Google Backs Experimental Hyperlocal News Service for Peterborough

Google appears to be trying to shore up the world of local news that its internet has so roundly destroyed, and is making reparations of a sort by backing a news source dedicated solely to reporting events and happenings in and around Peterborough. Read More >>

Monty Python’s Terry Jones Dies Aged 77

This is rather a sad day for the fans of classic British comedy, because we just found out that Monty Python's Terry Jones died on Monday at the age of 77. Read More >>

Crown Courts Yield to Letting in the TV Cameras

English and Welsh crown courts will start allowing in the TV cameras soon, if the new Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020 proceeds through parliament this week as expected. Read More >>

NORAD Will Neither Confirm Nor Deny a Flock of Birds Caused White House Lockdown

On Tuesday, the US White House was placed under lockdown after it appeared that an aircraft was flying in restricted air space over Washington DC. But was it really an aircraft...or was it birds? Read More >>

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The Police Can’t Stop London’s Fearless Climate Protestors

Londoners better get ready, because Extinction Rebellion is back in business, baby. The High Court of Justice ruled today that a ban the Metropolitan Police Service implemented in London last month was illegal. That means the climate activist group can sue them for trying to restrict their right to protest nonviolently. Read More >>

The BBC is Launching an Interactive News Service for Smart Speakers

There's a lot of news out there in the world, and getting through it all can be a bit of a pain - especially if you end up being drowned in stuff you don't like hearing about. Like Brexit, or how some reality TV star did a thing that annoyed another one, and they're now bitter rivals until the producers decide they should make up on camera. Read More >>

Bizarre Newspaper/Bottled Water Promotion to End

The Daily Telegraph will no longer be sold alongside a bottle of water at train stations, airports and your usual WHSmiths-of-last-resort, as plummeting profits at the newspaper group has triggered a rethink in strategy. Read More >>

At Least One Dead After Hotel Partially Collapses in New Orleans

Portions of an under-construction Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans collapsed Saturday, killing at least one person and trapping several contractors inside according to local reports. Read More >>

Pesticides, Not Sonic Weapons, May Have Made Diplomats in Cuba Sick, Preliminary Study Finds

One of the weirdest medical tales to unravel in recent years – the wave of US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba stricken by unexplained, concussion-like symptoms as well as hearing loss – has taken another turn. A group of researchers in Canada say they’ve found evidence that pesticides, not sonic energy weapons, might be to blame for sufferers’ agony. Read More >>

Australia Plans to Block Domains That Host Terrorist Material During Crisis Situations

Australia laid out some of the country’s first concrete steps to make good on its promise of combating the spread of extremism online at this year’s G7 leader’s forum, Reuters reported Sunday. Officials said the government intends to cut off all access to any internet domain that fails to block terrorist material during a crisis event, and legislation requiring online platforms to upgrade their safety measures is also being considered. Read More >>

50-Year-Old Time Capsule Improved by Being Completely and Inexplicably Empty

A time capsule sealed in 1969 that was set to reveal its secrets this year has mysteriously—albeit hilariously—wound up containing absolutely nothing, a puzzle that has stumped the township of Derry, in the US state of New Hampshire. Read More >>

Hong Kong Cancels All Flights as Thousands of Pro-Democracy Protesters Occupy Airport

Hong Kong International Airport has cancelled flights for the day after 6 PM local time as pro-democracy protests in the city rage on for the tenth consecutive week. Incoming flights will be allowed to land, but outgoing flights for the night have been halted and it’s not clear when air travel might resume. Read More >>

Young People Have Given up on the TV News

The youth of the nation are more likely to get their day's news about the world from social media or by reading graffiti in bus stations than seeing it on the telly, with the average 16-24-year-old watching just two minutes' worth of live TV news per day. That's surely just cumulative accidental exposure by cycling through the channels. Read More >>

Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Passed Away

Rutger Hauer, a staple in science fiction and fantasy, has died at the age of 75. As reported by Variety, the Dutch actor who starred alongside Harrison Ford in Blade Runner passed away after a short illness. Read More >>

Health Care Workers in London Turned Over an Undocumented Immigrant Trafficking Victim to Police, Case Report Says

Doctors are getting increasingly entangled in anti-immigrant rhetoric—and, predictably, it’s having horrible consequences for their patients. Read More >>