Offbeat | US pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the plane was

World Cup entangled with Mideast conflicts

Barbara Surk, Beirut With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been

Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

The Israeli army yesterday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 14 people on the second day of a military operation it

This Day in History: 1985 – Rainbow Warrior sinks after explosion

One of the 11 crew members on board has been killed. He has been named as Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira, 33. Two explosions, 60 seconds apart, ripped through the stern at

Offbeat: US farmer loses phone, found on Japanese island

U.S. farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone was returned unscathed after it

Geopolitics Expedience, pragmatism shape new Asian alliances

Eric Talmadge Moscow is cozying up to its old rival China. China is holding hands with Seoul. Tokyo is striking deals with Pyongyang. In the ever-shifting game of Asian alliances, where just

Offbeat: Loch Ness monster it ain’t: 6-foot croc in… Greece!

Greece has its own lake monster — and it’s no Nessie. The Fire Brigade and authorities on the resort island of Crete say a 6-foot crocodile was spotted last week in

This Day in History: 2001 Scientists discover why we are here

A Californian University has thrown more light on why the Big Bang works after nearly 40 years of world-wide research. Most scientists accept that the universe began with the Big Bang

World briefs

JAPAN was bracing for destructive winds and huge waves as a powerful typhoon churned yesterday toward the southern islands of Okinawa after sparing the Philippines. Typhoon Neoguri is expected to

ISRAEL | Suspects confess to killing Palestinian teen

Ian Deith, Jerusalem Three Israeli suspects in the vigilante-style killing of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week confessed to the crime yesterday and were re-enacting

USA | South Texas shows drama behind illegal immigration

Christopher Sherman, Mission The youngest, a 14-month-old boy from Guatemala, lay quietly in a baby carrier hung from his mother's chest. The oldest, a 38-year-old woman from El Salvador, cried with

US man convicted on terror charges files appeal

Nine years ago the FBI made a startling announcement: A "sleeper cell" of al-Qaida operatives was uncovered in California's Central Valley. Following the arrests of five terror suspects, journalists swarmed to

This Day in Historty: 2003 – Conjoined twins die in separation op

Conjoined Iranian twins who volunteered to go ahead with a major operation to separate them have both died during surgery. Laleh and Ladan Bijani suffered a fatal loss of blood within

Offbeat: Joey Chestnut gets mustard yellow belt and fiancée

Chestnut man fell far short of his record last year of 69 dogs and buns, but he still easily beat second-place finisher Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, who downed

RELIGION | Church parade past Mafia home a challenge to pope

Frances D’Emilio, Rome In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest. Interior Minister Angelino

World briefs

INDONESIA A strong earthquake has hit off the coast of western Indonesia, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.0 quake

US officials barred from American’s trial in China

U.S. diplomats will be barred from the trial in China of an American investigator for GlaxoSmithKline and her British husband who are charged with improperly selling personal information, a spokesman

Offbeat: Finnish couple wins quirky ‘wife carrying’ race

A Finnish couple has narrowly won the 19th World Wife Carrying Championships — a quirky competition in which men race to be the fastest while carrying a female teammate. Ville Parviainen

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