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The Aftermath of the Beirut Explosion
Images of the widespread damage in Beirut, a day after the devastating blast
Beirut explosion: scores dead and thousands hurt as blast rips through city
Beirut has been rocked by two powerful explosions, devastating parts of the city and injuring thousands of people. Eyewitness footage shared widely on social media showed a section of the city's port area on fire before a huge blast engu...
How ‘Hong Kong spirit’ helps city’s bars and nightlife scene stay resilient
Hong Kong’s bars remain resilient – despite the fact that the city’s food and drink industry has been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is still reeling from the losses incurred during a mandatory two-week shutdown of 1,200 pubs and ...
Apple is no longer China’s biggest smartphone brand
China used to have more iPhone users than of any other smartphone brand. But those days are gone, according to newly released figures from research firm QuestMobile.
Could Trump start war with China over Scarborough Shoal to win re-election?
A Chinese military adviser has claimed the United States could launch an attack on disputed Chinese-controlled reefs in the South China Sea to boost Donald Trump’s prospects of winning re-election as US president.
South China Sea: why did Duterte bar Philippine military from US exercises?
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine navy not to join US-led military exercises in the South China Sea.
Donald Trump says TikTok will be ‘out of business’ in US unless sold by September 15
US President Donald Trump said on Monday that the US government should get “a very large percentage” of the sale of video-sharing app TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, shortly after threatening to put the company “o...
China may not like forced TikTok sale but experts warn few other options
US President Donald Trump has threatened to put TikTok ‘out of business’ if its US operations are not sold by September 15, and experts say the short video app’s Beijing-based parent company ByteDance has few other options.
The fear of robots displacing workers has returned
But do not expect tech-induced lay-offs just yet
Opening schools WILL cause a second wave unless testing improves
Scientists said reopening schools in the UK would inevitably result in another crisis that peaks in December. But it could be avoided if test and trace was dramatically ramped up.
I’m Traveling, Even Though I’m Stuck at Home
For the past 30 years, I’ve spent every summer abroad in Europe. Now I’ve realized that traveling isn’t just a pastime—it’s a mindset.
France halts ratification of extradition treaty with Hong Kong
French foreign ministry criticises China’s introduction of new security law in city, saying it calls into question principle of ‘one country, two systems’.
Former Pope Benedict seriously ill
Former Pope Benedict XVI is seriously ill after returning to the Vatican from a visit to Germany, German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse reports, citing his biographer.
Google’s problems are bigger than just the antitrust case
As the computing conglomerate has grown, so too have the risks that it becomes more like a conventional company
Thank you for flying SpaceX! SpaceX just brought 2 NASA astronauts back to Earth in its Crew Dragon spaceship, kicking off 'the next era in human spaceflight'
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley just completed a crucial test flight of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship. The men splashed the space capsule into the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 p.m. ET off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, follo...
US House Foreign Affairs chairman subpoenas Pompeo
Eliot Engel, chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued a subpoena on Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The government’s new concern: winter is coming
It is remarkable to think that just 15 days ago, Boris Johnson was setting out a plan to end all social distancing by November. But, as I say in The Times this morning, the mood in government has become much more pessimistic in the last ...
Putin Puts in Place American Journalist Who Criticized Him For "Promoting Stereotypes About America"
Russian President Vladimir Putin Puts in Place American Journo Toby Gati Who is Criticizing Him for Not Wanting to Admit that America is Exceptional Nation.
Israelis protest against Netanyahu's corruption case (left), government handling of COVID-19 (both) and corruption in the legal system (right)
In Israel, there have been ongoing protests in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, partially against the handling of the corona virus pandemic by the government. But deep inside, they are part of a long-running power-game between non-elected bureauc...
Bill Gates denies conspiracy theories that say he wants to use coronavirus vaccines to implant tracking devices
Billionaire Bill Gates denied conspiracy theories that accuse the tech mogul and philanthropist of wanting to use coronavirus vaccines to implant tracking devices in people. Gates addressed a poll from Yahoo News/YouGov survey that found...
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