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Donald Trump orders major withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria, days after vows to not ‘abandon’ regional partners

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper makes announcement as Turkish forces continue their offensive against the Kurds in Syria.

14 Oct 2019 - 1:19AM

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper makes announcement as Turkish forces continue their offensive against the Kurds in Syria.

Donald Trump orders major withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria, days after vows to not ‘abandon’ regional partners
Quick and QWERTY: phone typists nearly as fast as physical keyboard users, with smart handsets changing the way we type

Those using two-thumb technique can register a blazing 38 words per minute, new study finds. Mobile phone typists who use auto-correct are also faster than those who use word-prediction tools.

13 Oct 2019 - 5:44PM

Those using two-thumb technique can register a blazing 38 words per minute, new study finds. Mobile phone typists who use auto-correct are also faster than those who use word-prediction tools.

Quick and QWERTY: phone typists nearly as fast as physical keyboard users, with smart handsets changing the way we type
Want to travel to Europe? Autumn is the best time to visit

Quite apart from better weather and fewer tourists, you’re likely to get a better deal on airfares

12 Oct 2019 - 8:30AM

Quite apart from better weather and fewer tourists, you’re likely to get a better deal on airfares

Want to travel to Europe? Autumn is the best time to visit
Vocal Donald Trump critic Shepard Smith resigns from Fox News, with immediate effect

Chief news anchor has often incurred the wrath of loyal Fox viewers – and the president himself – with his sceptical reporting and commentary on the US leader.

12 Oct 2019 - 10:08AM

Chief news anchor has often incurred the wrath of loyal Fox viewers – and the president himself – with his sceptical reporting and commentary on the US leader.

Vocal Donald Trump critic Shepard Smith resigns from Fox News, with immediate effect
How a dog can help you live longer, lower your blood pressure and make you healthier

A dog can be your best friend, but did you know your pet can also extend your life? Studies show that owning a dog helps lower your blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health.

12 Oct 2019 - 4:56AM

A dog can be your best friend, but did you know your pet can also extend your life? Studies show that owning a dog helps lower your blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health.

How a dog can help you live longer, lower your blood pressure and make you healthier
7 tips for solo travel inspired by a trip to Tokyo
Amazon, Samsung and Microsoft take on Apple Airpods with next-generation earbuds

Samsung Galaxy Buds, Microsoft Surface Earbuds and Amazon Echo Buds are the latest releases. These earbuds offer voice and touch control and can incorporate personal assistants.

11 Oct 2019 - 3:25AM

Samsung Galaxy Buds, Microsoft Surface Earbuds and Amazon Echo Buds are the latest releases. These earbuds offer voice and touch control and can incorporate personal assistants.

Amazon, Samsung and Microsoft take on Apple Airpods with next-generation earbuds
James Foley beheading: US to take custody of two British Islamic State militants dubbed the ‘Beatles’

British nationals Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are accused of being involved in execution of the US journalist and other Western captives.

10 Oct 2019 - 9:59PM

British nationals Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are accused of being involved in execution of the US journalist and other Western captives.

James Foley beheading: US to take custody of two British Islamic State militants dubbed the ‘Beatles’
Tinder’s apocalyptic party video game Swipe Night – a fun way to spend five minutes, then see how other users did ... and check their profiles

The popular dating app has released a choose-your-own-adventure game that is live on Tinder every Sunday. The game, set at a party just as a comet is about to hit the earth, involves making snap decisions.

9 Oct 2019 - 4:14AM

The popular dating app has released a choose-your-own-adventure game that is live on Tinder every Sunday. The game, set at a party just as a comet is about to hit the earth, involves making snap decisions.

Tinder’s apocalyptic party video game Swipe Night – a fun way to spend five minutes, then see how other users did ... and check their profiles
Hotel hacks to help you sleep, avoid germs and score free phone chargers

Ever lost sleep at a hotel because of light leaking through the curtains? There are some tricks you can employ to fix that. Also: how to block blinking lights, fight dehydration, override the thermostat and avoid germs.

