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UK may exhume Russian billionaire dissidents in suspected poisonings

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 01:00:06 GMT


The bodies of Russian dissidents who have died in the UK are likely to be exhumed revelations that Russia has developed nerve agents for assassinations.

Kushner company 'falsified' records to harass tenants, boost profits

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:41:04 GMT


White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's real estate company allegedly filed false documents as it pushed vulnerable tenants out of its apartment buildings.

Putin easily wins another six-year term, firms grip on Russia

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:29:02 GMT


Russian President Vladimir Putin has won a landslide re-election victory, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years.

Turkish forces raise flags in Afrin and declare victory over Kurds

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:18:02 GMT


Turkish forces have swept into the north-west Syrian town of Afrin, raising their flags and declaring victory over Kurdish YPG forces.

UN brokering Ghouta ceasefire to allow medical aid and evacuations

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:47:06 GMT


In a month-long assault, pro-Syrian government forces have marched into much of eastern Ghouta, the last major insurgent bastion around Damascus.

Republicans defend Russia probe as Trump openly attacks Mueller

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:45:03 GMT


The President has renewed his Twitter attacks on the FBI and Mueller's probe since the firing on Friday of the bureau's deputy director, Andrew McCabe.

Vladimir Putin on track for expected win as Russians go to the polls

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:37:02 GMT


Russians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an easy victory.

Russia secretly stockpiling illegal chemical weapons: Johnson

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:06:03 GMT


Britain says Russia used a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Multiple dead as fire engulfs hotel in Manila's tourist precinct

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:43:02 GMT


The blaze started on the second floor of the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel in Manila City, where renovations were under way.

The tycoon and the president: how China influences Eastern Europe

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:49:04 GMT


The embarrassment deepens” for the Czech president after a mysterious adviser is detained in China amid a popular backlash at home.

China sees maritime periphery as 'deeply hostile', Rudd tells US cadets

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:34:02 GMT


The former Australian prime minister urged America's future military leaders to understand how Chinese leaders think.

Albania cracks down on people smugglers in 'clean-up' for EU talks

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:15:01 GMT


Albanian police have arrested 39 people including four police officers on charges of having smuggled some 1000 Albanians to Britain, the US and Canada,

Hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to FBI dead at 37

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:58:04 GMT


The hacker best known for breaking into major corporations' computer networks and for reporting Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the FBI, has died.

Facebook left red-faced after Trump campaign-linked data breached

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:48:02 GMT


Facebook faces calls for regulation from within US Congress after reports a Trump-linked political consultant gained access to 50 million users' data.

Graffiti artist Banksy's New York mural hit by graffiti

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:06:02 GMT


New York City:  A mural by British graffiti artist Banksy is drawing crowds in New York City but for an unfortunate reason.

Syrian troops pressure rebels in Ghouta as Turkey hammers Afrin

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 04:17:02 GMT


Syrian troops have captured a major rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus and taken large parts of another.

Migrants drown off Greek Island despite efforts to curb refugee flow

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:15:03 GMT


The bodies of 16 people, including at least five children, were recovered off a Greek island after a boat smuggling migrants sank in the eastern Aegean.

Britain to punish Putin's cronies over ex-spy's nerve-agent poisoning

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:17:02 GMT


British ministers are planning sanctions against Vladimir Putin and Kremlin-linked oligarchs after Russia expelled 23 British diplomats over the spy poisoning.

Facebook bans Trump campaign's data analytics firm for taking user data

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 23:15:02 GMT


Facebook is suspending the Trump-affiliated data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, after it failed to delete data taken from users of the social network.

Trump's lawyer calls on Justice Department to immediately end Russia probe

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:26:03 GMT


President Donald Trump's lawyer called on the Justice Department to immediately shut down the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, in the wake of the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Crack on Florida bridge was discussed in meeting hours before collapse

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:46:08 GMT


Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a newly built pedestrian collapsed, killing six people, but concluded that a crack in the bridge was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday.

Prince William and heavily pregnant Kate celebrate St Patrick's Day

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:59:03 GMT


Prince William and heavily pregnant Kate braved rain and icy weather watch a traditional St Patrick's Day parade of the Irish Guards.

World's coldest capital seeks to kick its deadly coal habit

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:30:00 GMT


Since 2016, in addition to being the world's coldest capital city, it has had the highest recorded levels of air pollution. But it is trying to change that.

How white nationalists are trying to co-opt 'Black Panther'

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:30:00 GMT


White nationalists have embraced the blockbuster Black Panther to push their argument online that nation-states should be organised by ethnic groups.

