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Donald Trump blames UK crime rise on 'Islamic terror'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:26:04 GMT

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Official figures show forces in England and Wales had registered a total of 5.2 million offences in the year to June - a 13 per cent rise on the previous year.



Texas town makes hurricane aid applicants pledge not to boycott Israel

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:31:05 GMT

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Residents in one Houston suburb hoping to receive aid to help relaunch their lives have to factor Middle East political tensions into their recovery efforts.



Somalia blasts add to questions over nation's security and reach of al-Shabab

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:30:00 GMT

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Some Somalis are referring to last weekend's brutal attacks as their version of 9/11.



Education, iron ore, health: how China's power transfer affects Australia

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:30:00 GMT

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The environment received more mentions than the economy in Xi Jinping's speech, which seemed squarely aimed at making China a "rule setter" in international affairs.



'The Olympics will be safe': South Korea spreads word on Pyeongchang Olympics

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:25:04 GMT

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Officials and executives from around 120 embassies and companies in South Korea will be hosted by the ministry to explain the government's efforts .



Australian archaeologist chronicles mysterious stone 'gates' in Saudi Arabia’s desert

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:19:03 GMT

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Australian archaeologist David Kennedy has been cataloging the "gates" in Saudi Arabia for a decade.



To inspire young communists, China reshapes Red Army schools

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:58:05 GMT

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President Xi Jinping is reshaping political education across more than 283,000 primary and secondary schools for a new era.



Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern will be world's youngest female leader

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:40:05 GMT

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The 37-year-old daughter of a New Zealand police officer is set to join a new generation of leaders overturning the political establishment.



Tech lobby mobilises to fight Washington over political ad disclosures

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:52:09 GMT

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Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators moved on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations that Russian-linked operatives bought deceptive ads in the runup to the 2016 election with no disclosure required.



Australia defends Cambodia military ties as soldiers prepare to crush demonstrators

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:43:05 GMT

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Bangkok: The Turnbull government has defended Australia's support for the Cambodian military, even as its soldiers train to use force against civilians amid a ruthless crackdown on democracy and political freedoms.



Time ticks down but no Brexit divorce agreement in sight

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:44:06 GMT

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Europe's leaders are expected to deliver a polite but firm "must try harder" rebuff to Britain on Brexit.



Struggling British pubs are trying urban axe-throwing and beer pong to stay open

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:32:06 GMT

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Home to 69,000 pubs in 1980, Britain is now down to 50,000 and they are closing at a rate of 21 per week.



White House chief of staff John Kelly defends Donald Trump's war widow call

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:33:04 GMT

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White House chief of staff John Kelly has delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman, accusing her of politicising what he called a "sacred" presidential effort.



White nationalist Richard Spencer accuses protesters of stifling free speech

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:08:06 GMT

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Several hundred protesters marched at the University of Florida on Thursday to denounce a speech by a white nationalist.



In split with Trump, Nikki Haley calls Russian election interference 'warfare'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:26:05 GMT

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Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's chief envoy to the United Nations, cast Russian interference in the 2016 election as "warfare",



Donald Trump gives Puerto Rico response a grade of 10 out of 10

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:20:06 GMT

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President Donald Trump on Thursday said the federal response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico deserves a grade of 10 out of 10 as he met at the White House with Ricardo Rossello, the governor of the US territory.



Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina killed in Nairobi robbery

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:09:05 GMT

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An Australian teacher has been shot and killed in a daylight street robbery while walking home in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.



George W. Bush delivers scathing rebuke of Trump presidency

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:43:04 GMT

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Former President George W. Bush on Thursday delivered a scathing warning about Donald Trump, saying his "America first" philosophy portends a dangerous inward turn that is eroding democracy.



Former police officer convicted of fatally shooting daughter's black boyfriend

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:55:10 GMT

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A jury has convicted a former Oklahoma police officer of first-degree manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of his daughter's 19-year-old boyfriend.



