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Italy declares state of emergency after Austrian pipeline blast

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:24:05 GMT

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Vienna: An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria's main gas pipeline hub has killed one person and injured 21 others, prompting Italy to declare a state of emergency as gas supplies were cut off for most of the day.



On the banks of the Tumen, China prepares for North Korean refugee tide

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:28:09 GMT

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It's an admission by China that instability in North Korea is increasingly likely, and that refugees could swarm across the Tumen River



Democrat Jones beats accused Moore to Senate seat in Alabama in setback for Trump

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:38:09 GMT

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Democrat Doug Jones has won Alabama's election for the US Senate, scoring an upset victory in a deeply conservative state.



Banana-throwing Thai leader on media war path again

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:34:03 GMT

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Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha once threw a banana peel at reporters and has threatened to "probably execute" those who did not tell the truth.



Russia's mission in the Arab world is far from finished

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:56:04 GMT

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"We are not like the United States, we are not going to sell you weapons and then abandon you when you face problems".



Paris summit: Defiant US states join climate pledge

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:26:05 GMT

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Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile agreed the measure at a climate summit in Paris along with the two US states and provinces across Canada.



Another human foot washes ashore in Canada

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:26:02 GMT

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The exceptionally high tides this time of the year off British Columbia can turn the rocky western coast of Vancouver Island into a graveyard.



Mother of bully victim Keaton Jones, 11, faces backlash

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:09:02 GMT

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Questions arose about the mother's motives as numerous fundraising accounts linked to the issue appeared, one raising close to $US60,000 ($73,900) in three days.



Vladimir Putin aide eyes cryptocurrencies to beat sanctions, Russian newswire says

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:05:04 GMT

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An adviser to President Vladimir Putin said cryptocurrencies may help Russian banks avoid international sanctions, the Rambler News Service reported on Tuesday.



Social media destroying society with 'dopamine-driven feedback loops': ex-Facebook VP

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:28:05 GMT

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A former Facebook executive is making waves after he spoke out about his "tremendous guilt" over growing the social network, which he feels has eroded "the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other."



Ancient human-sized penguins once inhabited New Zealand, say researchers

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:49:03 GMT

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Scientists have unearthed in New Zealand fossil bones of what might be the heavyweight champion of the penguin world, a bird nearly 1.77 metres tall that thrived 55 to 60 million years ago, relatively soon after the demise of the dinosaurs.



Donald Trump attacks accusers, blames Democrats for womens' allegations

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:33:04 GMT

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President Donald Trump forcefully entered the national debate about sexual harassment on Tuesday.



Oscar Pistorius is bruised in prison brawl

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:24:04 GMT

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South African prison authorities said that Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee athletics star jailed for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, had been bruised in an altercation with a fellow inmate over the use of a public telephone in prison.



Four police officers wrestled with NYC bomb suspect as he pulled out a phone

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:17:05 GMT

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Four local police officers say they tackled the man who had just detonated a bomb in a New York City subway corridor as he tried to reach for his phone, fearing he might use it to detonate another device.



New York subway bomb suspect charged as police interview his wife

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:16:06 GMT

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A former hire car driver who allegedly set off a pipe bomb in one of New York City's busiest transport corridors allegedly posted on his Facebook minutes before the attack: "Trump you failed to protect your nation".



Cambodia's harshest jail claims life of Australian sex offender

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:24:03 GMT

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A convicted Australian child sex offender has died after spending seven years in Cambodia's harshest jail.



China businesses wary of Australia's 'suspicious attitude' amid political row

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:52:07 GMT

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Beijing: Chinese businesses are concerned that "anti-China" sentiment in Australia will put investments at risk or block Chinese energy deals, it has been reported.



Aussie Hells Angels member arrested over huge drug haul in Thailand

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:29:06 GMT

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Police have arrested an Australian Hells Angel and bar owner over an attempt to smuggle millions of dollars worth of crystal methamphetamines into a Thai port.



Alabama Senate race churns into final hours, still too close to call

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:28:04 GMT

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Apart from the personal drama, the political stakes are high.



