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Shane Ryan fourth fastest qualifier for 50m backstroke final at World Short Course  BBC Sport

Shane Ryan sets two Irish records as he qualifies fourth fastest for the 50m backstroke final at the World Short Course Championships.


World-first carbon 'net-zero' hub of heavy industry to help UK seize global economic opportunities of clean growth  GOV.UK

At COP24 climate talks in Poland, UK government sets world-leading ambition for first 'net-zero carbon' cluster by 2040 to cut emissions, backed by up to £170 ...


Mortal Engines: what Philip Reeve's predator cities tell us about our world  The Guardian

The steampunk dystopia, Reeve explains, was not intended as a comment on capitalism. But as a new film version shows, his story looks less far-fetched these ...


Strasbourg: Police make public appeal in Cherif Chekatt manhunt  BBC News

French police have appealed for help in finding a man suspected of a Christmas market gun attack in Strasbourg that killed three people, and left a fourth brain ...


What happened next? How Melania Trump’s jacket revealed her true politics to the world  The Guardian

When the first lady arrived to meet children separated from their families with a coat emblazoned with the words 'I really don't care. Do U?' what was she trying to ...


Never-seen-before images of the last indigenous communities of the world  The Telegraph

These breath-taking portraits show some of the last indigenous communities of the world. Photographer Jimmy Nelson sends a warning of the risk of losing ...


Power up in Smash Bros. Ultimate’s World of Light as fast as possible  Polygon

Any game with an economy can be manipulated and leveraged to provide an advantage to the player, and that includes Super Smash Bros Ultimate's ...


Canadian Michael Spavor detained in China as Huawei row continues  BBC News

A second Canadian has been detained in China on accusations of harming national security, as tension continues between the two countries. It was confirmed ...


Turkey train crash: At least nine dead in Ankara  BBC News

A crash involving a high-speed train at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least nine people and injured 47, Turkey's transport minister has said.


Snow world and a Wellington vigil: Wednesday's best photos  The Guardian

The Guardian's picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world.


World's Highest-Paid Authors 2018: Michael Wolff Joins List Thanks To 'Fire And Fury'  Forbes

The world's 11 highest-paid authors sold 24.5 million books and earned $283 million combined in 12 months. Read on to see who made the cut.


Cow and happiness ministers ousted in Indian state elections  The Guardian

India's only dedicated “cow minister” has been dumped in state elections, ending a controversial tenure during which hundreds of the sacred animals starved to ...


It's Patrick Reed against the world  GolfDigest.com

It should have been a triumphant year after his win at Augusta. Instead, the Masters champion faces an uncertain future largely of his own making.


My shopping habits help Amazon take over the world. Alexa, this ends now  The Guardian

Knowing the company's terrible labor practices, this Christmas try and resist the convenience of buying your gifts on Amazon.


Thursday briefing: Bruised May takes her Brexit battle forward  The Guardian

PM won't fight next election after concession to help win confidence vote … Turkey train collision kills four … and hunt continues for Strasbourg gunman.


Make a date with the world's most underrated winter sun destination  Telegraph.co.uk

If you can't find a date in Oman, you'll have no chance elsewhere. From May to October, thousands of tonnes of the sweet fruit weigh the boughs of every palm in ...


The five emoji skin tone options don’t accommodate a diverse world  The Verge

How do you choose which emoji skin tone to use? This week on Why'd You Push That Button, Vox's Kaitlyn Tiffany and I discuss the five emoji skin tones (not ...


The democratic world is burning while Trump obsesses over a wall  The Washington Post

The democratic world is burning, and we have a president obsessed with a purely symbolic, trivial and politically manipulative fight over a wall — a giant piece of ...


Hospital becomes first in world to install new state-of-the-art baby monitors  Oxford Mail

EXPECTING mothers in need of extra support during their pregnancy will now benefit from a new 'world-leading' baby monitoring system which has been…


Putin's East German identity card found in Stasi archives – report  The Guardian

Russian president's photo and card discovered among Soviet-era personnel files in Dresden.


Three UK teachers shortlisted for million dollar ‘world’s best teacher’ prize  The Independent

Three UK teachers have been shortlisted for the “world's best teacher” award, in which the winner will take home $1m (£800000).


Around the World, Climate Goals Clash With Reality  The Wall Street Journal

As negotiators at United Nations climate talks in Poland this week hammer out a rulebook to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, some of the biggest boosters of ...


What it's like to work in the biggest building in the world  BBC News

To build a fleet of giant airliners requires a building just as big. Boeing's Everett Factory, built to construct the famous 747, is the biggest enclosed structure in the ...


FBI: China threatens 'the future of the world'  Washington Examiner

Chinese spying threatens “not just the future of the United States, but the future of the world,” a senior FBI official told lawmakers Wednesday. “We are being ...


