INEQUALITY | Oxfam: Richest 1 percent sees share of global wealth jump

The European Union foreign policy chief says the bloc is launching an appeal against last month’s EU court ruling that ordered the Palestinian group Hamas removed from its terror list

Yemen | President negotiates ceasefire to end Sana’a fighting

Yemen’s President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi has negotiated a cease-fire to end fighting in the capital, Sana’a, as rebel Shiite Houthis battled soldiers near Yemen’s presidential palace and elsewhere across the

This Day in History: 1961 John F Kennedy sworn in as US president

The Democrat John F Kennedy has been sworn in as the youngest ever elected president of the United States. The 43-year-old Roman Catholic was inaugurated as the 35th president on a

Offbeat | Iran: Surprised subway riders brush shoulders with president

Rush-hour passengers in the busy subway of Iran’s capital have brushed shoulders with a surprising commuter — President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani, along Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and others in his

THE BUZZ: Notes, photos of Jacqueline Onassis auctioned for $28,400

A few dozen pieces of personal correspondence by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, along with photographs of the former first lady in Palm Beach, sold at a Florida auction Saturday for a

Wind-starved ocean racers crawl toward Malacca Strait

  Offshore sailors’ biggest enemy — the lack of wind — stalled Volvo Ocean Race boats as they approached one of the most challenging parts of the nine-month event yesterday. The six-strong

World briefs

N KOREA-USA U.S. academics and former senior officials meet with North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator in Singapore to get a feel for each other’s positions amid a yearslong standoff over

PALESTINE | International court opens probe into Israeli war crimes

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court launched a preliminary probe Friday that could clear the way for a full-­scale investigation into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories — plunging

Charlie Hebdo | Protests leave at least 10 dead in Niger 

  At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in the West African nation of Niger over the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, the country’s president

Oracle’s Ellison to underwrite California wildlife center

One of the world’s richest men, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, is using some of his wealth to establish a wildlife breeding and rehabilitation center in Northern California that will focus

Obama proposes tax increases on wealthy to aid middle class

President Barack Obama is proposing new taxes on the wealthiest Americans that would limit their profits from investments and make it harder for them to pass assets to heirs. Obama, who

Iraq  | Islamic State group releases 200 captive Yazidis

The Islamic State group released at least 200 Yazidis after five months of captivity in Iraq, Kurdish military officials said yesterday, mostly elderly, infirmed prisoners who likely slowed the extremists

Belgium | Suspects held in Greece as European terror crackdown widens

With Europe on edge, soldiers fanned out to guard possible terror targets in Belgium Saturday while police in Greece detained at least two suspects as part of a widening counterterrorism dragnet across

This Day in History: 1966 Indira Gandhi takes charge in India

Following her win, Mrs Gandhi pledged herself to serve the Congress Party and the country, and said she would “strive to create what my father used to call a climate

Offbeat | US man delivers 1 pizza and gets USD2,084 tip

Now that’s a special delivery! A group of real estate agents meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan, surprised a man by giving him a USD2,084 tip for delivering one pizza Thursday. The

THE BUZZ: Mariah Carey is heading to Sin City

Caesars unit says it filed for bankruptcy to cut debt

A cash-strapped division of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. said yesterday that it filed for bankruptcy protection in Chicago, hoping the court agrees to its plan to get out from

World briefs

CHINA Thirty-two officials in far-western China have been punished over alleged bribe-taking, nepotism or other wrongdoing in the choosing of people for over-subscribed Muslim pilgrimages to the holy city of

TERRORISM IN AFRICA | As world watches Paris, Nigeria suffers its own attacks

  Boko Haram, Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremist group, is increasing the ferocity and tempo of its attacks, destabilizing Africa’s most populous nation as it prepares for elections. Girls as young as 10 are being

USA | FBI: Man planned to bomb Capitol, kill officials 

A 20-year-old man’s Twitter posts sympathizing with Islamic terrorists led to an undercover FBI operation and the man’s arrest on charges that he plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol

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