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Picture Editor's Choice, March 17, 2018

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:29:01 GMT


A selection of photographs from around the world by Fairfax picture editors.

White South African farmers dig in against deadly 'persecution'

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:02:11 GMT


White South African farmers have vowed to stay on their land 'come hell or high water'.

Biggest refugee camp braces for rain: ‘this is going to be a catastrophe’

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 04:11:04 GMT


The world's largest refugee camp, a temporary home to more than half a million people, faces a looming disaster when the monsoon season hits, aid workers warn.

Scientists find evidence of paint, complex tools and climate chaos at the dawn of humanity

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 03:51:07 GMT


In 320,000-year-old coloured rocks and sophisticated stone tools uncovered at an archaeological site in southern Kenya, scientists say they've found early evidence of what makes humans unique.

Andrew McCabe, target of Trump’s FBI scorn, fired before retirement

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:17:03 GMT


Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director and a frequent target of US President Donald Trump's scorn, has been fired by Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.

Slovak PM's resignation fails to quell protests

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 02:14:04 GMT


Crowds thronged a main square in capita protesting against what they said was only a cosmetic change in government.

Brazil mourns the murder of a rare political hero

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 03:51:04 GMT


All indications are that she was killed because she was bothering all the right people.

Trump attorney accuses Daniels of violating nondisclosure agreement 20 times

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 02:34:02 GMT


Stormy Daniels may face more than $US20m in damages for violating a "hush agreement" to remain silent about an affair she alleges with Trump.

Engineer of Florida Bridge reported crack days before collapse

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:16:02 GMT


The report was made in a voicemail message not retrieved until after the collapse.

Boris Johnson points finger at Vladimir Putin over ex-spy poisoning

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:07:04 GMT


In a rapid escalation of a diplomatic crisis, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK's problem was not with the Russian people but with the Russian leader.

After Florida bridge collapse, time-saving construction method probed

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:19:04 GMT


Expert says there is "nothing wrong inherently" with bridges built using Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques.

Kelly tells White House staffers their jobs are safe amid turmoil

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:52:04 GMT


In damage control, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has told members of President Donald Trump's senior staff they have nothing to worry about.

Trump signs Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:57:02 GMT


The move adds to strains between the two countries, as Beijing would rather the US respected the One China policy.

Romanian court tells man he's dead

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:24:02 GMT


The decision by judges in the eastern Romanian town of Barlad left Constantin Reliu, 63, legally dead despite him showing all the vital signs of life.

He was Malaysia's 'snake whisperer' - until a cobra fatally bit him

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:44:01 GMT


Hussin said he inherited his skills from his father, whom he called a "snake charmer", and started training with snakes in 2007.

Robert Mueller just stepped over Donald Trump's red line. Now what?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:40:03 GMT


The Special Counsel's team has subpoenaed the Trump Organisation for records pertaining to business deals – including some related to Russia.

Death of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov could be murder: UK police

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:05:02 GMT


British police said on Friday they had launched a murder investigation following the death in London of Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov.

Stormy Daniels to tell 60 Minutes of 'physical threats' over Trump affair

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:20:02 GMT


At least six other women have come forward to allege affairs with Donald Trump, according to the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma charged with corruption

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:50:02 GMT


Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption over a $2.5 billion state arms deal.

Indonesia to confront Rohingya crisis at ASEAN

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:10:00 GMT


Malcolm Turnbull won't commit to raising the issue of Myanmar's Rohingya crisis at the Sydney meeting of ASEAN leaders this weekend, but Indonesia will.

On the road with President Jokowi in his quest for a second term

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:05:00 GMT


The Indonesian president is already campaigning for re-election in 2019, and he's busy fending off suggestions he isn't "Muslim enough".

China's feared anti-corruption crackdown is widening its net

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:05:00 GMT


For the first time the Chinese President's anti-corruption drive is a legal, not political, tool, but it still may not be a fair process.

Nerve toxin used on ex-spy 'was planted in daughter's suitcase'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:18:04 GMT


As Britain's allies unite against Russia, investigators fear they may never catch the culprits who planted the toxin that poisoned Sergei Skripal.

172 gold bars spill onto runway in plane door glitch

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:17:05 GMT


Nearly three tonnes of gold fell out of a Russian cargo plane on to a runway after a hatch accidentally flew open upon take-off.

SOS Rio: 'Execution' of outspoken councillor a blow to security push

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:11:07 GMT


Brazilians are reacting with outrage to the murder of a prominent city councillor and outspoken critic of police killings in Rio de Janeiro.

Australians caught up in fatal Cambodia blast not military trainers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:55:02 GMT


An Australian man killed by a blast on a shooting range at a Cambodian army base was reportedly there as a tourist to fire weapons.

