YEMEN -- Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to a ceasefire in the strategic port city of Hodeidah, marking a key breakthrough in a stalemated conflict that has killed thousands of people and left millions more in misery.
Year end package 2018
TECH -- A new form of mobile phone messaging is being slowly rolled out by network providers. Called RCS (Rich Communication Services), is intended to replace the SMS system which has been in use since 1992.
YEAR END -- 2019 is looking like an excellent year for films with a box office bonanza of movies from directors including James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan, Tim Burton, Jordan Peele, F. Gary Gray, and J. J. Abrams.
YEAR END -- Major news stories in 2018 include the Russian spy poisoning in Britain, the Facebook privacy scandal, the extraordinary cave rescue in Thailand and the ongoing fallout from the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
YEAR END -- Graphic gives a preview of events expected in 2019, as more populists take power around the world, Britain exits the EU, and a trade war between Washington and Beijing continues as China marks the Year of the Pig.
YEAR END -- Astronomers discovered the brightest object in our universe, the oceans revealed the first warm-blooded fish and fossilised steroid molecules showed that the earliest animal lived on Earth 558m years ago.
YEAR END -- Technology-driven toys continue to propel festive sales at the end of 2018, with Harry Potter and Star Wars also back in fashion and likely to be among the top picks for shoppers this year.
ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to launch a new offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States.
NEW DELHI -- India’s ruling party has suffered a setback in elections to five state assemblies, handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest loss since taking office in 2014, and just months before national elections.
LOS ANGELES -- A 3km test tunnel for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, an electric travel system running under a Los Angeles freeway, is set to open to the public on December 18. Elevators will take riders underground to the system.
VANCOUVER -- Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou has been granted bail of C$10 million ahead of a decision by Canada’s justice minister whether to extradite her to the U. S. to face charges of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
PARIS -- President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation on Monday evening in response to massive, often violent rallies staged by “yellow-vest” protesters across the country for the past four weekends.
STOCKHOLM -- Swedish autonomous vehicle start-up Einride and German logistics group DB Schenker are set to gain regulatory approval, allowing an all-electric, driverless truck to carry freight on a public road.
GAMING -- Video gamers are on the verge of a seismic transformation that could see once-dominant consoles rendered obsolete by streaming services, using cloud technology to play games in real-time, just as they might watch Netflix.
XICHANG -- China’s Chang’e-4 is due to land on the far side of the Moon sometime between January 1 and 3. The mission will test plant growth and listen for radio emissions normally blocked by Earth’s atmosphere.
TEL AVIV -- Israeli police have recommended indicting Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges, adding to a catalogue of legal troubles that have clouded the Israeli Prime Minister’s prospects for re-election in 2019.
KATOWICE -- Carbon emissions rose 2.7 per cent to a record high in 2018 mainly due to emissions growth in China, India and the U.S., according , according to three studies released from the Global Carbon Project.
BERLIN -- Germany’s Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has responded to Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships and crew off Crimea by calling for Berlin to cut gas flows through the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
YEAR-END -- Silent Night, one of the best loved Christmas carols, was first performed in Austria two centuries ago. Now sung in 300 languages around the world, it is a key part of Yuletide festivities.
U.S. -- A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully flown the first aircraft with no moving parts. The model plane uses “ionic wind” propulsion that creates no emissions.
TECH -- A flying motorcycle developed by California-based startup Hoversurf is being used to train police officers in Dubai, with the aim of helping first responder units to access hard-to-reach areas.
RUGBY -- The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, with 20 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. The 2019 tournament marks the first time it has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.
CYCLING -- The 2019 Giro d’Italia features three individual time trials and seven summit finishes in a balanced but testing route which ramps up into a brutal second half raced almost entirely uphill.
SOCCER -- Table-topping Liverpool face bitter rivals Manchester Utd on Monday, after cross-town rivals Everton visit Manchester City, while Tottenham hope to keep up with the leaders when they host Burnley.