Britons flying home to Spain caught in post-Brexit red tape

Blame COVID-19 travel restrictions or Brexit but whatever the cause, some British citizens trying to return to their homes in several European countries this weekend have been barred from boarding

This day in history | 1999 UK prepares to celebrate millennium

Britain is gearing up to join a global party in a spectacular array of revelries to welcome in the third millennium. The scale of the celebrations ranges from large organised events,

Fast and furious | After a year like this, expect a strange New Year’s Eve

If ever a year’s end seemed like cause for celebration, 2020 might be it. Yet the coronavirus scourge that dominated the year is also looming over New Year’s festivities and forcing

Chinese drugmaker: Vaccine 79.3% effective in final tests

A Chinese drugmaker said yesterday its coronavirus vaccine was found to be 79.3% effective at preventing infection in preliminary data from the final round of testing, moving Beijing closer to

This day in history | 1958 Castro’s rebels edge closer to capital

A vicious house-to-house battle between rebel guerrillas, led by Fidel Castro, and the Cuban army is raging around the town of Santa Clara, the capital of the province of Las

Covid-19 | Iran begins first human trial of locally made virus vaccine

The first study of the safety and effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine in Iran began yesterday, state TV reported, with dozens due to receive the domestically developed shot even as

The Buzz | Cambodia’s first commercial extraction of oil begins

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that the country’s long-awaited first commercial extraction of oil has finally begun. Speaking nationwide on state television, Hun Sen said the first drop of

Obituary | Famed French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

Pierre Cardin, the French designer whose famous name embossed myriad consumer products after his iconic Space Age styles shot him into the fashion stratosphere in the 1960s, has died, the

Obituary: Famed French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

Pierre Cardin, the French designer whose famous name embossed myriad consumer products after his iconic Space Age styles shot him into the fashion stratosphere in the 1960s, has died, the

Exclusive Investigation: Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies

They are two young girls from two very different worlds, linked by a global industry that exploits an army of children. Olivia Chaffin, a Girl Scout in rural Tennessee, was a

This day in history | 1975 New laws to end battle of the sexes

Radical new legislation introducing a woman’s right to equal pay and status in the workplace and in society have come into force in the UK. The Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay

USA | Trump signs massive measure funding government, Covid relief

President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses

The Buzz | UK warns of ‘bumpy’ post-Brexit transition despite deal

First came the Brexit trade deal. Now comes the red tape and the institutional nitty gritty. Four days after sealing a free trade agreement with the European Union, the British government

Box Office | ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ debuts with pandemic-best $16.7M

Despite premiering simultaneously by streaming service, “Wonder Woman 1984” managed the best box office debut of the pandemic, opening with $16.7 million over the Christmas weekend, according to studio estimates

This day in history | 1980 Green light for breakfast television

A shake-up of broadcasting franchises has paved the way for the launch of breakfast television. The Independent Broadcasting Authority announced the breakfast contract will go to TV-am and will launch in

EU nations eagerly kick off mass Covid-19 vaccinations

European Union nations kicked off a coordinated effort yesterday to give COVID-19 vaccinations to the most vulnerable among the bloc’s nearly 450 million people, marking a moment of hope in

The Buzz | At least seven killed in knife attack in northeastern China

At least seven people were killed and another seven injured in a knife attack in northeastern China, state media reported yesterday. The attack in the city of Kaiyuan in Liaoning province

EU, UK unveil vast trade pact set to enter force on Jan 1

The European Union and the United Kingdom made public yesterday the vast agreement that is likely to govern future trade and cooperation between them from Jan. 1, setting the 27-nation

Explainer | Are new coronavirus strains cause for concern?

Reports from Britain and South Africa of new coronavirus strains that seem to spread more easily are causing alarm, but virus experts say it's unclear if that's the case or

Cut off: UK facing travel bans on fears of new virus strain

Trucks waiting to get out of Britain backed up for miles and people were stranded at airports today (Monday) as countries around the world imposed stringent travel restrictions over concerns

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