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CHINA China’s ruling Communist Party announces an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s

AVIATION | Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles

More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe —

This Day in History: 1986 Parents appeal for missing agent

Suzy Lamplugh, 25, was last seen with a man aged between 25 and 30, about 5’8’’ tall, with swept back hair and a dark suit outside a property in Fulham

Offbeat | Bolivian president seeks votes in the bedroom

At least that’s the way President Evo Morales sees it. The Bolivian leader is running for re-election and he urged followers on Sunday to spread the word about his policies so

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CHINA The British Embassy in Beijing said it will offer a 24-hour super priority visa service for visitors from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou starting from August 11. The price for

THE BUZZ: World Bank promotes electricity access in Congo

The World Bank has announced a USD100 million donation to boost Congo’s agriculture sector and another $100 million for micro-dams to bolster rural electricity access. World Bank VP Makhtar Diop made

UKRAINE | Police team turns back from plane crash site

An international police team abandoned its attempt to reach the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane for a second day running yesterday as clashes raged in a town on

GAZA STRIP | Israeli strikes, rocket fire, break lull

Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza yesterday after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of

This Day in History: 1968 Pope renews birth control ban

Most members of the Pontifical Commission, set up by Pope Paul’s predecessor Pope John XXIII, argued it was time for the Church to face the realities of the modern world. They

Offbeat | Rotting food prompts German gas leak scare

Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn’t expect: a fridge full of rotting food. Police in the central city of Braunschweig

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MYANMAR The new U.N. human rights envoy for Myanmar has expressed serious concern about the conditions in camps for more than 100,000 mostly minority Muslims displaced by violence led by

THE BUZZ: Pope goes to stronghold of Naples-area mobsters

Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste. Francis made a visit yesterday (Macau time)

AH5017 | UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet

French President Francois Hollande said he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the

UKRAINE | Regular troops launch offensive to retake Donetsk

Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. The move

This Day in History: 1965 US orders 50,000 troops to Vietnam

Monthly draft calls will increase from 17,000 to 35,000 - the highest level since the Korean War, when between 50,000 and 80,000 men were called up each month. It will take

Offbeat | Surgeons in India remove 232 teeth from teen

They said the 17-year-old from a small village in western India had been suffering from jaw pain and swelling for more than 18 months. Surgeon Dr. Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai

World Views: Putin stays on offense in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

THE BUZZ: Japan trade deficit at record USD75B in first half

Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen (USD74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance

Pacino, Dafoe set for Venice Film Festival

This year's Venice Film Festival will tackle topics from the financial crisis to drone warfare, and feature performances from Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino, Jennifer Aniston and Ethan Hawke. Organizers yesterday announced

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TAIWAN Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the

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