Egypt | Officials say 2 Mubarak sons freed from prison

  The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison yesterday, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said. Security officials said

This Day in History | 1984 Michael Jackson burned in Pepsi ad

The 25-year-old entertainer was singing his hit “Billie Jean” for a Pepsi Cola commercial in Los Angeles when the special effects went wrong. Three thousand fans saw a firework display erupt

Offbeat | Zoo offers scorpion adoptions for Valentine’s Day singles

Feeling the sting of rejection? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the chance to “adopt” a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of that special ex-someone for Valentine’s Day. The

THE BUZZ: Fake schools draw scrutiny of federal investigators

Federal investigators are cracking down on what they say are sham universities that exploit the visa system for foreign students. At least half a dozen schools have been shut down or

Al Pacino looks to diversify, not retire from acting

That’s partly why he made the film. “I thought I had a better chance of making a movie that was effective because it was about a world I understood,” the

World briefs

CHINA recorded its first drop in coal production since 2000 last year, as the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter pulls back on its use of the fossil fuel and switches

Greece | Anti-bailout party the favorite as citizens cast critical vote

Greece voted yesterday in an early general election that could alter the course of the country’s struggle with crippling debts, with a radical left party poised to win by promising to

Saudi Arabia | Leaders head to Riyadh after King Abdullah’s death

World leaders and top dignitaries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who died early Friday at age 90 after

Ukraine | Rockets kill 30 in Mariupol as rebels launch offensive

Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz

This Day in History: 1950 India becomes a republic

A public holiday has been declared throughout the country, and millions of people have been celebrating with processions and ceremonies to hoist the new flag of India for the first

Offbeat | Dancing genitals clip not progressive enough for some Swedes

In socially liberal Sweden, an educational video for children featuring dancing genitals has become an online hit — and even drawn criticism for not being progressive enough. The one-minute animated video

Energy | US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States. Fears that falling oil prices could

Venezuela | Thousands march against socialist president in Venezuela

Thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro marched in the capital Saturday to denounce the socialist government for a deepening economic crisis marked by widespread shortages and galloping inflation. Politicians addressing

THE BUZZ | Asian Cup: Tim Cahill scores overhead kick in Australia win over China

Tim Cahill scored a stunning overhead kick for Australia in their 2-0 Asian Cup quarter-final win over China. After Mark Bresciano's corner is partially cleared, the ball is lofted back into

After terror attacks, the show must go on for Paris fashion

There was a subdued atmosphere at the first day of Paris Fashion Week menswear shows — which began in earnest following the French capital's worst terror attacks in decades. The

World briefs

NEPAL steps up security in the capital and put police on alert, anticipating trouble both inside parliament and on the streets because of planned protests by the opposition against governing

Cuba | US addresses obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties 

The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of

Venezuela | Maduro finally addresses faltering economy

Venezuela’s embattled president pledged Wednesday night to strengthen safety net programs and he rejected devaluing the currency during a long-delayed speech addressing the socialist country’s deteriorating economy. President Nicolas Maduro had

This Day in History | 2002 – Elderly patient sparks Commons row

A 94-year old woman has found herself at the centre of a bitter political row between the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition. The family of Rose Addis claim

Offbeat | Irish grandma busted for possessing cocaine at bingo hall

Helen Heaphy's number came up at the bingo hall. The prize was a trip to court. The 50-year-old grandmother pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of possessing cocaine for sale or

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