OFFBEAT: Airbnb becomes sponsor of 2016 Olympics in Rio

Rio de Janeiro’s hotel bed shortage was eased on Friday, as online home share startup Airbnb inked a deal to be the official “alternative accommodations” sponsor of the 2016 Olympic

Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks

Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall’s Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25

World Briefs

VIETNAM’s prime minister orders a swift investigation into a scaffolding collapse that killed 13 workers and injured dozens, while a unit of South Korea’s Samsung Group involved in the construction

The Buzz: Kenya’s president apologizes for government’s past wrongs

Kenya’s president has apologized to the Kenyan people for past wrongs committed both by his government and past regimes. President Uhuru Kenyatta told parliament during his state of the nation address

Illegal logging, fear haunt remote Peru village

Illegal logging persists unabated in this remote Amazon community where four indigenous leaders who resisted it were slain in September, and the fear remains palpable. Even a police post the government

Germanwings tragedy | French prosecutor: Co-pilot wanted to ‘destroy’ the plane 

As a frantic pilot pounded on the cockpit door and passengers screamed in panic, the Germanwings co-pilot “intentionally” sent Flight 9525 straight into the side of a mountain in the

Yemen | Saudi airstrikes target rebel Houthi bases

Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen yesterday after announcing a broad regional coalition to oust Shiite rebels that forced the country’s embattled president to flee. Some of the strikes hit

This Day in History | 1989 – Millions of Russians go to the polls

The Soviet parliamentary election was the first opportunity citizens ever had of casting their ballots for any but the official Communist Party candidates. Election data available so far shows a net

Offbeat | Winfrey’s network to do series on dad with 34 children

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network said Wednesday it is making a television series on the life of an Atlanta man who claims to have fathered 34 children with 17 different women. The

The Buzz | US: ‘Cabaret’ tour to start in Rhode Island early in 2016

Willkommen to the road. The Roundabout Theatre Company said yesterday its touring Broadway production of “Cabaret” will start next year in Providence, Rhode Island. No casting was announced. After kicking off

World briefs

CHINA rejects growing international calls for the release of five women’s rights activists and accuses critics of violating the country’s judicial sovereignty by appealing for the women’s freedom. THAILAND A tour

‘Stand by Me’ among 25 records being preserved at US library

Twenty-five sound recordings spanning from 1890 to 1999 were added yesterday to the library’s National Recording Registry. Each year the library chooses recordings that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Some

Italy | High court deciding fate of ‘very worried’ Amanda Knox 

Italy’s high court took up the appeal of Amanda Knox’s murder conviction yesterday, considering the fate of the “very worried” American and her Italian former boyfriend in the brutal 2007

Yemen | President flees his house in Aden as rebels near 

Yemen’s embattled president fled his palace in Aden for an undisclosed location yesterday as Shiite rebels offered cash bounty for his capture and arrested his defense minister. President Abed Rabbo Mansour

Death Penalty | Utah’s adoption of firing squads bucks global trend

Utah’s decision to reintroduce the firing squad as an execution method if lethal injections drugs are unavailable bucks an international trend. Utah’s governor has signed a law that makes his state

Germanwings tragedy | France cracks open plane’s black box, seals off crash site 

French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner yesterday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane slammed

This Day in History: 1981 ‘Gang of four’ launches new party

At a crowded press conference in London, signalling the start of a massive media campaign to recruit supporters, the party outlined its hopes of breaking the political mould and of

Offbeat: Crowd-funding campaign launched for ‘Super Troopers’ sequel

The comedy troupe behind the cult hit film “Super Troopers” has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help bankroll a sequel. Broken Lizard made the 2001 police comedy and on Tuesday asked

The Buzz | Russia to resume space tourism in 2018

Russia officials say they will resume space tourism in 2018 after years of sending into space only professional cosmonauts and astronauts. Russia had sent seven paying guests to the International Space

World briefs

CHINA’s manufacturing fell to the lowest level in nearly a year as new orders shrank, according to a report that underscored the weakening outlook for the world’s second biggest economy.

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