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Wide Gulf between rhetoric and reality over fossil fuels and renewables' future

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:15:00 GMT

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Do big investments in solar energy point to a different future for the oil-rich nations of the Middle East?



Donald Trump's 'Day One' agenda: five major pledges of action

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:46:00 GMT

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Trump aides claim that as many as 200 draft executive orders are ready for the new President's signature.



Mystery of 'cattle' Skittles spill deepens in Wisconsin

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:58:03 GMT

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The case began when a Wisconsin sheriff posted on Facebook this week that "hundreds of thousands of Skittles" had been found spilled on a highway.



Donald Trump inauguration: White nationalist Richard Spencer punched on live TV during ABC interview

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:19:39 GMT

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One of the most prominent American white nationalists was punched in the face during an interview with the ABC on the streets of Washington DC shortly after Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday.



Donald Trump Inauguration: All eyes on 'first boy' Barron

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:10:14 GMT

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He's America's new first boy. Barron Trump didn't have to make an oath, or deliver a rousing speech. But the youngest son of President Donald Trump occupied much of the inauguration day coverage on Saturday (AEST).



Ecuador holds man for US gold flakes theft

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:00:05 GMT

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Julio Nivelo was arrested on Thursday after leaving the home of a relative, where he had been living.



Donald Trump inauguration speech dark, dangerous and dystopian

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:30:48 GMT

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Donald Trump was defiant, populist, anti-establishment and spoke directly to an America under siege from foreign competitors, Muslim terrorists and the DC cabal.



Russia inks deal for Syria bases, Turkey appears to accept Bashar al-Assad

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:13:33 GMT

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The agreement covers the port in Tartus and an airbase near Latakia, which have been pivotal in Russian support for Assad.



Gambia's Yahya Jammeh agrees to go into exile as regional troops mass

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:38:52 GMT

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West African leaders Alpha Conde of Guinea and Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz travelled to the capital Banjul on Friday.



Lower turnout and protests usher in Donald Trump's divided state of America

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:32:18 GMT

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The bitter divisions that Donald Trump has exposed in the United States were evident on every street corner of Washington DC on Friday.



Donald Trump Inauguration: Champagne corks pop in Russia, trade fears in Berlin

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:24:15 GMT

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Champagne corks popped on Friday in Moscow as Russians celebrated the start of Donald Trump's presidency, confident of better relations ahead between the two countries.



Trump inauguration: Quick action President could take on environment and climate

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:17:44 GMT

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Donald Trump has raised expectations that he will sign a slew of executive orders related to energy, the environment and climate change.



Donald Trump Inauguration: White House website removes Obama climate change initiatives

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:58:18 GMT

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Just moments after President Donald Trump took the oath of office on Friday, the official White House website was transformed to wipe out all mention of climate change.



Donald Trump Inauguration speech: a promise to Americans, a warning to the world

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:36:04 GMT

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Donald Trump opted for the tone of his campaign rallies over anything presidential, casting this inauguration as more special than all that had gone before it.



'The Europe of tomorrow': far right to rally in Germany after Trump inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:41:37 GMT

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Hours after Donald Trump's swearing-in, across the Atlantic in Germany some of his radical European cheerleaders will gather in a show of stength.



Revolution, ritual and pomp: Donald Trump's inauguration is pure political theatre

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:11:06 GMT

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Trump took to the stage today in the space he finds most comfortable, playing the star of the show.



Donald Trump Inauguration: Live video analysis

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:00:14 GMT

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Live video coverage and analysis of the Donald Trump inauguration from Washington DC.



Donald Trump Inauguration: Dozens of protesters arrested in Washington

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:19:06 GMT

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Protesters who had promised to shut down Washington for the Donald Trump inauguration were successful at several security checkpoints on Friday morning.



Donald Trump Inauguration: United States swears in its 45th US president

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:32:26 GMT

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Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, succeeding Barack Obama.



Donald Trump Inauguration Live: US President signs first executive orders

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:25:00 GMT

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We have all the Inauguration news from Washington DC as Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.



