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China officials shut down largest ‘underground’ Protestant church

Latest move to ramp up control over religious worship BEIJING: Beijing officials have shut down one of China’s largest “underground” Protestant churches for operating without a license, the Communist government’s…

7 wounded in Paris knife attack

Driver rams French airport terminal before runway chase PARIS: A man wielding a knife and an iron bar injured seven people, including three tourists, in Paris, in an attack that…

Gunmen attack headquarters of Libya National Oil Company

US to launch drone strikes in Niger against IS, Qaeda TRIPOLI: Armed men yesterday stormed the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Company in Tripoli killing at least two people, officials…

Merkel ‘outraged’ by Nazi chants in far-right rally

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced anger yesterday against Nazi chants by far-right demonstrators marching over the death of a German man following a fight with two Afghans. Local police…

Husband ‘kills wife, 3 toddler children’

PERTH: A 24-year-old man killed his wife, three toddlers and mother-in-law at their suburban family home, where he remained for several days before turning himself in, Australian police said yesterday.…

Djokovic wins third US Open title

Equals Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slams New York: Novak Djokovic clinched his third US Open title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over Juan Martin del…

Osaka tipped as Japan’s first world number one

TOKYO: After going from goofball to Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka can follow her historic US Open triumph by becoming Japan’s first world number one, predicts Japanese tennis great Kimiko…

‘Star is Born’ actress Lady Gaga recalls time she ‘couldn’t get an audition’

Lady Gaga, making her debut as a movie actress in “A Star is Born”, said on Sunday she was humbled by the role, calling herself “just a girl from New…

Warner’s ‘Nun’ proves part of a winning habit in N America theaters

Horror movie “The Nun” was the top draw in North American movie theaters this weekend, extending a remarkable string of recent successes by Warner Bros, industry watchers said. “The Nun,”…

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain wins posthumous Emmys for ‘Parts Unknown’

US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide in June at age 61, posthumously earned a pair of Emmy Awards on Sunday for his work on the popular CNN food-and-travel…

A ray of hope as Iraq reopens railway

Revitalized rail line a vital link to Baghdad FALLUJAH: The newly-revived railway between Baghdad and Fallujah snakes across the western Iraqi desert, through a landscape of burned-out tanks, abandoned cars…

Pakistan official’s criticism of China’s ‘Silk Road’ projects raises worries

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani official’s critical comments about projects funded by China to the tune of billions of dollars rattled investors and sparked worries yesterday of a souring in ties, a…