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Australia resettled two Rwandans accused of murder in secret deal with US - reports 15 May 10:16pm Australia resettled two Rwandans accused of murder in secret deal with US - reports
Government accepted two men who could not be tried in the US, at the same time as protesting medevac bill would leave Australia powerless to prevent ‘murderers’ arriving from offshore detention The Australian government has reportedly resettled as humanitarian migrants two Rwandan men who had been charged with murder, on request from the US government. Under the secret deal,
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Federal election 2019: report Australia took two suspected murderers as part of refugee swap with US – politics live 15 May 9:51pm Updated Federal election 2019: report Australia took two suspected murderers as part of refugee swap with US – politics live
Two Rwandans charged with the murder of eight tourists were reportedly brought to Australia last November. Meanwhile, Labor still leads in final polling before election day. All the day’s events, live
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Conrad Black: Trump pardons ex-media mogul 15 May 9:09pm Conrad Black: Trump pardons ex-media mogul
Black was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent more than three years in prison Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a full pardon for the former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent three and a half years in prison. Black, 74, a Canadian-born British citizen, once ran an international newspaper empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times, Britain’s Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post.
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San Francisco politicians champion civil liberties - but back police raid on journalist 15 May 8:41pm Updated San Francisco politicians champion civil liberties - but back police raid on journalist
After authorities seize reporter’s notes, Democratic leaders say they back the raid and decline to address press freedom concerns San Francisco politicians pride themselves on defending civil liberties in the face of unprecedented attacks by the White House. But when a Donald Trump-style crackdown on citizens’ rights took place in their own backyard, the city’s Democratic leaders had a different kind of response. They supported it.
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Alabama abortion ban: governor signs bill into law – live 15 May 8:35pm Updated Alabama abortion ban: governor signs bill into law – live
New law is the most restrictive in the nation, making it a crime to perform the procedure at any stage of pregnancy
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Federal election 2019: Shorten and Morrison to deliver final pitches – politics live 15 May 8:24pm Updated Federal election 2019: Shorten and Morrison to deliver final pitches – politics live
Both leaders will deliver their final speeches to voters, with just 48 hours left to win over the undecided. All the day’s events, live
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Choco Leibniz heiress apologises over Nazi forced labour remarks 15 May 7:05pm Choco Leibniz heiress apologises over Nazi forced labour remarks
Verena Bahlsen says comments were ‘thoughtless’ amid calls for a boycott of biscuit brand The heiress of a German biscuit empire has apologised for stirring outrage with remarks that appeared to play down the hardship suffered by dozens of people forced to work at the family business under Nazi rule. Verena Bahlsen, whose father owns the Bahlsen company that makes some of Germany’s most famous biscuits including Choco Leibniz, said her remarks that the firm did nothing wrong when it employed 200 forced labourers during the second world war were thoughtless.
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The Guardian view on prosecuting war crimes: no one is above the law | Editorial 15 May 7:01pm The Guardian view on prosecuting war crimes: no one is above the law | Editorial
The new defence secretary ought to understand that the rule of law can only be upheld by observing itThe limelight was always going to be on Penny Mordaunt as defence secretary. A Brexiter accused by the last prime minister of
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Limit HS2 speeds and move terminus to cut costs, say Lords 15 May 7:01pm Limit HS2 speeds and move terminus to cut costs, say Lords
Report casts doubt on £56bn budget and says savings should be made to fund northern rail
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California power company caused wildfire that killed 85, investigation finds 15 May 6:54pm California power company caused wildfire that killed 85, investigation finds
The Camp fire, the deadliest blaze in California history, almost completely incinerated the town of Paradise A major power company is responsible for the deadliest wildfire in California history, an investigation by the state fire agency Cal Fire has found. The Camp fire, which
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WA policeman who tasered driver after random breath test guilty of assault 15 May 6:36pm WA policeman who tasered driver after random breath test guilty of assault
Union warns conviction of Grantley James Keenan will have ramifications ‘across every police jurisdiction in Australia’ A Western Australian policeman who tasered a driver during a scuffle following a random breath test has been found guilty of two counts of assault, a conviction the police union said would cause ramifications “across every police jurisdiction in Australia”. Senior Constable Grantley James Keenan tasered James Bartlett in Fremantle in March 2017 and much of the incident was filmed by a rear-seat passenger.
