• Australia 1-1 USA: international women’s football friendly – live!
    by Mike Hytner on November 30, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Late Kyah Simon strike cancels out Ashley Hatch’s early openerAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner1 min: Off we go in Newcastle as Cooney-Cross gets proceedings started. It’ll be interesting to see exactly how the Matildas line up. Gustavsson said before kick-off his selection allows him flexibility, with both a 3-4-3 and a 4-3-3 available to him with the players on the pitch. The Star Spangled Banner follows, and then Advance Australia Fair (no sign of the Wiggles tonight), and with those out of the way, we’re pretty much good to go! Continue reading...

  • Markets fall as Moderna chief predicts existing Covid vaccines will struggle with Omicron – business live
    by Graeme Wearden on November 30, 2021 at 11:13 AM

    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsUK FTSE 100 has dropped over 1% to seven-week lowIntroduction: Moderna CEO’s comments worry marketsFT: Moderna chief predicts existing vaccines will struggle with OmicronJapan’s Nikkei falls 1.6%; European markets dropCovid news live: Hong Kong widens ban on non-resident arrivals, mask mandates return in EnglandCovid: as rules on mask wearing in England return, what exactly is the law?The FTSE 100 is on track for its worst month in more than a year. with today’s losses adding to Friday’s tumble.The index is down around 3% this month, the biggest drop since October 2020 (when it lost nearly 5%, just before successful vaccine trials sparked a global rally in November 2020). Continue reading...

  • Covid live: France confirms Omicron case on Réunion; German incidence rate falls slightly
    by Lucy Campbell (now); Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier) on November 30, 2021 at 11:08 AM

    Case on Indian ocean island makes it first confirmed French case; Germany says Covid rate per 100,000 people dips for first time in three weeksModerna boss predicts current jabs may be less effective against OmicronHong Kong and Ecuador join ranks of countries imposing entry bansTop UK health official cautions against festive season social eventsOmicron variant prompts nervous governments to impose travel curbsSee all our coronavirus coverageStock markets in Asia have bounced back again as investors’ concerns about the new Omicron Covid variant eased. In Australia the ASX200 was up more than 1%, while in Japan the Nikkei was up 0.75%.It followed a stronger showing on Monday on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 0.6% and the broader S&P500 was up 1.2% after some hefty losses on Friday, when news of the new strain shook confidence.There are so many unknowns about Omicron and the market has been jumping at shadows.After such a strong run and with elevated valuations, the market will always be susceptible to the odd shakeout on news that could bring risk.Hong Kong’s very stringent system of boarding, quarantine and also testing requirements has successfully stopped the transmission of the three Omicron cases, that we have identified in our designated quarantine hotel, from going into the community. Non-Hong Kong residents from these four places will not be allowed to enter Hong Kong. The most stringent quarantine requirements will also be implemented on relevant inbound travellers from these places. Continue reading...

  • Celebrating 25 years of Lara Croft with … a cookbook?
    by Ellie Gibson on November 30, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    This gleefully incongruous piece of tie-in merch pays tribute to a quarter-century of Tomb Raider with recipes. So can we expect a spaghetti carbo-Lara?Tomb Raider recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, which means 25 years of articles about how Lara Croft transcended video games to become a global icon even your gran has heard of. As a female games critic, I am personally asked to explain her enduring popularity 25 times an hour, to the point where I have boiled my answer down to this: for many of us, she symbolises a moment in the history of gaming where we saw ourselves represented for the first time. Not as a princess trapped in a castle, but as an enigmatic, acrobatic embodiment of fierceness. Naturally, the adolescent boys of the 90s also regarded her with the same distanced respect, right?Anyway, here’s what nobody says they remember fondly about Tomb Raider: the food. Lara doesn’t have a signature snack, like Mario with his mushrooms or Pac-Man with his Mini Babybels. She’s never seen taking a break from shooting dinosaurs to chow down on a Kendal mint cake and some lemon-barley water. The early games allow you to explore her ancestral home, which has a walk-in freezer, but all it contains are giant legs of ham. Continue reading...

  • The plan to transform one of New York City’s dirtiest freeways into green space
    by Aliya Uteuova on November 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    The noxious Cross Bronx Expressway could get an upgrade thanks to new federal fundingIt’s an appalling freeway. It’s loud, congested, and contributes to some of the nation’s highest asthma rates.But now, after years of organizing from community groups and state lawmakers, there’s federal funding to develop a plan: cover portions of the highway with green space and reconnect neighborhoods separated by the structure. Continue reading...

