Twitter on Tuesday rebuffed Australian calls to remove a Beijing official's incendiary tweet targeting Australian troops, as China doubled down on criticism in the face of mounting international condemnation.
Book Bugs: Explorers of Stories Past is a bug-themed collectable card game that aims to inculcate and expand a child’s love of reading.
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team says seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend. The team issued a statement saying Hamilton was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit where he won the Grand Prix. “But he up woke Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive,” the team said.
The service, called Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Mac instances, runs on Mac mini computers and will support developers creating apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Safari, the cloud unit said. Amazon previously offered the EC2 instances service for Windows and Linux.
Mitree Chitinunda was such a devoted Thai royalist that he had the king's portrait cut into his hair last year, but politics like fashion and hairstyles is changing in Thailand. Mitree latest hairstyle shows the "Hunger Games" salute of the pro-democracy protesters who are demanding reforms to curb the power of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in addition to a new prime minister and new constitution. The government and royalist groups say loyalists remain in the majority, but there are no accurate opinion polls and protests that began in July have shown the strength of demands for change.
The Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble will be further postponed to beyond December, as local unlinked COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong remain high.
A storm swept through Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday, December 1, after days of scorching heat in the region.A severe thunderstorm warning was issued just after 5 pm local time on Tuesday afternoon, with the forecast predicting damaging winds in Canberra Civic, Queanbeyan, Hall, Gungahlin, Canberra Airport and South Canberra by 5:30 pm. It was cancelled shortly before 6 pm.Footage posted to social media shows the storm rolling through Coombs, a suburb of Australia’s capital.The Bureau of Meteorology warned residents to remain vigilant, as the threat of further storms lingered. Credit: Erna Glassford via Storyful
The Ministry of Health has confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Tuesday (1 December), taking the country’s total to 58,228.
An Australian-British academic released after two years imprisoned in Iran on spying charges said she thanked supporters from the "bottom of my heart" Tuesday, saying they helped her through a "never-ending, unrelenting nightmare."
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. MPs demand more details on Covid plan's impact The Prime Minister is braced for a damaging rebellion today. Boris Johnson's plan to put England into a new tier system faces being severely undermined, with the Labour Party and scores of Tory MPs refusing to back it. His new coronavirus policy, which is expected to maintain tight curbs until the spring, is likely to be passed by a minority of MPs in a Commons vote tonight. As Political Editor Gordon Rayner explains, Mr Johnson's authority on the policy will be hugely dented. It came as an official assessment of the impact of the new tiers was ridiculed by Conservative MPs as a "cut and paste" job strewn with errors. Last night, it was reported that a Whitehall dossier had been prepared giving "granular" detail on the impact of coronavirus on nearly 40 areas of the economy. Read what the published document does - and does not - say. Cartoonist Blower sums up Mr Johnson's dilemma. The tier system (read the full rules) replaces lockdown tomorrow and will leave 99pc of the country in the two highest levels. Ethnic groups will be given priority for rapid Covid-19 testing as part of plans to help areas move out of Tier 3. In Tier 2, if you wish to have an alcoholic drink in licensed premises, you are required to simultaneously consume a "substantial meal". After a Cabinet minister claimed a Scotch egg would count, Guy Kelly has been thinking creatively to identify six simple ways to justify spending hours eating - and drinking. And, on the first day of December, Matt takes festive inspiration for today's cartoon. Arcadia collapse threatens jobs and pensions Thousands of pension scheme members at Sir Philip Green's Arcadia retail empire have been plunged into uncertainty weeks before Christmas after the business became the biggest Covid casualty on the high street. Arcadia's 444 UK stores - including Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins and Evans outlets - will remain open after Deloitte's appointment as administrator. Its 13,000 staff face the threat of mass job losses as insolvency experts race to find a buyer. Former Topshop brand director Jane Shepherdson writes for us about how everything changed when Sir Philip took over - and how the chain lost its way. Pictured: Sailor clings to sinking boat for two days A sailor was found clinging to his capsized boat after going missing for two days near Florida. Stuart Bee, 62, disappeared on Stingray, his 32ft motorboat, after setting out on Friday. He was eventually found on Sunday, 86 miles off shore, by the crew of a container ship. Photographs show Mr Bee holding on to the last