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As anime demand booms, Netflix’s Japan school trains artists to spread their wings

With Japan facing a shortage of skilled animators, the WIT Academy is offering a free six-month course and stipend to aspiring junior artists.

With Japan facing a shortage of skilled animators, the WIT Academy is offering a free six-month course and stipend to aspiring junior artists.

As anime demand booms, Netflix’s Japan school trains artists to spread their wings
44 minutes ago
‘UK nightclub needle attacks’ lead to three arrests

A number of young women and men have come forward, saying they believe they were injected with drug-filled hypodermic needles at clubs and bars.

A number of young women and men have come forward, saying they believe they were injected with drug-filled hypodermic needles at clubs and bars.

‘UK nightclub needle attacks’ lead to three arrests
5 hours ago
Swedish rapper Einar, 19, shot dead in Stockholm, a year after being abducted

The rapper was the most streamed artist on Spotify in Sweden in 2019 and won several music awards, but had received a series of threats recently.

The rapper was the most streamed artist on Spotify in Sweden in 2019 and won several music awards, but had received a series of threats recently.

Swedish rapper Einar, 19, shot dead in Stockholm, a year after being abducted
22 Oct 2021 - 10:26PM
Italian city defies Chinese embassy call to scrap show by ‘China’s Banksy’ – dissident artist Badiucao

Cartoonist Badiucao’s exhibition in the city of Brescia is expected to denounce Chinese political repression and censorship of Covid-19 information.

Cartoonist Badiucao’s exhibition in the city of Brescia is expected to denounce Chinese political repression and censorship of Covid-19 information.

Italian city defies Chinese embassy call to scrap show by ‘China’s Banksy’ – dissident artist Badiucao
22 Oct 2021 - 10:49PM
Respect Uygur rights, 43 countries urge China at United Nations

European and Asian member states among signatories of declaration accusing Beijing of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

European and Asian member states among signatories of declaration accusing Beijing of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

Respect Uygur rights, 43 countries urge China at United Nations
22 Oct 2021 - 6:17PM
Gunmen kill 7 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camp

The attackers shot some victims and stabbed others with knives at an Islamic seminary in the Balukhali camp.

The attackers shot some victims and stabbed others with knives at an Islamic seminary in the Balukhali camp.

Gunmen kill 7 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camp
22 Oct 2021 - 11:01PM
Drug lord Pablo Escobar’s lawyered-up hippos recognised as people by US court

The ruling provides a boost to a lawsuit seeking to stop the Colombian government from culling the animals, which have thrived and now number around 100.

The ruling provides a boost to a lawsuit seeking to stop the Colombian government from culling the animals, which have thrived and now number around 100.

Drug lord Pablo Escobar’s lawyered-up hippos recognised as people by US court
22 Oct 2021 - 9:05PM
Barbados elects Sandra Mason as its first president, to replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

Sandra Mason will be sworn in on November 30, in a key step for the Caribbean island to become a republic and remove the UK monarch as its head of state.

Sandra Mason will be sworn in on November 30, in a key step for the Caribbean island to become a republic and remove the UK monarch as its head of state.

Barbados elects Sandra Mason as its first president, to replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth
22 Oct 2021 - 10:17PM
‘Censored’ for nudes on social media, Vienna museums resort to OnlyFans

After images of a naked paleolithic Venus and other art were deemed suggestive, the city’s tourist board turned to the platform known for explicit content.

After images of a naked paleolithic Venus and other art were deemed suggestive, the city’s tourist board turned to the platform known for explicit content.

‘Censored’ for nudes on social media, Vienna museums resort to OnlyFans
22 Oct 2021 - 2:21AM
Man charged with murder of British MP David Amess appears in London court

Ali Harbi Ali, 25, was arrested at the scene of the killing in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday. He also faces a separate charge of preparing acts of terrorism.

Ali Harbi Ali, 25, was arrested at the scene of the killing in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday. He also faces a separate charge of preparing acts of terrorism.

