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Eye in the sky: the eclipse from up above

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:15:00 GMT

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 Broomfield, Colorado  The US Gulfstream V jet parked in the airport hangar here has tracked thunderstorms, blizzards and hurricanes around the world. But on August 21, the jet will soar about 45,000 feet into the sky in pursuit of a natural phenomenon unlike any it has faced before – a total solar eclipse.



Best of the world: August 20, 2017

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:05:03 GMT

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



Knife attack in Finland investigated as terror crimes, police say

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:30:07 GMT

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Finnish police are investigating a fatal stabbing attack in Turku as "murders with terrorist intent" and said the suspect is an 18-year-old Moroccan national.



Barcelona attack: 12-strong terror cell planned bigger atrocity

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:58:07 GMT

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The man behind the Barcelona terror attack on Thursday may still be alive and on the run, Spanish police believe after piecing together new clues about the terror cell responsible.



Bannon's next move: a return to Breitbart News, with more reach than ever

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:23:04 GMT

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The end of Stephen Bannon's stormy White House tenure frees the investment banker-turned-populist-messenger to expand his reach.



Now expect Steve Bannon to try to run White House from the outside

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:54:03 GMT

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Steve Bannon couldn't run the White House while he had an office in the West Wing, now he will try running it from behind his website.



Mongolian Beatles monument threatened

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:03:03 GMT

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A statue of the Beatles in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar could be at risk amid an alleged land grab, protesters say.



Operation 'Jroud Dawn': Lebanon begins assault on Islamic State

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:44:05 GMT

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The Lebanese army has launched an offensive against an Islamic State enclave.



Banning neo-Nazis online a slippery slope, tech group warns Silicon Valley

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:12:06 GMT

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Not everyone in Silicon Valley agrees with how major tech companies have grappled with white supremacy in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.



'Antifa' grows as left-wing faction set to, literally, fight the far right

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:08:05 GMT

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Antifa describes the loose affiliation of radical activists who have surfaced in recent months at events around the country.



Flow of migrants to Italy slows, but nobody knows why

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:17:02 GMT

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The main route to Europe is experiencing one of its longest lulls since the migration crisis began in 2014.



Venezuela's democratically elected legislature is dissolved, deepening crisis

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:24:03 GMT

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Venezuela's political crisis deepened on Friday as the controversial constitutional assembly declared that it is the country's sole legislative body.



Barcelona terror attack: Victims a snapshot of the world

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:07:05 GMT

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The dead and injured in Barcelona were a snapshot of the world - men, women and children from nearly three dozen nations.



Businesses prepare for solar eclipse-related productivity dip in the US

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:44:06 GMT

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Businesses are grappling with what's sure to be a major disruption in many workplaces come Monday.



Charlottesville: US Conference of Mayors form compact on race, lash Donald Trump

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:17:04 GMT

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A coalition of mayors on Friday condemned President Donald Trump for his comments on Charlottesville, Virginia, and announced a new campaign aimed at combating racism.



Steve Bannon 'going to war for Trump' after his White House exit

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:47:06 GMT

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Stephen Bannon warned that he will continue to press the populist cause against the political and corporate establishment.



'We are not afraid': Barcelona fights its fears one day after terrorist attack

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:58:10 GMT

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"We are not afraid" was the message Barcelona wanted to send after terrorists struck the city.



Donald Trump fires White House chief strategist Steve Bannon

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:29:08 GMT

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US President Donald Trump has fired chief strategist Steve Bannon, the White House announced.



Mother of Heather Heyer refuses to speak with Donald Trump over Charlottesville

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:40:06 GMT

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Heather Heyer's mother won't speak to Donald Trump after his comments on neo-Nazi protesters.



Barcelona terror attack: Bigger attack with explosives had been planned

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:20:13 GMT

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Terrorists behind the Barcelona attack had planned an even more devastating assault with explosives.



