China was biggest jailer of journalists in 2019, group says

China surpassed Turkey to become the biggest jailer of journalists in the world this year, according to a press watchdog group, as Chinese President Xi Jinping

North Korea may return to launching ICBMs, US envoy Warns

The U.S. sees “deeply troubling indications” that North Korea is poised for a major provocation, UN Ambassador Kelly Craft warned, as Kim Jong Un’s year-end deadline

Citizenship law | Protesters defy curfew in Indian state to vent anger at bill

Police arrested dozens of people and enforced a curfew yesteday in several districts in India’s northeastern Assam state where thousands protested legislation that would grant

Crisis is rocking Latin America. Peru’s leader has a plan to escape it

Roadblocks of mud, sticks and steel wire bar the entrance to villages lining the northern side of the Rio Tambo, a sign of revolt in the fertile valley cultivated

Wealthy German family gives millions to Holocaust survivors

One of Germany’s richest families, which owns Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Pret A Manger and other international brands, is giving millions to support Holocaust survivors as it

Offbeat | Oink oink, cha-ching: $3 million found in barrels of pork

Barrels of raw pork shoulder were riding fat in a tractor trailer pulled over by North Carolina deputies. Approximately $3 million in cash was recovered from

This Day in History | 1981 – Military crackdown on Polish people

Poland’s military rulers have declared a state of emergency after imposing martial law and placing leaders of the Solidarity trade union under arrest. The country is effectively

Samiya | Coming home to die

  * Movies: Dark Waters * Books: Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay * Music: Everyday Life by Coldplay * F&B: How not to ruin that

‘Dark Waters’ plunges into ‘forever chemicals’

Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters,” about the prolonged (and ongoing) legal fight to uncover the environmental damage of cancer-inducing “forever chemicals” and hold their corporate makers accountable, is

Jeff Lindsay has entertaining new thriller

Riley Wolfe gets his kicks executing spectacular robberies that no one else would even contemplate. His victims are always the super-rich, whom he despises as “smug, do-nothing,

Coldplay do a 180-degree turn from arena pop-rock

At the end of a year that saw musicians like Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran gingerly dip their toes into other languages, Coldplay have responded: Hold my

News of the World | Sold to China as a bride, she came home on brink of death

Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese trafficker, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman

F&B | How not to ruin that pricy piece of meat in the holiday meal

Nothing says “celebration” like a ridiculously expensive piece of meat. Well, that’s not really true, but this is the time of year for splurging, in dollars and

Kim Kardashian West sues doctor over ‘Vampire Facial’

Reality TV star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West  is suing an Alabama doctor over claims he wrongly used her image to promote a medical

Football | Atalanta, Atlético complete Champions League lineup

For the first time in history only five countries will be represented in the last 16 of the Champions League. Atalanta and Atlético Madrid became the

Russian boxers to boycott Olympics if sanctions not lifted

Russian boxers will only take part in the Tokyo Olympics if doping sanctions forcing them to compete as neutral athletes are overturned, the general secretary of

World briefs

TAIWAN Prosecutors say they have detained 10 people, including a former staff member of the China-friendly opposition party, and are investigating them on suspicion of falsifying documents

The Buzz | Double suicide suspected in guesthouse bathroom

A 35-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman were found dead yesterday morning in a guesthouse bathroom in what is being treated as a suicide case, the Judiciary Police

Facebook, Google drop out of top 10 ‘best places to work’ list

Big tech companies like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, long seen as some of the world’s most desirable workplaces offering countless perks and employee benefits, are

Bizcuits | Plastic Bags Disincentives: One step forward, two steps back

Communities find it difficult to let go of plastic shopping bags. Check-out staff get yelled at; people worry about what to put their rubbish in; they fret about how

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