The New York Times
- World Briefing: Madagascar: Plague Outbreak Kills 40The World Health Organization reported that an outbreak of plague, the infamous scourge that killed millions in the Dark Ages, has been recorded in parts of Madagascar.
- Suddenly, Sri Lanka Presidential Elections Become a Real ContestIn a surprise, the president’s health minister, who also was the general secretary of the ruling party, quit to run as the opposition candidate.
- In Zimbabwe’s Succession Battle, Mugabe Pulls the StringsPresident Robert Mugabe is presiding over — and possibly choreographing — an increasingly fierce internal scramble for the rewards of high office. President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe a...
- World Briefing: Britain: 12 Are Injured in Blast at HotelMore than a dozen were hurt in what the police said they suspected was a natural-gas explosion in the basement of a central London hotel just before midnight Friday.
- In a Shift, Obama Extends U.S. Role in Afghan CombatPresident Obama’s order would allow American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, sources said.
- Militants claim deadly Kenya attackMilitants from Somali group al-Shabab say they attacked a bus in northern Kenya, killing 28 people, in revenge for security raids on mosques.
- Police and NHS phone lines restoredNon-emergency police and medical phone lines have been fixed, Vodafone says, after technical problems disrupted services for several hours.
- Bank fines should go to NHS - LabourA billion pounds raised from banking fines in the UK should be spent on the NHS, Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls says in a speech.
- Balcony collapse victims namedTwo Polish men who died after a balcony collapsed in west London on Friday are named as Tomasz Procko, 22, and Karol Szymanski, 29.
- West 'seeks Russia regime change'Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.
The Wall Street Journal
- Central Banks Move to Boost Global GrowthThe People’s Bank of China and European Central Bank moved Friday to pump up flagging global growth, boosting stock markets but raising questions about the limitations of central-bank int...
- Gunmen Kill 28 in Kenya Bus HijackingGunmen ambushed a bus along Kenya’s northern border with Somalia and killed 28 of those aboard, officials said.image
- Americans in Mexican Uniforms Chase CartelsU.S. Marshals Service personnel are disguising themselves as Mexican Marines to take part in armed raids against drug suspects in Mexico.image
- Biden Calls for Focus on Energy SecurityThe U.S. vice president called on Europe to continue diversifying its energy supplies to reduce dependence on Russia, which he said shouldn’t be allowed to use its vast resources as a geo...
- Brazil Government Reduces 2014 Economic Growth ForecastBrazil’s economy is likely to grow 0.5% this year, according to country’s Planning Ministry, reducing its previous forecast of a 0.9% gross domestic product growth rate.
- Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New PalaceConstruction on Berlin's new city palace is continuing apace, but organizers lack the money necessary for the structure's Baroque facade. Even worse, the Berlin city-state may back out of...
- Students of Death: Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at AuschwitzA group of Belgium's leading practitioners of euthanasia recently visited the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial to learn more about death and humanity. The trip proved to be just as c...
- Dr. Web: German Medical Start-Ups Aim to Digitalize HealthcareA new cluster of start-ups in Germany is seeking to exploit the digital revolution that is gripping the medical sector. In the future, we are likely to use apps that can measure our heart...
- Teeth and Bones: Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican StateMost murders don't even make the front page in Mexico anymore. But the recent abduction of 43 students has infuriated the country. The story has exposed the tight relationship between pol...
- Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to SuccessIn an interview, Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was a key figure in the arrest of the mastermind behind al-Qaida's 9/11 attacks, discusses Islamic State's massively successful socia...
- The war on obesity: Heavy weaponsIT HAS become a cliché to call obesity a big problem for a reason: more than 2.1 billion people, or nearly 30% of the global population, are overweight or obese. Excess weight leads to a...
- FIFA and corruption: Hear no evilAUTOCRATIC Russia and sweltering Qatar won the rights to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups fair and square, after a generally clean and honest bidding process. There might have been dodg...
- Paydays and mortality: Cash to crashGETTING paid is generally good for the health. Those who are earning can buy better food and live in greater comfort; joblessness is associated with a host of ills, from heart disease to...
- Financial sanctions: The pros and cons of a SWIFT responseIN 1973 global finance saw a back-room revolution when a group of banks formed a co-operative to offer those moving money across borders a slick alternative to the clunky old telex. Toda...
