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Japan mass stabbing: schoolgirl killed and 16 injured in attack in Kawasaki 27 May 11:00pm Japan mass stabbing: schoolgirl killed and 16 injured in attack in Kawasaki
Primary school students were waiting for bus when they were attacked by a man, who later fatally stabbed himself A primary schoolgirl has died and 16 others, including more than a dozen schoolgirls, have been injured after a man armed with at least one knife went on a stabbing rampage at a crowded bus stop near Tokyo on Tuesday morning. Japanese media said the attacker, a 57-year-old man, also died after reportedly stabbing himself following the attack near a park in the city of Kawasaki, south of the capital.
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At least 42 prisoners found strangled in Brazil jail clashes 27 May 10:00pm At least 42 prisoners found strangled in Brazil jail clashes
Inmates die in gang violence at four jails in Amazon city of Manaus; 15 other prisoners were killed on Sunday At least 42 prisoners in Brazil were found strangled on Monday in four jails in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, where a fight between rival prison gangs resulted in 15 dead the day before, authorities said. A federal task force is being sent to Manaus in an effort to halt the violence. Prison clashes often spread rapidly in Brazil, where drug gangs have de facto control over nearly all jails.
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Japan mass stabbing: 13 young children among 19 injured in attack in Kawasaki 27 May 9:43pm Japan mass stabbing: 13 young children among 19 injured in attack in Kawasaki
Rampage began as primary school students waited to take bus to school in city south of Tokyo, witnesses say Nineteen people, including 13 primary schoolgirls, have been injured after a man armed with at least one knife went on a stabbing rampage near Tokyo on Tuesday morning, Japanese media reported. One girl and one man showed no vital signs after the attack, which occurred at a bus stop near a railway station in the city of Kawasaki, south of the capital, public broadcaster NHK said, adding that three more had suffered serious injuries.
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Woman and four children killed in Queensland car crash 27 May 8:54pm Updated Woman and four children killed in Queensland car crash
Hervey Bay woman and three children died at the scene, and a fourth child died on the way to hospital after their car hit a truck head-on south of Kingaroy A woman and her four children have died in a fiery head-on crash south of the Queensland town of Kingaroy. The woman and the children were in a Nissan station wagon trying to overtake a truck at Kumbia on the Bunya Highway just before 7.30pm on Monday, police said. The car hit another truck heading in the opposite direction, resulting in both vehicles catching fire.
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Man dies on Aeromexico flight after swallowing 246 packets of cocaine 27 May 8:27pm Man dies on Aeromexico flight after swallowing 246 packets of cocaine
Japanese national flying from Bogota to Tokyo is declared dead from an overdose A Japanese man with 246 packets of cocaine in his stomach and intestines died mid-flight on his way from Bogota to Tokyo, authorities have said in northern Mexico where the plane made an emergency landing. The 42-year-old man, identified only as Udo N, began having a seizure after the commercial flight from the Colombian capital made a stopover in Mexico City, the prosecutor’s office for the state of Sonora said. “Flight attendants noticed a person suffering convulsions and requested permission to make an emergency landing in Hermosillo, Sonora,” it said.
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Japan mass stabbing: children among 16 injured in attack 27 May 8:17pm Japan mass stabbing: children among 16 injured in attack
The incident took place on a street in Kawasaki city, south of Tokyo, police said Sixteen people, including about eight primary school children, have been stabbed in Kawasaki City, south of Tokyo, according to local firefighters. Police said the incident happened on Tuesday morning on a street near a park in Noto, Kawasaki City.
