One day after announcing new deputy director Clint Dyer, the National Theatre has dropped a first-look image of its upcoming production of “Romeo & Juliet,” produced as a feature film to be broadcast on Sky Arts and PBS this April. Josh O’Connor (“The Crown,” “God’s Own Country”) and Jessie Buckley (“Chernobyl,” “Judy”) will play the […]
The European Union is asking AstraZeneca to publish the contract it signed with the bloc on COVID-19 vaccine supplies after the company's chief executive revealed confidential clauses, an EU official said on Wednesday. In an interview with newspapers on Tuesday, AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said the EU contract was based on a best-effort clause and did not commit the company to a specific timetable for deliveries. The interview followed the company's announcement of a cut in supplies to the EU in the first quarter.
Marian Turski, a 94-year-old survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, will mark the 76th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops on Wednesday only virtually, aware that he might never return as the coronavirus pandemic drags on. Survivors and museum officials told Reuters they fear the pandemic could end the era where Auschwitz's former prisoners can tell their own stories to visitors on site. Most Auschwitz survivors are in their eighties and nineties.
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Bulgaria started vaccinating care home patients in the capital Sofia against the new coronavirus on Wednesday as the Balkan country seeks to accelerate immunisations and catch up to European Union peers. An updated delivery schedule showed it will be able to inoculate about 2.2 million people with Pfizer and Moderna doses by the end of the year. Sofia has bet heavily on AstraZeneca's vaccine, of which it has ordered 4.5 million doses, but reports that the company will fail to meet its obligations to the EU in the first quarter may further delay its vaccination plan.
Environmental activists have secretly dug what they described as "a network of tunnels" under a small public garden in front of a London train station as part of their action against the HS2 high-speed rail project. The HS2 Rebellion group have been camping in front of Euston Station for several months in an effort to prevent the HS2 company from taking over the garden as part of the development of the planned high-speed link from London to Birmingham. The group said the 100-foot (30-metre) tunnel network, codenamed "Calvin", had been dug in secret over a period of months by activists who worked concealed behind a "fortified stronghold" made out of pallets, nicknamed "Buckingham Pallets".
Russia's lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved an extension of the New START nuclear arms control treaty with the United States, which a senior official said had been agreed on Moscow's terms. The Kremlin said on Tuesday the two countries had reached a deal to extend the pact which was signed in 2010, is set to expire next week and limits the numbers of strategic nuclear warheads, missiles and bombers that Russia and the United States can deploy. The New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is a cornerstone of global arms control.
China's government called on Indonesia on Wednesday to treat a group of detained Chinese sailors fairly but gave no indication what their oil tanker was doing when it was found at sea transferring fuel from an Iranian ship. Indonesian authorities said 36 Iranian and 25 Chinese crew members were detained. Iran has sold oil on the black market since then-President Donald Trump imposed sanctions in 2018 and threatened to penalize countries that bought Iranian crude.
Pope Francis on Wednesday marked the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by urging people to keep a close watch on ideological extremism, because "these things can happen again". He spoke three weeks after displays of anti-Semitism surfaced at the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 and two weeks after one of Montreal's largest synagogues was vandalised and almost set on fire. Speaking at his general audience, held inside the papal library because of coronavirus restrictions, Francis said it was imperative that the world did not forget.
Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano on Java island erupted on Wednesday, sending up a cloud of ash and prompting authorities to warn of the risk of lava flows reaching roads, officials said. The 2,963 m (9,721 ft) high Merapi is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes and is already on the country's second highest alert level. Kasbani, the head of Indonesia's volcanology and geological hazard mitigation centre, said Merapi had spewed "quite intense" hot clouds at least 30 times since Wednesday morning and warned of a danger of lava cutting roads near the volcano.
When Romanian Orthodox priest Dorel Galan went public with his wish to get vaccinated against Covid-19, he was not expecting to be targeted by online trolls and anti-vaxxers.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen people across the globe go into lockdown, and with that there has been a rise in sales for sex toys.
Dramatic footage captured the moment a semi-trailer truck narrowly avoided striking a police patrol car on the I-41 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, earlier this month.The video was released by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office in a warning to motorists to slow down, especially around emergency vehicles.The video shows two trucks losing control on an icy stretch of the highway. The first skids off the road. The second passes by, and struggles to keep control on a bend near to where a patrol car is parked. Its trailer swings out, narrowly missing the patrol car and another vehicle.“Drive safe, especially around emergency vehicles,” the sheriff’s office said. Credit: Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful
Noble said in an interview with the i newspaper he felt depressed and contemplated suicide due to the treatment he received. Among the incidents were Noble being told he would be dropped if he did not sign with a particular agent and white players being afforded preferential treatment at training. Noble also said he was forced to take painkillers to practice and that the club refused to pay for his knee surgery before his scholarship deal came to an end.
When a Serbian actress accused her former drama teacher of rape last week, the reaction was seismic: thousands of women across the Balkans have since come forward with their own stories, united under the banner "You are not alone".
Lobsters inspire stronger 3D-printed concrete Australian researchers are studying patterns of a lobster shell to improve the strength of concrete for use in complex architecture RMIT UNIVERSITY LEAD RESEARCHER DR. JONATHAN TRAN, SAYING: "The lobster shell is always something that still amazes me by its very interesting shapes and architectures and especially the lobster shell is really amazingly very stiff. And the lobster if you look into the history of that, it appeared on Earth about 400 million years ago, so basically, it by nature has evolved and reinvented itself over time against a very harsh environment on earth." The process uses 3D printing technology to create the patterns Scientist say when the pattern is used with a concrete mixed with steel fibres the composite is more durable than conventionally-made concrete (SOUNDBITE) (English) RMIT UNIVERSITY LEAD RESEARCHER DR. JONATHAN TRAN, SAYING:"This solution learning from nature like the lobster shell will help us to build very complex arch structures or twisted structures that have really complex geometries. But it can self sustain, can self support without further external scaffold support structures."
Amid the insane deluge of Star Wars and Marvel announcements at the Disney Investor Day in December, the remake of Pinocchio with Tom Hanks got slightly lost.
Morocco received on Wednesday half a million doses of China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine as it prepares to be the first African country to roll out a national immunisation campaign. The consignment is the second batch to arrive in Morocco after 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by India’s Serum Institute. The country signed a deal with Sinopharm in August which involved conducting clinical trials in Morocco as well as announcing plans to set up a production plant.
Whether the beleaguered Tokyo Olympics begin as planned this July could come down to support from the United States and its new president, the Wall Street Journal quoted Tokyo Organising Committee member Haruyuki Takahashi as saying in an interview. However, Takahashi thinks the Olympics' future could depend on the support of U.S. President Joe Biden, the article said.
World number one Tai Tzu-ying fought back from behind to beat Indian star PV Sindhu in three games at badminton's World Tour Finals in Bangkok Wednesday.