Demonstrators in Tokyo, London, Manila, Sri Lanka protest Trump's inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:49:04 GMT

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Groups of demonstrators took to the streets in cities around the world on Friday to both lament and celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.



Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh asks for more time to exit office

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:03:15 GMT

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Gambia's longtime leader Yahya Jammeh has asked the West African bloc ECOWAS for an extension of a midday deadline for him to leave power until 4 pm local time, government sources said.



Nigerian president urged to halt press harassment after journalists detained

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:28:38 GMT

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A group of Nigerian writers, intellectuals and media figures called on President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday to stop the persecution of journalists, after an online publication's news staff was briefly detained.



East Java's villagers hunt witches to put an end to nightmares and sickness

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:58:52 GMT

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In a small village, deep in the lush green district of Probolinggo in East Java, a 53-year-old farmer's wife was haunted by dreams of a monkey.



Deaths from Nigerian refugee camp air strike rises to 90, could reach 170: Medecins Sans Frontieres

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:57:06 GMT

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Geneva: The death toll from an accidental Nigerian air strike on a refugee camp in the town of Rann has risen to around 90 people, and could be as high as 170, Medecins Sans Frontieres said in a statement on Friday.



Italy avalanche: Ten people found alive in 'igloo' at buried Rigopiano hotel

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:31:05 GMT

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Ten people have been found alive two days after an avalanche buried dozens of people at a hotel in central Italy.



Islamic State militants partly destroy Palmyra's Roman amphitheatre

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:17:41 GMT

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Islamic State militants have partially destroyed a Roman amphitheatre that they were using for their macabre executions in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, state officials said Friday.



Twilight of the Trumps? What America can expect for the next four years

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:32 GMT

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"It really is a reality TV show."



'We're not in this alone': Australians joining the anti-Trump Women's March on Washington

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:08:57 GMT

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Asked about their motivations for going, the women cited a mix of revulsion for Trump and as well as his policies.



Theresa May tells Davos that Britain will lead a new era of free trade

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:30:10 GMT

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Theresa May braved the elitist chill of the World Economic Forum on Thursday to argue that Britain is committed to free trade and globalisation.



Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' extradited to US: Justice Department

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:57:46 GMT

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been extradited to the United States, the US Justice Department said on Thursday.



Melania Trump refuses to act like a first lady. Good for her

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:50:19 GMT

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Melania Trump will be the first first lady in more than 200 years not to move into the White House on Inauguration Day. Her decision will cause headaches to her husband's budding administration that could be easily avoided by following tradition, including dealing with public outrage over the high cost of maintaining a full-time residence in Manhattan and increased security risks.



'Help...we're dying of cold': texting goes silent after avalanche buries Italian hotel

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:49:11 GMT

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At least three bodies were found Thursday, as hopes for the others trapped faded hour by hour.



Donald Trump: A fierce will to win fuelled the journey to the White House

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:20:01 GMT

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Born into wealth, a rebellious boy from Queens struck a chord with average Joes, discovering his formula for success in business and, later, politics.



Plane carrying Brazil Supreme Court judge Teori Zavascki crashes into sea

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:31:09 GMT

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Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki was overseeing a blockbuster graft investigation into dozens of politicians.



Finland prepares for 'manifold warfare' as Russia feeds paranoia

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:30:35 GMT

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As it prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its independence, Finland is now coping with fresh threats from Russia.



Will Donald Trump follow through on all his Day One promises? Doesn't look like it

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:38:24 GMT

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In rally after rally, and speech upon speech, Donald Trump built a verbal skyscraper of campaign promises about what he would do on his first day in the White House.



Islamic State like Nazis in recruiting young Germans, says intel chief

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:31:03 GMT

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Hans-Georg Maassen also drew parallels between the militant Islamist group and past radical movements such as communism and Adolf Hitler's National Socialists.



North Korea poised for new missile test-launch: US

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:27:05 GMT

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South Korean media said a test could potentially coincide with the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump..



How a 23-year-old made $1300-an-hour for a fake news masterpiece

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:33:50 GMT

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His story, a made-up tale about fraudulent votes for Hillary Clinton, was shared with 6 million people.



