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Ivanka Trump contradicts Donald Trump's stance on Syrian refugees

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:34:08 GMT


Ivanka Trump's comments are a pointed departure from one of her father's bedrock populist positions.

This isn't tax policy, it's a Donald Trump-led heist

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:10:02 GMT


What do you do if you're a historically unpopular new president, with a record low approval rating? Why, you announce a tax cut!

US President Donald Trump's tax reform plan could cause US-Australia revenue disputes

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:08:06 GMT


US President Donald Trump has confirmed he wants to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 per cent, but overnight investors largely shrugged off the news because of the lack of detail.

Trekker found alive after 47 days missing on Nepal mountain

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:50:07 GMT


A Taiwanese man who was missing on a Nepal mountain for 47 days has been found alive, but his girlfriend had died just three days before they were discovered.

ASEAN nations nudge closer to South China Sea code of conduct

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:17:05 GMT


South-east Asian nations and China are edging closer to an agreement that aims to lessen tensions over the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea.

US vows to bring Kim Jong-un 'to his senses' amid rising North Korea tensions

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:31:06 GMT


The top US military commander in the Pacific has said the US wants to bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "to his senses", warning that North Korea could strike US soil.

Britain urged to join NAFTA and TPP after Brexit

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:56:06 GMT


The UK is being urged to join the multilateral trade agreements being abandoned by US President Donald Trump.

Emmanuel Macron ambushed by Marine Le Pen supporters on campaign trail

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:03:06 GMT


Emmanuel Macron was ambushed by his nationalist rival Marine Le Pen who forced him into a confrontation with some of her hardcore supporters.

China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:28:04 GMT


China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human outpost on the moon.

Donald Trump 'has no intention' of releasing tax returns: Treasury secretary

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:20:03 GMT


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns.

Donald Trump's team unveils opening bid for 'biggest tax cut' in US history

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:44:03 GMT


The White House left unanswered questions about whether the plan would be paid for, or how.

Donald Trump orders review of national monuments to open land for drilling and mining

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:03:02 GMT


The move comes as part of Trump's effort to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by Obama.

French candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign confirms they were targeted by phishing cyber attacks

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:34:04 GMT


Some experts have linked the group suspected in the attacks to the Russian military.

David Cameron says Trump's travel ban is playing into the hands of extremists

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:58:07 GMT


Donald Trump's attempts to prevent citizens of six predominantly Muslim nations from entering the US is helping the cause of extremists, former British prime minister David Cameron has declared.

First 'Made in China' aircraft carrier unveiled as USS Carl Vinson nears Korea

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:34:06 GMT


Chinese media worry Russia will step into the rift between Beijing and Pyongyang should sanctions be extended.

Indigenous protest over land rights turns violent on front steps of Brazil Congress

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:57:07 GMT


Indigenous people and police have clashed in Brazil's capital city, as officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas while tribe members shot arrows in return.

US Dept promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago belongs in impeachment file

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:36:07 GMT


US President Donald Trump should be investigated for the promotion of his private resort on the State Department website, Noah Feldman says.

Mar-a-Lago promotional article pulled from US government websites after uproar

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:41:03 GMT


The article that claimed Trump's use of the "winter White House" "finally fulfilled its original owner's dream has been taken down.

Baby humpbacks 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid threats

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:04:02 GMT


The findings highlight the importance of keeping humpback "nursery" waters as quiet as possible, scientists say.

Ex-Flamengo keeper and convicted killer Bruno ordered back to jail

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:14:05 GMT


A Brazilian goalkeeper who served part of a 22-year sentence for murder before returning to first-class football in April has been ordered back to prison

French election: Whoever wins presidency will still face a big challenge

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:36:05 GMT


Between the two outsiders battling to become France's president, their political parties command just three lawmakers out of 925 in parliament.

In South-east Asia, cyber criminals make hay of government websites, citizen data

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:19:02 GMT


A top level investigation into cyber crime has identified nearly 9000 malware-laden servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals in Asia.

Donald Trump suffers third setback on immigration

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:58:05 GMT


The Trump administration has suffered its third major setback on immigration policy after a federal judge blocked any attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities".

Hawaii blocking of Trump's travel ban a blow to the White House

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:50:08 GMT


The Hawaii court's decision signals that proponents of the ban face a long and risky legal battle ahead

Sorry, Donald Trump voters, you got scammed - you're never going to get your wall

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:36:02 GMT


Like so many of Trump's promises, this one seems to be fading when confronted with the cruel realities of governing

Alex Jones sued by Chobani yoghurt company over sexual assault reports

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:34:04 GMT


A US yoghurt company has filed a lawsuit against Alex Jones for posting what it called false news reports about the company.

