USA | Obama relying on Mideast allies to counter Islamic State

President Barack Obama is relying on Middle East allies including Saudi Arabia as linchpins in escalating the offensive against Islamic State extremists with airstrikes on both sides of the Iraq-Syria

SOUTH AFRICA | Judge: Pistorius can’t be found guilty of murder

The judge in Oscar Pistorius’ trial said yesterday he can’t be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, raising the possibility

UK | Cameron rushes to fend off Scottish independence

The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a

This Day in History | 1970 – Hijacked jets destroyed by guerrillas

Two of the planes had been captured by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) six days ago. The last plane was seized on 9 September on a

Offbeat | Report: Progress slow in Nazi art restitution

The Jewish Claims Conference says 15 years after the first international agreement on the restitution of Nazi-era looted art, more than half of the countries that endorsed such accords have

The Bundesliga is back: Some things to know

up Borussia Dortmund already dropping points, Bayer Leverkusen is setting the early season pace in the Bundesliga. Here are some things to know about this weekend’s Bundesliga games: INJURY CURSE -

Protests about N. Korea flag ahead of Asian Games

The national flags of the 45 countries had flown in Incheon and nine nearby cities since last Friday. But they were replaced by flags of the Olympic Council of Asia

BRIEFS | Falcao wants to make loan at United permanent

Radamel Falcao says he wants to play for Manchester United “for many years” after joining on a season-long loan from Monaco. United is the Colombia striker’s fifth club in as


There’s no doubt about it, my behaviour feels more controlled in Macau than in most places I’ve been. Not that I’m much of a wild thing, but it would have

War gives inspiration to Gaza’s artists

* Movies: Last Days in Vietnam * Music: Songs of Innocence by U2 * Wine: The Swedish Connection * Food: Outshining the capital   DOWNLOAD

News of the World | War gives inspiration to Gaza’s artists

Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen’s latest work was already complexly layered — a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the

‘Last Days in Vietnam’ shows Saigon’s fall

There are many differences between America’s troubled exit from Iraq and its ramshackle retreat from Vietnam. But the U.S. flight from Saigon as seen in Rory Kennedy’s documentary “Last Days

No surprise the surprise U2 album shines

Everything about U2's new album “Songs of Innocence” is unexpected. Like its very existence, for one, after the Irish rock band dropped it on iTunes users Tuesday in a surprise

The Swedish Connection

Generally reliable and readily available, Grandes Marques champagnes remain dominant in terms of market share, but champagne-aficionados would be aware of, indeed delighted by, the emergence of boutique maisons over


Some might think that Lyon’s cuisine is less glitzy and glamorous than Parisian gastronomy. I could not entirely agree, because to me personally, I believe that there are sophisticated chefs

Friday, September 12, 2014 – edition no. 2149

* In Hong Kong, you can find a home where cows and buffaloes roam * Study: medical vouchers prevented fatalities * China’s vice premier in town * Rights group calls on Thai junta

THE BUZZ: Armed men seize Donetsk ice hockey club offices

The professional ice hockey club in the war-torn city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine says armed men have occupied its offices. The Donbass Donetsk club says that a group of

World briefs

PAKISTAN Warplanes strike five militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, killing 65 insurgents, the military says. The strikes, carried out in two phases hours apart, targeted

TECHNOLOGY | Apple watch threatens Swiss industry’s lower priced timepieces

Swatch Group AG’s Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar watch has a compass, tells the altitude and runs on solar power. It costs USD1,250 - more than three times the smartwatch Apple

Nine missing after migrant smuggling boat capsizes

The vessel, registered in Hong Kong, sank as it carried illegal immigrants  who had either been in Macau or Hong Kong. Wang Shiyun, deputy head of the Zhuhai Maritime Affairs Bureau,

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