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Trump declares national emergency over telecoms threats in apparent swipe at China – live 15 May 6:04pm Updated Trump declares national emergency over telecoms threats in apparent swipe at China – live
Move gives government power to bar US companies from business with foreign suppliers, including Chinese firm Huawei
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Majority of Europeans expect end of EU within 20 years 15 May 6:01pm Majority of Europeans expect end of EU within 20 years
Three in 10 think conflict among EU countries is a realistic possibility, survey finds More than half of Europeans believe the EU is likely to collapse within a generation, despite support for the bloc hitting heights not recorded in more than a quarter of a century. In France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Greece, the Czech Republic and Poland, a majority of people surveyed thought EU disintegration was a “realistic possibility” in the next 10 to 20 years.
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White House refuses to sign on to Christchurch call to combat online extremism – live 15 May 4:38pm Updated White House refuses to sign on to Christchurch call to combat online extremism – live
White House said in response to an international agreement to to curb hate speech that ‘productive speech’ is the best tool to defeat it
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Germany returns to growth; relief as Trump ‘delays car tariffs’ - as it happened 15 May 4:07pm Germany returns to growth; relief as Trump ‘delays car tariffs’ - as it happened
Germany’s economy has returned to growth, but retail spending has fallen in China and the US
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The Met museum to reject donations from Sackler family over opioid crisis 15 May 3:49pm The Met museum to reject donations from Sackler family over opioid crisis
Move follows similar recent decisions about Sackler philanthropy, including by the Guggenheim museum and the Tate in Britain The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced on Wednesday that it will stop accepting gifts from
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Wall Street rallies as Trump ‘delays car tariffs’ - business live 15 May 3:25pm Updated Wall Street rallies as Trump ‘delays car tariffs’ - business live
Germany’s economy has returned to growth, but retail spending has fallen in China and the US
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Leaders and tech firms pledge to tackle extremist violence online 15 May 2:52pm Leaders and tech firms pledge to tackle extremist violence online
Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron met companies and G7 nations in Paris for Christchurch Call summit World leaders and heads of global technology companies have pledged at a Paris summit to tackle terrorist and extremist violence online in what they described as an “unprecedented agreement”. Wednesday’s event, organised two months to the day since the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, drew up a “plan of action” to be adopted by countries and companies to prevent extreme material going viral on the internet.
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Johns Hopkins Hospital sued poor and African American patients, study shows 15 May 2:45pm Johns Hopkins Hospital sued poor and African American patients, study shows
Baltimore hospital filed 2,400 lawsuits often against poor and black patients for unpaid medical bills between 2009 and 2018 Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, filed over 2,000 lawsuits often against poor and African American patients, and including many of their own neighbors, for unpaid medical bills, a new study has revealed. The hospital, one of the state’s largest, filed 2,400 lawsuits between 2009 and 2018 that totaled $4.8m in alleged debt from patients, according to a
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Yemen: ceasefire broken as fresh fighting breaks out in Hodeidah 15 May 2:25pm Yemen: ceasefire broken as fresh fighting breaks out in Hodeidah
UN envoy issues warning as renewed clashes reported following Houthis’ withdrawal Renewed clashes broke out between Houthi rebel fighters and Saudi-backed pro-government forces in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, breaching a ceasefire and potentially threatening a
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Les Misérables review – savvy cop procedural swerves into molotov mayhem 15 May 2:13pm Les Misérables review – savvy cop procedural swerves into molotov mayhem
Ladj Ly’s debut feature is a police drama set in a tough Paris suburb that loses subtlety and heft as it erupts into violence This movie from first-time feature director Ladj Ly has one of the most striking and even glorious pre-credit sequences I can remember. It shows the cheering, screaming crowds on the streets of Paris last summer, when
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Misogyny, violence, racism, classism: the toxic forces behind our shameful poverty rates 15 May 2:00pm Misogyny, violence, racism, classism: the toxic forces behind our shameful poverty rates
How does poverty remain entrenched while wealth bounds on? The answer isn’t only about economics, but also about culture
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PNG government may restrict Facebook as PM faces no-confidence motion 15 May 2:00pm PNG government may restrict Facebook as PM faces no-confidence motion
Peter O’Neill says ‘fake news’ is destroying Papua New Guinea, which has faced a tumultuous few weeks in politics The Papua New Guinea government is again flagging restricting or banning Facebook and other social media in the country, after a tumultuous few weeks in politics which may still see a vote of no confidence in the prime minister. The prime minister, Peter O’Neill, has said he would order cabinet to conduct a “complete review” of social media as the first task of the newly appointed communications minister on Thursday.
