Sunday, September 25, 2016

Stranded Refugees

Since Europe closed its borders to refugees and migrants, nearly 60,000 people have been trapped in Greece.
Waiting many months for asylum interviews, many are desperately seeking a different way out.

Giant Refugee City

The European Union should set up a "giant refugee city" on the Libyan coast to process African asylum seekers before they reach Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said.
Mr Orban, who has taken a hardline stance against migration, suggested a new Libyan government run the camp.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as Labour leader, comfortably defeating his challenger Owen Smith.
He won 61.8% of the vote, a larger margin of victory than last year.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Video Viewing on Facebook

Facebook has overestimated how much video people have watched for the last two years.

Brad Pitt and Private Flight

The FBI says it is gathering information about an alleged incident involving Brad Pitt and his children aboard a private flight last week.

Cruz and Trump

Defeated Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has endorsed Donald Trump in the race for the White House.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Race and Identity

Race and identity has proved to be a controversial issue in the run-up to the US presidential election in November.

Tserin Dopchut

A three-year-old boy survived alone for 72 hours in a forest in the remote Russian region of Siberia, in an area renowned for being inhabited by wolves and bears.
Tserin Dopchut only had a small bar of chocolate in his pocket when he wandered into the woodland.

Keith Lamont Scott

Two opposing narratives are being told in Charlotte, North Carolina, where 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot to death by police on Tuesday.
Police say that Mr Scott was holding a handgun when he stepped out from his car parked at his apartment building.
Family and witnesses say that he actually held a book, which he was reading while waiting for the school bus to drop off his son.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rome 2024 Olympic Bid

Rome is set to drop its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024, after its anti-establishment mayor said it would be "irresponsible" to be a candidate.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade.
At a press conference in San Francisco, they said their ultimate goal was to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century".
The funds will be distributed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which they created in December 2015.


A forthcoming Disney movie tells the story of Moana, a Polynesian girl who teams up with demi-god Maui to save her people. But some people have said the film and its merchandise are appropriating Samoan culture.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Brangelina Break-up

It is over. The world's most famous couple (apart from Kim and Kanye) are no more. Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt after two years of marriage, and more than a decade together.

Bush and Clinton

US Republican ex-President George HW Bush will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, US news website Politico reports.

Angelina Jolie's Divorce

Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt citing "irreconcilable differences", the actress's lawyer has confirmed.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New York City Bombings

Donald Trump showed a bit of restraint, at least for a while. Hillary Clinton amped up her rhetoric and seemed to acknowledge that the Republican nominee isn't her only opponent.
In the immediate aftermath of the New York City bombings, both campaigns scrambled to gain the upper hand and revealed a bit about their strategies heading into the final months of the election.

Paul Gascoigne

Ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to racially aggravated abuse over a joke at a show.


Some 3,000 to 4,000 migrants have been evacuated from the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos after a large fire destroyed tents and prefabricated homes.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Oldest Fish Hooks

Archaeologists have found the world's oldest fish hooks in a cave on the Japanese island of Okinawa.
The pair, dating from about 23,000 years ago, were carved from sea snail shells and found with other ancient relics.

Bombing in New York

A bomb attack in New York City was a terrorist act, officials say, but no links have been found to global groups and the motivation remains unclear.
"Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation? We do not know," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Chinese Business Confidence

Confidence among Chinese entrepreneurs has picked up for the second quarter running, according to the country's central bank.
People's Bank of China surveys showed the business confidence index rising to 51.2% in the third quarter.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Euromillions Draw

A UK ticketholder who won a £34m jackpot in Friday's Euromillions draw has come forward to claim the prize.
National Lottery operator Camelot said that, subject to validation, the prize could be paid out on Monday.
It was the eighth ticket in the UK to take the top Euromillions prize so far this year and the fourth this month.

Visegrad Four

A group of Central European EU members known as the Visegrad Four is ready to veto any Brexit deal that would limit people's right to work in the UK, Slovakian PM Robert Fico says.