Finland attack: Police raid flat after stabbings in Turku market square

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:28:06 GMT

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Two people are dead and at least eight injured after a stabbing attack in Turku, Finland on Friday.



James Murdoch pledges $1 million to Anti-Defamation League as Trump protest

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:43:02 GMT

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James Murdoch, the chief executive of Twenty-First Century Fox and the son of a frequent ally of President Donald Trump's, condemned the president's performance after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and pledged to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.



Monuments to racism: Donald Trump, the Republican Party and minority voters

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:34:20 GMT

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As Donald Trump made his thoughts on the white supremacist rally clear, it's worth noting the Republican Party has long been waging an anti-democratic war on minority voters.



People were in Spain because they were avoiding terror attacks elsewhere

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:59:07 GMT

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Barcelona, a city scrubbed with street art, bordered by sandy beaches, decked with rooftop pools and ribboned with meandering paved streets had 9 million tourists staying in its hotels last year.



Barcelona terror attack: 'Suddenly people were screaming and running'

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:16:04 GMT

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Barcelona was struggling to its feet on Friday after a day of terror at the height of the holiday season that left four Australians injured, two seriously, and another missing.



Barcelona attack live: Seven-year-old Australian missing in Barcelona, mother serious but stable

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:04:14 GMT

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Terror has struck the popular Spanish city of Barcelona with multiple fatalities and scores injured.



The dove: Stephen Bannon's softer side emerges as he contradicts Donald Trump

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:26:04 GMT

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For all his fire-breathing nationalism, Stephen Bannon has played another improbable role in the Trump White House: resident dove.



Barcelona attack: An ordinary object becomes an instrument of fear

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:27:04 GMT

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Attacks like the one in Barcelona create a sense that public life is tinged with inescapable danger – anything can become a weapon, and anyone can obtain a van and drive it into a crowd of innocent people. All it takes is motivation.



10-year-old Indian rape victim gives birth after abortion denied

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:53:09 GMT

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The child became pregnant after being raped by her uncle, her parents said.



Barcelona terror attack: Three Melbourne friends caught in mayhem

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:17:04 GMT

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The only thing Alana Reader could do was hide. She dived behind a clothing rack, lay flat on the floor, and feared for her life.



Squeezed out by Silicon Valley, the far right is creating its own corporate world

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:58:05 GMT

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White supremacists are being kicked off various online service providers, but increasingly, the group's solution is to provide its own.



Steve Bannon: he's got a good point on China

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:43:04 GMT

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Regardless of what you think of Steve Bannon, he just made a very good point about China.



Police kill attackers in possible second attack in Cambrils south of Barcelona

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:16:02 GMT

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Several attackers have been shot dead on a shootout with police during an operation against a possible "terrorist attack" in the Spanish town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, Spanish media say.



Donald Trump lacks 'stability' or 'competence' to lead: Republican Senator Bob Corker

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:55:04 GMT

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President Donald Trump drew a new and forceful round of criticism on Thursday from a leading Republican senator.



Barcelona terror attack: 'It reminded me of Bourke Street'

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:12:07 GMT

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One of the Australian holidaymakers who witnessed the deadly van rampage in Barcelona was also among the first on the scene of Melbourne's Bourke Street tragedy earlier this year.



Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to study at Oxford

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:20:03 GMT

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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said on Thursday that she was "so excited" to be offered a place at the University of Oxford, one of Britain's most prestigious universities.



Barcelona terror attack: Four Australians injured in Las Ramblas van rampage, one unaccounted for

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:49:02 GMT

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Two young Australian men from Melbourne are believed to have been injured in the terror attack in the Spanish city of Barcelona.



Barcelona terror attack: Witnesses run for their lives

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:12:10 GMT

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Eyewitnesses of the deadly car rampage on Barcelona's popular Las Ramblas have told of hearing screams and seeing bodies, as a car ploughed into pedestrians just after 5pm local time.



