World briefs

MALAYSIA Lost in the glare of North Korea’s missile launches and charm offensive at the Winter Olympics, two women stand accused of a crime that could send them

The Buzz | Oxfam’s deputy chief executive resigns in Haiti scandal

Oxfam’s deputy chief executive resigned yesterday, saying she took “full responsibility” for failing to act immediately in the sexual misconduct scandal involving the charity’s workers in Haiti following

Vanessa Trump taken to hospital after white powder scare

Donald Trump Jr.’s wife was taken to a New York City hospital as a precaution after she opened an envelope addressed to her husband that contained an

Iceland | Energy riches fuel bitcoin craze for speculation-shy island

Iceland is expected to use more energy “mining” bitcoins and other virtual currencies this year than it uses to power its homes. With massive amounts

#MeToo | New York state sues Weinstein company

New York’s attorney general is accusing Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein of “repeatedly and persistently” sexually harassing female employees at his film company, according to a

Offbeat | Mascots come first, then medals for Pyeongchang winners

The joy on Jamie Anderson’s face as she celebrated her victory in women’s slopestyle snowboarding is a timeless Olympic moment. The cute little stuffed tiger in her

This Day in History | 1978 – Ford makes her ITN debut

Former BBC presenter Anna Ford has become the first female newsreader to join Independent Television News. The former Tomorrow’s World reporter will be ITV’s answer to the BBC

The Buzz | London City Airport shuts down due to unexploded 500-kg WWII bomb

All flights in and out of London City Airport were canceled yesterday after a 500-kilogram unexploded World War II-era bomb was found nearby in the River Thames.

Emergency teams search for victims of Russian plane crash

Emergency teams combed the snowy fields outside Moscow yesterday, searching for debris from a crashed Russian airliner and the remains of the 71 people aboard it

Israeli PM: Airstrikes dealt ‘severe blows’ to Iran, Syria

Israel’s prime minister said yesterday his country delivered “severe blows” to Iranian and Syrian forces and vowed to take further action against its adversaries following the most

US | Autopsy gives no insight on motive in Vegas mass shooting

The much-anticipated autopsy report on Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock did nothing to help explain why he carried out the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history —

Offbeat | Valentine condom campaign urges lovers to think of animals

An environmental group wants couples to think of wild animals before acting like them this Valentine’s Day. The Center for Biological Diversity is handing out endangered

This Day in History | 1964 – Deaths follow Cyprus truce breach

Fighting between ethnic Turks and Greeks in the disputed island of Cyprus has left at least 16 people dead. Shots started to be exchanged between the two sides’

World briefs

THAILAND About 400 anti-government protesters rallied in the Thai capital over the weekend, calling on the country’s military rulers to give up power and hold elections they promised

The Buzz | Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh reopens after three-month Saudi purge, arrests

The Ritz-Carlton in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, is reopening to the public, three months after it was transformed into a luxurious detention center holding dozens of princes, businessmen

UK defense chief: Don’t let two British IS suspects return

Britain’s defense secretary says two captured Islamic State group extremists who grew up in England should never be allowed to return. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments

Mars on Earth | Simulation in remote desert of Oman

Two scientists in spacesuits, stark white against the auburn terrain of desolate plains and dunes, test a geo-radar built to map Mars by dragging the flat box

USA | George W. Bush says Russia meddled in 2016 election

Former President George W. Bush said yesterday that “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 American presidential election, forcefully rebutting fellow

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