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Two sumo wrestlers walked into a bar -- their brawl rocks Japan's sumo world

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:31:05 GMT

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The world of sumo has been turned upside down like, well, like a wrestler pushed from the ring.



Donald Trump returns North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:17:03 GMT

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President Donald Trump on Monday officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, returning the rogue nation to a list from which it had been removed during the George W. Bush administration.



'Xi and his Era': China adopts a triumphant tone as US world leadership falters

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:43:05 GMT

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In an eight-page essay praising Xi Jinping, the Chinese president's achievements included turning South China Sea Arbitration into "waste paper".



'Although I've forgiven, I have not forgotten,' sister of Manson murder victim, Sharon Tate

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:41:06 GMT

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The sister of slain actress Sharon Tate said the death of convicted murderer Charles Manson brought her no solace.



Second woman accuses Senator Al Franken of inappropriate touching

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:39:02 GMT

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A second woman says Democratic Senator Al Franken touched her inappropriately, telling CNN that he grabbed her rear end while her husband took a photo of the two of them at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.



The self-help book that took Manson from Summer of Love to Helter Skelter murder

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:15:06 GMT

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One of Manson's biographers believed that one of the catalysing factors in Manson's metamorphosis from a juvenile delinquent with a penchant for manipulation into a cult leader that held his followers in a messianic thrall, was a self-help book he encountered in prison.



Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF sets ball rolling for impeachment of Robert Mugabe

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:35:06 GMT

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is a "source of instability", has shown disrespect for the rule of law and is to blame for an unprecedented economic tailspin over the past 15 years, his ruling party said in a draft impeachment motion on Monday.



Collapse of German coalition talks deals Merkel blow, raises prospect of new elections

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:09:02 GMT

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The sudden collapse of talks to form a coalition government has left German politics in turmoil, with Angela Merkel dealing with one of the worst crises of her 12-year chancellorship.



Jacinda Ardern says she 'never should have recounted story' about Donald Trump

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:04:02 GMT

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been questioned over comments made by her friend which suggested US President Donald Trump mistook her for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife at the recent APEC conference.



How Charles Manson has loomed large over popular culture since his cult's 1969 killing spree

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:22:04 GMT

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Cult leader Charles Manson, who died has died age 83, has loomed large in American culture ever since a brutal killing spree by his gang of followers, called the Manson family.



US military bans service members across Japan from alcohol after fatal Okinawa crash

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:18:05 GMT

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The United States military has banned all service members in Japan from drinking alcohol and has ordered those stationed on Okinawa to stay on base or in their homes following a fatal car crash on Sunday.



Where are the members of Charles Manson's The Family now?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:13:09 GMT

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They were a symbol of the counter-culture of the 1960s gone wrong - hippies who killed for their leader Charles Manson. So what happened to them and where are they now?



Donald Trump calls elephant hunting a 'horror show' after trophy import ruling

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:43:02 GMT

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The President strongly suggested he will permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations.



Behind Mugabe's fall: Gucci Grace versus the Crocodile

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:07:07 GMT

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The rapid fall of Zimbabwe's president probably has surprised no one more than Robert Mugabe himself.



Charles Manson, murderer, cult leader and 'a metaphor for evil', dead at 83

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:16:07 GMT

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Charles Manson, the notorious leader of the Manson Family cult that murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died.



What the parasites in a defector's stomach tell us about North Korea

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:05:04 GMT

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South Koreans doctors repairing a North Korean soldier's digestive tract found dozens of parasites in his intestines.



Right's Pinera wins Chile presidential election to face Left's Guillier in run-off

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:42:05 GMT

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Conservative billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera on Sunday topped Chile's presidential election and will face leftist candidate Alejandro Guillier in a run-off in December.



'Crocodile' Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe's replacement in waiting

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:11:04 GMT

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Emmerson Mnangagwa has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor, President Robert Mugabe.



Tsunami waves detected in New Caledonia, Vanuatu after earthquake: PTWC

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:50:04 GMT

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A magnitude 7.0 quake struck on Monday near New Caledonia in the South Pacific, the US Geological Survey said.