Swimming with plastic on Australia's doorstep

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:39:03 GMT


Experts says Indonesia's massive ocean pollution problem is now covering Australia’s northern beaches.

The tech world's real, but seemingly opt-in, crisis for democracy

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:00:00 GMT


The biggest crisis in democracy in decades is underway - unfortunately, social media assures that many are tuned out, turned off, or opting out of the news.

Russia expels 23 British diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:57:04 GMT


In a move that was tougher than expected, Russia has expelled 23 British diplomats in a carefully calibrated retaliatory move against London.

Picture Editor's Choice, March 17, 2018

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:29:01 GMT


A selection of photographs from around the world by Fairfax picture editors.

Powers proposes new Iran sanctions to meet Trump ultimatum, save deal

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:01:04 GMT


"We're getting irritated. We've been talking to them for 18 months and have had no progress on these issues," a diplomat said.

Toddler the latest victim as shootings continue unabated in Rio

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:15:04 GMT


A toddler was among those people killed in the latest crossfire at one of Rio de Janeiro's largest favelas.

White South African farmers dig in against deadly 'persecution'

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:02:11 GMT


White South African farmers have vowed to stay on their land 'come hell or high water'.

Biggest refugee camp braces for rain: ‘this is going to be a catastrophe’

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 04:11:04 GMT


The world's largest refugee camp, a temporary home to more than half a million people, faces a looming disaster when the monsoon season hits, aid workers warn.

Scientists find evidence of paint, complex tools and climate chaos at the dawn of humanity

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:32:04 GMT


In 320,000-year-old coloured rocks and sophisticated stone tools uncovered at an archaeological site in southern Kenya, scientists say they've found early evidence of what makes humans unique.

Andrew McCabe, target of Trump’s FBI scorn, fired before retirement

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:17:03 GMT


Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director and a frequent target of US President Donald Trump's scorn, has been fired by Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.

Slovak PM's resignation fails to quell protests

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 02:14:04 GMT


Crowds thronged a main square in capita protesting against what they said was only a cosmetic change in government.

Brazil mourns the murder of a rare political hero

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 03:51:04 GMT


All indications are that she was killed because she was bothering all the right people.

Trump attorney accuses Daniels of violating nondisclosure agreement 20 times

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 02:34:02 GMT


Stormy Daniels may face more than $US20m in damages for violating a "hush agreement" to remain silent about an affair she alleges with Trump.

Engineer of Florida Bridge reported crack days before collapse

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:16:02 GMT


The report was made in a voicemail message not retrieved until after the collapse.

Boris Johnson points finger at Vladimir Putin over ex-spy poisoning

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:07:04 GMT


In a rapid escalation of a diplomatic crisis, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK's problem was not with the Russian people but with the Russian leader.

After Florida bridge collapse, time-saving construction method probed

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:19:04 GMT


Expert says there is "nothing wrong inherently" with bridges built using Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques.

Kelly tells White House staffers their jobs are safe amid turmoil

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:52:04 GMT


In damage control, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has told members of President Donald Trump's senior staff they have nothing to worry about.

Trump signs Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:57:02 GMT


The move adds to strains between the two countries, as Beijing would rather the US respected the One China policy.

Romanian court tells man he's dead

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:24:02 GMT


The decision by judges in the eastern Romanian town of Barlad left Constantin Reliu, 63, legally dead despite him showing all the vital signs of life.

He was Malaysia's 'snake whisperer' - until a cobra fatally bit him

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:44:01 GMT


Hussin said he inherited his skills from his father, whom he called a "snake charmer", and started training with snakes in 2007.

Robert Mueller just stepped over Donald Trump's red line. Now what?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:40:03 GMT


The Special Counsel's team has subpoenaed the Trump Organisation for records pertaining to business deals – including some related to Russia.

Death of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov could be murder: UK police

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:05:02 GMT


British police said on Friday they had launched a murder investigation following the death in London of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov.

Stormy Daniels to tell 60 Minutes of 'physical threats' over Trump affair

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:20:02 GMT


At least six other women have come forward to allege affairs with Donald Trump, according to the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma charged with corruption

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:50:02 GMT


Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption over a $2.5 billion state arms deal.

Indonesia to confront Rohingya crisis at ASEAN

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:56:07 GMT


Malcolm Turnbull won't commit to raising the issue of Myanmar's Rohingya crisis at the Sydney meeting of ASEAN leaders this weekend, but Indonesia will.

On the road with Joko Widodo in his quest for a second term

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:05:09 GMT


The Indonesian president is already campaigning for re-election in 2019, and he's busy fending off suggestions he isn't "Muslim enough".