8 Oct 2019 - 8:00PM

Ever lost sleep at a hotel because of light leaking through the curtains? There are some tricks you can employ to fix that. Also: how to block blinking lights, fight dehydration, override the thermostat and avoid germs.

Hotel hacks to help you sleep, avoid germs and score free phone chargers
Excitable Labrador puppy ‘shoots’ woman in leg with handgun

Loaded .22-calibre handgun discharges after dog jumps on car console where it was stored.

8 Oct 2019 - 4:21AM

Loaded .22-calibre handgun discharges after dog jumps on car console where it was stored.

Excitable Labrador puppy ‘shoots’ woman in leg with handgun
Six elephants die trying to save calf trapped in waterfall in Thailand

Elephants are sympathetic animals that have been known to help each other when they are distressed.

8 Oct 2019 - 10:51AM

Elephants are sympathetic animals that have been known to help each other when they are distressed.

Six elephants die trying to save calf trapped in waterfall in Thailand
Donald Trump says Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff committed treason and should be impeached

US President Donald Trump is increasingly accusing his perceived enemies of treason as the political crisis over his impeachment inquiry deepens.

8 Oct 2019 - 3:29AM

US President Donald Trump is increasingly accusing his perceived enemies of treason as the political crisis over his impeachment inquiry deepens.

Donald Trump says Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff committed treason and should be impeached
Trump impeachment inquiry: whistle-blower’s lawyer says legal team now representing ‘multiple’ officials

Democrats have opened impeachment investigation after the first whistle-blower lodged a complaint about Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into investigating former US vice-president Joe Biden and his son.

7 Oct 2019 - 3:19AM

Democrats have opened impeachment investigation after the first whistle-blower lodged a complaint about Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into investigating former US vice-president Joe Biden and his son.

Trump impeachment inquiry:  whistle-blower’s lawyer says legal team now representing ‘multiple’ officials
Time and motion: what exactly does an orchestra conductor do? A classical music critic explains

A conductor’s tasks include keeping time and controlling the volume and expression of the players. Classical music critic Anne Midgette explains the intricacies of the art.

7 Oct 2019 - 5:53PM

A conductor’s tasks include keeping time and controlling the volume and expression of the players. Classical music critic Anne Midgette explains the intricacies of the art.

Time and motion: what exactly does an orchestra conductor do? A classical music critic explains
North Korea said nuclear talks with US have broken down

North Korea said nuclear talks with the United States have broken down, a description denied by the Trump administration citing a ‘good discussion’.

6 Oct 2019 - 10:35AM

North Korea said nuclear talks with the United States have broken down, a description denied by the Trump administration citing a ‘good discussion’.

North Korea said nuclear talks with US have broken down
Disney is adding vegan dishes to its theme park menus – are you excited?

Restaurants at Disney’s US theme parks are serving plant-based items as demand grows, while top cruise liners such as Royal Caribbean International and Oceania Cruises are offering meatless menus and all-vegan trips

4 Oct 2019 - 12:00PM

Restaurants at Disney’s US theme parks are serving plant-based items as demand grows, while top cruise liners such as Royal Caribbean International and Oceania Cruises are offering meatless menus and all-vegan trips

Disney is adding vegan dishes to its theme park menus – are you excited?
Ethnic food aisles in supermarkets: racist, as celebrity chef David Chang says, or simply convenient?

How come Italian foods are found in regular supermarket aisles but often foods of other ethnicities such as Chinese and Japanese have their own sections, celebrity chef David Chang asked. Retail experts say it’s for convenience.

3 Oct 2019 - 3:45PM

How come Italian foods are found in regular supermarket aisles but often foods of other ethnicities such as Chinese and Japanese have their own sections, celebrity chef David Chang asked. Retail experts say it’s for convenience.

Ethnic food aisles in supermarkets: racist, as celebrity chef David Chang says, or simply convenient?
Woman climbs into lion enclosure at Bronx Zoo to dance in front of animal, prompting police investigation

Police investigating report of criminal trespass as zoo says woman’s actions ‘could have resulted in serious injury or death’.

