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Driverless Metro: Gladys Berejiklian opens $7.3bn project but peak-hour test remains 25 May 11:17pm Driverless Metro: Gladys Berejiklian opens $7.3bn project but peak-hour test remains
More than 20,000 people have worked on northwest project and work is underway to extend line from Chatswood to Bankstown Sydney’s new driverless northwest Metro has been officially opened and will soon face its first peak-hour test. The first commuters boarded trains at Tallawong station in Rouse Hill following the offical opening by the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the transport minister, Andrew Constance, on Sunday morning.
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Parkville murder: woman found dead in Melbourne park identified as Courtney Herron 25 May 11:12pm Parkville murder: woman found dead in Melbourne park identified as Courtney Herron
Victoria police said Herron, who had no fixed address, was killed in Royal Park on Friday night The woman who was found dead in a Melbourne park has been identified as 25-year-old Courtney Herron. Victoria police said Herron, who had no fixed address, was killed in Royal Park on Friday night, before walkers found her body near a log on Saturday morning.
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Real IRA founder who plotted bombing while Prince Charles was in Ireland dies in prison 25 May 10:37pm Real IRA founder who plotted bombing while Prince Charles was in Ireland dies in prison
Seamus McGrane died from a suspected heart attack while serving an 11½-year sentence for directing terrorism One of the founders of the Real IRA, who planned a bomb attack during Prince Charles’s visit to Ireland in 2015, has died in prison. Seamus McGrane died from a suspected heart attack while serving an 11½-year sentence for directing terrorism, the
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Swimmer dies after shark attack in Hawaii 25 May 10:24pm Swimmer dies after shark attack in Hawaii
65-year-old Californian man attacked off coast of Maui in first such death since 2015 A man has died in Hawaii after being attacked by a shark, local officials have said, the first such fatality in the state in four years. The victim, a 65-year-old from California, is believed to have been
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Parkville murder: Melbourne reacts with horror as police hunt killer 25 May 9:55pm Parkville murder: Melbourne reacts with horror as police hunt killer
Police are still trying to identify a woman whose body was found in Melbourne’s Royal Park Police are still trying to identify a woman whose body was found in Melbourne’s Royal Park while her killer remains at large. Dog walkers
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Jews in Germany warned of risks of wearing kippah cap in public 25 May 8:26pm Jews in Germany warned of risks of wearing kippah cap in public
Government commissioner says lifting of inhibitions and rise of uncouthness are factors behind rising incidence of antisemitism Germany’s government commissioner on antisemitism has warned Jews about the potential dangers of wearing the traditional kippah cap in the face of rising anti-Jewish attacks. “I cannot advise Jews to wear the kippah everywhere all the time in Germany,” Felix Klein said in an interview published Saturday by the Funke regional press group.
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Tough nut to crack: the almond boom and its drain on the Murray-Darling 25 May 6:13pm Tough nut to crack: the almond boom and its drain on the Murray-Darling
Demand for the thirsty crop has created a gold rush but irrigators and growers fear there might not be enough water Neale Bennett, an almond grower in Mildura, ripped out his sultana grapes and dried fruit crop and began planting almonds in the 1990s. He’s ridden the wave of increased global demand for almond milk, almond meal and, well, just almonds. Rising prices for the sweet brown nuts, mechanised equipment to harvest them and the ability to trade water up and down the Murray to water the thirsty trees have created a kind of agricultural gold rush along the waterway.
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Dominic Raab says he will stand for Tory leadership 25 May 4:44pm Dominic Raab says he will stand for Tory leadership
Former Brexit secretary calls for a ‘new direction’, while health secretary Matt Hancock throws his hat into ring Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has formally entered the Tory leadership race with a call for a “new direction”. Raab said he would prefer to leave the EU with a deal but said the UK must “calmly demonstrate unflinching resolve to leave in October – at the latest”.
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Labour must back second Brexit vote or lose next election, Tom Watson warns 25 May 4:08pm Labour must back second Brexit vote or lose next election, Tom Watson warns
Deputy leader says far more Remain supporters than Leavers have abandoned the partyLabour’s deputy leader Tom Watson today warns that his party will lose the next general election and any chance to form a radical, reforming government unless it quickly rewrites its Brexit policy and commits wholeheartedly to a second referendum. Watson’s intervention comes after the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, appeared to suggest a shift in Labour’s position towards stronger support for a second public vote.