Amid North Korea tensions, US moves anti-missile defence system to site in South

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:12:04 GMT


The US and South Korea have agreed to deploy the THAAD system in response to the threat of missile launches by North Korea.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel snubbed by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:52:04 GMT


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled talks with Germany's visiting foreign minister, snubbing Sigmar Gabriel.

At 100 Days, Donald Trump is neither Russian stooge nor fascist

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:54:02 GMT


Now that we are approaching the 100-day mark, it's worth noting that the president is defying the expectations of his resistance.

Turkish strike on Kurds raises US concerns

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:23:03 GMT


The Turkish planes bombed Kurdish fighters in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria on Tuesday, killing at least 20.

Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law by failing to disclose foreign payments: committee

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:35:02 GMT


The former adviser earned income speaking in Russia and lobbying on behalf of Turkey.

Thai man broadcasts daughter's murder live on Facebook

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:30:03 GMT


A Thai man killed his 11-month-old daughter and broadcast her death on Facebook before he took his own life, police said.

Best of the world: April 26, 2017

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:00:16 GMT


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

Armed gang of 50 steals $50 million in 'robbery of the century' in Paraguay

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:43:06 GMT


A gang of 50 armed bandits made off with $53 million from a vault in Paraguay on Tuesday in a raid worthy of a Hollywood film.

Former Perth resident pleads not guilty over South Africa axe murder of family

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:10:02 GMT


The trial of Henri van Breda began more than two years after his parents and brother were killed. His sister survived her injuries but cannot remember the incident.

Kim watches North Korean army fire 400-cannon 'bombardment' to mark anniversary

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:54:04 GMT


A noisy military display stopped short of the feared nuclear weapons test or intercontinental missile launch.

Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:23:09 GMT


Jakarta's outgoing governor, on trial for blasphemy, says that in adversity he found courage from an unlikely source - the movie Finding Nemo.

At Villers-Bretonneux, The land has long healed, but the stories are raw

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:34:47 GMT


This was the war in 1917, one hundred years ago, remembered again this Anzac Day among the farmland and villages of the Somme and Flanders.

Arkansas carries out country's first back-to-back executions in almost two decades

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:35:05 GMT


The two executions come days after Arkansas pushed back on legal challenges and executed an inmate last week.

French election: Emmanuel Macron campaign targeted by 'Russian phishing' attack

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:58:05 GMT


A new report has heightened concerns that Russia may turn its playbook on France in an effort to harm Macron's candidacy and bolster his rival's Marine Le Pen.

British election: UK Labour facing wipeout as polls suggest Tory majority

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:05:04 GMT


New polls, if correct, put the Conservatives on course for a historic majority of up to 150 seats.

Chile earthquake prompts evacuations in Valparaiso, near Santiago

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:37:02 GMT


An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 has struck off the coast of Chile, rocking the capital Santiago and generating at least two significant aftershocks.

Syrian cooperation with war crimes investigation reduced to '15-min lecture'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:40:05 GMT


A UN investigation into the massacres commonly attributed to the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad are unlikely to move very quickly.

Welcome to the world's coolest kindergarten

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:30:07 GMT


Staying after class has never been this fun.

After years of hiding their relationship, Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron enter the political stage together

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:22:05 GMT


Emmanuel Macron, 39, could become the youngest contemporary French president. He would also be accompanied into the Élysée Palace by his wife, Brigitte, who is 24 years older than he is.

US Senate to get an unusual White House briefing on North Korea

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:13:04 GMT


The White House announced Monday it would host an unusual private briefing on North Korea for the entire US Senate, prompting questions from lawmakers over whether the Trump administration intends to use the event as a photo op ahead of his 100-day mark.

French election: Marine Le Pen attempts to lift appeal by pushing party aside

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:52:03 GMT


Le Pen steps down as Front National head to lift appeal

US Embassies tout Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:56:05 GMT


The US State Department is tasked with promoting American interests abroad. The President's club is now on its marketing list.

Anzac Day: Menin Gate stone lions return to Belgium

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:46:04 GMT


When thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops marched from the Belgian city of leper to the battlefields of the Western Front they passed two stone lions at the city's Menin Gate.

Barack Obama steps back into public life trying to avoid one word, Trump

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:01:05 GMT


Former US President Barack Obama returned to his adopted home for his first public event since leaving the White House.

French election: Marine Le Pen steps down as leader

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:43:04 GMT


France's far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen says she is temporarily stepping down as head of her National Front party.

Charge Rodrigo Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells The Hague

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:13:09 GMT


A Filipino lawyer asked the International Criminal Court to charge the Philippine President with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the killings of thousands of people over three decades.