Picture Editor's Choice, March 16, 2018

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:29:01 GMT


A selection of photographs from around the world by Fairfax picture editors.

'You're fired, and you too': McMaster on brink, others on thin ice

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:52:04 GMT


In another jolt to his administration's senior ranks, President Donald Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser.

'We must undo this disgrace': Mugabe says his fall was 'military coup'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:09:09 GMT


Robert Mugabe has denounced his former right-hand man's ascent to president of Zimbabwe as illegal.

Saudi crown prince 'has kept his mum hidden from king for two years'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:14:06 GMT


Heir to the Saudi Arabian throne has reportedly kept his own mother away from his father, the king, out of fear she would stand in the way of his rise to power.

Donald Trump jnr's wife Vanessa seeks divorce after 12-year marriage

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:02:02 GMT


The Trumps have five young children.

He gamed, cheated, ignored her, she bought herself a samurai sword

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:37:05 GMT


Emily Javier allegedly bought and used a sword after finding Tinder on her boyfriend's phone and a hair in the shower. But he used his gamer skills to survive.

Multiple dead as pedestrian bridge collapses in Miami, Florida

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:51:02 GMT


Several people were killed when a pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University in Miami.

French court issues arrest warrant for daughter of Saudi king

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:35:04 GMT


A French judge has issued an international arrest warrant for Princess Hassa bint Salman, the daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Mass exodus as thousands of Syrian refugees flee besieged Ghouta

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:14:07 GMT


Thousands of refugees fled from eastern Ghouta on Thursday in the first mass exodus since government forces launched an assault on the enclave a month ago.

Saudi Arabia raises the stakes in Middle East with Iran nuclear threat

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:52:02 GMT


Saudi Arabia's crown prince has raised the prospect of a nuclear arms race in a region already riven with conflict.

North Korean minister to visit Sweden as Trump-Kim speculation mounts

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:26:02 GMT


North Korea's foreign minister will visit Sweden, prompting speculation that the trip could lay the groundwork for a meeting with the US.

Mueller probe: US sanctions Russians for election meddling

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:35:02 GMT


The US has issued sanctions against two major Russian intelligence agencies, as well as Russian citizens and businesses as part a probe into election meddling.

Indonesian President Widodo wants a free trade agreement with Australia

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:10:00 GMT


Indonesian president Joko Widodo says only technical details need to be resolved before the Indonesia-Australia free trade deal is struck.

Australian killed in landmine blast in Cambodia

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:44:02 GMT


One Australian is among two dead and three injured after an explosion in Cambodia.

Indonesian President Widodo says Australia should be in ASEAN

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:02:05 GMT


The arrangement could transform Australia's formal engagement with its Asian neighbours.

Russia to retaliate against Theresa May's poison 'provocation'

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:18:11 GMT


In the biggest freeze in relations between the UK and Russia since the Cold War, each side is threatening to act against the other

Australia is denying student visas, says Chinese government

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:43:05 GMT


The Chinese education ministry says some people are denied visas. Students in China believe those studying science and technology are being targeted.

Syria's civil war has been raging for seven years with no end in sight

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:58:04 GMT


It began with peaceful protests and has now engulfed the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Israel in a quagmire with no apparent end.

Disease stalks the victims of Papua New Guinea's highland earthquake

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:07:03 GMT


Aid is hard to get through, data hard to get out, and the residents of tiny villages worry that the world has stopped caring.

Pennsylvania Democrat victory shows collapse in Trump's support

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:27:04 GMT


The narrow election of Democrat Conor Lamb, even thoughTrump appeared in the district at a campaign rally, could point to a huge backlash at mid-term elections.

Malka Leifer lost support of influential rabbi over money

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:41:05 GMT


The intervention last week by Rabbi Grossman on behalf of the accused child sex offender shocked many. His withdrawal from the case was equally surprising.

At least six dead after Bolivia prison uprising

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:18:05 GMT


At least six inmates died and more than 20 were injured in a Bolivian prison on Wednesday while attempting to resist a police search.

Harper Lee estate sues Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird play

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:19:02 GMT


The estate of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has sued the producer of an upcoming Broadway adaptation.

'Freeze their assets': London's Russian elites face new scrutiny

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:00:05 GMT


Billionaires and football club owners may go under the financial microscope in the search for 'suspicious wealth' in the wake of the UK spy poison scandal.

Far-right group Britain First banned by Facebook

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:51:02 GMT


Facebook says it has banned Britain First from its platform for breaking rules against inciting hatred.

