Sydney Morning Herald World News

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +1000
With Harris, Biden seeks spark but no extra glare for campaign
Biden is sending a message that, although he may be an "old white guy", he understands the importance of gender and racial diversity to modern America.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:19:20 +1000
Freight a possible source of new coronavirus cluster: officials
Surface testing is underway in an Auckland cool store where a man from the infected family worked.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:06:08 +1000
'Bugger!' New Zealanders have reacted as well as could be expected
Kiwis seem to have accepted a return to lockdown, with people reminding each other that we’ve been here before and that we can do it again.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:03:57 +1000
US hoses down Russian vaccine, says it will have millions of doses ready year's end
US Health Secretary Alex Azar accused Moscow of withholding trial data and not being transparent.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:16:14 +1000
'Total madness': Paint thinner, other flammables may have ignited Beirut explosion
Experts say that if such hazardous materials were stored together, it would represent gross negligence.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:53:43 +1000
Harry and Meghan biography leaves duchess open to court showdown
The controversial book is expected to be thrust to the heart of a High Court privacy case brought against a British tabloid newspaper.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:53:23 +1000
'Main thing in life': Belarus opposition leader flees, citing children's safety
Authorities said she was not forced to leave but a video, apparently filmed at the central election commission before she left, raised questions.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:30:18 +1000
Joe Biden's VP pick: what you need to know about Kamala Harris
Who is Joe Biden's running mate? A woman of many firsts with a history of activism, who leans left but not too far left.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:16:34 +1000
Prosecution rejects rookie argument by ex-cop in George Floyd death
Officer Thomas Lane is charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. 

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Mystery of 'barbaric' horse mutilations stuns France
A woman made the macabre discovery in a secluded meadow while walking near the Burgundy village of Cortambert at the weekend.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:29:37 +1000
Media mogul Jimmy Lai released on bail in Hong Kong
Hong Kong residents bought copies of the Apple Daily newspaper that Lai founded en masse on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:21:10 +1000
Joe Biden announces Kamala Harris as vice-presidential pick
"Joe nailed this decision," Barack Obama said, describing Harris as an "ideal partner to help him him tackle the very real challenges America faces".

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:44:19 +1000
'And my running mate is...': Joe Biden on the cusp of a historic announcement
Democrats close to the campaign say an announcement is imminent, and could come as early as Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:59:05 +1000
Facebook removes 7 million posts for sharing false information on coronavirus
The social media giant said the 7 million posts included content that promoted fake preventative measures and exaggerated cures.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:47:43 +1000
Man shot outside White House shouted 'I'm going to shoot you', officials say
The man ran aggressively toward an officer and withdrew an object from his clothing before crouching in a "shooter's stance", the Secret Service said.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:23:30 +1000
Trump says 'great' bond with China's Xi changed after COVID-19
The US President said his feelings about his Chinese counterpart had changed amid the pandemic and he had not spoken to Xi in "a long time".

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:57:03 +1000
Russia's approval of coronavirus vaccine greeted with some alarm
Russia has become the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for use in tens of thousands of its citizens despite international scepticism about injections that have not completed clinical trials.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:10:00 +1000
Hong Kong is not dead, just entering a new phase of struggle
Beijing’s tightening grip has sparked renewed bouts of fatalism but the struggle for freedom hasn't ended.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 20:35:42 +1000
New bodycam footage points to more failings in George Floyd's death
New videos show that medical personnel waited nearly three minutes to begin CPR.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 20:15:59 +1000
Gallery: The best photos from around the world
The best photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by our picture editors

