[Newsmaker] Rubber duck enthralls despite Lotte debate

A giant yellow rubber duck sitting on Seoul’s Seokchon Lake has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of South Koreans, while carrying the hopes of a local retail giant trying to dampen public fears over a controversial cons...

CEO of French oil giant Total killed in plane crash

MOSCOW (AFP) ― The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.Russian investigators said Tuesday t...

IS launches fresh assault on Kobane

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AFP) ― The Islamic State launched a fresh assault on Kobane late Monday hours after it was announced that Kurds, who are defending the besieged Syrian border town, had received a first U.S. airdrop of weapons...

Hong Kong leader says poor would dominate free vote

HONG KONG (AFP) ― Hong Kong’s leader has said open elections would result in the city’s many poor dominating politics, as his government headed into talks with activists who have staged three weeks of rallies.In an interview wi...