Donald Trump says he hopes humans set foot on Mars 'during my second term'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:55:05 GMT


To the long list of ambitious goals he has set, no matter how far-fetched they might seem, President Donald Trump added a new one.

French election: Francois Hollande says French unity is at stake with Le Pen in presidential runoff vote

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:37:04 GMT


"What is at stake is France's make-up, its unity, its membership of Europe and its place in the world."

North Korea: In phone call, Xi warns Trump not to go beyond UN resolutions

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:01:06 GMT


Chinese President warns US counterpart against any action on North Korea that goes against UN resolutions.

France election: Marine Le Pen goes from fringe right-winger to major contender

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:32:04 GMT


The crusading French politician Marine Le Pen hates being called a far-right leader. She says if most French voters endorse her harsh anti-immigration plans, that means she is a centrist.

Donald Trump voters don't have buyer's remorse, but some Hillary Clinton voters do

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:23:04 GMT


Polls show that Trump supporters say they aren't disillusioned with the President's performance.

French election results a political earthquake that could affirm status quo

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:46:04 GMT


A triumph for the far right, that will probably expose them as still fundamentally unelectable.

North Korea crisis: Donald Trump to speak with Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe on Sunday

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:51:06 GMT


US President Donald Trump will speak with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

French election results: who are Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:45:04 GMT


According to the latest exit polls, the two increasingly likely to make it to the second round are Le Pen and Macron.

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota alleges Fox News ex-CEO Roger Ailes also harassed her

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:38:03 GMT


Television journalist Alisyn Camerota said on Sunday she was a target of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes when she worked at Fox News.

Macron's victory shows 'deep malaise' in French society

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:47:02 GMT


The elimination of the two mainstream French parties from the first round of presidential elections on Sunday showed the deep malaise of French society, a member of centrist Emmanuel Macron's campaign said on Sunday.

French election results: Emmanuel Macron wins first-round vote

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:11:08 GMT


Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former banker, has won the country's first-round vote.

North Korea detains third US citizen

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:31:02 GMT


North Korea detained a US citizen on Friday as he attempted to leave the country, bringing the total number of Americans held by the isolated country to three.

Donald Trump's approval at record low in first 100 days, latest poll shows

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:49:08 GMT


President Donald Trump nears the 100-day mark of his administration as the least popular chief executive in modern times.

War graves serve as a reminder of the cost of conflict

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:21:06 GMT


War is full of unsung heroes, but few can claim to have transformed the way we think of, and commemorate war.

Somme visitors down in lead up to Anzac Day

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT


At this time of year the Somme should be crawling with tour buses but pragmatism may be outweighing remembrance.

Anzac Day 2017: Mystery of lost Digger's identity solved by military sleuth

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:36:06 GMT


The mystery of one digger who lay in an unmarked grave for more than a century has been solved.

Tony Blair 'almost motivated' to make political comeback

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:41:02 GMT


Tony Blair has expressed his increased desire for a return to frontline politics as Britain is being "hijacked" by Brexit backers.

Germany's anti-immigrant party announces September election line-up

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:43:04 GMT


The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday voted for 76-year-old publicist Alexander Gauland and 38-year-old economist Alice Weidel to jointly lead its campaign for the country's September national election.

Three Iraqi policemen killed in suicide attack south of Mosul

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:05:04 GMT


Three policemen were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack south of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where Islamic State is fighting off a US-backed offensive, security sources said.

FBI boss James Comey arrives in New Zealand

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:37:01 GMT


FBI director James Comey has arrived in New Zealand ahead of a conference, although officials were cagey as to the exact nature of his visit.

Shortage of coffins after Taliban's deadliest rampage against Afghan soldiers

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:14:05 GMT


They looked like Afghan army soldiers returning from the front lines, carrying the bodies of wounded comrades as part of the ruse.

Paul Ryan tells Congress colleagues that US government shutdown will be avoided

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:48:06 GMT


Ryan insisted a budget bill will be finalised before government funding dries up after April 28. But Trump wants money for his Mexico wall to be included.

Media blackout ahead of unpredictable French election with four front-runners

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:02:24 GMT


Rules dating back more than half a century impose a 44-hour timeout ahead of the polls' closure on Sunday.

'Nerds' take to the streets across US with a science lesson for Donald Trump

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:38:09 GMT


Thousands of scientists and their supporters gathered on Saturday in Washington and across the US for the March for Science.

Six years on, Fukushima exclusion zone has some of its children back

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:13:06 GMT


Six years after the Fukushima disaster, 105 students turned up at a school in the exclusion zone for the beginning of the Japanese school year.

German anti-immigrant party set to go further right after leader suffers defeat

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:20:05 GMT


The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany looks set to turn further right after its co-leader suffered a defeat over racism at its party congress.

