This Day in History | 1966 Double-agent breaks out of jail

One of Britain’s most notorious double-agents, George Blake, has escaped from prison in London after a daring break-out believed to have been masterminded by the Soviet

Growing N. Korean nuclear threat awaits US election winner

Where’s the war? That’s how President Donald Trump defends his North Korea policy at campaign rallies even though he’s joined the list of U.S. presidents unable to stop the ever-growing

The Buzz | Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered yesterday at the Rome Film Festival. The papal thumbs-up

Cathay Pacific cuts 8,500 jobs, shutters regional airline

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways said yesterday it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut a regional airline as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the

This Day in History | 2001 Anthrax claims third victim in US

A third person has been diagnosed in the US with the most serious form of anthrax. The unnamed Washington postal worker is being treated for inhalation anthrax but doctors expect him

Running angry | Trump attacks Fauci, press and polls

An angry President Donald Trump has come out swinging against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the press and polls that show him trailing Democrat Joe Biden in key battleground states in a

The Buzz | Nokia to build moon’s first 4G cell network for NASA program

Nokia says it has been tapped by NASA to build the first cellular communications network on the moon. The Finnish telecommunications equipment maker said yesterday its Nokia Bell Labs division

Duterte: Hold me responsible for killings in drug crackdown

The Philippine president has said he accepts responsibility for the thousands of killings committed during police operations in his crackdown on drugs, adding that he was even ready to go

Pandemic | World struggles as confirmed Covid-19 cases pass 40 million

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the planet has surpassed 40 million, but experts say that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true

This Day in History | 1988 New law could erode right to silence

The British Government has announced plans to change the law regarding a suspect’s right to remain silent so that remaining silent could incriminate rather than protect a suspect. The change would

UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault

The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said yesterday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival’s curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted

This day in history | 1977 Kidnapped German found dead

The body of kidnapped businessman Hanns-Martin Schleyer has been found in the boot of a car in the French town of Mulhouse. It is reported the 62-year-old German had been shot

France | Suspect in teacher’s beheading was Chechen teen

A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of

The Buzz | Record avalanche of early votes transforms the 2020 election

More than 22 million Americans have already cast ballots in the 2020 election, a record-shattering avalanche of early votes driven both by Democratic enthusiasm and a pandemic that has transformed

Pandemic, politics lead to closure of storied Hong Kong bar

Nearly 15 years ago, Grace Ma decided to name her bar Club 71, in commemoration of a July 1, 2003 rally where hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers protested a

This Day in History | 1996 Handguns to be banned in the UK

The British Government has announced plans to outlaw almost all handguns following the shocking massacre at Dunblane in Scotland. On 13 March Thomas Hamilton walked into the gym at Dunblane primary

UK | London shifts into second-highest virus risk tier as cases rise

Britain’s health secretary has shifted London into the second-highest COVID-19 alert level amid a rise in cases. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that the government acted because

High Alert | UN calls Europe’s virus restrictions ‘absolutely necessary’

The head of the World Health Organization’s Europe office said the exponential surge of coronavirus cases across the continent has warranted the restrictive measures being taken across the continent, calling

The Buzz | China tracks US Navy ship’s passage through Taiwan Strait

China says it tracked a U.S. Navy warship as it passed through the Taiwan Strait and has its forces in the area on high alert, as tensions between the world’s

Thailand declares emergency after unprecedented protest

Thailand’s government declared a strict new state of emergency for the capital yesterday, a day after a student-led protest against the country’s traditional establishment saw an extraordinary moment in which

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