Donald Trump tweets discredited Islamic pigs’ blood tale after Barcelona attack

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:14:06 GMT

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Hours after Barcelona attack, Donald Trump recycled a largely discredited tale about "radical Islamic terrorism''.



Barcelona terror attack: Vehicles a weapon of choice for terrorists

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:42:02 GMT

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The Barcelona van attack is only the latest such attack in Europe.



Donald Trump 'sad' about removal of 'beautiful' Confederate statues

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:49:06 GMT

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President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that he was "sad" to see United States' history torn apart by the removal of "our beautiful statues and monuments".



Barcelona terror attack: What we know so far

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:09:01 GMT

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A van has ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist area, killing at least 13 people and injuring many more. Spanish police have said it is a terror attack.



Barcelona attack live: Police kill five in separate counter-terror operation in Cambrils

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:10:02 GMT

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A van has driven into a large crowd in Barcelona's city centre, mowing down dozens of people.



Barcelona terror attack: Manhunt for van driver under way

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:26:06 GMT

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A driver swerved a van onto a pedestrian area in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, ramming into crowds and leaving at least 16 people dead.



Hamas struck by suicide attack in Gaza for the first time

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:56:06 GMT

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A suicide bomber killed a Hamas security guard in the Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt on Thursday, the first such attack to hit the Palestinian militant group.



Best of the world: August 18, 2017

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:05:55 GMT

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



Steve Bannon calls supremacists 'clowns', contradicts Trump on North Korea in unusual interview

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:12:14 GMT

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Trump's chief strategist says his White House rivals are 'wetting themselves' and describes Charlottesville rally participants 'losers'.



Umbrella Movement's Joshua Wong sentenced to six months' jail for illegal assembly

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:07:06 GMT

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Joshua Wong, the school boy who led Hong Kong's youth to protest for greater democracy and occupy city streets for months in 2014 has been jailed for six months.



Hostage-taking incident at Dutch radio station ends peacefully

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:54:02 GMT

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An incident at the building used by Dutch radio station 3FM deemed as hostage-taking, has ended peacefully.



Ex-terrorists pledge allegiance to Indonesia, decry terrorism as sickness

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:11:05 GMT

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Ali Fauzi, who is best known to Australians as the brother of the Bali bombers, has undergone deradicalisation.



Russian-Germans in focus amid fears of Moscow propaganda

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:37:04 GMT

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About 3 million Germans have roots in Russia, with one of the far-right parties even having six Russia-German candidates for next month's poll.



A gathering in Charlottesville, site of a massive vigil and march

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:51:05 GMT

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First there were torches lighting Charlottesville's night. Now there are candles.



Twitterless Merkel talks sexism and emojis on YouTube as election approaches

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:21:02 GMT

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the only G7 leader without a Twitter account. But she's trying to get closer to younger voters.



Donald Trump's stance on far-right violence shocks America's allies

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:41:05 GMT

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America's closest allies have condemned US President Donald Trump in unusually strong and personal terms.



Australian-born Dow chief executive Andrew Liveris agrees with axing of Trump council

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:04:04 GMT

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Trump had appointed Darwin-born Mr Liveris, chairman and chief executive of Michigan-based Dow Chemical Company, to be the head of the White House advisory group.



Phoenix, Arizona mayor Greg Stanton asks Donald Trump to delay planned rally

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:42:02 GMT

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US President Donald Trump has been asked to delay a planned rally in Pheonix, Arizona by that city's mayor, in a rebuke following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.



Venezuela's Socialist-run 'truth commission' to investigate opposition

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:10:05 GMT

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Opposition candidates running in Venezuela's October gubernatorial elections will be investigated to make sure none were involved in violent political protests this year.



Donald Trump praises North Korea's Kim Jong-un for 'wise' decision on Guam

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:49:04 GMT

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Trump warned North Korea last week it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the US.