Whirlwind Putin tour highlights Moscow's new reach in Middle East

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:54:04 GMT

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Putin is eager to declare victory, not only militarily but to cement his leadership of an international diplomatic effort as crowning Russia's return to the world stage.



Kim Jong-un controls the weather, North Koreans told

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:59:04 GMT

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In rare free moments, Kim Jong-un apparently goes on leisurely mountain hikes and flexes a never-before-reported superpower.



'Make the planet great again': France awards climate grants to US scientists

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:00:03 GMT

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Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several US-based scientists to relocate to France.



China-friendly leftist alliance appears headed for Nepal election victory

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:29:05 GMT

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The election outcome could indicate whether China or India gets the upper hand in the battle for influence in the nation.



New York bombing suspect 'chose subway site because of Christmas posters'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:05:10 GMT

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A former hire car driver chose to bomb one of New York City's busiest subway corridors because of its Christmas-themed posters, officials said.



Donald Trump wants NASA to return to moon, Mars

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:11:04 GMT

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President Donald Trump directed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars, shifting the agency's mission from the study of Earth.



'He cut through the ceiling': Californian man on the run after Bali prison break

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:55:06 GMT

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Indonesian police are hunting for a US citizen who escaped on Monday from Bali's overcrowded Kerobokan prison by cutting through steel bars in a ceiling, the jail's second breakout of foreign inmates this year.



Donald Trump's accusers urge congress to probe president's misconduct

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:34:10 GMT

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Three women who have accused US President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct have called for a congressional investigation into his behaviour amid a wave of similar accusations against prominent men in Hollywood, the media and politics.



Catalonia braced for violence as judge orders seizure of medieval treasures

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:00:00 GMT

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For more than two decades, the medieval treasures of Spain's Sijena convent have been at the centre of an ownership battle between the autonomous communities of Catalonia and Aragon.



Heavy snow disrupts schools, travel in UK, Europe

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:11:06 GMT

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A second day of snowfall closed schools and disrupted travel across parts of Britain and the Netherlands.



Saudi Arabia to allow public cinemas after 35-year ban

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:10:02 GMT

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Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would allow commercial cinemas to open for the first time in more than 35 years.



China denies using LinkedIn to recruit German informants

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:51:04 GMT

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China on Monday rejected accusations that it had used LinkedIn and other social media sites to infiltrate the German government.



President Trump 'on trial' through Alabama's Roy Moore

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:39:04 GMT

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President Trump is 'on trial' in Roy Moore's campaign for the US Senate in Alabama, the Republican candidate's top political strategist said on Sunday.



Suspect in custody after New York City subway explosion

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:46:07 GMT

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A suspect who allegedly set off an explosion in the New York City subway was taken into custody after the blast during peak hour on Monday morning, according to authorities.



China criticism grows over Australian 'foreign interference' stance

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:20:03 GMT

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Chinese criticism of the Turnbull government is growing over what one media outlet called its "dark mind".



A boy shares the pain of being bullied - inspiring thousands to show him love

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:22:02 GMT

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While fighting back tears, young Keaton Jones couldn't stop asking one question: Why?



A sacred Japanese island juggles secrecy and survival

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:14:02 GMT

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For centuries, the island was forbidden to all but about 200 men, who could wade ashore only one day a year after "purifying" themselves, naked, in the freezing sea.



End-of-year deal on Indonesia Australia free trade agreement in doubt

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:23:02 GMT

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Indonesia and Australia's trade ministers will meet in Argentina this week amid growing doubt the free trade deal between the two countries will meet the end-of-year deadline.



Heavy snow causes chaos for European travellers

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:20:04 GMT

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Heavy snow caused chaos on European roads and disrupted numerous flights.



German band to perform in Iran as 'cultural invasion' ban eased

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:13:07 GMT

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A German electronica band will perform in Iran's capital Tehran, marking the first concert by a Western pop group since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.



Neil Young's model trains sell for $420,000

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:48:02 GMT

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Singer-songwriter Neil Young's extensive collection of model trains have fetched nearly $420,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon



In #metoo wake, three senators call on President Donald Trump to resign

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:20:04 GMT

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Bernie Sanders and two Democratic colleagues have suggested Trump should resign, after a run of sexual harassment scandals is driving out members of Congress.



Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias push towards Idlib province

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:08:02 GMT

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The Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias backed by Russian air power have stepped up a military campaign against rebels in eastern Hama province in a push towards the rebel stronghold of Idlib province in northwestern Syria.



Australian portrait of Prince Philip unveiled

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:47:12 GMT

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The painting portrays 96-year-old Philip at Windsor Castle, wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, Denmark's highest-ranking honour.



'Trans survey': British school children asked to confirm their true gender

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:17:03 GMT

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Parents are concerned 10-year-olds are being asked in official school health questionnaire if they feel comfortable in their gender



Germany unmasks Chinese intelligence social media 'fronts'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:03:03 GMT

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Germany's intelligence service has published the details of social network profiles it says are fronts faked by Chinese intelligence to gather data on officials and politicians.



Firebomb attack on Swedish synagogue after Trump's Jerusalem declaration

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:01:07 GMT

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"There is no place for anti-Semitism in our Swedish society," Sweden's Prime Minister said.



New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:47:06 GMT

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The combination of Santa Ana winds and rugged terrain in the mountains that run through Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have hampered firefighting efforts.



Woman tries to kill bed bugs with alcohol, sets fire that leaves 10 without a home

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:27:05 GMT

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Three people were hospitalised and several others lost their home after a woman accidentally started a fire while trying to kill beg bugs.



A thousand Santas run through German town

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:14:05 GMT

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Michendorf, Germany: More than a thousand people kitted out in Santa suits ran through the streets of the small town of Michendorf, near Berlin, Germany, in an annual Christmas-themed event.



In a Blow to Hamas, Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza as Jerusalem tensions grow

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:58:04 GMT

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It was the second cross-border tunnel in six weeks that the Israeli military said it had detected and put out of use with new technologies.



Nikki Haley: Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:20:07 GMT

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The growing wave of women reporting abuse or misconduct has brought down powerful men.



Roadkill on Capitol Hill as pent-up anger opens accusation floodgates

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:01:08 GMT

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Democrats in Congress want to use Trump and Moore as foils to stamp themselves as the party that sticks up for women.



'Prevent the end of us': Nuclear powers urged to ban the bomb

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:30:05 GMT

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The leader of the group that won this year's Nobel Peace Prize has urged nuclear nations to adopt a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons in order to prevent "the end of us".



Anti-Trump violence flares as Palestinian stabs Israeli security guard

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:26:05 GMT

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A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem's main bus station on Sunday.



Corsican nationalists win landslide election and call for more autonomy

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 03:52:02 GMT

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Corsica: Waving black and white Corsican flags, exultant nationalist supporters roared approval as speaker after speaker vowed to "shake the foundations" of the French state after their expected victory in regional elections today.



Palestinians to snub Pence as he tries to salve wounds on Jerusalem issue

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:21:06 GMT

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Cairo/Gaza: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet US Vice President Mike Pence during Pence's visit to the region this month in a snub over the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.



Pablo Escobar's hit man caught partying with drug lord

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:28:04 GMT

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Bogota: Colombian authorities are seeking to re-arrest a former hit man for the late drug lord Pablo Escobar for violating his parole after he was caught partying with a major drug trafficker.



Meet the man who stopped to save a rabbit in the teeth of California's wildfires

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:32:04 GMT

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A Los Angeles television station has un-hoodied the man who warmed the heart of the Internet when he ventured into the middle of a California wildfire to rescue a frantic rabbit.



UN says missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have a 'common origin,' as US blames Iran

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:43:04 GMT

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New York: United Nations officials have found that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Houthi rebels appear to have a "common origin," but they are still investigating U.S. and Saudi claims that Iran supplied them, according to a confidential report.



Yet another generation of Gandhis as Rahul gets Congress party presidency

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:18:05 GMT

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When Rahul Gandhi, 47, was appointed vice-president of India's Congress Party four years ago – under his mother, Sonia Gandhi – he told reporters that "power is poison".



Tweeting from bed: TV-watching Trump redefines what it means to be US president

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:48:04 GMT

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People close to him estimate he spends at least four hours a day watching TV.