Best of the world: October 20, 2017

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:01:00 GMT

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The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
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In an unprecedented move, Spain to move ahead with suspension of Catalonia's autonomy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:23:04 GMT

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Spain will move forward with the process of suspending the powers of the Catalan government after Regional President Carles Puigdemont refused to drop his claim to independence.



Rookie Labour leader Jacinda Ardern to become New Zealand's new PM

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:57:02 GMT

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New Zealand Labour has won the support of a nationalist party that wants to curb capitalism.



Chinese Communist Party wants to 'build' its presence inside foreign companies

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:56:05 GMT

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Beijing: China will press to have a Communist party branch in place inside all foreign companies and joint ventures as part of its "new era" of Chinese socialism.



Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, 37, becomes New Zealand Prime Minister

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:53:05 GMT

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New Zealand kingmaker Winston Peters says he will form a coalition with Labour, handing Jacinda Ardern the prime ministership.



A-bomb survivors rebuke Japan over silence on Nobel for nuclear ban group ICAN

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:51:08 GMT

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A-bomb survivors have rebuked Japan over its refusal to join the nuclear disarmament ban.



Somali President vows revenge against al-Shabab after deadly blast

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:56:06 GMT

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Somalia hailed Turkey as it's 'genuine brother' as the only other people who cared about a truck bombing who killed almost 300 last weekend.



Inside the secretive group Nxivm where women are branded

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:56:11 GMT

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In March, five women gathered in a New York home to enter a secret sisterhood.



'Alt-right' leader Richard Spencer isn't wild about voting, especially by women

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:30:04 GMT

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Richard Spencer has expressed his disdain for voting, especially by women.



Whale and dolphin societies are like those of humans, scientists report

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:05:02 GMT

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Only a lack of thumbs has held whales and dolphins back, evolutionary biologist Susanne Shultz says.



Jewish neo-Nazi renounces white supremacist past - and comes out as gay

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:57:04 GMT

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Kevin Wilshaw became interested in Nazism as an 11-year-old. His father was "very right wing".



'A free and open Indo-Pacific': US flags pact with Australia-Japan-India

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:08:02 GMT

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has raised the prospect of Australia joining the US, Japan and India in a powerful strategic alliance to promote "a free and open Indo-Pacific".



More champagne: Australia upgrades ties with Cambodia autocracy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:23:07 GMT

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The move comes as human rights groups are calling for countries like Australia to pressure Hun Sen to end a campaign to silence his critics.



Top startup investors see mounting 'backlash' against tech

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:35:35 GMT

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Two of the technology industry's top startup investors took to the stage at a conference on Wednesday to decry the power that companies such as Facebook Inc had amassed and call for a redistribution of wealth.



IBM soars near 10 per cent on revenue growth forecast

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:25:02 GMT

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After more than five years of declining sales, IBM says it will finally show investors it can grow again.



In Italian schools: reading, writing and recognising conspiracy theory

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:05:03 GMT

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After reading the horrors in Dante's "Inferno," Italian students will soon turn to the dangers of the digital age.



Australia grilled on human rights by UN

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:37:06 GMT

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Former prime minister Tony Abbott's attack on a 2015 report into children in immigration detention has been raised during a United Nations examination of Australia's human rights record.



Xi Jinping flags reforms to China's 'abusive' discipline regime

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:49:04 GMT

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China will end the controversial practice of "shuanggui" - or extra-judicial Communist Party-based discipline - against corruption suspects, which had been labelled "abusive" by human rights groups.



Jesus Campos, security guard in Las Vegas shooting resurfaces

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:41:04 GMT

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The security guard who was described as "missing" in recent news reports has turned up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.



Donald Trump denies telling army widow her husband 'knew what he signed up for'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:51:06 GMT

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President Donald Trump labelled the congresswoman's account a "total fabrication" but she has hit back.



The gruesome nerve agent assassination of Kim Jong-un's brother

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:51:06 GMT

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On the morning of February 13, a pudgy, balding, middle-aged man approached a self-check-in kiosk in a terminal of Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport.



