Tag: bbc

China and Russia vaccinate the world — for now

While the U.S. and Europe focus on vaccinating their own populations, China and Russia are sending millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.Why it matters: China's double success in controlling its domestic outbreak and producing several viable…

/ March 2, 2021
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A Banksy Mega-Collector Just Bought the Mural of a Girl With a Hula Hoop That Appeared in Nottingham Last Year

An art dealer has purchased a recent Banksy mural of a girl playing hula hoop with a bicycle tire from property owners in Lenton, Nottingham, as the market for the anonymous street artist’s work continues to climb. Banksy painted the mural…

/ February 18, 2021
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Archaeologists Have Discovered What May Be the World’s Oldest Brewery, Built for Ancient Egyptian Kings

Archaeologists have discovered what may be the world’s oldest beer factory, according to Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, which made the announcement on Facebook. A team led by Matthew Adams of New York University and Deborah Vischak of Princeton University…

/ February 16, 2021
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Startling New Evidence Suggests Stonehenge’s Inner Stone Circle Was Originally Erected 175 Miles Away, in Wales

Lending credence to an ancient legend, newly uncovered evidence suggests that Stonehenge’s inner circle of stones was originally erected in Wales, before being transported 175 miles and rebuilt on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. Archaeologists working on the Stones of Stonehenge project…

/ February 12, 2021
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Russell Crowe Gives British Round-The-World Sailor A Birthday She’ll Never Forget With Surprise Video Message

Russell Crowe has made one fan’s birthday a day she’ll never forget after he surprised her with a video message.Pip Hare is currently somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean competing in a gruelling round-the-world yacht race. Ahead of…

/ February 5, 2021
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Aung San Suu Kyi charged after Myanmar coup

Authorities in Myanmar on Wednesday filed charges against civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi for illegally importing and using walkie-talkies found in her home, just days after she was detained by the military.Driving the news: The Biden administration has designated…

/ February 3, 2021
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A Novelist’s Turn on the U.K.’s Nerdiest Quiz Show

I have always been scared of television and team sports. Novelists should stick to radio, if not to print. Intellectually we may be showoffs, but our awkward self-consciousness and deadline hair are unsuited to the screen. In the U.K., though,…

/ February 2, 2021
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Archaeologists Are Caught Up in an Intense Fight Over Just How Important the Mysterious Nebra Sky Disk Really Is

It’s an enchanting object, made of copper and bronze, an ancient view of the cosmos—but how ancient, exactly, is what’s fueling an increasingly contentious debate. Is the Nebra Sky Disk an unprecedented Bronze Age treasure forged some 3,600 years ago? Or…

/ January 20, 2021
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Indonesia’s aviation safety has improved, but a lot remains to be done

The Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 disaster serves as a warning for aviation safety regulators, not only in Indonesia but worldwide. Four minutes after taking off from Jakarta in heavy rain on January 9, the Boeing 737-500 nosedived into the ocean,…

/ January 13, 2021
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What’s at stake for NZ in Australia’s case against China at the World Trade Organisation?

With the relationship between China and Australia souring in the past six months, New Zealand’s response will need to be nuanced and careful, but also principled. First and foremost, we must ensure the dispute between two of our main trading…

/ January 12, 2021
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2020 was a terrible year for climate disasters, but there are reasons for hope in 2021

Climate disasters started early in 2020 — and kept on coming. The catastrophic fires in Australia in early 2020 were actually a holdover from 2019, but they were soon followed by flooding in Indonesia, a super-cyclone hitting the coast of…

/ January 5, 2021
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England to enter 3rd national lockdown as cases surge at record pace

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday that England will enter a six-week lockdown, as the spread of a highly contagious new coronavirus variant threatens to overwhelm the National Health Service.Why it matters: It's England's third national lockdown, following…

/ January 4, 2021

12 Funny Celebrity Zoom Moments We Couldn’t Have Anticipated 12 Months Ago

Zoom has become a hotly contested part of our lives this year: love it or hate it, we’ve all had to log on to a video call at one point or another.For some of us, it’s caused burnout, and there’s…

/ December 31, 2020