Voting in Russia

Voting has begun in earnest in Russia's parliamentary election, dominated by President Vladimir Putin's supporters.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Obama's Birthplace

Donald Trump, the main supporter of false claims about Barack Obama's birthplace, has finally said he accepts that the president was born in the US, "period".

Renew EU

The leaders of France and Germany say the EU has agreed on priorities for reinvigorating the bloc despite the "critical situation" created by the UK Brexit vote.

Martin Roth

The Victoria & Albert Museum's outgoing director has said he is leaving partly to become more involved in politics to fight a "new nationalism" in Europe.

Friday, September 16, 2016


Residents have clashed with asylum seekers in a town in eastern Germany that has become a flashpoint for anti-refugee sentiment.
Some 80 locals, described by police as far-right, brawled with 20 young asylum seekers in Bautzen.

Kevin and Julia Garratt

A Canadian man arrested with his wife in China two years ago has returned home, Canadian officials say.
Kevin Garratt was held in August 2014 and accused of being a Canadian spy. His wife, Julia Garratt, was freed shortly after the arrest.

Long Daytime Nap and Diabetes

Napping for more than an hour during the day could be a warning sign for type-2 diabetes, Japanese researchers suggest.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bayer and Monsanto

German chemicals giant Bayer has confirmed its record-breaking $66bn takeover of GM seeds business Monsanto - a deal that would create the world's biggest seeds and pesticides company.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Federal prosecutors in Brazil have asked a judge to file corruption charges against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Colin Powell

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has reportedly called Republican nominee Donald Trump a "national disgrace," according to leaked emails.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Barclays has cut 13,600 net jobs in the nine months since Jes Staley arrived as chief executive, or 10 per cent of its staff, underscoring the bank's stringent focus on costs.

Central Perk Cafe in Singapore

Tentative date of opening - 24 November 2016

Uncle Chicken Rice

The story behind the sale of this chicken rice recipe reads like a gongfu classic.
Money alone was not enough to convince Mr Niven Leong to part with his secret recipe - his potential apprentices would have to commit to a rigorous selection process.
They would then have to go through at least a month of training under Mr Leong, the 56-year-old owner of Uncle Chicken Rice stall at The Bedok Marketplace.
Mr Leong told The New Paper that "around 20 people" approached him after he announced in 2014 that his recipe was up for sale. This was despite the hefty $42,800 price tag.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Great British Bake Off

The BBC has lost the contract to broadcast The Great British Bake Off, which will now be shown on Channel 4.
It has signed a three-year deal with Love Productions, which makes the hit show, currently shown on BBC One.

Donald Trump

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to release details about his health after his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia.

David Cameron

Former UK PM David Cameron has stood down as an MP, triggering a by-election in his Oxfordshire seat of Witney.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Singapore Grand Prix 2016

Race promoter Singapore GP today launched the single-day Zone 4 Walkabout tickets for the 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX. Fans can now opt to purchase the Friday Zone 4 Walkabout tickets (S$78nett), Saturday Zone 4 Walkabout tickets (S$168nett) or Sunday Zone 4 Walkabout tickets (S$198nett), at a maximum of four tickets per person.

Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales have opted out of October's tour of Bangladesh because of security concerns.

Data Cuisine

An innovative design project dubbed Data Cuisine has turned fuzzy maths into something we can bite into – literally. The process encourages people to examine topical issues by converting data-driven dishes into conversation pieces.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bullfighting in Madrid

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Madrid to demand an end to the controversial tradition of bullfighting.

Galaxy Note 7

Samsung has urged owners of its Galaxy Note 7 phones to stop using or exchange the devices as they risk exploding.
Samsung recalled 2.5 million phones last week after reports emerged of the device exploding during or after charging.
And airline passengers were warned by US authorities not to switch on or charge the phones while on board.

Hillary Clinton Apologised

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has apologised for calling half of Donald Trump's supporters "deplorable" people.
But the Democrat launched a furious attack on her Republican opponent and promised to keep fighting "bigotry and racist rhetoric".

