IRAQ intervention | US sending arms to Kurds

The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said yesterday. Previously, the U.S.

GAZA CRISIS | Cease-fire holds for third day as negotiators gather

An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into yesterday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo. The truce took effect just

This day in history : 1985 Hundreds dead in Boeing crash

There were 15 crew and 509 passengers on board, mostly holidaymakers. There are no reports of survivors. It is the worst disaster involving a single airliner and the second major accident involving

Offbeat | Monkeys take ‘selfies,’ sparking copyright dispute

Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright? A series of self-portraits taken by Indonesian monkeys has sparked a copyright dispute between Wikipedia and

World briefs

CHINA A tour bus on a highway in Tibet falls off a 10-meter cliff after crashing into an SUV and a pickup, killing 44 people and injuring 11 others, China’s

GAZA CRISIS | Palestinians accept new 72-hour cease-fire offer 

Palestinian negotiators yesterday said they had accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour truce with Israel, clearing the way for a possible resumption of talks on a long-term cease-fire

IRAN | Plane crashes after takeoff, killing 39 

A regional passenger plane assembled in Iran crashed yesterday while taking off from the capital, killing 39 and injuring another nine onboard, according to a senior transportation official and state media. The IrAn-140

IRAQ | INTERVENTION: Thwarting Islamic State militants a ‘long-term project’

President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to prevent genocide, protect its diplomats and provide humanitarian aid to refugees

This Day in History: 1982 – Krays let out for mother’s funeral

The notorious East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray have been allowed out of prison for their mother's funeral. Violet Kray, It was the first time the Krays, 49, had been

Offbeat | US: Woman, 78, caught with cash in girdle at airport

A 78-year-old Florida woman tried to fly on an international trip to the Philippines from Detroit Metropolitan Airport with almost USD41,000 in cash hidden inside her girdle, bra and carry-on

Africa | Ebola starting to take an economic toll in region

Caterpillar has evacuated a handful of employees from Liberia. Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd. has suspended a drilling project. British Airways has canceled flights to the region. ExxonMobil and Chevron are

Japan architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

A new generation of Japanese architects believes the world has fallen out of love with the 20th century steel and concrete skyscraper. They are pushing a human-friendly alternative that some

The buzz: Billy Joel, Maria Shriver featured in baby boomer doc

PBS announced yesterday that "American Masters: The Boomer List" will air Sept. 23 on member stations. The 90-minute production, directed by filmmaker-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, will include 19 notable public figures.

Gaming alert | Atlantic City: Revel casino bankruptcy auction postponed a week

The bankruptcy auction of the Revel Casino Hotel that was scheduled for today (Macau time) has been postponed until next week because lawyers need more time to review the bids

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CHINA An activist says one of China’s best-known rights lawyers and fiery government critics has been released from prison but appears to be under close supervision by the authorities. Hu

RUSSIA | Moscow bans Western food over Ukraine sanctions

Russia yesterday banned most food imports from the West in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine — a sweeping move that will cost Western farmers billions of dollars but could also

SOUTH AFRICA | Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius is ‘appalling witness’ 

Oscar Pistorius was an “appalling witness” who repeatedly lied in his testimony in a crude attempt to defend against a murder charge for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the chief prosecutor

Lawyer: Snowden gets 3 more years in Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years, his lawyer said yesterday. Snowden last year was granted temporary asylum of one year in Russia, but that

This day in history: 2001 Hollywood’s ‘golden couple’ divorce

The final decree came just hours after Kidman and Cruise separately attended the première of their new film, The Others. Both were reluctant to comment on their impending divorce at the

Offbeat | Swiss Parliament suspends woman over naked selfie

The Swiss Parliament says it has suspended an employee after a naked picture she took of herself at work found its way into the media. The Parliament said this week that

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