Two killed in accident at Antarctic research station  The Guardian

Technicians from US contractor had been working on fire-suppression system at the McMurdo scientific outpost on Ross Island. Guardian staff and agencies.


Proton minibeams tackle aggressive brain tumours  physicsworld.com

High-grade gliomas such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) pose one of the biggest challenges in clinical oncology. The gold standard treatment for these ...


PDC World Darts Championship 2019: Michael van Gerwen heads biggest field ever  BBC Sport

World number one Michael van Gerwen says he has "not had his best year" but feels there is "more in the tank" as he attempts to win his third PDC World Darts ...


Shenzhen's silent revolution: world's first fully electric bus fleet quietens Chinese megacity  The Guardian

You have to keep your eyes peeled for the bus at the station in Shenzhen's Futian central business district these days. The diesel behemoths that once signalled ...


U.S. expected to end 2018 as world's top oil producer: EIA  Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil output growth was expected to slow slightly for this year compared with previous forecasts, the Energy Information ...


Christmas editorial, 1944: 'we need a new Europe, democratic, prosperous, progressive'  The Guardian

23 December 1944: With the sixth Christmas of the war surely being the last, our aim should not be merely peace, but the reconstruction of Western civilisation.


Grace Millane murder: Family of British backpacker say their 'whole world turned upside down'  Sky News

By Lucia Binding, news reporter. The family of a murdered British backpacker have said their "whole world turned upside down" after the 22-year-old's death.


The Most Powerful Reject in the World  The New York Times

Is there anyone who wants to hang with Donald Trump?


F. Earle Ganzenmuller, 90, World War II veteran, industrial product manager  Buffalo News

Nov. 14, 1928 – Nov. 28, 2018 F. Earle Ganzenmuller, of Clarence and Venice, Fla., an Army veteran and retired industrial product manager, died Nov.


‘The World Is Yours’ Review: Isabelle Adjani Revitalizes the Comic Caper  The New York Times

The young director Romain Gavras does not reinvent the comic caper in the French film “The World Is Yours,” but he revitalizes that genre with pop verve, goofy ...


World War 3: Putin’s MISSLE launch FAILS and crashes to ground in FLAMES – VIDEO  Express.co.uk

A RUSSIAN military missile launch resulted in failure as a video capturing the event shows the projectile exploding in the air before crashing to the ground ...


UK military chief warns global tensions 'like those seen before First World War'  The Independent

The international security landscape is the most uncertain politically and strategically in living memory, with instability the “defining condition” and where threats ...


Australian court convicts once-powerful Vatican official on sex-abuse-related charges  The Washington Post

VERONA, Italy — Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty in Australia of charges related to sexual abuse, according to two people familiar with the case and ...


Inside one of the world's biggest container ports  CNN

Hong Kong has one of the world's busiest container ports. A floating tour is a superb way for visitors to explore this vast maritime landscape.


Georgia Davies: British swimmer wins world bronze in China  BBC Sport

Britain's Georgia Davies claims 100m backstroke bronze at the World Short-course Swimming Championships in China.


The hidden historical value of ‘Battlefield V’ and its take on World War II’s overlooked tales  Washington Post

The actual battlefields of “Battlefield V” may be unfamiliar to anyone without a keen interest in the total history of World War II. Nowhere will you find the shores of ...


Chaos and the chocolate factory as leak smothers German street  The Guardian

A street in a western German town got a repaving worthy of Willy Wonka when a tonne of chocolate flowed out of a factory and solidified on the pavement.


The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018  The Guardian

Our judges have selected their top players from 2018. Click on an individual to read more about their year and find out our No 1.


Emojis, WhatsApp and ‘XOXO’: How texting habits differ around the world  Global News

From how we say hello and goodbye, to shorthand, abbreviations, emoji use and even the platform people use to send messages, texting habits vary depending ...


World War Z Game Looks Better Than OVERKILL's The Walking Dead  Screen Rant

Coming 2019, Saber Interactive's World War Z game is already looking like it's leagues ahead of this year's disappointing Overkill's The Walking Dead.


SEE: Most expensive petrol prices in the world  Wheels24

The average global petrol price around world is the equivalent of R15.22 per litre. We look at some of the most expensive fuel prices globally.


Sydney sits sixth in world for mega-mansion sales  The Sydney Morning Herald

A weak housing market might be worrying economists but in the rarefied world of luxury and wealth, Sydney still ranks as one of the top locations in the world for ...


US sends STARK WARNING to Turkey over Syria - 'Military action in northeast UNACCEPTABLE'  Express.co.uk

THE PENTAGON said yesterday that any unilateral action in northeast Syria would be “unacceptable”, after Turkey announced it would launch a new military ...


