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Coronavirus: why French airport with parked Hong Kong Airlines planes is buzzing, as others fall silent

Most airports have become ghost towns since measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced air traffic, but one near Paris is buzzing with activity.

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Most airports have become ghost towns since measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced air traffic, but one near Paris is buzzing with activity.

Coronavirus: why French airport with parked Hong Kong Airlines planes is buzzing, as others fall silent
Indian yogi who claimed he lived without food or water dies of ‘old age’

Prahlad Jani was pronounced dead on arrival after he was rushed to hospital, his neighbour said.

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Prahlad Jani was pronounced dead on arrival after he was rushed to hospital, his neighbour said.

Indian yogi who claimed he lived without food or water dies of ‘old age’
Teacher accused of child sex abuse in Australia faked mental illness to avoid extradition: Israeli court

Malka Leifer, who taught at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Australia, left for Israel after child sex allegations emerged in 2008.

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Malka Leifer, who taught at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Australia, left for Israel after child sex allegations emerged in 2008.

Teacher accused of child sex abuse in Australia faked mental illness to avoid extradition: Israeli court
Dinosaur-dooming asteroid hit Earth at ‘deadliest’ angle, study suggests

Some 66 million years ago a giant asteroid crashed into Earth, wiping out all land-dwelling dinosaurs and 75 per cent of life on the planet. But was it a direct hit?

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Some 66 million years ago a giant asteroid crashed into Earth, wiping out all land-dwelling dinosaurs and 75 per cent of life on the planet. But was it a direct hit?

Dinosaur-dooming asteroid hit Earth at ‘deadliest’ angle, study suggests
Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling releases free online fairy tale for children in coronavirus lockdown

The author has posted the first two chapters of The Ickabog online to entertain youngsters self-isolating.

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The author has posted the first two chapters of The Ickabog online to entertain youngsters self-isolating.

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling releases free online fairy tale for children in coronavirus lockdown
Japanese ramen with insects, from a chef who wants crickets, caterpillars and silkworm to be seen as delicacies, not a ‘last resort’

Ramen that uses broth made from crickets, a popular side dish flavoured with silkworm cocoons – a bug enthusiast plansning on normalising insect cuisine in Japan, saying the creatures are not a ‘last resort’ but a delicacy.

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Ramen that uses broth made from crickets, a popular side dish flavoured with silkworm cocoons – a bug enthusiast plansning on normalising insect cuisine in Japan, saying the creatures are not a ‘last resort’ but a delicacy.

Japanese ramen with insects, from a chef who wants crickets, caterpillars and silkworm to be seen as delicacies, not a ‘last resort’
Trump furious as Twitter adds fact-check warning to his tweets for the first time

US president accused Twitter of ‘interfering’ in the US election, after the social media network labelled two of his tweets ‘unsubstantiated’ for the first time.

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US president accused Twitter of ‘interfering’ in the US election, after the social media network labelled two of his tweets ‘unsubstantiated’ for the first time.

Trump furious as Twitter adds fact-check warning to his tweets for the first time
Pac-Man turns 40: OG arcade game hero was inspired by Popeye

Japanese video game designer Toru Iwatani got the idea of powering up the yellow dot from watching the ‘Sailor Man’ eat spinach.

27 May 2020 - 7:00AM

Japanese video game designer Toru Iwatani got the idea of powering up the yellow dot from watching the ‘Sailor Man’ eat spinach.

Pac-Man turns 40: OG arcade game hero was inspired by Popeye
Hundreds more Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan truce

Move is part of Afghan government’s pledge to release up to 2,000 insurgents in response to Taliban’s three-day ceasefire offer.

27 May 2020 - 5:55AM

Move is part of Afghan government’s pledge to release up to 2,000 insurgents in response to Taliban’s three-day ceasefire offer.

Hundreds more Taliban prisoners freed on last day of Afghan truce
White woman Amy Cooper fired after calling police on black man who told her to leash dog in New York’s Central Park

In viral video, she tells phone operator ‘there’s an African-American man threatening my life’; New York mayor condemns actions as ‘racism, plain and simple’.

27 May 2020 - 3:23AM

In viral video, she tells phone operator ‘there’s an African-American man threatening my life’; New York mayor condemns actions as ‘racism, plain and simple’.