- CorrectionIn last week’s article on internet use (“ A tangled web ”), we wrote that SimilarWeb did not rank India in the top ten Facebook-using nations. In fact, they rank India fifth. Sorry.
China Daily (World news)
- US-led strikes kill over 900 in Syria: activistsThe death toll includes 52 civilians, eight of whom were children and five women, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
- M6.8 quake hits Japan's Nagano PrefectureA strong quake measured at 6.8 magnitude hit Japan's Nagano Prefecture at around 10:08 pm local time Saturday, without triggering tsunami alerts.
- Chinese president pledges continued assistance to FijiVisiting Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged here Saturday that China will continue to help Fiji develop economy, improve people's livelihood and tackle climate change.
- Abe vows to fight hard in electionJapanese PM turns to voters as economy slides into recession
- New Zealand to use Boeing 787-9 on China flights
The Globe and Mail
- West seen easing demands on Iran atom bomb ‘mea culpa’ in dealIAEA probe into suspected Iranian bomb research stalled
- Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits central JapanThere were no immediate reports of serious damage
- Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga in fight against Islamic StateSenior official says similar assistance will be given to national army unit in Baghdad
- Al Shabaab says kills 28 in northeast Kenya bus attackWitness says non-Muslims on bus killed, Muslims spared
- For one night in Florida, Bill Cosby regains revered statusComedian, enveloped in growing accusations of rape and sexual assault, performs to adoring audience
- Gorilla gets tourist rage at Berlin zooThis gorilla at Berlin zoo shows a group of unsuspecting Irish tourists exactly what he thinks of their company, as he throws a rock at them from close range
- Manny Pacquiao weighs-in while Chris Algieri strips naked to make catchment weightChris Algieri had to strip naked and still struggled to make his catchment weight for his welterweight championship fight against Manny Pacquiao at the Venetian Macao, China
- Why I get a kick out of kung fuIt's time to give kung fu movies the respect they deserve, says Robbie Collin
- Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes to get BBC TV adaptationRoald Dahl's unconventional fairy tales will be turned into two half hour animated films
- The Gospel According to the Other Mary, ENO, review: 'humbling'Rupert Christiansen reviews The Gospel According to the Other Mary at the ENO
- Deutsche Bank’s Ruskin Sees Continued Greenback Strength(Audio)Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Alan Ruskin, Deutsche Bank currency strategist, says central bank action ensures a strong U.S. dollar. Ruskin talks with Bloomberg’s Tom Keene and Michael McKee on ...
- Wells’s Patel Sees Fed Rate Rise Later Than Sooner (Audio)Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Margie Patel, a money manager at Wells Fargo & Co. in Boston, says a lack of inflation “will push the day of reckoning (for the Federal Reserve) further into the fu...
- High Frequency’s Weinberg Says Japan Is ‘Doomed’ (Audio)Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics, says delaying a tax increase in Japan is only a temporary fix for the economy there. Weinberg talks with...
- Bloomberg Intelligence: Target Preview – Nov 18 (Audio)Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Poonam Goyal of Bloomberg Intelligence discusses forecast earnings from target and other retailers. You can read Poonam’s analysis and other news, market data and e...
- Seabreeze’s Kass Says Investors Should Hold More Cash (Audio)Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Douglas Kass, founder of Seabreeze Partners Management Inc. in Palm Beach, Florida, says 2015 will be marked by “a global growth scare.” Kass talks with Bloomberg’s...
- Al-Shabab claims Kenya bus passenger killingsSomali group says 28 non-Muslim passengers shot on board bus in Mandera in revenge for police raids on Mombasa mosques.
- Civilian deaths in Iraq air strikes reportedWomen and children dead in coalition action in Anbar, shortly after alleged ISIL killings of Sunni Arab tribe members.
- Bahrain votes amid Shia boycott callsOpposition group vows to boycott first election since a 2011 uprising was crushed by the Gulf nation's Sunni rulers.
- US said to broaden combat role in AfghanistanNew York Times says Obama has given hushed green light for Pentagon to continue Afghanistan mission for at least a year.
- Lavrov: West seeking regime change in MoscowForeign minister says sanctions imposed over Ukraine conflict aim to destroy Russian economy and cause public unrest.
- Japan begins grim relief mission with towns flooded, thousands reported missingRescue teams searched through matchstick rubble Saturday for thousands of people missing in flooded areas of northeastern Japan, beginning one of the most complex relief efforts in history.