Bali police proceed with prosecution of Joshua Baker despite mental illness claims

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:49:03 GMT

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The 32-year-old was apprehended at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport on October 8 with an alleged 28 grams of marijuana and 37 pills of diazepam, a prescription-only sedative.



China to get more open, more powerful, follow its own path, says Xi Jinping

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:18:06 GMT

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 Beijing: Chinese president Xi Jinping has sought to downplay China's image as an emerging superpower, setting out a 30-year timeframe for the country to become a "global leader" with international influence.



'Czech Trump' Andrej Babis poised to deliver latest blow to EU order

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:28:05 GMT

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Europe's year of political upheaval isn't over. In the Czech republic, a charismatic, controversial billionaire dubbed the 'Czech Trump' – is poised to take power.



Embassy files expose US 'support for Indonesia communist killings' in 1960s

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:55:15 GMT

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Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign in the 1960s.



'Come out and surrender': on the ground in Raqqa with fighters who ousted ISIS

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:29:10 GMT

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Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State, is a city of shattered people who managed to survive four years of brutal occupation and a final bloody battle to expel their oppressors.



China's space lab will soon crash to Earth. No one knows where it will hit.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:01:06 GMT

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An 8-ton laboratory is soon expected to meet a fiery and uncontrolled end, hurtling down to Earth and crashing somewhere - anywhere - on the planet.



Fish depression is no laughing matter

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:57:06 GMT

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Not only can our gilled friends become depressed, but some scientists consider fish to be a promising animal model for developing anti-depressants.



'My world is finished': Rohingya survivors tell of atrocities in Myanmar

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:18:05 GMT

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A massacre in a riverside village called Tula Toli has emerged as the most horrific atrocity in Myanmar's Rakhine State since security forces there launched a brutal offensive against Rohingya Muslim civilians in late August.



'You are complicit': son of Caruana Galizia blames Malta's leaders for her murder

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:42:05 GMT

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The son of the Maltese investigative journalist who was killed in a car bomb has accused the prime minister and senior politicians of being "complicit" in her murder.



'This is cultural hacking': How Russia harvested American rage to reshape US politics

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:08:03 GMT

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YouTube videos of police beatings on United States' streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night.



Anne Frank Halloween costume triggers outrage

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:18:06 GMT

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The costume, a blue button-up dress, is accessorised with a green beret and a brown shoulder bag.



Islamic State defeated in de facto Syrian capital Raqqa

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:25:07 GMT

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US-backed forces in Syria claim they have full control of the Islamic State's 'capital' Raqqa.



Iraqi forces sweep into Kirkuk, checking Kurdish independence drive

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:06:07 GMT

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Iraqi government begins a military assault to curb the independence drive by the nation's Kurdish minority.



France to impose on-the-spot sexual harassment fines

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:31:06 GMT

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Men who wolf whistle or are aggressively lecherous towards women on French streets face fines under a new sexism and sexual abuse law.



Chinese party congress: 'Global governance' under Xi Jinping

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:45:07 GMT

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"It's a recognition that only as a global actor can China become great."



Donald Trump mocks Mike Pence: 'He wants to hang all gay people'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:26:05 GMT

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US President Donald Trump joked his Vice-President wanted to "hang all gay people".



Wildfires sweep Portugal, northern Spain, killing dozens

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:15:06 GMT

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Wildfires, fuelled by winds from Hurrican Ophelia, have killed more than 30 people.



Donald Trump falsely claims Obama didn't contact families of fallen soldiers

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:35:05 GMT

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President Donald Trump falsely asserted on Monday that his predecessor, Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American soldiers killed in duty, drawing a swift, angry rebuke from several of Obama's former aides.



Anti-corruption blogger who exposed Malta's Panama Papers link killed by huge bomb

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:33:07 GMT

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Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that stunned the small Mediterranean island.



Trump voter fraud commission researcher arrested on child pornography charges

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:07:03 GMT

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A man arrested this week after authorities said they found child pornography on his mobile phone worked for President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission.