White woman Amy Cooper fired after calling police on black man who told her to leash dog in New York’s Central Park
Donald Trump pushes murder conspiracy theory about TV host Joe Scarborough, prompting calls for Twitter to act from widower of Lori Klausutis

Trump suggested via Twitter the MSNBC host killed a woman in 2001 when he was a Republican congressman and she was one of his staffers.

27 May 2020 - 1:14AM

Trump suggested via Twitter the MSNBC host killed a woman in 2001 when he was a Republican congressman and she was one of his staffers.

Donald Trump pushes murder conspiracy theory about TV host Joe Scarborough, prompting calls for Twitter to act from widower of Lori Klausutis
Coronavirus: thousands of migrant workers in Maldives stranded as tourism dries up

About half of the 150,000 people in Male are workers from South Asia living in crowded alleys that are a haven for the coronavirus.

26 May 2020 - 4:00PM

About half of the 150,000 people in Male are workers from South Asia living in crowded alleys that are a haven for the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: thousands of migrant workers in Maldives stranded as tourism dries up
China threatens US with countermeasures if punished for Hong Kong law

Beijing will take ‘every necessary measure’ to oppose any new sanctions imposed by US, foreign ministry says.

26 May 2020 - 3:23PM

Beijing will take ‘every necessary measure’ to oppose any new sanctions imposed by US, foreign ministry says.

China threatens US with countermeasures if punished for Hong Kong law
Burundi declares Evariste Ndayishimiye victor of bitter presidential election

Ruling party candidate took 68.72 per cent of vote in what opposition says was flawed process.

26 May 2020 - 2:24AM

Ruling party candidate took 68.72 per cent of vote in what opposition says was flawed process.

Burundi declares Evariste Ndayishimiye victor of bitter presidential election
Indian man accused of using a cobra to kill his wife, after first trying and failing with a viper

Police said the marriage had involved a huge dowry comprising nearly 100 gold coins, a new car and some 500,000 rupees (around US$20,000) in cash.

26 May 2020 - 9:20AM

Police said the marriage had involved a huge dowry comprising nearly 100 gold coins, a new car and some 500,000 rupees (around US$20,000) in cash.

Indian man accused of using a cobra to kill his wife, after first trying and failing with a viper
Former US marine Paul Whelan faces 18 years in Russia’s ‘harsh regime colony’ for spying

Whelan was detained in Moscow in December 2018 for allegedly receiving state secrets but insists he was framed.

25 May 2020 - 8:55PM

Whelan was detained in Moscow in December 2018 for allegedly receiving state secrets but insists he was framed.

Former US marine Paul Whelan faces 18 years in Russia’s ‘harsh regime colony’ for spying
Dieselgate: German court rules Volkswagen must buy back car involved in fake emissions tests

It is five years since Volkswagen admitted to cheating on emissions tests, but this ruling is the first real legal setback for the carmaker in its home country.

25 May 2020 - 7:04PM

It is five years since Volkswagen admitted to cheating on emissions tests, but this ruling is the first real legal setback for the carmaker in its home country.

Dieselgate: German court rules Volkswagen must buy back car involved in fake emissions tests
Noam Chomsky’s take on America’s coronavirus response, in hands of ‘megalomaniac’ Trump

The United States is on a chaotic path with no federal plan against the coronavirus pandemic, according to the renowned activist scholar.

25 May 2020 - 11:39AM

The United States is on a chaotic path with no federal plan against the coronavirus pandemic, according to the renowned activist scholar.

Noam Chomsky’s take on America’s coronavirus response, in hands of ‘megalomaniac’ Trump
The Match: Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning prevail in star-studded charity clash

PGA stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and two NFL quarterback legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady square off in an entertaining made-for-TV charity golf event that raises US$20 million for coronavirus relief efforts.

25 May 2020 - 10:31AM

PGA stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and two NFL quarterback legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady square off in an entertaining made-for-TV charity golf event that raises US$20 million for coronavirus relief efforts.