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Israeli forces shoot 16 Palestinian protesters at Gaza frontier 15 May 1:39pm Israeli forces shoot 16 Palestinian protesters at Gaza frontier
Thousands of Palestinians turn out to commemorate mass displacement in 1948 Israeli soldiers have shot 16 people at the Gaza frontier on a day of rallies commemorating the mass displacement of Palestinians during the war that led to Israel’s creation in 1948. Each year, typically on 15 May, Palestinians mark the
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Tax authorities mount raids on 19 German banks and homes 15 May 1:24pm Tax authorities mount raids on 19 German banks and homes
Investigation is linked to Panama Papers and part of money laundering allegations Eleven banks and eight private homes and offices across Germany have been raided by police and tax investigators as part of a wide-ranging investigation into tax evasion. The raids, which began at dawn on Wednesday and went on into the afternoon, were part of the same investigation
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Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA 15 May 1:00pm Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA
Researchers create altered synthetic genome, in move with potential medical benefits Scientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code. The lab-made microbe, a strain of bacteria that is normally found in soil and the human gut, is similar to its natural cousins but survives on a smaller set of genetic instructions.
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The Proustian draw of sexy hawthorn | Brief letters 15 May 12:45pm The Proustian draw of sexy hawthorn | Brief letters
Scapegoats | Gorbachev | Timpson | Hawthorn | Danny DrinkwaterIt is surprising that your stimulating and relevant supplement (
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London Bridge survivor hid near victim during attack, hears inquest 15 May 12:42pm London Bridge survivor hid near victim during attack, hears inquest
Andrius Vorobjovas describes cowering in alleyway by James McMullan, who showed no signs of life A man has told an inquest into the London Bridge terror attack how he cowered in an alleyway by the body of a stabbing victim as he feared the attackers were coming for him. Andrius Vorobjovas said he hid beside James McMullan, 32, the only British person to have been killed in in the attack, who was lying in the corner of an alleyway close to Boro Bistro, where Vorobjovas had been drinking with friends on the evening of 3 June 2017.
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Alabama abortion ban: Republican state senate passes most restrictive law in US 15 May 12:25pm Updated Alabama abortion ban: Republican state senate passes most restrictive law in US
Law bans abortion except if there is a ‘serious health risk’ to the mother, with no exceptions for rape and incest
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With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable | Owen Jones 15 May 12:23pm With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable | Owen Jones
Antiwar activists must do everything they can to prevent it, and that includes pressuring US alliesIt was a deception that would lead to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, and to the deaths of nearly 60,000 US soldiers. In August 1964 President Lyndon B Johnson solemnly
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Has the rise of the Brexit party blown away Ukip? 15 May 12:16pm Has the rise of the Brexit party blown away Ukip?
New party leading European election polls, with support for Farage’s former party Ukip dropping to 3% Sitting in his glass-walled managing director’s office in east London, Lance Forman contemplates the logistics of potentially taking not only a second job, but a second job which is based in two, separate overseas cities. “From what I understand, the amount of time one needs to spend in Brussels or Strasbourg is actually not that onerous,” he says, hopefully. “And I’ve learned how to delegate.”
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Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US 15 May 12:00pm Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US
German chancellor also shares views on Brexit and climate crisis in interview Europe must reposition itself to stand up to the challenges posed by its three big global rivals, China, Russia and the US, Angela Merkel has said before her final
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Germany and Netherlands halt training schemes in Iraq as tensions rise 15 May 11:32am Germany and Netherlands halt training schemes in Iraq as tensions rise
Moves follow US embassy in Baghdad ordering all but emergency staff to leave Germany and the Netherlands have suspended their military training programmes in Iraq because of a perceived security threat in the wake of rising US-Iranian tensions in the region. The announcements came after the US embassy in Baghdad ordered all but emergency staff to leave Iraq. No details of the supposed security threat were provided.
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Cannes festival in row after director and baby blocked from Palais entry 15 May 11:00am Cannes festival in row after director and baby blocked from Palais entry
British film-maker claims she was denied access to Marché du Film, then told to pay fee for baby and wait two days for it to be processed The Cannes film festival has been criticised for its treatment of mothers and babies after a female director claimed she and her child were prevented from entering the festival site.
