Once in million years: Comet buzzing Mars on Sun

The heavens were hosting an event over the weekend that occurs once in a million years or so. A comet as hefty as a small mountain passed mind-bogglingly close to

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CHINA A bear in central China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through its cage, state media and a doctor said yesterday.

Islamic State | Offensive Kobani key to US strategy

Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the

This day in history: 1967 Thousands join anti-war movement

The city was brought to a standstill as protesters built barricades across roads to prevent buses carrying recruits to the Army’s conscription centre. Police reinforcements came in from San Francisco as

Offbeat | Hot dog! Fired Dublin worker wins USD25K over snack

An Irish cinema may have just bought the world’s most expensive hot dog for an unfairly fired worker. Ireland’s employment appeals court on Thursday ordered Dublin’s Cineworld to pay Carl

ANALYSIS | Stricter Ebola protection for health workers advised by US

U.S. health officials will issue stricter Ebola guidelines to protect the nation’s medical workers after two caregivers were infected in Dallas while treating a patient who later died from the

Portugal: Chinese snap up health company

The takeover bid launched by Portuguese insurance company Fidelidade (owned by the Chinese firm Fosun) to buy out health company Espírito Santo Saúde (ESS) managed to snap up 96 pct

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NORTH KOREA  has circulated a draft U.N. resolution praising its own human rights record in a rare effort to counter the international community’s growing condemnation of the way it treats

Islamic State offensive | Kurdish official appeals for weapons for Kobani

A Syrian Kurdish official called on the international community yesterday to allow weapons into the border town of Kobani, saying the town is still in danger from Islamic State militants. Idriss Nassan, deputy head

South Africa| Steenkamp cousin: Pistorius apology not genuine

Oscar Pistorius must “pay for what he’s done” and his apology to the family of the girlfriend he killed was not sincere, a cousin of Reeva Steenkamp testified yesterday. Kim Martin

Ukraine crisis | Putin to meet with Western leaders in Milan

Russian President Vladimir Putin is mounting a diplomatic blitz on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders that opened yesterday in a bid to escape the worst

Thid day in history: 1989 Earthquake hits San Francisco

The epicentre of the quake, which measured 6.9 on the Richter scale, is thought to have been Loma Prieta, 10 miles north of Santa Cruz on the San Andreas fault.

Offbeat: Philippine police accuse US Marine in murder case

Police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo said Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim late Saturday, when they checked into a motel after meeting in

The Buzz | Ronaldo leads in Facebook popularity stakes with 100m ‘Likes’

The cumulative total number of ‘Likes’ attracted by posts on the official Facebook page of Cristiano Ronaldo, currently Portugal’s most successful footballer, has passed the 100 million mark, making him

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CHINA Organizers say concern about the spread of the Ebola virus is expected to impact attendance at China’s largest international trade fair, which kicked off yesterday. Spokesman for the Canton

Serbia accuses Albania of provocation after brawl

Serbian officials accused Albania yesterday of a deliberate political provocation after a drone flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a stadium in Belgrade during a match between the two Balkan

Ebola | 2nd US health care worker tests positive

A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, authorities said yesterday. The

South Africa | Steenkamps vow to return cash Pistorius paid after killing Reeva

The prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius’s trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp said her parents rejected his offer to pay them 375,000 rand (USD34,000) he got for selling a car

Mozambique Peace agreement at stake as country elects new leader

Mozambicans formed long lines outside polling stations to vote in elections that will test the durability of a peace deal signed last month to end almost two years of sporadic

Scotland | Salmond’s deputy sturgeon set to take over leadership

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will take over leadership of the government in Edinburgh from Alex Salmond following his resignation after voters rejected their campaign for independence. The Scottish National

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