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Number of Hollywood hits directed by women falls to 20-year low

Number of Hollywood hits directed by women falls to 20-year low

‘Radical underrepresentation’ of women in the film industry remains unchanged, says annual studyOnly 8% of Hollywood’s top films in 2018 were directed by women, down from 11% the previous year,
'Congresswomen dance too': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits back with new video

'Congresswomen dance too': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits back with new video

The youngest US Congresswoman in history posts a video of herself dancing to Edwin Starr’s War outside her office after an attempt to humiliate her on Twitter backfired, instead prompting an
Canada says 13 citizens detained in China since Huawei CFO's arrest

Canada says 13 citizens detained in China since Huawei CFO's arrest

Diplomatic tensions between the two countries have escalated since Meng Wanzhou’s arrest on 1 DecemberCanada has said 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since the Huawei executive Meng
'I love this': bid to discredit Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with college dance video backfires

'I love this': bid to discredit Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with college dance video backfires

Effort to embarrass freshly sworn-in Congresswoman fails after footage endears her to wide audienceAn attempt to humiliate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she was sworn in as the youngest ever US
China thinks it can arbitrarily detain anyone. It is time for change | Michael Caster

China thinks it can arbitrarily detain anyone. It is time for change | Michael Caster

The lack of global outcry over the detention of two Canadians virtually guarantees the next such caseCanada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has called China’s detention of Canadian citizens
Tropical Storm Pabuk buffets Thailand's east coast

Tropical Storm Pabuk buffets Thailand's east coast

Trees felled and roads flooded but storm appears to have done less damage than fearedRain, wind and surging seawater from a tropical storm has buffeted coastal villages and tourist resorts on southern
Christmas gun billboard found to breach rules after over a dozen complaints

Christmas gun billboard found to breach rules after over a dozen complaints

Ad Standards finds Brisbane ad breached firearm storage rules but product ‘legally allowed to be advertised’The advertising industry’s regulatory body Ad Standards has upheld more than a dozen
America's first public earthquake-warning app unveiled in Los Angeles

America's first public earthquake-warning app unveiled in Los Angeles

Experts hope ShakeAlertLA will encourage other west coast cities to make similar investmentsLos Angeles has unveiled the US’s first publicly available earthquake early-warning app, a development
Nearby galaxy set to collide with Milky Way, say scientists

Nearby galaxy set to collide with Milky Way, say scientists

Collision will ‘cause fireworks’ but probably won’t happen for about 2.5 billion years As if battered post-Christmas finances, a looming disorderly Brexit and the prospect of a fresh nuclear arms race
Depression in girls linked to higher use of social media

Depression in girls linked to higher use of social media

Research suggests link between social media use and depressive symptoms was stronger for girls compared with boysGirls’ much-higher rate of depression than boys is closely linked to the greater time
Ex-US marine accused of spying in Russia is British citizen

Ex-US marine accused of spying in Russia is British citizen

Paul Whelan revealed to be dual national after being arrested in Moscow for ‘act of espionage’ The former US marine who is being held in Moscow on charges of spying is a British citizen, it has
Naval ship deployed to Channel to intercept refugee vessels

Naval ship deployed to Channel to intercept refugee vessels

HMS Mersey’s mission follows request for military assistance from the home secretary, Sajid JavidThe Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Mersey has been deployed to the Channel to help deal with people
Google shifted $23bn to tax haven Bermuda in 2017, filing shows

Google shifted $23bn to tax haven Bermuda in 2017, filing shows

Firm used Dutch shell company in move known as ‘double Irish, Dutch sandwich’ that cuts its foreign tax billGoogle moved €19.9bn ($22.7bn) through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in 2017, as part of
'L-mageddon' averted as New York calls off shutdown of subway line

'L-mageddon' averted as New York calls off shutdown of subway line

Fifteen-month shutdown of subway tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn canceled after Andrew Cuomo announces new planNearly a quarter million New Yorkers who for years dreaded “L-mageddon”, a planned
'Transparency will be the order of the day': Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker – video

'Transparency will be the order of the day': Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker – video

Democrats reclaimed power in the House of Representatives on Thursday and officially elected Nancy Pelosi as the next speaker. Pelosi, who had previously served as speaker from 2007-2011, became the
Police reinforcements for Northern Ireland in case of no-deal Brexit

Police reinforcements for Northern Ireland in case of no-deal Brexit

Almost 1,000 officers from rest of UK to start training to deal with trouble arising from hard borderAlmost 1,000 police officers from England and Scotland are to begin training for deployment in
Wife of jihadist charged with terrorist crimes in France

Wife of jihadist charged with terrorist crimes in France

Soulef A, married to Peter Cherif, accused of criminal association with terrorists and financing a terrorist enterprise The wife of one of France’s most notorious jihadists, Peter Cherif, has been
Heathrow and Gatwick invest millions in anti-drone technology

Heathrow and Gatwick invest millions in anti-drone technology

London airports purchase equipment in wake of incidents that caused around 1,000 flights to be grounded The UK’s largest airports are set to spend millions of pounds on anti-drone equipment, the
Democrats reclaim power as Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker

Democrats reclaim power as Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker

House tests new power by passing bills to end the government shutdown, but legislation is unlikely to break impasse Bid to discredit Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with college dance video
Former head of failed Air Australia was involved with Bestjet before collapse

Former head of failed Air Australia was involved with Bestjet before collapse

Travel company scrutinised over suspicions of involvement of Michael James, husband of Bestjet founder Rachel JamesThe former chief executive and owner of defunct airline Air Australia was closely