Wednesday, November 30, 2016

President of South Korea

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has said she has asked parliament to help her find a way to stand down.

Trace Gas Orbiter

Europe's and Russia's new satellite at Mars has sent back its first images of the planet.
The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) arrived on 19 October, putting itself in a highly elliptical parking orbit.

Barry Bennell

Former football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy aged under 14, prosecutors have said.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shilpa Shetty and Animal Farm

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is trending on Indian social media for her literary reviews, after suggesting Animal Farm be used to teach children about caring for animals.

Great Barrier Reef

Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a study has found.

Millions of Illegal Votes?

US President-elect Donald Trump has asserted he won the popular vote on 8 November "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally".

Monday, November 28, 2016

Francois Fillon

Francois Fillon is to be the conservative candidate in next year's French presidential election after his rival Alain Juppe admitted defeat.

Michel Temer

Brazil's President Michel Temer has said he will block attempts to approve controversial legislation giving amnesty to politicians who received illegal donations for their campaigns.

Jill Stein

US President-elect Donald Trump has attacked Hillary Clinton over her campaign's support for a recount of votes in the state of Wisconsin.
Mr Trump reminded his Democratic rival that she had already conceded, and published remarks from the presidential debates in which she had urged an acceptance of the poll results.
Mrs Clinton was then reacting to Mr Trump's refusal to respect the outcome.
The recount in Wisconsin was initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
The state was narrowly won by Mr Trump.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mel B and Thief

Former Spice Girl Mel B has offered a $5,000 (£4,000) reward to catch the "scumbag" thief who broke into her car outside her Beverly Hills home.

Vote Recount in USA

A lawyer for Hillary Clinton's campaign says it will participate in a recount of US presidential election votes in the state of Wisconsin.
Officials there are preparing to conduct the process, which was initiated by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein.

Top PSLE Student 2016

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Geddel Vieira Lima

A prominent Brazilian minister accused of corruption has resigned over a scandal which also involves President Michel Temer.
Geddel Vieira Lima, who was in charge of relations with Congress, was accused by a former minister of pressuring him to approve a property investment.

Dylann Roof

A white man accused of shooting dead nine black people at a church in Charleston is competent to stand trial, a federal judge in the US state of South Carolina has ruled.
A psychiatric review of 22-year-old Dylann Roof was performed after a request from his defence team.

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden's bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Google in London

Google is to open a new headquarters building in London which could see 3,000 new jobs created by 2020.

Antoine Maury

Police renew appeal for French student Antoine Maury, who went missing in Edinburgh last month after a night out with his friends.

Sasha and Malia Obama

Sasha and Malia Obama skip the embarrassment of "bad dad jokes" at the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon, says the US president.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Elton John

Sir Elton John will not perform at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, a spokeswoman for the singer has said.

Alana Annette Savell

A Florida woman opened fire on her house guests because they were "too loud" and had overstayed their welcome, police say.
Alana Annette Savell, 32, was hosting a couple at her Panama City home when the visitors apparently became noisy.

Nikki Haley and Betsy DeVos

US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed the first two women to his incoming administration.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was nominated as US envoy to the UN and Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Galina Kovalenko

Police in eastern Ukraine have arrested a teacher accused of trying to sell a 13-year-old girl for $10,000 (£8,035).

Nicolas Fierfort

A Frenchman who inherited a large house from a relative has found an astonishing 100kg (220lb) haul of gold hidden under the furniture.
The unnamed heir discovered the glittering hoard in a variety of inventive locations, including under piles of linen and in the bathroom.
"There were 5,000 gold pieces, two bars of 12kg and 37 ingots of 1kg," auctioneer Nicolas Fierfort told AFP.

Trump and Clinton's Emails

US President-elect Donald Trump will not pursue a further investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, to help her "heal", his spokeswoman has said.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has received mixed messages, from supportive to mocking, after failing to get through the first round of France's presidential primaries on Sunday.

Kanye West's Rant

Rapper Kanye West has cancelled all remaining dates on his Saint Pablo tour, two days after abandoning a show in Sacramento, according to US media.

White House Snub?

The revelation that Melania and Barron Trump would not be joining Donald in the White House in January has raised eyebrows in some quarters, and garnered praise in others.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Peggy Whitson

The Soyuz rocket docks with the International Space Station, delivering the oldest woman in space, Peggy Whitson.

Park Geun-hye and Scandal

South Korean President Park Geun-hye had a "considerable" role in a corruption scandal involving a close confidante, prosecutors have said.

Angela Merkel

Germany's centre-right Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that she will run for a fourth term in office.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Trump and Hamilton

US President-elect Donald Trump and the cast of Hamilton have traded barbs after his running mate was booed at a performance of the Broadway musical.

Trump and Romney

US President-elect Donald Trump has met one of his fiercest critics, Mitt Romney, with reports suggesting he may be considered for secretary of state.

