The Buzz | Coronavirus-wary Bavarians kick off toned-down Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest celebrations got underway yesterday in Munich with the traditional tapping of a keg and the cry of “O’zapft is!” — “It’s tapped!” — but this year’s festival is very

France | Carpenters wow public with medieval techniques at Notre Dame

With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss yesterday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral,

This Day in History | 1970 Rock legend Hendrix dies after party

Guitarist Jimi Hendrix has died after collapsing at a party in London. Police say there was no question of foul play. A number of sleeping pills were found at the house

The Buzz | WHO leader in Europe warns of virus spread again

The European head for the World Health Organization is warning of “alarming rates of transmission” of the coronavirus in parts of the continent. Dr. Hans Kluge says the largest proportion remains

Country Music | Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett tie for top prize at ACMs

In surprise twist that fit an unexpected year of firsts, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the first

This Day in History | 1993 Shock as racist wins council seat

The British National Party has won its first council seat in a by-election in East London, provoking fear in the local Asian community. Unemployed lorry driver Derek Beackon beat the Labour

Japan | New Prime Minister Suga, self-made and strong-willed

Before he got Japan’s top government job, Yoshihide Suga was known as a “shadow” prime minister and the right-hand man for his long-serving predecessor. When Shinzo Abe announced last month he

The Buzz | Report finds global economic outlook not as bad as expected

The global economy is not doing as bad as previously expected, especially in the United States and China, but has still suffered an unprecedented drop due to the coronavirus pandemic,

Study hints antibody drug may cut Covid-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be

This Day in History | 1958: Historic Sheerness docks to close

The government has announced the closure of one of the oldest naval dockyards in the UK. All 2,500 jobs at Sheerness Docks on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent are in

The Buzz | World isn’t meeting biodiversity goals, UN report finds

A decade-long global effort to save Earth’s disappearing species and declining ecosystems has mostly stumbled, with fragile habitats like coral reefs and tropical forests in more trouble than ever, researchers

Navalny posts hospital photo of himself; plans Russia return

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed in Germany today (Tuesday), looking gaunt but joking wryly about his condition and saying that he

This Day in History | 1978 German terror suspect arrested in UK

One of the most wanted members of the West German Baader-Meinhof gang has been detained in London. Astrid Proll, 31, is suspected of having been a member of the left-wing extremist

Italy | Initial virus hotspot back to school after seven months

The morning bell yesterday marked the first entrance to the classroom for the children of Codogno since Feb. 21, when panicked parents were sent to pick up their children after

The Buzz | Major economies shrink amid Covid-19 pandemic

A global development agency said the world’s 20 major industrialized nations have seen their economies shrink in an unprecedented manner between April and June amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Paris-based Organization

This Day in History | 1985 USSR expels 25 in tit-for-tat spy row

Two days after the British Government ordered the expulsion of 25 alleged Soviet spies, the USSR has retaliated by throwing out 25 British nationals. It follows the defection of Soviet double-agent

Former UK leaders unite to slam Boris Johnson on Brexit plan

Two former British prime ministers who played crucial roles in bringing peace to Northern Ireland joined forces Sunday to urge lawmakers to reject government plans to override the Brexit deal

The Buzz | Twitter to label or remove misleading claims on vote results

Twitter said that starting this week it will label or remove misleading claims that try to undermine public confidence in elections. The policy will apply to tweets that attempt to undermine

This Day in History | 2001 US rocked by day of terror

The United States is in a state of shock after a day of attacks which have left thousands dead and New York’s World Trade Center destroyed. The Pentagon was also severely

9/11 | In a year of social distancing, virus alters remembrance of attack, too

In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged. The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked

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