3 Oct 2019 - 8:36PM

Police investigating report of criminal trespass as zoo says woman’s actions ‘could have resulted in serious injury or death’.

Woman climbs into lion enclosure at Bronx Zoo to dance in front of animal, prompting police investigation
Reusable water bottles: glass, metal or plastic – which is healthiest for you, and best for planet Earth?

No matter their composition, reusable water bottles help cut down on single use plastic. But how healthy are they? Experts give their opinions on which eco-friendly material is best for us.

2 Oct 2019 - 11:48PM

No matter their composition, reusable water bottles help cut down on single use plastic. But how healthy are they? Experts give their opinions on which eco-friendly material is best for us.

Reusable water bottles: glass, metal or plastic – which is healthiest for you, and best for planet Earth?
7 adulting skills that will make university a better experience

Leaving home and being responsible for your life can be challenging, but it's much easier if you develop these competencies before (or soon after) you move

2 Oct 2019 - 7:51PM

Leaving home and being responsible for your life can be challenging, but it's much easier if you develop these competencies before (or soon after) you move

7 adulting skills that will make university a better experience
Iran sentences man to death on charges of spying for the CIA

Three others were handed 10 years in prison on accusation of spying for the United States and Britain, a state-run news agency reported.

1 Oct 2019 - 11:12PM

Three others were handed 10 years in prison on accusation of spying for the United States and Britain, a state-run news agency reported.

Iran sentences man to death on charges of spying for the CIA
Aviation regulator to investigate if aeroplane seats are getting too small for the ‘average American’

Under federal regulations, planes must be able to be evacuated within 90 seconds. But with ever-shrinking seats and expanding waistlines, it is not clear whether that standard can still be met.

1 Oct 2019 - 8:29PM

Under federal regulations, planes must be able to be evacuated within 90 seconds. But with ever-shrinking seats and expanding waistlines, it is not clear whether that standard can still be met.

Aviation regulator to investigate if aeroplane seats are getting too small for the ‘average American’
Probe into US transport chief Elaine Chao’s China links shows ‘lack of understanding’ of Asian values, department says

Oversight panel is looking into Chao’s links to China, amid accusations that she was using her office to benefit her family’s business.

1 Oct 2019 - 10:25PM

Oversight panel is looking into Chao’s links to China, amid accusations that she was using her office to benefit her family’s business.

Probe into US transport chief Elaine Chao’s China links shows ‘lack of understanding’ of Asian values, department says
Twenty kangaroos killed in Australian ‘hit-and-run spree’

Police looking for witnesses to late-night ‘acts of animal cruelty’ in coastal Australian suburb of Tura Beach.

1 Oct 2019 - 2:26PM

Police looking for witnesses to late-night ‘acts of animal cruelty’ in coastal Australian suburb of Tura Beach.

Twenty kangaroos killed in Australian ‘hit-and-run spree’
How to cut down on single-use plastic – everyone can do it
Five things you’re getting wrong about tropical rainforests
Six tips for scoring house-sitting gigs that will let you travel the world
Is cheese good for you? From feta and Cheddar to American slices, a ranking of cheeses by health benefits

While it’s long been criticised for contributing to bad heart health, that isn’t the full story when it comes to the good stuff

30 Sep 2019 - 10:22AM

While it’s long been criticised for contributing to bad heart health, that isn’t the full story when it comes to the good stuff

Is cheese good for you? From feta and Cheddar to American slices, a ranking of cheeses by health benefits
9 tips to keep friendships intact while vacationing with pals

Travel with friends can be inspiring, restorative and life-affirming; just be sure to make sure your goals, budget and interests align

30 Sep 2019 - 12:17PM

Travel with friends can be inspiring, restorative and life-affirming; just be sure to make sure your goals, budget and interests align

9 tips to keep friendships intact while vacationing with pals