Growing Chorus of N.B.A. Stars Boos League’s Virus Strategy

On Jan. 12, the league and the players’ union announced new health protocols to deal with a rash of game postponements. Among the new rules, players and staff have been directed to remain at their homes or hotels when on the road except for team activities and essential tasks. After a recent game between the […]

Six Stars, Six Eclipses: ‘The Fact That It Exists Blows My Mind’

From star-destroying black holes to exploding comets, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has spotted its share of surprises since it began searching the galaxy for exoplanets in 2018. But the source of starlight that was mysteriously brightening and dimming some 1,900 light-years away may top all those discoveries for its science fiction-like grandeur. […]

India’s Mohammed Siraj stars against Australia with 5-wicket haul

Mohammed Siraj did not go home in November when his father died, deciding instead to stay in Australia and try to fulfill his dad’s dream. In a matter of weeks, the 26-year-old has been elevated from a back-up bowler – picked for the tour as cover following some injuries to veteran pacemen – to leading […]

Egypt court acquits TikTok stars jailed over ‘debauchery’

The two young female TikTok users were sentenced last July for ‘breaching public morals’. An Egyptian appeals court has acquitted two young women imprisoned for “attacking society’s values” over videos they published on TikTok. The women had been sentenced to two years in prison last July for “breaching public morals”. “The court of appeal accepted […]

S Korea passes law allowing BTS stars to defer military service

Amendment to military service law provides exceptions for K-pop megastars who improve country’s cultural status and boost the economy. South Korea’s parliament has passed a bill allowing chart-topping and Grammy-nominated K-pop artistes such as BTS to postpone their mandatory military service until the age of 30. All able-bodied South Korean men aged between 18 and […]