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North Macedonia lays to rest 10 of the 45 people killed in Bulgaria bus crash

The bus, carrying tourists back to North Macedonia after a weekend trip to Istanbul, caught fire on a motorway in the early hours of November 23.

The bus, carrying tourists back to North Macedonia after a weekend trip to Istanbul, caught fire on a motorway in the early hours of November 23.

North Macedonia lays to rest 10 of the 45 people killed in Bulgaria bus crash
3 hours ago
Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers challenge former Jeffrey Epstein employee’s account of meeting accuser

At Maxwell’s sex abuse trial in New York, Juan Alessi said that he saw two girls who appeared underage spend time with Epstein and Maxwell

At Maxwell’s sex abuse trial in New York, Juan Alessi said that he saw two girls who appeared underage spend time with Epstein and Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers challenge former Jeffrey Epstein employee’s account of meeting accuser
5 hours ago
Switzerland: 2,000 people, mostly children, quarantined after two Covid-19 Omicron cases at international school

‘It is essential to curb the introduction of the variant into our country’ say health authorities; ‘if identified, it is also essential to reduce transmission as much as possible’.

‘It is essential to curb the introduction of the variant into our country’ say health authorities; ‘if identified, it is also essential to reduce transmission as much as possible’.

Switzerland: 2,000 people, mostly children, quarantined after two Covid-19 Omicron cases at international school
3 Dec 2021 - 10:46PM
Sri Lanka man tortured and killed by mob in Pakistan; ‘day of shame’ for nation, says Prime Minister Imran Khan

Investigators think attackers accused the factory manager of blasphemy for tearing down a poster with Islamic holy verses.

Investigators think attackers accused the factory manager of blasphemy for tearing down a poster with Islamic holy verses.

Sri Lanka man tortured and killed by mob in Pakistan; ‘day of shame’ for nation, says Prime Minister Imran Khan
3 Dec 2021 - 11:07PM
China backs South Korea’s aim of official declaration of end to 1950-1953 Korean war

Seoul sees declaration as route to build trust with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and restart stalled denuclearisation talks; US says it and Seoul may have different perspectives on ‘sequence, timing, conditions’.

Seoul sees declaration as route to build trust with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and restart stalled denuclearisation talks; US says it and Seoul may have different perspectives on ‘sequence, timing, conditions’.

China backs South Korea’s aim of official declaration of end to 1950-1953 Korean war
3 Dec 2021 - 6:06PM
Li Xiaopeng to succeed Li Tie as head coach of China’s national football team

Li Tie has been replaced by former teammate Li Xiaopeng, the Chinese Football Association announced on Friday

Li Tie has been replaced by former teammate Li Xiaopeng, the Chinese Football Association announced on Friday

Li Xiaopeng to succeed Li Tie as head coach of China’s national football team
3 Dec 2021 - 4:08PM
Incoming Honduras government backs away from pre-election China stance

Senior allies of newly-elected president Xiomara Castro are signalling a reversal on her pledge to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing.

Senior allies of newly-elected president Xiomara Castro are signalling a reversal on her pledge to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing.

Incoming Honduras government backs away from pre-election China stance
3 Dec 2021 - 3:54PM
China’s services sector activity expands at slower pace amid rising inflation pressures, Covid-19 outbreaks

China’s Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 52.1 from 53.8 in October, data released on Friday showed.

China’s Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 52.1 from 53.8 in October, data released on Friday showed.

China’s services sector activity expands at slower pace amid rising inflation pressures, Covid-19 outbreaks
3 Dec 2021 - 10:05AM
Immigration hardliner Karl Nehammer to be Austria’s new leader after strongman Kurz and successor Schallenberg quit

Interior minister Nehammer, a 49-year-old former soldier, says he is ‘unanimously appointed’ as party head and chancellor candidate.

Interior minister Nehammer, a 49-year-old former soldier, says he is ‘unanimously appointed’ as party head and chancellor candidate.

Immigration hardliner Karl Nehammer to be Austria’s new leader after strongman Kurz and successor Schallenberg quit
3 Dec 2021 - 9:15PM
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says cutting some tariffs on Chinese goods could ease price pressures

Some of the Trump-era measures ‘create problems without having any real strategic justification’, the US Treasury Secretary added.