Emotional video of starving polar bear shows climate change impact

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:03:02 GMT

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A video released this week of an extremely emaciated polar bear has served as a rallying cry and stand-in for a largely unmitigated environmental disaster.



Islamic State completely 'evicted' from Iraq, Iraqi PM says

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:34:04 GMT

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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.



Did the CIA's chief James Angleton fall for British traitor Kim Philby?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:30:00 GMT

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As a double agent, Philby not only betrayed his home country, but the Americans who trusted British agents, with a cataclysmic impact on the CIA in its formative years.



On Jerusalem, Trump once again sets himself apart from the world. At what cost?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:30:00 GMT

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Donald Trump has called his decision a move made "in the best interest of peace between Israel and Palestine". Few others saw it that way. But will it matter?



Scientists are slowly unlocking the secrets of the Earth's mysterious hum

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:30:00 GMT

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It's a low, ceaseless droning of unclear origin that rolls imperceptibly beneath our feet.



Environmentalists ask: Is India's government making bad air worse?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 03:22:04 GMT

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As millions of Indians watched a televised cricket match this week between the national teams of India and Sri Lanka, the game suddenly stopped.



Death toll in Puerto Rico could be much higher than official count

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 02:17:04 GMT

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Homes were flattened. Power was knocked out. And all across Puerto Rico, bodies began showing up at morgues.



Court filing shows Paul Manafort drafted Ukraine op-ed despite gag order

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:25:05 GMT

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US Special Counsel Robert Mueller late on Friday unveiled a trove of evidence against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to convince a judge that he violated a gag order by ghost-writing an article to bolster his public image.



Israeli planes hit Gaza Strip as Donald Trump-driven violence ramps up

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:52:04 GMT

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Israeli warplanes struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, killing at least two people, in response to rockets fired by Palestinian protesters into Israel.



Russian general ID'd ordering actions before downing of MH17

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:34:02 GMT

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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found.



Hungarian lawmaker takes jab at George Soros with dead pig photo

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:50:02 GMT

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A lawmaker from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling party posted a photo of a dead pig on Facebook with a partially veiled reference to billionaire George Soros, who said the government was using Nazi-era propaganda tools to spew hate.



We need 'antibodies against some viruses of our times': Pope Francis tells Rome

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:03:10 GMT

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Pope Francis lamented the decay and degradation of Rome on Friday, using a traditional prayer on a national feast day to highlight problems such as environmental blight and corruption in the Italian capital.



Even sex is in crisis in Venezuela, where contraceptives are scarce

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:56:02 GMT

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A shortage of contraceptives has put Venezuelans in a particularly bleak quandary.



On 'Brexit Day' Britain will leave the EU - but not any EU institutions

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:42:03 GMT

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'Brexit Day' on March 29, 2019 will see Britain leave the European Union in name only, under an EU plan leaked to the media hours after the so-called 'divorce deal' was done.



I study liars. I've never seen one like President Trump

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:43:09 GMT

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I spent the first two decades of my career as a social scientist studying liars and their lies. I thought I had developed a sense of what to expect from them. Then along came President Donald Trump. His lies are both more frequent and more malicious than ordinary people's.



UN peacekeepers and Congo soldiers killed in attack

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:05:03 GMT

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Suspected militiamen killed at least 14 United Nations peacekeepers and five Congolese soldiers in an attack on a United Nations base in eastern Congo on Thursday night.



China blasts Malcolm Turnbull for 'poisoning relationship'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:04:08 GMT

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The Chinese government says it is "astonished" by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's statements on China, which risk "poisoning" the bilateral relationship.



Mosul was destroyed to 'save' it from Islamic State. Can its inhabitants return?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:30:00 GMT

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Today, west Mosul barely exists: 80 per cent of all buildings have been razed or damaged. The old city centre is no more. And then there are the people.



Donald Trump's week of wins via tax reform and foreign policy

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:19:05 GMT

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Finally, almost a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is celebrating some big wins.



Men blame women in western clothes: India's rape culture is thriving

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:29:05 GMT

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India promised a lot following the 2012 gang rape of a university student so brutal that she died of her injuries – but what has really changed?