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:49:51 +1000
New Zealand back in lockdown as new mystery cases emerge
New Zealand will re-enter coronavirus restrictions after four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Auckland.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:03:48 +1000
New Zealand retirement homes in lockdown to test for COVID-19
However officials at two aged care homes in Christchurch said the measures were precautionary and the residents were highly unlikely to have the virus.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:39:37 +1000
China wants Taiwan to be 'next Hong Kong', visiting US official told
Hongkongers rally behind popular media tycoon Jimmy Lai after his arrest on Monday.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:37:57 +1000
LGBT+ community divided over Argentinian bank’s trans hiring quota
State-owned Banco Nacion announced last week that it would seek to fill 1 per cent of its workforce with transgender employees.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:11:34 +1000
'There will be no revolution': Lukashenko vows as West condemns vote
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signals he won't step down despite facing mounting protests after allegations he rigged his re-election victory.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:51:23 +1000
Shooting outside White House, says Donald Trump
Trump later appeared and said the Secret Service had taken action against the suspect.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:19:48 +1000
'Photobombing' satellites add to worries about a new frontier of pollution
Since the first group of Starlink satellites launched in May 2019, many skywatchers have lamented their bright reflected glare.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:00:11 +1000
'No party': Tunisia is preparing to have a non-political government
The country has struggled to revive its collapsed economy since a 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:35:55 +1000
Court ruling could lead to more Jeffrey Epstein secrets being spilled
A judge ordered the unsealing and release of correspondences from attorneys for celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Victoria's Secret founder Leslie Wexner.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +1000
'Look at America right now': Indonesian minister hits back at critics, flags Bali bubble
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, one of the most influential members of President Joko Widodo's cabinet, says plans to reopen the island to tourism are on track.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:18:06 +1000
US to de-list non-compliant Chinese firms by end of 2021
Steve Mnuchin and other officials seek changes to ensure that Chinese firms are held to the same accounting standards as US companies.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 06:19:01 +1000
Italian restaurants are reopening plague-era 'wine windows' for coronavirus trade
Between the Black Death in the 1300s and the Italian Plague in the 1600s, wine merchants in Tuscany built the windows to protect buyers and sellers.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 05:42:43 +1000
Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats, cites abuse of visas
The expulsions are connected with the murder of a former Chechen rebel with Georgian citizenship in Berlin last summer. 

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 04:24:34 +1000
Lebanon's entire government resigns amid fury over Beirut blast
Announcing the resignation of the entire cabinet, the Prime Minister blamed decades of "systemic corruption" for the explosion.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:40:25 +1000
Global coronavirus cases hit 20 million as pandemic accelerates
It took almost six months to reach 10 million cases after the first infection was reported in China in early January. It took just 43 days to double that tally to 20 million.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 00:58:59 +1000
China sanctions 11 US politicians, officials over action on Hong Kong
Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the 11 had "performed badly" on issues concerning Hong Kong.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 00:01:00 +1000
Biden's VP search isn't exactly The Bachelor but it comes close
Biden's pledge to pick a woman has generated some odd optics.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:00:00 +1000
The best of the world in pictures
The finest photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by our picture editors.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:27:50 +1000
Belarus President claims big election victory as protests erupt
Police beat protesters as strongman Alexander Lukashenko won a record sixth term after garnering more than 80 per cent of votes amid fraud allegations.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:29:48 +1000
Indonesia volcano spews huge ash cloud in second eruption in three days
The eruption of Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra comes after more than a year of inactivity and was the second since Saturday.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:15:51 +1000
US makes history in Taiwan as 'avenues for peaceful unification evaporate'
Taiwan and the US have kicked off the highest-level meetings between the two governments in decades amid intensifying geopolitical tensions with China. 

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:44:21 +1000
Who is Jimmy Lai, the media tycoon arrested in Hong Kong?
From being smuggled from the mainland on a fishing boat at the age of 12, to founding the Giordano empire and Apple Daily, there was no stopping Lai.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:52:31 +1000
Thousands of volunteers to help North Korea cope with virus, floods
In Kaesong, volunteers are providing 2100 families most at risk with relief items including tarpaulins, kitchen sets, quilts, hygiene kits and water containers.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:48:20 +1000
Gallery: The best photos from around the world
The best photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by our picture editors

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:18:05 +1000
Trump wants his face carved on Mount Rushmore: source
An unnamed official has reportedly approached the office of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noemto ask how an additional president could be added to the monument.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:17:12 +1000
Hong Kong police raid major news organisation, arrest billionaire owner
Up to 200 Hong Kong police have marched into one of the city's only independent newsrooms and arresting its owner Jimmy Lai on national security charges.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:53:15 +1000
Mines on alert as dozens of cases emerge at second PNG site
A 30-year-old is among 26 confirmed cases at the Lihir mine.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:43:28 +1000
British commander to stop migrants crossing Channel in small boats
Taking advantage of calm sea conditions, hundreds of people including children and pregnant women have made the dangerous crossing in recent days.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:09:38 +1000
Gunmen armed with flamethrowers kill French aid workers in giraffe reserve
The group had been at the reserve for less than an hour when they were shot, their car set aflame and their bodies left in the sand.

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:59:12 +1000
Faced with a digital divide, one country cancelled the whole school year
The decision was made not just to protect teachers and students from the coronavirus but also to address glaring issues of inequality.