Trump's energy pick Rick Perry regrets calling for department's elimination

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:05:04 GMT

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"After being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination," the former Texas governor said.



Rolf Harris accused of 'opportunistic grope' at a party, court hears

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:42:18 GMT

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The 86-year-old entertainer is on trial accused of indecently assaulting six complainants between 1971 and 2002 when they were aged between 12 and 27.



Australian man and war correspondent are 'drug abusers', Bali court hears

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:31:12 GMT

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An Australian man and a British former war correspondent arrested for possessing hashish in Bali last October are drug abusers who should be treated at a narcotics prison, the Denpasar District Court has been told.



Dozens feared dead as burning high-rise collapses live on television in Tehran

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:53:52 GMT

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Rescue teams were searching on Thursday for at least 25 trapped firefighters and medics treated dozens of casualties after a blazing high-rise building collapsed in downtown Tehran, the city's mayor said.



Italy avalanche: As many as 30 missing at Rigopiano hotel in Abruzzo, rescuers say

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:09:55 GMT

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Rescue officials say "many" people have died after an avalanche hit a hotel in central Italy, partially collapsing the roof.



Trade war: Trump's commerce nominee Ross slams China as the 'most protectionist' country

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:47:17 GMT

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Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump's choice for commerce secretary, voiced sharp criticism of China's trade practices on Wednesday.



Democrats blast Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for education secretary

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:07 GMT

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Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts asked whether DeVos or her children had attended public schools, borrowed student loans or received federal financial help.



Swarm of US agencies probe suspected Kremlin-Donald Trump election funding

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:50:01 GMT

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Just days before Donald Trump's swearing in as American president, a news report has revealed the remarkable breadth of a joint investigation by no less than six US intelligence agencies of claims that Russia helped the Trump campaign – and of the credibility the agencies attach to information that Trump dismisses as 'crap'.



US-backed Iraqi forces take eastern Mosul from Islamic State

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:22:58 GMT

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Iraq's government forces said Wednesday that they had gained control of the eastern half of Mosul, three months after they began an assault to retake the city.



China cans 103 planned coal plants to curb smog and reduce oversupply

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:40:06 GMT

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China is cancelling plans to build more than 100 coal-fired power plants, seeking to rein in runaway, wasteful investment in the sector while moving the country away from one of the dirtiest forms of electricity generation, the government announced in a directive made public this week.



FBI probing wave of fake bomb threats to US Jewish centres

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:48:54 GMT

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Many of the threatened organisations have resumed operations after no bombs were found nor injuries reported.



South Korean court rejects bid to arrest Samsung heir in presidential corruption scandal

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:39:05 GMT

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A South Korean court has refused to allow the arrest of Samsung's de facto chairman Lee Jae-yoing for his alleged role in an explosive corruption scandal that has riveted South Korea.



In final news conference, Barack Obama defends a free press, his last acts in office

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:42:25 GMT

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Obama dismissed the idea that his act of clemency was aimed at securing the extradition of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange.



Slapping ex-PM Manuel Valls gets French teenager 3-month suspended sentence

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:17:56 GMT

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The teenager shouted: "This is Brittany!" and reached out, gently slapping the ex-premier.



Finally, China manufactures a ballpoint pen all by itself

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:59:03 GMT

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That humble device you may well have lying around your desk has been the object of China's long and frustrating quest.



Edward Snowden's residence permit in Russia extended by a 'couple of years'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:48:58 GMT

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Snowden's lawyer in Russia, Anatoly Kucherena, said his client might apply for Russian citizenship.



Julian Assange 'happy' to go to the US

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:23:00 GMT

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is 'happy' to go the USA, providing all of his rights are guaranteed, a statement on the groups Twitter account said.



Commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence sends a 'very troubling message,' Trump spokesman says

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:32:56 GMT

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"It's disappointing, and it sends a very troubling message when it comes to the handling of classified information and to the consequences of those who leak information that threatens the security of our nation," a spokesman said.



How Donald Trump came up with 'Make America Great Again'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:51:52 GMT

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"Make America Great Again" was the four word slogan that helped propel Donald Trump into the White House. He's already come up with his next pitch.