Some of the Trump-era measures ‘create problems without having any real strategic justification’, the US Treasury Secretary added.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says cutting some tariffs on Chinese goods could ease price pressures
3 Dec 2021 - 12:50AM
China speeding up research into Covid-19 vaccines targeting Omicron variant

Head of vaccine development group tells state broadcaster that it is necessary to be prepared.

Head of vaccine development group tells state broadcaster that it is necessary to be prepared.

China speeding up research into Covid-19 vaccines targeting Omicron variant
3 Dec 2021 - 9:52AM
Cambodian PM Hun Sen backs son Hun Manet as successor, defends idea of political dynasty

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Hun Sen’s decision reflected his fear of losing impunity, adding that Cambodia was not ‘private property’ or North Korea.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Hun Sen’s decision reflected his fear of losing impunity, adding that Cambodia was not ‘private property’ or North Korea.

Cambodian PM Hun Sen backs son Hun Manet as successor, defends idea of political dynasty
2 Dec 2021 - 7:34PM
US accuses China of ‘increasing tensions’, hopes to resolve issues with Russia

US defence chief Lloyd Austin said activities such as China’s hypersonic missile test launch in July underscored why it continues to be Washington’s ‘pacing challenge’.

US defence chief Lloyd Austin said activities such as China’s hypersonic missile test launch in July underscored why it continues to be Washington’s ‘pacing challenge’.

US accuses China of ‘increasing tensions’, hopes to resolve issues with Russia
2 Dec 2021 - 4:31PM
US-EU dialogue on China expected to end with ‘robust’ joint statement

A State Department official says Washington and Brussels have increasingly converged in their views on the rising power since May.

A State Department official says Washington and Brussels have increasingly converged in their views on the rising power since May.

US-EU dialogue on China expected to end with ‘robust’ joint statement
2 Dec 2021 - 6:40PM
Facebook removes Chinese network over fake ‘Swiss biologist’ coronavirus claims

The ‘Wilson Edwards’ account had accused the US of interfering in the search for the origin of Covid-19, and was widely quoted by Chinese state media in July.

The ‘Wilson Edwards’ account had accused the US of interfering in the search for the origin of Covid-19, and was widely quoted by Chinese state media in July.

Facebook removes Chinese network over fake ‘Swiss biologist’ coronavirus claims
2 Dec 2021 - 6:18AM
New armoured dinosaur wielded bladed tail resembling Aztec war club

The unique trait helped the four-legged plant-eating Stegouros elengassen ward off predators about 74 million years ago.

The unique trait helped the four-legged plant-eating Stegouros elengassen ward off predators about 74 million years ago.

New armoured dinosaur wielded bladed tail resembling Aztec war club
2 Dec 2021 - 6:00AM
Alec Baldwin on fatal Rust shooting: ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’

The US actor is giving his first full interview after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded on set in New Mexico.

The US actor is giving his first full interview after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded on set in New Mexico.

Alec Baldwin on fatal Rust shooting: ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’
2 Dec 2021 - 4:13AM
US turns focus to space as rivals China and Russia loom

Recent hypersonic and anti-satellite weapons tests raise concerns over increasing competition from other superpowers and a possible arms race.

Recent hypersonic and anti-satellite weapons tests raise concerns over increasing competition from other superpowers and a possible arms race.

US turns focus to space as rivals China and Russia loom
2 Dec 2021 - 2:25AM
South China Sea: Beijing demanded Indonesia stop oil and natural gas drilling during stand-off

In a letter to Indonesia’s foreign ministry, Chinese diplomats told Jakarta to halt drilling at the Natunas rig because it was taking place in Chinese territory.

In a letter to Indonesia’s foreign ministry, Chinese diplomats told Jakarta to halt drilling at the Natunas rig because it was taking place in Chinese territory.

South China Sea: Beijing demanded Indonesia stop oil and natural gas drilling during stand-off
1 Dec 2021 - 3:41PM
Belize assures Taiwan of its support as doubts grow about Honduras

Speaker of Belize’s legislature says it ‘knows the challenges in defending sovereignty and the right to independence as we too have fought a large neighbour’.

Speaker of Belize’s legislature says it ‘knows the challenges in defending sovereignty and the right to independence as we too have fought a large neighbour’.

Belize assures Taiwan of its support as doubts grow about Honduras
1 Dec 2021 - 2:34PM
Thai annual buffet for monkeys resumes as country’s borders reopen

The Monkey Festival, which is traditionally held on the last Sunday in November, was cancelled last year due to Covid-19.