Angela Merkel's 'Jamaica coalition' in jeopardy as deadline passes

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:08:03 GMT

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Angela Merkel's political future is hanging in the balance after political parties last night failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to form a new government.



Australian-UK dual national scientist Hugh Durrant-Whyte barred from nuclear duties

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:21:06 GMT

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A respected Australian scientist has been barred from overseeing Britain's nuclear weapons program because Australia isn't a nuclear power, the UK's Sunday Times has reported.



A nation pours scorn on fallen Grace Mugabe and her endless greed

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:06:07 GMT

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In the end, it will be all about the money - in this case, how much one of Africa's richest and greediest women will get to keep of her dubiously acquired gains.



Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe declines to resign as President

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:54:04 GMT

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Zimbabweans watched in disbelief as their leader delivered a meandering speech that made clear he has no plans to leave power.



'I should have left them in jail!' Trump unloads on athletes freed by China

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:18:05 GMT

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President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players in a Chinese jail, after the father of one of the players questioned Trump's role in their release.



Spain's attorney general, leading Catalan prosecution, dies

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:32:04 GMT

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Spain's attorney general, Jose Manuel Maza, who was leading the prosecution of the separatist Catalan leaders, died on Saturday while in Argentina to attend an international law conference.



Champagne, diamonds and destruction: The downfall of Robert Mugabe

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:45:11 GMT

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In a glitzy club, the son of Robert Mugabe pours a bottle of Champagne over his diamond watch.



Explainer: Yemen is on the brink of a catastrophic famine. This is why

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:51:05 GMT

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At least 130 children are dying every day in Yemen. How did things get so bad?



Bangladesh 'close to a deal' that would allow Rohingya to return home to Myanmar

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:48:05 GMT

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Bangladesh is in negotiations with Myanmar over a deal to repatriate displaced Rohingya.



Robert Mugabe sacked as ZANU-PF leader, given 24 hours to resign as president

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:04:03 GMT

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Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has fired Robert Mugabe as its leader.



Sight for war eyes: How a couple wed in Pol Pot's forced marriages came to long for each other's face

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:38:00 GMT

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Ngin Chan shuffled to a table adorned with flowers placed on it to mark his wedding, and saw his wife-to-be for the first time.



Australian antiques dealer facing prison term in US for wildlife smuggling

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:33:06 GMT

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From his multi-million dollar Woollahra terrace, Graham Chen sold Asian art and antiquities that often went under the hammer for more than $100,000.



US general would resist Donald Trump nuclear strike order

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:29:05 GMT

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The top US nuclear commander says he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons.



Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:26:02 GMT

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Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday.



Charles Manson still alive, but his condition remains a mystery

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:23:04 GMT

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Mass murderer Charles Manson remains alive, authorities said, but details of the illness that brought him to a Bakersfield hospital remain unclear.



Democrat back from the dead after corruption case mistrial

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:55:02 GMT

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Democrat Senator Robert Menendez, declared himself back from the political dead, after his months-long bribery trial ended in a mistrial that could spell long-term difficulties for the federal government's ability to pursue corruption cases.



At Bonn, the stakes got higher in our gamble on the planet's future

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:39:04 GMT

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Perhaps the most revealing moment at this year's United Nations climate talks came on Wednesday, when Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany addressed the nearly 200 nations gathered here.



Satellite calls detected, hopes rise for 44 people in missing submarine

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:25:02 GMT

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Argentina says seven failed 'satellite calls' may have come from a missing submarine.



Zimbabwe's ruling party set to sack Robert Mugabe on Sunday, sources say

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:06:10 GMT

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Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party will meet on Sunday to dismiss President Robert Mugabe and reinstate the vice-president he dismissed, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two party sources told Reuters on Saturday.



Vatican says investigating alleged abuser who became priest

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:28:07 GMT

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The Vatican said on Saturday it had opened an investigation into reports that a former teenage altar boy, who allegedly repeatedly forced a dormitory mate to have sex with him, went on to become a priest.