- Japanese nuclear plants' operator scrambles to avert meltdownsJapanese authorities said Sunday that efforts to restart the cooling system at one of the reactors damaged by Friday's earthquake had failed, a major setback in the struggle to contain wh...
- For autistic kids' parents, trial hits home
- Subterranean jail a sign of Gaddafi's grip
- Who will reach the Final Four?
- Jakarta’s warning over refugee policyJAKARTA has officially warned Canberra of its “strong concern” over new restrictions on resettling refugees from Indonesia.
- Scott targets cuts to ABC digitalTHE ABC will shut about 100 websites as it searches for savings in the wake of its $50-million-a-year funding cut.
- Obama ignored warnings on speechBARACK Obama defied the advice of his embassy in Canberra to deliver a stinging attack on the Abbott government’s climate policies.
- Triggs drowning in own evidenceTHE future of Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs is under a cloud.
- Sub fleet caught short by RussiansAUSTRALIA was unable to send a submarine to monitor Russian warships because all available boats were off WA.
- eBay starts daily deals for local services, taking on Groupon - @Reuters http://t.co/BHO5VTNnBreakingNews: eBay starts daily deals for local services, taking on Groupon - @Reuters http://t.co/BHO5VTNn
- Obama nominates Gen. John Allen as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, names Gen. Joseph Dunford as top commander in Afghanistan - @ReutersBreakingNews: Obama nominates Gen. John Allen as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, names Gen. Joseph Dunford as top commander in Afghanistan - @Reuters
- Live video: Aerial footage of parking garage collapse at Miami Dade College in Florida - @nbc6 http://t.co/rZPWMIjMBreakingNews: Live video: Aerial footage of parking garage collapse at Miami Dade College in Florida - @nbc6 http://t.co/rZPWMIjM
- Multiple people reported trapped in parking garage collapse at Miami college - @CBSMiami; more on http://t.co/BGETbzon http://t.co/smrFzpCjBreakingNews: Multiple people reported trapped in parking garage collapse at Miami college - @CBSMiami; more on http://t.co/BGETbzon http://t.co/smrFzpCj
- Live video: US House committee holds hearing on failures in Benghazi, Libya - @NBCNews http://t.co/33mjCVeHBreakingNews: Live video: US House committee holds hearing on failures in Benghazi, Libya - @NBCNews http://t.co/33mjCVeH
The Standard (HK)
- Inmates rampage in Greek prison hospitalPrisoners and authorities say some inmates of Greece's only penitentiary hospital have gone on a rampage, smashing parts of the facility's ground floo...
- PBOC to inject liquidity if necessaryChina's central bank said Friday that it will inject liquidity into the country's banking system if necessary. "At present, the overall liquidity in ...
- 6.9-magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia, no tsunami alertA 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesian islands on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), but no tsunami alert was issue...
- (Update) Twenty hurt in Light Rail-bus crashTwenty people have been, one of them seriously, in a collision between a Light Rail train and a double-decker bus in Tuen Mun. The accident happene...
- China cuts interest ratesThe People's Bank of China has announced to cut benchmark one-year lending interest rate by 0.4 percentage points to 5.6 percent. One-year saving rate...
- Soap opera helping Rwandans healRomance. Suspense. Good versus evil. On the surface, Rwandan radio soap opera "Musekeweya," or "New Dawn," feels familiar. Like a Rwandan "Romeo and Juliet," it tells the story of lovers ...
- The week in 34 photos
- Look at me! 25 selfies of the week
- CNN reporter hit with tear gasCNN's Rafael Romo struggles to report on a violent protest in Mexico as police release tear gas.
- Sesay driven to tell girls' storyIsha Sesay explains why the Nigerian girls, once seemingly so close to release, still haven't come home.
- Seen in LondonWell put - Can they Deny it?