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Miracle Mattress

A Texas mattress shop is to close after facing a backlash for a 9/11-themed advert described as "tasteless".
Miracle Mattress faced strong criticism after its "twin tower sale" offered every mattress sold on the anniversary of the attacks for the price of a smaller twin mattress.

US, Russia and Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry says US and Russia agree steps to reduce Syria violence.

Robotic Operation

Surgeons have used a robot to operate inside the eye and restore sight - in a world first.
A team at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital used the device, controlled via a joystick, to remove a membrane one hundredth of a millimetre thick.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Cable Cars in the French Alps

About 60 people remain stuck on a series of cable cars high above the glaciers of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, officials say.
They say initially 110 people were trapped, but 50 were later airlifted out by helicopters. The operation was suspended as night fell.
The cable cars were at "an altitude of about 3,800m (12,468ft)", officials in the Haute-Savoie region said.


In the striped and hairy history of the Tasmanian tiger, those who believe the extinct animal has quietly survived have offered up all kinds of evidence.
The animal, also known as a thylacine, was declared extinct 80 years ago.
But over the decades various people have offered hazy eyewitness accounts and undocumented physical evidence as proof that some are still out there.


Removing the headphone jack from the iPhone is not an act of courage, it is an act of leverage. They are in a position of immense power and they are using that power to eliminate something good and replace it with something that makes them money. It is not a conspiracy theory, it is a business plan.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tromp Family

A family of five disappeared on a tech-free road-trip only to turn up one by one after a week-long odyssey of more than 1,600km (995 miles), which ended with a police investigation and two of them in psychiatric care. This was a missing person mystery that held Australia spellbound, writes Trevor Marshallsea.

Denmark and Panama Papers

Denmark will buy data leaked from the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, Taxation Minister Karsten Lauritzen has announced.

iPhone 7 and Airpods

The iPhone 7 will not have a traditional headphone socket.
Apple said its lightning connector could be used instead, which would make room for other components. It will also promote the use of wireless earphones, and has released a set of its own called Airpods.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Refugee Camp in Paris

Paris is to open its first refugee camp next month in response to asylum seekers living in the city's streets.

Endorsement for Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been endorsed by 88 former military leaders in an open letter, according to his campaign.
The group of retired generals and admirals declared the Republican nominee "has the temperament to be commander-in-chief".
Mr Trump, who has highlighted veterans' issues during his campaign, called their support "a great honour".

Victories for Serena Williams

World number one Serena Williams set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories with a win over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at the US Open in New York.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Oil, Russia and Saudi Arabia

The price of oil jumped after Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to discuss ways to stabilise the oil market.

Obama and Colin Kaepernick

US President Barack Obama has said NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the US national anthem, was exercising his constitutional right to make a point.


Five women wearing the Islamic headscarf have been prevented from entering a nursery school in Corsica by other parents, local media report.
Police intervened to calm the incident in Bonifacio, local media reported.
Staff and pupils at French schools are banned from wearing religious symbols - but parents are not.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Giant Panda

The giant panda is no longer an endangered species, following decades of work by conservationists to save it.
The official status of the much-loved animal has been changed from "endangered" to "vulnerable" because of a population rebound in China.

Elections in Hong Kong

Votes are being counted after Hong Kong held its first major elections since the pro-democracy protests in 2014.

Angela Merkel's CDU

Angela Merkel's ruling CDU party has been beaten into third place by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern German state, TV exit polls suggest.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Paris Climate Deal

The US and China - together responsible for 40% of the world's carbon emissions - have both formally joined the Paris global climate agreement.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams powered to a record 307th Grand Slam match win to reach the fourth round of the US Open.

Chris Froome

Chris Froome repelled a series of attacks from Nairo Quintana to stay 54 seconds behind the Vuelta a Espana race leader after stage 14's summit finish.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Brexit and Europe

Brexit has weakened Europe and created uncertainties about its future, Russia's deputy prime minister has said.

Glass Bridge in Hunan

A glass-bottomed bridge in China that was heralded as a record-breaker when it opened just 13 days ago has closed.
Officials said the government was planning urgent maintenance work in the area and the bridge closed on Friday, with a re-opening time to be announced.

