Five moments that defined 2018

The year has had no shortage of surprises

File Photo: Bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder line a drugstore shelf in New York Oct 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

J&J moves to limit impact of asbestos report

Manufacturer scrambled after news that it had known for decades that cancer-causing asbestos was in its Baby Powder

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Steet in London, Britain, Dec 17, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

UK parliament to vote on Brexit deal mid-January

UK PM May pledges to get assurances from EU to break deadlock on Brexit

Scales of Justice are seen in Brittany's Parliament, during the trial concerning victims of the Queen Mary 2 accident, in Rennes western France Apr 2, 2009. REUTERS

‘Justice’ is 2018's word of the year

In choosing the noun, Merriam-Webster said it was looked up on its website 74 percent more often than in 2017

Yemen ceasefire ends ‘within minutes’

Sporadic clashes broke out between pro-govt forces and Houthi rebels in Hudaydah soon after the halt took effect

Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation, speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, US, May 3, 2017. REUTERS

CBS fires Moonves, denies $120m in severance

The former CEO had been accused of sexual harassment and assault

 A Daohugou pterosaur, with four different feather types over its head, neck, body, and wings, and a generally ginger-brown colour, based on Jurassic Period fossils unearthed in China, is seen in this illustration handout, released from University of Bristol, in Bristol, United Kingdom on December 14, 2018. Courtesy Yuan Zhang/Handout via REUTERS

Flying reptiles boasted feathers

The fur-like body covering of pterosaurs was actually made up of rudimentary feathers

Metalachi, the self-proclaimed first and only heavy metal mariachi band, perform on stage at the House of Blues in Anahaim, California, US November 10, 2018. Reuters

Metal or mariachi?

Metalachi offers best of both music worlds

Meng Lang, centre, at a 2003 event at Harvard University marking the 14th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. The New York Times

Chinese dissident poet dies at 57

Meng Lang, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, co-founded the Independent Chinese PEN Centre to advance freedom of expression and publication

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US approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger

The decision clears the way for the $26 billion telecommunications merger

UN Security Council mulls Myanmar action

The UN Security Council is considering action to push Myanmar to work with the UN to address the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Film, drama director
Saidul Anam Tutul dies

He was also a renowned editor and actor