New Star Wars book reveals the hidden details of Leia’s lightsaber

For such an iconic weapon, you never really hear too much about lightsabers. Rey’s own lightsaber was created off-screen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Rogue One only poked around at the edges of the weapon’s Kyber crystal origins. Now, a new Star Wars book is revealing the history of practically every lightsaber […]

Asia Today: India adds 53,000 new cases, Melbourne steadies

— Taiwan’s foreign minister says his government sent protective gear and other COVID-19 assistance to foreign countries surreptitiously so the recipients wouldn’t face China’s wrath. China has sought to diplomatically isolate the island it claims as its own territory, and Joseph Wu described Taiwan’s efforts to help while facing that pressure as “increasingly difficult.” Wu […]

Covid-19: For many Britons, Monday-to-Wednesday is the new weekend

“(His) error is in treating the slump in trade as driven by cost, rather than caution. Discounts and VAT cuts…will not lure out those diners who are worried that they may pick up a lethal virus, or that they may be about to lose their job”.

Priyanka Chopra debuts book cover for upcoming memoirs, Unfinished, shares details

— Random House (@randomhouse) June 19, 2018Meru Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief, Penguin Random House India, said: “I met Priyanka Chopra for the first time when she delivered the Penguin Annual Lecture in New Delhi in 2017, and was amazed at the way people in the audience, and especially young women, responded to her words, her provocation and […]

Private Hospitals in Delhi Feeding Off People’s Misery By Charging Exorbitant Prices for Beds

The state government has also asked private hospitals to reserve 20 percent of beds for the patients of Economically Weaker Section (EWS). However, the government refrained from capping the charges incurred by private hospitals unlike the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu where hospitals are allowed to charge a daily fee of INR 7,500 and […]

Bunker: Building for the End Times by Bradley Garrett review – the new doom boom

In the US, Garrett notes, citizens were called upon to build their own bunkers in an effort to preserve the state. This had the paradoxical effect of encouraging a sense of self-preservation that “made the state seem superfluous”. As a consequence, it’s not uncommon in the US – at least in this book – to […]

Belarus election was not free and fair, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says

“We strongly condemn ongoing violence against protesters and the detention of opposition supporters, as well as the use of internet shutdowns to hinder the ability of the Belarusian people to share information about the election and the demonstrations,” Pompeo added in a statement.

A new book challenges the myth of the ever-chic ‘Parisienne’

Rokhaya Diallo, a prominent Paris-born anti-racism activist, is portrayed in the book. She’s one of the few Black journalists and commentators on French television. She says the recent, sweeping anti-racism protests have heightened awareness about issues of representation of both women and minorities in French society.

New Zealand records first new Covid-19 cases in 102 days

The latest case in New Zealand was diagnosed on Monday in a person in their 50s who lives in South Auckland; a second test on Tuesday also tested positive. The person had no history of overseas travel.

Russia names new Covid-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ in reference to Cold War space race

Russia has named its first approved Covid-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ for foreign markets, a reference to the world’s first satellite and what Moscow sees as its success at becoming the first country to approve a vaccine, a top official said on Tuesday.