Art

Martin Scorsese reveals lockdown 'anxiety' and 'relief'

Martin Scorsese reveals lockdown 'anxiety' and 'relief'

Image caption Martin Scorsese: "A sense of relief settled in and a real sense of freedom.". Martin Scorsese has spoken about how "anxiety" set in during lockdown, after an initial "relief" that his heavy 2020 workload had been temporarily lifted. The director has shot a new home-made short film about his experiences of isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. It will premiere on Thursday's edition of Lockdown Culture on BBC Two. Scorsese, who ... Full story

Education

U.S. planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources

U.S. planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. flag flies over Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students believed by President Donald Trump’s administration to have links with China’s military, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. The move, first ... Full story

Economics

Electric motorbike gives women in rural Zimbabwe a path out of poverty

Electric motorbike gives women in rural Zimbabwe a path out of poverty

WEDZA, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - In the rural Zimbabwe district of Wedza, a new electric-powered motorcycle is helping bring income to poor women and easing the burden of looking after families. The three-wheeler, known as Hamba (Go), powered by a solar-charged lithium ion battery, is being piloted by start-up Mobility for Africa, which leases the motorcycle to women in groups of up to five. The women can now carry farm produce to markets further ... Full story

Entertainment

Hulu launches a new Watch Party feature for virtual viewing parties and chat – TechCrunch

Hulu launches a new Watch Party feature for virtual viewing parties and chat – TechCrunch

Hulu today is introducing a new feature called “Hulu Watch Party,” its first social feature that will allow viewers to virtually watch Hulu together at the same time while in separate locations and chat with one another within the Hulu app. The feature is being tested first on Hulu.com for Hulu’s “No Ads” subscribers for the time being. It will work with thousands of movies and shows in Hulu’s on-demand streaming library, the company says. To ... Full story

Health

U.S. Senator Kaine tests positive for coronavirus antibodies

U.S. Senator Kaine tests positive for coronavirus antibodies

FILE PHOTO: Democratic Vice President nominee Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton appear before Hillary Clinton's concession speech in New York,U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced on Friday that he and his wife Anne have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, but that doctors were not able to diagnose the disease early on due to a shortage of COVID-19 tests. “We ... Full story

Law

German federal court squashes consent opt-outs for non-functional cookies – TechCrunch

German federal court squashes consent opt-outs for non-functional cookies – TechCrunch

Yet another stake through the dark-patterned heart of consentless online tracking. Following a key cookie consent ruling by Europe’s top court , Germany’s Federal Court (BGH) has today handed down its own ‘Planet49’ decision — overturning an earlier appeal ruling when judges in a district court had allowed a pre-checked box to stand for consent. That clearly now won’t wash even in Germany, where there had been confusion over the interpretation ... Full story

Living

Lockdown easing to allow groups of six to meet

Lockdown easing to allow groups of six to meet

Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outside in England from Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. People can meet in gardens and private outdoor spaces, provided they keep two metres apart, Mr Johnson added. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You ... Full story

Politics

Hong Kong: US and allies defend 'bastion of freedom'  News

Hong Kong: US and allies defend 'bastion of freedom' News

Image caption The law has sparked a new wave of anti-mainland protest. The US, UK, Australia and Canada have issued fresh condemnation of Beijing's new security law for Hong Kong, which they say has "flourished as a bastion of freedom". They say the international community has a "significant and long-standing stake" in its prosperity and stability. China's move to impose the new law during a global pandemic risked undermining trust in ... Full story

Sport

Exclusive: TikTok owner ByteDance moves to shift power out of China - sources

Exclusive: TikTok owner ByteDance moves to shift power out of China - sources

BEIJING/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - TikTok’s poaching of Disney’s Kevin Mayer to be its CEO was just the most visible part of a broader strategy by its Chinese owner to shift its centre of power away from China at a time of rising global tensions, several people familiar with the plans said. Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado ... Full story

Technology

Venezuelans revamp cars to run on cooking gas amid fuel shortages

Venezuelans revamp cars to run on cooking gas amid fuel shortages

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelans struggling to cope with chronic fuel shortages are jury-rigging vehicles to run on cooking gas cylinders, a practice industrial safety experts describe as dangerous and which has led to at least one explosion. Alfredo Gonzalez checks a cooking gas canister beneath his car, which is used to run his vehicle instead of fuel, as Venezuelans are struggling to cope with chronic fuel shortage, in Maracaibo, ... Full story