Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Polling Stations in Florida

Polling stations have opened for early voting in the key battleground state of Florida, where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump remain in a tight race.


Almost 2,000 migrants have been bussed away from the "Jungle" in Calais as French authorities clear the camp.


Belgium cannot sign a key EU trade deal with Canada, Prime Minister Charles Michel has said, because of objections led by its Wallonia region.

Monday, October 24, 2016

AT&T and Time Warner

US telecoms giant AT&T has announced that it will buy entertainment group Time Warner for nearly $86bn (£70bn).

Hillary Clinton

US Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has said she no longer cares what her Republican rival Donald Trump might say and will focus on issues instead.

Mariano Rajoy

The opposition Socialists in Spain have effectively voted to allow the conservatives under Mariano Rajoy to rule as a minority government.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hairless Hamster

A tiny hairless hamster in the US state of Oregon will keep warm this winter after getting a custom-made sweater.
A staff member at the Oregon Humane Society (OHS), in Portland, where she is being cared for, knitted the sweater to help one-year-old Silky stay warm.

Bob Dylan's Nobel Silence

Bob Dylan's failure to acknowledge his Nobel Prize in literature is "impolite and arrogant", according to a member of the body that awards it.

First 100 Days

Donald Trump, lagging behind Hillary Clinton in polls, has outlined what he would do in his first 100 days were he to become US president.
With 17 days until the election, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to his campaign.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

World Media and Clinton

Most media outlets across the globe say that Hillary Clinton won the third and final US presidential candidates' televised debate with Donald Trump.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

The gouge in the ground likely made by Europe's Schiaparelli probe as it hit the surface of Mars on Wednesday has been imaged by an American satellite.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has identified a large dark patch in the robot's targeted landing zone consistent with a high-velocity impact.

Canada and Belgium

A trade deal between the EU and Canada is on the brink of collapse because a Belgian region with a population of just 3.6 million opposes it.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Nasty Woman

It has become clear from polling that Donald Trump is struggling with female voters, and his problems weren't likely to have been helped by a comment during Wednesday's debate.
Hillary Clinton was explaining her plans to raise taxes on the wealthy when she pointedly referred to Trump's possible tax avoidance: "My social security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald's, assuming he can't figure out how to get out of it."
Trump's retort? "Such a nasty woman."

Trump and Result

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he will accept the results of the US election "if I win".
He added that he would accept a "clear" result - but reserved the right to challenge a "questionable" result.

Airline Seats

Airline seats have been one-size-fits-all since the beginning. Today, those 16.5 to 18-inch wide seats are anything but.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Ecuador has acknowledged it partly restricted internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is taking refuge at its London embassy.


There is growing pessimism that a European probe which attempted to land on Mars on Wednesday has been lost.
Tracking of the Schiaparelli robot's radio signals was dropped less than a minute before it was expected to touch down on the Red Planet's surface.
Satellites at Mars have attempted to shed light on the probe's status without success.

Su Filindeu

Away from its famed cerulean seas, Sardinia’s craggy interior is a twisting maze of deep chasms and impenetrable massifs that shelter some of Europe’s most ancient traditions.
Residents here still speak Sardo, the closest living form of Latin. Grandmothers gaze warily at outsiders from under embroidered veils. And, in a modest apartment in the town of Nuoro, a slight 62-year-old named Paola Abraini wakes up every day at 7 am to begin making su filindeu – the rarest pasta in the world.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jamie Chua and Cecilia Chng

Do they blog?

Charles Wasko

A town mayor in the US state of Pennsylvania has quit following uproar over his racist posts on Facebook.
The council in West York unanimously accepted Charles Wasko's resignation offer on Monday night, prompting applause from a crowd in the chambers.

Asma al-Assad

Syria's first lady has said she rejected a deal to offer her safe passage out of the war-torn nation in order to stay by her husband's side.
Asma al-Assad revealed she believed those offering her a new home were trying to undermine her husband Bashar's presidency.

