Here are some of the stories making global headlines today.
The man accused of blowing up a homemade explosive in a pedestrian subway tunnel in the heart of New York City posted on Facebook earlier in the day, saying, “Trump you failed to protect your nation,” according to a criminal complaint.
Running more than 2 ½ hours, the eighth “Star Wars” movie built around the Skywalker clan is the longest under that banner and showcases an abundance of action. But despite the enormous scope and visual spectacle, too many key components of the film — including those that have kept die-hard fans guessing and debating — prove unsatisfying.
In recent months, experts and officials say North Korea has been “mining” bitcoin, demanding it as ransom payment and outright stealing the digital currency. “It is a fact that North Korea has been attacking virtualcurrency exchanges,” said Lee Dong-geun, a director with South Korea’s state-run Korea Internet and Security Agency.
The ambassador, Woody Johnson, said he believed relations between the US and UK administrations were strong despite a disagreement between Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May when the President shared anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right group. Johnson said he was hopeful about the prospects of a visit.
A rising star at the State Department has written a blistering resignation letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that under his leadership, the agency’s influence has withered and morale among staff has plummeted, in part because of the “stinging disrespect” shown by the Trump administration.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a fierce critic of the President, tweeted a reply to Trump, asking if he’s trying to “slut-shame” Gillibrand. “Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you’re picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted.”
Opposition Labor party Senator Sam Dastyari announced his resignation early Tuesday morning after weeks of pressure, saying he wanted to spare his party further distraction. “I have always honored my parliamentary oath, I’ve always acted with integrity and I remain a loyal patriotic Australian,” Dastyari told reporters as he announced his resignation.
Suspected New York City bus terminal bomber Akayed Ullah has been charged with terror offences, police say. The 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant was wounded in the attack at the Post Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan on Monday morning. Mr Ullah is reported to be in a serious condition in hospital after suffering burns when a crude device that was strapped to his body exploded.
A project searching for intelligent life in the cosmos is going to check the first known interstellar asteroid for signs of alien technology. The odd-shaped object was detected as it sped towards the Sun on 19 October. Its properties suggested it originated around another star, making it the first such body to be spotted in our cosmic neighbourhood.
Facebook is to overhaul its tax structure so that it pays tax in the country where profits are earned, instead of using an Irish subsidiary. The online advertising giant is to make the change in every country outside the US where it has an office.
Netflix has defended a tweet that revealed 53 people had watched its new Christmas film every day for 18 days in a row. “Who hurt you?” read the tweet, addressed to them. The tweet caused controversy, with some saying it was “creepy” of the platform to keep such close tabs on its audience, and mock their choices.
Former South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been hurt in a prison brawl, less than two weeks after his sentence for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was more than doubled. The disgraced Paralympian was allegedly involved in a fight over the use of a public phone, a prison department spokesman told the BBC.
“I can’t wait until I can actually talk to you about this movie,” The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson told the audience at the top of a preview screening of his seismic entry into the Star Wars canon, a feeling I share embarking on a review of a movie so highly anticipated that to even disclose what a Rebel Alliance lieutenant eats for breakfast in the canteen would be to stray into spoiler territory.
Donald Trump says Democrat attempts to have Congress investigate allegations of sexual assault against him are based on “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met”. More follows… Reuse content
The US state of Alabama – which is holding a much-watched special election – has some of the worst conditions of poverty in the developed world, according to a visiting United Nations official.
A huge object that flew past Earth might be an alien spacecraft, scientists have said. Scientists had originally thought that the cigar-shaped object was a very strange passing asteroid. But a number of things have led scientists engaged in the search for alien life to wonder whether it might actually be an “artifact” from an alien civilisation.
Pep Guardiola has revealed his side of the Old Trafford tunnel bust-up between Manchester United, Manchester City and Jose Mourinho that overshadowed Sunday’s derby. Mourinho was reported to have entered City’s dressing room after the visitors’ win took them 11 points clear at the top, asking them to keep their music down and be respectful before an argument broke out with goalkeeper Ederson and water and milk was thrown on him.
Nasa is holding a major press conference after its planet-hunting telescope made a new breakthrough. The Kepler space telescope is operated by Nasa to discover other earths, some of which could support life. And its latest discovery is significant enough to bring with it a huge press conference.
Instagram is widening the scope of its feed and officially opening up its follow feature to your interests by allowing users to follow hashtags. That’s right, you’ve been #blessed – and now you can give that topic a follow, too.
Just as we predicted, former White House press secretary has a new mission in life. He’s writing a book, a tell-all memoir to “set the record straight” about the Trump administration, from the 2016 campaign to the transition and his short time behind the world’s most famous podium.
We don’t know the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. We don’t know if Nakamoto is a singular person or a group of people. We don’t even know if Nakamoto is alive or dead. But if Nakamoto is a single person, they’re currently the 52nd richest person in the world when measured against Forbes’ list of billionaires.
It’s a good day for someone who believes in cryptocurrencies that aren’t Bitcoin. Don’t get me wrong – Bitcoin is doing just fine. At $17,459, it’s grown more than 5 percent in the last 24 hours. But Ethereum and Litecoin, as well as numerous other cryptocurrencies, are doing even better.
The Apple Watch conquered all comers and became the most important wearable in the world in 2017. The iPhone maker flexed its muscles to take over the young wearable space in a relatively short period. Apple only released its first smartwatch in April 2015, and its latest, the Series 3, is just the third iteration of the device.
On Monday Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson put out an Instagram post announcing he’s having a baby girl with his partner Lauren Hashian.