The 20 people Donald Trump turns to outside the White House

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:20:07 GMT


Relationships have always been President Donald Trump's currency and comfort, helping him talk his way into real estate deals over three decades in New York.

Man arrested at Paris train station after threatening police with knife

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:53:03 GMT


A knife-wielding man threatened police at Gare du Nord train station in Paris on Saturday, causing panic before he was arrested, a spokesman for French rail operator SNCF said.

American Airlines flight attendant suspended after video shows mum in tears

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:03:04 GMT


American Airlines has apologised to a female passenger and suspended a flight attendant after a video showing an onboard clash over a baby stroller went viral, in the latest embarassment for a US carrier over how it treated a customer.

North Korea warns Australia of nuclear strike over Julie Bishop's comments

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:58:02 GMT


North Korea's foreign ministry has lashed out at Julie Bishop and warned Australia was "coming within the range of the nuclear strike".

Why are some mice (and people) monogamous? A study points to genes

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:12 GMT


The oldfield mouse does not seem extraordinary. With soulful black eyes and tiny teacup ears, the rodent lives a humdrum life scurrying about meadows and beaches in the south-eastern United States.

This doctor will see you now (if you're a star with a pimple)

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT


Dr Peter Kopelson belongs to a small group of medical professionals responsible for keeping the most recognisable faces on the planet looking young and pimple free.

Muslim women preachers enlisted in Egypt's fight against extremism

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT


Preaching in Egypt is a profession mostly reserved for men. But a woman's touch and social media are changing that.

Who are US Vice-President Mike Pence's daughters, Charlotte and Audrey?

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:34:05 GMT


US Vice-President Mike Pence has arrived in Sydney, with his wife Karen and two daughters Audrey and Charlotte in tow, for his first official visit to Australia.

Afghan attack: toll rises in deadliest assault on military base

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:22:04 GMT


At least 140 Afghan soldiers were killed on Friday by Taliban attackers apparently disguised in military uniforms.

Social media a big hit for Queen's 91st celebrations

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:03:04 GMT


Royal birthday celebrated with a coordinated, and very modern, social media campaign.

Sally Yates among top US names to testify in Trump-Russia probe reboot

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:02:06 GMT


James Comey, Admiral Mike Rogers, John Brennan, James Clapper and Sally Yates to appear at a public hearing to be scheduled after May 2.

Israeli teen linked to 500 bomb threats to schools, Jewish centres

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:27:06 GMT


Michael Ron David Kadar, 18, who lives in Israel, made at least 245 threatening telephone calls this year and is linked to 240 others including to Australia.

Rosa Parks House seeks refuge in Berlin

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:00:08 GMT


Rosa Parks may have refused to move from her seat on a bus in 1955, but the house where she took refuge has now made a move to Berlin.

Thai police arrest man suspected of smuggling semen for surrogacy across Laos border

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:55:04 GMT


Several times customs officials noticed a man carrying a strange-looking case across crossing the border from north-eastern Thailand to Laos, a known smuggling route.

Toorak man John Scully killed in motorbike crash in New Mexico

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:59:04 GMT


Police in the US state of New Mexico are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that left a 76-year-old Australian man dead.

North Korea crisis: China maintains 'combat readiness' ahead of military anniversary

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:09:05 GMT


There are renewed fears that North Korea could conduct a nuclear test on April 25, the 85th anniversary of the founding of its military.

A village in the demilitarised zone, growing rice under war's shadow

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:13:05 GMT


Taesung, South Korea: All day long, and all through the night, the villagers hear the music. It is loud and chirpy, with lyrics trumpeting the virtues of their sworn enemy, North Korea.

Millennial techies prep 'secret weapon' to oust Malaysia's Najib

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:03:02 GMT


Invoke, a policy research shop set up by Rafizi Ramli, vice president of the opposition People's Justice Party, is planning a data operation to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak in an election expected this year.

French election: Fake news spreads ahead of presidential poll

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:13:05 GMT


So called 'Twitter bots' that masquerade as real people and spread fake news and propaganda on social media have been detected in action in France in the lead-up to this weekend's presidential election.

Shon Hopwood robbed banks and went to prison. Now he's a law professor

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:13:02 GMT


Shon Hopwood's life didn't start out as remarkable. Then one night, his friend suggested they rob a bank.

Xavier Jugelé, police officer killed in Paris, was defender of gay rights

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:13:02 GMT


"He was a simple man who loved his job, and he was really committed to the LGBT cause," a colleague said.

Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers kill and wound dozens in attack on Afghan army base

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:49:02 GMT


At least eight soldiers were left dead and 11 were wounded in the attack.