Paris Air Show kicks off with Airbus-Boeing rivalry 

Airbus is betting on big jets as the future of aviation, while rival Boeing is gambling on smaller ones — but both are hoping to sell hundreds of planes of

Corporate Bits | Sands China sponsors protecting childhood initiative

The “Protecting Childhood – Moral Teenage Model Collection” initiative aims to find 100 children and teenagers aged between 7 and 14 years from remote areas of China who are able

China plans to support industrialization in Mozambique

China plans to increase industrial co-operation with Mozambique, China’s ambassador to Mozambique Li Chunhua said in Maputo, adding that said several public and private companies from his country had expressed

Cape Verde resumes salt exports

Cape Verde has resumed the export of salt, this time to Spain by Palmeira e Pesca Lda (P&P), a company which has Spain’s Fernando Vega, a native of Galicia, as

Hong Kong | Police arrest 9, seize explosives before election vote

Hong Kong police said yesterday they have arrested nine people and seized materials for making explosives at a suburban former TV studio. Police arrested five men and four women for alleged

Senior officials find comfort in mythical masters

The former Chinese security czar recently convicted of leaking state secrets did not pass classified documents to a foreign spy or a political rival. Rather, Zhou Yongkang, a former member of

Head transplant experiments spark mainland debate

A surgeon in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province has triggered public debate after announcing plans to perform a head transplant on primates after successfully operating on mice. Ren Xiaoping, a doctor with

Indonesia | Authorities evacuate more villagers from volcano area

Authorities in western Indonesia yesterday evacuated hundreds of villagers living near a volcano that is spewing hot ash down its slopes almost daily. Government volcanologist Gede Suantika said at least 28

Malaysia | Missing tanker likely hijacked by pirates

A Malaysian oil tanker that went missing last week carrying fuel worth 21 million ringgit (USD5.6 million) and 22 crew members is believed to have been hijacked by pirates, marine

South Korea | MERS death toll rises to 16

The South Korean death toll from Middle East respiratory syndrome has risen to 16 the Financial Times reported yesterday, as local authorities struggle to contain the disease nearly four weeks

KOREAS | North Korean soldier crosses border to defect to South

Seoul said yesterday that a teenage North Korean soldier defected to the South by crossing the heavily guarded border between the two Koreas. An official at South Korea’s defense ministry

Nepal | Quake-hit heritage sites reopen for tourists

Nepal yesterday reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists. The April 25 and May 12 quakes killed

Libya | US targets al-Qaida leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar; unclear if hit 

The U.S military says it launched weekend airstrikes targeting and likely killing an al-Qaida-linked militant leader in eastern Libya charged with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013

South Africa | Sudan state news agency says al-Bashir en route back home

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan left South Africa with his plane scheduled to land back home yesterday night, Sudan’s official news agency said, as the leader dodged a South African court’s effort

Vatican sex abuse US archbishop quits after archdiocese charged with cover-up

The embattled archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis and a deputy bishop resigned yesterday after prosecutors there charged the archdiocese with having failed to protect children from unspeakable harm from

USA | Jeb Bush set to launch 2016 campaign for president 

Jeb Bush was ready to launch a Republican presidential bid yesterday by asserting his commitment to the “most vulnerable in our society,” targeting the broader American electorate even as he

This Day in History | 1992 Controversial Diana book published

A controversial new book about the Princess of Wales claims she attempted suicide on several occasions over the last decade, and portrays her as a deeply depressed and unstable character. Author

Offbeat | Austrian brothel offers sex for free to protest high taxes

An Austrian brothel is offering a summer special that competitors will find hard to match — free sex. Its owner says it’s his way of protesting a tax squeeze. “Effective immediately:

Basketball | Up 3-2 in NBA Finals, Warriors expect Cavs’ punch in Game 6

Stephen Curry received treatment for dehydration following Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a little worn out after carrying Golden State to the brink of its first championship in 40 years. The

Thailand, Philippines continue SEA football, hoops streaks

Two Southeast Asian Games dynasties were extended yesterday when Thailand beat Myanmar 3-0 to claim its 15th football title shortly after the Philippines wrapped up a 17th gold medal in

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