Here are some of today’s top stories.

What did Trump know and when did he know it?

The timeline has always been fishy. President Donald Trump’s defenders have argued that nothing wrong happened since the aid to Ukraine was ultimately released. But a New York Times report suggests Trump was briefed on the existence of the whistleblower in late August.

Google’s tensions with employees reach a breaking point

For years, Google was seen as the gold standard of office life. The company pushed workplace culture to new frontiers with enviable benefits such as free meals, office slides, onsite childcare and an emphasis on transparency. But Google is quickly developing a very different reputation as it confronts a mounting backlash from its own employees.

Melania Trump booed at youth opioid summit in Baltimore

First lady Melania Trump took her “Be Best” initiative to the Baltimore area on Tuesday, where she was met with a chorus of boos from attendees at a youth summit aimed at raising awareness about the nation’s opioid crisis.

China overtakes US to become world’s largest diplomatic power

China has overtaken the United States as the country with the most diplomatic posts across the world, a stark indication of Beijing’s growing international ambitions, a new report published by an Australian think tank has revealed.

Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao dies filming reality TV show

Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao has died, his agency said Wednesday. He was 35.

Tesla’s Cybertruck vs. Ford’s F-150: Bring it on

When Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s much anticipated Cybertruck Thursday, he showed a video of the all-electric truck winning a tug-of-war against a Ford F-150 in spectacular fashion. As Ford’s bestselling pickup was dragged backwards, its wheels spinning, Musk pointed out that the Cybertruck was pulling the Ford uphill.

Tokyo’s most famous sushi restaurant removed from Michelin Guide

It’s considered one of the best sushi restaurants in all of Japan, yet (CNN) – a famous restaurant bible won’t recommend it. What gives? Tokyo’s Sukiyabashi Jiro is legendary, not only for its top-quality sushi but for the 2011 documentary film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” which made chef Jiro Ono an international name.

Another Italian town is selling homes for $1

So many towns in (CNN) – Italy are now competing to offload old houses for less than the price of an espresso that some are trying to sweeten the deal further to lure buyers away from their rivals.

How Japanese bullet trains changed the world

(CNN) – Early on October 1, 1964, a sleek blue and white train slid effortlessly across the urban sprawl of Tokyo, its elevated tracks carrying it south toward the city of Osaka and a place in the history books.

Japan is losing the tech race. One AI startup is hoping to change that

A Human Support Robot powered by Preferred Networks’ AI software can find the laundry even if you’ve moved it.

French troops killed in helicopter crash in Mali

Thirteen French soldiers were killed when two helicopters collided during an operation against jihadists in Mali, the French president’s office said. Monday’s accident is one of the worst losses of life for the French military in decades. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his “deep sadness” over the incident. An investigation has begun.

Trump invited to impeachment hearing

Congress has invited US President Donald Trump to its first impeachment hearing on 4 December. Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Mr Trump could either attend or “stop complaining about the process”. If he does attend, the president would be able to question witnesses.

Africa Live: Zambia plane survives lightning strike – BBC News

At least four demonstrators were killed on Monday during protests against UN peacekeepers in the town of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, news agency AFP reports. “There were four deaths during the day… 10 civilians were wounded and three Congolese soldiers were also hurt,” military prosecutor Kumbu Ngoma told AFP.

Nigerian prison chief arrested after $1m scam

The head of a maximum-security jail and a prison doctor have been arrested in Nigeria, following allegations that they enabled a prisoner to conduct internet scams. Hope Olusegun Aroke carried out a million-dollar fraud while serving a 24-year jail sentence – for fraud. He had access to a mobile phone and the internet.

Twitter prepares for huge cull of inactive users

Twitter will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, unless they log in before an 11 December deadline. The cull will include users who stopped posting to the site because they died – unless someone with that person’s account details is able to log-in.

Lewis, the internet-famous koala rescued from Australia’s bushfires, has died

“Lewis” the koala, who was brought to international attention by a viral video of him being rescued from Australia’s devastating bushfires, has been euthanised. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital made the sad announcement yesterday on Facebook, stating that they had placed him under general anaesthetic that morning “to assess his burns injuries [sic] and change the bandages.”

‘Harry Potter’ star Matthew Lewis just trolled fans for the best possible reason

It may be over 20 years since Neville Longbottom graduated from Hogwarts, but he’s still out here earning points for Gryffindor by the cauldron-load. On Monday, Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis took to Twitter to post a tweet that likely had the hearts of fans racing faster than the wings of a golden snitch.

Make your Tesla Cybertruck even uglier with these vinyl skins

So you’ve decided to buy a Tesla Cybertruck, but slate gray isn’t your color. Luckily, for you, there’s now a way to buy skins for your overpriced Blade Runner cosplay vehicle. Enter dbrand, maker of skins for your favorite tech toys, like iPhones and AirPods cases.

Robert De Niro slams Trump, calls him a ‘fake president’

Having been in plenty of gangster movies, Robert De Niro is more than happy to point the finger at someone he thinks is a crook. And during his latest appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor was quick to single out Donald Trump.