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Fine wines from Russia, spiritual home of vodka? Country sheds its Soviet-era reputation for plonk, hoping to become a major player

Russian wine may not have the best reputation, but the nation plans to rebrand itself as a fine wine producer. It has passed a wine production law and brought in French and Italian wine experts to help in its vineyards.

12 Aug 2020 - 8:45PM

Russian wine may not have the best reputation, but the nation plans to rebrand itself as a fine wine producer. It has passed a wine production law and brought in French and Italian wine experts to help in its vineyards.

Fine wines from Russia, spiritual home of vodka? Country sheds its Soviet-era  reputation for plonk, hoping to become a major player
'Biped' game: A wonderful co-op adventure featuring cute tiny robots

Overcome challenges with teamwork in this charming title for Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PC.

12 Aug 2020 - 5:01PM

Overcome challenges with teamwork in this charming title for Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PC.

'Biped' game: A wonderful co-op adventure featuring cute tiny robots
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is the first smartphone with 120x zoom

The Chinese tech company one-ups the Samsung S20’s 100x ‘Space zoom’ and also promises 50W wireless charging.

12 Aug 2020 - 2:50PM

The Chinese tech company one-ups the Samsung S20’s 100x ‘Space zoom’ and also promises 50W wireless charging.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is the first smartphone with 120x zoom
France opens terrorist murder case after killing of aid workers in Niger

The six French nationals, along with their Nigerian guide and driver, were shot dead by gunmen in Koure.

11 Aug 2020 - 1:15AM

The six French nationals, along with their Nigerian guide and driver, were shot dead by gunmen in Koure.

France opens terrorist murder case after killing of aid workers in Niger
Lebanon’s PM proposes early elections as Beirut blast protests turn violent

Lebanese protesters stormed several ministries in apparently planned raids after an explosion blamed on government negligence at Beirut port devastated the city and ignited unprecedented popular rage.

10 Aug 2020 - 2:37PM

Lebanese protesters stormed several ministries in apparently planned raids after an explosion blamed on government negligence at Beirut port devastated the city and ignited unprecedented popular rage.

Lebanon’s PM proposes early elections as Beirut blast protests turn violent
Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill, as Japanese shipowner apologises

The bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground off the Indian Ocean island two weeks ago and is polluting pristine turquoise waters in a marine park.

8 Aug 2020 - 7:26PM

The bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground off the Indian Ocean island two weeks ago and is polluting pristine turquoise waters in a marine park.

Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill, as Japanese shipowner apologises
Sri Lanka’s ruling party heading for landslide victory in elections

Early results show incumbent Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLPP with clear majorities in most constituencies.

7 Aug 2020 - 9:04PM

Early results show incumbent Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLPP with clear majorities in most constituencies.

Sri Lanka’s ruling party heading for landslide victory in elections
Two Filipinos killed in Beirut blast along with one Australian citizen

Eleven other Filipinos are missing and the Australian embassy was badly damaged.

5 Aug 2020 - 6:01PM

Eleven other Filipinos are missing and the Australian embassy was badly damaged.

Two Filipinos killed in Beirut blast along with one Australian citizen
Beirut blasts: Lebanon in three days of mourning after twin explosions kill 100, injure 4,000

Death toll expected to rise after massive explosions rock Beirut, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.

6 Aug 2020 - 6:50AM

Death toll expected to rise after massive explosions rock Beirut, sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.

Beirut blasts: Lebanon in three days of mourning after twin explosions kill 100, injure 4,000
Woman stopped at German airport with husband’s bones in luggage

The woman said her husband died in 2008 and that she and her daughter decided to bring his remains home to a final resting place in Armenia.

5 Aug 2020 - 1:54AM

The woman said her husband died in 2008 and that she and her daughter decided to bring his remains home to a final resting place in Armenia.

Woman stopped at German airport with husband’s bones in luggage
Angela Merkel can ‘run circles’ around Donald Trump, says president’s niece

‘I think he hates that,’ Mary Trump says, adding that uncle’s contentious relationship with Germany is partly due to its powerful woman leader.