Stop Whining

US President Barack Obama has told Donald Trump to "stop whining" as he rejected his claim that next month's White House election will be rigged.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Charlie Carver

Friends and relatives of a missing American man are concerned because his Facebook page has become active, but they have not seen him for more than a month.
Charlie Carver and girlfriend Kala Brown have been missing from Anderson, South Carolina, since 31 August.

October Surprise

The second week of October is likely to be remembered as the moment when the 2016 presidential campaign went careening off the rails and spinning into the void.
Pundits and election wags love to talk about the so-called "October surprise" - a last-minute revelation that turns an election upside down. This October, the only surprise seems to be a day without surprises.

Quid Pro Quo

A State Department official offered a "quid pro quo" deal if the FBI would change the classification of a Hillary Clinton email, FBI documents indicate.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has defended his writing of a pro-EU article days before he publicly backed Brexit, saying the article was "semi-parodic" and the UK's decision to leave was right.

Media Bias

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said the election is "absolutely rigged" by the "dishonest media" and "at many polling places".
His comments appear to contradict his running mate Mike Pence, who told NBC earlier Mr Trump would "absolutely" accept the election result, despite media "bias".

Kuwait's Cabinet

Kuwait's cabinet has resigned and parliament has been dissolved, triggering early elections.
The moves follow disputes between MPs and the government over fuel price increases in the oil-rich country.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Viewing Cage and Shark

A diver has escaped unharmed after a great white shark smashed into his viewing cage off the coast of Mexico.

Gender Test in China

Police in China have detained 75 people in connection with a widespread network that illegally determined the gender of unborn babies.
The illegal service - aimed at expectant parents wanting male children - smuggled fetal blood samples to Hong Kong for gender testing, officials say.
It operated across much of China and brought in $30m (£25m).

Trump and Drugs Test

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused rival Hillary Clinton of being "pumped up" during their last debate, saying they should both be tested for drugs before the next one.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Brett Archibald

When Brett Archibald fell overboard in the middle of a stormy night in the Indian Ocean he thought he was going to die. For more than 28 hours he was alone at sea, encountering a shark and being attacked by gulls for his eyeballs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The US Department of Transportation has banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on flights after reports of the device catching fire.
Passengers will not be able to take the phones on flights or in their luggage to and from the US from 16:00 GMT on Saturday.

Summer Zervos and Kristin Anderson

Two more women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault, in the latest such allegations against the embattled Republican nominee.
Former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos said the businessman forced himself on her at a Los Angeles hotel and began "thrusting his genitals".
Kristin Anderson told the Washington Post he reached up her skirt and groped her in a New York club in the 1990s.

Friday, October 14, 2016

New UN Secretary General

Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has been officially appointed as the next UN secretary general.
Mr Guterres, 67, will become the world's top diplomat on 1 January when Ban Ki-moon's second five-year term ends.

Bob Dylan

US singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award.
The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Photos Ring in Apple Brisbane

Apple has fired a number of employees at a store in Brisbane, Australia, amid allegations they shared photos of female customers and colleagues and ranked their bodies out of 10.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Zeid Raad al-Hussein

Donald Trump's "deeply unsettling and disturbing" views make him a danger internationally, the UN's human rights chief has said.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein cited Mr Trump's comments on the use of torture and his attitude to "vulnerable communities".

Janet Jackson

Singer Janet Jackson has officially confirmed she is expecting her first child, at the age of 50.

National Citizen Service

David Cameron has revealed his first new role after quitting political life will be to lead an expansion of the National Citizen Service for teenagers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Galaxy Note 7

South Korean tech giant Samsung has permanently ceased production of its high-end Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of devices it had deemed safe catching fire.

Buffett and Trump

US investor Warren Buffett has released his tax details after Republican candidate Donald Trump accused him of using loopholes to avoid paying tax.
Mr Buffett said he had paid income tax every year since 1944 following Mr Trump's assertion that he had taken a "massive deduction" during Sunday's TV debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump Ripped

Republican nominee Donald Trump has ripped into House Speaker Paul Ryan as a "weak and ineffective" leader.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Contract Theory

UK-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland have won the Nobel economics prize for work on contract theory.
Judges said their work laid "an intellectual foundation" for policies in areas such as bankruptcy legislation and political constitutions.

