The Loop live: Kyiv’s mayor warns of freezing winter ‘apocalypse’, UK PM pledges to take action on strikes planned for holiday season

This is The Loop, your quick look at this morning’s news as it happens. Key events Show all key events Live updates Setting you up for the day Good morning. You’re reading The Loop, a quick wrap of today’s headlines, this Thursday, December 8. Thanks for joining us. Loading (^ live vision from Brisbane) Developing … Read more

David Warner withdraws from process to overturn leadership ban, Cricket Australia, statement

David Warner has unloaded on the process of attempting to overturn his leadership ban, withdrawing after accusing the review panel of trying to make it “a public lynching” that would make him and his family “the washing machine for cricket’s dirty laundry”. The former Australian vice-captain posted a lengthy statement to his social media accounts … Read more

Feared and revered women of the world, Australian first exhibition opens at the national museum in Canberra

An international exhibition highlighting feminine power and identity through the ages has been given its own Australian flair, including one of Kylie Minogue’s most iconic costumes and a depiction of Aboriginal female water spirits. Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages, part of the British Museum’s collection, is the latest exhibition to go on … Read more

Sydney Thunder, Jason Sangha, Australian batting prodigy, NSW Sheffield Shield team, BBL12, captain, stats, news, schedules, Kerry O’Keeffe

“He’s the best since Ponting.” That was former Aussie Test spinner Kerry O’Keeffe’s opinion after young gun Jason Sangha peeled off 117 against Tasmania in November 2018, his first Sheffield Shield ton. Sangha was 19 at the time, flanked by another rising NSW star in Jack Edwards, and had already been making waves. Watch the … Read more

Dinosaurs ‘were not in decline when an asteroid hit 66 million years ago’

It is well known that the reign of the dinosaurs came to an end when a giant asteroid smashed into the Earth 66 million years ago. But where there is less scientific consensus is whether the creatures were already in decline before the Chicxulub space rock wiped out more than 75 percent of the planet’s … Read more

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio hits Netflix with Cate Blanchett and Ewan McGregor among its cast of mischief-makers

Full of spectral underworld creatures, fascist youth camps and wooden puppets burned at the stake, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – as the Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker’s latest is officially billed – certainly lives up to its name. It’s a handsomely crafted, stop-motion animated take on Carlo Collodi’s 19th-century picaresque, marking a distinct, ostensibly dark departure from … Read more

Midas Roadhog, Goat Brigette, and more

Overwatch 2’s Season 2 is live now, and has brought a lot of fresh content and numerous adjustments. A fresh League Shop is one of the most in-demand offerings this season. The Overwatch League (OWL) is a professional esports event organized by Blizzard Entertainment to determine the world’s best Overwatch team. The league was announced … Read more

COVID, vaccine misinformation ‘spiking’ on Twitter after Elon Musk fires moderators

The volume of COVID misinformation has jumped alarmingly on Twitter, while anti-vaccination networks that had previously been dispersed are already reforming and reorganizing, according to research. Key points: For years, Twitter heavily moderated COVID and anti-vaccine misinformation Within weeks of Elon Musk taking over, this misinformation surged back onto the platform Other research found a … Read more

DNA discovery smashes record and paints picture of ancient Greenland ecosystem

Northern Greenland is a polar desert today, but it was once a lush landscape filled with mastodons, reindeer, caribou and hares. That’s the picture of an ancient ecosystem that has emerged from 2 million-year-old DNA extracted from desiccated dunes on the Peary Land peninsula on Greenland’s northernmost tip. Key points: An international team of scientists … Read more