This Day in History: 2001 Dr Congo President Kabila shot

Eyewitnesses said they had heard gunfire for about an hour around the president’s hilltop home in Kinshasa, known as the Marble Palace and usually heavily guarded by soldiers and a

Offbeat | ‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest’ top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

Two extravagant comedies, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” tied for the most Oscar nominations yesterday with nine nods each, including best picture. They were joined in best-picture nominations by “Boyhood,”

The Buzz | Turkish police check newspaper over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

A pro-secular Turkish newspaper says police stopped trucks as they left its printing center to check the paper’s content after it decided to print a selection of Charlie Hebdo caricatures. Cumhuriyet

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CHINA Shanghai police detain nine terror suspects from an ethnic minority in western China plus 10 Turkish people accused of helping them in an attempt to illegally travel abroad, including

Amazon signs Woody Allen to create his first TV series

The Oscar-winning filmmaker will write and direct all of the episodes of the half-hour series. A full season has been ordered for Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, the company announced yesterday.

France | As Charlie Hebdo fronting Muhammad sells out, comic detained 

  Charlie Hebdo’s defiant new issue sold out before dawn around Paris yesterday, with scuffles at kiosks over dwindling copies of the paper fronting the Prophet Muhammad. In the city still

This Day in History: 1953 East German purge begins

Several officers, including the Christian Democratic Foreign Minister, Georg Dertinger, and a number of Jewish politicians, have either been removed or have disappeared in the past few days. The arrests follow

Offbeat | Huckabee blasts Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyoncé

Former Arkansas Gov. and possible presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, of double standards in parenting, saying in an interview published Tuesday that

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CHINA Exports rebounded in December but imports shrank in a sign of weak domestic demand. Total trade in 2014 grew just 3.4 percent, well below the official 10 percent target. PAKISTAN

Terrorism Survivors of Nigeria attack describe killings

The accounts were given by villagers who fled the carnage in and around Baga, a town in Borno state that lies in the northeastern corner of Nigeria near the border

HACKING | Key US military command’s Twitter, YouTube sites infiltrated

  Hackers supporting Islamic militants took over the Twitter and YouTube accounts of a major U.S. military command Monday (yesterday in Macau), in what the Pentagon called an annoying prank that

Egypt | Court ruling may free Mubarak from custody

Egyptian authorities have exhausted all legal grounds to keep deposed President Hosni Mubarak in detention after an appeals court yesterday ordered his retrial in a corruption case, a judicial official

FRANCE | Charlie Hebdo publishing prophet cartoon on new cover

  The surviving staff of Charlie Hebdo plans an unprecedented run of 3 million copies of the next issue today, with the Prophet Muhammad on the cover, as France hunts for

This Day in History: 1994 Duchess of Kent joins Catholic church

The duchess was received into the Catholic church in a private service conducted by the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Basil Hume. An act of parliament in 1701 banned heirs to the

Offbeat | US: Black lab likes to take solo bus ride to her dog park stop

KOMO-TV reports that local radio host Miles Montgomery was amazed to see the pooch get off the bus, without an owner, at a dog park last week. The dog and her

The Buzz | Budvar beer exports reach record high in 2014

Czech state-owned brewery Budejovicky Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch over the use of the “Budweiser” brand, says its overall output and

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CHINA Police shoot and kill six would-be bombers in the latest violence to strike the restive far northwestern region of Xinjiang, a local government spokesman and official website say. SRI LANKA

Kinder, gentler Golden Globes kept lid on partying

For their third and (so they say) final year, co-hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey proved themselves yet again the Golden Girls of the Golden Globes awardscast, airing live on

Terrorism | Kosher market attack deepens fears among European Jews

  The killing of four French Jews in last week's hostage standoff at a Paris kosher market has deepened the fears among European Jewish communities shaken by rising anti-Semitism and feeling

Terrorism | Amid hunt for attack accomplices, France deploys 10K troops

  France yesterday ordered 10,000 troops into the streets to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed and terror, amid the hunt for accomplices to the attacks that left 17

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