Russia overtakes UK to become world's second largest arms producer  The Independent

Russia has surpassed the UK to become the second largest arms producer on the planet, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ...


Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is Officially The World's Most-Streamed Song  Forbes

The original song and official video for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' have surpassed 1.6 billion streams globally across all major streaming services.


Vote for your World Sport Star of the Year 2018  BBC Sport

Voting is now open to decide the winner of the BBC's World Sport Star of the Year award. Formerly known as the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, votes ...


Military wives choir in Moray raises huge donation from First World War commemorations  Press and Journal

A huge donation has been raised by a Moray military wives choir as part of a series of events to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. The Kinloss group ...


IMF warns of looming financial crisis, says world is woefully unprepared to handle it  CBC.ca

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: IMF warns of likelihood of another global recession; Canadian ...


Bradford: Jackie Bradley Jr. explains his new world  WEEI

LAS VEGAS -- The question was posed to Alex Cora Tuesday at the MLB winter meetings: Which player are you looking forward to watching take the next step?


Politics this week  The Economist

A third Saturday of anti-fuel-tax demonstrations, infiltrated by violent provocateurs from the hard left and the extreme right, saw windows smashed, cars ablaze ...


END OF MACRON: French president faces NO CONFIDENCE vote TOMORROW - France in chaos  Express.co.uk

EMMANUEL Macron's government faces a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday amid nationwide anger at the French president which has seen ...


Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoys cigar as he hits the road in the world's first electric Hummer  Daily Mail

After being the first civilian to buy a Humvee in 1992, Arnold Schwarzenegger was spotted driving the first electric Hummer in Santa Monica on Wednesday, ...


The World's Most Powerful Women in 2018  Forbes

The women on Forbes 15th annual Most Powerful Women list are among the toughest, smartest leaders the world has today. They are creating solutions for ...


'The Outer Worlds' Is The 'Fallout' Game We've All Been Waiting For  Forbes

'The Outer Worlds' couldn't have been announced at a more perfect time than during Fallout 76's launch fiasco.


Heather Nauert Is in for a World of Pain  POLITICO Magazine

Heather Nauert had better enjoy a good crisis, because she is going to face a rough geopolitical ride to the United Nations. The State Department spokeswoman ...


Togolese innovators turn the world's junk into robots  BBC News

The 500000 tonnes of e-waste that Togo imports each year has become a goldmine for its innovators.


102-year-old breaks world record as oldest skydiver  RTE.ie

Irene O'Shea is 102 years old, and is also in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest skydiver.


The Corkman who brought Madonna, Bowie, U2 and the World Cup to Boston  The Irish Times

As event coordinator for Foxboro Stadium, Brian Donovan attracted many big names. Now he presents an Irish radio show.


Cramer: China may be recognizing that revealing its 'world domination' plan was a bad idea  CNBC

China may now be recognizing its ambitious 2025 policy for "world domination" was a bad idea to reveal after all, CNBC's Jim Cramer argued Wednesday.


Group led by Thomas Piketty presents plan for ‘a fairer Europe’  The Guardian

Manifesto by progressive Europeans calls for €800bn of levies to tackle inequality, disillusionment, climate change and migration.


An Israeli startup with ties to America's most popular hummus brand says it made the world's first lab-grown steak — a holy grail for the industry  Business Insider

Aleph Farms shared video of what it called the world's first lab-grown steak, what appears to be a key step toward disrupting the meat industry.


Has Anyone Else on Team Trump Lied to Congress?  Bloomberg

President Trump's former lawyer got a three-year prison sentence, and that should worry others — including the president's eldest son.


Macron scraps fuel tax rise in face of gilets jaunes protests  The Guardian

French government drops measure from budget after weeks of protests that left parts of Paris in flames.


Strange earthquake waves rippled around Earth, and nobody knows why  National Geographic

Instruments picked up the seismic waves more than 10000 miles away—but bizarrely, nobody felt them.


France fuel protests: Macron holds urgent security meeting  BBC News

French President Emmanuel Macron has held an urgent security meeting following a day of riots by thousands of anti-government protesters. Ministers said that ...


The women killed on one day around the world  BBC News

An average of 137 women across the world are killed by a partner or family member every day, according to new data released by the United Nations Office on ...


How a World Order Ends  Foreign Affairs

A stable world order is a rare thing. When one does arise, it tends to come after a great convulsion that creates both the conditions and the desire for something ...


Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger  The Guardian

Emile Ratelband, 69, argued that his age was causing him to struggle to find work and love.


Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe  The Guardian

As the UN sits down for its annual climate conference this week, many experts believe we have passed the point of no return.


England stun favourites Argentina to reach hockey World Cup semi-finals  The Guardian

Harry Martin fired England into the semi-finals of the hockey World Cup in India after a shock 3-2 victory over Argentina.


