North Korea arrests South Korean studying in US for illegal entry

PYONGYANG, North Korea –  North Korea said Saturday it has arrested a South Korean student of New York University for illegally entering the country from China last month. Won Moon Joo, who North Korea says has permanent residency in the U.S. and lives in New Jersey, was arrested on April 22 after crossing the Amnok […]

Amid crumbling economy, Venezuela’s Maduro raises minimum wage 30 pct

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) –  President Nicolás Maduro raised Venezuela’s minimum wage Friday for the second time this year to help workers being battered by the world’s highest inflation. Speaking at a May Day rally, the socialist leader said he is boosting the minimum wage and pensions for retirees by 30 percent, with two-thirds of the […]

2 Russian nuclear bombers entered Alaska airspace, report says

Two nuclear-capable Russian bombers reportedly intruded into the U.S. air defense zone near Alaska last week. The Washington Free Beacon, citing defense officials, reports the tu-95 Bear H bombers flew into the zone on April 22, but no U.S. jets were dispatched to intercept them. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for NORAD, declined to […]

7 killed on holiday weekend during Mexican anti-drug cartel operations

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) –  At least seven people died as flames and gunfire erupted around the western Mexico state of Jalisco on Friday when a military operation targeting a violent drug cartel was launched at the start of a three-day holiday weekend. Suspected cartel members stopped buses and trucks to block key highways in the […]

George Soros reportedly could face up to $7B tax bill, after delaying payment for years

Nov. 3, 2011: George Soros smiles before a speech at the Central European University in Budapest. (Reuters) George Soros may soon face a monumental tax bill — of nearly $7 billion — after years of playing hard-to-get with the IRS.  Despite Soros having advocated for higher taxes on the wealthy, the liberal billionaire reportedly has delayed […]

BUDGET BATTLE LOOMS? Pressure mounting on Congress for better deal

FILE: Nov. 21, 2014: U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C. (AP) The House of Representatives adopted the final version of the budget Thursday — only that might not be the one it needs. The vote was 226-197 with just 13 GOP defectors. All Democrats voted nay. The 13 Republican noes represented a blend of moderate members from […]

OFFICERS IDENTIFIED 6 cops accused in death of Freddie Gray freed on bail

The charges in the Freddie Gray’s death have catapulted six police officers with a mix of experience patrolling Baltimore’s hard streets from obscurity to notoriety. Prosecutors charged the officers with a litany of offenses Friday, including murder, involuntary manslaughter, assault and false imprisonment. They say Gray suffered a severe neck injury in the custody of […]


May 2, 2015: Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to victory in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (AP) Brilliant but untested, American Pharoah was put to a fight in the Kentucky Derby and won. Sent off as the 5-2 favorite by the record crowd of 170,513, […]

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY NYPD cop shot in the head, in critical condition: report

A plainclothes officer for the New York Police Department was reportedly in critical condition Saturday after reportedly being shot in the head and chest by a man police approached on suspicion of carrying a gun. The New York Post reported that the anti-crime officer based in Queens was on duty when he was shot at […]

Gulf states want weapons, promises from US for Iran nuke deal support

Leading Persian Gulf states want major new weapons systems and security guarantees from the White House in exchange for backing a nuclear agreement with Iran, according to U.S. and Arab officials. The leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, plan to use a high-stakes meeting with […]

‘What I learned by working at Google’

What did he learn working at Google? Source: Supplied AS THE creative director for Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney, Tom Uglow has a job many of us dream of, but what really goes on behind the colourful doors of one of the most innovative companies in the world? Here, he shares what he has learned […]