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East Timor: Fretilin and Gusmao party lead in early vote count

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 02:08:04 GMT


Growing concern over the country's economic future does not seem to have translated into a shift away from the country's governing coalition.

Witness in Justine Damond shooting comes forward, source says part of encounter was filmed

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:56:03 GMT


A witness who was nearby when Justine Damond was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer has been located and is cooperating, according to state investigators.

Trump says he has 'complete power to pardon' as Russian investigation intensifies

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:24:03 GMT


Donald Trump asserted the "complete power to pardon" relatives and possibly even himself in response to investigations into Russia's meddling in last year's election.

The forgotten Indonesian island that was swapped for Manhattan

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:33:07 GMT


Run – a coconut-fringed island about three-kilometres long and one-kilometre wide, was swapped for the swampy island of Manhattan in 1667.

President Joko Widodo orders Indonesian police to shoot drug traffickers

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:37:02 GMT


Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers.

Protests over Jerusalem shrine leave six dead and escalate into diplomatic row

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:31:05 GMT


Jerusalem shrine protests have escalated with all Palestinian Authority-Israel contact cut.

Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak 'discussed US campaign' with Jeff Sessions

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:16:02 GMT


Russian ambassador caught by US spy agencies saying he'd discussed US campaign with Jeff Sessions.

Justine Damond's 'inexplicable' death helps black and white find their voice

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:37:04 GMT


African Americans have been the habitual victims of police brutality, now their well-oiled protest machine is at the disposal of the white Minneapolis community.

Lipstick Under My Burka challenges oppressive rules of Indian society

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:41:05 GMT


The oppressive rules of Indian society that dictate what a woman does with her life and sexual desires are being challenged on the big screen.

White House newcomer professes love for President with 'good karma'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:45:04 GMT


The uneasy alliance between Scaramucci and Sanders will help determine the fate of Trump's efforts to reboot his message.

Hawaii prepares for 'unlikely' North Korea missile attack

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:03:04 GMT


The state of Hawaii is formulating a preparedness plan for a North Korean missile attack, much to the dismay of the state's tourism boosters.

'Aggressive': Chinese spy ship monitors Australia-US war games

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:54:04 GMT


A Chinese ship has been spying on major war games taking place between Australia and the United States off the coast of Queensland.

Severe storms trigger emergency declaration, evacuations in New Zealand

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:07:04 GMT


Troops mobilised after heavy rains prompt floods on the South Island.

How Justine Damond's killing could change police culture in the US

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:35:16 GMT


Nearly every aspect of Justine Damond's death rewrites a script that too often shunts victims of police violence to the fringes of the day's news agenda.

East Timor election: mass turnout amid reported threats

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:29:07 GMT


After 24 years of brutal Indonesian occupation, Timorese have come to take their elections seriously, and turned out en-masse across the country.

Moustache intact, Salvador Dali's remains exhumed for paternity test

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:12:05 GMT


Forensic scientists exhuming the remains of Surrealist painter Salvador Dali made a startling discovery.

Dreaming of the Tour de France in the Land of a Thousand Hills

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT


Ten years ago, most Rwandans had never even seen a road bike. Today, they dream of an international career with one ultimate goal.

Minneapolis police chief quits, residents demand mayor goes after Justine Damond's death

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:43:05 GMT


Minneapolis's top cop has resigned and angry protesters want the mayor to do the same over police killings in the city.

New portrait of Prince George released for fourth birthday

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:25:02 GMT


A new official portrait of Prince George has been released celebrate his upcoming fourth birthday.

Sean Spicer quits, Hollywood laments a lost muse

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:55:02 GMT


Sean Spicer endured endless jokes at his expense, and Hollywood didn't hold back following the news of his resignation.

Don't cry for Sean Spicer. His tenure was a disaster from day one and he should have quit immediately

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:17:04 GMT


There's something about Sean Spicer that inspires pity.

Air traffic controllers say Britain's skies are running out of room for planes

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:56:03 GMT


Air traffic controllers in the UK have warned the country's skies are running out of room.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:54:04 GMT


The President requested that Spicer stay on, but Spicer told Trump that he believed Anthony Scaramucci's appointment was a major mistake.

China sets an ambitious goal to lead in artificial intelligence by 2030

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:01:00 GMT


If Beijing has its way, the future of artificial intelligence will be made in China.

Photos of the week

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:05:55 GMT


A week in photos from award-winning Sydney Morning Herald photographers.

Moscow lawyer at Donald Trump jnr meeting represented Russian spy agency FSB

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:21:07 GMT


The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump jnr counted Russia's FSB security service among her clients.