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Sajid Javid should not be allowed to criminalise the British heroes of Rojava | Observer letters 25 May 4:00pm Sajid Javid should not be allowed to criminalise the British heroes of Rojava | Observer letters
Volunteers against Isis who helped liberate Kurdish communities in Syria face up to 10 years in jail after the home secretary’s ultimatum Just two months ago the whole world celebrated Islamic State’s defeat as a military force. That victory was led by the women of the YPJ (women’s protection units), along with the other Kurds, Arabs and Christians of north-east Syria – the democratic, female-led, autonomous region more commonly known as
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Stop Boris campaign launched by Tory moderates opposed to no-deal Brexit 25 May 3:00pm Stop Boris campaign launched by Tory moderates opposed to no-deal Brexit
Former foreign secretary attacked as dishonest by leadership candidate Rory StewartA campaign to stop Boris Johnson becoming prime minister and
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LGBT lessons row teacher leads Birmingham Pride 25 May 2:16pm LGBT lessons row teacher leads Birmingham Pride
Andrew Moffat at head of parade, as protests spread to other Birmingham schools A teacher whose lesson programme covering LGBT relationships has been at the centre of recent protests is leading the Birmingham Pride parade.
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Sudan, Algeria, Libya: new Arab spring stalls as Trump looks away 25 May 2:01pm Sudan, Algeria, Libya: new Arab spring stalls as Trump looks away
The US once led western states’ support of democracy around the world, but under this president that feels like a long time agoThere was a time, not so very long ago, when the US was held up as a model for other nations to emulate. That time has passed. Last week witnessed more gratuitous international hooliganism by the Trump administration. Its latest depredations include extra-territorial
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Afghan security forces kill six civilians during insurgent raid 25 May 1:57pm Afghan security forces kill six civilians during insurgent raid
The deaths come as UN reveals pro-government forces killed more civilians than insurgents in first three months of 2019 Afghan security forces have killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, in a night raid on insurgents, government officials said. The group were in a car and soldiers mistook them for Taliban trying to escape the area, a spokesman for the provincial governor told the Associated Press. Attahullah Khogyani said 10 militants were also killed in the attack, in eastern Nangarhar province.
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Woman found alive after two weeks in Hawaii forest park 25 May 1:45pm Updated Woman found alive after two weeks in Hawaii forest park
Amanda Eller was spotted in the bed of a creek on Maui island by helicopter search team A woman has been found alive in a forest on Hawaii’s Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago. Amanda Eller was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the Maui News reported on Friday.
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French police hunt bomber who planted device in Lyon 25 May 1:26pm French police hunt bomber who planted device in Lyon
Paper bag bomb in pedestrian shopping street exploded on Friday, wounding 13 people French police are hunting a suspect believed to have deposited a paper bag containing a device that exploded on Friday, wounding 13 people on a busy pedestrian street in the city of Lyon. France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor, Remy Heitz, said an investigation has been opened for an “attempted murder in relation with a terrorist undertaking” and “criminal terrorist association.”
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After Theresa May, Boris Johnson? – Cartoon 25 May 1:00pm After Theresa May, Boris Johnson? – Cartoon
The former foreign secretary flexes his wings, with a little something for Nigel Farage
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Sheffield incident: four rescued children released from hospital 25 May 12:32pm Sheffield incident: four rescued children released from hospital
Two teenage boys died in hospital after being found at address in Shiregreen area on Friday Four children rescued from a house in Sheffield where two boys died on Friday have been released from hospital, South Yorkshire police have said. Two teenage boys, aged 13 and 14, were taken to hospital but could not be saved after an incident at an address in the Shiregreen area. A 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident, police said.
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Shami Chakrabarti warns police over Extinction Rebellion prosecutions 25 May 12:09pm Shami Chakrabarti warns police over Extinction Rebellion prosecutions
Shadow attorney general condemns Met’s plans to to charge 1,100 protesters Shami Chakrabarti, the shadow attorney general, has accused police of stepping out of line by announcing plans to push for the prosecution of more than 1,100 Extinction Rebellion protesters. Deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor said on Friday that the Metropolitan police had a team of 30 officers preparing cases against those arrested during the protests over Easter, and that he anticipated putting “all of those [cases] to the Crown Prosecution Service for decisions”.