- A Palestinian State with Temporary Borders-A Historical CatastropheWith the closing year, we are witnessing the weakening of President Barack Obama and the embarrassing differences revealed between him and his Secretary of State, John Kerry
- Two Different Versions
- Marking Israeli goodsFollowing the EU's instruction to mark Israeli goods
- Kim Kardashian lookalike complete with big bum rakes in thousands as men go mad for webcam showKarina Ramsey admits she regularly balances a champagne glass on her own oversized bum to replicate Kim's most famous photoshoot
- Let it go! Frozen doll frenzy sees police called to toy store as parents grapple for Christmas presentsPolice are studying CCTV footage of the incident at the shop in Ireland after parents clashed over the Disney toy
- Chelsea balcony collapse: Victim pictured with Cesc Fabregas in same London square weeks before tragedyPolish removal man Tomasz Procko, 22, was killed along with Karol Szymanski, 29, after a balcony collapsed in an exclusive London square
- Pregnant woman caught having sex with hubby in hospital bed while waiting for baby to be inducedHospital's policy for frisky couples is to just put a 'do not disturb sign' outside of the door while in the act
- Chelsea balcony collapse: Identities of two removal men killed in exclusive London square released by policePolish removal men Tomasz Procko, 22, from Greenford and Karol Szymanski, 29, from Wembley, were killed yesterday afternoon
- World powers, Iran press on for nuclear pact in ViennaBritain's foreign secretary said the goal is to agree on "key principles" by Monday.
- The week in pictures
- A strange world
- The day in pictures
- Egypt court deals blow to fight against genital mutilationThe acquittal of a doctor in the country's first prosecution against female genital mutilation may encourage the practice.
South China Morning Post
- Former Singapore PM recovering after prostate cancer surgeryFormer Singapore prime minister Goh Chok Tong is recovering after successfully undergoing cancer surgery at a local hospital, his office said on Saturday.
- Sri Lanka ruling party in purge ahead of snap pollsSri Lanka’s ruling party was set for a purge on Saturday after a senior minister declared he was challenging President Mahinda Rajapaksa in snap elections called for January.
- Ailing Thai king unable to meet new ministersThailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year...
- German duo charged with vandalism in Singapore face caningTwo German men were charged Saturday with breaking into a Singapore metro depot and spray-painting graffiti on a train, offences punishable by jail time and flogging with a cane.
- Obama to visit India in January, talk with ModiUS President Barack Obama will visit India in January to attend Republic Day celebrations and meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House said Friday.
The Daily Beast
- CNN’s Steubenville FailSince when do rapists get all the sympathy? After a CNN reporter seemed to side with the defendants, the critics called for blood. But CNN isn’t alone, writes Winston Ross.
- Obama's Charm Offensive In IsraelThe president needs to charm Israelis—but also scare them.
- The GOP’s Inept AutopsyThe RNC’s autopsy doesn’t genuinely tackle any of the party’s biggest problems, says Michael Tomasky.
- Venezuelan Socialism in PracticeCaracas Chronicles details how Venezuelan "socialism" works in practice.
- Lindsay Lohan Wore An Entirely Sheer, White Outfit to Court TodayJust when we thought we'd seen it all.
- Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chipsWASHINGTON (AP) — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habi...
- Family of NYC man killed by police seek answersNEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for prosecutors to do a thorough investigation into the police killing of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell at a public housing build...
- Family pays tribute to slain hostage Alan HenningLONDON (AP) — The family of slain hostage Alan Henning has paid tribute to his life, gathering for a private memorial service.
- Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano cityTOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake struck a mountainous area of central Japan on Saturday night, causing at least one building to collapse and injuring several people, according to Japanese...
- Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspectedBAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali on Saturday confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease which has a...
ESPN Sport News
- Source: Peterson's season over after rulingArbitrator Shyam Das has ruled in favor of the NFL on Tuesday evening, saying the league can keep Adrian Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list, effectively ending any chance the Minn...
- Wall, Wizards deal Cavs 3rd straight lossJohn Wall took over in the third quarter Friday night and finished 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and the hustling Washington Wizards clamped down for a 91-78 win over LeBron ...
- Raiders' Woodson on celebration: 'Ridiculous'Veteran safety Charles Woodson has been one of the Oakland Raiders' most consistent defensive players this season and has been a model of professionalism on and off the field.
- Kobe on hometown-discount deals: 'Big coup'Kobe Bryant considers the public pressure for longtime NBA stars to take hometown-discount deals, such as Dirk Nowitzki's contract, "a big coup" for NBA owners.
- Report: Red Sox offer Sandoval 5 for $95MThe Boston Red Sox have offered free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval a five-year, $95 million contract, the Boston Globe reported Friday night.
- Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole
- When Arsenal hated Van Nistelrooy
- The psychology of a title showdownAs Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg prepare for one final battle, Andrew Benson finds out how each driver may be feeling.
