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Danish MP suggests shooting at boats carrying migrants

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:08:41 GMT

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Security forces should shoot at the boats of migrants trying to reach the European Union illegally, a member of parliament for the Danish government's main political ally, the Danish People's Party, suggested on national television.



'I carried his body': Grim work at the heart of Aceh's killer quake as toll passes 100

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:39:52 GMT

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Villager Taufik Hidayat has seen a baby in the claws of an excavator and the corpses of a father and his son, still clinging to each other in death.



Fleeing Rohingyas accuse Myanmar military of 'merciless killings'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:15:32 GMT

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Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar have given graphic descriptions of killings, rapes and burning of homes by soldiers, fuelling fears of ethnic cleansing.



Bill English has numbers to become next NZ prime minister

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:09:40 GMT

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New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English has secured enough caucus votes to become the country's new prime minister.



Bana Alabed, posting to Twitter from Aleppo, gains sympathy but doubts follow

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:30:31 GMT

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in an era of internet hoaxes, fabrications and the increased use of fake news around the world to further political agendas, Bana's Twitter account has raised questions.



Muslim-owned restaurant offers free Christmas meal for homeless and elderly

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:19:52 GMT

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The offer by the Turkish restaurant in London started with a simple note, handwritten on a sheet of white paper.



Pizzagate conspiracy threatens Brooklyn restaurant

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:21:20 GMT

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Workers at a popular Brooklyn pizzeria and restaurant have been harassed twice in the past week after the business was linked in online postings to the so-called Pizzagate conspiracy theory, police said Wednesday.



The five easiest and five most difficult promises for Trump to keep

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:09:19 GMT

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President-elect Donald Trump made many sweeping promises on his way to victory on Election Day. Which will he keep?



Reveal refugee deal text: US congressmen

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:56:50 GMT

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Anger is growing in the United States congress over Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's "secret" deal with the Obama administration.



Julian Assange says texts show he is 'entirely innocent' of sexual assault

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:09:08 GMT

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Julian Assange says text messages sent by a woman who has accused him of sexual assault prove that "she actively and enthusiastically wanted me to have sex with her".



Donald Trump picks Xi Jinping-friend Governor Terry Branstad as China envoy

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:29:26 GMT

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The decision comes at a time of heightened tensions with China after Trump spoke directly with the leader of Taiwan.



Pope Francis compares consuming fake news to eating excrement

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:38:57 GMT

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The pontiff described disinformation as the greatest harm the media can do because "it directs opinion in only one direction".



US Marine pilot missing after plane goes down off Japan

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:48:10 GMT

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A US Marine pilot is missing after ejecting from a fighter jet off the coast of Japan on Wednesday, officials said.



Junaid Jamshed, Pakistan pop star turned cleric, feared dead in air crash

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:32:02 GMT

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Junaid Jamshed, a Pakistani pop star turned evangelical Muslim cleric, was on board an aircraft that crashed into a mountainside on Wednesday, a airline official told Reuters.



Former Italy Ambassador Mike Rann says 'no sense of panic' as Matteo Renzi formally resigns

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:50:42 GMT

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Australia's former Ambassador to Italy Mike Rann says the Italian referendum which has seen the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is nowhere near as serious as Britain's Brexit vote.



Time magazine names Donald Trump 'Person of the Year'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:30:06 GMT

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Time magazine has named US President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year, citing the upheaval in American politics brought about by the election campaign and victory of the New York businessman.



Best of the world: December 8, 2016

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:14:21 GMT

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



PK661: Pakistan plane crashes with more than 40 people on board, police say

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:29:05 GMT

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A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 47 people on board has crashed into a mountain on Wednesday, police said.



Chapecoense plane crash: Bolivia arrests LaMia CEO Gustavo Vargas

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:57:05 GMT

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Bolivian authorities detained the chief executive of airline LaMia, the owner of the plane that crashed last week in Colombia and killed nearly all of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team, prosecutors said.



Chinese firm buys London pub where Xi Jinping and David Cameron had fish and chips

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:57:19 GMT

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There are few things more British than a traditional countryside pub, and few more interesting to Chinese investors than one visit by Xi Jinping.



