Penang guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

This exotic tropical island off the north-west coast of Malaysia is one of the world capitals of street food, with a dazzling array of cuisines from the island’s Chinese, Malay and Indian communities. But after eating my way through everything from Hokkien black noodles, succulent giant prawns steamed in rice wine and spicy assam laksa, …

Arsenal v Newcastle, Chelsea v Southampton and more – live!

Still need a present? Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Show 10.05am EST 10:05 Preamble So, here we are. Another Saturday where football, and plenty of it, takes precedent over even the very thought of pounding the streets shopping for stocking fillers. Neither Everton nor Newcastle United are feeling festive, cancelling their respective Christmas bashes. The latter are …

California Thomas wildfire still threatens thousands of homes

The Thomas fire, the 11-day-old and fourth-largest wildfire in California history, continued to grow and threaten thousands of homes on Saturday, despite the efforts of armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft. Santa Ana winds fanning the flames north-west of Los Angeles eased on Friday but they were expected to return strongly …

Why I love Joan Didion

The glamour of Joan Didion, 83, lies not in the many incredible photographs of her during her long life. Nor is it in that horrible quasi-sheen that we associate with surviving terrible loss. It’s not in the lifestyle choices she made – living in New York one year, relocating to a home right on a California beach …

‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’ How a President’s Name Became a Racial Jeer

Supporters cheered for Donald J. Trump as he spoke at his final campaign event in Grand Rapids, Mich., on the eve of the 2016 presidential election. Damon Winter/The New York Times For more coverage of race, sign up here to have our Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox. The high school basketball squad from …

Heinz Wolff, scientist and Great Egg Race presenter, dies at 89

Heinz Wolff, the scientist who presented BBC2’s long-running show The Great Egg Race, has died aged 89. The German-born inventor and social reformer suffered heart failure on Friday, his family said in a statement released through Brunel University London. Wolff, who moved to Brunel from the Medical Research Council in 1983, was a former adviser …

Exodus of Foreign Workers Leaves British Employers in the Lurch

A farm run by Ross Mitchell in northern Scotland is struggling to find enough workers to pick fruit, a problem encountered by other employers since Britain voted last year to leave the European Union. Kieran Dodds for The New York Times FORDOUN, Scotland — The first inkling that Ross Mitchell knew something had gone awry …