Uganda: Ugandan Activist Nyanzi’s Trial Flops, Remanded Until 2019

[Nation] Former Makerere University research fellow, Dr Stella Nyanzi, has been further remanded and is likely to spend Christmas in Luzira Prison after she objected to the cybercrime charges under the Computer Misuse Act on grounds that they are defective and cannot stand. source

Putin says UK’s May has no choice but to implement Brexit

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that British Prime Minister Theresa May had no choice but to implement Brexit and steer clear of a second referendum or risk undermining faith in British democracy. source

U.S. to end air war against Islamic State in Syria

The United States will end its air campaign against Islamic State in Syria when it pulls out troops, U.S. officials said, sealing an abrupt reversal of policy which has alarmed Western allies as well as Washington’s Kurdish battle partners. source

Romanian government survives no confidence vote

Romania’s Social Democrat-led government survived a no confidence vote on Thursday as expected, days before taking over the European Union’s rotating presidency, but still faces concerns at home and abroad over its attempts to weaken a crackdown on corruption. source

Top Senate Democrat says Trump’s attorney general pick should not be nominated

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer, on Thursday called on President Donald Trump to find a new nominee for attorney general, saying Trump’s current pick cannot be put in charge of the special investigation into alleged election meddling by Russia. source

Britain removes word ‘unlikely’ from no-deal Brexit guidance

The British government has removed the word “unlikely” from its official Brexit guidance telling companies and citizens how to prepare for a disorderly exit where the UK leaves the European Union without a deal. source

Irish PM: hard border only a problem if Britain changes rules post-no deal Brexit

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday that “difficulties” around a hard border with Northern Ireland would arise only if Britain left the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and subsequently changed its laws. source

Spiegel journalist who made up facts loses awards from Reporter Forum, CNN

German journalist Claas Relotius has returned four press awards after weekly magazine Der Spiegel found he had fabricated facts in a number of articles, the German press association that hands out the prize said on Thursday. source

Talks to separate Hong Kong and mainland Chinese pigs in slaughterhouses amid African swine fever fears

Hong Kong food safety officials were on Thursday night in talks with the pork industry over segregating local and mainland Chinese pigs during slaughter, because of fears of an outbreak of African swine fever, which had already spread to neighbouring Guangdong province. But the Centre for Food Safety said the separate ownership and operation of […]

Capitol Report: Housing counselors who serve millions now face a test of their own

Professionals who work for housing counseling agencies are now being asked to take and pass a test that will enable them to be certified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a milestone that’s causing some consternation. source

Capitol Report: ‘Freedom Caucus’ leader blasts Trump, Republicans for ‘fumble’ on wall | Democrats reject deal on judicial nominations

Rep. Mark Meadows, the North Carolina Republican, is among the conservatives criticizing President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders for not pushing harder for a border wall as the year ends. source

U.S., allies to condemn China for economic espionage, charge hackers: source

The United States and about a dozen allies are expected on Thursday to condemn China for efforts to steal other countries’ trade secrets and technologies and to compromise government computers, according to a person familiar with the matter. source

Mexican president says military will build new airport

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that the armed forces would build a new airport he plans for Mexico City at a military air base in the town of Santa Lucia north of the capital. source

Japanese Twitter debates the best breathing technique to put yourself to sleep

Arrive at your sweet dreams using the ultimate 4-7-8 technique…or was it 4-4-8?  Why hello insomnia, my old friend… Any fellow insomniacs out there who repeat a similar mantra when you find yourself lying wide awake hours after the lights went off? It’s a chronic problem that’s plagued me since 8th grade, with the most […]

Art World News Today

Among the top visual arts headlines today: Gregory Burke, CEO of Saskatoon’s Remai Modern Art Museum resigns for a new post; the Lebanese-born architect Amale Andraos is to design the Beirut Museum of Art; Moscow residents petition the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art to end its sponsorship deal with a Russian property developer; Banksy confirms […]

Trump’s border wall gets a GoFundMe campaign that’s trying to raise $1 billion

President Trump has so far failed to secure funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, so now his most ardent supporters are trying to pay for it themselves. Earlier this week, a GoFundMe campaign that aims to raise one billion dollars to, well, build that wall was launched. As of Thursday morning the […]

‘The Daily Show’ takes us on a hilarious tour of Trump’s weirdest moments this year

Wow. 2018. What a doozy, guys. Thankfully, Trevor Noah and the team at The Daily Show are here to put things in perspective and make the weird twists and turns of the year a little more palatable. Rather than focusing on all the horrific things Trump has done, Noah turns, instead, to just how weird […]

Why micellar water became the internet’s holy grail of lazy skincare

Essentials Week spotlights unexpected items that make our daily lives just a little bit better. Micellar water should be your new best friend.  Skincare is kind of a cult: You stumble across one subreddit and suddenly you’re stocking up on sheet masks, researching acids, and agonizing over each pore.  SEE ALSO: Everyone should keep a […]