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.

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.