The problem with Donald Trump giving himself a 'pardon' over Mueller findings

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:53:02 GMT


Donald Trump's lawyers are discussing the President's authority to pardon himself and his family.

Former British PM John Major: Child migrant abuse 'a matter for Australia'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:35:02 GMT


Inquiry told of UK response to the plight of child migrants abused at Australian farm schools.

'The war has just started'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:17:04 GMT


Mosul and its people may be free of Islamic State for now but their troubles are far from over.

Accusations of voter intimidation ahead of East Timor elections

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:16:02 GMT


One of East Timor's political parties has denounced "acts of intimidation" ahead of elections.

United States set to ban its citizens from travel to North Korea

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:35:04 GMT


Two tourist agencies that operate tours to North Korea say the US government will soon ban its citizens from travelling to the North.

British park donates eggs in bid to save northern white rhinos using IVF

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:46:04 GMT


The world's first test-tube rhinos could be born from animals at a British safari park.

'Who do I call?': Justine Damond march unites communities in fear over policing

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:27:06 GMT


As a lone Aussie flag hung in the cool evening air, hundreds took to the streets that were home to Justine Damond.

Donald Trump turns to Anthony Scaramucci for White House communications post

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:51:07 GMT


The White House is set to appoint Mike Scaramucci as director of communications.

Donald Trump's lawyers seek to undercut Mueller's Russia investigation: sources

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:06:02 GMT


Discussions are taking place around whether Trump could seek to pardon himself.

North Koreans undernourished, in worst drought in 16 years

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:32:05 GMT


Country is facing severe food shortages with food imports needed to ensure children and the elderly do not go hungry

Timorese go to the polls unaware of 'gas shadow' over their nation's future

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:18:07 GMT


Most of the 750,000 East Timorese registered to vote in elections on Saturday won't go to the polls thinking about a spot in the ocean 300 kilometres north of Darwin.

Dali exhumed for DNA samples as 'daughter' strives to prove paternity

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:38:11 GMT


Forensic scientists have taken DNA samples from the body of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali in a bid to resolve a paternity claim.

US woman guilty of murder after parrot witness says 'Don't shoot' in victim's voice

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:15:05 GMT


Glenna Duram denied shooting her husband and said she remembered nothing, but the jury believed the parrot..

Gangsters, politicians, and officials jailed in Rome's 'Mafia Capital' corruption trial

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:34:05 GMT


The two leaders of a crime ring that plundered Rome city coffers have been convicted in one of Italy's biggest corruption trials.

Justine Damond did not have to die, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:30:02 GMT


The head of the Minneapolis Police Department has stated Australian woman Justine Damond did not have to die.

Powerful earthquake strikes Turkish coast and Greek Islands

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:07:06 GMT


A 6.7 earthquake off the coast of Turkey has been felt in the Greek Islands.

Justine Damond did not have to die, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:43:04 GMT


The head of the Minneapolis Police Department has stated Australian woman Justine Damond did not have to die.

EU negotiator finds 14 Brexit problems as Theresa May heads for the Alps

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:06:10 GMT


The EU has issued a please explain to the UK after the second round of Brexit negotiations ended in disagreement and division.

Syrian rebels 'betrayed' by Trump decision that has McCain fuming

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:44:05 GMT


The Trump administration's decision to end a covert CIA weapons and training program for opposition fighters has thrown fight against IS into doubt.

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington dies aged 41

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:50:03 GMT


A spokesman for the coroner said the death was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

OJ Simpson to be freed, Nevada parole board rules

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:21:02 GMT


The 70-year-old former football star and murder suspect was jailed over a botched armed robbery.

Trump's deeply worrisome New York Times interview reveals a lawless president

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:46:02 GMT


Trump's extended, rambling new interview reveals his conviction that he is above the law.

Dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa shut down

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:34:02 GMT


Authorities said the action was one of the largest ever taken against criminals on the dark web.

Indian court denies abortion for 10-year-old girl raped by uncle

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:15:01 GMT


The girl is six months pregnant and was allegedly raped by her maternal uncle several times.

Donald Trump expresses anger at Jeff Sessions and James Comey, issues warning to Robert Mueller

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:23:06 GMT


US President Donald Trump said that he never would have appointed Attorney-General Jeff Sessions had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency.

Air Seychelles pilot commended for preventing potentially fatal mid-air collision

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:45:07 GMT


A pilot has been credited for saving nearly 900 passengers when his last-minute manouevre prevented a mid-air collision.