The Monkey Festival, which is traditionally held on the last Sunday in November, was cancelled last year due to Covid-19.

Thai annual buffet for monkeys resumes as country’s borders reopen
1 Dec 2021 - 2:04PM
Leeds United CEO compares calls for English football transfer levy and regulator to Maoism and the Great Chinese Famine

In his programme notes before his side’s game against Crystal Palace, Angus Kinnear compares calls for football regulator to The Great Leap Forward, which killed millions of people.

In his programme notes before his side’s game against Crystal Palace, Angus Kinnear compares calls for football regulator to The Great Leap Forward, which killed millions of people.

Leeds United CEO compares calls for English football transfer levy and regulator to Maoism and the Great Chinese Famine
1 Dec 2021 - 3:24PM
Celebrity surgeon Dr Oz invokes ‘America first’ in bid for US Senate in Pennsylvania

Dr Mehmet Oz said he was running as a ‘conservative Republican’ as he made a pitch to Trump loyalists – and possibly Trump himself.

Dr Mehmet Oz said he was running as a ‘conservative Republican’ as he made a pitch to Trump loyalists – and possibly Trump himself.

Celebrity surgeon Dr Oz invokes ‘America first’ in bid for US Senate in Pennsylvania
1 Dec 2021 - 1:55PM
Japan, US could not stand by if China invaded Taiwan, ex-PM Shinzo Abe says

Abe said that any crisis with Taipei would draw in Tokyo and Washington, and President Xi ‘should never have a misunderstanding in recognising this.’

Abe said that any crisis with Taipei would draw in Tokyo and Washington, and President Xi ‘should never have a misunderstanding in recognising this.’

Japan, US could not stand by if China invaded Taiwan, ex-PM Shinzo Abe says
1 Dec 2021 - 11:47AM
China wanted to ‘drive Australia to its knees’, Biden’s Indo-Pacific adviser says

Kurt Campbell said Beijing has tried to ‘break’ Canberra by ramping up economic pressure on the US ally.

Kurt Campbell said Beijing has tried to ‘break’ Canberra by ramping up economic pressure on the US ally.

China wanted to ‘drive Australia to its knees’, Biden’s Indo-Pacific adviser says
1 Dec 2021 - 10:03AM
China’s factory activity weighed down by coronavirus-induced weak demand, slips back into contraction

China’s Caixin/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 49.9 in November from 53.8 in October, data released on Wednesday showed.

China’s Caixin/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 49.9 in November from 53.8 in October, data released on Wednesday showed.

China’s factory activity weighed down by coronavirus-induced weak demand, slips back into contraction
1 Dec 2021 - 11:31AM
CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for role in ex-governor brother’s harassment scandal

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo ‘indefinitely’ after reviewing the host’s testimony in the investigation of sexual harassment allegations against his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo ‘indefinitely’ after reviewing the host’s testimony in the investigation of sexual harassment allegations against his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for role in ex-governor brother’s harassment scandal
1 Dec 2021 - 5:18PM
Myanmar files fresh corruption charge against Aung San Suu Kyi after court postpones verdict

A court earlier deferred the verdict in her trial on charges of incitement and violations of Covid-19 protocols to December 6.

A court earlier deferred the verdict in her trial on charges of incitement and violations of Covid-19 protocols to December 6.

Myanmar files fresh corruption charge against Aung San Suu Kyi after court postpones verdict
1 Dec 2021 - 8:00AM
US in hypersonic weapon ‘arms race’ with China, says Air Force secretary

Frank Kendall noted that the US military has focused funds on Iraq and Afghanistan, but has taken its eye off the ball in terms of the next-generation arms.

Frank Kendall noted that the US military has focused funds on Iraq and Afghanistan, but has taken its eye off the ball in terms of the next-generation arms.

US in hypersonic weapon ‘arms race’ with China, says Air Force secretary
1 Dec 2021 - 5:55AM
French far-right commentator Eric Zemmour launches presidential campaign

The former journalist will be the top contender to challenge National Rally leader Marine Le Pen for a place in a second round against President Emmanuel Macron.

The former journalist will be the top contender to challenge National Rally leader Marine Le Pen for a place in a second round against President Emmanuel Macron.

French far-right commentator Eric Zemmour launches presidential campaign
1 Dec 2021 - 2:44AM