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Putin pumps iron in bid to lift popularity with Russians

Aug 31, 2015

Putin pumps iron in bid to lift popularity with Russians

The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin’s rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. Wearing a white T-shirt, track suit trousers and running shoes, ...

Poles have mixed feelings on planned memorial to Jews

Aug 31, 2015

Poles have mixed feelings on planned memorial to Jews

As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn’t even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused to leave. She ended up being sent to ...

Border fear and betrayal beneath Sino-Russian warmth

Aug 31, 2015

Border fear and betrayal beneath Sino-Russian warmth

Savagely beaten and accused of spying for Moscow, Xu Weiyi — one of China’s few citizens of Russian descent — stared over the river separating his border village from the Soviet Union, longing for escape. “My mother was too old, so it was mostly ...

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Aug 31, 2015

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic and bloody suburban slashers like “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” that made his name synonymous with horror, has died. He was 76. In a statement, Craven’s family said that he died in ...

Neurologist Oliver Sacks of 'Awakenings' fame dies at 82

Aug 31, 2015

Neurologist Oliver Sacks of 'Awakenings' fame dies at 82

There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those stories and many ...

Refugee death truck packed five per square meter

Aug 31, 2015

Refugee death truck packed five per square meter

The 71 people found dead in an abandoned refrigeration truck in Austria had been crammed in, five to a square meter (10 sq ft), police said on Sunday, as initial forensic tests indicated they had suffocated. A baby girl and three other children were ...

Saudi Aramco housing complex blaze kills 11, hurts 219

Aug 31, 2015

Saudi Aramco housing complex blaze kills 11, hurts 219

At least 11 people were killed and 219 injured in Saudi Arabia Sunday when a fire broke out at a residential complex housing employees of oil giant Saudi Aramco, authorities said. The fire started in the basement of a tower in the eastern city ...