3 Aug 2020 - 4:17AM

‘I think he hates that,’ Mary Trump says, adding that uncle’s contentious relationship with Germany is partly due to its powerful woman leader.

Angela Merkel can ‘run circles’ around Donald Trump, says president’s niece
Sherpa who retrieved body from Mount Everest death zone recalls dangerous mission, as peak’s reopening to climbers draws near

There are 150 dead bodies on Mount Everest. It took a team of Sherpas and US$200,000 to pull three bodies off the peak in 2017. With the climbing season going ahead this autumn, discussion continues about retrieving more bodies.

2 Aug 2020 - 9:30PM

There are 150 dead bodies on Mount Everest. It took a team of Sherpas and US$200,000 to pull three bodies off the peak in 2017. With the climbing season going ahead this autumn, discussion continues about retrieving more bodies.

Sherpa who retrieved body from Mount Everest death zone recalls dangerous mission, as peak’s reopening to climbers draws near
TikTok stars are leaving the platform for rival app Triller over data privacy concerns

Have you downloaded the new app yet?

1 Aug 2020 - 8:00PM

Have you downloaded the new app yet?

TikTok stars are leaving the platform for rival app Triller over data privacy concerns
Coronavirus: Philippines’ doctors cry out for fresh lockdown as virus cases surge

In an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, nearly 70 doctors’ groups and other health care workers called for a two-week ‘time out’ from reopening efforts.

1 Aug 2020 - 3:39PM

In an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, nearly 70 doctors’ groups and other health care workers called for a two-week ‘time out’ from reopening efforts.

Coronavirus: Philippines’ doctors cry out for fresh lockdown as virus cases surge
Which budget 5G smartphone should you buy? Moto G 5G Plus, Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G, and Huawei P40 Lite 5G compared

5G smartphones are becoming more affordable. The Moto G 5G Plus, Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G, and Huawei P40 Lite 5G have bright HD screens and take beautiful daylight photos.

31 Jul 2020 - 8:45PM

5G smartphones are becoming more affordable. The Moto G 5G Plus, Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G, and Huawei P40 Lite 5G have bright HD screens and take beautiful daylight photos.

Which budget 5G smartphone should you buy? Moto G 5G Plus, Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G, and Huawei P40 Lite 5G compared
Three must-play video games for the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles

Next-generation Microsoft and Sony consoles are coming, along with some great new game titles, including the most awaited game this year, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Marvel’s Avengers.

30 Jul 2020 - 8:45PM

Next-generation Microsoft and Sony consoles are coming, along with some great new game titles, including the most awaited game this year, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Marvel’s Avengers.

Three must-play video games for the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles
Chinese students in Australia are being targeted in kidnapping scams, police warn

At least eight fake kidnappings have been reported this year, police in Australia’s New South Wales say.

29 Jul 2020 - 12:45PM

At least eight fake kidnappings have been reported this year, police in Australia’s New South Wales say.

Chinese students in Australia are being targeted in kidnapping scams, police warn
Iran threatens legal action after US intercepts passenger jet

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned the US operation on Friday, calling American politicians ‘outlaws’.

25 Jul 2020 - 9:38PM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned the US operation on Friday, calling American politicians ‘outlaws’.

Iran threatens legal action after US intercepts passenger jet
Mission Impossible crew gets Norway coronavirus travel ban exemption

Crew members would be tested on arrival in Norway, and then tested every 48 hours and not have contact with the public.

25 Jul 2020 - 5:19AM

Crew members would be tested on arrival in Norway, and then tested every 48 hours and not have contact with the public.

Mission Impossible crew gets Norway coronavirus travel ban exemption
WHO hits back at Pompeo’s claim that China ‘bought’ UN health chief Tedros

The US Secretary of State told British lawmakers that his allegation was based on a ‘firm intelligence foundation’.

24 Jul 2020 - 11:45AM

The US Secretary of State told British lawmakers that his allegation was based on a ‘firm intelligence foundation’.

WHO hits back at Pompeo’s claim that China ‘bought’ UN health chief Tedros
Italian coastguard divers fight to free massive sperm whale from fishing nets

This is the second time in less than a month that the Italian coastguard has had to intervene to free a sperm whale tangled in a fishing net.