Man charged with murder of British MP David Amess appears in London court
21 Oct 2021 - 11:11PM
Coronavirus: US prepares to vaccinate kids aged 5-11 next month

The administration will begin vaccine roll-out to 28 million children in the group age once health experts give the green light

The administration will begin vaccine roll-out to 28 million children in the group age once health experts give the green light

Coronavirus: US prepares to vaccinate kids aged 5-11 next month
21 Oct 2021 - 5:11PM
‘Potential miracle’: pig kidney works in human patient

For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient’s immune system.

For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient’s immune system.

‘Potential miracle’: pig kidney works in human patient
21 Oct 2021 - 9:41PM
Canadian Bruce Xiaoyu Liu wins prestigious Chopin piano competition

The Frederic Chopin international piano competition is a prestigious event that launches pianists’ world careers.

The Frederic Chopin international piano competition is a prestigious event that launches pianists’ world careers.

Canadian Bruce Xiaoyu Liu wins prestigious Chopin piano competition
21 Oct 2021 - 11:47AM
Donald Trump announces plans to launch social network ‘TRUTH Social’

Trump announcement comes nine months after being expelled from social media for his role in inciting the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

Trump announcement comes nine months after being expelled from social media for his role in inciting the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

Donald Trump announces plans to launch social network ‘TRUTH Social’
21 Oct 2021 - 9:41PM
Malaysian transgender tycoon Nur Sajat confirms asylum, saying ‘Australia chose me’

The cosmetics entrepreneur confirmed she applied for asylum in Australia, and is in coronavirus quarantine in Sydney.

The cosmetics entrepreneur confirmed she applied for asylum in Australia, and is in coronavirus quarantine in Sydney.

Malaysian transgender tycoon Nur Sajat confirms asylum, saying ‘Australia chose me’
21 Oct 2021 - 8:16AM
Ex-English National Ballet star Yat-Sen Chang jailed for sexually assaulting teen students

The dancer, who was working at a London school and also giving private lessons, abused four students aged 16 to 19 while giving them massages.

The dancer, who was working at a London school and also giving private lessons, abused four students aged 16 to 19 while giving them massages.

Ex-English National Ballet star Yat-Sen Chang jailed for sexually assaulting teen students
21 Oct 2021 - 2:57AM
Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty, says he’s ‘very sorry’

Nikolas Cruz faces a minimum sentence of life in prison without parole but prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

Nikolas Cruz faces a minimum sentence of life in prison without parole but prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty, says he’s ‘very sorry’
21 Oct 2021 - 1:37AM
Radical intermittent fasting, calorie-restricted diet extends life in mice. Could it work in humans too?

Researchers looking at mice on different diets found those that were fed fewer calories in a single daily feeding lived longer than mice eating the same number of calories throughout the day.

Researchers looking at mice on different diets found those that were fed fewer calories in a single daily feeding lived longer than mice eating the same number of calories throughout the day.

Radical intermittent fasting, calorie-restricted diet extends life in mice. Could it work in humans too?
21 Oct 2021 - 10:25AM
Philippines reviews ‘drug war’ killings by police, finds most not in self-defence

The justice ministry will look into thousands more killings after a review of 52 cases found excessive use of force and lapses in procedures by police.

The justice ministry will look into thousands more killings after a review of 52 cases found excessive use of force and lapses in procedures by police.

Philippines reviews ‘drug war’ killings by police, finds most not in self-defence
20 Oct 2021 - 7:45PM
Floating props and Velcro: Russian film crew says shooting in space a ‘huge challenge’

Actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko are back on Earth after 12 days on the International Space Station making the first movie in orbit.

Actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko are back on Earth after 12 days on the International Space Station making the first movie in orbit.

Floating props and Velcro: Russian film crew says shooting in space a ‘huge challenge’
20 Oct 2021 - 6:48AM
Lucky escape in Texas plane crash as all 21 on board survive

Passengers and crew members managed to scramble to safety before the aircraft burst into flames.

