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Thai protesters flood street with rubber ducks in 'coup prevention' drill

Thousands block major Bangkok junction in continuing protests against government and monarchy

Thousands of democracy activists blocked a major junction in Bangkok for several hours on Friday to rehearse “coup prevention” strategies in the latest round of Thailand’s anti-government protests.

The country has for months been rocked by youth-led protests demanding a new constitution, reform of the untouchable monarchy and for the prime minister, Prayut Chan-O-Cha, to resign.

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Australian police arrest 15th man accused of being part of global paedophile ring

Newcastle man is facing charges of possessing, soliciting and sharing child abuse material, and bestiality

A Newcastle man has become the 15th person arrested after police uncovered a global paedophile ring alleged to have filmed and shared the sexual abuse of almost 50 children in Australia.

The 54-year-old was taken into custody on Friday and faces a string of charges, including possessing, soliciting and sharing child abuse material. He is also charged with bestiality.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Army claims advance on several towns

Ethiopia's army says it has seized control of several towns in the northern region of Tigray.

El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala stage mass raids on gangs

The Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have rounded up hundreds of suspected street gang members as part of a U_S_-backed effort known as "Operation Regional Shield."

Gunmen Assassinate Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist in Ambush, Provoking New Crisis

Iran expressed fury over the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, blaming it on Israel and the United States. His death may complicate President-elect Biden’s intention to restore the Iranian nuclear deal.

Australia swelters under extreme heatwave as fire brigades on high alert

Temperatures expected to reach into the mid-40s in some parts of Australia

Much of Australia is in the grip of an extreme heatwave with temperatures expected to reach into the mid-40s and total fire bans in force in parts of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

In South Australia, 47C was forecast for Maree, a small town in the north of the state, and 46C in Renmark and Port Augusta. The state capital of Adelaide was expected to hit 38C on Saturday.

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Covid: Government planning road and rail changes for Christmas travel spike

Around 500 miles of roadworks are being cleared to ease congestion on motorways over the festive period.

For the World Economy, a Grim Slog Tempered by New Hopes

The emergence of vaccines has taken the edge off the worst fears, but a meaningful economic recovery probably remains distant.

McKinsey Proposed Paying Pharmacy Companies Rebates for OxyContin Overdoses

Court filings reveal consultants’ talk of a records purge during the opioid crisis, and shed new light on sales advice given to the billionaire Sackler family and their drug company, Purdue Pharma.

A Black Friday unlike any other: What four retail analysts are watching this holiday season

Black Friday sales may be strong this year, but how consumers are shopping is entirely different from any other holiday season, market analysts say.

I Don’t Want to Be the Office Grandma

Advice for getting back into the work force at 60, dealing with shame and co-workers, and how to cope with losing all motivation for working from home.


Kent rebranded 'toilet of England' by anti-Brexit protesters

Activists deface dozens of road signs on county border referencing fears of insanitary gridlock

Road signs at the Kent border welcoming drivers to the “Garden of England” have been defaced by anti-Brexit protesters to label the county the “Toilet of England”.

A group called EU Flag Mafia said they had used “scissors and stickers” to transform dozens of signs at 27 entry roads across the 90-mile county border.

Apologies for delays, we are currently managing the approach to the Channel Tunnel on the M20 from Jct 11. Rolling roads are implemented for yours and our colleagues safety. Thank you for your patience #Apologies DS

Related: Trial of Brexit border checks causes five-mile lorry queues in Kent

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U.S. stock futures rise as Wall Street heads for winning week and a historic month

U.S. stock futures rose on Friday morning as traders wrapped up a record-setting week.

Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: AstraZeneca, Disney, Pfizer, Amazon & more

The stocks making the biggest moves in premarket trading include AstraZeneca, Disney, Pfizer, Amazon, and more.

Paris police filmed beating music producer in studio

Footage shows victim, who was later released without charge, being punched, kicked and hit with truncheon

Three French police officers have been suspended after they were filmed beating and allegedly racially abusing a music producer in his Paris studio.

An official inquiry has been opened – the third such investigation in a week – into the officers’ behaviour. The latest incident comes after MPs in the French parliament voted to approve a new law increasing police powers.

DOCUMENT: la séquence intégrale des 13 minutes de l'agression policière contre un producteur de musique parisien. Attention: images difficiles de violences et d'insultes racistes.

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Austrians and Swiss go off-piste in Christmas skiing Covid row

Germany, Italy and France in favour of resorts closures amid third-wave Covid fears

Governments are at odds over a Europe-wide plan to bar ski holidays over Christmas and New Year, with Germany, Italy and France in favour but Austria and Switzerland reluctant to damage a sector worth millions to their economies.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, joined Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte, and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday in calling for a Europe-wide wintersports shutdown until 10 January to avert a fresh coronavirus wave.