Lebanon's embattled PM arrives in Paris after speculation he was hostage in Saudi Arabia

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:32:04 GMT

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived Saturday in Paris nearly two weeks after suddenly resigning his post from Saudi Arabia, a move that set off fears of wider instability and raised questions about whether he had willingly quit.



Robert Mugabe defiant, 'ready to die for what is correct', nephew says

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:45:02 GMT

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are "ready to die for what is correct" and have no intention of stepping down in order to legitimise this week's military coup, his nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, said on Saturday.



In the midst of Zimbabwe's crisis, some question China's influence

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:30:00 GMT

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Less than two weeks before political turmoil hit Harare, Zimbabwean army chief Constantino Chiwenga visited Beijing for a meeting with China's defence minister.



High noon in Papua: conflict simmers around Freeport mine

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:14:09 GMT

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Violent attacks have spiked around the Grasberg mine in recent weeks amid talks over a plan for Freeport to divest 51 per cent of its stake to Indonesia.



Superheroes find their powers are no match for the culture wars

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:15:18 GMT

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Marvel Comics has become a battleground between angry fans decrying political correctness and the writers and artists deploring their critics' racism and misogyny.



Zimbabweans flood Harare to celebrate expected downfall of President Robert Mugabe

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:23:04 GMT

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Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans flooded the streets of Harare on Saturday, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an extraordinary outpouring of elation at the expected fall of President Robert Mugabe, their leader of the last 37 years.



Donald Trump tweets decision to keep ban on importing elephant trophies, for now

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:50:06 GMT

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The US President's Twitter message on Friday evening reversed a decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.



An election that defines the two faces of Chile

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:22:05 GMT

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A billionaire Chilean presidential hopeful is vowing to wind back recent economic and education reforms.



'The ground has shifted': Sex abuse allegations revive scrutiny of Bill Clinton

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:47:07 GMT

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A torrent of sexual abuse allegations against powerful figures in politics and media has reignited the defining political fight of the 1990s.



Surgery reveals North Korean defector, country, riddled with parasitic worms

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:28:04 GMT

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Surgeons struggling to save the soldier's life found dozens of parasitic worms, some as long as 27 centimetres, while repairing his intestinal wounds.



Teary Grenfell Tower survivors reunited with 200,000 personal items

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:20:03 GMT

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Michael Lockwood, who has overseen work at the gutted block, said items of great sentimental value, including jewellery and photos have been reunited with their owners.



Coal trumps Trump as climate talks villain

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:21:05 GMT

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The conference culminated in 20 countries - including New Zealand, the UK and Canada - creating a new Powering Past Coal alliance.



Yemen children are dying at a rate of 130 a day while Saudi-led blockade continues

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:38:07 GMT

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Save the Children say more than 50,000 children are believed to have died of hunger and disease in Yemen in 2017.



Zimbabwe's ruling party moves to expel Mugabe

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:16:04 GMT

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A majority of the leaders of the party, Zanu-PF, recommended Mugabe's expulsion from the very organisation had controlled since independence.



Argentinian submarine missing with 44 crew on board

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:53:04 GMT

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Military ships and aircraft have been dispatched to the coast of Argentina for a navy submarine missing for two days.



Casualties in UK helicopter and plane crash

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:35:02 GMT

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A mid-air collision between a helicopter and an aircraft in the south of England has resulted in a "number of casualties".



How $30,000 from Australia is wiping away tears in Sierra Leone

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:37:07 GMT

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A village devastated by Ebola has begged Australia to continue literacy funding.



Fighting for health and against corruption: The optimist of Sierra Leone

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:48:11 GMT

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Bailor Barrie grew up in the slums of Freetown and has returned there with a mission.



Fiji to move more than 40 villages inland as seas rise

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:36:05 GMT

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Fiji plans to move more than 40 villages to higher ground to escape coastal floods and is also working on ways to help future migrants from other Pacific island nations as sea levels rise, Fiji's attorney general said.



Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe appears in public for first time since coup

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:23:02 GMT

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week, attending a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare, to applause.



Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town, marking end of 'caliphate'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:51:08 GMT

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Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, on Friday, signalling the complete defeat of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.



Share bike company Bluegogo's woes blamed on Tiananmen Square 'prank'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:00:04 GMT

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The young entrepreneur behind collapsed company Bluegogo has blamed a controversial Tiananmen Square advertising campaign for its woes.



Oops, Pentagon retweets call for Donald Trump, Roy Moore and Al Franken to resign

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:16:05 GMT

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The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers.



Mugabe tarnished the jewel of Africa, but it can sparkle again

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:35:07 GMT

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If you sat down and designed a country with glittering prospects, then you couldn't do much better than Zimbabwe.



Plans afoot to impeach Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe as he's told his fate is sealed

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:19:07 GMT

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is believed to be on the verge of resignation after he was presented with plans to unseat him



'This is a genuine crisis': The 'cliff edge' moment coming for Britain

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:05:12 GMT

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The so-called Brexit divorce agreement is deadlocked – still unsettled after six rounds of talks.



Japanese railway company offers abject apology after train leaves station 20 seconds early

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:49:02 GMT

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The No. 5255 Tsukuba Express train left a station at 9.44:20am instead of 9.44:40am.



Myanmar security forces 'targeting' Rohingya children in ethnic purge: report

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:46:05 GMT

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A Save the Children report reveals the deliberate targeting of children by Myanmar security forces driving Rohingya out of the country.



Sausage roll Jesus creates heartburn for British bakery firm

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:00:02 GMT

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London: A British bakery chain has apologised after creating a Nativity scene in which Baby Jesus, surrounded by three wise men, was replaced with a sausage roll.



Donald Trump's elephant trophy-hunting reverse sparks stampede of outrage

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:52:06 GMT

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Conservation groups decry a decision by the Trump administration to allow elephant hunters to bring back trophies.



US Representatives agree to $US1.5 trillion tax cuts

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:46:04 GMT

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United States House of Representatives has passed a wide-ranging rewrite of the tax code that could cut business and individual taxes by $US1.5 trillion.



Senior Democrat senator Al Franken 'sorry' for groping radio host in 2006

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:07:05 GMT

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A US senator touted as a presidential candidate has apologised for groping a woman when on a tour of the Middle East.



'Descending into outright dictatorship': Cambodia dissolves opposition party

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:19:02 GMT

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Cambodia's Supreme Court has dissolved the country's main opposition party, denying millions of Cambodians the opportunity to vote for their elected representatives in elections next year.



Suicide bomb attack strikes near Afghan political gathering

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:31:05 GMT

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A suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital on Thursday near a gathering of supporters of an influential regional leader killed at least nine people and wounded many, the interior ministry said.



Rolf Harris cleared on one count, denied right to appeal on 11 other child sex convictions

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:20:04 GMT

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One of Rolf Harris' child sex convictions has been quashed on appeal, but he has been denied the right to appeal the other 11.



Final death toll from London's Grenfell Tower fire is 71, say police

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:50:05 GMT

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The final death toll from the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower social housing block in London in June is 71, police said on Thursday after five months of painstaking search and recovery operations.



Share bike bubble claims first big casualty as Bluegogo reportedly goes bankrupt

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:23:04 GMT

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The share bike business, which has pumped millions of bicycles onto city streets worldwide, has seen its first big casualty.



Costa Rica to share secrets of long life

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:55:02 GMT

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The secrets of longer living probably lie in the world's Blue Zones, areas singled out for their high-ageing populations.



Convicted cult leader Charles Manson, 83, hospitalised in California

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:48:02 GMT

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Jailed killer is in a Bakersfield, California hospital. His condition is unclear.



Chinese police find 14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds wine in counterfeiting scam

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:50:08 GMT

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Beijing: Shanghai police have seized 14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds wine being sold by counterfeiters in China.



UK explorer Benedict Allen sighted in remote Papua New Guinea jungle

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:48:02 GMT

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The family of a British explorer who has gone missing on an expedition to reach a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea have spoken of their concerns for his safety.