Samsung Note 7

Smartphone giant Samsung has reportedly stopped production of its Note 7 phone amid claims that replacement devices are still at risk of catching fire.

Paul Ryan

The most senior elected US Republican official has said he will not defend Donald Trump, after remarks he made about groping women led to outrage.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to focus on defending seats in Congress, but did not end his endorsement of the party's nominee.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Foreign Workers in UK

UK companies will not be told to list or name foreign workers they employ, the government has said.

Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton's title hopes suffered a second blow in a week as he finished third in the Japanese Grand Prix, won by team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Trump and Team

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his team have come out fighting after a slew of attacks over his obscene remarks about women.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Hungary's largest broadsheet newspaper Nepszabadsag has stopped publication, with journalists and the opposition alleging government pressure.


Police in the eastern German city of Chemnitz have detained three people as they continue a search for a suspect believed to be planning a bomb attack.

Trump Comments

US presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he will never drop out of the race to be president. He would never let his supporters down, he added.
Mr Trump has been under pressure after a tape from 2005 of him making obscene comments and bragging about groping and kissing women emerged on Friday.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Lady Gaga and Joanne

Snippets of Lady Gaga's new album Joanne have been shared online after fans "tricked" Amazon's virtual assistant into playing preview clips.

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict with left-wing rebels.
The Nobel committee praised him for a peace deal signed with Farc rebels, but rejected by Colombians in a vote.

New Fence at Norwegian Border

The Norwegian government says the steel fence is needed to tighten security at the road crossing into Europe's passport-free Schengen zone. It is around 200m (650 feet) long and four metres high.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

  1. Hurricane Matthew, which has been strengthened to a Category Four storm, is currently passing over the Bahamas.

Typhoon Chaba

Typhoon Chaba battered South Korea, authorities said.
The southern cities of Busan and Ulsan were worst affected, as well as the resort island of Jeju.

An Unknown Man

A work thought to be by Dutch artist Frans Hals that sold for a reported £8.5m ($10.8m) has been declared fake.
Sotheby's said it had "rescinded the sale and reimbursed the client in full" after tests revealed the painting, An Unknown Man, was "undoubtedly" forged.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Harold Thomas Martin III

A National Security Agency contractor has been arrested accused of taking top secret information, officials say.
Harold Thomas Martin III is charged with theft of government property and unauthorised removal of "highly classified" materials.

Antonio Guterres

Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is poised to become the next UN secretary general, UN diplomats say.


Republican Governor Mike Pence has upset some in the Latin American community after he was asked in a live TV debate to defend Donald Trump's comments referring to Mexicans as "rapists" and "criminals".

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Erdogan Case

German prosecutors have dropped an investigation into a TV comedian accused of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


The International Monetary Fund has cut its forecast for UK economic growth next year as it warned that the global recovery remains "weak and precarious".
Although the IMF raised its prediction for UK GDP growth this year to 1.8%, the figure for 2017 was cut to 1.1%.
Its assumptions are based on "smooth post-Brexit negotiations and a limited increase in economic barriers".


Yahoo secretly scanned millions of its users' email accounts on behalf of the US government, according to a report.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Rahma Sadau

A leading Nigerian actress has been banned from the Hausa-language film industry because of her "immoral" behaviour, the main industry body says.
Rahma Sadau caused offence by "hugging and cuddling" pop star Classiq in a video, it added.

Greek Police

Police in Greece have used tear gas on pensioners who were protesting against cuts to their income from the state.

End of NY Fundraising

Donald Trump's charitable foundation has been ordered by New York's attorney general to stop fundraising.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hurricane Matthew and Haiti

Haiti has begun evacuating residents from high-risk areas as Hurricane Matthew threatens widespread damage with flash floods and winds of up to 240km/h (150mph), forecasters say.
The strongest hurricane in the Atlantic in almost a decade is expected to hit Haiti and Jamaica on Monday, the US National Hurricane Center says.

