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Smuggling Australian rock lobsters into China a national security threat, Hong Kong customs chief says

Louise Ho says activity undermines China’s trade restrictions against Australia and she will ‘pursue it diligently’

Rampant smuggling of Australian rock lobsters into mainland China is a national security threat, Hong Kong’s new customs chief said Thursday as she vowed to crack down on the trade.

Lobsters are one of a number of products from Australia that China has restricted imports of as relations between the countries plunged.

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2 foreigners killed in shootout in Mexico's Tulum resort

Two foreigners were killed and three wounded in a shooting in the Mexican Caribbean resort town of Tulum

Covid may have killed up to 180,000 health workers globally, WHO says

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus condemns inequality in vaccine rollout, saying less than one in 10 health workers in Africa are fully vaccinated

The World Health Organization says 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers may have been killed by Covid-19 up to May this year, insisting they must be prioritised for vaccination.

A WHO paper on Thursday estimated that out of the world’s 135 million health staff, “between 80,000 to 180,000 health and care workers could have died from Covid-19 in the period between January 2020 to May 2021”.

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How Belarus is helping ‘tourists’ break into the EU

Belarus is accused of taking revenge for EU sanctions by offering migrants tourist visas, and helping them across its border.

Bangladesh's Hindus living in fear following mob attacks

Homes and temples of Hindu Bangladeshis have been torched across the country, and at least seven killed.

Russia's Covid nightmare driven by vaccine rejection

More than 1,000 people are dying in Russia every day, and in Vologda only one in four is vaccinated.


General Motors unveils new high-end GMC Sierra Denali and AT4X pickups

The new GMC models aim to build upon the Sierra's already high profit margins and average transaction prices, which are at more than $53,342.

C.D.C. Panel Recommends Covid Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

Recipients of the Moderna and the J.&J. vaccines may receive extra doses, the committee said, although the shots continue to prevent illness and death.

Contrails: How tweaking flight plans can help the climate

Why experts say cutting contrails costs less than $1bn a year but may be worth so much more.

Fears over the future of free debt advice

There is growing concern that free face-to-face debt advice could be cut.

CBI warns Rishi Sunak he risks undercutting future green economy

Trade body says higher taxes will discourage necessary investment in high-wage green economy

Britain’s foremost business lobby group has warned Rishi Sunak that his tax and spending plans risk undercutting government ambitions for a green, high-wage economy by discouraging the necessary investment.

Ahead of the chancellor’s budget next week, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said there were fundamental inconsistencies in the government’s economic strategy that needed urgent attention.

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Carbon offsets are imperfect but necessary and the market needs to grow fast, says B of A exec

Right now, organizations are making best-faith estimates in their decarbonization plans — but they are only estimates, Karen Fang told CNBC.

Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Snap, Intel, Chipotle and more

See which stocks are posting big moves after the bell.

Fed's Bostic sees interest rate hike coming next year as inflation lingers

Atlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic said Thursday that he sees an interest rate hike coming later in 2022.

1 in 5 gig drivers got unemployment benefits at pandemic peak

About 19% of drivers for online ride-hailing and food-delivery platforms were collecting jobless aid in July 2020, more than other groups, according to a report.

Goldman Sachs wants to build an investor-friendly SPAC business following market bust

Nuclear measurement and analytics company Mirion Technologies started trading on New York Stock Exchange after merging with GS Acquisition Holdings Corp. II.

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Historic England: Jane Austen's house among heritage sites sharing £35m cash boost

The government funding aims to help some of England's most popular historic places with repair work.

Jamie Spears hires new attorney after being suspended as Britney Spears' conservator

As Britney Spears prepares to return to court next month to try to bring her 13-year conservatorship to an end, her father Jamie Spears has a new lawyer.

Book Week NI: ‘I am the poetry pharmacist’

Philanthropist and author William Sieghart says he can find a poem to ease anyone's troubles.

TV: Fireman Sam and SuperTed 'wouldn't exist' without subsidies

One hit cartoon creator calls for the government to continue subsidising children's TV programmes.

Ed Sheeran: Singer to read CBeebies Bedtime Story about stuttering

The singer will read I Talk Like a River, about a boy whose father helps him with his stutter.

Lego recreates the house from 'Home Alone'

Lego has created a nostalgic replica just in time for the holiday season.