Passengers and crew members managed to scramble to safety before the aircraft burst into flames.

Lucky escape in Texas plane crash as all 21 on board survive
20 Oct 2021 - 4:36AM
Israeli diver finds 900-year-old crusader sword

The ancient iron weapon, now encrusted in marine organisms, was found by Shlomi Katzin after shifts in the sand left it exposed.

The ancient iron weapon, now encrusted in marine organisms, was found by Shlomi Katzin after shifts in the sand left it exposed.

Israeli diver finds 900-year-old crusader sword
20 Oct 2021 - 3:01AM
Coronavirus: UK keeping ‘close eye’ on Delta subvariant amid rising cases

Infection rates in Britain remain stubbornly high, despite high rates of vaccination, with over 43,000 new cases of Covid-19 recorded on Tuesday.

Infection rates in Britain remain stubbornly high, despite high rates of vaccination, with over 43,000 new cases of Covid-19 recorded on Tuesday.

Coronavirus: UK keeping ‘close eye’ on Delta subvariant amid rising cases
20 Oct 2021 - 9:54AM
Poland’s PM accuses EU of ‘blackmail’ as dispute over laws continues

Mateusz Morawiecki publicly clashed with Ursula von der Leyen, saying the EU is trying to force Poland into line.

Mateusz Morawiecki publicly clashed with Ursula von der Leyen, saying the EU is trying to force Poland into line.

Poland’s PM accuses EU of ‘blackmail’ as dispute over laws continues
19 Oct 2021 - 10:46PM
Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy who brokered Afghanistan exit, quits

After the country fell to the Taliban, he became a lightning rod for criticism, as the Biden administration blamed the diplomacy behind the 2020 deal.

After the country fell to the Taliban, he became a lightning rod for criticism, as the Biden administration blamed the diplomacy behind the 2020 deal.

Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy who brokered Afghanistan exit, quits
19 Oct 2021 - 7:27AM
‘Deadly’ air strikes hit capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray

One adult and two children were killed in the bombardments on Mekele, in a dramatic escalation of the year-long conflict in the region.

One adult and two children were killed in the bombardments on Mekele, in a dramatic escalation of the year-long conflict in the region.

‘Deadly’ air strikes hit capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray
19 Oct 2021 - 8:25PM
Russia closes Nato missions as spy row worsens

Russia said it would halt the activities of its diplomatic mission to Nato after the Western military alliance expelled eight Russians saying they were spies.

Russia said it would halt the activities of its diplomatic mission to Nato after the Western military alliance expelled eight Russians saying they were spies.

Russia closes Nato missions as spy row worsens
19 Oct 2021 - 8:25PM
Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, dies of coronavirus complications

Colin Powell, 84, was fully vaccinated but died on Monday morning of complications from Covid-19, his family said.

Colin Powell, 84, was fully vaccinated but died on Monday morning of complications from Covid-19, his family said.

Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, dies of coronavirus complications
19 Oct 2021 - 8:22AM
‘Art transcends race’: Paris ballet’s first Asian elite dancer plays down her origins, but former Korean member of troupe says she’s achieved the impossible

South Korean ballerina Sae Eun Park joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 2011, and her ascent to its top rank comes as ballet faces calls for more inclusion.

South Korean ballerina Sae Eun Park joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 2011, and her ascent to its top rank comes as ballet faces calls for more inclusion.

‘Art transcends race’: Paris ballet’s first Asian elite dancer plays down her origins, but former Korean member of troupe says she’s achieved the impossible
18 Oct 2021 - 5:15PM
Thousands of migrant workers moved after 4 civilians killed in Indian Kashmir

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the four deaths, which sent shock waves through minority communities in the disputed Muslim-majority region.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the four deaths, which sent shock waves through minority communities in the disputed Muslim-majority region.

Thousands of migrant workers moved after 4 civilians killed in Indian Kashmir
18 Oct 2021 - 9:59PM