Japan architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

A new generation of Japanese architects believes the world has fallen out of love with the 20th century steel and concrete skyscraper. They are pushing a human-friendly alternative that some

The buzz: Billy Joel, Maria Shriver featured in baby boomer doc

PBS announced yesterday that "American Masters: The Boomer List" will air Sept. 23 on member stations. The 90-minute production, directed by filmmaker-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, will include 19 notable public figures.

Gaming alert | Atlantic City: Revel casino bankruptcy auction postponed a week

The bankruptcy auction of the Revel Casino Hotel that was scheduled for today (Macau time) has been postponed until next week because lawyers need more time to review the bids

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CHINA An activist says one of China’s best-known rights lawyers and fiery government critics has been released from prison but appears to be under close supervision by the authorities. Hu

RUSSIA | Moscow bans Western food over Ukraine sanctions

Russia yesterday banned most food imports from the West in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine — a sweeping move that will cost Western farmers billions of dollars but could also

SOUTH AFRICA | Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius is ‘appalling witness’ 

Oscar Pistorius was an “appalling witness” who repeatedly lied in his testimony in a crude attempt to defend against a murder charge for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the chief prosecutor

Lawyer: Snowden gets 3 more years in Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years, his lawyer said yesterday. Snowden last year was granted temporary asylum of one year in Russia, but that

This day in history: 2001 Hollywood’s ‘golden couple’ divorce

The final decree came just hours after Kidman and Cruise separately attended the première of their new film, The Others. Both were reluctant to comment on their impending divorce at the

Offbeat | Swiss Parliament suspends woman over naked selfie

The Swiss Parliament says it has suspended an employee after a naked picture she took of herself at work found its way into the media. The Parliament said this week that

the buzz | WHO: Ebola death toll reaches 932; 1,700 cases

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 932. The new figures come yesterday as authorities in Nigeria confirmed the death

Ugandan lawmakers in campaign to revive gay law

Ugandan parliamentarians are launching a campaign to revive a recently invalidated anti-gay measure and hope to have it passed within weeks, a lawmaker said. About 150 lawmakers have promised to vote

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CHINA Gao Zhisheng, a fiery critic of China’s authoritarian government whose imprisonment and accounts of torture triggered international criticism of Beijing appears set for release today, amid concerns he will

GAZA | Indirect Israel-Hamas talks start in Cairo

Israel and Hamas began indirect talks on a new border deal for the blockaded Gaza Strip as a cease-fire ending their month-long war entered its second day yesterday. Israel has said it wants

USA-AFRICA | Obama announces USD33B in commitments

  President Barack Obama announced USD33 billion in commitments yesterday aimed at shifting U.S. ties with Africa beyond humanitarian aid and toward more equal economic partnerships. The bulk of the commitments came from private-sector

SPACE | Rosetta probe catches up with comet 

After a journey of 6.4 billion kilometers, Europe’s unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination yesterday, a milestone in mankind’s first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet. The decade-long trip was

this day in history: 2003 Bali bomber smiles at guilty verdict

At least 190 people from 21 countries died in the blasts. Most were foreign tourists, nearly half of them from Australia. Amrozi bin Nurhasyim is the first to stand trial for

Offbeat | Aussie commuters tip train cars to aid trapped man

Dozens of people helped rescue a fellow commuter in Australia by pushing against train carriages to free the man whose foot had slipped between the platform and the train. Closed-circuit footage

THE BUZZ: 51 migrants hurt in clashes in French port Calais

Migrants massing at France’s English Channel port of Calais have clashed in overnight battles that left 51 injured — one seriously. Police intervened with tear gas early yesterday to break

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CHINA’s smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities. Beijing’s

ISRAEL | Temporary truce sets stage for talks on Gaza

Israel and Hamas began observing a temporary cease-fire yesterday that sets the stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal on the Gaza Strip, including a sustainable truce and the rebuilding

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