  • Renegades: Born in the USA by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen – review
    by Kitty Empire on November 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    The American figureheads and friends discuss their childhoods, their debt to strong women and the illusion of the American dream in a series of candid conversations garlanded with unseen photographsThe season of the coffee table book is upon us. This is a handsome enough example, featuring often startlingly candid conversations between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen recorded for a podcast of the same name. Having struck up a friendship on Obama’s campaign trail in 2008, the bond between the two men deepened with the years. (Partly, we discover, this is because Michelle Obama and Patti Scialfa, Springsteen’s partner, hit it off.)The title is worth a chuckle. Springsteen might once have been some sort of miscreant, but “renegade” ill befits the 44th president, a man so upstanding you could actually unfurl a flag off him. The subtitle Born in the USA raises a silent eyebrow, too, at the attempt by “birthers” to discredit Obama’s presidency by falsely questioning his citizenship. Continue reading...

  • Pride, power and resilience: How activism helps undocumented immigrants cope with trauma
    by Terry Greene Sterling in Maricopa county on November 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    In Arizona, immigrants who’ve experienced hardships first hand have also pioneered ways to help others healGermán Cadenas was 15 when he packed up a few clothes, his beloved magic trick cards, a treasured coin box and a portfolio of his drawings.It was 2002. Cadenas, his mother and younger brother were flying from their native Venezuela for a Christmas visit with Cadenas’ dad – who had migrated to Maricopa county, Arizona, two years before – hoping to send money to his family as Venezuela descended into chaos. Continue reading...

  • Washington hold off Wilson and Seahawks for third win in a row
    by Associated Press on November 30, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Washington beats Seattle 17-15 for third consecutive victoryLoss likely ends Seattle’s hopes for any longshot playoff bidRon Rivera was left adrift without a kicker and felt like he had to go for it in every situation.The final roll of the dice by ‘Riverboat Ron’ on fourth and goal opened the door for some heroics by Russell Wilson, but Kendall Fuller’s interception on Seattle’s two-point conversion attempt allowed Washington to hold on and beat the Seahawks 17-15 Monday night for the team’s third consecutive victory. Continue reading...

  • ‘She defined modern Germany’: Blair, Barroso and Prodi on Angela Merkel
    by Philip Oltermann on November 30, 2021 at 10:37 AM

    When she first took office her fellow leaders included Blair, Chirac and Bush. Three of those at her first G8 summit look back on her legacyEuropean Commission president, 2004-14 Continue reading...

  • ‘Miracle’ rescue of man after 22 hours drifting in rough seas off Japan
    by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo on November 30, 2021 at 10:01 AM

    Rescuers spotted man sitting on engine of boat after it capsized off south-western Kagoshima prefectureA 69-year-old man has been rescued in rough seas off Japan after spending 22 hours drifting in open water, with one official calling his survival a “miracle”.The man, whose name has not been released, was alone on a boat off south-western Kagoshima prefecture en route to the resort island of Yakushima on Saturday afternoon when it capsized. Continue reading...

  • Barbados bids farewell to British monarchy, becomes republic
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:26 AM

    Barbados stopped pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday as it shed another vestige of its colonial past and became a republic for the first time in history. Several … Click to Continue »

  • Atlanta mayoral runoff: Moore hopes to stave off Dickens
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:25 AM

    Atlanta voters are deciding Tuesday's mayoral runoff between one candidate who is comfortable as a lone wolf and another who has acquired a bunch of new friends. Current City Council … Click to Continue »

  • Doctor: Many South Africans ill in surge have mild symptoms
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    South Africa's rapid increase in COVID-19 cases attributed to the new omicron variant is resulting in mostly mild symptoms, doctors say. “We've seen a sharp increase in cases for the … Click to Continue »

  • Fire at Pilot Mountain State Park burns hundreds of acres
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    Fire crews in North Carolina are working to control a fire in Pilot Mountain State Park that has already burned hundreds of acres. The fire that covered about 300 acres … Click to Continue »

  • US stocks edge higher, regaining footing after slump Friday
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    Stock indexes are edging higher on Wall Street Monday as markets regain their footing following a big stumble on Friday on worries about the spread of the new variant of … Click to Continue »

  • Iran strikes hard line as talks over nuclear deal resume
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Iran struck a hard line Tuesday after just one day of restarted talks in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal, suggesting everything discussed in previous rounds of diplomacy could be … Click to Continue »

  • Police: 5-year-old girl fatally shot by 3-year-old cousin
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    A five-year-old girl was fatally shot by her younger cousin in Georgia on Thanksgiving, police said. Khalis Eberhart was hit in the chest after her 3-year-old cousin was able to … Click to Continue »

  • Wary, weary world slams doors shut, fearing omicron variant
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Taking an act-now-ask-questions-later approach, countries around the world slammed their doors shut again to try to keep the new omicron variant at bay Monday as more cases of the mutant … Click to Continue »

  • Travel limits force Swiss to call off student winter games
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    The world university winter games in Switzerland were canceled Monday to help stop the spread of the new COVID-19 variant. Organizers of the Winter Universiade in Lucerne cited “highly dynamic … Click to Continue »

  • Fauci fires back at Cruz over COVID claims about Chinese lab
    on November 30, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, blasted Sen. Ted Cruz for suggesting that Fauci be investigated for statements he made about COVID-19 and said the criticism by … Click to Continue »