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Clint Eastwood slammed over ‘sex for scoops’ portrayal in new movie ‘Richard Jewell’

Controversy brews over the portrayal of journalist Kathy Scruggs in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film ‘Richard Jewell’, which characterises the late Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter as trading sex for scoops.

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Controversy brews over the portrayal of journalist Kathy Scruggs in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film ‘Richard Jewell’, which characterises the late Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter as trading sex for scoops.

Clint Eastwood slammed over ‘sex for scoops’ portrayal in new movie ‘Richard Jewell’
Malaysian court says North Korean businessman can be extradited to US to face money-laundering charges

Mun Chol-myong has lived in Malaysia for a decade but money-laundering charges relate mainly to his work for a firm in neighbouring Singapore.

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Mun Chol-myong has lived in Malaysia for a decade but money-laundering charges relate mainly to his work for a firm in neighbouring Singapore.

Malaysian court says North Korean businessman can be extradited to US to face money-laundering charges
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey funds research to fight online hate and misinformation by changing how social media works

Jack Dorsey is funding a team to develop an ‘open and decentralised standard for social media’. It would detect violent content and disinformation and wrest control away from proprietary algorithms.

13 Dec 2019 - 6:36AM

Jack Dorsey is funding a team to develop an ‘open and decentralised standard for social media’. It would detect violent content and disinformation and wrest control away from proprietary algorithms.

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey funds research to fight online hate and misinformation by changing how social media works
Thousands cheer as Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn wraps up coronation with barge procession

Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida took part in a flotilla procession along the Chao Praya river in Bangkok.

12 Dec 2019 - 9:19PM

Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida took part in a flotilla procession along the Chao Praya river in Bangkok.

Thousands cheer as Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn wraps up coronation with barge procession
One dead, one missing in fire on Russia’s only aircraft carrier

10 people hospitalised after blaze breaks out in engine room of flagship Admiral Kuznetsov; search ongoing for officer who was helping evacuate workers from site.

13 Dec 2019 - 3:05AM

10 people hospitalised after blaze breaks out in engine room of flagship Admiral Kuznetsov; search ongoing for officer who was helping evacuate workers from site.

One dead, one missing in fire on Russia’s only aircraft carrier
How China came to satisfy the world’s appetite for caviar

China’s Kaluga Queen spawned business that produces more than a third of world’s caviar and its French importer says customers overcame reluctance to buy Chinese and there are more to be persuaded.

12 Dec 2019 - 11:44PM

China’s Kaluga Queen spawned business that produces more than a third of world’s caviar and its French importer says customers overcame reluctance to buy Chinese and there are more to be persuaded.

How China came to satisfy the world’s appetite for caviar
Impeachment inquiry: is William Barr America’s lawyer or Trump’s lawyer?

The US attorney general has emerged as a powerful defender of Donald Trump and the ultraconservative right.

12 Dec 2019 - 9:15PM

The US attorney general has emerged as a powerful defender of Donald Trump and the ultraconservative right.

Impeachment inquiry: is William Barr America’s lawyer or Trump’s lawyer?
Canada’s opinion of China worsens as Huawei, detention rows drag into second year

Nine out of 10 polled said they believe China cannot be trusted to uphold human rights and refrain from interfering politically in judicial matters.

12 Dec 2019 - 9:15PM

Nine out of 10 polled said they believe China cannot be trusted to uphold human rights and refrain from interfering politically in judicial matters.

Canada’s opinion of China worsens as Huawei, detention rows drag into second year
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time’s 2019 Person of the Year; Hong Kong protesters top readers’ poll

Time had also polled readers for their pick on who had the most impact in 2019, with Hong Kong’s protesters coming in first place among 27 million votes.

12 Dec 2019 - 11:09AM

Time had also polled readers for their pick on who had the most impact in 2019, with Hong Kong’s protesters coming in first place among 27 million votes.

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time’s 2019 Person of the Year; Hong Kong protesters top readers’ poll
Aung San Suu Kyi says it’s ‘misleading’ to label Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims as genocide

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the military has used high levels of force against Rohingya Muslims, but that does not mean it had ‘genocidal intent’.

11 Dec 2019 - 11:05PM

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the military has used high levels of force against Rohingya Muslims, but that does not mean it had ‘genocidal intent’.