Gunmen attack Guatemala hospital

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:06:04 GMT

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Guatemala City: Gunmen have stormed one of Guatemala's largest hospitals and opened fire in an assault staged to free an imprisoned gang member, officials say.



Turning opioid epidemic into a crime crackdown would be a disaster for the US

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:46:06 GMT

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In Butler County Ohio, Sheriff Richard K. Jones has found himself to be of remarkable notoriety and a regular on national cable TV.



How the 'alt-right' got kicked offline after Charlottesville - from Uber to Google

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:14:05 GMT

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The alt-right grew up on the internet. Now, after Charlottesville, Virginia, some of the movement's personalities are getting kicked off.



'America must always reject racial bigotry': Bush presidents speak out

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:25:04 GMT

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President Donald Trump has faced criticism for not being strong enough in his condemnation of Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis who staged a rally in Charlottesville last weekend.



Hundreds mourn Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer: 'She wanted justice'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:27:04 GMT

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"They tried to kill my child to shut her up, but guess what, you just magnified her," said her mother.



Trump's business councils disband as CEOs quit over Charlottesville response

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:15:05 GMT

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Two more CEOs resigned from manufacturing council before the president disbanded them on Wednesday.



Trump's relationship with corporate America continues to fracture

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:06:02 GMT

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Many business leaders feel they're being tarnished by the association with the president.



Baltimore tears down Confederate statues overnight after Charlottesville violence

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:54:06 GMT

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The mood was 'celebratory' as crews tore the monuments from their pedestals and carting them out of town.



Bali nine Renae Lawrence, other Australians receive sentence cuts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:40:10 GMT

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Lawrence and other Australian prisoners have received remissions as part of Indonesian Independence Day celebrations on August 17.



Overseas orphanages under scrutiny as Australians told to withdraw support

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:21:10 GMT

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Australians are likely to be soon banned from supporting orphanages in countries like Cambodia.



Venezuelan soldiers caught in Guyana begging for food

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:38:02 GMT

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A handful of Venezuelan soldiers - armed and in uniform - have been caught in neighbouring Guyana begging for food, local police reported.



Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf and sons believed killed in Syria

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:08:03 GMT

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Australian authorities believe that notorious Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has been killed in Syria.



US authorities want data on anti-Trump protesters. An LA tech firm is resisting

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:59:06 GMT

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The request has set off a storm of protest among civil liberties advocates and within the tech community.



Obama’s response to Charlottesville violence becomes Twitter’s most popular

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:47:02 GMT

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Unlike some former presidents, Barack Obama is showing no signs of completely abandoning public life.



Rodrigo Duterte vows to double down on drug war as raid kills 21

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:31:06 GMT

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In the latest bloodbath, 21 Filipinos were killed on Tuesday night in 16 separate raids.



Donald Trump after Charlottesville is the 'alt-right' president

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:06:08 GMT

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In a rage-filled press conference Donald Trump has confirmed two bleak facts about his character and presidency.



Britain seeks 'flexibility and imagination' on post-Brexit Northern Ireland border

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:42:04 GMT

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There have been fears that a return to a physical border in Ireland would be a catalyst for a return to sectarian violence.



Donald Trump speaks on Charlottesville - but which Donald Trump?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:38:09 GMT

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When President Donald Trump's supporters rail against efforts to rein in his unpredictable, provocative behavior, they often call on White House aides, news reporters and Republicans in Congress to "let Trump be Trump."



'Blame on both sides': Donald Trump criticises 'alt-left' in Charlottesville

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:01:05 GMT

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted that he did nothing wrong on Saturday when he declined to specifically condemn Nazi and white supremacist groups.



Charlottesville: Australian CEO Andrew Liveris pressured to quit Trump's council

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:23:04 GMT

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The Australian chief executive of The Dow Chemical Company is facing pressure to quit the president's American Manufacturing Council.