Hurricane Hermine

Hurricane Hermine, the first to hit Florida in a decade, caused severe damage along the state's northern Gulf Coast.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tolaga Bay

Residents of a small community on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island have been asked to evacuate after a severe earthquake at sea.
Civil defence authorities asked people in the Tolaga Bay area to leave their homes after a 7.1 quake struck 169km (105 miles) north-east of Gisborne.
People in some coastal areas were told to go to higher ground.


A rocket operated by the aerospace company SpaceX has exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired ahead of a launch.

Ring of Fire

Stargazers in parts of Africa have been treated to a spectacular "ring of fire" in the sky as the sun was almost - but not completely - eclipsed.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Rebecca Cathrine Kaadu Ostenfeld

There are many stories of messages in bottles travelling thousands of miles before being picked up and read, and letters arriving decades after they were posted. But here is a different twist.
Rebecca Cathrine Kaadu Ostenfeld was reportedly surprised when a letter was delivered to the horse farm where she lives with her husband and three children near Búðardalur in the west of Iceland.
Instead of a postal address or a recipient's name, the sender had drawn a map of where they believed the farm to be, together with the following, in English:
"Country: Iceland. City: Búðardalur. Name: A horse farm with an Icelandic/Danish couple and three kids and a lot of sheep!"
The sender had also added a further clue to the intended recipient: "the Danish woman works in a supermarket in Búðardalur."
The letter had been written and sent from the Icelandic capital Reykjavík by a tourist who had stayed at the farm but who obviously did not know the address.
And, extraordinarily, it arrived at the right place.


A drug that destroys the characteristic protein plaques that build up in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's is showing "tantalising" promise, scientists say.
Experts are cautious because the drug, Aducanumab, is still in the early stages of development.


Supporters of Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping have set the national assembly on fire after President Ali Bongo was declared winner of Saturday's presidential election.

KFC's Alleged Secret Recipe

KFC’s alleged secret recipe is as follows: 2 cups white flour plus 2/3 tbsp. salt; 1/2 tbsp. thyme; 1/2 tbsp. basil; 1/3 tbsp. oregano; 1 tbsp. celery salt; 1 tbsp. black pepper; 1 tbsp. dried mustard; 4 tbsp. paprika; 2 tbsp. garlic salt; 1 tbsp. ground ginger; 3 tbsp. white pepper.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Apple and Tax

There has been widespread criticism in the US of the European Commission's ruling that Apple should pay up to €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes.
The US Treasury said that such tax investigations were "unfair" and undermined the tax rules of individual states.

Colin Kaepernick

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should "find a country that works better for him" said Donald Trump after the player's national anthem protest.
The Republican presidential nominee weighed in on the San Francisco 49er's decision to sit during The Star-Spangled Banner in a pre-game ceremony.


On the one hand, China is the country's biggest trading partner, but it also poses a potential regional military threat that's drawing the attention of the US, Australia's closest defence ally.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Chris Froome

Chris Froome moved back into third in the Vuelta but lost more ground on the red jersey as Nairo Quintana won stage 10 to regain the overall lead.

Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund powered past 13th seed Richard Gasquet to claim the best win of his career and reach the second round of the US Open.
Edmund, ranked 84th, beat the former semi-finalist 6-2 6-2 6-3 on a hot afternoon at Flushing Meadows.
The Briton, 21, will face American wild card Ernesto Escobedo in round two.

Sergio Aguero

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of Argentina's World Cup 2018 qualifiers with a calf injury.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Le Cenacle

A video showing a restaurateur in a Paris suburb apparently refusing to serve two Muslim women has sparked anger in France and calls for protest.
In the video, widely shared on social media, the man tells the hijab-wearing women: "Terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists."
The incident took place at Le Cenacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France on Saturday night.

Mary Berry

MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace has criticised Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry over her suggestion that no family should own a deep-fat fryer.