Donald Trump attacks plans for a new Air Force One

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:37:25 GMT

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President-elect Donald Trump took a shot on Tuesday at one of America's the nation's largest manufacturers, Boeing, sharply criticising a pending order for a new Air Force One and suggesting that the company was "doing a little bit of a number" with the cost of the next generation of presidential aircraft.



The real risk from fake news: more readers shrugging at the truth

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:49:24 GMT

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Fake news is creating confusion, punching holes in what is true, and leaving the reader doubting true news.



Daily World Dispatch - standing on shaky ground

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:19:03 GMT

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Unless we share our memories, the sense that nothing can stop this shaking is only likely to increase.



Warning about Los Angeles bomb plot came from Australian phone

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:55:52 GMT

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An overseas tip about an imminent bombing of the Metro Red Line's Universal City station has forced federal and local law enforcement in Los Angeles to swiftly ramp up security across its sprawling transit system, authorities said Monday.



In her real-time Aleppo diary, Bana's silence is more than a mere cliffhanger

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:22:04 GMT

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The harrowing farewell message came Sunday, just three short sentences.



Why China should heed the lessons of Pearl Harbour

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:58:31 GMT

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For 75 years now, Japan has reflected on the attack with remorse. The leaders of another Asian power appear to have forgotten those lessons.



Scores dead after earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:20:51 GMT

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The death toll from an earthquake in Indonesia which led to the collapse of shops and houses continues to rise.



War in Syria: Troops close in on Aleppo's Old City, poised for war's biggest victory

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:49:32 GMT

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The Syrian army and its allies pushed into rebel-held parts of Aleppo's Old City on Tuesday, looking closer than ever to achieving the five-year war's most important victory.



Michael Flynn is Donald Trump's most terrifying appointment

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:58:24 GMT

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Instead of looking for people with the highest levels of experience, expertise, and competence, Donald Trump seems to be making his choices based on criteria like who he's seen on Fox News, or who praised him effusively, or who has a cool nickname.



Sony hack may have emboldened Russian election hacking, says US congressman

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:34:38 GMT

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Schiff suggested that Washington team up with European allies to impose sanctions that would hit the Russian economy.



Athens gripped by riots after peaceful march

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:31:04 GMT

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Riots have raged for hours in central Athens as dozens of anarchists threw petrol bombs, fireworks and stones at police after a peaceful march to commemorate the police killing of an unarmed teenager eight years ago.



Space oddity: Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin treated by Dr David Bowie in hospital

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:07:40 GMT

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Buzz Aldrin is being cared for in Christchurch hospital by one Dr David Bowie. In the words of Aldrin publicist: "You can't make this stuff up."



Why Joe Biden just can't rule out running for president in 2020

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:58:37 GMT

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Biden has a long history of, well, just saying stuff. This is almost certainly that. But there is more in this case.



Mystery surrounds Donald Trump's massive share sale claim

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:26:19 GMT

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Revelation comes after Donald Trump questions pricing of new Air Force One jet from Boeing.



Angela Merkel proposes partial burqa ban ahead of German election

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:14:02 GMT

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Merkel also defended her refugee-friendly position and spoke out against those spreading hate speech.



Donald Trump has no experience in international diplomacy says Kevin Rudd

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:02:06 GMT

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Beijing is deploying "strategic patience" as it waits to work out how to deal with the President-elect, says former prime minister.



Sara Connor 'scared, shocked' after she learnt police were looking for her

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:07:07 GMT

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A "shocked and scared" Sara Connor and her British DJ boyfriend hired a scooter in Jimbaran after the Byron Bay woman learnt police were looking for her.



StepUp Taranaki and the conspiracy theory behind John Key's surprise resignation

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:56:47 GMT

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's sudden resignation was perfectly timed to to give a boost to one small community.



Australian love-scam victim Yoshe Ann Taylor's appeal rejected by Cambodian court as conman lashes out

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:58:05 GMT

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A Cambodian court has rejected an appeal by an Australian victim of an internet dating scam against her 23-year jail sentence on heroin smuggling charges.



French PM Manuel Valls to run for President, for 'reconciliation'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:39:31 GMT

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Paris: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will step down to run in primary contests to be the Socialist Party candidate in presidential elections next year, despite predictions that he will struggle to surmount strong dissatisfaction with his government and deep divisions on the left.