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Germany returns to growth, but US retail sales and factory output fall - business live 15 May 10:37am Updated Germany returns to growth, but US retail sales and factory output fall - business live
Germany’s economy has returned to growth, but retail spending has fallen in China and the US
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Behind the bloodshed: the chilling untold stories about Charles Manson 15 May 10:24am Behind the bloodshed: the chilling untold stories about Charles Manson
Tarantino’s epic is the big draw at Cannes. But there are other Manson movies around – including one about what ultimately happened to the young women who fell under the murderer’s spell Over the last half century, one villain has loomed large over Hollywood. The gruesome murders committed by
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Michael Wolff releasing sequel to Fire and Fury 15 May 10:07am Michael Wolff releasing sequel to Fire and Fury
Siege: Trump under Fire will contain more inside stories on the Trump administration Michael Wolff, whose book Fire and Fury lifted the lid on the Trump administration last year, is releasing a sequel in three weeks’ time. Siege: Trump under Fire will be released on 4 June, publishers Henry Holt and Company announced on Wednesday.
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Man who sparked VIP abuse ring inquiry is paedophile, court told 15 May 9:55am Man who sparked VIP abuse ring inquiry is paedophile, court told
Carl Beech viewed indecent images of boys at same time he was making claims, court hears The man known as “Nick” whose claims prompted a multi-million pound Scotland Yard investigation into an alleged VIP abuse ring in Westminster is himself a “committed and manipulative paedophile”, a court has been told. Carl Beech is accused of falsely alleging he was among victims of a group of politicians, as well as senior figures in the military and intelligence services, who raped and murdered boys in the 1970s and 80s.
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Top 10 books about Sudan 15 May 9:47am Top 10 books about Sudan
Despite 30 years of repression that have hit writers unusually hard, Sudanese literature remains vigorous. Here is some of the best available in English I was lucky to grow up in Khartoum in a house filled with books, at a time when Sudan’s public libraries flourished. One of the most startling discoveries I made as a child of about 13 was finding a couple of
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Germany shrugs off recession fears, but US retail sales fall - business live 15 May 9:15am Updated Germany shrugs off recession fears, but US retail sales fall - business live
Germany’s economy has returned to growth, but retail spending has fallen in China and the US
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Amnesty should be given to Troubles soldiers, says Mordaunt 15 May 9:04am Amnesty should be given to Troubles soldiers, says Mordaunt
Defence secretary would extend veterans’ amnesty to Northern Ireland The defence secretary has said she believes soldiers who served during the Troubles in Northern Ireland should be covered by a
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Film based on Christchurch mosque shooting in the works 15 May 8:09am Film based on Christchurch mosque shooting in the works
Hello, Brother – named after a victim’s last words – was announced at Cannes film festival by Egyptian director Moez Masoud A film about the
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Rooftop swimming pool? Notre Dame proposals ignore tradition 15 May 7:59am Rooftop swimming pool? Notre Dame proposals ignore tradition
Flurry of designs from architecture firms around world also suggest glass, crystal and metal spires An architecture firm has proposed replacing the roof of Notre Dame cathedral with a swimming pool, as France prepares to launch an international
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1 million face hunger in Gaza after US cut to Palestine aid 15 May 7:49am 1 million face hunger in Gaza after US cut to Palestine aid
UN relief agency warns of crisis next month unless donor countries provide $60m
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Israeli TV Eurovision webcast hacked with fake missile alert 15 May 7:09am Israeli TV Eurovision webcast hacked with fake missile alert
Semi-final interrupted with warnings of imminent attacks on Tel Aviv The online stream of the Eurovision semi-finals in Israel was hacked to show warnings of a missile strike and images of blasts in the host city Tel Aviv. The website for KAN’s television stations was interrupted on Tuesday evening – just as the competition’s first round was beginning – with a fake alert from Israel’s army cautioning of an impending attack.
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Tommy Robinson sued by Syrian schoolboy he accused of assault 15 May 7:07am Tommy Robinson sued by Syrian schoolboy he accused of assault
Jamal Hijazi brings libel action over EDL founder’s claim he attacked white schoolgirls
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UK government security decisions can be challenged in court, judges rule 15 May 6:36am UK government security decisions can be challenged in court, judges rule
Supreme court says GCHQ’s hacking powers should be subject to judicial review Government security decisions will in future be open to challenge in the courts after judges ruled that a secretive intelligence tribunal could not be exempt from legal action. By a 4-3 majority, supreme court justices declared that the extent of GCHQ’s powers to hack into internet services should be subject to judicial review.
