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CHINA  Officials have put the brakes on some popular Chinese New Year events in big cities in the wake of a deadly stampede in Shanghai last month, leaving some observers

USA | Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration 

  A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop

Ukraine | Army, rebels fighting despite pullback deadline 

  Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels faced a deadline yesterday to start pulling back heavy weapons from the front line in eastern Ukraine, but Associated Press reporters saw no signs

Greece | Hopes of deal remain despite snag in talks 

Despite all the tough talk of ultimatums and games of poker, Greece and its creditors in the 19-country eurozone are still expected to cobble together some sort of deal that will allow

This Day in History: 1969 Lulu ties knot with Bee Gee

Lulu, 20, had hoped to keep her wedding plans secret but around 1,000 people - mostly women and girls - filled the grounds of St James’ Church in Gerrards Cross. Several

Offbeat | Party Animals: Dogs also celebrate Carnival in Rio

More than 100 festive pet owners dressed their dogs in flashy costumes of superheroes and princesses last weekend for a parade to celebrate animal life in Brazil’s most joyful season. “Carnival

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HONG KONG Dozens of protesters marched through a shopping mall in Sha Tin Sunday, heckling mainland Chinese traders and chanting “Go Back to China”, according to local media reports. Some

‘Miss Saigon’ triumphs at London’s WhatsOnStage awards

Miss Saigon” and Shakespeare have triumphed at Britain’s WhatsOnStage awards, as theatergoers rewarded seasoned shows, spectacle and star power. “Miss Saigon” took nine trophies at Sunday’s ceremony, whose winners were decided

Denmark | 2 suspected accomplices deny helping Copenhagen gunman 

Two men suspected of helping the gunman behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen faced a court hearing yesterday as Danes mourned the victims of a shooting spree that authorities said

Egypt | Army strikes IS group in Libya after video of mass killing 

Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya yesterday, just hours after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheading of several Egyptian Coptic Christians it had held

Ukraine | Battles persist for railway hub, despite peace deal 

Intense artillery exchanges between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists around a strategic town in the east persisted yesterday in fighting that threatens to dash a cease-fire deal brokered last

This Day in History: 1979 China invades Vietnam

Vietnamese Vice-Foreign Minister Nguyen Ko Tach has told ambassadors in Hanoi the Chinese troops have occupied nearly all Vietnamese border positions and are advancing southwards. He did not give any idea

Offbeat | Wild boar causes flight delays at Spain’s main airport

Spain’s airport authority says a wild boar that broke through a perimeter fence at Madrid’s international airport caused runways to be shut briefly and two landings to be delayed. The beast

Health | Report urges new name, better diagnosis for chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a real and serious disease that needs a new name to reflect that — and a straightforward way to diagnose the illness, a U.S. government advisory

Movies | ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ whips up stunning USD81.7 million

Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend. The erotic drama sizzled in its debut, earning an

THE BUZZ: Netanyahu calls for ‘massive’ Jewish immigration to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling for the “massive immigration” of European Jews to Israel following the shooting attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue that killed a Danish Jew. Netanyahu says

It’s mud madness at Brazilian Carnival party

Forget the sexy nurses, the pirates and devils. At the Bloco da Lama Carnival street party, swamp creature is the costume of choice. Last weekend, revelers in the seaside colonial town

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CHINA has ordered stepped-up safety measures over the CNY travel rush in the wake of terrorist threats and the fatal stampede in Shanghai. Beijing estimates about 2.8 billion trips will

To combat fraud, Visa wants to track your smartphone

Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy USD200 in

USA | Indian man slammed down after caller reported ‘black guy’

A man from India who was slammed to the ground by a police officer had been singled out by police after a caller said a "skinny black guy" with a toboggan hat

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