A Soaring Monument to Beauty in China Is Stirring Passions. Mostly Anger.

JIANHE, China — Yang Asha smiled serenely down at the craggy emerald landscape, her hand outstretched in welcome. She appeared unmoved by the fierce condemnation her presence has ignited in China — she is, after all, made of gleaming stainless steel and bigger than the Statue of Liberty. To officials in her corner of China, […]

Fans spot curious height difference detail in Diana and Charles’ official photos

Eagle eyed royal fans believe they have spotted a cunning trick employed by Diana and Charles during their pictures. All around the world the couple were instantly recognisable during their courtship. Diana became an international superstar, with the smiling faces of the young and happy couple featured in newspapers and magazines globally. From Australia to […]

BREAKING Boris Johnson to set out new tier lockdown today in press conference

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox Boris Johnson will address the nation today after it is revealed which lockdown tiers will apply to every area of England. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will end Brits’ speculation and present the full list of tiers, by […]

Chancellor Rishi Sunak defends cutting foreign aid budget in spending review

The chancellor has defended cutting the foreign aid budget, telling Sky News: “This is about trying to focus on the priorities that the British people have at a time of enormous difficulty.” Speaking to Kay Burley, Rishi Sunak said the COVID-19 pandemic means he has had to make “difficult choices, of which aid was one […]

Cyclone Nivar tears down power lines, trees in India; no casualties

CHENNAI, India (Reuters) – A severe cyclone slammed into India’s southern coast early on Thursday, uprooting trees and power lines but there were no immediate reports of loss of life or extensive damage to property.Slideshow ( 2 images )Cyclone Nivar made landfall near the city of Puducherry in the southern state of Tamil Nadu with […]

NTUC Income adds Covid-19 insurance coverage for overseas travel

(THE BUSINESS TIMES) – NTUC Income customers who buy its travel insurance will now receive Covid-19 coverage as well, for medical-related expenses while overseas. Travellers covered by Income’s single-trip insurance will be protected for the first 90 days of each trip for Covid-19 related hospitalisation expenses of up to US$100,000 while abroad. They will also […]

New Zealand's Ardern set to declare climate emergency

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government is to declare a climate emergency in a symbolic step to increase pressure for action to combat global warming.Slideshow ( 2 images )The government will put forward a motion to declare the emergency next Wednesday, the government said as parliament reconvened after a general election […]

Gove faces secrecy claims over Brexit haulage ‘shambles’

Government secrecy over its new border operating system is hindering the country’s Brexit preparations, according to haulage industry bosses who labelled the process a “complete shambles”. In a letter seen exclusively by Sky News, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove that delays in sharing the new IT software with […]