LONDON — Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Workers busily constructed a stage Monday at the Soweto soccer stadium where world leaders will eulogize Nelson Mandela before tens of thousands of mourners, as police promised tight security.
OTTAWA—Foreign Affairs minister John Baird says Canada remains committed to long-term democratic development in Ukraine despite its recent tilt toward Russia and the violence that has spilled into its streets.
Canada still will send two dozen election monitors to the country’s byelections scheduled for next month, following last year’s contribution of a 500-member observer force.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple has given birth to a rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets.
The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1hyPwlB ) Abby, Brin and Laurel Hepner were born Nov. 22 at Sutter Memorial Hospital to Hannah and Tom Hepner, of Quincy.
The triplets were produced when a single, fertilized egg split into three.
NEW YORK — A Norman Rockwell painting titled “Saying Grace” has been sold at a New York City auction for a record $46 million.
Sotheby’s says it’s the highest price ever paid at auction for an American painting and for a work by the Saturday Evening Post illustrator. The buyer wasn’t disclosed.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime watch on a rural field where thieves abandoned a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, while officials began planning the delicate task of recovering the dangerous material.
NEW YORK — Where’s a Black Friday shopper to turn for a 19th century vampire killing kit?
Believe it or not, the item is part of the Black Friday madness at the Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium. It will set you back about $25,000.
A shrunken head is a comparative bargain — just over $19,000.
BRAINTREE, Mass. — Apartment and condo managers, dogged by complaints from those who’ve have experienced the squishy and smelly sensation of stepping onto a pile of dog doo, are turning to DNA testing to identity the culprits who don’t clean up after their pets.
OTTAWA — The Harper government says it wants Canadian diplomats in foreign countries to re-channel their energies and resources into advancing the country’s commercial interests.
Trade Minister Ed Fast says he wants to do more to break into fast-growing emerging markets that many — including the Bank of Canada — have identified as key to the country’s future prosperity.
CHICAGO — The images are startling. Billowing black clouds darken the daytime sky as wind-driven grit pelts homes and cars and forces bewildered residents to take cover.