BERLIN — Octopus oracle Paul’s prescience wasn’t needed to predict how this one would turn out: His aquarium in Germany has given a resounding “nein” to a bid to move the celebrity mollusk to Spain.
NEW ORLEANS — A new cap has been installed on the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, offering hope of containing the gusher for the first time since BP’s deepwater rig exploded in April.
BP officials said Monday evening the cap was mounted on the well after two days of preparing the site and a day of slowly lowering it into place.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea and the American-led U.N. Command will meet this week to discuss the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang, the U.N. Command said Monday.
The announcement came three days after the U.N. Security Council approved a statement that condemned the sinking but stopped short of directly blaming North Korea.
POST MILLS, Vt. — Does a 25-foot-tall, 122-foot-long dinosaur need a permit to avoid extinction?
That’s the unlikely dilemma posed by “Vermontasaurus,” a whimsical sculpture thrown together with scrap wood by a Vermont man. The oddity now faces opposition from neighbours and regulatory challenges from government entities that he fears could force him to dismantle it.
VIENNA, Austria — U.S. and Russian flights involved in a 14-person spy swap landed briefly in Vienna, apparently exchanged agents, then took off again in the largest such diplomatic dance since the Cold War.
MOSCOW — Special riot police beefed up security around Moscow’s Lefortovo prison Thursday and a gaggle of TV cameras and photographers jostled for the best position as the world braced for what could be largest spy swap since the Cold War.
LOS ANGELES — A moderate earthquake jolted Southern California on Wednesday, rattling buildings in downtown Los Angeles, toppling wine bottles at desert resorts and briefly halting rides at Disneyland.
There were no immediate injuries or major damage, although residents across a wide swath of Southern California were spooked by the force of the magnitude-5.4 quake.
LONDON — Like millions of her subjects, Queen Elizabeth II is going to have to make do and mend — cutting spending and putting off palace repairs as royal finances are squeezed by Britain’s budget crisis.
BOGOTA, Colombia — A 100-foot (33-meter), twin-screw diesel submarine seized at a jungle shipyard in Ecuador marks a quantum, if anticipated, leap in drug-smuggling evasion technology, the top U.S. counter-drug official for the region said Sunday.
NEW YORK — A prosecutor warned Thursday that a powerful and sophisticated network of U.S.-based Russian agents were eager to help defendants in an alleged spy ring flee the country on bail. U.S. authorities also said one defendant confessed that he worked for Russia’s intelligence service and others had large amounts of cash.