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Taken hostage in Iraq by Saddam Hussein, I hadn't returned - until now

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:15:00 GMT


It sounds like a Hollywood script, but this is exactly what happened to me.

The Brexit clock has started ticking - what to expect next

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:38:08 GMT


A formal letter signed by Mrs May was handed to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels on Wednesday triggering Brexit. What happens now?

Who is 'Source D'? The man said to be behind the Trump-Russia dossier's most salacious claim

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:44:07 GMT


While some of the unproven claims attributed to the Belarusan-American businessman are bizarre, there are indications he had contacts with Donald Trump’s circle.

Twelve dead in Texas highway head-on collision

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:25:05 GMT


Twelve people have been killed after a truck slammed head-on into a van carrying 14 members of a Texas Baptist church.

US State Department worker Candace Marie Claiborne accused of hiding ties to China

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:12:02 GMT


The FBI has arrested a veteran State Department employee who concealed her extensive contacts with Chinese intelligence agents.

Driver admits guilt in Australian satirist Leslie Nassar's hit-and-run death

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:01:02 GMT


A young driver has admitted his role in the US hit-and-run death of Australian tech whiz and humorist Leslie Nassar.

Plank from ancient boat 'made for Cheops' found near Great Pyramid at Giza

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:15:05 GMT


Experts say they have uncovered 700 pieces of the boat from the site since the first discovery in the 1980s and now believe that they have found most of it.

Three arrested over plot to smuggle Nepalese from Indonesia to Darwin by boat

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:40:07 GMT


Dressed in orange jumpsuits, the alleged smugglers were hauled in front of cameras in Jakarta on Wednesday.

China poised to take lead on climate after Donald Trump's move to undo policies

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:32:04 GMT


For years, the United States pushed China to commit to limiting its fossil fuel use. The countries now look likely to switch roles.

It's everyday people v Trump: more than 50 lawsuits filed against US President

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:10:05 GMT


The V is important. It means that in America, anyone can sue the president of the United States and hope to win.

How Brexit is playing in Shakespeare's hometown

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:02:04 GMT


Is the UK's break with Europe a historical triumph, or a tragedy?

Amid ethics concerns, Ivanka Trump will become a federal employee

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:41:05 GMT


Ivanka Trump is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House.

French Left in disarray after Manuel Valls abandons own Socialist party candidate

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:52:06 GMT


Former prime minister Manuel Valls backed independent front-runner Emmanuel Macron in next month's presidential election.

President Donald Trump has successfully created an alternate reality

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:59:04 GMT


Americans live in two realities when it comes to the Russia investigation.

'It was high anxiety': shots fired on US Capitol grounds

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:27:04 GMT


A woman in a vehicle tried to ram a police cruiser on the US Capitol grounds on Wednesday morning.

Theresa May says Brexit 'underway' but warns there's 'no turning back'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:05:05 GMT


Theresa May has pulled the trigger on one of the country's most significant political experiments in its modern history - leaving the European Union

London attack: Family of woman who fell into the Thames is 'overwhelmed by love'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:11:08 GMT


Andreea Cristea, who fell into the Thames during the London terror attack, remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

As extradition treaty hits wall, China seeks foreign help with gambling crackdown

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:50:04 GMT


The call from China's powerful police ministry comes after the Turnbull government's failure to secure ratification of the 2007 extradition treaty with Beijing.

Cambodia's ban on breast milk sales throws spotlight on growing international trade

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:32:07 GMT


Cambodia's ban has put the spotlight on a global trade in breast milk to other mothers, bodybuilders, cancer patients and breast-milk fetishists.

Peruvian Airlines jet bursts into flames after veering off runway in Peru

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:52:05 GMT


A Boeing 737 jet with 141 passengers on board has burst into flames after veering off the runway in Peru.

Sean Spicer loses his cool with reporter following questions on Russia

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:54:05 GMT


Sean Spicer finally seemed to reach a breaking point when it comes to Trump and Russia.

