Cape Verde | Economic prospects improve

The economic prospects in Cape Verde improved slightly in the second quarter but the confidence indicator remained below the series average, reported the archipelago’s National Statistics Institute (INE). The Survey

South China Sea dispute | Taiwan promotes its island claim with environmental initiatives

As China builds artificial islands in a vast resource-rich South China Sea and neighbors in Southeast Asia brace for possible conflict, Taiwan is cutting carbon emissions and offering a hospital for humanitarian aid on

Wife says rights lawyer being denied legal counsel

A prominent Chinese rights lawyer whose trial is drawing near on charges of inciting ethnic hatred and provoking trouble has been denied access to lawyers for nearly a month, his

Beijing police detain 4 for sex video that spread online

Four people have been detained in connection with a sex video purportedly taken inside a Uniqlo fitting room that spread rapidly online, Beijing police said. They were detained on suspicion of

Thai official: Uighurs sent back being treated well

The 109 ethnic Uighur refugees whose deportation to China by Thailand this month sparked an international outcry are being been treated well at a rehabilitation center where they’ve been held

Australia | 3-time world champ fights off shark during surfing comp

Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, three-time world champion Mick Fanning punched the creature before escaping unharmed during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South

Nepal | Protests over constitution injure dozens, police say

Protesters clashed with police in southern Nepal yesterday as the government tried to collect the public’s suggestions on the draft of the country’s long-overdue constitution. Police reported dozens of injuries in

WWII Apology | 70 years after, Japanese company Mitsubishi apologizes to US POWs 

He was forced to toil in enemy mines as a prisoner of war, but James Murphy wasn’t angry or bitter. He was just happy to have lived long enough to

Afghanistan | NATO friendly fire kills 7 Afghan troops

A NATO airstrike hit two Afghan military checkpoints yesterday in a restive province east of the capital, Kabul, killing seven Afghan troops in what an Afghan official describes as an

Cuba | New era in ties begins as Havana raises flag at US embassy

Cuba’s blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted yesterday at the country’s embassy in Washington in a symbolic move signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba

Senegal | Chad ex-dictator taken in and out of court as trial begins

The trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands had a chaotic beginning yesterday as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out

Turkey | Blast kills 28, injures scores near Syrian border

An explosion yesterday in Turkey’s southeastern city of Suruc near the Syrian border killed 28 people and sent nearly 100 others to the hospital, Turkish officials said. The prime minister’s office

This Day in History | 1974 – Cyprus conflict spills into London

Turkish troops landed in the north of the Mediterranean island early yesterday morning after a Greek-­sponsored coup in the capital, Nicosia, last week. More than 10,000 Greek-Cypriots and British left-­wing activists

Offbeat | Romanian music fest gives free tickets in exchange for blood

The campaign is part of a push to increase blood donations in a country where only 1.7 percent of the people donate blood. Adrian Chereji, marketing director for the UNTOLD Festival,

Golf | British Open: Spieth, amateur Dunne eyeing history at St. Andrews

For a place dripping with centuries of history, St. Andrews got more than it could have wanted Sunday. Jordan Spieth punched his golf bag in frustration after a careless bogey, perhaps

Football | FIFA presidential election to be held on Feb 26

FIFA will hold a presidential election on Feb. 26, giving Sepp Blatter seven more months in power before leaving the scandal-tainted governing body. The date was chosen by FIFA’s executive committee

Our Desk | Under gov’t surveillance

It’s as ironic as it could get: a surveillance software provider gets a taste of its own medicine when it is hacked, and soon finds millions of its emails disclosed

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – edition no. 2360

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The Buzz | Man navigates traffic while filming wife giving birth

Video shows a Houston-area man filming his wife giving birth to their 4.5-kilogram baby son next to him as he drives through traffic in an unsuccessful effort to reach a

Greece’s cash crisis hurts funeral industry

Greece’s cash crisis has disrupted all aspects of daily life — death included. Greek funeral homes are struggling to cope with banking restrictions that limit customers to taking out only 60

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