Tuesday briefing: Brexit talks head for bitter end

Journalists forced to flee China – Two Australian foreign correspondents in China have been urgently flown home after a tense diplomatic standoff. It comes as China is accused of using “hostage diplomacy” against journalists from countries whose leaders have criticised its Communist party government. The ABC’s Bill Birtles took sanctuary in the Australian embassy in […]

OFF THE RECORD : Confessions of a vinyl addict

BY BHANUJ KAPPAL It all started a year ago. I was sitting in the newsroom last February, just scrolling through Facebook, as one does, when I saw that a friend was offering a good deal on a secondhand turntable. I had a few records lying around — a handful of limited edition releases and compilations […]

Head women’s basketball coach at WSU is fined over a ‘reckless mini block party’ held in her driveway where more than two dozen people were seen gathering without face masks or social distancing

‘There was a gathering held on my driveway, of which I did not host. But as the guidelines state, the owner of the property is responsible for maintaining proper social distancing and mask wearing for all that are in attendance. As this did occur on my property, I take full responsibility.

U.S. envoy meets new Taliban chief negotiator as Afghan peace talks near

In Doha, the head of the Taliban’s political office, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and the new head of the Taliban’s negotiating team, Abdul Hakim Haqqani, met with Khalilzad and Qatar’s deputy prime minister on Monday, Taliban spokesman Dr Mohammad Naeem said in a statement shared on Twitter.

J.K Simmons recalls the time he inadvertently HEAD-BUTTED Lupita Nyong’o while accepting his Oscar for Whiplash

‘Lupita Nyong’o was going to hand me the trophy and I reach out with one hand to take the trophy, and I reach out with the other hand to shake her hand, like we’re two dudes making a business deal, and then I realized, “Oh no, it’s Hollywood. You’re supposed to do the fake kiss […]

Donald Trump gets on the road again: President heads to coronavirus-hit Florida on Friday for fundraiser and to talk about drug smuggling NOT the public health crisis

The president also plans to travel to Florida in August for his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, which was moved to Jacksonville after Democratic lawmakers in Charlotte, North Carolina would not accommodate for Trump’s desired crowd size.

Harry Redknapp refuses to talk about son Jamie’s new relationship after his ‘shock’ split from Louise Redknapp

Louise Redknapp displays her Ibiza tan as she reflects on a… Louise Redknapp, 45, displays her toned abs in a black crop… I’m A Celebrity 2020: ITV boss reveals ALL stars for this… I’m A Celebrity 2020: Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn,…

Pompeo Heads to Qatar on Eve of 9/11 for Talks to End Afghanistan War

The withdrawal of American troops is not contingent upon the success of the negotiations. Instead, it is dependant on the Taliban’s commitments under the February deal to fight its Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) rivals and ensure that Afghanistan doe not become a staging ground again for attacks against America and its allies.

Mali leaders to conclude talks on restoration of civilian rule

‘Accountable to no one’The coup — Mali’s fourth since gaining independence from France in 1960 — came after months of protests, stoked by Keita’s failure to roll back a bloody jihadist insurgency and fix the country’s many economic woes. Just hours after the coup, the junta pledged to restore civilian government and stage elections within […]

The last taste of freedom! Young people head to restaurants and bars across the UK on the final weekend before strict ‘rule of six’ measures are enforced next week

A Daily Mail poll showed more than four in ten support a U-turn on the policy, letting grandparents see their families over the festive season. Tory backbenchers savaged the ‘grotesque’ restriction which, from Monday, bans groups of seven or more in a bid to halt a second wave of coronavirus.