FRANCE | IMF chief Lagarde under investigation for negligence

Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed yesterday under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France’s finance

this day in history: 1963 King’s dream for racial harmony

Reverend King was greeted with rapturous applause as he delivered his heart-felt words to a 250,000-strong crowd of civil rights protesters at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. He spoke of

Offbeat | Swedish city plays ‘Schindler’s List’ to Nazis

Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from “Schindler’s List” ringing from the bells of city hall. Local government spokesman Ulf Mossberg said

The Buzz: Maccabi Tel Aviv coach quits for safety reasons

Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Oscar Garcia has quit his job, with the club saying yesterday it was because of the “current security situation” in Israel. The club said Garcia, a

Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda

The operation was one of many complex, life-saving surgeries the team performed for a week on Ugandan patients who otherwise had little hope of survival. The operations, which would cost up

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CHINA The Chinese anti-corruption agency said yesterday it is investigating one current and one former manager at Volkswagen’s main joint venture in China. A former deputy general manager of First

GAZA CRISIS| Israel, Hamas accept Gaza war cease-fire

Israel and Hamas announced yesterday that they agreed to an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza war after seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority

HEALTH | UN: E-cigarettes must be regulated

In a report to its 194 member nations, the World Health Organization also called for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid

USA | Ferguson mourns black teen shot by police

Mourners gathered to remember Michael Brown in an emotional service that consecrated the killing of the black 18-year-old by a white police officer as another in the long history of

this day in history: 1967 Beatles’ manager Epstein dies

Mr Epstein, 32, was due to travel tomorrow to Bangor in north Wales to join the Beatles at a meeting of the International Meditation Society. Paul McCartney and his girlfriend,

Offbeat | Moose shows up at German office canteen

A spokesman for Dresden police says the young bull walked into the building housing German industrial giant Siemens shortly before lunchtime Monday. Marko Laske says officers and wildlife spent six hours

The Buzz: Large wildfire threatens southern Greek village

Greek authorities have partially evacuated a southern village near a major archaeological site due to a large wildfire that is being swept on by strong winds. The fire brigade says

Independence referendum | Leaders set to clash in Scotland TV debate

Scotland’s leading politician is set to face off with Britain’s former treasury chief in a live television debate on Scotland’s future less than three weeks ahead of an independence referendum. First

Chef Bertrand Esnault brings Lyonnaise cuisine to Aux Beaux Arts

French chef Bertrand Esnault has joined his former protégé Elie Khalife at MGM’s Aux Beaux Arts restaurant to celebrate true Lyonnaise cuisine. Until Sunday, both chefs will be creating a

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CHINA An 18-year-old native of China’s troubled far western region of Xinjiang used videos and other multimedia to enlist followers and then masterminded the slaying of a pro-government Muslim leader,

USA | Strong California quake shakes famed wine country 

A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California’s wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them. The magnitude-6.0 quake struck at 3:20 a.m. Sunday

SYRIA | American journalist freed after nearly 2 years 

The nation found something of a reprieve from the killing of an American journalist with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years

FRANCE | Hollande dissolves gov’t amid internal feud 

French President Francois Hollande dissolved the government yesterday after open feuding in his Cabinet over the country’s stagnant economy. Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government’s resignation after accusing

UKRAINE | Russian tank column enters southeast 

A column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has crossed into southeastern Ukraine, away from where most of the intense fighting has been taking place, a top Ukrainian official said yesterday. Col.

this day in history: 1959 US to ‘stand by’ West Germans

Mr Eisenhower is visiting the country to reassure West Germans he will not exclude them from talks with the Soviet Union. He will also emphasise that peace should not come

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