Aviation | Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected 

A passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed yesterday in the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. As search-and-rescue teams struggled to get to the remote, snow-covered region,

This Day in History: 1975 National Front rallies against Europe

Beating drums and chanting “we’re going to get the reds”, National Front members marched through Islington waving placards. Extra police were drafted in amid fears violence may flare as on previous

Offbeat: Canadian set to plead guilty in Florida sex tourism case

A Canadian man is scheduled to plead guilty to charges he traveled to Florida to have sex with someone investigators say he believed was an underage boy and also planned

The Buzz | Paris alternates traffic to reduce choking smog levels

Paris authorities have put in place 24-hour emergency measures to limit traffic after record levels of pollution in the French capital. Yesterday, all cars with number plates that end with an

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CHINA’s biggest state-owned chemical company announces plans to acquire Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, adding to a string of high-profile Chinese corporate purchases in Europe. CHINA The flag carriers of New Zealand

Czechs deploy wild horses from Britain to save biodiversity

A herd of 14 wild mares from Britain’s Exmoor National Park were moved in January to the former Milovice military base, 35 kilometers northeast of Prague, the Czech capital. After an

Greek bailout | Tsipras on first trip to Germany amid tense relations

Alexis Tsipras is visiting Germany for the first time since becoming Greece’s prime minister, meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday as his debt-ridden country and its key creditor seek to halt

USA | Texas Republican Cruz tweets: He’s running for president

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the Republican Party’s most conservative members, announced early yesterday he is running for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, making him the first among what is

This Day in History: 1989 Exxon Valdez creates oil slick disaster

The Exxon Valdez got into trouble in Prince William Sound when it hit Bligh Reef, splitting its side open and releasing oil, with reports of an eight-mile (12.8km) slick. High winds

Offbeat: David Copperfield’s rooftop pool ruptures, floods penthouse

Now you see it, now you don’t. The water in magician David Copperfield’s rooftop pool vanished — and flooded his penthouse apartment as well as multiple floors of his New York

The Buzz | Burger King will sell cologne in Japan

For hamburger aficionados who want the smell even when they can’t get a bite, Burger King is putting the scent into a limited-edition fragrance. Burger King said Friday that the

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SINGAPORE As the health of the founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew deteriorated on the weekend, thousands of Singaporeans visit his hospital and a community center to leave flowers, gifts

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL | US cites progress in nuke talks, though deal is unclear

With 10 days to a nuclear deal deadline, top U.S and Iranian officials spoke Saturday of substantial headway, and Iran’s president proclaimed that agreement was within reach. But America’s top diplomat said

Yemen Shiite rebels seize 3rd largest city, protests erupt

Shiite rebels backed by supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh seized Yemen’s third largest city of Taiz and its airport yesterday, security and military officials said, as thousands took

This Day in History | 1983 – Reagan launches Cold War into space

Defense analysts have described it as the first major attempt to move away from the 30 year-old Cold War strategy of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) - where the threat of

Offbeat | Gaza Strip family buys 2 lion cubs as unusual pets

These aren’t your typical kittens. A family in the Gaza Strip city of Rafah has bought two lion cubs from a local zoo, keeping these unusual pets in their home. The

ANALYSIS | BUSINESS | Stop trying to ground the Gulf airlines

Nicole Kidman looks very relaxed in Etihad Airways’ new advertisements, as she floats gently down on to a bed in its three-room Residence first-class cabin - a mere USD20,000 to

Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi on battling child labor

Kailash Satyarthi the Indian Nobel laureate who has spent a lifetime battling child labor, arrives for our early afternoon meeting. “You reached here before me,” he says apologetically, stepping into

Dream condo on Rio’s Ipanema Beach 50 percent cheaper as Real falls

For investors with dollars, the dream of a condominium by Rio de Janeiro’s most famous beaches is suddenly within reach, just in time for the Olympic Games. A 467-square-meter four-bedroom apartment

Nature | Iceberg forces detour in 5th leg of Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race crews are speeding through the Southern Ocean toward Cape Horn in the fifth leg yesterday after organizers guided them clear of a 1-kilometre wide iceberg that was

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