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French heir finds $3.7m gold hoard underneath furniture

French heir finds $3.7m gold hoard underneath furniture

PARIS – A Frenchman who inherited a large house from a relative has found an astonishing 100kg (220lb) haul of gold hidden under the furniture. The unnamed heir discovered the glittering hoard in a variety of inventive locations, including under piles of linen and in the bathroom. “There were 5,000 gold pieces, two bars of […]

GERMANY –– Volkswagen to cut 30,000 jobs

GERMANY –– Volkswagen to cut 30,000 jobs

WOLFSBURG – Volkswagen and its labor unions agreed to cut 30,000 jobs at the core VW brand in exchange for a commitment to avoid forced redundancies in Germany until 2025, a compromise which leaves the carmaker’s profitability still lagging rivals. The turnaround plan announced on Friday will lead to 3.7 billion euros ($3.9 billion) in […]

Obama warns of a ‘meaner world’

Obama warns of a ‘meaner world’

BERLIN – President Barack Obama, returning to Berlin Thursday, intended to reassure his most stalwart global ally, Chancellor Angela Merkel, about her prospects under Donald Trump. Instead, Obama found himself warning of an impending shift in the global order, one he advised could lead to a “meaner, harsher, more troubled world” if not stopped. “Whoever […]

Parents in Spain protest heavy homework load

Parents in Spain protest heavy homework load

BARCELONA –– Thousands of parents in Spain are going on strike against state schools this weekend over the large amount of homework given to their children. Students from 12,000 schools nationwide will be told not to do their weekend homework for the month of November. The Spanish Alliance of Parents’ Associations (CEAPA), which called the strike, […]

ITALY – Survivors report 240 dead in two shipwrecks

ITALY – Survivors report 240 dead in two shipwrecks

MILAN – Survivors say as many as 240 people have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, the UN refugee agency reported Thursday, bringing this year’s toll to more than 4,220 migrants dead or missing in risky Mediterranean Sea crossings, the highest count on record. Carlotta Sami, a UNHCR spokeswoman in Italy, said 31 survivors of […]

ITALY – Third quake

ITALY – Third quake

NORCIA — The third powerful earthquake to hit Italy in two months spared human life Sunday but struck at the nation’s identity, destroying a Benedictine cathedral, a medieval tower and other beloved landmarks that had survived the earlier jolts across a mountainous region of small historic towns. Lost or severely damaged in the shaking were […]

World wildlife fell ‘by 58 per cent in 40 years’

World wildlife fell ‘by 58 per cent in 40 years’

BERN – Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58 per cent since 1970, a report says. The Living Planet assessment, by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), suggests that if the trend continues that decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020. The figures suggest that animals living in lakes, […]

Quakes hit central Italy

Quakes hit central Italy

ROME – A series of strong earthquakes hit central Italy on Wednesday, striking fear among residents still rattled by a deadly tremor in August, but there were no reports of casualties. A quake measured at 6.0 magnitude by the US Geological Survey struck about two hours after a first quake measuring 5.4 struck. Both were […]

Russia unveils ‘Satan 2’

Russia unveils ‘Satan 2’

MOSCOW – A Russian missile design company has unveiled the first image of a new weapon in Russia’s arsenal: the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, nicknamed “Satan 2”. The RS-28 Sarmat rocket “is capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France”, Russian state news outlet Sputnik reported in May. The […]

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