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Travellers wear face masks as they walk outside  Beijing Railway Station amid a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus. The outbreak coincides with China’s  busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP.

Confirmation that a new coronavirus can be transmitted directly from person to person has significantly increased the possibility of a Sars-like illne(...)

Ambassador Harry Harris defended his choice to wear a moustache on Thursday, saying  that those who criticised it were “cherry-picking history.” Photograph:  Kat Wade/Getty Images

At a time of growing unease in the alliance between the United States and South Korea, a hairy diplomatic issue has surfaced: the American ambassador’(...)

The launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 6th, 2020. It carried the third batch of 60 Starlink mini-satellites into orbit, part of a plan to build a giant constellation of thousands of spacecraft that will form a global broadband internet system. Photograph: Getty Images

Two weeks ago Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a further 60 satellites for its Starlink programme to build a global broadband internet infrastructure. To d(...)

Robot tractors demonstrate their capabilities in Iwamizawa, on Hokkaido, Japan. Photograph: The New York Times

Removing the tiny eyes that pockmark potatoes is dull, repetitive and time-consuming work – perfect, it would seem, for robots in a country where the (...)

An injured koala rests in a washing basket at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park in the Parndana region on Wednesday.  Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Australian authorities warned people on Wednesday to prepare for another wave of evacuations as temperatures in the country’s southeast began to rise (...)

A model of the Hyundai and Uber Elevate urban air taxi concept S-A1. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

US ride-hailing company Uber and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor are teaming up to develop air taxis, joining the fledging race to launch flying cars in b(...)

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The euro area’s manufacturing downturn deepened in December despite renewed monetary stimulus and an easing of trade tensions, damping hopes that the (...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made the comments at a session of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Photograph: STR/Korean Central News Agency Via KNS/AFP via Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the country is no longer obliged to maintain the suspension on testing nuclear weapons and said his country w(...)

A file photograph from   2017 showing then  Renault-Nissan Chairman and chief executive  Carlos Ghosn  as he addresses a press conference in Paris. Photograph: Getty

Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has fled to Lebanon, saying he wouldn’t be “held hostage” by a “rigged” system, raising questions about how one of the(...)

US president Donald Trump: 2019 will ultimately be remembered as the year that led to the mercurial businessman becoming only the third president in US history to be impeached. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Twenty-nineteen may be remembered as the year when the United States and the world became inured to the presidency of Donald Trump, the mercurial(...)

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