Analysis | A basic income for everyone? it’s not a crazy idea

If there’s one policy that can unite socialists and Silicon Valley libertarians, it’s universal basic income (UBS) - a regular payment from the government to each

US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

Turkey’s air and ground offensive against Kurds in northwestern Syria has distracted from international efforts to finish off the Islamic State group and has disrupted humanitarian

Offbeat | Doctor who came to US as child jailed by immigration agents

A Michigan doctor who came to the U.S. from Poland as a young child was in jail yesterday , nearly a week after immigration agents arrested him at

This Day in History | 1965 – Winston Churchill dies

Sir Winston Churchill has died at the age of 90 with his wife Lady Clementine Churchill and other members of the family at his bedside. He suffered

World briefs

MYANMAR says it’s ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country’s military. Bangladesh says it’s preparing for the transfer, but

The Buzz | Alaska earthquake prompts tsunami warning

A magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Alaska’s Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S.

South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

Legendary  South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 after a decade-long fight with cancer, according to a statement from

Davos | Trump to face mixed welcome at elite gathering

In Davos this week, participants can experience “a day in the life of a refugee.” Or hear about ways to uphold the Paris climate accord

Latin America | Dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope’s trip

Pope Francis ventured into the Amazon to demand rights for indigenous groups, decried the scourge of corruption afflicting the region’s politics and denounced a culture of “machismo”

Offbeat | Doughnut-eating champ charged with stealing from… Dunkin’ Donuts

A North Carolina man who made headlines when he was caught for break-ins after winning a doughnut- eating contest has been arrested again. And this time he’s accused

This Day in History | 1973 – Nixon announces Vietnam peace deal

The US president, Richard Nixon, has appeared on national television to announce “peace with honour” in Vietnam. Statements issued simultaneously in Washington and Hanoi confirmed the peace

World briefs

HONG KONG A bookseller who was secretly detained in China has been taken away by Chinese authorities again after being released into house arrest last October, his daughter

The Buzz | 15-year-old girl shot at Texas school; boy, 16, arrested

A 15-year-old student was injured in a shooting at her high school in Texas early today and a 16-year-old boy, also a student at the school, has been taken

Scan, shop and go | Amazon to debut cashier-less store in downtown Seattle

Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store? More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is

Syria | Turkish troops attack Kurdish enclave in northern Syria

Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces attacked a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria yesterday in their bid to drive a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the region.

Offbeat | In a while… Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident

This Day in History | 2001 – MMR triple vaccine declared safe

The government is launching a £3m campaign to convince parents the controversial MMR triple vaccine is safe. Fears have been raised the vaccine against measles, mumps

World briefs

SOUTH CHINA SEA The Philippines said yesterday that it won’t get embroiled in a fresh spat between the U.S. and China involving Beijing’s protest of an American warship passing

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