Blue Wine

Gïk Blue combines red and white grapes with organic pigments and flavours to produce a sweet, electric-blue wine that has some raising their eyebrows and others raising their glasses.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Volkswagen has announced plans to cut 30,000 jobs worldwide with about 23,000 of the losses borne in Germany.

Scots, Welsh and Brexit

The Scottish and Welsh governments are to be allowed to have a say in the Supreme Court battle over how Brexit should be triggered.

Jeff Sessions

Donald Trump has named more conservative hardliners for key posts, with Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions nominated as attorney general.

Friday, November 18, 2016

JP Morgan Chase

US bank JP Morgan Chase is to pay $264m (£212m) to settle claims it hired the children of highly placed Chinese officials to gain business in China.
The Department of Justice called the scheme "bribery by any other name" and said it threatened national security.

James Clapper

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has submitted his letter of resignation, he has told a congressional panel.
He told the House Intelligence Committee that "it felt pretty good".

Obama, Trump and Russia

US President Barack Obama has urged his successor Donald Trump to stand up to Russia if it deviates from US "values and international norms".

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Pluto may harbour a slushy water ocean beneath its most prominent surface feature, known as the "heart".
This could explain why part of the heart-shaped region - called Sputnik Planitia - is locked in alignment with Pluto's largest moon Charon.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan will not travel to Sweden to receive his Nobel Prize for Literature in person, it has been announced.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel prizes, said it had received "a personal letter" saying he was unable to attend next month's Nobel ceremony "due to pre-existing commitments".

The veteran rock star was awarded the prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Victoria Fritz

BBC Breakfast's business presenter Victoria Fritz went into labour after coming off air, with one of her fellow presenters acting as her birthing partner.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Vincent Van Gogh Imitations

A series of previously unpublished sketches claimed to be by Vincent Van Gogh are imitations, the Van Gogh Museum has said.

Alexei Ulyukayev

Russia's Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has been charged with taking a bribe to endorse a state takeover.
Investigators said he received a $2m (£1.6m) payment. The minister pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Trump and Popular Votes

Donald Trump says he could have won the popular vote against Hillary Clinton if he had campaigned differently.
With one state left to count, Mrs Clinton has nearly a million more votes than him but lost last week's election due to the electoral college system.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stephen Bannon

US President-elect Donald Trump's new chief of staff has defended the choice of right-wing media man Stephen Bannon as chief strategist, calling him a "force for good".

TS Queen Mary

Turbine steamship the Queen Mary returns to Glasgow for the first time since 1977.

Trump and Putin

US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold telephone conversation, Kremlin says.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Facebook and Fake News

Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook will do more to tackle fake news, and again denied it had in any way aided Donald Trump's presidential election victory.

Boyko Borisov

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said he will resign after his party's candidate was defeated in presidential elections.

Trump, Illegal Migrants and Wall

US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will deport or jail up to three million illegal migrants initially.
Those targeted would be migrants with criminal records, such as gang members and drug dealers, he told US broadcaster CBS in an interview.
He also confirmed that another election promise, to build a wall with Mexico, still stood but could include fencing.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump Organization

Trump has named three of his children and his son-in-law to the transition team's executive committee, raising questions about a potential conflict of interest with his business, the Trump Organization.

Germany and Trump

A few hours after US President-elect Donald Trump took to the stage to make his acceptance speech, as evening fell in Berlin, small candles were quietly lit and carefully placed in front of aged, stone doorsteps and along the darkening pavements.
Berliners were marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht (when Jewish people and their businesses were violently attacked in 1938).
It was barely noted amid the febrile howl of international reaction to the US election. Neither was the 27th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which shares the same date.

Clinton and Comey

Hillary Clinton has blamed her defeat in the US presidential election on interventions by the FBI director.
James Comey's announcement of a new inquiry into her use of email while secretary of state shortly before election day had stopped her campaign's momentum, Mrs Clinton said.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Facebook and Trump

Facing criticism that fake news on Facebook aided the rise of Donald Trump, founder Mark Zuckerberg has strongly defended his network.

US-EU Ties

Donald Trump's election risks upsetting US ties with Europe, EU Commission President Juncker warns

Trump Anxiety

At almost 9,000 km long, the Canadian-American border has become the fault line for Trump anxiety.
While Donald Trump has spoken about building a wall between the US and Mexico to keep immigrants out, it is Americans who may be trying to flee.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Michelle Obama 2020?

The potential first shots of the next campaign were fired online in the hours after Donald Trump's victory became clear when hundreds of thousands took to social media to urge the current first lady to run for President in 2020.

Obama Met Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump has said it was a "great honour" to meet President Barack Obama for transition talks at the White House.
Mr Obama said he was "encouraged" by their "excellent" and "wide-ranging" conversation, which lasted for more than an hour.

