Cuba | Havana publishes first photos of Fidel Castro in 5 months

Cuba has published the first photos of Fidel Castro in more than five months, showing the 88-year-old former leader engaged in what appears to be a lively conversation with a university

This Day in History: 1968 More Kenyan Asians flee to Britain

The party included nine children under two, and all flew in on cut-price one-way tickets costing about £60 - less than half the normal single fare. Omar Sharmar, an Indian who

Offbeat | Virgin Galactic gets back on track toward space tourism

The only thing interrupting the creosote and mesquite that makes up one of New Mexico’s most remote stretches of desert is a pristine runway where Virgin Galactic plans one day

World briefs

CHINA A father and daughter are executed for attacking and killing a woman who had refused to join their outlawed religious group during an altercation at a McDonald’s outlet. AFGHANISTAN Taliban

Ebola | Vaccine trial starts in Liberia

A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia’s capital yesterday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has

France | Pimping trial to start for ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is going on trial for sex charges in France — the nation where he once was considered a top presidential contender. The former head of the International Monetary Fund,

Egypt | Al-Jazeera reporter freed from jail wants colleagues released

For more than a year, the parents of jailed Al-Jazeera English journalist Peter Greste kept up a relentless, resolute campaign to free their Australian son from an Egyptian prison. Yesterday,

Ukraine | Rebel leader aims to call up 100,000 as conflict intensifies

  A Ukrainian separatist leader ordered a full military mobilization as the conflict with government forces escalated after peace talks failed to secure a truce. The call-up in 10 days’ time seeks

This Day in History: 1988 Nurses protest for better pay

In the House of Commons Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher condemned the health workers’ strike saying it was prolonging waiting lists and deserting patients. But just 200 of the 9,000 operations planned

Offbeat | Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave

Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa, Florida. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor

THE BUZZ: Sumptuous seaside hotel sells for record-shattering USD360m

An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping USD360 million. That price tag for the Montage Laguna Beach — which comes to $1.4 million per

Tennis | Djokovic beats Murray to win 5th Australian Open title

The top-ranked Serb defeated Britain’s Murray, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-0 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. He’s now one shy of Roy Emerson, the holder of a men’s

World briefs

CHINA A gauge of China’s manufacturing activity fell to a 28-month low in January amid economic slowdown, according to official data, although January typically is a month of slower activities

Nature | Cold-stunned turtles rehabilitated in New Orleans, released

Nearly two dozen turtles that were stranded by cold weather last year in Massachusetts have successfully undergone rehab and have been returned to waters off Louisiana’s coast. More than 1,200 young,

Jordan | Gov’t renews swap offer to free pilot held by Islamic State

Jordan renewed an offer yesterday to swap an al-Qaida prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by the Islamic State group, a day after a video purportedly showed the militants

Greece | Tsipras tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts

A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts

Nigeria | Islamic extremists launch new attack on Maiduguri

Islamic extremists attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria from four fronts overnight with the crescendo of warfare — booming cannon and whooshing rockets — continuing yesterday, witnesses said. The third attack

This Day in History: 1979 Sid Vicious dies from drugs overdose

There had been a party in the flat to celebrate Mr Vicious’ release on USD50,000 bail yesterday pending his trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, last

Offbeat | Dinosaur no more: UK museum’s Dippy to be retired in 2017

The museum announced Thursday that the 26-meter plaster skeleton, which has been on display for more than a century, will be replaced in the main hall by the skeleton of

THE BUZZ | Best since 2008: International flights boost Vegas traffic

A 12.5 percent increase in the number of international travelers last year helped push passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport to its highest level in six years. The 42.8 million passengers who arrived and departed at the

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