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Coronation Street: Pandemic sees soap scrap 60th anniversary stunt

The soap has been forced to "go back to brass tacks" to mark its birthday, its producer says.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Christmas album beats BTS to UK number one

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Christmas album denies the South Korean boy band another chart-topper.

'The Mandalorian' brings a major fan favorite into the 'Star Wars' live-action universe

The worst-kept secret in the "Star Wars" universe brought a huge fan favorite to "The Mandalorian" -- moving the show further into the orbit of the animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Rebels," while adding details about the merchandising bonanza alternately known until now as "Baby Yoda" and "The Child."

Mariah Carey has officially kicked off the Christmas season

Thanksgiving may be over, but it's beginning to feel a whole lot like Christmas -- thanks to Mariah Carey.

'The Masked Singer' reveals the legend behind Broccoli

The latest celebrity to be revealed on "The Masked Singer" is Paul Anka, who was hiding under a big head of Broccoli.

Courteney Cox recreates Monica's infamous turkey dance from 'Friends'

Monica's turkey dance is one of the greatest "Friends" moments. It's also when Chandler first tells her "I love you."

Matthew Perry is engaged to 'the greatest woman on the face of the planet'

Matthew Perry is engaged to his girlfriend, Molly Hurwitz, the "Friends" star revealed in comments published Thursday.

Strictly Come Dancing: Bruno Tonioli to miss 2020 final in person

The judge has to stay put in the US amid Covid concerns over a flight to the UK.


Art Basel Miami Beach Was Canceled, but the Show Goes On

As coronavirus deaths rose, museums and galleries have rolled out new shows. The socialite Libbie Mugrabi is planning a dinner for the ages. Is Miami’s art world clueless?

A Second Sudden Exit for a Hard-Charging Artistic Director

Ari Roth founded Mosaic Theater Company after being fired by Theater J. He resigned under pressure after complaints from staff.

Love Letter: Craving Comfort and Connection

And how to do a solo holiday season.

‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Baby Yoda Has a Name

Mando gets a new task from a complicated ally. Baby Yoda gets a back story.

Did John McCracken Make That Monolith in Utah?

It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, buried in the desert: If the sculptor made this tall, silvery object, it was without mentioning a word to his dealer or his art friends.

Royal Watchers Wonder: Do the Royals Watch ‘The Crown’?

A lack of hard facts has not prevented plenty of speculation as to whether Queen Elizabeth and the other member of the royal family ever watch their fictionalized selves.

Marching to the Beat of Their Own Drum

Inspired by this year’s protests against racial injustice, this Derek Fordjour painting reimagines the stars and stripes of the American flag.


It’s 2020, So of Course Mike Tyson Is Boxing Again

The return offers started coming when videos of Tyson sparring at 54 gained steam online. They landed on a bout with Roy Jones Jr., another champion from long ago.

Manchester United launches investigations following 'disruptive' cyber attack

Manchester United has launched investigations as the club continues to tackle a "disruptive" cyber attack.

Diego Maradona and All That We Have Lost

Part of Diego Maradona’s enduring appeal is testament to his genius. But part of it, too, speaks to a sense of nostalgia for what he represented.

Tributes pour in for former Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul

Tributes have been pouring in for the Dallas Cowboys' strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul, 54, who died Wednesday after experiencing a medical emergency unrelated to Covid-19 at the team's headquarters.


Polar scientists wary of impending satellite gap

The key missions recording the loss of thickness in glaciers and sea-ice won't last the decade.

Surprise discovery of rare plant at Norfolk 'ghost pond'

A rare wetland plant has reappeared after not being seen for more than a century.

E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance

As President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency rushes to complete its regulatory rollbacks, agency staff, emboldened by the Biden victory, moves to stand in the way.

Invasive quagga mussel found at Rutland Water and River Trent

Non-native quagga mussels, which can block pipes, have been discovered in the East Midlands.

They Beat Back the Virus (Again and Again and Again)

Hard-to-trace clusters, along with pandemic fatigue, have forced officials in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan to keep recalibrating their responses.


Algorithms: Public sector urged to be open about role in decision-making

Officials must understand limits of computer models and risks of bias, government advisory body says.

Amazon's hiring spree of hundreds of thousands of workers gets its real test starting Black Friday

Amazon has spent several months preparing for a Black Friday and holiday peak like no other.

Google is tackling mental health challenges among employees through 'resilience training' videos

While Google was quick to mobilize employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic, one thing it wasn't as prepared for was the toll on employees' mental health.

Amazon's $599 router system isn't cheap, but it helps fix your bad Wi-Fi

You might want to try mesh networking if you know you pay for fast internet but feel like your home Wi-Fi is slow in some rooms.

Balenciaga to unveil new collection in video game

The fashion house is following rivals in finding innovative ways to showcase their lines.