Former US president George Bush snr moved to intensive care

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:50:24 GMT

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Mr Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, has "responded very well to treatments" at a Houston hospital, a spokesman said.



Three earthquakes hit central Italy, shaking Rome

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:55:04 GMT

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Three earthquakes have hit central Italy in the space of an hour, with tremors felt in the capital, Rome.



Fighting intolerance a challenge for Indonesia's moderate Muslims

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:54:00 GMT

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2017 is shaping up as a year in which moderates face off against a marked rise in right-wing Islamic political activism as Indonesian society becomes increasingly conservative.



One Chinese factory is making a fortune out of Donald Trump masks

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:10:05 GMT

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It was a tough year in 2016 for China's exporters due to tepid global demand, but some Chinese firms bucked the trend thanks to US president-elect Donald Trump.



When does President Donald Trump's inauguration take place?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:47:05 GMT

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Everything you need to know about the 45th President of the United States inauguration.



Under Donald Trump, a couple weigh the risks of where to live, Mexico or the US

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:40:30 GMT

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When Donald Trump announced he was running for president in a 2015 speech calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, Rachel McCormick declared to her husband, Irvi Cruz, "If he wins, we're leaving."



Declare Russia responsible for MH17 shoot-down, Ukraine asks court

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:49:41 GMT

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In a wide-ranging application to the court asking it to take up the case, Ukraine accused Russia of " increasing pressure and intimidation" since the Orange Revolution of 2004.



Malaysian MP Tony Pua files suit linking PM Najib Razak to $970m from wealth fund

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:23 GMT

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A civil lawsuit has been filed against Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over the country's multibillion-dollar 1MDB sovereign wealth fund scandal.



Donald Trump inauguration: four protest buses for every bus of attendees

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:30:42 GMT

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Struggling to get the usual A-list performers, Trump's inauguration planners are resorting to un-Trumplike expectations.



Now will Julian Assange be extradited to the US to face charges?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:58:42 GMT

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Assange has in the past promised much more than he delivered to journalists.



Britain set to sail into the world, but huge problems remain

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:45:09 GMT

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We still don't know exactly what Brexit will look like.



US President Barack Obama commutes bulk of Chelsea Manning's sentence

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:20:28 GMT

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President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.



The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos sues Donald Trump

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:32:57 GMT

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A contestant on The Apprentice has announced legal action against President-elect Donald Trump for defamation.



China's Xi Jinping warns against trade war in defence of globalisation

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:02:02 GMT

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Chinese President Xi Jinping cautioned against protectionism as he pushed back against criticism of globalization by Donald Trump and other Western populists.



Donald Trump election prompts mothers to warn children about assault: poll

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:20:22 GMT

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Women are more likely to feel unsafe and men more likely to feel entitled to treat women as sexual objects since Trump was voted into office, a poll finds.



Nigerian jet mistakenly bombs refugee camp, killing scores

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:59:04 GMT

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President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria said on Twitter that the camp was bombed by mistake.



In defense of Melania Trump's glam squad

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:38:05 GMT

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Presidential spouses are some of the most-scrutinised women on the planet.



Vladimir Putin says doesn't believe Donald Trump met prostitutes in Russia

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:59:19 GMT

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn't believe that Donald Trump met with prostitutes in Russia, calling the accusations part of a campaign to undermine the election result.



Theresa May Brexit speech: PM reveals UK will leave single market, flags Australia trade deal

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:14:49 GMT

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The British PM dashed the hopes of Remainers and delighted Brexiteers in a historic, detailed speech.



Security guard says he saw murder suspect Sara Connor's hand on neck of Bali policeman

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:17:51 GMT

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A hotel security guard has claimed he witnessed Byron Bay murder suspect Sara Connor with her hand around the neck of a Balinese police officer who was later found dead on Kuta beach.



Istanbul nightclub gunman Abdulgadir Masharipov 'trained in Afghanistan'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:20:43 GMT

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The suspected gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day was born in Uzbekistan and received training in Afghanistan, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin says.