The Match: Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning prevail in star-studded charity clash
Philippines investigates domestic helper’s suicide at shelter in Lebanon

The woman was staying at a shelter run by the Philippine embassy in Beirut for Filipino workers waiting to return home after losing their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

26 May 2020 - 9:36AM

The woman was staying at a shelter run by the Philippine embassy in Beirut for Filipino workers waiting to return home after losing their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Philippines investigates domestic helper’s suicide at shelter in Lebanon
‘A decent shake’: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern carries on with TV interview during earthquake

Monday’s magnitude 5.6 quake struck in the ocean about 100km northeast of Wellington, according to the US Geological Survey.

26 May 2020 - 9:34AM

Monday’s magnitude 5.6 quake struck in the ocean about 100km northeast of Wellington, according to the US Geological Survey.

‘A decent shake’: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern carries on with TV interview during earthquake
Trump suspends travel from Brazil; far-right President Jair Bolsonaro rallies with supporters amid virus surge

With nearly 350,000 confirmed cases, Brazil now has the second-most cases in the world, second only to the US.

25 May 2020 - 5:49AM

With nearly 350,000 confirmed cases, Brazil now has the second-most cases in the world, second only to the US.

Trump suspends travel from Brazil; far-right President Jair Bolsonaro rallies with supporters amid virus surge
Afghan president to free up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners after ceasefire offer

The decision to release the prisoners was a ‘goodwill gesture’ and was taken ‘to ensure success of the peace process’.

25 May 2020 - 2:55AM

The decision to release the prisoners was a ‘goodwill gesture’ and was taken ‘to ensure success of the peace process’.

Afghan president to free up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners after ceasefire offer
In Northern Ireland, one pastor is offering drive-in church services to maintain social distancing

Northern Ireland has been in coronavirus lockdown since March 23 and has so far recorded 506 casualties.

24 May 2020 - 10:59PM

Northern Ireland has been in coronavirus lockdown since March 23 and has so far recorded 506 casualties.

In Northern Ireland, one pastor is offering drive-in church services to maintain social distancing
Indian army arrives to help Kolkata recover from devastating Cyclone Amphan

At least 112 people were killed in eastern India and Bangladesh during the strongest storm to hit the region since 1999.

24 May 2020 - 6:04PM

At least 112 people were killed in eastern India and Bangladesh during the strongest storm to hit the region since 1999.

Indian army arrives to help Kolkata recover from devastating Cyclone Amphan
Coronavirus: UK PM’s top aide Dominic Cummings accused of second lockdown breach – but won’t be fired

Boris Johnson stands by Dominic Cummings, despite calls for him to resign or be fired for apparently breaching the country’s coronavirus travel restrictions more than once.

25 May 2020 - 10:19AM

Boris Johnson stands by Dominic Cummings, despite calls for him to resign or be fired for apparently breaching the country’s coronavirus travel restrictions more than once.

Coronavirus: UK PM’s top aide Dominic Cummings accused of second lockdown breach – but won’t be fired
NBA in ‘exploratory’ talks to restart season at Disney in Florida

A league spokesman confirms reports that the league is having conversations with Disney officials about restarting the 2019-20 season in Orlando.

24 May 2020 - 11:28AM

A league spokesman confirms reports that the league is having conversations with Disney officials about restarting the 2019-20 season in Orlando.

NBA in ‘exploratory’ talks to restart season at Disney in Florida
North Korea’s Kim chairs meeting, discusses ‘nuclear war deterrence’

The rogue nuclear nation’s ruler Kim Jong-un led a meeting of the Workers’ Party’s military commission, during which ‘new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country’ were presented.

24 May 2020 - 11:03PM

The rogue nuclear nation’s ruler Kim Jong-un led a meeting of the Workers’ Party’s military commission, during which ‘new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country’ were presented.

North Korea’s Kim chairs meeting, discusses ‘nuclear war deterrence’
Taliban announce three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan

The Taliban instructed its fighters to refrain from entering government areas and said that Kabul forces were not allowed to enter territories under their control

24 May 2020 - 3:33AM

The Taliban instructed its fighters to refrain from entering government areas and said that Kabul forces were not allowed to enter territories under their control

Taliban announce three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan
Trump to attend Florida launch of historic manned SpaceX flight

The launch on Wednesday to the International Space Station is the first crewed space flight from the US in nine years.

24 May 2020 - 3:03AM

The launch on Wednesday to the International Space Station is the first crewed space flight from the US in nine years.

Trump to attend Florida launch of historic manned SpaceX flight