Obituary: Clare Hollingworth

BBC News

Clare Hollingworth was the war correspondent who broke the news that German troops were poised to invade Poland at the start of World War Two. She went on to report on conflicts across the world but it was that moment that defined her career. She was by no means the first female war reporter, but her depth of technical, tactical and strategic insight set her apart. And, even as she approached her 11th decade, she still kept her passport by her bed in case she should be called to another assignment. Clare Hollingworth was born in Leicester on 10 October 1911 and spent most of her childhood on a farm.


Fields Medal Is Stolen Minutes After It's Given in Brazil

NYT > Middle East

Dr. Birkar is Cambridge University's 11th Fields medalist. "This is absolutely phenomenal, both for Caucher and for mathematics at Cambridge," said Professor Gabriel Paternain, head of the university's department of pure mathematics and mathematical statistics. "Caucher was already an exceptional young researcher when he came to Cambridge, and he's now one of the most remarkable people in this field." The other three winners of the 2018 Fields Medal are Alessio Figalli, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich; Peter Scholze from the University of Bonn; and Akshay Venkatesh, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Stanford University in California. In addition to the medal, each receives an $11,500 cash prize.


British scholar Ronald Dore, known for his studies about Japan, dies at age 93

The Japan Times

British sociologist Ronald Dore, professor emeritus at the University of London and known for his contributions to Japan studies, died in Italy on Tuesday. The university announced his death on Thursday. Dore had been hospitalized in Bologna due to respiratory disorders. Born in Bournemouth, in southern England, in 1925, Dore studied Japanese during World War II and graduated from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. He studied at the University of Tokyo in 1950.


Russian Suspect in UK Poisoning Is Hero to His Home Village

U.S. News

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 video grab file image provided by the RT channel on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, a man identified as Alexander Petrov attends his first public appearance in an interview with the RT channel in Moscow, Russia. Investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday Oct. 8, 2018 on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is actually Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU. The other suspect in the March nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, -- Ruslan Boshirov.


Novichok patient said no longer in critical condition but looks 'like a skeleton'

The Japan Times

LONDON – A British man exposed to the nerve agent Novichok is no longer in a critical condition, the hospital treating him said on Wednesday, as police still struggle to understand what happened. The brother of 45-year-old Charlie Rowley also said he had visited him and he was talking, but looked "like a skeleton" and could barely lift his head. Rowley fell ill on June 30 at his home in Amesbury near the town of Salisbury in southwest England, along with his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44. They were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent used against former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March. Britain and its allies accused Moscow of trying to kill the Russian pair, who survived, sparking an international diplomatic crisis.