Tesla’s German car plant attempts to raise manufacturing bar

Two years after Elon Musk elicited audible gasps from an awards show audience with his surprise announcement that Tesla would build a factory outside Berlin, the project is nearing fruition and the hype has never been more palpable. One analyst recently compared the series of innovations Mr Musk is pursuing at the plant to Henry […]

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Covid-19: Canada approves Pfizer’s vaccine for children, shipments to start immediately

Canada on Friday authorized the use of Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, paving the way for the inoculation of elementary school-age children across the country. The shot is the first to be made available for young children in Canada. Officials had made clear for weeks that the decision would be […]

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Facebook changes its name to Meta in major rebrand

Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of a major rebrand. The company said it would better “encompass” what it does, as it broadens its reach beyond social media into areas like virtual reality (VR). The change does not apply to its individual platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, only the […]

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Kamala Harris: First woman to get US presidential powers

US Vice-President Kamala Harris will become the first woman to briefly be given presidential powers as Joe Biden undergoes his regular health check. President Biden will transfer power to Ms Harris for the period in which he is placed under anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy on Friday. The medical examination will be Mr Biden’s first […]

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Malaysian transgender woman Nur Sajat: ‘I had to run away’

The detainee was Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman, a glamorous, 36-year-old Malaysian cosmetics entrepreneur with a huge social media following. The Malaysian authorities immediately sought her extradition on charges of insulting Islam, which had been brought against her in January, and which are punishable by up to three years in prison. Nur Sajat’s offence was to wear […]

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Can the US crack down on fake vaccination cards?

The operator behind “Covid19vaccinecardsss” took just seconds to reply. One of a slew of Instagram accounts hawking fake proof of Covid-19 vaccination cards, whoever was running the page was eager to sell, inviting the BBC to move over to an encrypted messaging app to make a deal. For $100 (£70), the vendor would deliver a […]

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China court drops case against ex-Alibaba employee accused of sexual assault

A court in China has dropped a case against a former Alibaba employee accused of sexual assault. The district court in north-eastern Shandong province said the “forcible indecency” committed by the man, identified as Wang, was not a crime. The employee was arrested last month after a female employee of Alibaba said she was sexually […]

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Britney Spears: Singer’s conservatorship case explained

US pop star Britney Spears’ career has been in the hands of legal guardians in an arrangement known as a conservatorship since 2008, when she faced a public mental health crisis. The court-ordered agreement gave her father control over her estate and other aspects of her life. But the arrangement could now be nearing its […]

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Afghanistan: ‘I feel lucky to leave but we must not forget those left behind’

eople who have fled Afghanistan for the UK after the Taliban takeover have spoken of their relief to have escaped the country. UK troops are continuing to evacuate British nationals and eligible Afghans after insurgents seized control of the capital Kabul. No 10 says 306 UK nationals and 2,052 Afghans have been evacuated so far. […]

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