Sigmar Gabriel

Germany's vice-chancellor has warned the future of the EU could be in doubt if the UK's exit is handled badly.
Sigmar Gabriel said the EU would go "down the drain" if other states followed Britain's lead and that the UK could not keep the "nice things" about Europe while taking no responsibility.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Colin Kaepernick

A US National Football League (NFL) quarterback has refused to stand for the national anthem in protest at what he sees as racial injustice.
Colin Kaepernick, who plays with the San Francisco 49ers, remained seated as the anthem was played.

Juno and Jupiter

A probe flown by the US space agency Nasa has made its first close approach to the planet Jupiter since going into orbit in July.
Juno was commanded to pass just 4,200km above the cloud tops of the gas giant on Saturday.
No previous spacecraft has got so close to the world during the main phase of its mission.
Juno had all its instruments - and its camera - switched on and primed for the encounter.

Switched At Birth

Two men in a remote community in Canada have found out they were switched at birth 41 years ago.
Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr know each other and continue to live in the same town of 5,000 people, who are mostly indigenous from the Cree Nation.
This is the second such case to come to light in a year.
In November, local government officials said two other men at the same hospital were also switched at birth in the same year.
Luke Monias and Norman Barkman's case prompted Mr Tait and Mr Swanson to have their DNA tested.

Saturday, August 27, 2016


France's highest administrative court has suspended a ban on full-body "burkini" swimsuits that was imposed in a town on the Mediterranean coast.
The ban in Villeneuve-Loubet "seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms", it found.
The ruling could set a precedent for up to 30 other towns that imposed bans on their beaches, chiefly on the Riviera.

Wolfram Gottschalk

An elderly Canadian couple who have been married for 62 years have been forced to live in separate care homes.
A photo of Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, and his wife, Anita, 81, went viral after their granddaughter shared their story.

Sarah Palin

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has warned Donald Trump of "massive disappointment" if he backs down on his plan to deport undocumented immigrants.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Clinton and Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of being a "bigot" in his latest appeal to minority voters.
Speaking at a Mississippi rally, he said his opponent "sees people of colour only as votes not as human beings worthy of a better future".
Mr Trump added that Mrs Clinton and the Democratic party had taken advantage of the African-American community.
Mrs Clinton fired back, saying "he is taking a hate movement mainstream".


Languages are ever changing, mixing and mutating, and sometimes they give birth to new ones. Sanskrit gave birth to Hindi and others; Latin is ancestor to a set of languages including Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian; more recently, Afrikaans came from Dutch. But how about English? What will it give birth to?


People have been turning nouns into verbs for centuries – so why does it grate so much?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Proxima Centauri

The nearest habitable world beyond our Solar System might be right on our doorstep - astronomically speaking.
Scientists say their investigations of the closest star, Proxima Centauri, show it to have an Earth-sized planet orbiting about it.
What is more, this rocky globe is moving in a zone that would make liquid water on its surface a possibility.
Proxima is 40 trillion km away and would take a spacecraft using current technology thousands of years to reach.

Camber Sands

Two more bodies have been found on the beach at Camber Sands, hours after three men were pulled from the water on the hottest day of the year.
A member of the public found the two bodies as the tide receded at about 20:00 BST, the RNLI said.
A search is underway for a third person missing at the East Sussex beach. Lifeboats and a helicopter are combing the water off the coast.
Seven other people have died around the coastline since Friday.

Earthquake in Perugia

At least 120 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, PM Matteo Renzi has said.
The magnitude-6.2 quake struck at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome, not far from Perugia.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors has unveiled a new battery pack for the performance versions of its Model S and X cars that will extend the range and mean faster acceleration.

Biggest Pearl

Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world - weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone).
The pearl was found 10 years ago by a fisherman who was unaware of its value and kept it as a good luck charm, Palawan official Aileen Amurao said.
"We were amazed when he brought it to us," she told local media.
Officials are awaiting confirmation from gemologists that the find is indeed the world's largest pearl.
The pearl is 61cm (2ft) wide and 30cm long and, if confirmed, will easily beat the current record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4kg.