South Africa sends envoys to monitor knife-edge Zimbabwe

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:05 GMT

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Zimbabwe was on a knife's edge on Thursday as the army denied it had seized power but kept President Robert Mugabe and his family under house arrest.



Deadly flash floods mangle western Greek coast

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:11:08 GMT

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A raging torrent inundated two coastal towns west of Athens killing at least 15 people and making scores homeless.



Macron invites Hariri family to France 'not at all' for exile

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:11:06 GMT

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"We need a strong Lebanon with her territorial integrity respected," the French president said.



Guess who is making China great again?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:53:05 GMT

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There is a saying "When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there" and it perfectly sums up the contrast between China's President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump.



Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for $US450 million, sets record as most expensive ever

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:58:12 GMT

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A painting thought by scholars to be one of only a few by Leonardo da Vinci to have survived the half-millennium since the artist's death has been sold at auction for $US400 million in New York.



'Gucci Grace' Mugabe's political ambitions and the toppling of her husband

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:36:05 GMT

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For all her purported attributes, Grace Mugabe is feared and has shown herself to be ruthless.



Ohio delays murderer's execution after struggling to find a vein

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:52:08 GMT

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The inmate had argued he was too sick for a lethal injection, but had lost a bid to be killed by firing squad instead.



Treasury secretary, wife pose with a sheet of dollars, get mocked online

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:28:04 GMT

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did what just about anyone would do when presented with a newly minted sheet of American currency bearing their name and signature on Wednesday: he posed for a photo.



Cards Against Humanity buys land to stall construction of US-Mexico border wall

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:02:03 GMT

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The card game company is aiming to make building the wall "as time-consuming and expensive as possible".



Fox News' presenter debunks Hillary Clinton uranium fable, infuriates viewers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:24:04 GMT

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Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium "scandal," infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought go work for CNN or MSNBC.



Pope Francis gets some hot new wheels - which he auctions for charity

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:12:04 GMT

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Pope Francis received some hot new wheels in the form of a white-and-yellow Lamborghini.



Zimbabwe: Is it a coup? Sure feels like one

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:47:12 GMT

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Military vehicles were stationed across Zimbabwe's capital early Wednesday, with the country's longtime leader under house arrest. But is it a military coup? Not at all, according to the military.



Australian diplomat Julian Simpson falls to his death from Manhattan balcony

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:02:08 GMT

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An Australian diplomat has fallen to his death from a Manhattan balcony after a night out with his wife and friends.



North Korea on Donald Trump's Asia visit: He deserves death

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:20:05 GMT

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North Korea gave its version of a diplomatic verdict on Wednesday on President Trump's recent trip to Asia: He's a coward who deserves to die.



'Look at our experience': British MPs' advice for Australia on same-sex marriage

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:53:04 GMT

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May says she hopes Australia will swiftly legislate gay marriage as Tory MPs dismissed fears it would undermine religion, citing England's own experience in introducing the change three years ago.



'It's all over now': California gunman went on rampage after neighbour dispute

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:14:05 GMT

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Sheridan Orr said her brother had a history of mental illness and episodes of rage. "There are certain people that do not need guns and my brother was clearly one of them," she said.



Scotland wins right to end the sale of cheap booze

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:32:50 GMT

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Scotland has won the right to be the first country in the world to tackle alcohol abuse by setting a minimum price on booze, after fighting whisky makers in court for five years.



A step forward as China 'special envoy' to travel to North Korea

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:45:02 GMT

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Beijing: Chinese president Xi Jinping will send a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, in what is being seen as a significant step forward in stalled diplomacy with the rogue nuclear state.



British and Spanish prime ministers say Russian entities meddled in elections

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:39:07 GMT

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In a remarkable one-two punch aimed at Russian hackers, bots and trolls, the prime ministers of Britain and Spain have separately accused Russian entities of meddling and have vowed to foil them.



US approves digital pill that tracks use when swallowed

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:22:03 GMT

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The decision marks a milestone in the convergence of technology and health care that also raises privacy concerns.