Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a one-year contract to play for a baseball club in his native South Korea. Choo, who spent the last seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, signed a 2.7 billion won ($2.4 million) deal with a Korean Baseball Organization team owned by an affiliate with the Shinsegae business group, the company said in a statement. Choo, 38, has confirmed the deal.
EU leaders meet Thursday under pressure to speed up Europe's coronavirus vaccine rollout, and divided over border closures and what introducing vaccine travel certificates could mean.
The Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee said on Thursday they are asking spectators for the upcoming torch relay to support by clapping, and will broadcast the event live to avoid gatherings. The torch relay, which will begin on March 25 and travel through Japan, could be temporarily suspended over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic if big gatherings are spotted on streets during the event, Yukihiko Nunomura, senior executive at Tokyo 2020, told a media briefing. He said the organisers had put off a decision whether to proceed with the relay in Tochigi prefecture, initially scheduled for late March, because the prefecture has called for unnecessary outdoor activities amid the pandemic.
The army seized power this month after alleging fraud in a Nov. 8 election swept by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), detaining her and much of the party leadership. There have been about three weeks of daily protests and on Thursday students pledged to rally in the commercial hub of Yangon, with demonstrators urged to bring text books promoting military education so they can destroy them at the protest. A rights group said as of Wednesday 728 people had been arrested, charged or sentenced in relation to the protests.
The Australian parliament on Thursday passed a new law designed to force Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for content used on their platforms in reforms that could be replicated in other countries. Australia will be the first country where a government arbitrator will decide the price to be paid by the tech giants if commercial negotiations with local news outlets fail. The legislation was watered down, however, at the last minute after a standoff between the government and Facebook culminated in the social media company blocking all news for Australian users.
Spectators will be allowed to line the route when the Olympic flame begins its delayed relay across Japan next month, organisers said Thursday, but cheering will be strictly banned.
SEBERANG PERAI, Feb 25 — The police arrested a married couple last night for investigations into the alleged abuse of their domestic worker in Bukit Mertajam here. Central Seberang Perai district...
The Jordan Peele reboot of “The Twilight Zone” will not be returning following its two-season run. “Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and the entire production team truly reimagined ‘The Twilight Zone’ for the modern age,” said Julie McNamara, Paramount Plus programming chief. “They upheld the classic series’ legacy of socially conscious storytelling and pushed today’s viewers […]
U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a proclamation from his predecessor that blocked many green card applicants from entering the United States. Former President Donald Trump issued the ban last year, saying it was needed to protect U.S. workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden rejected that reasoning in a proclamation on Wednesday rescinding the visa ban.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — The Federal Court's nine-judge panel today unanimously declared that a Selangor state law's provision which made unnatural sex a Shariah offence is invalid and having gone...
Back in the heyday of Hong Kong movies, the city’s film stars and those groomed by the Hong Kong industry were among the biggest stars in Asia. Now, facing the twin pressures of coronavirus’ impact on productions and performances and, for some, a cold shoulder from mainland Chinese audiences, many Hong Kong stars are becoming […]
Scuffles broke out between rival protesters in the southern Mexican city of Iguala on Wednesday amid growing anger over President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's backing of a gubernatorial candidate accused of rape. Video shared on social media showed one woman hitting another woman with a megaphone, bloodying her face, following a joint event between Lopez Obrador and Argentina's president, Alberto Fernandez. The injured protester, Yolitzin Jaimes, was demonstrating against Felix Salgado, a gubernatorial candidate for the southern state of Guerrero and a member of Lopez Obrador's ruling MORENA party.
The Walt Disney Co. streaming service Disney Plus on Wednesday expressed support for civil rights organizations advocating for Asian Americans amid a wave of violence against people in the AAPI community. In a statement posted on Twitter, Disney shouted out the organizations Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Stop AAPI Hate. “The celebration of the Lunar […]
Australians hailed Brisbane's newly minted status as frontrunner to host the 2032 Olympics Thursday as a symbol of hope after a year of pandemic gloom.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said today thanked the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after the monarch’s statement asserting that Parliament can sit during...