Democrats claim win in Pennsylvania 'on the Trump agenda'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:35:04 GMT


Republicans have sounded alarm bells after Democrats claimed victory in a Pennsylvania election seen as a referendum on US President Donald Trump.

Florida judge enters not-guilty plea for suspected school shooter

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:57:02 GMT


A judge entered a not-guilty plea for Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with shooting dead 17 students and staff last month in a Florida high school.

Duterte 'digging his own grave' after withdrawing from the International Criminal Court

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:36:04 GMT


President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that the Philippines was withdrawing from the treaty that established the International Criminal Court.

Teacher accidentally fires gun in class, injures student

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:01:02 GMT


A teacher at a California high school accidentally fired a gun in a classroom on Tuesday afternoon during a lecture on "public safety awareness," authorities said.

Students stage national walkout to protest gun violence in US

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:19:02 GMT


Students walked out of classrooms across the United States on Wednesday, waving signs and chanting demands for tighter gun safety laws.

UK to expel Russian diplomats in response to ex-spy's attempted murder

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:47:05 GMT


Prime Minister Theresa May also flagged possible covert operations against Russia to “counter threats of hostile activity”.

Unused land is main target of South Africa's expropriation plan: ANC

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:07:02 GMT


The ANC in December adopted a resolution to expropriate land without compensation for redistribution to landless black South Africans.

Angela Merkel elected to fourth term as Germany's chancellor

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:18:02 GMT


This may prove Merkel's most challenging term yet, as she leads a fragile coalition with her standing diminished.

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Oskar Groening dies at 96

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:19:06 GMT


One of his jobs was to retrieve the luggage of Holocaust victims and confiscate their money.

Professor Stephen Hawking has died, aged 76

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:02:05 GMT


The eminent professor and author's family confirmed that he had died peacefully in his home in Cambridge.

Tillerson’s firing had been expected, but it still stunned observers

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:08:05 GMT


The news contributed to the picture of an administration with no conventional decorum, instead a reality television show-style of freewheeling decision-making.

A torture cloud hangs over Gina Haspel, Trump’s choice for CIA

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 03:40:03 GMT


The nomination is certain to reignite the wrenching debate over their use and the resulting psychological damage for terrorism suspects.

Tillerson sacking will not reverse Trump’s foreign failures

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:19:05 GMT


Dismantling policies is one thing. Building something new is another.

YouTube to display Wikipedia 'facts' alongside conspiracy videos

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:39:15 GMT


YouTube intends to present an alternative viewpoint to videos questioning science or describing conspiracies about events.

Russia behind spy poison attack, says chemist

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:22:04 GMT


Vil Mirzayanov said he spent years testing and improving Novichok. The program eventually produced tons of the agent, which Russia has never acknowledged.

Kremlin fails to respond to poisoning probe by Britain's deadline

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:12:04 GMT


Prime Minister Theresa May will now try to convince the world that it must help Britain respond to Russian attempted murder allegations.

Puppy dies after being put in overhead bin on United flight

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:32:02 GMT


A flight attendant demanded that the owner place the puppy in its carrier inside the overhead bin for the duration of the flight.

Londongrad: As Putin’s opponents flocked, his spies followed

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:59:04 GMT


''I think it's sort of accepted that there are more spies in London now than there were at the height of the Cold War."

Court told former Fiat Chrysler Australia managing director 'bribed'

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:28:02 GMT


Fiat Chrysler Australia paid “Rolls Royce” prices for new car dealer websites after a web developer "bribed" Chrysler’s former MD with $2.4 million.

Prosecutor seeks death for Florida school gunman

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:02:04 GMT


The notice cited multiple reasons under Florida law for the death penalty including charges that the gunman "knowingly created a great risk of death".

Turkish forces besiege 700,000 Kurds in Syrian enclave of Afrin

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:11:06 GMT


Hundreds of civilians managed to flee the advancing troops on Monday, but an estimated 700,000 are encircled in Afrin.

Claims Chinese researchers blocked from Australian universities

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:42:03 GMT


The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that 40 Chinese PhD applicants who were awarded scholarships to study in Australia are experiencing visa delays.

Trump: 'highly likely that Russia was responsible' over ex-spy attack

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:52:05 GMT


Donald Trump has backed Theresa May's demand that Russia must provide "unambiguous answers" over last week's poisoning of an ex- Russian spy.

Russian exile Nokolai Glushkov found dead in London

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:22:03 GMT


British counter-terrorism police are investigating the unexplained death of a Russian associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky.

Another top Trump aide exits White House over security issue

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:55:04 GMT


Donald Trump's personal assistant since Trump won the presidency was forced out of his position and escorted from the White House on Monday.