Fighting tears Peruvian mayor demands action as brutal floods continue

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:50:06 GMT


Extreme weather has battered many parts of the world this year, but few places have suffered more in lives, homes and crops lost than Peru.

Donald Trump declines invite to throw first pitch at Washington Nationals MLB opener

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:56:06 GMT


Donald Trump will not participate in the longstanding Major League Baseball tradition of US presidents throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Washington Opening Day games

Efforts of the Trump administration to thwart Russia investigation revealed

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:21:08 GMT


A day after he tweeted that the Trump Russia story was a "hoax" Donald Trump's administration was revealed to be going to extraordinary lengths to thwart the airing of explosive evidence before a congressional committee.

Spiders could eat every human on earth in one year and still be hungry

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:55:04 GMT


Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 per cent of them, including 68 per cent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms.

Fake plastic surgeon gets 10 years for manslaughter after injecting patient's buttocks with 'cement'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:48:03 GMT


Washington: From a Florida prison, Shatarka Nuby penned a letter to the state's health department about her cosmetically enhanced buttocks.

Theresa May signs letter to trigger Brexit

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:28:06 GMT


Prime Minister Theresa May says she will enter European Union exit talks representing everyone in Britain - including millions of EU nationals living in the UK.

Donald Trump's anti-climate plans won't fool nature

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:02:06 GMT


No matter what the US president does, the physics and chemical impacts of burning coal, oil and gas are uncontroversial.

The genie of Russian youth threatening Vladimir Putin's 'managed democracy'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:11:07 GMT


The Russian presidential election season has started with cries of frustration from the younger generation and the prospect of a harsh crackdown by the Kremlin.

China wants explanation after Paris police killed Chinese man

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:48:04 GMT


French authorities shot dead a Chinese man at his Paris home, triggering rioting in the French capital by members of the Chinese community.

Kim Jong-nam's body still in Malaysia amid talk of deal with North Korea

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:10:04 GMT


Subramaniam said the ministry cannot do anything with the body until they are given instructions by next of kin.

Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:17:04 GMT


The administration considers a great deal of her possible testimony to be barred from discussion because of presidential communication privilege.

Scottish parliament votes in favour of new independence referendum

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:31:09 GMT


Scottish lawmakers have voted in Edinburgh to pursue a second independence referendum, setting up what may be a lengthy and acrimonious showdown within the UK in the midst of Brexit negotiations.

Donald Trump moves to erase Barack Obama's legacy on fighting climate change

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:55:05 GMT


Donald Trump has signed an executive order to scrap Obama-era climate change regulations that his administration says are hindering oil drillers and coal miners.

Ahmed Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid icon, dies at 87

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:12:02 GMT


Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who was sentenced to life imprisonment alongside Nelson Mandela and went on to be an open critic of President Jacob Zuma, died on Tuesday aged 87.

Best of the world: March 29, 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:01:00 GMT


The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.

'I totally condemn his actions': London attacker Khalid Masood's wife speaks out

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:25:08 GMT


The wife of Khalid Masood says she is "saddened and shocked" by his attack and "totally" condemns his actions.

Drought and war heighten threat of not just one, but four famines

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:59:06 GMT


For the first time since anyone can remember, there is a very real possibility of four famines - in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen - breaking out at once.

Lawyers for UTS professor Feng Chongyi demand answers from Chinese authorities

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:27:04 GMT


Professor Feng Chongyi, the Sydney academic stuck in China, is fighting back against security authorities, demanding to know why he has been banned from returning to Australia.

Clues in a very cold case shed light on how Otzi the Iceman died

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:02:05 GMT


When the head of a small Italian museum called Detective Inspector Alexander Horn of the Munich Police, she asked him if he investigated cold cases.

London terror attack: No evidence Khalid Masood was linked to Islamic State

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:13:15 GMT


British police said that they have found no evidence that London attacker Khalid Masood was linked to the Islamic State, despite a claim by the militant group that he was its "soldier".

How a five-month Chinese operation led to a $100m drug bust in Australia

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:38:05 GMT


Chinese authorities have revealed how police in Guangdong uncovered a drug ring operating between China and Australia in a five-month long investigation that led to the seizure of a $100million ice haul.

