India | Rumors spread on social media fuel deadly mob attacks

The rumors circulated through the hills of northeastern India on Facebook and Whatsapp. There were photos of dismembered corpses in some messages, and of an

Koreas holding military talks to reduce tensions on border

The rival Koreas were holding rare high-level military talks yesterday to discuss reducing tensions across their heavily fortified border. It’s possible North Korean officials

US | Videos show Vegas police helping people duck, escape gunfire

Some of the first Las Vegas police officers to respond to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history huddled with people taking cover, organized

Russia | Opposition leader Navalny released from custody

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walked free yesterday after spending 30 days in custody for staging an unsanctioned protest, noting with sarcasm that a Moscow

Millionaires now control half of the world’s personal wealth

The rich are getting a lot richer and doing so a lot faster. Personal wealth around the globe reached USD201.9 trillion last year, a 12 percent gain from

This Day in History | 2000 British marines leave Sierra Leone

The major contingent of the British military task force sent to help restore order in the West African state of Sierra Leone has left the country. The departure

Offbeat | Her life saved, Bulgarian cow Penka waits to rejoin herd

Swatting away the flies with her long tail, Penka the cow happily munches on hay, unaware of the international stir she has caused. The cow from the

Scalpers still operating at World Cup despite crackdown

Scalpers are still operating at the World Cup, despite claims of a crackdown by FIFA and Russian organizers on illicit ticket sales. Sellers have been visible outside

Preview | European champion Portugal overlooked facing Spain

They’re the reigning champions of Europe with arguably the best player in the world. And yet there seems to be little talk about Portugal and

World briefs

US Washington will not ease sanctions against North Korea until it denuclearizes, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday, as he reassured key Asian allies that President

The Buzz | UK lifts immigration cap for medical workers amid shortages

Britain says it will lift a cap on the number of visas granted to foreign doctors and nurses to help ease staffing shortfalls in the National Health Service.

US returns 1493 Christopher Columbus letter to Vatican

The United States returned to the Vatican Library yesterday a rare copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus in 1493 announcing his discovery of the

World Views | Macron misses a chance to shut up

Two weeks before a crucial meeting of EU leaders, member countries are at loggerheads again over immigration. A diplomatic spat between France and Italy’s new populist government shows how

Friday, June 15, 2018 – edition no. 3065

* Protest against road traffic law tomorrow * Taiwan official praises SARS * Pansy Ho receives highest French order of merit * Migrant groups cry foul   DOWNLOAD

Volcano tourism in Guatemala | Living with a generous monster

  • Volcano tourism is the life blood of some villages in Guatemala. For locals it is a question of learning to live with a generous monster. * Movies: Incredibles 2 * Book:


The Incredibles writer/director Brad Bird has said that his characters’ powers are all born of stereotypes. Dad is strong, mom is stretched in a million directions, teenage girls put up

An inside look at the writing, production of ‘The Simpsons’

When television's longest-running cartoon show first hit the airwaves, most of its writers and producers gave it six weeks at best. The one optimist in the crew figured it might

Travelog | Tourism at a Guatemala volcano: Visitors feel the heat from the still-smoldering lava

  Tourists reached out to feel the heat from the still-smoldering lava, tossed sticks to see them burst into flames or watched a guide toast marshmallows on hot rocks as they

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