Civil war | Syrian family moves from war to new world: Uruguay

The Syrian teen, driven from his home by his country’s civil war, swipes across the world on a mobile phone map, over China and the blue expanse of the Pacific

Torture gate | US allies condemn practices, praise report on CIA

Turkey’s foreign minister says this week’s report on the CIA’s harsh treatment of terrorist suspects reveals “unacceptable torture and treatment.” Speaking in Ankara with his Slovakian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

This Day in History | 1992 – Princess Royal remarries

The 42-year-old arrived at Crathie church near Balmoral Castle accompanied by her father Prince Philip, and her daughter and bridesmaid 11-year-old Zara. Before a small family congregation she and the groom,

Offbeat | US post office pays homage to famous reindeer

Thousands of Christmas cards are pouring into a small village in Wisconsin that shares its name with the most famous reindeer. The Rudolph Post Office receives more than 10,000 Christmas cards

The Buzz | US issues commercial drone permits to 4 companies

Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission yesterday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and

World briefs

CHINA A defense lawyer says prominent Chinese legal activist Pu Zhiqiang has denied a series of police charges against him that fellow activists say were trumped up to silence a

South Africa | Judge approves Pistorius appeal

Oscar Pistorius again faces the possibility of a murder conviction after a South African judge ruled yesterday that prosecutors can appeal against the double-amputee Olympian’s conviction on the lesser charge

Human Rights | UN expert calls for prosecution over US torture 

Senior U.S. officials who authorized and carried out torture as part of former President George W. Bush’s national security policy must be prosecuted, a top U.N. special investigator said yesterday. Ben

USA | Detroit’s financial emergency declared over

Detroit’s emergency manager has agreed to step down, saying in a letter released Tuesday that the city will no longer be in a financial emergency once it exits the largest public

This Day in History: 1994 Russian troops storm into Chechnya

Hundreds of tanks and armoured personnel carriers closed in on the territory’s capital of Grozny at first light this morning. The Russian army says its mission is to restore constitutional order

Offbeat | Owner reclaims sheep wearing holiday sweater

Owner Margaret Vazquez tells KMTV she initially panicked when the sheep named Gage went missing. She says the sheep “follows me everywhere.” Nebraska Humane Society spokeswoman Pam Wiese says the sheep

World briefs

CHINA A wall at the side of a school basketball court collapsed during a game, killing five girls and injuring two others, local officials in eastern China said yesterday. The

US Senate report: Harsh CIA tactics didn’t work

U.S. Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA practices yesterday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners beyond legal limits and deceiving the nation with

South Africa | Prosecutor disputes Pistorius murder acquittal, sentencing

Oscar Pistorius’s acquittal on murder charges for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was wrong and an effective 10-month prison sentence for manslaughter is “shockingly inappropriate,” Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said. Nel presented

This Day in History: 1981 Mystery disease kills homosexuals

The unknown condition, which consists of two separate diseases - a form of pneumonia and skin cancer, has been found in 180 patients in 15 states since last July. It has

Offbeat | US record-setting cat with 2 faces dies at 15

A feline named Frank and Louie after he was born with two faces, two mouths, two noses and three blue eyes has died at the age of 15. The Telegram of

THE BUZZ: Israel accuses Palestinians of looting antiquities

Six Palestinians were charged in an Israeli court yesterday of digging illegally for antiquities in a remote desert region where archaeologists believe undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls are buried, Israel’s Antiquities

World briefs

CHINA An earthquake struck southwest China, collapsing a wall of a house and killing a 9-year-old boy sleeping inside, state media reported. The official Xinhua News Agency said the quake

USA | White House sends 6 prisoners from Guantanamo to Uruguay 

Six prisoners held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees, the U.S. government announced yesterday — a deal that had been delayed for

Yemen | American, South African hostages killed

An American photojournalist and a South African teacher were killed Saturday during a high-risk, U.S.-led raid to free them from al-Qaida militants in Yemen, a turbulent Arab country that is a

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