This Day in History | 1968 Dover begins bird purge

It’s Seagull Week in Dover. This is not, as you might expect, a celebration of the bird whose cry evokes the fresh sea air, fish ‘n’ chips on the prom

VIRUS DIARY | He draws, and a world opens up for his mother

I cannot draw. I am unable to sketch anything past the outlines of a simple flower or a house no one would want to live in. For my verbally delayed

The Buzz | Hong Kong can get US dollars from China if needed, says financial chief

China’s central bank can provide U.S. dollars to back Hong Kong’s currency peg should the Trump administration impose sanctions on the territory, according to the city’s financial chief. The dollar peg

US streets calmest in days, protests largely peaceful

Protests were largely peaceful and the nation’s streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality

World Views | The mighty U.S. dollar is having a wobble

  The mighty U.S. Dollar is having a wobble, falling to its lowest level on a trade-weighted basis since March. It’s a sign that the economic effects of the crisis are

The Buzz | Get ready for Hollywood movie scenes where nobody’s touching

It’s the ultimate rewrite. To restart halted productions while protecting against the coronavirus, Hollywood heavyweights are recommending that scripts be changed to minimize touching - and that filmmakers use computer-generated images

Carrie Lam decries US ‘double standards’ over protests

Hong Kong’s leader blasted the U.S. for “double standards” in the way it handles protests after the Trump administration vocally supported sometimes-violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub. “Look at how

The Buzz | SpaceX’s historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s

World’s reaction to US weaves solidarity, calls to change

Several thousand people marched in New Zealand’s largest city yesterday to protest the killing of George Floyd in the U.S. as well as to stand up against police violence and

Nepal’s parties show rare unity on border dispute with India

While Nepal’s latest border dispute with India has strained relations between South Asian neighbors with centuries-old historical, cultural and economic ties, it also has brought the tiny Himalayan nation’s bickering

This Day in History | 1953 Hillary and Tenzing conquer Everest

The New Zealander Edmund Hillary, and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, have become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. They reached the top of

The Buzz | South Africa eases bans on alcohol sales, church services

The South African government says it will allow people to buy alcohol and attend church services starting Monday as part of its phased relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown. Both activities will

For launch spectators, storms more worrisome than virus

For the spectators gathered along the Space Coast for an astronaut launch, the rumbling thunder, darkening clouds and then a drenching downpour were more worrisome than any pandemic. But neither kept

This Day in History | 1951 Glasgow powers up for the Festival

Her Royal Highness, Princess Elizabeth, has formally opened the Exhibition of Industrial Power in Glasgow, the latest show in the Festival of Britain. The exhibition tells the story of industrial power

Drive In | In ‘Painter and the Thief,’ an unlikely friendship

The documentary “The Painter and the Thief” has a few wrinkles to add to the old Picasso adage that great artists steal. “The Painter and the Thief,” by Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin

The Buzz | Poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Only about half of Americans say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center

This Day in History | 1964 Light goes out in India as Nehru dies

Jawaharlal Nehru, founder of modern India and its current prime minister, has died suddenly at the age of 74. He was taken ill in the early hours of this morning at

Branson’s Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit failed yesterday in its first test launch of a new rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the

The Buzz | Minister quits UK government over aide’s lockdown breach

A junior British government minister quit yesterday over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s failure to fire his top aide for allegedly breaching coronavirus lockdown rules. Johnson has stood by Dominic Cummings over

This Day in History | 1998 Veterans reject Japanese ‘sorrow’

Emperor Akihito of Japan has spoken of his “deep sorrow and pain” over the suffering inflicted by his country during World War II, but did not apologise for the treatment

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