'The top of his head was gone': Melbourne woman recalls horrors of Mexico nightclub shooting

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:20:11 GMT

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A Melbourne woman has described the horrors she saw in the aftermath of the Mexico nightclub shooting that claimed at least five lives and injured dozens more.



European leaders return fire to Trump's salvo on EU and NATO

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:38:37 GMT

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The European Union's two most powerful leaders have reacted strongly to the incendiary observations of US President-elect Donald Trump about the future of the union and the role of NATO, which he described as "obsolete".



South China Sea: Philippines quietly protests China's weaponry on artificial islands

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:50:06 GMT

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The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest over reports that China has installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on seven artificial islands in the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea.



The D.B. Cooper case baffled investigators for decades. Now, scientists have a new theory.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:38:16 GMT

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It was "one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations" in FBI history - and to this day remains the only unsolved skyjacking in the United States.



'Extreme year': 2016 declared hottest year on record as climate change builds on big El Nino

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:30:06 GMT

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The world's major meteorological agencies have declared 2016 to the hottest year on record - making it three new highs in as many years - as increases in greenhouse gases drove global warming.



South China Sea: Japan to supply new patrol boats to Vietnam

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:56:19 GMT

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Maritime security and trade have been key themes during Abe's other stops - in Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia.



Donald Trump's conflict of interest risk on glittering display in the Philippines

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:29:29 GMT

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Jose Antonio, chairman of Century Properties Group which developed the Trump tower, as been tapped as his country's envoy for trade to the US.



Northern Ireland heads to early polls in shadow of Brexit after Sinn Fein split

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:29:06 GMT

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Voters in Northern Ireland will go to the polls March 2 in a snap election that was forced by the main Catholic party, Sinn Fein, after the collapse of a regional government in which Catholics and Protestants shared power.



Ugly American Donald Trump is about to enter the White House

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:20:53 GMT

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Sightings of the stereotypical ugly American usually are reported from abroad, but this



Donald Trump blasts NATO, EU; European leaders wait, watch, hold their breath

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:40:15 GMT

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This is not the first time that president-elect Trump has criticised either the EU or NATO. The latter especially was on high rotation in his campaign.



Istanbul nightclub attacker caught by police: reports

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:17:13 GMT

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The man who killed dozens of people in a shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve has been caught by police, local media reports.



'Bullets were flying over my head': Australians in Mexican nightclub shooting

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:11:17 GMT

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An Australian man who narrowly avoided being shot in a beachside nightclub in Mexico believed there may have been more than one gunman firing into venue, which was packed with hundreds of revellers at the time.



Rolf Harris 'like a hawk pouncing on his prey' court hears

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:51:10 GMT

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A furious alleged victim of Rolf Harris' wandering hands 40 years ago has challenged him in court to admit his guilt and apologise to everyone he has attacked.



EU needs no advice from outsiders: Francois Hollande to Donald Trump

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:00:15 GMT

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French President Francois Hollande responded to US President-elect Donald Trump's criticism of the European Union.



China will 'take off the gloves' if Trump continues on Taiwan, state media warns

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:00:10 GMT

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Trump said the "One China" policy was up for negotiation. China's foreign ministry, in response, said it was the foundation of China-US ties.



US Marines land in Norway, irking Russia

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:08:50 GMT

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US troops are to stay in Norway for a year, with the current batch being replaced after their six-month tour.



FBI arrests Noor Salman, wife of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:20:04 GMT

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The wife of the man who carried out a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, has been arrested in connection with the mass shooting, a law enforcement official said Monday.



Blue Parrot shooting: Gunfire at BPM music festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:30:25 GMT

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it is making "urgent enquiries" to determine if any Australians have been affected.



Iraqi forces push into new Mosul district in clashes with Islamic State

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:37:57 GMT

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Iraqi special forces pushed into a new district in Mosul near the Tigris river and battled Islamic State militants there on Monday, bringing them closer to recapturing the east of the city.



Virgin Australia to return Tigerair customers from Bali to Australia

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:28:24 GMT

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Hundreds of Australian holidaymakers stranded in Bali after Tigerair was forced to cancel flights to and from the tourist island will be flown home on Tuesday.