Gina Haspel heading the CIA would have once been unthinkable

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:35:04 GMT


Gina Haspel looks set to replace Mike Pompeo at the CIA, becoming the spy agency's first female boss.

Trump fires Tillerson – and no one was more surprised than Tillerson

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:13:05 GMT


After months of denying he intended to resign, Tillerson was ousted just as he seemed to be hitting his diplomatic stride.

Japan's Shinzo Abe finds himself out of step over North Korea

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:13:02 GMT


Japan's Prime Minister is scrambling to remain relevant as the United States embarks on a daring diplomatic gambit with North Korea.

Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc backs stronger defence ties with Australia

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:22:02 GMT


In an interview with Fairfax Media, the prime minister of Vietnam called for all nations to respect the rule of law in the contested South China Sea.

Trump ousts Secretary of State Tillerson, taps CIA director Pompeo

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:31:02 GMT


Trump asked Tillerson to step aside last week, and the embattled top diplomat cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington.

Palestinian PM Hamdallah survives assassination attempt in Gaza

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:42:05 GMT


The attack on the Western-backed leader happened on the day the White House is due to hold a meeting on the humanitarian situation in the enclave.

Battle for Afrin: Turkish forces' advance raises fears of 'new Ghouta'

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:55:05 GMT


"For seven weeks now, Afrin has been bombed and shelled without mercy."

Republicans find no evidence of collusion or Russian preference for Trump

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:49:05 GMT


Republicans also found the Russian government did pursue "active measures" to interfere in the election, but not with the intention of helping Trump.

Xi Jinping further centralises power with 'revolutionary' reshuffle

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:02:05 GMT


Chinese ministries, some of which have been in existence for decades and become powerful fiefdoms, are being reshuffled to put the party more firmly in control.

Japan's PM Abe snared in school for scandal

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:00:07 GMT


The latest revelations in a long-running corruption scandal will be politically damaging for Japan's PM Shinzo Abe as he prepares to seek a third term.

Doctors find air pocket where part of man's brain should be

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:02:02 GMT


The scans were so extreme, doctors wondered if the man had forgotten to disclose previous brain surgery or birth defects.

Manson's grandson wins battle for infamous cult leader's corpse

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 02:11:03 GMT


A grandson of cult leader Charles Manson has won the bizarre California court battle for the killer's corpse

Slovakia staggers towards early elections as PM's coalition unravels

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:56:11 GMT


Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico's government is closer to collapse after his junior coalition partner called for early elections amid a corruption scandal.

May wants revenge but hitting Russia where it hurts will be tough

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:14:06 GMT


Confiscating the Mayfair penthouses of Russian kleptocrats may be the most effective and most achievable way to revenge Skripal's poisoning.

Police warn of 'suspicious' packages as explosions rock Austin, Texas

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:24:03 GMT


On March 2, a 39-year-old man in north-east Austin was killed after a package on his front porch exploded, police said.

Stone Age people in South Africa unharmed by Toba supervolcano

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:07:02 GMT


While the eruption may have triggered a decades-long global "volcanic winter", scientists found evidence some hunter-gatherers continued to thrive.

Givenchy, who dressed Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, dead at 91

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:59:06 GMT


The French fashion designer whose name became synonymous with modern elegance, has died.

German cities on alert for attacks on Turkish sites

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:33:02 GMT


Fires damaged several Turkish-run mosques over the weekend in incidents police said may be linked to Turkey's military operation in Afrin, Syria.

Nigerian presidency to negotiate release of 110 abducted Dapchi girls

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:08:04 GMT


Nigeria's presidency says it plans to negotiate rather than use a military option to free them by force.

May delivers ultimatum to Putin over 'despicable' attack on ex-spy

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:26:04 GMT


British Prime Minister gave Vladimir Putin 24 hours to prove the Kremlin didn't poison a former spy with a Soviet toxin.

Stormy Daniels offers to return $130,000 payment to Trump lawyer

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:14:10 GMT


Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims an affair with President Trump, on Monday offered to give back the $130,000 payment to Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen.

Trump throws gun purchase age to states, courts

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:04:02 GMT


President Donald Trump said he would wait for the courts to rule before acting on raising the minimum age for some gun purchases, putting off one of the more contentious gun safety measures he had backed after the latest US school shooting.

Suspicious package at British parliament, two taken hospital

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:42:01 GMT


Two people were taken to hospital as a precaution, as detectives investigated a suspect package at Britain’s Parliament, police said.

Israeli rabbi withdraws support for accused child sex abuser Malka Leifer

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:34:03 GMT


A prominent Israeli rabbi says he has ended his involvement in the case of Malka Leifer.