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Liftoff: the new race to the moon begins 25 May 11:00am Liftoff: the new race to the moon begins
With Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump and others making plans, the race is on to put people back on the moon For Nasa employee
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Could the government step in to save stricken British Steel? 25 May 11:00am Could the government step in to save stricken British Steel?
The loss of strategic industrial capacity – and well-paid jobs – suggests every avenue ought to be exploredTo see the Scunthorpe steelworks in action is to witness British manufacturing prowess at its most visually stunning. Huge slabs of steel, glowing orange with heat, flow seamlessly through the plant, destined to become anything from paperclips to the steel ropes that support the Humber Bridge. Even from a safe distance, the searing 1,000-degree temperature created by this round-the-clock process is uncomfortable to bear.
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Women are happier without children or a spouse, says happiness expert 25 May 9:47am Women are happier without children or a spouse, says happiness expert
Behavioural scientist Paul Dolan says traditional markers of success no longer apply We may have suspected it already, but now the science backs it up: unmarried and childless women are the happiest sub-group in the population. And they are more likely to live longer than their married and child-rearing peers, according to a leading expert in happiness. Speaking at the Hay festival on Saturday, Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics, said the latest evidence showed that the traditional markers used to measure success did not correlate with happiness – particularly marriage and raising children.
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Texas officials deny withholding video of Sandra Bland traffic stop 25 May 9:28am Texas officials deny withholding video of Sandra Bland traffic stop
Bland, 28, was found dead in a police cell in 2015 three days after being stopped by a white state trooper Texas authorities have denied withholding a cellphone video of a confrontational traffic stop involving Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell near Houston in 2015.
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Les Temps Modernes: Paris mourns passing of the intellectual left’s bible 25 May 9:00am Les Temps Modernes: Paris mourns passing of the intellectual left’s bible
Journal founded by Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre closes after 74 yearsSimone de Beauvoir called its Sunday afternoon editorial meetings “the highest form of friendship”, but after 74 years
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Friends of Lyra McKee begin peace walk from Belfast to Derry 25 May 8:05am Friends of Lyra McKee begin peace walk from Belfast to Derry
Hundreds take park in three-day walk in memory of murdered journalist Friends of Lyra McKee have started a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Derry, almost six weeks after the journalist was murdered while watching clashes between police and dissident republicans. At Writer’s Square in Belfast on Saturday morning, hundreds turned out, many wearing T-shirts in her memory and carrying flags bearing messages of peace.
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Can someone please send mushrooms to all the men’s rights activists out there? 25 May 8:00am Can someone please send mushrooms to all the men’s rights activists out there?
If Roosh V, rape-apologist and leading voice in the online ‘manosphere’, can change his ways, perhaps psychedelics can advance feminism
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British climber latest to die on Everest amid overcrowding 25 May 7:47am British climber latest to die on Everest amid overcrowding
Several climbers have died after enduring long waits to reach summit A British climber has been named as the latest fatality on Everest, in a season marred by poor weather and overcrowding on the world’s highest mountain. The death of Robin Fisher, who reportedly collapsed while returning from the mountain’s summit, was disclosed in a statement by Mira Acharya, the director at the Nepalese Department of Tourism, which details fatalities on the mountain.
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Trump arrives in Japan for ceremonial visit and trade talks 25 May 5:53am Trump arrives in Japan for ceremonial visit and trade talks
Visit will stress ties between the two countries as tensions over exports rise amid the US-China trade war Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, landed in Japan on Saturday for a largely ceremonial visit meant to showcase strong ties with Tokyo even as trade tensions loom. The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will treat Trump to an imperial banquet and front-row seats at a sumo tournament during the trip, which lasts until Tuesday.
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Refugee jailed for smuggling injured niece into UK reunited with family 25 May 5:19am Updated Refugee jailed for smuggling injured niece into UK reunited with family
Home Office releases Najat Ibrahim Ismail, an Iraqi Kurd who faced deportation three times A man who brought his baby niece to the UK from a French refugee camp after she sustained serious burns has been released from detention and reunited with his family.
