Germany | Merkel says Trump’s Twitter eviction ‘problematic’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers U.S. President Donald Trump’s eviction from Twitter by the company “problematic,” her spokesman said yesterday. Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the microblogging platform on Friday, citing

The Buzz | Queen Elizabeth II and husband receive COVID-19 vaccinations

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, have received their COVID-19 vaccinations, royal officials said. Buckingham Palace officials said in a statement that the 94-year-old monarch and Philip, 99, received

‘I love life’: Oldest living Olympic champion turns 100

For Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion, the fondest memory of her remarkable 100 years is simply that she has lived through it all. The Holocaust survivor and winner of

This day in history | 1961 French vote for Algerian freedom

The French people have voted to grant Algeria its independence in a referendum. The result was a clear majority for self-determination, with 75% voting in favour. In Algeria, a slightly lower percentage

USA | Biden win confirmed after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol

Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a stunning attempt to

The Buzz | Virus restrictions heightened in Hebei province

Lockdown measures were being imposed in the northern Chinese province of Hebei where coronavirus cases more than doubled in the region near Beijing that’s due to host some events in

This day in history | 1976 Iceland and Britain clash at sea

A British naval frigate has been involved in another collision with an Icelandic gunboat in the Atlantic. HMS Andromeda was dented when the gunboat, Thor, sailed close to the bow. Thor

Covid-19 | Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew

The Buzz | US election: Democrats on course for Senate control

The Democratic Party of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is on the verge of taking control of the Senate as results come in from two elections in Georgia. Pastor Raphael Warnock is

UK | WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail

A British judge yesterday denied bail to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, ordering him to remain in a high-security prison while U.K. courts decide whether he will be sent to the

This day in history | 2000 Flu outbreak stretches NHS resources

Hospitals around the UK are feeling the strain of the current flu outbreak even though it has not been classed as an epidemic. In Scotland latest figures show that the number

The Buzz | Hong Kong detects cases of new Covid-19 variant, mulls ban on UK flights

Hong Kong has detected four cases of the U.K. variant of Covid-19, health authorities said in a virtual press briefing yesterday. Among the cases was a 30-year-old female, a Hong Kong

Hebei | Beijing makes parts of province high danger zones

China has designated parts of Hebei province near Beijing as a coronavirus high danger zone after 14 new cases of COVID-19 were found. Eleven of those cases were in Shijiazhuang city,

UK | PM bets 2 million vaccine shots a week will end lockdown

Boris Johnson pinned his hopes for a national recovery on a plan to deliver 2 million coronavirus vaccinations a week, as the U.K. went back into lockdown in an attempt

This day in history | 1985 Israel ends major Ethiopian rescue mission

Israel has airlifted thousands of Jewish Ethiopian refugees out of Sudan, it has emerged. Operation Moses, which has been taking place in secret since 21 November 1984, has been suspended since

USA | Extraordinary warning to Trump by 10 former Pentagon chiefs

In an extraordinary rebuke of President Donald Trump, all 10 living former secretaries of defense are cautioning against any move to involve the military in pursuing claims of election fraud,

The Buzz | Malaysia coroner rules out others in French-Irish teen death

A Malaysian coroner ruled that the death of a French-Irish teen whose body was found near a Malaysian jungle resort where she vanished while on vacation was most likely a

This day in history | 1967 Campbell killed during record attempt

Donald Campbell has been killed a split second before breaking his own water speed record in his jet-powered boat, the Bluebird K7. He was travelling at more than 300mph (483 km/h)

Pandemic | UK’s Johnson warns of more lockdown measures as virus soars

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned yesterday that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely as the country reels from a new coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates

The Buzz | UK judge to rule on US extradition for WikiLeaks’ Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out today whether he can be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. to face espionage charges over the publication of secret American military

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