This Day in History: 1964 Cassius Clay crowned world champion

Clay, from Kentucky, was announced the winner after the hot favourite retired at the end of the sixth round in Miami. When the bell rang for the start of the seventh

Offbeat | ‘Fifty Shades’ dominates box office again with USD22.2 million

Universal’s erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned USD22.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office. The total domestic haul for the adaptation

The Buzz | Pope awards high church honor to Armenian mystic St. Gregory

Pope Francis has declared St. Gregory of Narek, a 10th-century mystic and poet revered in particular by Armenian Catholics, a doctor of the church. Yesterday’s designation of one of the highest

World briefs

TAIWAN A black sport utility vehicle (SUV) crashed into a security barrier outside the office building of Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou early yesterday, his office spokesperson Ma Wei-kuo said. The

USA | Children of Asian casino workers reshape Connecticut school

The diversity of the workforce at the casinos, which cater heavily to Asian gamblers from New York, is changing the complexion of nearby public schools that have been hiring more

‘Birdman’ takes flight at an Oscars punctuated by politics 

Birdman” captured Hollywood’s top honor at the Academy Awards yesterday, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past won best picture at a ceremony punctuated by

Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issues

Much of the chatter going into the Oscars was about the lack of diversity in the Academy’s choices, specifically the dearth of nominations for “Selma.”But while there were plenty of

High collars and demure gowns on the red carpet 

High collars replaced sexy cutouts, and Classic Hollywood in blacks and whites took hold of the Oscars red carpet yesterday night with help from a smoking Saint Laurent worn by Margot Robbie

ISIS EXTREMISM | Families of 3 missing UK girls urge ‘Please come home!’

  The families of three missing British schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group have issued emotional public appeals urging them to come home,

Egypt | Court sentences activist to 5 years in prison

An Egyptian court sentenced an icon of the country’s 2011 revolt to five years in prison yesterday, showing authorities’ determination to continue to stifle dissent despite promises by its president

UK | 2 politicians caught in lobbying sting deny wrongdoing

Two former senior British government ministers have denied wrongdoing after being caught in a hidden-camera sting appearing to offer access to politicians and diplomats in return for cash. Jack Straw, who

This Day in History: 1955 Britain’s big freeze

More than 70 roads in Britain are blocked by snow, according to the Automobile Association and hundreds of vehicles have been abandoned in snowdrifts as high as 30ft (9m). Rail travel

Offbeat | India insists: Obama’s tree is not dead

It just looks dead. The peepal tree was awash in leaves when Obama planted it at the New Delhi memorial to Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi. By Thursday, though, it

THE BUZZ: Rebels deny attack on Red Cross-protected refugees

Kokang ethnic rebels battling Myanmar’s government in the country’s north have denied a claim that they attacked a truck flying the Red Cross flag that was carrying refugees fleeing fighting

World briefs

THAILAND A Chilean cyclist’s quest to bike around the world in five years has ended with his death in a road accident in northeast Thailand. Police say the 47-year-old Juan

Ferris wheel, zip line, inlet eateries OK’d in Atlantic City

The city, making good on its vow to seek new non-gambling attractions, has approved redevelopment plans including a giant Ferris wheel and a zip line on the beachfront next to

Turkey | Military enters Syria to evacuate troops, tomb

  Turkish soldiers launched an overnight raid into neighboring Syria, evacuating dozens of besieged troops guarding an Ottoman tomb and moving the crypt yesterday back to Turkey after ceremonially planting the country’s crescent-and-star

Ukraine | Blast hits march in Kharkiv, killing 2, injuring 8

Two people were killed and about eight others injured in a bomb explosion at a march yesterday in Ukraine’s second-largest city that was commemorating the first anniversary of the ouster of president

This Day in History: 1972 Hijackers surrender and free Lufthansa crew

A group of Palestinian hijackers who took over a Lufthansa jet in the skies over India two days ago has released the crew and surrendered at an airstrip in the

Offbeat | Rudy Giuliani backs off assertion that Obama doesn’t love America

It may be as close as Rudy Giuliani will come to a retraction.  The former New York City Mayor called into Bloomberg Politics’ With All Due Respect on Thursday to

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