Aung San Suu Kyi says it’s ‘misleading’ to label Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims as genocide
China is world’s biggest jailer of journalists as attacks on press freedom go on, watchdog says

Group which estimates that 48 of 250 journalists behind bars for doing their jobs are in China says many face ‘anti-state’ charges or accusations of producing ‘false news’.

11 Dec 2019 - 10:14PM

Group which estimates that 48 of 250 journalists behind bars for doing their jobs are in China says many face ‘anti-state’ charges or accusations of producing ‘false news’.

China is world’s biggest jailer of journalists as attacks on press freedom go on, watchdog says
Are Chile’s frontline protesters heroes or vandals?

Since the civil unrest broke out on October 18, Chile has become increasingly polarised in its view of those leading the demonstrations against President Sebastian Pinera’s government.

11 Dec 2019 - 7:14PM

Since the civil unrest broke out on October 18, Chile has become increasingly polarised in its view of those leading the demonstrations against President Sebastian Pinera’s government.

Are Chile’s frontline protesters heroes or vandals?
Test flight: world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft is actually 62 years old

It lasted less than 15 minutes, but a Canadian sea plane operator claims to have made aviation history with the successful flight of the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft.

11 Dec 2019 - 8:02PM

It lasted less than 15 minutes, but a Canadian sea plane operator claims to have made aviation history with the successful flight of the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft.

Test flight: world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft is actually 62 years old
Duterte to lift martial law in southern Philippines as security forces lower terror threat

Two years after the Marawi siege, Duterte’s security advisers said the ‘terrorist and extremist rebellion’ in the south of Philippines has been weakened.

11 Dec 2019 - 7:04AM

Two years after the Marawi siege, Duterte’s security advisers said the ‘terrorist and extremist rebellion’ in the south of Philippines has been weakened.

Duterte to lift martial law in southern Philippines as security forces lower terror threat
WTO in last-ditch bid to save ‘Supreme Court of world trade’

Appellate body to shut down at midnight after years of relentless US opposition.

11 Dec 2019 - 2:39AM

Appellate body to shut down at midnight after years of relentless US opposition.

WTO in last-ditch bid to save ‘Supreme Court of world trade’
U2’s Bono urges Rodrigo Duterte to respect human rights, ahead of Manila concert on Joshua Tree Tour

The Irish rocker says he has ‘no plans’ to meet the Philippine president while he’s in town for U2’s first concert in the Southeast Asian country.

11 Dec 2019 - 2:21AM

The Irish rocker says he has ‘no plans’ to meet the Philippine president while he’s in town for U2’s first concert in the Southeast Asian country.

U2’s Bono urges Rodrigo Duterte to respect human rights, ahead of Manila concert on Joshua Tree Tour
Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61

Swedish pop duo shot to global fame in 1990s with hits like It Must Have Been Love.

11 Dec 2019 - 4:08AM

Swedish pop duo shot to global fame in 1990s with hits like It Must Have Been Love.

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61
The wealthy single Chinese women choosing white sperm donors to have a baby – they want a family but not a Chinese husband

Most unmarried women in China are unable to access fertility treatment and sperm banks. Successful women who do not wish to marry, but still want to have children, look overseas for help.

12 Dec 2019 - 2:40AM

Most unmarried women in China are unable to access fertility treatment and sperm banks. Successful women who do not wish to marry, but still want to have children, look overseas for help.

The wealthy single Chinese women choosing white sperm donors to have a baby – they want a family but not a Chinese husband
Gunman kills self after shooting six people in Czech hospital waiting room

Four men and two women died after the attacker gunned down people at close range at the trauma ward of the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, east of Prague.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:35PM

Four men and two women died after the attacker gunned down people at close range at the trauma ward of the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, east of Prague.

Gunman kills self after shooting six people in Czech hospital waiting room
Coding is child’s play in China, where an 8-year-old is a tutor

Vita is one of a growing number of children who are learning the skill before they enter primary school as the country invests heavily in robotics and AI.

10 Dec 2019 - 4:53PM

Vita is one of a growing number of children who are learning the skill before they enter primary school as the country invests heavily in robotics and AI.

Coding is child’s play in China, where an 8-year-old is a tutor
Chinese trans woman brings landmark equal employment rights case over her sacking

Case heard last week as claimant seeks public apology and compensation under 2018 provision added to Chinese law.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:45AM

Case heard last week as claimant seeks public apology and compensation under 2018 provision added to Chinese law.