Australian construction director Andrew Fenwick, son electrocuted in Thailand

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:32:03 GMT

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A retired Australian construction director and his 10-year-old son have been electrocuted at a swimming pool in a housing estate in Thailand.



Salary list 'forced BBC to confront gender bias' says insider

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:26:06 GMT

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Forcing the BBC to reveal the salaries of its top on-air earners may have been conceived by its enemies as a way to damage the corporation.



North Korea holds off on Guam missile plan as China urges 'brakes' on rhetoric

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:07:02 GMT

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Signs of an easing in tension on the Korean peninsula helped stock markets rally.



Donald Trump retweets - then deletes - image of train hitting CNN reporter

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:16:02 GMT

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Mr Trump was in the middle of a morning tweetstorm when he sent the image.



Best of the world: August 16, 2017

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:01:00 GMT

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



Teen tackled by bystanders after vandalising Boston holocaust memorial

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:59:04 GMT

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Officials draw parallels to the violence in Charlottesville as memorial vandalised for the second time in three months.



Hong Kong democrat Howard Lam arrested for 'misleading' police after abduction claims

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:56:08 GMT

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A fellow Democrat was critical of the police for turning an alleged victim of a brutal assault into a suspect without making clear their grounds for doing so.



China's new point man on North Korea, Kong Xuanyou, speaks the same language

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:33:05 GMT

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China has passed the baton to a younger generation to solve the world's most intractable diplomatic dilemma - North Korea.



Protesters in North Carolina topple Confederate statue

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:17:04 GMT

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A crowd toppled a bronze Confederate statue in front of a county administrative building in Durham, North Carolina,as throngs of "anti-fascist" groups gathered.



Thousands gather to protest Donald Trump's home visit

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:26:07 GMT

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More than 1000 protesters converged in midtown Manhattan on Monday evening, marching, chanting and waving signs before US President Donald Trump's first return home since inauguration.



Hungry Venezuelans walk to Colombia for a plate of food

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:55:02 GMT

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An estimated 25,000 Venezuelans trek across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge into Colombia each day for work or to trade goods on the black market.



Steve Bannon under fire as Donald Trump faces calls to oust him

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:06:09 GMT

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Donald Trump has now relegated Steve Bannon to a kind of internal exile.



North Korea moves missiles into position for launch and waits

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:50:06 GMT

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North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards the US territory of Guam while he watches the actions of the United States a little longer.



Canadian weatherman Nathan Coleman finds scorpion in bag of bananas

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:11:03 GMT

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Nathan Coleman was unpacking his groceries when he found an unexpected extra item.



Car drives into French pizzeria, death reported

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:21:03 GMT

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A car has driven into a pizzeria in a town east of Paris, killing at least one young girl.



London's Big Ben to go silent for four years

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:55:04 GMT

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So it has come to pass that the keeper of the Great Clock announced on Monday that London's "Big Ben" hour bell will be silenced for four long years.



Donald Trump signs memo directing probe into China's trade practices

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:37:04 GMT

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US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a presidential memorandum authorising an investigation into China's alleged theft of American intellectual property.



After Charlottesville riot, neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer's registration cancelled

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:24:04 GMT

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Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has had its domain registration revoked twice in less than 24 hours.



Trump bows to pressure to condemn white supremacists, KKK, in Charlottesville

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:03:02 GMT

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"Racism is evil," Mr Trump said in a new statement on the violent rally on Monday.



Sierra Leone mudslides and floods leave hundreds buried alive

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:43:05 GMT

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"The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken," said the vice president.



Donald Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigns over Virginia violence

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:13:02 GMT

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The CEO said he felt a "responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism".



'Absolute calm' before journalist mysteriously vanished from submarine off Denmark

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:52:02 GMT

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Kim Wall has reported from the depths of postwar Sri Lanka and from the capital of North Korea. While covering climate change in the Marshall Islands, she was quarantined and tested for exposure to radiation.