ViacomCBS is preparing to relaunch its streaming service as Paramount+ next month, and the company just unveiled a slew of new projects from brands like Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Showtime and CBS News. From a new “Yellowstone” series from creator Taylor Sheridan to a new studio division to produce content within the world of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” here is everything the company just announced, all in one place: Also Read: Paramount+ Ad-Supported Subscription Will Cost Less Than CBS All Access Courtesy of CBS / Paramount+ “60 Minutes+” CBS News will be among the ViacomCBS brands producing new original content for Paramount+, starting with its flagship newsmagazine series “60 Minutes.” The super-sized “60 Minutes+” episodes will start rolling out next week, led by correspondents Enrique Acevedo, Seth Doane, Wesley Lowery and Laurie Segall. Series adaptations of Paramount library films Paramount+ will mine the studio’s library of classic films for new streaming series, with adaptations of “Love Story,” “The Italian Job,” “Fatal Attraction” and “The Parallax View” all set to join previously announced series inspired by “Flashdance,” “Grease” and “The Godfather.” A consolidated “Star Trek” universeCBS All Access was long the home for new “Star Trek” shows, with titles like “Discovery” and “Picard” rolling out on the streamer over the last few years. A new animated entry, “Star Trek: Prodigy,” was originally set to expand that universe to Nickelodeon, but ViacomCBS announced Wednesday that the show will get its first run on Paramount+ instead. “Yellowstone” spinoffs and new projects from Taylor SheridanLooking to capitalize on the success of Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone,” Paramount+ has not one, but two spinoffs in the works. Creator Taylor Sheridan, under his overall deal with ViacomCBS, will also produce a number of other projects for the streamer, including the oil boom drama “Land Man” and the Jeremy Renner-led “Mayor of Kingstown.” Also Read: Taylor Sheridan Sets 2nd 'Yellowstone' Spinoff - and Another Show That Sounds Like 'Yellowstone' - at Paramount+ “Criminal Minds” reboot and companion docuseriesParamount+ is set to reimagine the “Criminal Minds” brand for streaming, with a new reboot that will expand the original CBS procedural’s episodic premise to season-long arcs. The reboot will also be accompanied by the docuseries “The Real Criminal Minds,” following a real-life former FBI profiler. “American Tragedy”“Waco” fans get hyped, because ViacomCBS is looking to follow-up the Paramount Network scripted drama with a new anthology series tackling “complicated moments in true crime.” Potential subject matter and the creative team for the project were not announced. Dr. Frasier Crane is backNo classic sitcom is safe from a reboot in the streaming era, especially not one as widely speculated about as “Frasier.” Kelsey Grammer will reprise his role as the radio therapist for a new series at Paramount+, with Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli set to write. No word on other cast members potentially returning for the revival. “Halo” series jumps to streamingShowtime’s long-awaited “Halo” TV series will be among the many shows making the jump to Paramount+. Unfortunately, fans have to keep waiting for at least a little bit longer, because the series, led by “Orange Is the New Black” alum Pablo Schrieber, isn’t set to premiere until 2022. Also Read: 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars,' 'Road Rules' Revival Join Paramount+ Unscripted Slate TV Land “Younger” also heads to Paramount+The seventh and final season of TV Land’s most successful scripted original will also get a first-run on Paramount+. Watch a teaser for the final 12 episodes here. Comedy revivals galoreA number of fan-favorite series from ViacomCBS’s portfolio of cable networks will get revivals or specials at Paramount+, including BET’s “The Game” and Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Workaholics” and “Reno 911!” Mike Judge will kick off his “Beavis and Butt-Head” revival with a movie also set to premiere on the streamer. MTV music programmingClassic MTV music programs including the docuseries “Behind the Music,” performance series “Unplugged” and hip-hop-centric “Yo! MTV Raps” will all get new life at Paramount+. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will also adapt his mom Virginia Hanlon Grohl’s book “From Cradle to Stage,” documenting the relationship between famous musicians and their mothers. “The Real World” and “Road Rules” are backIn addition to the previously announced “Real World” reunion, Paramount+ will also revive the 2000s competition series “Road Rules” and produce a new “All Stars” season of “The Challenge,” featuring some of the franchise’s fan-favorite players from seasons past. A new home for “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”Rather than moving to Showtime as previously planned, future seasons of “All Stars” will run on Paramount+, splitting it from the flagship program at VH1. The streamer will also be home to the drag queen singing competition “Queen of the Universe” from World of Wonder, the production company behind “Drag Race.” Original “Rugrats” voice cast returnsThe babies are back! Paramount+’s revival of the beloved children’s series will see the entire original cast return, including E.G. Daily as Tommy Pickles, Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie Finster, Cheryl Chase as Angelica Pickles, Cree Summer as Susie Carmichael and Kath Soucie as Phil and Lil DeVille. Live-action “Dora” and “Fairly OddParents”Paramount+ is also developing new live-action series based on “Dora the Explorer” and “the Fairly OddParents,” in an attempt to build on the success of 2019’s “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.” Nickelodeon Avatar Studios“Avatar: The Last Airbender” and sequel series “Legend of Korra” have long been some of Nickelodeon’s most beloved titles. Amid renewed buzz surrounding both series following their debut on Netflix, original series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are launching a studio at Nick to produce new films and series set within the “Avatar” universe. “Ray Donovan” gets a movie finaleThis one isn’t for Paramount+, but ViacomCBS also announced on Wednesday that the premature cancellation of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” won’t be the end for the Liev Schreiber-fronted series. Creator David Hollander will return to write and direct a feature-length finale for the series that will debut on Showtime. Paramount “Mission: Impossible 7” and “A Quiet Place II” to stream on Paramount+ 45 days after theatrical release Paramount has become the latest studio to take a major step toward shortening the 90-day theatrical window, announcing that it will stream two of its biggest upcoming blockbusters, “Mission: Impossible 7” and “A Quiet Place — Part II,” on Paramount+ 45 days after they are released in theaters. “Pet Sematary” and “Paranormal Activity” Films A new “Paranormal Activity” movie and a follow-up to the adaptation of the Stephen King story “Pet Sematary” will go directly to Paramount+ as part of the studio’s new push to move original content to the relaunched streamer. The new “Paranormal Activity” film based on the found-footage horror franchise is being directed by Will Eubank, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse and Oren Peli are returning to produce the new film. The new “Pet Sematary” follows up the 2019 film based on King’s story that grossed $113.1 million worldwide. Jeff Buhler is writing the new film, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing. Original horror film “The In Between” “The In Between” stars Joey King alongside Kyle Allen, and the film is a supernatural thriller about a teenage girl who survives a car accident that killed her boyfriend, only to believe that he’s now trying to communicate with her from beyond the grave. Allen and Marc Klein wrote the film, and Allen will also direct. New “Beavis & Butt-Head” movie The “Untitled Beavis and Butt-Head Movie” on Paramount+ will serve as the kick-off for the forthcoming Comedy Central series, which ordered the Mike Judge-led reboot for two seasons last year. This will be the second “Beavis and Butt-Head” film and the first since the 1996 movie “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.” New “Workaholics” movie The “Workaholics” movie will see stars Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck reprise their roles. The series ran on Comedy Central for seven seasons from 2011 to 2017. 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Canada's main stock index is expected to extend its record-setting rally this year as a global economic recovery boosts the outlook for the index's heavily weighted financial and resource stocks, a Reuters poll found. "The TSX Composite with its heavy makeup of financials, energy and material stocks should be a perfect proxy and beneficiary of a global economic reopening," said Matt Skipp, president of SW8 Asset Management. Investors expected the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, historically low interest rates and fiscal stimulus to support an economic recovery.
Australian carrier Qantas reported a US$5.5 billion plunge in revenue during the second half of 2020 and said international passenger flights would not resume until October as the pandemic continued to devastate the industry.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — The country’s Islamic judicial system only has authority over Muslims in Malaysia and cannot act on cases of apostasy outside the nation, a senior Shariah court official...
New Zealand's success in battling the coronavirus has unleashed an unanticipated problem: skyrocketing house prices. When the pandemic first hit, most experts predicted house prices would fall. The government, which has come under increasing criticism for its response to the housing squeeze, on Thursday announced the first of what it says will be a series of moves to address the issue by ordering the nation's central bank to consider the impact on house prices when making decisions.