Here are today’s top stories.
A second Canadian may have been detained in China in a potential act of retribution that threatens to escalate the diplomatic dispute between Washington, Beijing and Ottawa following the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive in Canada.
President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he might use an arrested Chinese tech executive as a bargaining chip in trade talks with Beijing drew rebukes for setting a “terrible precedent” crossing the red line that separates American politics from the rule of law.
A sustained crackdown on press freedoms around the world has seen 250 or more journalists jailed annually over the past three years, according to report released Thursday by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Melania Trump spent part of Wednesday flying over areas of Virginia and the Atlantic Ocean in a V-22 Osprey, becoming the first first lady to do so.
Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s space tourism startup, will attempt Thursday to send its rocket-powered plane closer to space than it’s ever been.
Canada’s foreign ministry says it is trying to make contact with a second Canadian who is believed to have been detained in China. Michael Spavor, a businessman based in Dandong near the North Korean border, had contacted Canadian officials this week to say he was being questioned.
The ongoing UN-sponsored peace talks are seen as a key moment in the search for an end to the war in Yemen. They also bring a glimmer of hope that the desperate situation inside the country can be alleviated.
The calorie content of meals in UK restaurants is “excessive” and sit-down restaurants are unhealthier than fast-food chains, BMJ research suggests. Health experts say meals should not exceed 600 calories, but in this study they averaged 1,033 in restaurants and 751 in fast-food chains.
Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117. Mrs May is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year. Speaking in Downing Street, she vowed to deliver the Brexit “that people voted for”.
WASHINGTON ― Five Democrats saved House Republicans from an embarrassing floor defeat Wednesday, voting with the GOP on a farm bill rule that controversially included language blocking a vote on U.S. involvement in Yemen. The rule ― which set up consideration for the farm bill ― waived a War Powers Resolution-based measure that could have given Democrats a floor vote on ending U.S.
The parent company of the previously pro-Trump National Enquirer has admitted to federal prosecutors that “its principal purpose” in paying former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal $150,000 ahead of the 2016 election “was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.”
WASHINGTON – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump’s attorneys, unloaded on special counsel Robert Mueller, the FBI and Trump’s one-time fixer Michael Cohen in a phone conversation with Yahoo News on Wednesday.
Search for the term “idiot” on Google and several photographs of President Donald Trump will appear high in the image results. On Tuesday, the search engine giant’s CEO Sundar Pichai had the task of explaining to members of Congress why that happens during a hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A man is suing after he says one of his pinky fingers was caught in an airline armrest mechanism for nearly an hour during a flight to Los Angeles. City News Service reports Stephen Keys has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against both American Airlines Inc.
While facial recognition is increasingly being used by authorities to keep track of wrongdoers, entertainers have employed the tech as well – to keep track of stalkers. As per Rolling Stone, at Taylor Swift’s Rose Bowl concert in May, a kiosk was set up where it was playing clips of the pop star’s rehearsal.
There’s really no better way to recap the past year than to go back over what people were busy typing into search engines as our planet made its way around the sun. Google just released its “Year in Search” statistics, and it offers a pretty good glimpse into what was on our collective mind in the Year of our Lord 2018.
All signs point to China when it comes to the massive Marriott hack that came to light last month. The data breach that exposed personal data of around 500 million guests of the hotel chain is believed to part of a Chinese state-run espionage operation, according to multiple sources briefed on the U.S.
Game of Thrones is the number one show for Comcast video-on-demand, USA Today reports – even though the show hasn’t aired a new episode in almost 18 months. “The fact that that show is still ranked No. 1 across the board when it wasn’t even current is pretty incredible,” Brynn Lev, VP of editorial and programming at Comcast Cable told USA Today.
Let’s be honest, spacewalks, as a whole, can be pretty boring to watch. Yes, it’s one of the most dangerous things an astronaut or cosmonaut can do in space: floating out into the void with just a relatively thin spacesuit to protect them.
Holy Donald Trump, Batman! Apparently the president of the United States can’t tell the difference between the actor Christian Bale and the fictional character Bruce Wayne. Everything’s fine! In an interview at the premiere of his new film Vice on Tuesday night, Bale was asked who he thought should play Donald Trump in a movie.