Hong Kong | Industrial Bank employee said to fall to his death

A man who fell to his death at an office building located in Hong Kong’s business district was an Industrial Bank Co. employee, according to people with knowledge of the

Japan | People turn to ‘I am Kenji’ Facebook page on hostage crisis

  The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying

Special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot 

A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home “with a smile on their faces,”

North Korea | Kim Jong Un relies on improbable pair of women amid purges

    One sports a Christian Dior handbag and favors Western clothes. The other carries a notebook and wears dark uniforms. These fashion opposites are the two most influential women in North

USA | Millions hunker down as snowstorm totals downgraded

Tens of millions of people along the U.S. East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of

Iraq | Emirati airlines halt flights to Baghdad after sahooting

Multiple airlines from the United Arab Emirates said yesterday they were cancelling flights to Baghdad after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast’s busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it

Facebook | Internal glitch causes hour-long global outage

Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour yesterday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide. The glitch reported in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. affected

Argentina | President seeks overhaul of intelligence services

  President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina’s intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield

WW2 | Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on

  A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation. Yesterday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers were expecting 300, the youngest in their

This Day in History: 1986 Seven dead in space shuttle disaster

The five men and two women - including the first teacher in space - were just over a minute into their flight from Cape Canaveral in Florida when the Challenger

Offbeat | Sentencing day for Chicago twins who turned on cartel

Pedro and Margarito Flores will be sentenced today (Macau time) at federal court in their hometown amid tight security. They pleaded guilty at a secret 2012 hearing to running a nearly

Football | Asian Cup : Australia beat UAE 2-0 to reach final

  Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at Newcastle Stadium on a wet day. Playing in Newcastle for the first

African Cup | Ivory Coast, Cameroon may need luck for tournament progress

Even with all its star power, the Ivory Coast may have to depend on the luck of the draw to reach the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations. All four

World Views: Greece’s crazy leftists have a good idea

Amid the populist rhetoric that propelled the far-left Syriza party to victory in Greece’s parliamentary elections, there’s one idea that Germany in particular should take to heart: revive growth in

Jewish group urges steps in Europe to combat anti-Semitism

The president of the European Jewish Congress is urging governments to quickly adopt measures to stop the rising hatred of Jews on the continent. Moshe Kantor was talking yesterday ahead of

World briefs

INDIA Barack Obama presides over a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands, and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at

US: Christie takes major step in possible White House run

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a high-profile Republican, has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential

Money from Nanjing banking scam funneled to Macau

Scammers intentionally decorated the fake bank’s interior like a state-owned commercial bank, with uniformed “clerks” working behind the counters handling “official” documents, a LED screen and an “official” website. According to

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