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CHINA McDonald’s will start selling beef and chicken burgers in some Chinese cities again, resuming its full menu almost two weeks after a supplier came under investigation for using expired

CUBA | US sent Latin youth undercover in secret pro-democracy operation

Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work undercover. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how

This Day in History: 1975 Deadly tree disease spreads

Tests on a tree in Wakefield have confirmed the blight is now present in Yorkshire in the north of England. Previously it had been confined to the south of the country. Three

Offbeat | Big tortoise found strolling in Los Angeles suburb

The Alhambra Police Department joked on its Facebook page that the 68-kilogram reptile was captured Saturday afternoon after a brief pursuit. “The tortoise did try to make a run for it;

THE BUZZ: Emirates halts flights to Guinea over Ebola fears

Emirates, the Mideast’s largest airline, said yesterday that it halted flights to the West African nation of Guinea because of concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus there. The

ANALYSIS | Hong Kong retailers sandwiched by slower sales, high rents

Retail stores in Hong Kong’s commercial districts have been having a difficult time as rents stayed high but sales slowed due to the changing spending patterns of mainland tourists. An average

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CHINA A suspected dust explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors has killed at least 69 people and injured more than 180 others, state media report,

ISRAEL| Strike near UN school in Gaza leaves 10 dead

A United Nations school sheltering displaced people in the southern Gaza Strip was hit yesterday by what a U.N. official said appeared to be an Israeli airstrike, as the military

REVIEW: A look at the recent revival of South African wine’s with the new kids in town

Born and raised in Sheffield, UK Richard worked as a chef before moving to the wine trade while often listening to the Clash. Richard got a basic winemaking diploma by

This Day in History: 1964 Three civil rights activists found dead

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation found the three young men - two white and one black man - about six miles from the town in a wooded area

Offbeat | Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online. Farmer Christoph Huttner, who owns the wheat field near Weilheim, couldn’t be reached

THE BUZZ: Packer said to seek Las Vegas return in Oaktree Deal

Billionaire Australian casino operator James Packer is in talks to develop a Las Vegas Strip resort on land once occupied by the New Frontier Hotel & Casino, according to people

MACAU | REPORT : Religious freedom is respected

The document, which the Times has accessed, shows that there were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious belief, affiliation or practice throughout 2013. In order to conduct

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CHINA Police in northeastern China said two people were killed and one injured yesterday in a pair of apparently related shooting incidents. The shootings in Lanxi county took place about

SIERRA LEONE | Health emergency amid Ebola

The president of Sierra Leone declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis blamed for nearly 700 deaths deepened across West Africa, vowing to quarantine sick patients at home

ISRAEL | Netanyahu vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire,” as the military called up another 16,000

This Day in History: 1976 Lauda fights for life after Grand Prix crash

The Austrian-born driver became trapped inside his Ferrari after it swerved off the track before bouncing back into the path of the oncoming cars and catching fire. Fellow driver Guy Edwards

Offbeat | ‘Spider-Man’ fights Dubliner in street, goes viral

Dublin’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has become a social media phenomenon after being caught on video fighting a man who allegedly tried to steal his money. The nearly three-minute confrontation spread quickly

THE BUZZ: Puerto Rico cuts holidays to boost economy

Puerto Rico’s governor has signed a law to reduce the number of holidays celebrated in the U.S territory in hopes of boosting productivity amid an economic recession. The island will

Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

“We are very into the idea of being an international music event,” Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a recent interview. “But I would have to acknowledge that if it

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