Permit Denied for Alaskan Mine Project

The fight over the fate of what is one of the largest deposits of copper and gold ore in the world has raged for more than a decade. The mining industry and many state officials have supported the project for the revenue and other economic benefits it would bring. But some important Alaskan politicians, notably […]

At least 41 killed after bus and truck collide in Brazil

Rescuers are working to help the wounded caught in the wreckage of the vehicles after crash in Sao Paulo state. At least 41 people were killed after a crash between a bus and a truck in southeastern Brazil, state police and the fire service have said. Images broadcast on local TV on Wednesday showed an […]

Rollercoaster: Bitcoiners who missed rally feel relief and regret

Arianna O’Dell, a 30-year-old entrepreneur and songwriter based in New York City, had a tumultuous four-year journey in cryptocurrency before selling her investments in February. During her rollercoaster ride, bitcoin prices swung from less than $1,000 to nearly $20,000. O’Dell may not have made optimal decisions about when to buy or sell, and missed out […]

Iran swaps Kylie Moore-Gilbert with three prisoners held abroad

Iranian state broadcaster shows images of Moore-Gilbert entering a van and of three released Iranians being welcomed home. Tehran, Iran – Iran has swapped jailed British Australian academic Kylie-Moore Gilbert with three unnamed Iranians held abroad, according to state media. Footage released by state broadcaster IRIB on Wednesday showed Moore-Gilbert, who had been imprisoned for […]

Covid Combat Fatigue: ‘I Would Come Home With Tears in My Eyes’

Dr. Marshall Fleurant, an internal medicine physician at Emory University, has the sense that his young children, 3 and 4 years old, have grown oddly accustomed to the ritual of his disrobing out of work clothes, from his scrubs to his sneakers, before entering his home. “I do not touch or speak to my children […]

Germany’s Bertelsmann to buy Simon & Schuster in $2.17B cash deal

Bertelsmann says New York-based firm Simon & Schuster will become a unit within its book publishing division Penguin Random House. German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that it is buying publisher Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS for $2.17bn in cash. Bertelsmann says the New York-based firm, whose authors include Stephen King, Hillary Clinton and John […]

Biden says Trump admin not ‘begrudging so far’ in transition

President-elect Joe Biden, in his first interview since the election, has said the transition with the administration of President Donald Trump has begun in earnest, although he has not yet been contacted by his opponent. Biden, speaking to NBC News, said despite the “slow start”, the effort from the Trump administration has so far been […]

There can be no ‘going back to normal’ in Iraq

Earlier this year, there was much hope among politically active youth in Iraq that the fall would reignite the revolutionary fervour of last year’s October protests and bring large crowds back to the streets of Iraqi cities. But October came and went and large-scale demonstrations did not take place. Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, once the epicentre […]

Football legend Diego Maradona dies at 60

BREAKING Argentine football great Diego Maradona, 60, passes away after suffering a heart attack, according to his spokesman. Football legend Diego Maradona has died after suffering a heart attack, according to his spokesman. The 60-year-old, who in 1986 led Argentina to a World Cup triumph, had a history of health problems. Earlier this month, he […]

Women journalists are facing a growing threat online and offline

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, it is important to throw light on a growing threat women journalists are facing today: The insidious problem of online violence is increasingly spilling offline, with potentially deadly consequences. In a global survey of 1,200 media workers, conducted by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) […]

US COVID-19 daily death toll tops 2,000 with many hospitals full

Daily US deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 2,000 for the first time since May and with hospitals across the country already full, portending a surge in mortalities to come as the coronavirus pandemic casts a shadow over the holiday season. The death toll reached 2,100 on Tuesday, with another 200,000 people infected, according to a Johns […]

Dow 30,000: Here’s what that Wall Street milestone means

Wall Street busted through its latest milestone when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 30,000 for the first time this week. The Dow rose 454.97 points, or 1.5 percent, to close at 30,046.24 on Tuesday. Investors were encouraged by progress in the development of coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power to United […]

US markets open flat amid unexpected rise in jobless claims

The back-to-back increase in claims for state unemployment benefits is the first since July and signals the slowing of the labour market’s recovery. Wall Street’s main indexes were muted at the open on Wednesday as a surprise jump in the United States’s weekly jobless claims added to signs the recovery of the labour market was […]

Xi Jinping congratulates Biden, hopes for ‘win-win’ China-US ties

Chinese president says ‘healthy and stable’ relations between world’s top two economies are ‘the common expectation of the international community’. Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden for his election victory earlier this month and expressed hope for “win-win cooperation” amid a number of conflicts between the world’s top two economies over […]

US sees back-to-back rise in jobless claims as COVID-19 surges

New lockdown measures and a surge in COVID-19 cases are spurring more layoffs, leading jobless claims to rise for the second straight week. Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose for a second straight week in the first back-to-back increase since July. The data indicate that soaring coronavirus cases and fresh lockdowns are spurring […]

This Rat Covers Itself With Poison That Can Take Out an Elephant

For a rodent that resembles the love child of a skunk and a steel wool brush, the African crested rat carries itself with a surprising amount of swagger. The rats “very much have the personality of something that knows it’s poisonous” says Sara Weinstein, a biologist at the University of Utah who studies them. In […]

Baku to probe alleged war crimes by Azerbaijan and Armenia

During clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, Azeri and Armenian soldiers were accused of executions, defiling bodies. Baku is investigating alleged war crimes committed by Armenian and Azerbaijani forces during six weeks of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, the country’s prosecutor general said on Wednesday. Azerbaijan and Armenia have traded accusations of war crimes in fierce fighting […]

UK borrowing to hit peacetime high amid COVID-19 emergency: Sunak

Rishi Sunak, UK chancellor, announces one-year spending plan and confirms foreign aid to be slashed. The United Kingdom will borrow nearly 400 billion pounds this year to pay for the massive coronavirus hit to its economy, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday, as the budget deficit jumps to its highest since World War II. […]

Explosion damages oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

BREAKING Blast off the coast of Shuqaiq near Yemen border hits a Maltese-flagged, Greek-managed vessel. An explosion has damaged an oil tanker off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea near the border with Yemen, according to a private security firm. The blast on Wednesday hit the MT Agrari, a Maltese-flagged, Greek-managed vessel […]

Explosion damages oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

BREAKING Blast off the coast of Shuqaiq near Yemen border hits a Maltese-flagged, Greek-managed vessel. An explosion has damaged an oil tanker off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea near the border with Yemen, according to a private security firm. The blast on Wednesday hit the MT Agrari, a Maltese-flagged, Greek-managed vessel […]

Explosion damages oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

DEVELOPING STORY Blast off the coast of Shuqaiq near Yemen border hits a Maltese-flagged, Greek-managed vessel. An explosion has damaged an oil tanker off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea near the border with Yemen, according to a private security firm. The blast on Wednesday hit the MT Agrari, a Maltese-flagged, Greek-managed […]

Germany: Car hits gate outside Angela Merkel’s office

The vehicle with ‘Stop Globalisation Politics’ and ‘You damn killers of children and old people’ graffitied rams gate, causing no damage. A car crashed into the front gate of the building housing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office on Wednesday morning, causing minor damage, authorities said. The driver was detained. Police were investigating the crash, which […]

Germany: Car hits gate outside Angela Merkel’s office

The vehicle with ‘Stop Globalisation Politics’ and ‘You damn killers of children and old people’ graffitied rams gate, causing no damage. A car crashed into the front gate of the building housing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office on Wednesday morning, causing minor damage, authorities said. The driver was detained. Police were investigating the crash, which […]