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Bangladeshi tycoon loses final appeal

A wealthy tycoon who was a chief financier for Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party could be executed in days after losing his final appeal yesterday against a death sentence from a controversial war crimes tribunal. The Bangladeshi Supreme Court rejected Mir Quasem Ali’s last attempt to overturnFULL STORY

N Korean officials executed: report

Two senior North Korean officials were executed with an anti-aircraft gun early this month on the orders of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported, citing people it did not identify. Ri Yong-jin, a senior official in the North Korean Ministry ofFULL STORY

British man dies after intervening in attack in Australia

A British man who police say was seriously wounded when he tried to save a British woman being stabbed to death at an Australian hostel died of his injuries on Tuesday, authorities said. Thomas Jackson, 30, died in a hospital in the northeast Australian city ofFULL STORY

Report details 72 IS mass graves

Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, a young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die. On the other side of the mountain, another survivor peered through binoculars as the handcuffed men ofFULL STORY

Manila, Hanoi needle Beijing on South China Sea

China will be the “loser” if it does not recognize an international court’s ruling against its territorial claims in the South China Sea, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto Yasay said yesterday. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague infuriated China last month when itFULL STORY

China to curb news that favors ‘Western lifestyles’

China is to crack down on social and entertainment news that promotes improper values and “Western lifestyles,” the country’s broadcasting regulator said, the latest effort at censorship in an already strictly regulated media environment. Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has embarked on an unprecedented drive toFULL STORY

Thieves rustle 500 cows from under NZ farmer’s nose

How do you steal 500 cows? Probably not all at once, according to New Zealand police, who yesterday said that they were investigating reports of the unlikely crime at a South Island farm. Locals said they had never before heard of cattle rustling on such aFULL STORY

Typhoon Lionrock slams into northeastern Japan

A strong typhoon slammed into northeastern Japan yesterday, dumping heavy rain and generating high waves that caused flooding along the Pacific coast. Typhoon Lionrock made landfall near the city of Ofunato shortly before 6pm, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, after moving up Japan’s Pacific Ocean coastline. PackingFULL STORY

Thousands rescued off Libyan coast

About 6,500 refugees were on Monday rescued off the coast of Libya, the Italian coast guard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years. Dramatic images of one operation showed about 700 refugees crammed onto a fishing boat, with some of themFULL STORY

Colombia ceasefire ends half-century war with FARC

A historic ceasefire on Monday came into effect in Colombia, ending a 52-year war between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government and taking a major step toward ending a conflict that has claimed more than 250,000 lives. The full ceasefire orderedFULL STORY

Clinton gears up for Trump face-off

Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton’s advisers are talking to Republican US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal, seeking insights about Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine him in four weeks at the firstFULL STORY

‘Willy Wonka’ star Gene Wilder passes away at 83

Gene Wilder, who delighted audiences with his comic turns in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Mel Brooks classics, including Blazing Saddles and The Producers, died on Monday at age 83. The actor died of complications from Alzheimer’s, holding hands with family members and takingFULL STORY

Brazil’s Rousseff urges vote against ‘coup’ in trial

Suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Monday told Brazilian senators in an emotional testimony at her trial that voting for her impeachment would amount to a “coup d’etat.” Declaring her innocence and recalling how she was tortured under Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1970s, Rousseff warnedFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

CANADA Crossbow attack probed Detectives investigating a triple homicide in which two men died of crossbow bolt and arrow injuries and one woman was strangled are trying to determine what motivated the attack at a Toronto home. Brett Ryan, 35, has been charged in the killings. PoliceFULL STORY

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