From lowest caste to highest office: India's new president Ram Nath Kovind

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:48:02 GMT


Ram Nath Kovind, a low-caste politician backed by the ruling coalition, has won India's presidential election.

Justine Damond's family poised to file civil lawsuit

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:23:05 GMT


Justine Damond's Australian family have hired Minnesota trial lawyer Robert Bennett, who also represented the family of police shooting victim Philando Castile.

Family believe Melbourne woman missing in Canadian wilderness may still be alive

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:34:02 GMT


Sophie Dowsley's family want Australian government to provide extra resources to help find her.

A gunshot destroyed her face. Rare transplant surgery has given her a new one.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:39:04 GMT


For the 21-year-old woman, now the youngest to receive the surgery, it was "an incredible gift". In all, 11 doctors were involved in the 31-hour procedure.

In a world swamped by plastic waste there's a tonne for every single one of us

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:05:05 GMT


Last week's huge, and still smouldering garbage fire in Melbourne is symptomatic of a growing global problem.

Swimming robot probes Fukushima reactor

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:51:04 GMT


An underwater robot has entered a badly damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, capturing images of the harsh impact of its meltdown.

Republican Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:19:03 GMT


US Republican Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumour following surgery to remove a blood clot, his office has confirmed.

White House adviser Jared Kushner to testify before Senate on Russia links

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:53:05 GMT


President Donald Trump's son-in-law, the White House adviser Jared Kushner, has agreed to appear before the Senate intelligence committee on Monday.

EU threatens to strip Poland of voting rights over push to weaken judicial independence

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:20:06 GMT


The European Commission has warned Poland it was "getting very close" to withdrawing Warsaw's voting rights at EU summits.

French President Macron suffers biggest test of authority as military head quits

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:46:04 GMT


French President Emmanuel Macron faces his first major challenge with the resignation of the head of the military in a fight over the budget.

Police transcript reveals Justine Damond was a woman who wanted to help others

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:27:05 GMT


Justine Damond was the kind of woman who'd rescue ducks in distress – and humans.

Trump halts covert arming of anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:44:09 GMT


Officials said the phasing out of the program reflects Trump's interest in finding ways to work with Russia.

'Reasonable' for police to fear ambush, lawyer says after Justine Damond death

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:04:02 GMT


An NYPD officer was shot in the head while sitting in her vehicle earlier this month.

General among dozens found guilty in Thailand's largest human trafficking trial

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:49:04 GMT


More than 103 defendants were arrested after mass graves were discovered in southern Thailand.

Saudi heir was held against his will until he gave up claim to the throne

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:09:05 GMT


At first, he refused, but as the night wore on, the diabetic prince grew tired. The next morning, Saudi Arabia had a new crown prince.

Justine Damond death: Minneapolis authorities are not joining the dots

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:47:11 GMT


Three days after the police killing of Australian Justine Damond in the Minneapolis suburbs, the emerging narrative is not leading anywhere.

Jakarta's sidelined pedestrians are reclaiming the footpaths

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:05 GMT


Every Friday footpath warrior Alfred Sitorus and the Coalition of Pedestrians pound the pavements of Jakarta defending walkers' rights.

Eighth person in Trump jnr meeting as Russia probe wants to interview all

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:38:11 GMT


Ike Kaveladze was the subject nearly two decades ago of a congressional inquiry into Russian money laundering in US banks, although he was never charged with a crime

Indonesia bans Islamic organisation Hizbut Tahrir to protect Pancasila

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:26:04 GMT


The Indonesian government says it needs to safeguard the existence of the nation's pluralist state ideology Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution.

Jane Austen takes pride of place on Britain's new plastic £10 note

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:28:03 GMT


The Bank of England has unveiled its first plastic £10 note, featuring British novelist Jane Austen.

North Korea: project to map locations of mass killings, graves

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:19:06 GMT


An ambitious project, financed by the US Congress, aims to hold the Kim regime accountable for decades of brutality against the North Korean people.

UK Home Office a curious model for Malcolm Turnbull's Home Affairs Ministry

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:07:06 GMT


We're copying the battered, bandaged survivor of a hundred political fights and failures, not a gleaming modern governance machine.

Hundreds flock to Sydney's Freshwater Beach for vigil for Australian Justine Damond

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:22:07 GMT


Hundreds of mourners have descended on Sydney's Freshwater Beach in memory of US shooting victim Justine Damond.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had a second, undisclosed discussion at G20 summit

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:43:06 GMT


The only version of the conversation provided to White House aides was that given by Trump himself.