What the internet did for journalism, Donald Trump is doing for political reality

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:19:00 GMT

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Physically, it was in well-heeled Chevy Chase, where Connecticut and Nebraska Avenues cross, that the cops captured a gunman after he opened fire in the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria on Sunday.



Indonesia calls on Australia to help with Montara oil spill aftermath

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:20:49 GMT

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One of Indonesia's most senior ministers has called on Australia to help find a solution to the 2009 Montara oil spill which caused lasting negative impacts in one of the country's poorest provinces.



Trump talks to the public through Twitter. Here's what happens when the next president blocks you

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:28:22 GMT

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Heather Spohr didn't vote for Donald Trump, but that doesn't mean she's not interested in keeping up with what her soon-to-be president has been saying.



Daily World Dispatch - The morning after shock results in Italy, NZ and a death in India

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:11:03 GMT

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As certain as day follows night, a new dawn has greeted a very uncertain Italy after voters rejected PM Matteo Renzi via a referendum that was meant to be about Senate reform.



Donald Trump's Taiwan call wasn't a blunder. It was brilliant.

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:27:43 GMT

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When American foreign-policy elites are more upset than China, perhaps it's time for some introspection.



'All we could do was stand there': She watched Oakland's inferno consume the one she loved the most

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:59:05 GMT

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When her girlfriend, Cash Askew, didn't respond to her texts that night, Taylor assumed she was having fun, dancing to the music.



US father who left 22-month-old son to die in hot car jailed for life

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:38:10 GMT

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Justin Ross Harris was supposed to drop Cooper off at his day care. Instead, he drove straight to work, parked his vehicle and went inside — leaving Cooper in the SUV.



John Key's heir apparent has a problem: He's not John Key

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:14:11 GMT

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New Zealand's next prime minister will have big shoes to fill after the shock departure of John Key.



Mass suicide fears after death of revered lady in green, Jayaram Jayalalithaa

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:19:40 GMT

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Police in Tamil Nadu in south India are on high alert for fears that millions of grief-crazed supporters will swarm out onto the streets.



'No way they were going to survive': Texas sinkhole swallows two cars, killing a sheriff's deputy

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:28:31 GMT

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A deadly sinkhole in an industrial part of San Antonio swallowed two cars Sunday evening, killing one person and nearly trapping another who had to be rescued by passersby.



Mistrial declared in case of South Carolina officer who shot Walter Scott after traffic stop

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:13:12 GMT

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The jury has deadlocked in the case of a South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was recorded on video last year firing a barrage of bullets at a fleeing motorist's back.



Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to visit Pearl Harbour

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:37:25 GMT

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The visit comes after Barack Obama went to Hiroshima with Shinzo Abe in August.



Gunman motivated by 'pizzagate' conspiracy theory arrested in Washington pizzeria

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:47:05 GMT

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A man fired a rifle inside a Washington pizza restaurant that has been subjected to harassment based on conspiracy theories tying it to child abuse, the police said.



Donald Trump chooses Ben Carson to lead US housing, urban policy

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:20:27 GMT

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Dr Carson has never held public office and as recently cast doubt on his suitability for a Cabinet role, saying he would be "like a fish out of water" as a federal bureaucrat.



Boris Johnson gives up his Boris Bike but London pedals on

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:25:28 GMT

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He is London's most prominent advocate of cycling but Boris has been forced to give up his bike.



Dakota Access Pipeline: Protesters celebrate victory in fight over project

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:37:35 GMT

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"I don't know quite how to put into words how proud I am of our people," one member of the tribe said. "It's a beautiful day. It's a powerful day."



Taiwan call part of long-term strategy under Donald Trump, say insiders

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:57:58 GMT

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Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's leader was the product of a strategy devised even before he became a presidential nominee, say those involved in its planning.



New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's speech in full

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:47:21 GMT

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced he is retiring after eight years as the country's leader.



New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to resign

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:08:05 GMT

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced his retirement as the country's leader, saying he had "nothing left in the tank" and it was time to move on.



Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after issuing visas for decade

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:22:28 GMT

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Authorities in Ghana have closed a fake US embassy run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained visas, the US State Department says.