DC is Stunned

The election of Donald Trump has upended the Washington establishment. Think-tankers, analysts and others are now wondering: What will we do now?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Chance to Lead

US President-elect Donald Trump must be given a chance to lead, his defeated rival Hillary Clinton has said.
Appearing in public for the first time since conceding defeat, the Democrat said she hoped Mr Trump would be a successful president for all Americans.

Gracious Victory Speech

Donald Trump, in his uncharacteristically gracious victory speech, said that "the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer"

Beautiful and Important

"Beautiful and important."

~ President-elect Donald Trump 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

McDonald's in Florence

McDonald's is suing Florence for €18m after it was blocked from opening a restaurant on one of the Italian city's most historic plazas.
The fast-food giant had its plans for an outlet on the Piazza del Duomo rejected by Florence's mayor in June.

Rupee Banknotes

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the 500 ($7.6) and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from the financial system overnight.

Obama and Clinton

On Air Force One. Obama worked with aides in a last-minute effort to get Clinton elected and secure his legacy. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Alvina Nam

Does she blog?


It was much ado about nothing, but it certainly amounted to something.
While FBI Director James Comey, in effect, said "never mind" with regards to Hillary Clinton's emails, for the past two weeks the story has dominated the political conversation, and Democrats have paid a price.


The Indian government has suspended a one-day ban on NDTV's Hindi channel due on Wednesday, which had been widely condemned by other news outlets.

Kellyanne Conway

Donald Trump's campaign team has sought to allay negative views expressed overseas towards its candidate, a day before the US goes to the polls.
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told the BBC such antipathy "doesn't reflect why Donald Trump is running and who he would be on the global stage".

Monday, November 7, 2016

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring to score a unanimous decision over champion Jessie Vargas to claim the WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas.

Sixtus Leung

Police in Hong Kong have used pepper spray to disperse thousands of protesters angry at China's plans that could stop two pro-independence legislators from taking their seats.
Beijing is now interpreting one of Hong Kong's laws to ban Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching. A decision is due on Monday.

Theresa May and Brexit

Theresa May has insisted the government is "getting on" with Brexit, following a High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on when the formal process of leaving the EU can get under way.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Liz Truss

The Lord Chancellor has backed the independence of the UK's judiciary but stopped short of condemning attacks on senior judges over the Brexit ruling.

Jang Paek-ho

A North Korean goalkeeper has been fined and banned for a year for deliberately conceding a goal that helped his side get an easier cup tie.
Jang Paek-ho was beaten by the opposition goalkeeper as North Korea lost 3-1 to Uzbekistan at the AFC Under-16 Championship in September.

Park Geun-hye

Tens of thousands of South Koreans have protested in the capital, Seoul, to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over a corruption row.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Dalian Wanda and Golden Globes

China's richest man has continued his Hollywood shopping spree - snapping up the company that runs the Golden Globes.
Dalian Wanda, run by property magnate Wang Jianlin, is paying $1bn (£800m) for Dick Clark Productions that also runs the Miss America beauty pageant and the Billboard Music Awards.

Homework Protest in Spain

Thousands of parents in Spain are going on strike against state schools this weekend over the large amount of homework given to their children.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton could be days away from earning the most powerful job in the land. 

Friday, November 4, 2016


Volkswagen (VW) has commissioned an expert to examine if the German carmaker allowed the arrest and torture of employees in Brazil under the country's former military regime.

Gina Miller

Investment manager Gina Miller has been the lead claimant in the case to get Parliament to vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU

Brexit Court

Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Meghan Markle

There is speculation that Prince Harry has been dating Meghan Markle.

Fishing Trawlers

South Korea's coastguard has fired shots at Chinese fishing trawlers said to be fishing illegally in South Korean waters.

Obama and Comey

US President Barack Obama has implicitly criticised FBI director James Comey over the new inquiry into Hillary Clinton's email use.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Anti-poo Campaign

A municipality in eastern Spain is launching a dog DNA database in order to catch owners who allow their dogs to foul the pavements.

New Thai King

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is to be confirmed as the new king of Thailand on 1 December.


Black voters still feel the Republican party just doesn't address their concerns over discrimination. In North Carolina, as elsewhere, these voters are overwhelmingly Democratic.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mark Carney

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says he will step down in June 2019.
It means he will serve one year more than the five he had committed to, but will still be two short of the usual eight years governors serve.
Mr Carney said the move "recognised the importance to the country of continuity" during Brexit negotiations.

Spinach As Bomb Detector

Scientists have transformed the humble spinach plant into a bomb detector.
By embedding tiny tubes in the plants' leaves, they can be made to pick up chemicals called nitro-aromatics, which are found in landmines and buried munitions.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he believes the FBI may have found the "motherlode" of Hillary Clinton's emails.