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CHINA A suspected dust explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors has killed at least 69 people and injured more than 180 others, state media report,

ISRAEL| Strike near UN school in Gaza leaves 10 dead

A United Nations school sheltering displaced people in the southern Gaza Strip was hit yesterday by what a U.N. official said appeared to be an Israeli airstrike, as the military

REVIEW: A look at the recent revival of South African wine’s with the new kids in town

Born and raised in Sheffield, UK Richard worked as a chef before moving to the wine trade while often listening to the Clash. Richard got a basic winemaking diploma by

This Day in History: 1964 Three civil rights activists found dead

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation found the three young men - two white and one black man - about six miles from the town in a wooded area

Offbeat | Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online. Farmer Christoph Huttner, who owns the wheat field near Weilheim, couldn’t be reached

THE BUZZ: Packer said to seek Las Vegas return in Oaktree Deal

Billionaire Australian casino operator James Packer is in talks to develop a Las Vegas Strip resort on land once occupied by the New Frontier Hotel & Casino, according to people

MACAU | REPORT : Religious freedom is respected

The document, which the Times has accessed, shows that there were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious belief, affiliation or practice throughout 2013. In order to conduct

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CHINA Police in northeastern China said two people were killed and one injured yesterday in a pair of apparently related shooting incidents. The shootings in Lanxi county took place about

SIERRA LEONE | Health emergency amid Ebola

The president of Sierra Leone declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis blamed for nearly 700 deaths deepened across West Africa, vowing to quarantine sick patients at home

ISRAEL | Netanyahu vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire,” as the military called up another 16,000

This Day in History: 1976 Lauda fights for life after Grand Prix crash

The Austrian-born driver became trapped inside his Ferrari after it swerved off the track before bouncing back into the path of the oncoming cars and catching fire. Fellow driver Guy Edwards

Offbeat | ‘Spider-Man’ fights Dubliner in street, goes viral

Dublin’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has become a social media phenomenon after being caught on video fighting a man who allegedly tried to steal his money. The nearly three-minute confrontation spread quickly

THE BUZZ: Puerto Rico cuts holidays to boost economy

Puerto Rico’s governor has signed a law to reduce the number of holidays celebrated in the U.S territory in hopes of boosting productivity amid an economic recession. The island will

Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

“We are very into the idea of being an international music event,” Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a recent interview. “But I would have to acknowledge that if it

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CHINA An outspoken Chinese minority scholar has been indicted on separatism charges amid continuing anti-government violence in the country’s far west. The prosecutor’s office in the Xinjiang regional capital of

RUSSIA | Central bank supports sanctions targets

Russia’s central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow yesterday. In an online statement, the bank promised to “take adequate measures” to

ISRAEL | Shelling of UN school kills 15 as Gaza war rages

Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school yesterday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman

This Day in History: 1998 UK imposes total ban on landmines

Parliament passed the Landmines Act last month - after public pressure to do so - but it still allowed British troops to deploy mines in “exceptional circumstances”. This emergency power has

Offbeat | Giant ketchup bottle draws tourists in Illinois

Now, the sign is for sale. Owner Larry Eckert is asking UD500,000 for the 65-year-old, 52-meter-tall landmark and adjacent warehouse. The 380,000-liter tower never held ketchup. It hasn’t been used since

THE BUZZ: Australian police plan to arrest 2 Middle East fighters

Australian police have obtained arrest warrants for two Australians who are fighting with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria after one posted photographs of the other posing with

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