'I will resign': Italian PM Matteo Renzi admits heavy referendum defeat

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:47:33 GMT

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is heading for a heavy defeat on Sunday in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution, according to exit polls.



Philippines veep quits cabinet after Duterte orders her to stay away

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:04 GMT

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After the president ordered her to stop attending meetings, his vice-president has quit her job as housing secretary.



Fidel Castro interred in rock: 'A man so large in a box so small'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:15 GMT

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Fidel Castro's ashes were placed in the niche of a boulder on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning when hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell.



Death toll in California warehouse fire rises, more victims feared

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:19 GMT

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Recovery teams have so far found 30 bodies in the charred ruins of an Oakland, California warehouse a fire broke out during a weekend dance party



Austria elects independent Alexander Van der Bellen president, rejects the far-right

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:28 GMT

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Voters in Austria have rejected a shift to the far-right, with voters on Sunday endorsing Alexander Van der Bellen, the independent candidate for president.



Donald Trump says US companies that moved overseas would be making a 'very expensive mistake'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:31 GMT

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President-elect Donald Trump warned U.S. companies that moving manufacturing to other countries would be a "very expensive mistake" as they will face heavy new taxes.



Politician, two journalists dead in Finnish town shooting

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:49:21 GMT

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Three women including a local politician and two journalists were shot dead with a rifle in front of a restaurant in the small Finnish town of Imatra around midnight.



Cuba prohibits monuments in Fidel Castro's name

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:49:35 GMT

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Cuban President Raul Castro says his government will prohibit the naming of streets or public monuments after his brother Fidel.



Australian man charged after crashing multimillion-dollar McLaren F1 supercar

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:48:36 GMT

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An Australian man has been charged with careless driving after crashing a multi-million-dollar McLaren F1 supercar in New Zealand.



Magnitude 5.5 quake shakes New Zealand's South Island

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:49:44 GMT

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A magnitude 5.5 quake has been recorded in the upper South Island of New Zealand.



Austria and Italy go to polls in what could be one-two punch to European Union

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:24:03 GMT

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Austria could deliver the first freely-elected far-right head of state in Europe since World War II.



Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels as government troops advance

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:27:27 GMT

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Russia says it is ready for talks about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from the city, but rebels insist they won't leave.



Islamic State 'met to choose leader's successor' as caliphate shrinks

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:27:16 GMT

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The militant group summoned commanders to choose a successor to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims.



Accused soldier Bowe Bergdahl seeks pardon before Trump takes office

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:38:46 GMT

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US Army sergeant charged with desertion after being freed in a prisoner swap with the Taliban has asked Barack Obama for a pardon.



Leftist leaders join thousands to send off Fidel Castro in Cuba

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:44:36 GMT

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Tens of thousands of Cubans packed a public square to bid a final farewell to revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.



US racists, extremists hail Vladimir Putin, Russia as inspiration

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:08:05 GMT

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'I see President Putin as the leader of the free world,' says leader of fringe group aiming to preserve privileged place of whiteness in West.



Be very afraid: Trump claims his unpredictability is a strength in global affairs

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:14:34 GMT

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Barack Obama told Americans that the weight of the presidency would restrain Donald Trump. Now we know that everything is up for grabs.



Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies of soccer plane crash victims

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:36:52 GMT

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Brazil's president on Saturday bestowed honours on the victims of an air crash as Air Force troops unloaded 50 coffins flown in overnight from Colombia, site of the disaster this week that killed 71 people and wiped out a soccer team.



Fears up to 40 dead in California warehouse dance party fire

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:27:10 GMT

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Authorities fear up to 40 people may have died after a massive fire broke out during a late-night party in a warehouse that housed artist studios in Oakland, California.



Greek PM, France's Hollande to reach deal on Greece bailout

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:58:27 GMT

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and French President Francois Hollande agreed that a deal on Greece's bailout review must be reached by Monday, when euro zone finance ministers are meeting in Brussels, Tsipras' office said on Saturday.



Indonesian police plane with 15 on board missing

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:21:11 GMT

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A twin-engine Indonesian police plane went missing on Saturday with 15 people on board en route to the island of Batam, south of Singapore, police said.



