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PAKISTAN Gunmen attack a polio vaccination team, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike kills four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials say. The attack on the health

Thanksgiving | In Britain, US turkey dinner is big business

Big-breasted turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts. Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday in Britain, but you might be forgiven for being fooled.

USA | Ferguson reaction shows complex racial split

Just as President Barack Obama, the nation’s first black chief executive, urged people in a televised broadcast not to throw bottles or smash windows, they did exactly that. “There are ways

this day in history: 1990 Tories choose Major for Number 10

Mr Major, 47, will visit the Queen at 1030 BST tomorrow to be formally appointed and will return to Downing Street as the youngest British leader this century. Currently serving as

Offbeat | US auction fetches USD28K for 1st batch of bourbon

One of Kentucky’s newest whiskey makers is making a big splash, fetching more than USD28,000 for its first bottle of bourbon. The bottle appeared to rank among the most expensive bottles

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CHINA Thick smog is expected to shroud parts of north China over the next two days, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said yesterday. The NMC forecast that Beijing, Tianjin and

Portugal | Sócrates prisoner no. 44 in prison for 45

Portugal’s former prime minister, José Sócrates is going to be held in Évora prison, where he spent last night, following an initial interrogation which decided he should be held on

USA | Obama asks for calm as Ferguson burns

Enraged protesters set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed

this day in history: 1992 Queen to be taxed from next year

The Prime Minister, John Major, told the House of Commons the Queen had informed him earlier this year that she wished to make changes to her tax arrangements. She will also

Offbeat | ‘Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion costume fetches USD3M

The big cat outfit had been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor. It sold at an auction

The Buzz | Google settles with ex-banker over online abuse

Google has agreed to a settlement with a former Morgan Stanley banker who sued the search engine over defamatory Internet posts. Daniel Hegglin, a Hong Kong-based investor, went to Britain’s High

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AUSTRALIA A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries,

IRAN | Diplomats speak of nuke progress, next round December 

The U.S. and Iran are making last-minute progress at nuclear talks but will need to extend negotiations to next month, Western diplomats said yesterday. Their comments matched earlier word that negotiations had now

USA | Probe begins after boy with fake gun shot by police

A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator’s call for such weapons to

Art | Swiss museum to accept Nazi art trove 

A Swiss museum agreed yesterday to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, but said it will work with German officials to

Literature | AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found 

It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of

this day in history: 1973 Army deposes ‘hated’ Greek president

There appears to have been little or no resistance when tanks rolled into Athens and troops took up positions around government buildings shortly before dawn. The coup was orchestrated by the

Offbeat | TV anchor’s fashion sense gets attention, finally

The male co-host of an Australian TV program is finally getting some attention for his fashion sense. And that’s his point. Karl Stefanovic wore the same blue suit every day for

The Buzz: Sudan government asks UN Darfur mission to leave

The spokesman for the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur says the Sudanese government has asked his mission to prepare plans to exit the country. The snub comes amid tension

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CHINA A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China has killed at least five people and injured 54 others, including schoolchildren in a stampede, officials

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