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SeaWorld rescue: Firefighters rescue 16 people from San Diego ride

SeaWorld rescue: Firefighters rescue 16 people from San Diego ride

Firefighters have rescued 16 people trapped in gondolas for several hours on a ride at the SeaWorld amusement park in San Diego. Some of those trapped were lowered using harnesses, rescuers say. Gondolas malfunctioned after a gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on the Bayside Skyride, police in the […]

Lawyer who set up US-Russia probe ‘to quit‘

Lawyer who set up US-Russia probe ‘to quit‘

Rod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general who oversaw the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling, is to step down by mid-March, US media say. Reports emerged last month that Mr Rosenstein planned to quit once incoming Attorney General William Barr took over. Mr Barr‘s appointment was confirmed by the Senate […]

Trump urges Venezuelan military: ‘Set your country free‘

Trump urges Venezuelan military: ‘Set your country free‘

US President Donald Trump has appealed directly to the Venezuelan military to abandon their support for President Nicolás Maduro. In a speech in Miami, the president warned “the eyes of the entire world” were on those propping him up. Mr Trump said those who continued to back Mr Maduro‘s government […]

Viewpoint: Should Britain apologise for Amritsar massacre?

Viewpoint: Should Britain apologise for Amritsar massacre?

Hundreds of Indians attending a public meeting were shot dead by British troops in the northern Indian city of Amritsar in 1919. Historian Kim Wagner sifts fact from fiction as the UK House of Lords prepares to debate the massacre, including if Britain should apologise. On 13 April 1919, Sergeant […]

Gilets jaunes: How much anti-Semitism is beneath the yellow vests?

Gilets jaunes: How much anti-Semitism is beneath the yellow vests?

The French far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, has said she won‘t join other political parties in a march against anti-Semitism on Tuesday, accusing France‘s leaders of doing nothing to tackle Islamist networks in France and saying she will mark the occasion separately. It comes days after a prominent French philosopher, […]

Islamic State group: Could it rebound from caliphate defeat?

Islamic State group: Could it rebound from caliphate defeat?

In short: yes, but not in the same form. The jihadist terror group‘s self-proclaimed “caliphate”, which once ruled over nearly eight million people across Syria and Iraq, has been all but eliminated. The temptation for triumphalism in Western capitals is overwhelming. It has taken four and a half years of […]

Zara advert gets China asking: Are freckles beautiful?

Zara advert gets China asking: Are freckles beautiful?

A fierce row has broken out in China – and it is all down to some freckles. Li Jingwen, professionally known as Jing Wen, has attracted considerable attention for her freckled appearance in a campaign for a new range of cosmetics for Spanish fashion retailer Zara. But they have sparked […]

The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder

The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is “no way the US can crush” the company, in an exclusive interview with the . Ren Zhengfei described the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou, the company‘s chief financial officer, as politically motivated. The US is pursuing criminal charges against Huawei and […]

Are the super-rich ruining Burning Man?

Are the super-rich ruining Burning Man?

For many, Burning Man conjures up images of dust-covered attendees, known as “burners”, dancing in the desert cut off from society. The annual arts and cultural gathering in the Black Rock desert in Nevada prides itself on “radical inclusion”, “self-reliance” and providing a space for counter-cultural expression. However, grumblings of […]

Athens property boom: Greeks left out as prices rise

Athens property boom: Greeks left out as prices rise

Geraldine Hynes is panicking about the future. The 63-year-old has been been trying to buy an apartment ever since she was evicted from the home she rented for 32 years – when it was bought by Chinese investors two years ago. “I want some security in case the same thing […]