ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM | Global marches draw attention to climate change

Tens of thousands of activists walked through Manhattan, warning that climate change is destroying the Earth — in stride with demonstrators around the world who urged policymakers to take quick

TURKEY | Some 130,000 Syrian refugees flee IS 

Some 130,000 Syrian refugees have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said yesterday, warning that the number

SPACE | NASA’s Maven explorer arrives at Mars after year 

NASA’s Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars late Sunday (yesterday) after a 711 million kilometer journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer fired its brakes and successfully slipped into orbit

This Day in History | 1987 – Ban lifted on MI5 man’s memoirs

The ruling from the New South Wales judges also said the British Government should pay the legal costs of the former MI5 officer. The Crown’s case was rejected largely because

Offbeat | Tour ship runs aground by NYC’s Statue of Liberty

The Clipper City, 48-meter-long steel-hulled boat that has six sails, two topsails and two steel masts, “hit something soft, like mud or a shoal” and ran aground off Liberty Island

THE BUZZ | ‘Nearly empty’ Picasso museum open in Paris

Paris’ Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after five years of closure over a renovation fraught with setbacks, accusations and sackings. But if the public expects art

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CHINA Six people were detained in southern China after a gunfight between police and drug trafficking suspects killed two people, police said yesterday. The violence erupted Tuesday in the city

KENYA | Country marks anniversary of Westgate mall attack

Kenyans yesterday marked one year since al-Shabaab Islamist militants attacked the Westgate Mall in the capital, Nairobi, leaving at least 67 people dead and slashing tourism income from East Africa’s

UK | Wife of latest hostage issues plea to militants

The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group has issued a statement pleading for the militants to release him and respond to her messages

UKRAINE CRISIS | Truce still shaken by fighting after no-fire zone set

Ukraine’s truce was shaken further by battles after the government and pro-Russian separatists agreed to create a buffer zone to strengthen the pact. Rebels continued to shell government troops and the

USA | Man with knife jumps White House fence

The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended,

CLIMATE CHANGE | Kiribati leader visits Arctic on climate mission 


Fearing that his Pacific island nation could be swallowed by a rising ocean, the president of Kiribati says a visit to the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the scale

Breivik’s father feels guilt over son’s dark path

The father of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik says he fears his son is becoming even more extreme and dangerous in prison. In his first news conference since the July

The Buzz | Disney World plans Frozen attraction at Epcot

Walt Disney World is planning a new attraction inspired by the ever-popular "Frozen" movie. The "Frozen" attraction will go up at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot at the theme park

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INDIA-CHINA Indian and Chinese troops face off along their Himalayan border as the countries’ leaders hold a rare meeting in New Delhi, promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase

SCOTTISH REFERENDUM | Scots decide whether to declare independence

Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands yesterday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with

EXTREMISM | Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group 

Shaho Pirani says he’s just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The 30-year-old Kurd, who fled from

Offbeat: Snowden documentary to premiere at NY festival

A documentary about Edward Snowden is a late addition to the New York Film Festival. The Film Society of the Lincoln Center announced this week that Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour” will

The Buzz | Richemont sales miss analysts’ estimates

Cie. Financiere Richemont SA, the world’s largest jewelry maker, posted the slowest start to a year since the global recession as consumers held back on buying luxury goods in Hong

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CHINA A freight truck lost control and crashed into a bus stop in a northern Chinese city, killing eight people and injuring six others. SINGAPORE-HK Starting next week, eligible Singapore passport

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