Beijing blocks carbon review sought by US at UN talks

China rejected scrutiny of efforts to limit carbon emissions, a key tool that the U.S. says is necessary as more than 190 countries work to devise a new deal to

Ex-security czar Zhou’s arrest makes Xi stronger

The criminal case against China’s ex-security chief not only plays to public demands to curb corruption but spells the downfall of one of President Xi Jinping’s biggest rivals, puts other challengers on

North Korea | Pyongyang denies Sony Pictures hack, calls it ‘righteous deed’ 

North Korea released a statement yesterday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang’s supreme leader. While denying

Vietnam | 2nd blogger detained in crackdown 

Vietnamese police detained a second blogger in a week in the latest crackdown on dissent in the Communist country. Blogger and writer Nguyen Quang Lap was taken into custody and his

Philippines | No major damage as typhoon Hagupit hits; 3 dead 

Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least three  people dead and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened yesterday, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation

India | Woman accuses Uber taxi driver of rape

Investigators found a taxi that was abandoned by the 32-year-old driver, police officer Alma Ming said. Ming said the woman, who works at a finance company, was returning from a dinner

USA | White House sends 6 prisoners from Guantanamo to Uruguay 

Six prisoners held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees, the U.S. government announced yesterday — a deal that had been delayed for

Yemen | American, South African hostages killed

An American photojournalist and a South African teacher were killed Saturday during a high-risk, U.S.-led raid to free them from al-Qaida militants in Yemen, a turbulent Arab country that is a

Texas biologists warm chilled sea turtles

Marine biologists have flown dozens of endangered sea turtles from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Galveston, Texas, for treatment of hypothermia. The 50 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, a critically endangered species, were

Mexico | 1st ID from remains in case of missing 43 students

More than two months after they disappeared, concrete evidence is beginning to emerge on the fate of 43 college students whose case has caused a political crisis in Mexico. At least

Hollywood bows to Chinese censors while courting investors

Hollywood film studios are courting Chinese investors to gain access to the world’s most populous nation, brushing aside concerns that their new partners will seek to censor the next generation

This Day In History: 1980 John Lennon shot dead

The 40-year-old was shot several times as he entered the Dakota, his luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, opposite Central Park, at 2300 local time. He was rushed

Offbeat | Zimbabwe gets Doris Lessing’s book collection

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing, who died last year, spent her early years in Zimbabwe. She is still giving back to the country whose former white rulers banished her for

MLB sued by minor leaguers who say contracts pinch salaries

Major League Baseball was sued by four minor league ballplayers who say their freedom to negotiate with other teams is unlawfully restricted by a rule giving their club a right

Team Brunel holds Volvo Ocean Race 2nd-leg lead

Three teams have held the Volvo Ocean Race second leg lead within the last 24 hours as the fleet sped toward the stage’s conclusion in Abu Dhabi. Dutch team Team Brunel,

Fourcade wins men’s pursuit in biathlon World Cup

Martin Fourcade overcame four penalties and windy conditions to win the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit yesterday for his second victory in two days at the biathlon World Cup. The Frenchman finished in

Insight: Macau GP risks losing relevance

It was announced last week that the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) would not be returning to Macau next year. The decision was made by the FIA World Motorsport

Monday, December 8, 2014 – edition no. 2207

* Mo Yan says keeping roots is secret to good literature * Hengqin ‘fully prepared’ for 24h border * New Gov’t urged to address traffic and housing issues * No major damage in

The Buzz: Novelist Ben Okri wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize

The writer took the tongue-in-cheek honor for conjuring an over-the-top passage in his novel "The Age of Magic." "The universe was in her and with each movement it unfolded to her,"

Medellin now known for holiday lights, not drugs

Medellin for Christmas vacation? Si, si! The city once wracked by drug violence has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas

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