‘Secret directive’ bans UN agencies from helping rebuild Syria until ‘political transition’ – Lavrov

Washington’s “absolutely deconstructive” stance is hampering the rebuilding of Syria and constricts the UN in aiding the country until a so called ‘political transition’ takes place, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, said. Washington’s “absolutely deconstructive” stance is hampering the rebuilding of Syria and constricts the UN in aiding the country until a so called ‘political […]

Star Wars Episode 9 Countdown: How long until Star Wars Episode IX release date?

Star Wars: Episode IX may be one of the most anticipated movies of 2019. Promising to close out the Skywalker saga with bells on, the movie sees JJ Abrams return to the directing chair. Episode 9’s other arduous task is giving the late, great Carrie Fisher a proper send-off as Leia. Fisher will reprise her […]

Michael Cohen reportedly balked at paying off Stormy Daniels until the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape was released — and that could cut through his and Trump’s defense

Richard Drew/AP President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly balked at the idea of paying off porn star Stormy Daniels prior to the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape in October 2016. That could hurt his argument that the payment was made to prevent Trump’s family from embarrassment and not to assist his […]

North Korea mysteriously forbids tourists to visit until September – but no one knows why

North Korea has frozen all tourist visa applications that are underway until 9 September, tour company Kyoryo Tours revealed today. The move comes after visits by Chinese tourists were suspended by North Korea capital Pyongyang.  The reason for the suspension of tourist visas is as yet unknown, Kyoryo Tours have said in a statement.  One […]

Original Star Wars movies blocked from Disney streaming until 2024

Enlarge A little under a year ago, news broke that Disney was planning its own streaming service for a 2019 launch. The logic from Disney’s perspective is hard to avoid: why let someone else get rich streaming its content? Between Disney’s vast back catalog of animated features plus the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, it’s […]

Netflix won’t premiere ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 until summer 2019

You’d better soak in that nostalgic Stranger Things season 3 teaser, as that’s likely all you’re getting for a while. Netflix programming exec Cindy Holland has revealed that the third installment of the Duffer brothers’ show is launching sometime in summer 2019. That’s a considerably longer wait than the 15 months between the first two […]

Intel says not to expect mainstream 10nm chips until 2H19

Lenovo IdeaPad 330, the sole system with Intel’s sole 10nm processor. (credit: Lenovo) Intel has set a concrete deadline for when it’ll finally have processors built on a 10nm process in the mainstream market: holiday season 2019. While the company’s 14nm manufacturing process is working well, with multiple revisions to improve performance or reduce power […]

No agreement on Southern Syria’s de-escalation zone until US leaves al-Tanf base – Damascus

US troops should leave Syria, and particularly the al-Tanf area in the country’s southeast, before any talks about the future of the southern regions held by the militants could take place, the Syrian Foreign Minister has said. “Do not believe any statements on an agreement about the south of Syria unless the US forces withdraw […]

UK medics treated Skripals for opioid overdose until Porton Down tests showed nerve agent poisoning

The medical team at Sainsbury Hospital were treating the Skripals for opioid overdose without any extra precautions, until UK chemical weapon experts “confirmed” nerve agent poisoning and “advised” them on treatment, BBC reports. Staff at Salisbury District Hospital say that former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, who were found unconscious on a […]