had he stayed in Russia, Andrew Mironov would be settling into a stable job with an oil company, likely with a newly awarded doctoral degree in electrical engineering. Instead, he

USA | Obama buys 17 books at independent bookstore

President Barack Obama tried to draw attention to independently owned businesses on the Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday, a day that is increasingly being marketed as one for deal-hungry consumers

This Day in History: 1955 Black woman challenges race law

Mrs Rosa Parks now faces a fine for breaking the segregation laws which say black Americans must vacate their seats if there are white passengers left standing. It is not the

Offbeat | When pigs fly? Not on this US Airways plane

This was a pig that truly could not fly. The pig was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday after crewmembers determined the animal

South African academy trains anti-poaching dogs

Venom and Killer. These are members of a furry breed of anti-poaching operatives, dogs that can detect a whiff of hidden rhino horn in a suspect’s vehicle or follow the

The Buzz |Boxing: Mayweather allegedly wants rematch clause

After Manny Pacquiao’s bout with Chris Algieri in Macau the focus is on who will take on the Filipino fighter next. According to Manny’s trainer Freddie Roach, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

MUSIC | Clockenflap 7th edition poised to rock Hong Kong

A top notch live music lineup from around the world is poised to attract a legion of open-air music-lovers in their thousands. Every year the list of musical acts keeps

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CHINA  A top official at iconic Chinese state-owned liquor maker Moutai has been snared in the country’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign. Kweichow Moutai Group deputy general manager Fang Guoxing is under

OPEC MEETING | Cartel unity tested by low prices, oil glut 

OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna are in a bind. Prices are plunging — and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it. Expectations

This Day in History | 1999 – Nude swordsman attacks churchgoers

A naked man wielding a 3 ft (91 cm) Samurai sword burst into St Andrew’s Roman Catholic church in Thornton Heath, Croydon, during Sunday Mass. The man indiscriminately attacked parishioners -

Offbeat | Passengers in Russia’s Arctic give airliner a push

In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to

The Buzz | Ethiopia hopes to set world record for HIV tests

Ethiopia is attempting to set a world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in one day. The country’s health officials said this week they hope to break the

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PAKISTAN Gunmen attack a polio vaccination team, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike kills four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials say. The attack on the health

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