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13:31 World
Thai court bars rising opposition leader from parliament

The Constitutional Court found Thanathorn guilty of holding shares in a media company after registering his candidacy for the election to formally end five years of military rule.

13:00 World
Best trips for 2020, according to National Geographic

The picks are divided into four categories: Culture, City, Nature and Adventure.

12:43 World
Allbirds co-founder: Amazon's lookalike shoe undermines our sustainability efforts

Zwillinger said trying to compete against the tech giant as a relatively new startup is not exactly a "fair fight" and that the lookalike shoe may be undercutting Allbirds' sustainability efforts.

12:29 World
Iran: More than 100 protesters believed to be killed as top officials give green light to crush protests

At least 106 protesters in 21 cities have been killed, according to credible reports received by Amnesty International. The organization believes that the real death toll may be much higher, with some reports suggesting as many as 200 have been killed. State media have reported only a handful of protester deaths, as well as the deaths of at least four members of the security forces.

12:02 World
Secretive energy startup backed by Bill Gates achieves solar breakthrough

Heliogen, a clean energy company that emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday, said it has discovered a way to use artificial intelligence and a field of mirrors to reflect so much sunlight that it generates extreme heat above 1,000 degrees Celsius.

11:16 World
UN calls on Nicaragua to end 'persistent repression of dissent'

Nicaraguan police said on Monday that the protesters were also suspected of planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the Central American country, which has been roiled by demonstrations against the administration of President Daniel Ortega since April last year.

10:45 World
Morocco’s king appoints committee chief to fight poverty and inequality

The King said in July that the committee was intended to design a “new development model” to reform areas such as education, health, agriculture, investment and taxation.

10:27 World
Two jail guards for Jeffrey Epstein charged with coverup in his suicide

According to an indictment, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas fell asleep and surfed the Internet instead of monitoring Epstein, who was found unresponsive on Aug. 10 in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan.

20:18 World
Armenian architecture firm SNKH wins competition to design next summer’s Garage screen cinema

The winner of the architectural competition to design the next Garage Screen summer movie theater near the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow has been announced, with an expert jury selecting SNKH studio from Yerevan. 

18:38 World
Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

18:16 World
Sydneysiders urged to stay indoors as Australian bushfire smoke blankets city

Australia is prone to bushfires in its dry, hot summers, but fierce blazes have been sparked early, in the southern spring, by a long drought and soaring temperatures.

17:45 World
Beijing denounces New York Times' decision to publish leaked Xinjiang documents

The documents, which were published by the New York Times on Saturday, represent one of the largest ever data leaks from inside the Chinese government. Their disclosure provides a rare window into the secretive policy decisions around the continued mass incarceration of religious and ethnic minorities.

17:27 World
Hong Kong campus siege almost over, but the violence and anger is here to stay

The university has been occupied by hundreds of protesters, including many high school students, since last week.

17:00 World
A Russian ship is playing a difficult game in the high Arctic: trying to stay in the thickening winter sea ice without getting stuck

White sheets of sea ice surround the ship on all sides. Even the wake of the vessel, normally a 25m-wide trail of slush and broken ice, has closed up into a neat seam.

16:16 World
Blood 'cleaning' treatment which pulls disease from body using magnets ready for human trials

Dr George Frodsham, came up with the idea while studying how magnetic nanoparticles can be made to bind to cells in the body, to allow, for example those cells to show up on scanners.

15:45 World
U.N. rights office says Israeli settlements remain unlawful

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were “inconsistent with international law”.

15:27 World
One week in, Netflix's stock is weathering Disney+

On Monday, Disney rose 2.1% to $147.65, just shy of its record high close on Nov. 13, while Netflix climbed 2.6% to its highest close since August.

14:26 World
The most dangerous countries in the world for 2020 revealed: Interactive map shows Libya and Somalia are the riskiest and Nordic destinations are the safest

The annual interactive 'Travel Risk Map' reveals the countries where people are most likely to have trouble when it comes to road safety, security and medical matters.

