The Buzz | Dominican Republic establishes Ebola travel ban

The Dominican Republic has joined a group of Caribbean countries in restricting travelers from West African nations dealing with Ebola outbreaks. Dominican Health Minister Altagracia Guzman says the ban applies to

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PHILIPPINES-CHINA The Philippine president said that the international arbitration Manila has initiated to challenge China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and a legally binding “Code of Conduct” are

At Berlin Wall, Kerry warns against Cold War redux

Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned yesterday against a return to the bitter divide between east and west

Islamic State | Militant fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds

Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border

USA | Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

Benjamin C. Bradlee, the editor who transformed the Washington Post into a leading U.S. newspaper with the pursuit of the Watergate break-in story, which culminated in the resignation of President

this day in history: 1951 Churchill denies ‘warmonger’ claims

The former prime minister, who is bidding to return to office after six years in opposition, was speaking in Devonport in Plymouth, on the final day of the five week

Offbeat | Toys R Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls

Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on the characters of AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition

The Buzz | US existing home sales rise in September

U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, yet the housing market has yet to fully shake off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013. The

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TAIWAN A Taiwanese air force pilot was killed in an aerial collision between two training jets yesterday. One jet was not badly damaged, and the pilot flew it back to

Organized crime | Mexico offers USD110,000 reward for info on missing students

The Mexican government announced rewards yesterday of 1.5 million pesos (USD111,000) for information on 43 students from a rural teachers’ college who have been missing since Sept. 26. The government ran

Ebola | Doctors at breaking point: ‘This constant feeling that the boat’s sinking’

At 3:30 a.m. in the world’s biggest Ebola treatment center, Daniel Lucey found the outbreak reduced to its essentials: patients lying on mattresses on the floor and vomiting in the

Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5 year prison term 

Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van yesterday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South African judge cited the “gross negligence” the

Fashion | Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each

This Day in History | 1983 CND march attracts biggest ever crowd

Major cities across Europe have staged similar events. The biggest crowds, estimated at 600,000, were seen in West Germany, where Cruise missiles are expected on 15 December. Even though the number of

Offbeat | On the road to find the world’s funniest person

It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and

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JAPAN’s trade and justice ministers both resign after accusations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative administration. BANGLADESH Two passenger buses collided

Ukraine | Parliament says 100s died in battle

A report by Ukraine’s parliament revealed yesterday that more than 300 soldiers were killed during a weeks-long battle that marked a crushing setback in the military campaign to root out

Iraq | Suicide blast hits Baghdad Shiite mosque killing 17

A suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 17 worshippers and wounding dozens, Iraqi officials said. The attack comes a day after a suicide bombing

Ebola | Nigeria virus free as WHO says outbreak can be contained

The World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free after the disease killed seven people in Africa’s most populous country. “The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated,” Rui Vaz, WHO’s country representative for

Islamic State offensive | US planes drop weapons, ammunition to Kurds in Kobani

The U.S. military dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, as Turkey said it would allow Kurdish fighters from neighboring Iraq to come to

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