- Selling Welbeck a mistake - Ince
- England happy to be underdogs - FinnMiddlesex fast bowler Steven Finn believes England may benefit from being regarded as underdogs at the World Cup.
- NFL suspends Peterson for at least rest of season (Yahoo Sports)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings dimmed further Tuesday, with the NFL suspending the star running back without pay for at least the rest of the sea...
- Steelers release running back LeGarrette Blount (Yahoo Sports)PITTSBURGH (AP) -- LeGarrette Blount's early exit Monday night cost the volatile running back his job.
- Browns waive disgruntled running back Ben Tate (Yahoo Sports)CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ben Tate doesn't have to worry about losing carries with the Browns any longer.
- Giants' Tim Hudson 'pretty sure' 2015 his last (Yahoo Sports)AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson says next season will probably be his last. Now, he won't leave without a World Series championship.
- Mets move in fences at Citi Field for 2nd time (Yahoo Sports)NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets are moving their fences in at Citi Field for the second time.
- Mean what you sayEarlier this past summer, when he found the time and managed to tear himself away from another arduous day on the links, U.S. President Barack Obama said this about the deepening Ukraine ...
- Trolling: Man's inhumanity to manNobody would dispute that the internet allows information to be distributed for mass consumption at the click of a mouse. In this way, it has changed our lives for the better. One example...
- Canada’s shameful treatment of UkrainiansFor anyone listening to Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, or his Defence Minister, John Baird, blustering on about the Ukraine Crisis, one might almost believe that Ukrainians were...
- One year after Maidan, Ukraine turns into Nazi, US-obedient puppet stateAfter Maidan, Ukraine has gone decades and even centuries back. We now have the power of barbarians, who do not recognize the rule of law, who trample on the Constitution, violate laws, r...
- Russian Communist Party offers to terminate diplomatic ties with LithuaniaDeputy head of the Duma faction of the Communist Party, Nikolai Kolomeytsev, suggested Russia should terminate diplomatic relations with Lithuania and introduce sanctions against the Balt...
- US releases Saudi militant al-Zahrani from GuantanamoAmerican officials have sent a Saudi Arabian terrorist held captive in Guantanamo back to his homeland. Officials agree that al-Zahrani no longer represents a threat to the United States.
- Powerful earthquake jolts central JapanA magnitude-6.2 earthquake has hit Japan's Nagano Prefecture, according to the US Geological Survey. No tsunami warning has been issued, and there has been no report of deaths so far.
- Somalia's Al-Shabab claims Kenya bus attackIslamist militants from the group Al-Shabab have claimed responsibility for a deadly attack near the Kenya-Somalia border. The group singled out non-Muslims and executed them.
- Greens to confront industrialized farm lobbyGermany's opposition Greens have set their sights on nutrition that avoids mass livestock farming. They have accused Chancellor Angela Merkel's government of giving agriculturalized indus...
- German nurse killed patients 'out of boredom'A former nurse in the German state of Lower Saxony is facing charges for the murder of three patients, and is suspected of further involvement in more than 150 deaths. His excuse, accordi...
- It's Crunch Time For The Iranian Nuclear TalksIran and six world powers are meeting this weekend in Vienna with a Monday deadline looming. Here's a look at what it all means for Iran and its neighbors.
- Highway Bandits Steal Blood Believed To Contain Ebola VirusA roadway robbery in Guinea resulted in an alarming haul this week, as thieves made off with cash, personal items – and a batch of Red Cross blood samples.
- Diplomats Look To Solve Iran's Nuclear Issue As Deadline NearsMore diplomats are joining the discussions this weekend, hoping to broker a deal to ease years of disputes over Iran's nuclear program.
- Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built BoatsThe country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back t...
- Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea CreaturesStarfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.
- Star Apps: PhantogramGuitarist-vocalist Josh Carter reveals how friendship and apps can keep touring life amicable.
- Star Apps: Richard Reed ParryOn his new solo album, Arcade Fire's multi-instrumentalist marches to the beat of his own musicians' hearts and breath.
- 5 apps for iTunes backup and recoveryHard drive crashed? Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and one of these apps to retrieve precious songs, photos, videos, and more.
- Star Apps: Sharon NeedlesThe "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 4 winner faces off against Facebook.
- Star Apps: Chris JerichoFozzy's front man chats about going head-to-head with haters, plus his favorite apps.