Russian Space Advisor and Defence Journalist Arrested For Treason

Longtime Russian defence journalist and more recent government advisor on space issues, Ivan Safronov has been arrested in Moscow and charged with treason, according to a new report from the Moscow Times. Safronov faces 20 years in prison and the trial will reportedly be conducted behind closed doors. Read More >>

New Zealand Health Official Resigns Over Two Covid-19 Cases Imported From Britain

New Zealand’s top health official stepped down today following a relatively minor scandal that shows the enormous difference in how the UK and other wealthy countries are dealing with the covid-19 pandemic. Read More >>

Chinese Government Using Forced Abortion and Sterilisation to Suppress Muslim Population: Report

The Chinese government is spending millions of dollars each year implementing population control measures against the Uighurs, the country’s largest Muslim ethnic group, including mandatory IUDs, sterilisation, and forced abortions, according to a story published Monday by the Associated Press. Read More >>

Mining Company Not Sorry for Destroying 46,000-Year-Old Aboriginal Site: Report

Executives at Rio Tinto are not sorry for destroying a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site in the state of Western Australia, according to a secret recording obtained by the Australian Financial Review. The mining company had previously expressed regret for the distress caused to some people, but didn’t actually apologise for the destruction of the ancient archaeological site containing priceless artefacts and cultural significance to the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People, a distinction that was made explicit on a company phone call last week and leaked to the AFR. Read More >>

UK Exports Two New Coronavirus Cases to Covid-Free New Zealand

New Zealand has identified two new cases of coronavirus after going 24 days without a single active case, according to an announcement by New Zealand health officials on Tuesday. The two cases have been identified as two women from the UK who were granted exemptions to travel within New Zealand to attend a funeral during the global pandemic, which has sickened over 8 million people worldwide and killed at least 430,000. Read More >>

Gin Bottles Containing Hand Sanitiser Sold to Public in Coronavirus Mix-Up

A gin distillery in Australia has issued a recall after it accidentally shipped gin bottles containing hand sanitiser, according to the Apollo Bay Distillery outside Melbourne. The gin distillery had previously converted some of its facility to hand sanitiser production to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. Read More >>

Anonymous Sleuth Finally Finds £788,000 Treasure Chest Hidden by Antiques Dealer: Report

At least five people have died trying to find it, but the hunt appears to be over. Forrest Fenn, an 89-year-old art and antiques dealer in the US state of New Mexico, announced that someone finally found the $1 million (£788,000) treasure chest he hid in the Rocky Mountains roughly a decade ago. Read More >>

What Does the White House’s Underground Bunker Look Like?

On Friday, President Donald Trump hid in an underground bunker below the White House as hundreds of protesters demonstrated against police brutality in Washington, D.C. – demonstrations first started in Minneapolis after a white police officer killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was handcuffed on the ground. Unfortunately, we don’t have any photos of Trump retreating into the bunker on Friday, but we do have old photos from what was likely the last time it was used: September 11, 2001. Read More >>

Australian PM Calls for Investigation After U.S. Cops Assault Foreign Journalists

Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, has contacted his country’s embassy in the U.S. to call for an investigation after police in Washington D.C. were captured on live TV assaulting journalists from Australia’s Channel 7 news network on Monday. The Australian journalists were covering the protests in Washington D.C., one of the many demonstrations first sparked when a white police officer killed a 46-year-old black man named George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Read More >>

Greece Will Open to International Tourists but Ban Travellers From Covid-19 Hotspots

The Greek government announced today that it will open up to international tourists from 29 different countries on 15 June, according to the English-language Greek news outlet Ekathimerini. People from countries with high infection rates for the coronavirus, including the US, UK, Sweden, Spain, and Brazil, will not be allowed to enter Greece. Read More >>

Twitter Says Trump’s Tweet Encouraging Military to Shoot Protesters Violates Terms of Service

President Donald Trump sent out a tweet overnight encouraging violence against protesters in Minneapolis who are demanding justice for the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man whose life was taken by a white police officer, as captured on video by a bystander. Twitter has placed a warning on Trump’s tweet, acknowledging that it violates the social media company’s terms of service. But Twitter is keeping the tweet up, even with the violation. Read More >>

Chinese State Media Introduces Animated Character Aimed at Americans, Terry-cotta

Chinese state news outlet Xinhua has introduced a new social media character in an effort to counter criticism of China in English-language media during the coronavirus pandemic. The cartoon character is called Terry-cotta, who explains that using face masks during a pandemic is good, that China isn’t hoarding PPE, and that Americans are very thankful for China’s donations of medical supplies. Read More >>

New Airbus Blended-Wing Airplane Concept Looks Very Similar to a 1940s Design for a Futuristic Flyer

Earlier this year, Airbus unveiled a sleek new concept aircraft with a blended wing that looked incredibly futuristic. And while it looks like it could have been ripped out of a sci-fi movie from the 2010s, the plane concept also has many elements of retro-futurism. Specifically, the plane looks similar to the proposed Northrop Flying Wing of the 1940s. Read More >>

This Video Chat Prediction From 1918 Was So Much Cooler Than Zoom

People living in the year 2020 have plenty of options for talking over video chat: Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Portal, and perhaps the most popular video app of our pandemic era, Zoom. But none of them look nearly as cool as this idea published in a tech magazine from 1918, a time when radio broadcasting was in its infancy and the first TV shows were still decades away. Read More >>

108 Million People in China Put Into Lockdown After 34 New Coronavirus Cases Detected

The Chinese province of Jilin has placed about 108 million people into lockdown on Monday after roughly 34 new cases of coronavirus and one death were identified in the region over the past few weeks, according to a new report from Bloomberg News. The new lockdown demonstrates widespread fear in China of witnessing another uncontrollable outbreak like the one in Wuhan that set off the global covid-19 pandemic in December 2019. Read More >>