China's feared anti-corruption crackdown is widening its net

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:05:00 GMT


For the first time the Chinese President's anti-corruption drive is a legal, not political, tool, but it still may not be a fair process.

Nerve toxin used on ex-spy 'was planted in daughter's suitcase'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:18:04 GMT


As Britain's allies unite against Russia, investigators fear they may never catch the culprits who planted the toxin that poisoned Sergei Skripal.

172 gold bars spill onto runway in plane door glitch

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:17:05 GMT


Nearly three tonnes of gold fell out of a Russian cargo plane on to a runway after a hatch accidentally flew open upon take-off.

SOS Rio: 'Execution' of outspoken councillor a blow to security push

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:11:07 GMT


Brazilians are reacting with outrage to the murder of a prominent city councillor and outspoken critic of police killings in Rio de Janeiro.

Australians caught up in fatal Cambodia blast not military trainers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:55:02 GMT


An Australian man killed by a blast on a shooting range at a Cambodian army base was reportedly there as a tourist to fire weapons.

Picture Editor's Choice, March 16, 2018

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:29:01 GMT


A selection of photographs from around the world by Fairfax picture editors.

'You're fired, and you too': McMaster on brink, others on thin ice

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:52:04 GMT


In another jolt to his administration's senior ranks, President Donald Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser.

'We must undo this disgrace': Mugabe says his fall was 'military coup'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:09:09 GMT


Robert Mugabe has denounced his former right-hand man's ascent to president of Zimbabwe as illegal.

Saudi crown prince 'has kept his mum hidden from king for two years'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:14:06 GMT


Heir to the Saudi Arabian throne has reportedly kept his own mother away from his father, the king, out of fear she would stand in the way of his rise to power.

Donald Trump jnr's wife Vanessa seeks divorce after 12-year marriage

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:02:02 GMT


The Trumps have five young children.

He gamed, cheated, ignored her, she bought herself a samurai sword

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:37:05 GMT


Emily Javier allegedly bought and used a sword after finding Tinder on her boyfriend's phone and a hair in the shower. But he used his gamer skills to survive.

Multiple dead as pedestrian bridge collapses in Miami, Florida

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:51:02 GMT


Several people were killed when a pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University in Miami.

French court issues arrest warrant for daughter of Saudi king

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:35:04 GMT


A French judge has issued an international arrest warrant for Princess Hassa bint Salman, the daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Mass exodus as thousands of Syrian refugees flee besieged Ghouta

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:14:07 GMT


Thousands of refugees fled from eastern Ghouta on Thursday in the first mass exodus since government forces launched an assault on the enclave a month ago.

Saudi Arabia raises the stakes in Middle East with Iran nuclear threat

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:52:02 GMT


Saudi Arabia's crown prince has raised the prospect of a nuclear arms race in a region already riven with conflict.

North Korean minister to visit Sweden as Trump-Kim speculation mounts

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:26:02 GMT


North Korea's foreign minister will visit Sweden, prompting speculation that the trip could lay the groundwork for a meeting with the US.

Mueller probe: US sanctions Russians for election meddling

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:35:02 GMT


The US has issued sanctions against two major Russian intelligence agencies, as well as Russian citizens and businesses as part a probe into election meddling.

Indonesian President Widodo wants a free trade agreement with Australia

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:10:00 GMT


Indonesian president Joko Widodo says only technical details need to be resolved before the Indonesia-Australia free trade deal is struck.

Australian killed in landmine blast in Cambodia

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:44:02 GMT


One Australian is among two dead and three injured after an explosion in Cambodia.

Indonesian President Widodo says Australia should be in ASEAN

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:02:05 GMT


The arrangement could transform Australia's formal engagement with its Asian neighbours.

Russia to retaliate against Theresa May's poison 'provocation'

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:18:11 GMT


In the biggest freeze in relations between the UK and Russia since the Cold War, each side is threatening to act against the other

Australia is denying student visas, says Chinese government

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:43:05 GMT


The Chinese education ministry says some people are denied visas. Students in China believe those studying science and technology are being targeted.

Syria's civil war has been raging for seven years with no end in sight

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:58:04 GMT


It began with peaceful protests and has now engulfed the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Israel in a quagmire with no apparent end.

Disease stalks the victims of Papua New Guinea's highland earthquake

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:07:03 GMT


Aid is hard to get through, data hard to get out, and the residents of tiny villages worry that the world has stopped caring.

Pennsylvania Democrat victory shows collapse in Trump's support

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:27:04 GMT


The narrow election of Democrat Conor Lamb, even thoughTrump appeared in the district at a campaign rally, could point to a huge backlash at mid-term elections.