Chinese trans woman brings landmark equal employment rights case over her sacking
Thai massage could get Unesco status as 2,000-year-old skill goes global

Thousands of people flock to Thailand every year to learn the secrets of Thai massage, which studies have shown can help relieve back pain, insomnia and even anxiety.

10 Dec 2019 - 4:33PM

Thousands of people flock to Thailand every year to learn the secrets of Thai massage, which studies have shown can help relieve back pain, insomnia and even anxiety.

Thai massage could get Unesco status as 2,000-year-old skill goes global
Doting orca grandmas help raise young killer whales

Calves whose maternal grandmother died within last two years had mortality rate 4.5 times higher than those with living grandmother.

10 Dec 2019 - 8:00AM

Calves whose maternal grandmother died within last two years had mortality rate 4.5 times higher than those with living grandmother.

Doting orca grandmas help raise young killer whales
Meet the pets of Instagram: why cats and dogs make great influencers on the internet, from Lil Bub to Doug the Pug

The biggest Instagram accounts don’t always belong to people; they belong to animals like Lil Bub and Doug the Pug. These social media stars amass millions of followers and their owners often use their star power to promote animal welfare.

10 Dec 2019 - 8:32PM

The biggest Instagram accounts don’t always belong to people; they belong to animals like Lil Bub and Doug the Pug. These social media stars amass millions of followers and their owners often use their star power to promote animal welfare.

Meet the pets of Instagram: why cats and dogs make great influencers on the internet, from Lil Bub to Doug the Pug
Golden Globes nominations: Netflix dominates with Marriage Story and The Irishman

Streaming giant Netflix trounces Hollywood studios by scooping 17 film nominations.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:27PM

Streaming giant Netflix trounces Hollywood studios by scooping 17 film nominations.

Golden Globes nominations: Netflix dominates with Marriage Story and The Irishman
Russia’s Putin and Ukraine’s Zelensky agree to ceasefire. But who won at their first meeting?

Meeting was the first effort in three years to wind back a bitter war that has cost 13,000 lives and resulted in the loss of Ukraine territory to separatists backed by Moscow.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:38AM

Meeting was the first effort in three years to wind back a bitter war that has cost 13,000 lives and resulted in the loss of Ukraine territory to separatists backed by Moscow.

Russia’s Putin and Ukraine’s Zelensky agree to ceasefire. But who won at their first meeting?
In black and white: Berlin Zoo reveals twin panda cubs are boys called Meng Xiang and Meng Yuan

Male twins are named 100 days after their birth, but the public will have to wait until early next year to meet them.

9 Dec 2019 - 11:17PM

Male twins are named 100 days after their birth, but the public will have to wait until early next year to meet them.

In black and white: Berlin Zoo reveals twin panda cubs are boys called Meng Xiang and Meng Yuan
CBA: former NBA player Guerschon Yabusele fined for not looking at China flag during anthem

The Frenchman was slapped with a US$1,400 fine by Chinese Basketball Association officials.

9 Dec 2019 - 6:14PM

The Frenchman was slapped with a US$1,400 fine by Chinese Basketball Association officials.

CBA: former NBA player Guerschon Yabusele fined for not looking at China flag during anthem
Hyderabad rape suspects were shot dead by police: swift justice or criminality?

Authorities claimed the four men accused of the gang rape and murder of 27-year-old vet were killed in a ‘shoot-out’ with police during re-enactment.

9 Dec 2019 - 11:26PM

Authorities claimed the four men accused of the gang rape and murder of 27-year-old vet were killed in a ‘shoot-out’ with police during re-enactment.

Hyderabad rape suspects were shot dead by police: swift justice or criminality?
They flatter and flirt with single women for money – in China, virtual boyfriends offer intimacy on demand to a career-focused generation

By day he is a foreign exchange trader, by night he chats with women online who pay him to be their ‘boyfriend’. China’s one-child generation has commodified affection.

10 Dec 2019 - 1:25AM

By day he is a foreign exchange trader, by night he chats with women online who pay him to be their ‘boyfriend’. China’s one-child generation has commodified affection.

They flatter and flirt with single women for money – in China, virtual boyfriends offer intimacy on demand to a career-focused generation