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US briefing: Alabama abortion ban, Ebola outbreak and Iran 15 May 6:15am US briefing: Alabama abortion ban, Ebola outbreak and Iran
Wednesday’s top story: Alabama Republicans pass nation’s strictest abortion law. Plus, the Midwest towns under existential threat from climate change
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US orders non-essential embassy staff to leave Iraq amid Iran tensions 15 May 6:08am US orders non-essential embassy staff to leave Iraq amid Iran tensions
Order comes as Iran’s supreme leader issues warning over country’s nuclear capabilities The US embassy in Baghdad has ordered all non-essential and non-emergency staff to leave Iraq immediately as tensions grow between Washington and Iran. Last week, Washington said it had detected new and urgent threats from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans and US interests.
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‘Saint Francis’ stays on hunger strike in Italian deportations protest 15 May 6:01am ‘Saint Francis’ stays on hunger strike in Italian deportations protest
Italian lay missionary takes stand against Matteo Salvini’s hardline immigration policies An Italian lay missionary has vowed to continue his hunger strike after successfully halting the deportation of a Ghanaian man, as he pledged to keep on campaigning against Italy’s hardline immigration policies. Brother Biagio Conte, 56, known as the “new Saint Francis”, has been fasting for 17 days as he attempted to convince the government to reconsider its decision and save Paul Aning, 53, who for the past 10 years had worked as a volunteer at the Missione Speranza e Carità (Hope and Charity Mission) welcome centre in Palermo.
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A song of ice and ire: how Game of Thrones enraged its audience 15 May 5:09am A song of ice and ire: how Game of Thrones enraged its audience
The biggest show on Earth has faltered unforgivably and fans are very angry indeed. Can it claw it back for the finale?
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Jim Molan’s Senate campaign accused of ‘breaking the Coalition agreement’ 15 May 5:03am Jim Molan’s Senate campaign accused of ‘breaking the Coalition agreement’
Liberals and Nationals at odds after John Alexander caught advising voters to vote below the line for Molan Jim Molan’s battle to win back a New South Wales Senate position has started a war between the Liberal and the National parties that could jeopardise the Coalition agreement and the National’s only potential NSW Senate seat. Since he was preselected in the unwinnable fourth spot on the Senate ticket, Molan has been urging his supporters to vote below-the-line, which could threaten the success of the Nationals’ Senate candidate Perin Davey.
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Federal election 2019: Scott Morrison uses Indi visit to warn against independents – politics live 15 May 3:35am Updated Federal election 2019: Scott Morrison uses Indi visit to warn against independents – politics live
PM says Australia needs certainty as Bob Hawke calls Bill Shorten a ‘consensus leader’. All the day’s events, live
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Germany shrugs off recession fears by returning to growth - business live 15 May 3:24am Updated Germany shrugs off recession fears by returning to growth - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including new GDP figures from Europe’s largest economy
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Brexit: May vows to put deal to MPs in early June 15 May 2:42am Brexit: May vows to put deal to MPs in early June
Prime minister hopes to forestall leadership challenge as talks with Labour continue despite lack of progress
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Donald Trump Jr to testify before Senate committee after deal reached 15 May 2:37am Donald Trump Jr to testify before Senate committee after deal reached
Agreement averts confrontation over subpoena of president’s son in Russia investigation Donald Trump Jr will testify in a closed-door interview with the Senate intelligence committee next month, pulling the two sides back from a confrontation
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Brother of Bourke Street attacker pleads guilty to preparing for terrorist act 15 May 1:05am Brother of Bourke Street attacker pleads guilty to preparing for terrorist act
Ali Khalif Shire Ali, now 22, tried to buy a gun for planned New Year’s Eve attack in Federation Square, Melbourne The brother of the man who stabbed
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How theatre can help to reawaken our faith in Europe | Katie Ebner-Landy 15 May 1:00am How theatre can help to reawaken our faith in Europe | Katie Ebner-Landy
We need to recognise the European aesthetic: a way of making art that stretches across nationsSome things appear in waves, others in shocks – lightning rods of clarity. My sense of how theatre might be able to deepen our understanding of what Europe is or could be came from two different shocks: one of which happened while working in China, the other in St Petersburg. While in Beijing to
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London warehouse fire: rush-hour warning after North Circular closed 15 May 12:44am London warehouse fire: rush-hour warning after North Circular closed
Dozens of firefighters tackle blaze in Neasden as police warns drivers to avoid area A large warehouse fire has forced the closure of a major route in north London, threatening to cause severe rush-hour disruption on Wednesday. The blaze at a commercial building on the North Circular in Neasden halted traffic on the ring road in both directions between Neasden Lane North and Staples Corner, where the key route meets the M1, in the early hours of Wednesday.
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