Daily Mail focuses on legs over legislation

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:00:06 GMT


British tabloid The Daily Mail is under fire for a front page which emphasises the legs of female politicians over any substantive news.

How Donald Trump can get his groove back

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:01:12 GMT


The central promise of the Trump administration has failed and the central premise of the administration has been discredited.

Myanmar chief labels Rohingya Muslim intruders, warns against UN investigation

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:18:05 GMT


Myanmar's military chief has warned against UN intervention in his country, declaring more than one million Rohingya Muslims in western Rakhine state as "Bengali" interlopers.

Canberra woman Judy Bamberger defies Israeli boycott arrest threat

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:44:08 GMT


Judy Bamberger dared Israeli authorities to arrest her when she arrived in the country. They didn't.

Donald Trump embarks on uphill tax battle as government shutdown deadline approaches

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:01:06 GMT


After being burnt in a failed effort to overhaul healthcare, the Trump administration is making clear that it wants to own the first makeover of the US tax code in more than 30 years.

Hong Kong arrests protest leaders day after pro-Beijing candidate elected

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:21:04 GMT


Nine leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement have turned themselves in to police following Sunday's election.

Donald Trump has a strategy for destroying IS - and it's working

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:00:07 GMT


Defeating the Islamic State was candidate Donald Trump's top national-security priority, one of the few policy issues on which he was consistent.

Eight killed in Japan avalanche on a school trip

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:31:05 GMT


Seven teenagers and a teacher from a high school mountaineering club died in an avalanche on Monday in an area of northeastern Japan that had been blanketed by unusually heavy spring snows, authorities said.

Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue - that beats

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:25:04 GMT


Spinach for the heart, broccoli for the lungs - no it's not a new diet, it's plants re-purposed as human tissue.

Fox News said Donald Trump spent the weekend 'working at the White House.' He was at his golf club

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:15:02 GMT


The alert from Fox News went out at 5.30pm Sunday. It wasn't long until it was proven untrue.

Vladimir Putin faces more protests, says rival Alexei Navalny as he is jailed

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:54:04 GMT


Vladimir Putin's government will face further demonstrations of public discontent after a wave of anti-corruption protests swept Russia, says Navalny

Donald Trump-Russia: Devin Nunes makes it hard to claim GOP can run fair probe

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:18:05 GMT


The Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee is making it very hard for his committee to meet high standards of impartiality.

100 kg 'Big Maple Leaf' gold coin stolen from Berlin museum

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:29:02 GMT


A 100 kg Canadian gold coin was stolen in the early hours of Monday morning from Berlin's Bode Museum.

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner called to appear before Russia investigation committee

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:39:02 GMT


The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to interview President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner as part of a sweeping investigation into potential links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Russian opposition leader and Putin critic Alexei Navalny jailed after mass protests

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:55:05 GMT


Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for 15 days after the largest anti-government demonstrations for at least five years energised President Vladimir Putin's critics as presidential elections loom.

Canberra company Aspen Medical at the forefront of Mosul mercy bid

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:15:00 GMT


Australian health professionals are on the ground in northern Iraq as part of a global humanitarian relief effort to assist civilians in the war-ravaged region around Mosul.

Cambodian necrosis patient Soth Rey dies

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:57:04 GMT


An 18 year-old woman whose case focussed attention on the poor state of medical care in Cambodia has died after contracting necrosis, a rare from of cell degeneration.

Australian woman Summa Simmonds dies in Bali after suspected vodka binge: police

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:47:06 GMT


An Australian woman has died at a luxury seaside villa in Bali, after Indonesian police say she consumed more than a bottle of vodka.

Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:57:04 GMT


South Korean prosecutors say they are seeking an arrest warrant for former President Park Geun-hye on corruption allegations.

Avalanche hits school group in Nasu, Japan

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:44:02 GMT


Authorities say eight Japanese high school students have been found unconscious after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort Monday morning.

