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Miss Word 2014 crown goes to Miss South Africa

The Miss World 2014 results are in, and the crown has been given to Rolene Strauss of South Africa. Strauss was bestowed the title on Sunday night, at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London. She succeeds Philippine beauty Megan Young in bearing the title of Miss World. “South Africa this is for you,” Strauss said, …

Senate nears approval on $1.1 trillion measure; Obama signs second stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON—The Senate unexpectedly cleared the way Saturday night for swift passage of a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that highlighted fissures inside both political parties in an era of divided government. The agreement capped a day of intrigue in which Democrats launched a drive to confirm about 20 of President Barack Obama’s stalled nominees before …

Thailand princess, in line to become queen, relinquishes her royal title

BANGKOK, Thailand—The wife of Thailand’s crown prince has relinquished her royal title, culminating a downfall that means she is no longer in line to become the Southeast Asian country’s next queen. While the reason for Princess Srirasm’s decision wasn’t clear, it follows revelations last month that several members of her family were detained in a …

Korean Air chairman, daughter apologize for “foolish” behaviour in nut rage incident

SEOUL, South Korea—The Korean Air Lines Co. executive who delayed a flight in an incident dubbed “nut rage” bowed deep in apology Friday before facing questioning by transport officials. Her father, the airline’s chairman, also apologized and said he regrets he didn’t raise her better. The apologies came in response to simmering public anger about …

Afghan police say Supreme Court official shot dead

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban gunmen killed a senior official of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court early Saturday, police said, the latest insurgent attack targeting the capital as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the month. Gunmen shot dead Atiqullah Rawoofi, the head of the secretariat of the Afghan Supreme Court, …

Questions rising over who’s in charge of protests

WASHINGTON — Who, if anyone, is leading the emerging movement around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner – younger activists or legacy civil rights groups? Established civil rights organizations – the National Action Network, the NAACP, the National Urban League – last week called for people to gather in Washington Saturday for a …

Major storm sweeps through southern California

LOS ANGELES — Californians got a lot of what they wanted and not too much of what they didn’t from a major storm that finally blew out of the state Friday. After drenching Northern California the previous day, the storm dumped up to 5 inches of desperately needed rain in Southern California. A landslide left …

Japan’s weak opposition makes Abe default choice

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is counting on a landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections that will likely return his ruling coalition to power with an even bigger majority, empowering him to pursue an ambitious agenda of political and economic reforms. “This is the only way!” is the slogan Abe is driving home in …

Obama urges Senate to pass $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday urged the Senate to ratify a $1.1 trillion, House-passed spending bill that has roiled his Democratic Party, judging it an imperfect measure that stems from “the divided government that the American people voted for.” One day after House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi publicly chastised him for supporting the …

UN climate talks deadlocked over scope of pledges

LIMA, Peru — U.N. talks on a new global warming pact spilled into the weekend as negotiators quarreled over what kind of information to include when countries unveil their contributions before a key summit in Paris next year. The yearly climate meetings rarely close on time and the two-week session in Lima was no exception …