Hungarians and Migrants

Hungarians who voted in a referendum on Sunday have overwhelmingly rejected mandatory EU migrant quotas, the national election office has said.

Brexit and Article 50

The UK will begin the formal Brexit negotiation process by the end of March 2017, PM Theresa May has said.
The timing on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty means the UK looks set to leave the EU by summer 2019.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Magnemite and Sandshrew Nests in Singapore

East Coast Beach
Area F

Pedro Sanchez

The leader of Spain's opposition Socialists, Pedro Sanchez, has resigned, in a move that could end months of political deadlock.

Georgia Pope

Pope Francis has said Mass in a largely empty stadium on a visit to Georgia after the majority Orthodox Christian Church asked followers to stay away.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Van Gogh Paintings

Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen during a dramatic raid on an Amsterdam museum in 2002.


Europe's Rosetta probe has ended its mission to Comet 67P by crash-landing on to the icy object's surface.

Migrant Child Brides

Should a 14-year-old married girl who migrates to Europe be viewed as a child - or a spouse?
The issue has put European governments in a spin: forcing a policy U-turn in Denmark, new legislation in the Netherlands and an agonised debate in Germany.

Friday, September 30, 2016


A 200-million-year-old reptile is rewriting the rulebooks on how four-legged animals conquered the world.
Newly discovered fossils suggest Drepanosaurus had huge hooked claws to dig insects from bark, much like today's anteaters in the forests of Central and South America.

Trump and Embargo

Hillary Clinton says presidential rival Donald Trump appears to have violated US laws, after a report said he broke a trade embargo with Cuba.

George and Charlotte

Prince George and Princess Charlotte have played with children of the Canadian military at a rare joint appearance at an official event.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Clinton Receives Republican Endorsements

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has received another endorsement from a leading Republican, two days after the first presidential debate.
On Wednesday she was endorsed by John Warner, a five-time Virginia senator.
She was also backed by the Arizona Republic newspaper, the first time it has supported a Democrat since its founding in 1890.

Pepe the Frog

Online cartoon Pepe the Frog has been added to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)'s database of hate symbols.

Congress Overrides

Congress has voted to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabian officials.
In the first veto override of his presidency, the Senate voted 97-1 and the House of Representatives 348-77, meaning the bill becomes law.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


The Republican candidate for White House appeared to use an unusual adverb in his debate against Hillary Clinton. Or did he? 

It came during a discussion on fiscal policy, when, Donald Trump told his opponent: "I'm going to cut taxes bigly, and you're going to raise taxes bigly." Or so many thought, anyway.

Trump Might Hit Harder

US Republican candidate Donald Trump has said he may hit his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton harder in the next presidential debate, following their first encounter on Monday.

Trump and Miss Piggy

Alicia Machado rose to international fame in 1996, after being crowned Miss Universe at the age of 19.
Now, 20 years later, she is back in the headlines.
Ms Machado claims she was called "Miss Piggy" by Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for the White House who owned the beauty pageant when she won it.
The remarks were made, the Venezuela-born model says, after she put on some weight following her win.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Galaxy Note 7

Samsung has said it will delay restarting the sale of its Galaxy Note 7 phone in South Korea, as the firm needs more time for the global recall of the device.

Homa Hoodfar

A Canadian-Iranian academic has been released from prison by Iranian authorities, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed.
The release was given on "humanitarian grounds", Iranian state media report.
Homa Hoodfar, 65, was one of several dual nationals being held for alleged "acts against national security".

Bankia Bank

Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato and 64 other bankers have gone on trial in Madrid over an alleged credit card racket at Spain's troubled Bankia bank.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Largest Radio Telescope

The world's largest radio telescope, which has been built in China, is beginning an intensive testing phase.
Chinese scientists report that the giant dish, which measures 500m (1,640ft) across, is complete and has received its first signals from space.
It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument so it can become fully operational.

Brexit and Theresa May

Claims Theresa May "badly let down" David Cameron over the EU referendum campaign have been dismissed by former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith.

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin scored his fifth goal in four appearances as Southampton condemned West Ham to a fourth successive Premier League defeat.

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.