This day in history | 1967 De Gaulle says ‘non’ to Britain – again

He warned France’s five partners in the European Economic Community (EEC) that if they tried to impose British membership on France it would result in the break-up of the community. All

USA | Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign

On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will

The Buzz | China won’t hike rates soon as it exits stimulus, says state media

China is very likely to exit from some of its stimulus measures as the economy improves, but there won’t be any interest rate hike soon, a leading state newspaper said on its front page

South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail

The operator of online chat rooms in South Korea was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison on charges of blackmailing dozens of women, including minors, into filming sexually explicit

This day in history | 1992 Queen to be taxed from next year

A British monarch is to pay income tax for the first time since the 1930s. The Prime Minister, John Major, told the House of Commons the Queen had informed him earlier

USA | America is back: Biden pushes past Trump era with nominees

Declaring “America is back,” President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on experts from

Hong Kong | Carrie Lam lauds new security law despite criticism

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lauded the city’s new national security law yesterday as “remarkably effective in restoring stability,” despite criticism that it is severely narrowing the space for free

This day in history | 1963 John F Kennedy is laid to rest

An estimated 800,000 Americans lined the streets to watch the coffin’s procession from the Capitol, where the president’s body had lain in state since yesterday. The crowd stood in silence, punctuated

USA | Biden transition gets gov’t OK after Trump out of options

The federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, formally starting the transition of power after President Donald Trump spent weeks testing the

The Buzz | Philippines targets 60 million for vaccination

Philippine officials say about 60 million Filipinos are being targeted for vaccination against the coronavirus next year at a cost of more than 73 billion pesos ($1.4 billion) to develop

This day in history | 1998 Queen’s speech spells end for peers

The government has unveiled its plans to abolish the rights of 700 hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords. The proposal has been outlined in the Queen’s

The Buzz | Alibaba chairman says China’s antitrust rules ‘necessary’

The chairman and CEO of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group praised Chinese regulators yesterday in a possible attempt to repair ties after the stock market debut of its former financial services

Gaming | Nevada to cut capacity limit for casinos, other public venues

Nevada will cut capacity at casinos and other public venues starting today to lower the spread of coronavirus infection, according to Governor Steve Sisolak. Gaming operations and venues including restaurants, bars

US: Biden expected to nominate Blinken as secretary of state

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state

This day in history | 1963 Johnson takes over as US president

Fifty-five year old Lyndon Baines Johnson begins his new job today as US president. He was sworn in yesterday just two hours after an assassin shot President John F Kennedy in

G-20 | Trump stays mum on sharing vaccines as leaders pledge to do so

Leaders of the world’s richest countries are promising to ensure equality in the race to vaccinate people against the coronavirus, even as President Donald Trump stays quiet on sharing U.S.-made

The Buzz | Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii

Skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave attempting to escape death from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago

One Good Thing | Malaysia group teaches refugee women how to read and write

In a bare room, students seated on the floor recite the alphabet. But these are not children. The students are refugee women in Malaysia, some in their late 50s, who

This day in history | 1995 Diana admits adultery in TV interview

Diana, Princess of Wales, has spoken openly for the first time about her separation from the Prince of Wales in a frank interview for the BBC’s Panorama programme. During her hour-long

G-20 | Online summit lacks glam, and maybe results, amid virus

This weekend’s summit of leaders from the Group of 20 stands out more for what it is not than for what it is. Held online this year because of the coronavirus,

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