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Trump says US will send 1,500 troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions - video 25 May 4:41am Trump says US will send 1,500 troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions - video
Donald Trump announced on Friday that the US would send 1,500 troops to the Middle East as a protective measure after a breakdown in relations with Iran. ‘Right now, I don’t think Iran wants to fight and I certainly don’t think they want to fight with us,’ the US president said
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EU fraud watchdog considering Nigel Farage investigation 25 May 4:27am EU fraud watchdog considering Nigel Farage investigation
Olaf agency is carrying out an assessment of payments made by Arron Banks The European Union’s anti-fraud watchdog is considering whether Nigel Farage should be investigated for any illegal activity over lavish payment from Arron Banks, the Guardian has learned. The agency, which goes by its French acronym, Olaf, revealed it was carrying out an assessment, which could lead to a formal investigation. This “initial assessment … does not mean that the individuals in question are guilty of any wrongdoing”, it said.
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How about the ‘pro-life’ lobby get behind these life-positive causes instead? | Hadley Freeman 25 May 4:00am How about the ‘pro-life’ lobby get behind these life-positive causes instead? | Hadley Freeman
Banning abortion isn’t the most effective place to start if you want to save lives It’s always more fun to be on the winning side, and in the US right now there is no question that the pro-life side is – well, “killing it” seems like the wrong term, so let’s say it’s enjoying some triumphs. Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio have
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The west turns a blind eye to Middle Eastern violence at its own peril | Dr Amr Darrag 25 May 4:00am The west turns a blind eye to Middle Eastern violence at its own peril | Dr Amr Darrag
In failing to hold Egypt and Saudi Arabia to account over the deaths of Giulio Regeni and Jamal Khashoggi, the west is making a rod for its own back The parents of Giulio Regeni, the Italian doctoral student murdered in Cairo three years ago, last week wrote an emotionally charged
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Iran tensions: 1,500 US troops head to Middle East as Trump seals $7bn Saudi arms sale 25 May 2:40am Iran tensions: 1,500 US troops head to Middle East as Trump seals $7bn Saudi arms sale
White House downplays prospect of conflict but blames Iran for tanker bombings and Iraq attack The US will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon has said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the US and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials on Friday publicly blamed Iran and its proxies for
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Spanish socialists aim to consolidate general election win 25 May 2:00am Spanish socialists aim to consolidate general election win
‘Super Sunday’ of city, regional and European elections could inflict further damage on traditional party of Spanish right
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Unseen Anne Frank letters illuminate life before confinement 25 May 2:00am Unseen Anne Frank letters illuminate life before confinement
Translated into English for the first time, letters to grandmother and others reveal context of birthdays, boys and braces as well as the rising Nazi menace
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If you build it, will they succumb? Houston opens rugby field of dreams 25 May 1:00am If you build it, will they succumb? Houston opens rugby field of dreams
The SaberCats of MLR have opened their own stadium. It’s not the only example of US cities building homes for foreign sports Rain again. Brian Colona’s sunglasses were an optimistic touch under a sky far less bright than his high-vis yellow vest.
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North Korean missile tests violated UN resolutions, says John Bolton 25 May 12:37am North Korean missile tests violated UN resolutions, says John Bolton
Trump national security adviser makes remark as US president heads to Japan for talks on nuclear issue The US national security adviser, John Bolton, has said North Korea’s recent missile tests violated UN security council resolutions, the first time a senior US official has made such a statement. “The UN resolution prohibits the launch of any ballistic missiles,” Bolton said on Saturday. North Korea’s test firings included short-range ballistic missiles and so there was “no doubt” it was a violation, he added, urging its leader, Kim Jong-un, to return to denuclearisation talks.
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Alexis Tsipras may call early election if his Syriza party is defeated 25 May 12:00am Alexis Tsipras may call early election if his Syriza party is defeated
Greek prime minister declares European parliament poll a vote of confidence in his government The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is the first to say he relishes a fight. And, true to form, he upped the ante on Friday when he declared this weekend’s European parliament poll a vote of confidence in his government. In comments that sent ripples through a political arena already at fever pitch, the leftist leader hinted that early elections could be in the offing if, as surveys suggest, his Syriza party is beaten at the ballot box.
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