Google, Facebook on stage with authoritarians for China's online marketplace

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:18:05 GMT

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As a rising China seeks a bigger say in how global rules are shaped, to match its weight as the world's second largest economy, no area is as vexed as the internet.



Brilliant solution to Brexit puzzle: 'We'll sort it out later'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:37:04 GMT

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After months wracking their brains, the UK and EU have trumpeted their ingenious Brexit solution.



'The breakthrough we needed': Britain and EU strike Brexit 'divorce' deal

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:37:05 GMT

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The UK has struck a 'divorce' deal with the EU, after frantic around-the clock negotiations tackled the knotty problem of the Irish border.



Theresa May goes to Brussels, Brexit divorce agreement close

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:49:02 GMT

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Brussels: British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels early on Friday as the two sides seek a deal that will allow talks on trade to begin.



Firefighters rescue man who 'cemented' his head in a microwave

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:16:08 GMT

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Firefighters have rescued a man who got his head stuck in a microwave in the UK.



UK-EU Brexit deal breakthrough may be just hours away

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:47:04 GMT

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A breakthrough Brexit deal may be just hours away, as diplomats worked around the clock to try to untangle the political nightmare of the Irish border.



Al Franken's resignation shows one party can be shamed, while other is shameless

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:07:21 GMT

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Al Franken announced his resignation on the floor of the Senate today, a development that makes abundantly clear that the Democratic and Republican parties have never been more different in modern American history than they are right at this moment.



It's official: Pizza-making listed as Italian heritage

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:00:00 GMT

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Pizza purists in Italy were celebrating a victory on Thursday over the kind of culinary piracy that has seen their national dish tarnished with prawns and pineapple and stuffed crusts.



Palestinians call for another uprising after Trump's Jerusalem call

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:03:08 GMT

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Hamas is urging Palestinians to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.



WikiLeaks faces US probes into its 2016 election role: sources

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:46:07 GMT

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WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are facing multiple investigations by US authorities, including three congressional probes and a federal criminal inquiry, sources familiar with the investigations said.



Two students killed in shooting at New Mexico high school, authorities say

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:18:02 GMT

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Students hid in their classrooms, some behind locked doors or in closets, as a gunman opened fire inside a New Mexico high school, killing two classmates.



Al Franken, Trent Franks resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:59:05 GMT

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Nearly all of the Senate's Democratic women - and most Democratic men, including the Senate's top two Democrats - called for Franken to resign after a sixth woman came forward to charge that he had made an improper advance on her.



Ferocious wildfires continue to ravage Southern California

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:20:06 GMT

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Officials warned that the wildfire threat could increase through the end of the week, saying that the threat level had exceeded the maximum 'red' threat level and was at 'purple' for the first time ever.



Let's create a 'United States of Europe', says German leader

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:23:05 GMT

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German Social Democrat Martin Schulz has proposed that a new United States of Europe should replace the EU by 2025. But it's a controversial idea that is unlikely to impress chancellor Angela Merkel.



Trump must show how he will advance Middle East peace, says Boris Johnson

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:57:05 GMT

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London: Donald Trump must show how he will progress peace talks in the Middle East after he deprived negotiators of the key bargaining chip in finalising the status of Jerusalem, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.



Israeli troops and Palestinians clash in Trump protest

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:53:03 GMT

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Seventeen people have been wounded by Israeli army gunfire, as Palestinian protests erupt in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip following the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.



Concealed carry gun rights a step closer to US-wide acceptance

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:11:02 GMT

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Washington: The US House of Representatives has easily passed a sweeping expansion of the right to carry concealed firearms virtually anywhere in the country, putting the fate of the National Rifle Association's top legislative priority in the hands of a divided Senate.



Canberra couple's holiday from hell after motorbike crash in Thailand

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:29:03 GMT

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Surprise birthday getaway turns "nightmare" for Canberra couple badly injured in Thailand crash.



In Japan, bustling apartment buildings have become scenes of lonely death

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:24:11 GMT

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In the 1960s, the Japanese government built huge housing developments outside its main cities, each holding thousands of young "salarymen" and their families.