21 Jul 2020 - 2:47AM

This is the second time in less than a month that the Italian coastguard has had to intervene to free a sperm whale tangled in a fishing net.

Italian coastguard divers fight to free massive sperm whale from fishing nets
Venice Film Festival to give Ann Hui and Tilda Swinton lifetime achievement awards

Ann Hui hailed as ‘one of the best female directors in Asia’ by Venice Film Festival organisers as they announce she and actress Tilda Swinton will receive Golden Lions for lifetime achievement.

20 Jul 2020 - 9:02PM

Ann Hui hailed as ‘one of the best female directors in Asia’ by Venice Film Festival organisers as they announce she and actress Tilda Swinton will receive Golden Lions for lifetime achievement.

Venice Film Festival to give Ann Hui and Tilda Swinton lifetime achievement awards
Hallmark to include LGBTQ+ storylines in Christmas movie lineup after backlash

The TV channel’s parent company said diversity and inclusion are top priorities and they will announce new programming developments

20 Jul 2020 - 2:39PM

The TV channel’s parent company said diversity and inclusion are top priorities and they will announce new programming developments

Hallmark to include LGBTQ+ storylines in Christmas movie lineup after backlash
Ageing well: how exercise, nutrition can fight osteoporosis – brittle bones are not inevitable

Osteoporosis affects more than 200 million women worldwide – and some men – and causes pain, broken bones and reduced mobility. Many think it is a normal part of ageing, but it is not.

20 Jul 2020 - 6:47PM

Osteoporosis affects more than 200 million women worldwide – and some men – and causes pain, broken bones and reduced mobility. Many think it is a normal part of ageing, but it is not.

Ageing well: how exercise, nutrition can fight osteoporosis – brittle bones are not inevitable
Nintendo Switch ports of ‘Bioshock’, ‘Borderlands’ and ‘XCOM 2’ means everything old is new again

Video game fans who missed these awesome titles the first time around can pick up these collections right now.

15 Jul 2020 - 3:22PM

Video game fans who missed these awesome titles the first time around can pick up these collections right now.

Nintendo Switch ports of ‘Bioshock’, ‘Borderlands’ and ‘XCOM 2’ means everything old is new again
Banksy artwork on London Underground promotes face mask usage

The street artist painted rats and graffiti on the Tube and posted a video on Instagram. The artwork has since been removed.

15 Jul 2020 - 11:15AM

The street artist painted rats and graffiti on the Tube and posted a video on Instagram. The artwork has since been removed.

Banksy artwork on London Underground promotes face mask usage
Smithsonian and other museums collecting artefacts of Covid-19 crisis even as it unfolds

Business closure signs. Thank you cards to doctors and nurses. Toilet paper. Test kits. Grocery lists. Handicrafts made in lockdown. Already, museums are collecting artefacts to tell the story of Covid-19 for future generations.

14 Jul 2020 - 9:44AM

Business closure signs. Thank you cards to doctors and nurses. Toilet paper. Test kits. Grocery lists. Handicrafts made in lockdown. Already, museums are collecting artefacts to tell the story of Covid-19 for future generations.

Smithsonian and other museums collecting artefacts of Covid-19 crisis even as it unfolds
Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59

Zindzi was South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death.

13 Jul 2020 - 8:03PM

Zindzi was South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death.

Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59
Endangered species ‘red list’ now includes lemurs and hamsters

Almost all species of the Madagascan mammal are at risk of dying out.

13 Jul 2020 - 10:45AM

Almost all species of the Madagascan mammal are at risk of dying out.

Endangered species ‘red list’ now includes lemurs and hamsters
We cannot guarantee residency for Hongkongers, Australian minister says, days after ‘safe haven’ offer

Days after Australia offered a residence option to around 10,000 Hongkongers, the country’s acting immigration minister said people with a ‘serious security issue’ would not be allowed to stay.

13 Jul 2020 - 12:57PM

Days after Australia offered a residence option to around 10,000 Hongkongers, the country’s acting immigration minister said people with a ‘serious security issue’ would not be allowed to stay.

We cannot guarantee residency for Hongkongers, Australian minister says, days after ‘safe haven’ offer