Here are today’s top headlines.

China sparked an economic miracle — now there’s a fight over its legacy

When Victor Gao was growing up in rural China in 1970s, cars and trucks were so rare he would chase them with the other children through the dirt roads, overjoyed by the strange sight.

Brexit impasse: Theresa May blasts calls for second referendum

British Prime Minister Theresa May will firmly reject a second Brexit referendum in an address to Parliament Monday, as pressure for a new vote grows both inside and outside a bitterly divided Westminster.

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted Prime Minister in stunning reversal

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been reinstated by President Maithripala Sirisena, the man who sacked him two months ago and plunged the island nation into chaos.

#JUUL: How social media hyped nicotine for a new generation

E-cigarette company Juul Labs has distanced itself from a vast social media presence that experts say drives its popularity among teens. But the company has also encouraged — and at times paid for — social media users to promote its nicotine-filled product.

What Hillary Clinton wrote in a letter to an 8-year-old who lost her bid for class president

Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to an 8-year-old girl who lost an election for class president, telling the young student that she knows “too well, it’s not easy” to run for “a role that’s only been sought by boys.”

Iowa Poll: First poll of likely caucusgoers finds Biden, Sanders, O’Rourke atop the field

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds the pole position in the first CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll among likely 2020 Democratic caucusgoers, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke joining him as the only possible candidates in the field with double-digit support.

Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, claims crown

Catriona Gray from the Philippines claimed the Miss Universe crown for 2018 on Monday, beating contestants from 93 other countries. The 24-year-old Filipina-Australian pipped South African Demi Leigh Nel-Peters for the top spot, becoming the fourth Filipina to bring home the coveted title. Miss Venezuela, Sthefany Gutiérrez, rounded out the top three at the contest in Bangkok.

Malaysia charges Goldman over 1MDB

Malaysia has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former employees in connection with a corruption and money laundering probe at the country’s investment fund, 1MDB. The US bank has been under scrutiny for its role in helping to raise funds for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Vine co-founder Kroll found dead at 35

The co-founder of the popular app HQ Trivia, Colin Kroll, has been found dead in his apartment in New York at the age of 35, police told US media. The CEO, who also co-founded the video platform Vine, was found by police after his girlfriend reportedly asked them to check on him.

Meghan’s dad says daughter ‘ghosting’ him

The Duchess of Sussex’s father, Thomas Markle, says he texts his daughter every day but has not spoken to her since she married Prince Harry. Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Markle said he did not understand why Meghan was “ghosting” him.

Inside the mind of Kanye West – BBC Three

N/A The rapper has hit the headlines almost as much for his mental health as his music this year, but what’s really going on? Patrick Clarke No celebrity has dominated 2018 in quite the same way as Kanye West.

How Nigeria’s elite avoid ‘bad education’

In our series of letters from African writers, journalist Sola Odunfa reflects on a controversial proposal to ban the children of government officials and top civil servants from completing their education abroad. Back in the 1980s, my daughter won a place at the Obafemi Awolowo University, one of the top state-funded institutions in Nigeria.

Hotel cancels Christmas booking for homeless

Homeless people in Hull who were set to stay in hotel rooms over Christmas have had their booking cancelled. Carl Simpson, founder of the Raise the Roof Homeless Project, told the BBC he paid £1,092 for 14 twin rooms at the Royal Hotel in Hull, part of the Britannia Hotels group.

Fox News Analyst Hits Trump’s Latest Tweet With A Blistering Fact-Check

There’s a word President Donald Trump keeps using to describe his former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. Cohen was sentenced last week to three years in prison after pleading guilty to numerous criminal charges and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller ‘s investigation. According to Trump, that makes his ex-lawyer a “rat.”

North Korea Angered Over US Sanctions, Threatens Disarmament End

SEOUL, Dec 16 (Reuters) – North Korea on Sunday condemned the U.S. administration for stepping up sanctions and pressure on the nuclear-armed country, warning of a return to “exchanges of fire” and that disarming Pyongyang could be blocked forever.

Pete Davidson Appears Briefly On ‘SNL’ After Troubling Instagram

Comedian Pete Davidson appeared for just seconds on ” Saturday Night Live” after posting an alarming Instagram message, which he later deleted. Davidson, 25, introduced musical guests Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson, who were joined in a surprise performance by Sean Ono Lennon for John Lennon’s song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings To The Top Of The Box Office

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16 ( – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the new box office king, collecting a solid $35.4 million during its first three days of release. That’s hardly the biggest opening for an animated film this year, but it does rank as the best start for a cartoon in the month of December.

Cat Mistakenly Shipped More Than 700 Miles From Home After Sneaking Into Box

A curious cat named Baloo was mistakenly shipped more than 700 miles away from his home in Nova Scotia, Canada after crawling into a parcel destined for Alberta. The tabby’s owner, Jacqueline Lake, told CTV News that the mischievous, 1-year-old cat had secretly sneaked into the bottom of a package containing tire rims. The day after the parcel had been sent, Lake began searching for the missing family pet.

Elon Musk is ready and tweeting ahead of his tunnel opening party

The Boring Company pushed back the opening of its Hawthorne underground tunnel in Los Angeles, but recent signs point to the Tuesday event happening. On Saturday, the tunnel-digging company CEO Elon Musk pumped up fans with a tweet featuring a movie poster-like look at the tunnel and the light at the end of the tunnel.

‘Orange is the New Black’ actress Yael Stone accuses Geoffrey Rush of inappropriate behavior

Orange Is The New Black star Yael Stone is the latest person to accuse actor Geoffrey Rush of sexual misconduct. The allegations came to light in the New York Times , where Stone said Rush sent her “occasionally vulgar” messages and that there were “strange intimacies in the dressing room” when they appeared together in the 2010 production of The Diary of a Madman.

Twitter thread explores questionable ways men, uh, decorate their bathrooms

Here’s your chance to go deep in the bowels of a man’s soul – his bathroom. A Twitter thread posted Friday asked women what’s the weirdest thing they’ve seen in a dude’s bathroom. It starts off with a plunger-hairbrush hybrid contraption that must be used for plunging and then scrubbing the bowl.

People are dragging Offset on Twitter for his manipulative Cardi B stunt

In a stunning if ultimately unsurprising display of ashiness, Cardi B’s recently estranged husband Offset showed up onstage at the Rolling Loud festival to beg Cardi to take him back after he cheated on her.