Malka Leifer lost support of influential rabbi over money

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:41:05 GMT


The intervention last week by Rabbi Grossman on behalf of the accused child sex offender shocked many. His withdrawal from the case was equally surprising.

At least six dead after Bolivia prison uprising

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:18:05 GMT


At least six inmates died and more than 20 were injured in a Bolivian prison on Wednesday while attempting to resist a police search.

Harper Lee estate sues Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird play

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:19:02 GMT


The estate of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has sued the producer of an upcoming Broadway adaptation.

'Freeze their assets': London's Russian elites face new scrutiny

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:00:05 GMT


Billionaires and football club owners may go under the financial microscope in the search for 'suspicious wealth' in the wake of the UK spy poison scandal.

Far-right group Britain First banned by Facebook

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:51:02 GMT


Facebook says it has banned Britain First from its platform for breaking rules against inciting hatred.

Democrats claim win in Pennsylvania 'on the Trump agenda'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:35:04 GMT


Republicans have sounded alarm bells after Democrats claimed victory in a Pennsylvania election seen as a referendum on US President Donald Trump.

Florida judge enters not-guilty plea for suspected school shooter

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:57:02 GMT


A judge entered a not-guilty plea for Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with shooting dead 17 students and staff last month in a Florida high school.

Duterte 'digging his own grave' after withdrawing from the International Criminal Court

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:36:04 GMT


President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that the Philippines was withdrawing from the treaty that established the International Criminal Court.

Teacher accidentally fires gun in class, injures student

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:01:02 GMT


A teacher at a California high school accidentally fired a gun in a classroom on Tuesday afternoon during a lecture on "public safety awareness," authorities said.

Students stage national walkout to protest gun violence in US

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:19:02 GMT


Students walked out of classrooms across the United States on Wednesday, waving signs and chanting demands for tighter gun safety laws.

UK to expel Russian diplomats in response to ex-spy's attempted murder

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:47:05 GMT


Prime Minister Theresa May also flagged possible covert operations against Russia to “counter threats of hostile activity”.

Unused land is main target of South Africa's expropriation plan: ANC

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:07:02 GMT


The ANC in December adopted a resolution to expropriate land without compensation for redistribution to landless black South Africans.

Angela Merkel elected to fourth term as Germany's chancellor

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:18:02 GMT


This may prove Merkel's most challenging term yet, as she leads a fragile coalition with her standing diminished.

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Oskar Groening dies at 96

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:19:06 GMT


One of his jobs was to retrieve the luggage of Holocaust victims and confiscate their money.

Professor Stephen Hawking has died, aged 76

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:02:05 GMT


The eminent professor and author's family confirmed that he had died peacefully in his home in Cambridge.

Tillerson’s firing had been expected, but it still stunned observers

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:08:05 GMT


The news contributed to the picture of an administration with no conventional decorum, instead a reality television show-style of freewheeling decision-making.

A torture cloud hangs over Gina Haspel, Trump’s choice for CIA

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 03:40:03 GMT


The nomination is certain to reignite the wrenching debate over their use and the resulting psychological damage for terrorism suspects.

Tillerson sacking will not reverse Trump’s foreign failures

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:19:05 GMT


Dismantling policies is one thing. Building something new is another.

YouTube to display Wikipedia 'facts' alongside conspiracy videos

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:39:15 GMT


YouTube intends to present an alternative viewpoint to videos questioning science or describing conspiracies about events.

Russia behind spy poison attack, says chemist

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:22:04 GMT


Vil Mirzayanov said he spent years testing and improving Novichok. The program eventually produced tons of the agent, which Russia has never acknowledged.

Kremlin fails to respond to poisoning probe by Britain's deadline

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:12:04 GMT


Prime Minister Theresa May will now try to convince the world that it must help Britain respond to Russian attempted murder allegations.

Puppy dies after being put in overhead bin on United flight

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:32:02 GMT


A flight attendant demanded that the owner place the puppy in its carrier inside the overhead bin for the duration of the flight.

Londongrad: As Putin’s opponents flocked, his spies followed

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:59:04 GMT


''I think it's sort of accepted that there are more spies in London now than there were at the height of the Cold War."

Court told former Fiat Chrysler Australia managing director 'bribed'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:28:02 GMT


Fiat Chrysler Australia paid “Rolls Royce” prices for new car dealer websites after a web developer "bribed" Chrysler’s former MD with $2.4 million.

Prosecutor seeks death for Florida school gunman

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:02:04 GMT


The notice cited multiple reasons under Florida law for the death penalty including charges that the gunman "knowingly created a great risk of death".