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Sean Connery, James Bond actor, dies aged 90

Multiple award-winning Scottish actor best known for 007 role in seven spy films Sean Connery , the Scottish actor best known for his portrayal of James Bond, has died aged 90. The cause is not yet known. He was admired by generations of film fans as the original and best 007, and went on to create a distinguished body of work in films such as The Man Who Would Be King, The Name of the Rose and...

Sacha Baron Cohen donates $100k to church of woman featured in Borat film

Jeanise Jones, 62, was unaware she was participating in comedy film while mentoring Borat’s fictional daughter Sacha Baron Cohen, who stars in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm , has donated $100,000 (£77,000) to the church of a woman who was featured in his comedy film believing it was an actual documentary. Jeanise Jones, 62, thought she had been recruited by her place of worship, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, to mentor Tutar, Borat’s fictional daughter who came to the US wi...

Jimmy Lai distances himself from report on Hunter Biden's alleged China links

Hong Kong media tycoon says he was not personally involved but that his firm’s funds paid for the research The Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has said he personally had “nothing to do with” a report on Hunter Biden’s alleged Chinese business links, but admitted funds from his private firm had been used to pay for it. Lai, a prominent democracy advocate in Hong Kong and a staunch critic of China, said on Twitter he was sorry his flagship newspaper, Apple Daily, had been implicated in an arti...

Here's why we need more African archaeologists | Sada Mire

The form that archaeology has taken in Europe doesn’t apply everywhere. Better knowledge of local cultures is vital Cultural heritage is a basic human need . Yes – humans don’t only need food and shelter, culture is required for them to survive and thrive. Our cultural values glue us to one another and help us create security and a community. I believe that cultural and archaeological sites can be part of that basic human need, too. Cemeteries and sacred places form part of our identity. Ofte...

Covid 'running riot' in England as lockdown expected next week

Scientist says young women particularly affected as PM set to announce new restrictions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Coronavirus is “running riot” across all age groups, a government scientific adviser has said ahead of an expected announcement by the prime minister that England will go into lockdown next week. Boris Johnson is expected to impose stringent new national lockdown restrictions after scientists on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sag...

Flower power: Covid restrictions fuel boom in plant and bulb sales

Sales of medicinal plants such as echinacea have risen by almost 3,000% at some outlets Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As winter approaches, the pandemic continues and spending time outdoors seems less appealing, how can you still get your fix of nature? By bringing the outdoors inside, or at least that’s what soaring plant sales seem to suggest. Latest figures show there has been a huge increase in the number of people buying plants and bulbs during lockdown, a...

Yitzhak Rabin: ‘He never knew it was one of his people who shot him in the back’

Twenty-five years after the death of the Israeli prime minister, those who were there recall the night two bullets altered the destiny of two nations They wanted him to wear a bulletproof vest, but he wouldn’t hear of it. Afterwards, they wished they’d pushed him harder – they should have insisted – but he was the prime minister and his mind was made up. He refused to believe a fellow citizen m...

US election 2020: Trump criticised over false claim doctors profit from Covid deaths - live updates

Trump falsely says ‘doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid’ Final push to unleash power of poor and low-income voters ‘Red mirage’: the ‘insidious’ scenario if Trump declares an early victory Sign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 9.02am GMT Hi, and welcome to our live coverage as the election campaign enters its last weekend. Here’s a quick catch-up on where we are, and what we might see today. 9.00am GMT Here’s a clip of those comments from the president ye...

New Zealand Greens accept Ardern's offer of 'cooperation agreement'

Deal with Labour stops short of a coalition but will see Green’s co-leaders, James Shaw and Marama Davidson, hold ministries outside of cabinet New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has agreed on a governing “cooperation agreement” with the Green party, offering two ministries and agreeing to a handful of shared policy priorities for her second term – an offer they accepted late on Saturday. Labour won the general election in October with an outright majority, meaning they could gover...

Americans go to the polls as US suffers worst week for coronavirus infections

Stakes at the polls are ‘life and death’, epidemiologists say, but responses to the pandemic divide sharply on political lines The US has suffered its worst week for new infections of the entire Covid-19 pandemic just days ahead of the election, underscoring what some epidemiologists described as “life and death” stakes as Americans head to the polls. Continue reading...

Thailand protests: three pro-democracy leaders hospitalised after melee outside police station

Trio mingled with supporters after court ordered their release, before police from another city arrived to question them Three prominent Thai pro-democracy leaders are in hospital after chaotic scenes outside a Bangkok police station overnight as officers tried to slap them with further criminal charges. A court on Friday ordered the release of Panupong “Mike” Jadnok, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, who have been in custody since mid-October on sedition charg...

Queensland election 2020: Annastacia Palaszczuk faces off against Deb Frecklington as Labor seeks third term

Polls suggest narrow Labor win over Liberal National party but neither side willing to predict result. Follow live 6.18am GMT Given there are very serious storm warnings for most of the south-east at the moment, I am not sure how many more people will be venturing out. The hail pictures have been insane. Cricket ball size (all hail must be described in sport ball terms. It’s the rules.) Only 2 hours left until polling booths close! Polling booths for the State general election close at 6pm. I...

Mahathir Mohamad says his remarks after French attack were taken out of context

Two-time Malaysian PM criticises Twitter and Facebook for removing his posts after the attack on Nice church The former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has stood by his widely condemned comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France, saying they were taken out of context. He also criticised Twitter and Facebook for removing his posts. Mahathir, 95, sparked widespread anger when he wrote on his blog on Thursday that “Muslims have a right to be angry and kill millions of French pe...

Philippines orders thousands of evacuations ahead of 2020’s strongest storm

System with 265km/h winds is expected to make landfall on Sunday on main island of Luzon, home to Manila Philippine officials have ordered evacuation of thousands of residents in the southern part of the main Luzon island as a category-5 storm that is the world’s strongest this year approaches. Typhoon Goni, with 215km/h (133 mph) sustained winds and gusts of up to 265km/h (164 mph), will make landfall on Sunday as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines since Haiyan, which killed more t...

'No predators, plenty to eat': New Zealand struggles with plague of peacocks

Farmers complain feral birds eat pasture their livestock depend on, and their numbers are increasing thanks to hunting of stoats and possums A bird renowned around the world for its beauty has showed its ugly side by causing havoc on farms in New Zealand; eating crops, evading control efforts and driving landowners to distraction. The jade and green peafowl, commonly known as the peacock, has become naturalised in New Zealand after what New Zealand Birds Online calls “benign neglect of birds ...
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