North Korea warns: Don't join any US action and you're safe

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:19:07 GMT

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North Korea warned countries at the United Nations on Monday in a statement: don't join the United States in military action against the Asian state and you will be safe from retaliation.



'Me Too' stories of sexual harassment, assault surge on social media

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:36:06 GMT

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Tens of thousands of women are recounting being sexually harassed or assaulted by flooding social media with the hashtag #metoo.



Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:36:04 GMT

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Catalan authorities must drop a bid for independence by Thursday, the Spanish government said, moving closer to imposing direct rule over the region after its leader missed an initial deadline to back down.



Inside the 'adult day-care centre': How aides try to control and coerce Trump

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:04:15 GMT

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When Republican senator Bob Corker described the White House as "an adult day-care centre", he gave voice to a certain Trumpian truth: The president is often impulsive, impetuous and difficult to manage.



Somalia bomb attacks become deadliest in country's history

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:03:10 GMT

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More than 300 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Tuesday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught by Somalia's deadliest single attack ever.



Deadly tropical Storm Ophelia batters Ireland

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:28:06 GMT

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At least three people have died as Tropical Storm Ophelia battered Ireland's southern coast on Monday, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre waves.



US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:20:20 GMT

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US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy at a court martial hearing in North Carolina.



Julian Assange hits back at Hillary Clinton's claim he is a Russian 'tool' on Four Corners

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:26:06 GMT

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The former Presidential nominee has hit out against a couple of high-profile Australians in an interview on Four Corners.



'This is the deadliest incident I ever remember': Mogadishu truck bombing magnitude rattles Somalia

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:53:08 GMT

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When a double truck bombing shattered the night in Mogadishu on Saturday, rescue workers began the grim search for survivors that has become all too common as Somalia battles an Islamic insurgency.



What makes London the 'best' megacity for women and Cairo the worst

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:32:06 GMT

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Cairo is the world's most dangerous megacity for women while London is the best and Tokyo is the safest, according to new research.



Death of IS leaders boosts battle to retake besieged Philippine city

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:22:06 GMT

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The top leaders of Islamic State-aligned militants who besieged the southern Philippine city of Marawi have been killed during a battle to rescue hostages.



Where is Trump? Californians want to know

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:30:06 GMT

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With a record death toll, thousands of homes, businesses and millions of hectares burnt, "one voice has been conspicuously mute".



Opposition decries 'illegalities' as Venezuelans go to the polls

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:26:08 GMT

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Venezuelans went to the polls on Sunday in state elections, with the opposition decrying "obstacles and illegalities".



Hillary Clinton says she was leader of a revolution for women's rights

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:56:05 GMT

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The former US Democratic presidential nominee hit out at "endemic misogyny" she said partly caused her loss.



British actress Sophie Dix says Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:53:05 GMT

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This is the latest in a string of sexual harassment allegations against the movie mogul.



Donald Trump's re-election donors are paying for his son's Russia-probe defence

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:05:04 GMT

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Trump's campaign paid $US1.1 million for legal services from July to September.



World's youngest leader: Sebastian Kurz, 31, declares victory in Austria election

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:55:07 GMT

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The leader of Austria's right-leaning People's Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become Europe's youngest head of government.



Veteran goalkeeper Choirul Huda dies after on-field collision in soccer match

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:38:02 GMT

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Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda has died after a collision with a teammate during a football league match.



California's new normal may be more intense heat, fires, droughts and floods

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:36:07 GMT

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As portrayed in novels, the California of the future is barely habitable. Fiction? Perhaps less so after last week.



Somalia in mourning after hundreds killed in Mogadishu terror bomb blasts

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:00:05 GMT

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Donations of blood and money needed as families scramble to find missing relatives amid the rubble and in hospitals.



'Until the first bomb drops': Rex Tillerson says North Korea diplomacy to continue

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:39:08 GMT

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Rex Tillerson said the US would continue North Korean diplomatic efforts until the first bomb drops."