Revealed: faulty medical implants harm patients around world  The Guardian

The Implant Files investigation reveals damage caused by poor regulation and lax testing rules.


21 of the world's best island escapes  National Geographic

The sea in all its styles, from big-wave drama to lapping lagoon, sets the scene at the world's most spectacular island resorts. Whether guests arrive by boat or by ...


'This Is Really a World War': Perino Says 'No Nation Is Free' From Terror Following France Attack  Fox News Insider

Dana Perino said Wednesday that "no nation is free" from acts of terror after three people were fatally shot at a Christmas market in France on Tuesday.


US senators: we're certain Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi's murder  The Guardian

Republican Bob Corker says 'if Prince Mohammed went in front of a jury he'd be convicted in 30 minutes' after briefing from CIA chief Gina Haspel.


Sir David Attenborough: Climate change 'our greatest threat'  BBC News

The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity's greatest threat in thousands of years. The broadcaster said it could lead to the ...


France protests: PM Philippe suspends fuel tax rises  BBC News

Fuel tax rises which have led to weeks of violent protests in France have now been postponed for six months. The move was announced in a televised address ...


World's Top 50 Women In Tech 2018  Forbes

Many of the top technologists working in the world today are women - and they're unwilling to rest on their laurels. The 2018 World's Top 50 Women In Tech is ...


50 of the world's best desserts  CNN

From chocolate mousse and cheesecake to pavlova and polvorónes, these are the 50 best desserts around the world and where they come from.


Boeing launches business jet capable of world's longest flight  CNN

Boeing unveils its newest line of business jets. The company says the BBJ 777X jet will let VIP travelers to fly nonstop between "any two cities on Earth."


World's oldest known wild bird to become a mother for the 37th time  The Guardian

Wisdom, a 68-year-old Laysan albatross, has laid another egg with her longtime lover at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge.


Putin refuses to release Ukrainian sailors and ships  The Guardian

Russian president says it is 'too early' in investigation to consider a prisoner swap and accuses Ukraine government of provocation.


Facebook among firms named on Myanmar human rights 'dirty list'  The Guardian

Facebook is among a number of companies from the US, UK, France, Switzerland and China named on a “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in ...


Why German bread is the best in the world (opinion)  CNN

Germans have more bakeries and eat more varieties of bread than most other countries in the world. Why do they think they have the best bread in the world?


10 cool shopping districts around the world: readers’ tips  The Guardian

Hamburg has its vinyl, St Petersburg its designer island and Toronto its arty distillery district. But the retail magic is strongest in Whitley Bay …


One of the world’s richest men upset neighbours after building 6ft ‘prison-like’ fence around £75m Surrey esta  The Sun

SHEIKH Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum had it put up without planning permission in Longcross, Surrey, according to residents. The billionaire racehorse ...


France yellow vest protests: Macron promises wage rise  BBC News

France's President Emmanuel Macron has promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests. France has seen four ...


Jon Batiste’s World Is Wonderful, but Flawed  The New York Times

NEW ORLEANS — Discussing his views on music's role in a city's culture, the jazz keyboardist Jon Batiste, who is the band leader on “The Late Show With ...


Why the world is becoming more allergic to food  BBC News

Food allergy rates among children are on the rise, and Western lifestyles may be to blame.


Fearless 102-Year-Old Woman Just Became the World's Oldest Skydiver  TIME

A 102-year-old woman from Adelaide, Australia has become the world's oldest skydiver after her latest jaunt in the sky.


Mars attacks! War of the Worlds restaged for 'fake news' era  The Guardian

New show links HG Wells's sci-fi novel and Orson Welles's 1938 radio adaptation and explores climate of fear preceding the US presidential election.


Gay people should not join Catholic clergy, Pope Francis says  The Guardian

No room for 'fashionable' homosexuality and gay priests should be 'impeccably responsible' or leave.


White House denies Haspel prevented from briefing Senate on Khashoggi murder  The Guardian

Mike Pompeo and James Mattis are due to give a briefing on Wednesday but there is no sign CIA director will take part.


Australia seizes squirrels 'smuggled on plane from Bali'  BBC News

The two animals from Indonesia were put down after being deemed a disease threat to Australia.


'I am worried': Macron's chat with Saudi prince captured at G20  The Guardian

French presidential aide confirms they spoke about Khashoggi murder and Yemen after microphone picks up informal talk.


US-China trade war: Deal agreed to suspend new trade tariffs  BBC News

US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks, the US says. At a post-G20 ...


K-pop's EXP Edition: The world’s most controversial 'Korean' band  BBC News

EXP Edition are a K-pop band with a difference - none of them is Korean. Does that matter?