This day in history | 1964 ‘Great Train Robbers’ get 300 years

Some of the longest sentences in British criminal history have been imposed on men involved in the so-called “Great Train Robbery”. Sentences totalling 307 years were passed on 12 men who

Analysis | US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan

The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan government of considerable leverage and could ramp

The Buzz | Officials say Olympic cancellation, no fans still an option

Two officials in Japan’s ruling LDP party yesterday said changes could be coming to the Tokyo Olympics. One suggested they still could be canceled, and the other said even if

Royal Family | Funeral offers chance for William, Harry to reconcile

When Prince Philip’s funeral takes place tomorrow, it will be more than a focal point for national mourning. Many will also be watching for any signs of reconciliation between Prince

This day in history | 1986 US launches air strikes on Libya

At least 100 people have died after USA planes bombed targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the Benghazi region. Around 66 American jets, some of them flying from British bases

EU vaccine passports draw closer in boon for airlines, hotels

European Union governments reached a deal on technical standards for so-called vaccine passports, advancing the effort to boost travel to and within the bloc in time for the summer season. Envoys

Data leak | Facebook faces formal Irish privacy probe

  Facebook Inc. faces a formal probe by its main privacy regulator in the European Union following the leak of the personal data of more than half a billion users of

The Buzz | On Memorial Day, Israel mourns, reflects on vets’ trauma

Israel marked its national Memorial Day for fallen soldiers yesterday, in a year when national attention has been focused on the plight of veterans suffering from psychological trauma. Memorial Day is

This day in history | 1968 Berlin student unrest worsens

A massive student rally in West Berlin has ended in violent clashes between police and protesters. Students blocked the city’s main thoroughfare, the Kurfurstendamm, in protest at the shooting last week

Religion | Muslims open Ramadan with social distanced prayers, vaccines

Muslims began marking Ramadan with communal prayers yesterday in a socially distanced contrast to the empty mosques of a year ago when Islam’s holiest month coincided with the start of

The Buzz | Premier League kickoff moved due to Prince Philip’s funeral

More sports events are being moved to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral, with a Premier League match between Wolverhampton and Sheffield United pushed to Saturday evening. The match will now

Hong Kong’s legislative elections to take place in December

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said yesterday that the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s legislative elections will take place in December, more than a year after they were postponed by authorities citing

This day in history | 1964 Poitier breaks new ground with Oscar win

The acting profession’s top award has gone to a black actor for the first time. Sidney Poitier won the best actor Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field. In the

India | Huge gatherings at Hindu festival as virus surges

Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees gathered by the Ganges River for special prayers yesterday, many of them flouting social distancing practices as the coronavirus spreads in India with record

The Buzz | Microsoft buying speech recognition firm Nuance in $16B deal

Microsoft, on an accelerated growth push, is buying speech recognition company Nuance in a deal worth about $16 billion. Microsoft will pay $56.00 per share cash. That’s a 23% premium to

World Views | Europe is heading toward a new financial crisis

Europe faces a predicament. Even as it struggles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s setting itself up for another crisis — this one financial. To ensure the viability of the

This day in history | 1961 Soviets win space race

The Soviet Union has beaten the USA in the race to get the first man into space. At just after 0700BST, Major Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin was fired from the Baikonur launch

UK races toward elusive milestone in quest to curb Covid

The U.K.’s increased Covid-19 immunity raises prospects of moving on from the worst of the pandemic, with some scientists saying the country could cross a key threshold as soon as

Covid-19 | Osaka governor warns he may seek coronavirus state of emergency

The governor of Osaka prefecture in western Japan warned that he may need to ask the central government to declare a state of emergency if current measures to quell the coronavirus outbreak

The Buzz | Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics who come down with minor symptoms of COVID-19 could be isolated in a hotel lined up by local organizers of the games. The Japanese news agency

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