Political turbulence in East Timor could delay Greater Sunrise oil and gas treaty

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:26:05 GMT

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An agreement to develop oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea has been referred to East Timor.



Massive suicide bombing kills, injures hundreds in Somali capital of Mogadishu

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:19:05 GMT

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The death toll from a massive explosion in Somalia's capital has risen to 189 with over 200 others injured, police and hospital sources say, making it the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation.



Islamic State fighters evacuate Raqqa city

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:46:02 GMT

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A group of Islamic State fighters has evacuated the Syrian city of Raqqa overnight, taking civilians with them as human shields, a militia spokesman says.



Fruit, prawns off the menu at China's austere party Congress

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:32:02 GMT

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No free fruit in hotel rooms, no free hair cuts and no prawns on the menu - delegates at this week's Communist Party Congress in China can expect austere treatment in keeping with President Xi Jinping's pledge to crack down on corruption and extravagance.



Virginia State University in lockdown after 'isolated' shooting

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 04:41:03 GMT

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Virginia State University remains in lockdown after a campus shooting that US authorities say was an isolated incident.



Death toll in Vietnam floods rises to 68

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 03:33:04 GMT

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The death toll in Vietnam from landslides and heavy rain triggered by a tropical depression earlier this week has climbed to 68, with another 34 people missing.



Civil war wounds reopened as two sides square up over Catalonia

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:34:02 GMT

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The warning from the spokesman of Spain's ruling party stopped hearts across Catalonia: If Carles Puigdemont declared independence, he might "end up like the man who declared it 83 years ago".



Have dirt that could impeach Trump? Larry Flynt will pay you $10 million

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:05:02 GMT

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Larry Flynt's ad in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post is hard to miss.



California fires deadliest in state history, as thousands more evacuate

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:01:07 GMT

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Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands more Californians to evacuate their homes on Saturday as the death toll from the deadliest blaze recorded in the state's history rose to at least 40, with hundreds of people still missing.



Australian Joshua Baker faces up to 15 years in jail over drugs in Bali

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:48:02 GMT

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Australian man Joshua James Baker could be jailed for up to 15 years after being named a suspect for allegedly bringing a mixture of marijuana and tobacco and prescription-only drugs into Bali.



Four ways Trump has moved to undo his predecessors' legacies

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:46:05 GMT

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President Donald Trump has had nothing but sharp words for some of the most notable accomplishments of his Democratic predecessors Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.



Hurricane Ophelia strengthens as heads towards Ireland

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:41:02 GMT

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Hurricane Ophelia strengthened as it bears down on Ireland, threatening everything from farms to a golf course owned by the family of US President Donald Trump.



Car bombs kill dozens in Somalia's capital Mogadishu

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:51:03 GMT

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Two car bombs in separate parts of Somalia's capital Mogadishu killed at least 22 people on Saturday and injured several others, police said.



Freed Canadian hostage says baby was killed, and wife raped

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:27:02 GMT

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A US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped.



Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year-old on track to win Austrian election, articulates hard line

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

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The far right is likely to end up in government in Austria. If it does, much will depend on the leadership of Sebastian Kurz.



'They will not be able to avoid a disaster': Julie Bishop comments prompt North Korea threat

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:39:02 GMT

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North Korea has criticised and threatened Australia for aligning itself with South Korea and the United States and for its attitude toward the Pyongyang regime, according to state-run media.



Islamic State fighters surrender as Raqqa defeat appears imminent

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 04:20:03 GMT

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Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Syria's Raqqa and the city may finally be cleared of the jihadists on Saturday or Sunday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said.



Return of 'ocean chimney' the size of Tasmania puzzles Antarctic scientists

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:14:04 GMT

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A mysterious and rare hole the size of Tasmania has opened up in the Antarctic sea ice,



Death toll climbs as California fires rage

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:44:06 GMT

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Fire officials in Northern California continue to battle the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in the state's history.