This White House dinner showed why Trump couldn't close a healthcare deal

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:21:02 GMT


Trump's lack of interest in selling healthcare legislation is perhaps Republicans' biggest hurdle.

Minneapolis Somali community braces for backlash after officer shoots Justine Damond

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:44:04 GMT


Already, hateful posts criticising Islam are filling social media in response to the police shooting.

Donald Trump now says 'let Obamacare fail' as healthcare overhaul collapses

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:19:04 GMT


Mr Trump said it's time to "Let Obamacare fail," and that "I'm not going to own it" .

Trump's America trounced by Macron's France in latest soft power rankings

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:37:05 GMT


Australia also slipped a couple of places in the rankings of global soft power.

Hundreds of German choir boys abused over decades: report

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:10:02 GMT


Berlin: A report says at least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and the early 1990s.

Bodies of Swiss couple found on glacier 75 years after they went missing

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:42:04 GMT


The frozen bodies of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago in the Alps have been found on a shrinking glacier.

Father of US police shooting victim Justine Damond echoes calls for justice

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:38:06 GMT


The grieving father of Justine Damond hopes the "light of justice" will make clear the murky circumstances surrounding his daughter's homicide.

Scandal-prone Indonesian speaker Setya Novanto named as embezzlement suspect

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:14:05 GMT


The speaker of Indonesia's House of Representatives could face years in jail after he was named a suspect by the nation's Corruption Eradication Commission.

Trump demands action as defections spell collapse for Republicans' health bill

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:23:09 GMT


For seven years, Republicans have vowed to "repeal and replace" Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Now Donald Trump says they should just repeal and see what happens.

Justine Damond: Why US police wearing cameras is not an open-and-shut case

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:45:04 GMT


Police bodycam and dashboard cam video is the new porn of the digital age. But as police departments around the country go live, civil rights challenges have emerged.

Thai king to control billions in 'richest royal fortune'

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:04:10 GMT


Thailand's military government has given the country's new king full control over what is reputed to be the world's richest royal fortune

Justine Damond is the 541st person shot dead by US police this year

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:23:48 GMT


Justine Damond's death brings home to Australians the high rate of people killed by police in the US.

Jihotties, lingerie and recipes: Islamic State sympathisers on Telegram

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:59:06 GMT


Researcher monitored two groups of Islamic State sympathisers in Indonesia on Telegram and found both mainly discussed mundane personal matters.

Massive Alaska quake sparks tsunami warning near Russia

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:32:04 GMT


A powerful earthquake magnitude 7.4 which hit near an uninhabited Alaskan island is expected to cause tsunami waves.

North Korea crisis: South Korea wants meeting with neighbour this week

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:27:05 GMT


The South wants to send a military delegation to a border village on Friday to discuss "stopping all hostile activities that raise military tension".

Fiance of Justine Damond, shot dead by US police officer, pleads for more information

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:02:04 GMT


Justine Damond's fiance said the family had received minimal information about her shooting.

Police officer who shot Justine Damond had less than two years' experience

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:39:02 GMT


Officer Mohammed Noor shot Ms Damond more than once from the passenger seat of his police vehicle.

Doctor finds 27 contact lenses lost in woman's eye, British Medical Journal reports

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:22:02 GMT


The lenses were clumped together in a "blueish mass" and "bound together by mucus", said the report.

Cambodia surrogacy: Australian nurse breaks down in court, says she has cancer

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:06:03 GMT


Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles broke down in tears and said she had lost everything at the end of her trial on surrogacy charges in the Cambodian capital.

Facebook says it shouldn't have to stay mum when US government seeks user data

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:31:05 GMT


The tech giant is fighting a gag order in a Washington DC court case which appears to be related to demonstrations around the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

US states saying yes to marijuana. Now there's an attorney-general saying no

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 03:30:08 GMT


Jeff Sessions attempts to bypass state laws and roll back marijuana legalisation are gaining steam but also drawing opposition from across the political spectrum.

Trump healthcare bill vote delayed for John McCain health reasons

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:08:06 GMT


The "repeal and replace" slogan of last year's campaign was presumed to be a done deal in the heady aftermath of the election, but these days it hangs by a thread.

Chilly in Chile as unusual snow covers Santiago

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:09:04 GMT


Chile's capital has been blanketed by the biggest snowfall in nearly five decades.

Britain backs EU sanctions on 16 Syrians over chemical attacks

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:09:04 GMT


Senior military officers and scientists were among those hit with the sanctions.