After Donald Trump's healthcare setback, an eerie silence from the White House

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:44:12 GMT


Measured against past meltdowns, Friday's humiliating healthcare defeat should have sparked savage finger-pointing and name calling. Instead, the White House is quiet.

Sydney academic Chongyi Feng, barred from leaving China, refuses lie test: friend

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:50:02 GMT


Dr Feng was stopped from returning to Australia while trying to board a flight in Guangzhou on Friday and Saturday.

Nearly 1 out of every 3 days as president, Donald Trump has visited a Trump property

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:24:07 GMT


He has also made 13 visits to his own golf courses since becoming president.

France's Marine Le Pen says the EU 'will die', globalists to be defeated

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:23:04 GMT


The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday.

London terror attack: 82 seconds of hell that started with WhatsApp text

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:36:12 GMT


Scotland Yard has revealed it took Khalid Masood just 82 seconds to carry out his carnage as they made another arrest on Sunday.

London terror attack: Police arrest 30-year-old man in Birmingham

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:23:02 GMT


Police have arrested a 30-year-old man in the central English city of Birmingham in connection with last week's attack on parliament.

Donald Trump blames Republicans for defeat of healthcare bill

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:23:03 GMT


President Donald Trump lashed out at Republican leaders and groups on Sunday for the defeat of the bill to repeal and replace his predecessor's healthcare law, after blaming Democrats for the loss on Friday.

Italian judge acquits sexual assault offender because woman didn't scream during alleged attack

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:53:03 GMT


Italy's justice minister has requested an investigation into whether a judge rightfully acquitted a man of a sexual assault charge because the woman did not scream.

Anti-corruption protests sweep Russia, Alexei Navalny among dozens arrested

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:24:03 GMT


A wave of unsanctioned rallies swept across Russia on Sunday to protest corruption in the government of President Vladimir Putin, prompting arrests as hundreds of riot officers moved in to break up crowds.

Dozens injured in gas explosion in north-west England

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:14:01 GMT


A suspected gas explosion has destroyed several buildings in Merseyside in north-west England, leaving two people seriously injuring and 32 others are in hospital.

Ohio nightclub shooting leaves one dead, 14 wounded, police say

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:03:05 GMT


One person was killed and 14 were wounded after gunfire erupted early Sunday morning inside a Cincinnati nightclub, authorities said.

Girlfriend of New Zealand man who died trying to save her in Bali taking loss 'really hard'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:20:03 GMT


The girlfriend of a New Zealand man who died while rescuing her from a freak wave in Bali is taking his death "really hard", as she recovers in hospital after suffering a collapsed lung.

After living alone in the wild for a year, TV contestants learn no one was watching

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:31:06 GMT


The remaining contestants on a reality television series have emerged after surviving 12 months in the Scottish wilderness - fending off hunger, infighting and fatigue - only to learn that the show stopped broadcasting after four episodes, the last of them in August.

US strike kills al-Qaeda 'leader' in Afghanistan

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:43:07 GMT


The Pentagon said on Saturday a US air strike in Afghanistan had killed an al-Qaeda militant who was responsible for the death of two American service members and accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009.

Eighteen hurt when escalator malfunctions at Mong Kok shopping centre in Hong Kong

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:00:02 GMT


Shoppers at a Hong Kong mall were startled and some injured when an escalator malfunctioned and sent people tumbling down the stairs.

US acknowledges airstrike in Mosul, where more than 200 Iraqi civilians died

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:09:06 GMT


An initial investigation of a recent airstrike believed to have killed more than 200 civilians in Mosul found it was conducted by the US-led coalition at the request of Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon has said.

Hong Kong elects Carrie Lam as new chief executive

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:02:06 GMT


Beijing's preferred candidate, Carrie Lam, was selected by an elite group of voters to become the fourth chief executive of Hong Kong on Sunday.

Trump collateral damage in Republican's long-running civil war

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:32:05 GMT


President Donald Trump ignites a lot of fights, but his failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the biggest defeat in his short time in the White House, was the result of something else: a long-running Republican civil war that humbled a generation of party leaders before he ever came to Washington.