remaining part of his vessel's hull before what coast guard officials called an "incredible" rescue. At a glance: More coronavirus headlines F1 | Lewis Hamilton tests positive for coronavirus Vaccine | GPs warn roll-out plan could bankrupt them Off piste | Ski resorts may have to remain closed, says WHO 'Special way' | Switzerland halves new infections without lockdown North Korea | Kim Jong-un 'given coronavirus vaccine by China' Also in the news: Today's other headlines Reprieve - then murder charge | A convicted Jamaican criminal who successfully fought his deportation after being released from prison has been charged with murder. The man was removed from the flight after it is understood he claimed it was a breach of his rights. Charles Hymas reports that, within eight months, he was charged with the murder of a young man, attempted murder and the possession of a banned weapon. Bar to be raised | Asylum rights of appeal to be curbed Queen's war hero | Equerry in three-day battle with Taliban 'No reason to panic' | Second mystery monolith found in Romania 'Beautiful, not natural' | Clan chief's £1m to rewild Skye estate Helena Bonham Carter | 'Warn viewers The Crown is fiction' Around the world: Iran to intensify nuclear funding Iran's defence minister promised to double spending on the nuclear research organisation once headed by Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, during a fiery speech at the funeral for the assassinated scientist described as Iran's nuclear weapons guru. Middle East Correspondent Campbell MacDiarmid has our report. View more striking world pictures.
The arrangements for next year's Australian Open are close to being finalised, the tournament director said on Tuesday, following a report it could be cancelled over coronavirus difficulties.
Activity in China's factories expanded at its fastest pace in a decade last month, data showed Tuesday, the latest sign that the world's number two economy is well on track to recovery from the coronavirus.
Annual UK house price growth rose to 6.5% last month, the highest rate since January 2015, according to mortgage lender Nationwide. Britain’s housing market has benefited from the introduction of a stamp duty holiday, enticing a number of buyers. Annual house price growth accelerated from 5.8% in October to 6.5% in November, figures showed today.
Brexit trade talks are still stuck on fishing, governance rules and dispute resolution because the European Union is asking too much, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit supremo, Michael Gove, said on Tuesday. Negotiators are trying to hash out a trade deal to avoid a tumultuous finale to the five-year Brexit crisis when Britain finally exits the EU's orbit in four weeks' time. "The EU still wants to take the lion's share of the fishing in our waters - which is just not fair given that we are leaving the EU," Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Gove told Sky.
A draft bill requiring Iran's government to pursue uranium enrichment of 20%, and to disregard other restraints put on its nuclear programme by an accord reached with foreign powers in 2015 cleared its first hurdle in parliament on Tuesday. The legislation was proposed in the wake of the assassination of a top nuclear scientist on Friday, and the hardline-dominated parliament cleared the draft on the first reading in a session broadcast live on state radio. The bill still has to be approved in a second reading and endorsed by a clerical body before it becomes law.A senior Iranian official said on Monday an opposition group was suspected of complicity with Israel in the killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an attack that has raised the prospect of heightened tensions between Tehran and its longtime enemy.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday urged residents to stay home as the city grapples with a resurgence of the coronavirus, which has infected over 500 people in the past week. Lam asked citizens to “refrain from social gatherings” and said that people, in particular the elderly, should remain at home. Many of the new infections in Hong Kong have been tied to dance studios, and outbreaks have also been found among staff and guests at several restaurants.
Justin Kurzel has assembled a high-profile cast to shoot “Nitram,” a feature film about a mass murder. He has also reteamed with writer Shawn Grant, who previously delivered the screenplay for Kurzel’s incendiary feature debut, 2011’s “The Snowtown Murders.” The picture is now shooting and will play in theaters and screen as an original show […]
JOHOR BARU, Dec 1 — The number of civil servants nationwide involved in illicit drug use was still low and under control, said the National Anti Drug Agency (NADA). NADA director-general Datuk Seri...
Charlie Nunn has been a busy boy during lockdown. Not only has the HSBC global retail banking boss been wrestling with his poor performing US division. Turns out he’s also been negotiating his way into a new job — running Lloyds.
China's embassy in Australia said politicians there had "misread" a tweet showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the tweet posted by China's foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, "truly repugnant", and called for an apology. On Tuesday the tweet was pinned to the top of Zhao's social media account, and China's Global Times newspaper, known for nationalistic views, interviewed the Chinese artist who created the image.