Strictly Come Dancing: Judi Love to miss this week's show with Covid-19

The Loose Women presenter will return next week, "all being well", a show spokesperson said.

Ruby Rose alleges unsafe working conditions on 'Batwoman' set

Ruby Rose says unsafe working conditions and a toxic culture on the CW series "Batwoman" led to their departure from the show in 2020.


Bernard Haitink, Conductor Who Let Music Speak for Itself, Dies at 92

Mr. Haitink, who was closely identified with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, drew direct, unaffected interpretations of symphonic works and opera.

Jerry Pinkney, Acclaimed Children’s Book Illustrator, Dies at 81

Adept at reimagining classic tales, he often made sure that his books included Black characters and themes.

The Enduring Appeal of Laura Ashley

With her floral-print dresses and housewares, the British designer created a romantic and instantly recognizable aesthetic that, decades later, is inspiring a wide range of dressers and brands.

Diane Weyermann, Executive Who Championed ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ Dies at 66

A former public interest lawyer, she oversaw this and many other documentaries that addressed urgent social issues.

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

“Locke and Key” returns for its second season and “Insecure” comes back for its final season.

‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ Review: The Cat’s Meow

Benedict Cumberbatch plays a British artist who found love, both human and feline, and became famous as the man who drew cats.

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man,’ From University to Broadway

The playwright Keenan Scott II, the director Steve H. Broadnax III and others discuss how “a timeless piece” for Black actors has evolved over 15 years.


ALCS: Yordan Alvarez Is Healthy and Thriving for Astros

One of baseball’s feared hitters, the Houston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez grew up in Cuba believing he’d never need to learn English. His tape measure homers do his talking for him.

Magic Johnson, le business, la NBA, les Lakers et LeBron

Johnson prédit le nom des prochaines grandes équipes rivales au sein de la N.B.A, et évoque son seul regret du temps où il dirigeait les Los Angeles Lakers.

Kicks Beat Celtics in Opener in Double Overtime

A double-overtime thriller against the Boston Celtics in the season opener had 11 lead changes and 10 ties.

ALCS: Can the Red Sox Get Back on Track?

A pair of ugly losses in a row has Boston reeling. But as the A.L.C.S. shifts to Houston, the Red Sox are buoyed by the idea that they have overcome worse deficits in the past.

Tom Brady congratulates Aaron Rodgers for becoming 'shareholder of the Bears' after celebration...

Tom Brady congratulated Aaron Rodgers for becoming a "shareholder of the Bears" after the Green Bay Packers quarterback's celebration in which he could be heard saying he "owned" the Chicago team.


Dinosaurs May Have Been Socializing Nearly 200 Million Years Ago

A trove of fossilized eggs and skeletons in Argentina revealed that some dinosaurs likely traveled in herds and socialized by age.

Lights in Midwest Skies Were Likely a Dying Russian Military Satellite

The fiery trail astonished viewers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, with many first thinking it was a meteor.

La Niña Weather Pattern Likely to Prolong Western Drought, NOAA Says

The climate pattern may also bring some relief to Northern California and the Pacific Northwest this winter.

Tuskless Elephants Escape Poachers, but May Evolve New Problems

Scientists identified the genes that played a role in many female elephants of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park being born without tusks.

Parents, Will You Vaccinate Your Children for Covid?

Tell us whether you plan to have your children immunized and what factors led to your decision.


How to plug the UK into desert sunshine

One company plans to build the world's longest electricity cable to connect Morocco to the UK.

Facebook, Twitter and digital ad stocks drop sharply after Snap earnings

Social media stocks fell in after hours trading after Snap said Apple's iPhone privacy changes and supply chain problems disrupted its advertising business.

Intel shares fall after company blames shrinking PC chip business on component shortages

Intel is in a period of massive capital expenditure as it spends $20 billion this year, including on a new semiconductor factory in Arizona.

Some top WarnerMedia execs never liked the name 'HBO Max' — the Discovery deal will give them a...

Several top WarnerMedia executives never liked the HBO Max name. Merging with Discovery will give the combined company a chance to change it.

NTSB finds driver seat was occupied in fatal Tesla crash in Spring, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) just issued new details in a high-profile Tesla fatal crash investigation.