13:28 World
Meghan Markle is still waiting to become a British citizen even though she applied for it two years ago

It is believed that the Duchess of Sussex began the process shortly after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced in November 2017.

12:43 World
Australia fires: Sydney blanketed by smoke from NSW bushfires

Strong winds overnight brought smoke from fires inland, pushing the air quality in Australia's largest city to beyond "hazardous" levels at times.

12:29 World
Saturn's moon Titan is largely covered in organic material, new evidence shows

And now, that data has helped scientists put together the first global geological map of the intriguing icy moon, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.

12:02 World
Sydneysiders urged to stay indoors as Australian bushfire smoke blankets city

Wildfires have so far this month claimed at least four lives, burnt about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush and destroyed more than 300 homes.

11:16 World
California home to 91 of America's 100 most expensive zip codes

San Francisco ranked priciest city with 13 of the most expensive zip codes, among 55 in the Bay Area, study finds.

10:45 World
Saudi-led coalition says Yemen's Houthis seize ship in Red Sea

South Korea said two of its vessels were captured, a tug boat and a sand dredger, each of which had one South Korean national was on board.

10:27 World
Mario Shopping Kart: Nintendo unveils Tokyo store to lure casual gamers

The store - previewed to the media on Tuesday ahead of its public opening on Friday - offers a range of goods featuring prized characters including Italian plumber Mario, adventurer Link and pink alien Kirby, with exclusive products from Legend of Zelda-branded ties to Animal Crossing-themed oven gloves.

20:01 World
One plague case reported in Inner Mongolia

Investigation showed that the patient, who is from Xilingol League of the region, hunted and ate a hare on Nov. 5.

19:47 World
China threatens Sweden after Gui Minhai wins free speech award

Embassy hits out at judges and warns of ‘consequences’ after the Tucholsky prize goes to jailed Hong Kong publisher.

18:16 World
France returns Omar Tall's sword to Senegal

It is part of a commitment to return to its former West African colonies key items of their cultural heritage.

17:45 World
Oxford Union debate: Blind student 'violently' pulled from seat

Ebenezer Azamati was "accosted" by a security guard when he tried to return to a seat he had earlier reserved before the debate on 17 October.

17:00 World
'Stolen' Banksy statue could fetch $1.3m at auction

Banksy's "The Drinker" is described by auction house Sotheby's as a "subversive recreation" of Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker" -- a pensive nude bronze sculpture.

16:38 World
Thailand hopes to have bullet trains running by 2023

With one project under construction, another approved and others being considered, many in the country are questioning whether high-speed rail (HSR) will be the right fit for the country.

16:16 World
Israel Folau criticised for 'appalling' Australia bushfire remarks

Folau, who was sacked by Australia in May for making anti-gay remarks on social media, described the fires as a "little taste of God's judgement".

15:01 World
Shares grind towards record high as China trims key rate

The news helped Asia's main markets close higher .CSI300.N225.HSI and Europe followed suit, though 0.1% to 0.3% moves showed the initial reaction was cautious.

14:44 World
German business lobby, labor union jointly call on Berlin to boost public investment

The unusual move by Germany’s most influential business lobby group and the country’s largest umbrella union show how much public debate has shifted in a country long obsessed with its “black zero” budget policy of no new debt.

14:26 World
Shares grind towards record high as China trims key rate

The news helped Asia's main markets close higher .CSI300.N225.HSI and Europe followed suit, though 0.1% to 0.3% moves showed the initial reaction was cautious.

13:41 World
In Las Vegas, Elon Musk's tunneling company digs in

The city is laying claim to having "the first commercial endeavor" from the Boring Company.

12:43 World
Some European doctors think Chinese medicine should come with a health warning

Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have a long history of making outsized claims, not least in the case of fertility and virility, where demand for tiger penis and rhino horn has devastated wild populations.

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