'Koala bears and kangaroos ... [and] torture islands': Australia is an icon of the far-right in Europe's refugee crisis

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:15:00 GMT

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Andreas Tölke, a German fashionista, threw open his Armani couch, the city of Hamburg opened up its schools, and Berlin turned department stores into shelters for thousands of families.



'Utterly unnecessary': Donald Trump slammed for provoking tensions with China

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:09:47 GMT

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A diplomatically explosive phone call between president-elect Donald Trump and the president of Taiwan risks provoking a cold war between the United States and China with potentially catastrophic economic and security implications for the region and the world, according to Bob Carr



China lodges diplomatic protest after Donald Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:39:02 GMT

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China has lodged a diplomatic protest after US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of diplomatic protocol by holding direct talks with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.



China's Xi says military must be smaller, but more capable

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:27:40 GMT

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China's military needs to put more focus on technology rather than force of numbers, President Xi Jinping said.



India, Afghanistan plan air cargo link over Pakistan

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:19:48 GMT

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Service aims to increase trade that is stymied because of tense political relations with Pakistan.



US veterans to meet with tribe elders in pipeline protest

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:39:08 GMT

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US military veterans to meet with elders to determine how they can aide activists protesting a pipeline project near a Native American tribe's reservation.



Police say treason arrests to prevent Jakarta rally being used to topple government

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:15:27 GMT

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Police have revealed predawn arrests on Friday were aimed at preventing opponents of the president using protests to topple the government.



Hong Kong officials widen legal attack on fledgling independence movement

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:28:03 GMT

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China-backed Hong Kong leaders have widened their legal fight against the city's fledgling independence movement, targeting four more lawmakers over oaths taken at a Legislative Council swearing-in ceremony in October.



Australian crashes multi-million dollar supercar in New Zealand

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:49:08 GMT

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One of the world's fastest vehicles, a McLaren F1 sports car, has come off the road during a tour in New Zealand.



Donald Trump blunders into conflict over Taiwan, knowing little and caring less

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:48:16 GMT

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By stumbling into one of the world's most fraught diplomatic disputes Donald Trump has again demonstrated he either knows or cares little about his new job.



Saudi central bank systems, government agencies struck by Iran malware Shamoon

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:37:15 GMT

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State-sponsored hackers who unleashed a digital bomb in key parts of Saudi Arabia's computer networks over the last two weeks damaged systems at the country's central bank.



Australian student Kaia Delaney slammed in US for gun stance

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:28:05 GMT

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An Australian university student has been slammed by Americans after she wrote an article on a popular US political website titled: What Australia Can Teach America About Guns.



New sentence for teen who murdered Melbourne baseballer Chris Lane

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:36:23 GMT

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An Oklahoma appeals court has thrown out the life sentence given to a teenager who was convicted of fatally shooting an Australian baseball player three years ago.



Donald Trump has ushered in a world without facts. That’s scarier than you think

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:07:48 GMT

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The president-elect’s inner circle is now utterly dismissing the existence of facts.



The $US1 million daily cost of protecting Donald Trump in New York City

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:54:12 GMT

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Two members of New York City's council are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to provide federal funds to reimburse the city for the $1 million-a-day cost of protecting him and his family in their home in Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.



Russia's obsession with whether PM Dmitry Medvedev is asleep or not

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:28:05 GMT

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Let's face it: Most political speeches tend to be a little boring. And Russian President Vladimir Putin is a man known for his ability to speak for a very long time — his marathon question-and-answer sessions have been known to last four hours or more.



Fear, then skepticism, over antibiotic-resistant genes in Beijing smog

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:59:06 GMT

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Reports that Beijing's already notorious smog contained bacteria with antibiotic-resistant genes spread through the city last week like pathogens in a pandemic disaster movie.



Nuclear deal at risk as Iran threatens retaliation over new US sanctions

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:51:22 GMT

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* Iran MPs to discuss bill aimed at suspending nuclear deal



Amid poverty and protests, Zimbabwe waits for Robert Mugabe to fall

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:48:06 GMT

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Edgar Garwe sits repairing mobile phones behind the counter of his tumble-down stall, worrying about a scarcity of customers and how he'll pay his two children's school fees.