British antiques dealers dodge post-1947 ivory trade ban, report finds

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:46:08 GMT


A study has shown that three-quarters of antiques dealers admit being aware of illegal trading, knowing colleagues or auctioneers who sell modern ivory by passing it off under the guise of still-legal pre-1947 artefacts.

Ten-month-old baby Dominique has rare parasitic twin surgically removed from her back

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:07:04 GMT


A 10-month-old girl has rare parasitic twin removed surgically from her back.

Uber suspends testing of self-driving cars after crash

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:28:09 GMT


Uber has taken its fleet of self-driving vehicles off the roads while it investigates a Friday night crash that left one of its SUVs sitting on its side.

On eve of Brexit trigger, serial defector quits again, leaving UKIP without an MP

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:44:06 GMT


The short life of the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP, may be coming to a close after its only member of Parliament, Douglas Carswell, quit the party to become an independent.

UTS professor Feng Chongyi told he is suspected of threatening state security

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:32:10 GMT


Former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr says he is making representations in Beijing and Canberra about the case of Sydney academic Feng Chongyi.

Ivanka Trump: The neighbour from hell

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:56:06 GMT


Residents of a posh Washington neighbourhood say Ivanka Trump doesn't make a very good neighbour, taking up too much the parking and leaving rubbish at the curb for days.

In the shadow of Brexit: EU leaders mark 60th anniversary with unity pledge

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:59:06 GMT


Europeans must contain their squabbling if the EU is to survive, leaders warned on Saturday as they marked the 60th anniversary of its founding in Rome.

Militia decapitates 40 police officers in Democratic Republic of Congo ambush

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:11:02 GMT


Militia fighters in central Democratic Republic of Congo have decapitated about 40 police officers in an ambush.

Occupational hazards: sick kids cross Israel border for medical care

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:29:05 GMT


Imagine this. You have a child with leukaemia and you live in the Gaza Strip.

New global atlas of clouds released to please geeks

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:15:19 GMT


Clouds have fascinated and frightened shepherds and seafarers alike and now modern-day weather geeks have a new event to celebrate – the first updated international cloud atlas in six decades.

Iraqi forces pause Mosul push over concern for civilian casualties

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:51:05 GMT


Iraqi government forces pause their push to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State militants because of the high rate of civilian casualties.

Premature baby hippo Fiona is growing up, Cincinnati Zoo says

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:28:05 GMT


She now tops 45 kilograms, meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling.

Germany blocked Russian hacking attacks in 2016

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:42:02 GMT


Berlin: Germany last year warded off two cyber attacks by APT28, a top official said, referring to a Russian hacking group also dubbed "Fancy Bear" that experts say successfully targeted Hillary Clinton's US election campaign.

Singaporean blogger Amos Yee granted asylum in US

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:45:04 GMT


A US immigration judge in Chicago has granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Southeast Asian city-state.

Court awards $1.3 million for victims of Congolese warlord

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:52:03 GMT


The International Criminal Court on Friday found a former militia leader liable for $US1 million in reparations to his victims and their relatives in a Congolese village.

Free trade opportunism? How Chinese Premier Li's visit positions US on the outer

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:40:05 GMT


Australia and China found unprecedented common ground during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Australia this week.

London terror attack: Westminster killer Khalid Masood had dreams 'about blood'

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:09:09 GMT


The Westminster attacker had sought professional help over his urges to kill.

Ukraine says Russian agent shot Putin critic Denis Voronenkov

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:10:04 GMT


The assassin who gunned down a prominent Russian opposition figure on a sidewalk in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was identified by Ukrainian officials

Robots could take over 38 per cent of US jobs within about 15 years: report

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:19:06 GMT


More than a third of US jobs could be at "high risk" of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that's greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to a report released on Friday.

Donald Trump's healthcare failure exposes GOP disarray on Obamacare pledge

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:21:36 GMT


Republicans reveal themselves to be incapable of delivering on a promise they have been making to Americans for seven years.