LONDON — A vase that sat, little-noticed, in a modest suburban home has become one of the most expensive Asian artworks ever sold — and underlined the rapid rise of the Chinese art market.
The 18th-century Chinese vase fetched 51.6 million pounds ($83 million) at a sale by a small auction house near London.
DALLAS — A DNA test on a strand of hair has cast doubt on the guilt of a Texas man who was executed 10 years ago during George W. Bush’s final months as governor for a liquor-store robbery and murder.
BEIJING — Dissident writer Yu Jie and his wife are prisoners in their apartment. Blocked by security agents outside their building, the couple have been living on deliveries of takeout food and groceries for nearly a month and voraciously reading books to stave off boredom.
International aid groups say they will conduct mass polio immunizations in three central African nations in an emergency response to an unusual outbreak that targets more adults than children and is suspected in almost 100 deaths.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defence Department said Tuesday it was trying to determine if a missile was launched Monday off the coast of Southern California and, if so, who might have fired it.
LONDON — Former U.S. president George W. Bush said in an interview published Tuesday that he personally authorized waterboarding the alleged 9/11 mastermind, who broke down and gave information that prevented terrorist attacks on London’s Heathrow airport and its Canary Wharf financial district.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — President Barack Obama finally made it to Indonesia on Tuesday, his home for four years of his youth. But no sooner had he arrived than word came that a volcanic ash cloud would likely cut short his already quick trip.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Colorado Goodwill charity thrift store is auctioning off a purported lithograph of a Salvador Dali work that it received from a mystery donor.
But the Grand Junction shop doesn’t plan to verify the work’s authenticity.
WASHINGTON — Attorneys for the father of a cleric trying to inspire Muslims to kill Americans argued in court Monday to keep his son from being targeted for death by President Barack Obama.
SYDNEY, Australia — Tests have uncovered oil leaks in three Rolls-Royce engines on Qantas’ grounded Airbus A380s, the airline’s CEO said Monday, as engineers tried to zero in on the cause of an engine failure on board one of its planes last week.