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Treated like trash: south-east Asia vows to return mountains of rubbish from west 27 May 8:00pm Treated like trash: south-east Asia vows to return mountains of rubbish from west
Region begins push back against deluge of plastic and electronic waste from UK, US and Australia For the past year, the waste of the world has been
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Ex-Trudeau ministers to run as independents after Liberal scandal 27 May 6:20pm Ex-Trudeau ministers to run as independents after Liberal scandal
Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould were expelled from Canada’s ruling party in April Two former ministers in Justin Trudeau’s administration will run as independent candidates in this year’s federal election, reopening wounds from a recent
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Northern Ireland’s Alliance leader gets push in EU elections from anti-Brexit stance 27 May 6:02pm Updated Northern Ireland’s Alliance leader gets push in EU elections from anti-Brexit stance
Naomi Long wins a seat after trebling her party’s vote, saying those who voted for her want to remain in the EU Opposition to Brexit has propelled the leader of
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American climber dies on descent from summit of Mount Everest 27 May 5:04pm Updated American climber dies on descent from summit of Mount Everest
This brings to nine the number of dead or missing climbers on the Nepali side of the world’s highest mountain in this climbing season An American climber died on the descent from
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Liberals in NSW and Victorian eye empty Senate seats after diplomatic postings 27 May 2:00pm Liberals in NSW and Victorian eye empty Senate seats after diplomatic postings
Sarah Henderson in the running for Victorian spot, while Fiona Scott, Warren Mundine and Jim Molan are contenders for NSW Liberals in Victoria and New South Wales are bracing for a fierce contest to fill two new Senate positions arising from Scott Morrison’s decision to appoint MPs to plum overseas postings. Announcing his new frontbench on Sunday,
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Right whale population decline linked to ocean warming, research says 27 May 1:36pm Right whale population decline linked to ocean warming, research says
A report shows that the animal’s food supply shifted, causing them to travel farther for food and moving them closer to shipping lanes The endangered North Atlantic right whale faces increased odds because its main food supply has shifted due to ocean warming, according to new research.
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The Guardian view on the EU election results: no mandate for no deal | Editorial 27 May 1:30pm The Guardian view on the EU election results: no mandate for no deal | Editorial
The Tory party now represents fewer than one in 10 voters. These results confirm it has no right to crash Britain out of the European UnionThe most unexpected of elections has produced the most unexpected of consequences. It was an election which most people did not think would happen, which a lot did not want, in which only a minority voted, and in which the winning candidates may never take their seats. Yet for all that, the UK’s
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Lessons for Labour as EU centre fails to hold | Letters 27 May 1:11pm Lessons for Labour as EU centre fails to hold | Letters
Readers give their verdict on the results of the European parliamentary elections, and the lessons that can be learned by Labour, and other UK partiesLen McCluskey attributes the Labour party’s dramatic loss of support to an anti-Corbyn plot and to Tom Watson’s criticism of the party’s attitude to a public vote (
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Sajid Javid should lift US threat from Julian Assange | Letters 27 May 1:07pm Sajid Javid should lift US threat from Julian Assange | Letters
The WikiLeaks founder should face justice in Sweden, but the home secretary must make a formal undertaking that his approval for a second, onward extradition to the US will not be forthcoming, argues
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The far right didn’t sweep the EU elections. Europe’s centre is holding | Natalie Nougayrède 27 May 12:49pm The far right didn’t sweep the EU elections. Europe’s centre is holding | Natalie Nougayrède
The real story was a Green and liberal surge in Germany, France and beyond, reflecting a new pluralism in EU politicsIt turns out that the widespread predictions of a far-right takeover of the European parliament were, as Mark Twain famously said about reports of his death, “greatly exaggerated”. Citizens across Europe
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Netanyahu threatens to call fresh election as coalition talks falter 27 May 12:34pm Updated Netanyahu threatens to call fresh election as coalition talks falter
Israeli PM needs support of religious and nationalist parties but can not reconcile them Benjamin Netanyahu has played a last-minute gambit to persuade politicians to help him form a government, threatening to call fresh Israeli elections if deadlocked negotiations do not succeed. The prime minister and his rightwing and religious allies
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Five things we have learned from election results across Europe 27 May 12:33pm Five things we have learned from election results across Europe
Voters reward Greens and far right as centre-left and centre-right groups feel their power dilute
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Mexican minister resigns after causing flight to be delayed 27 May 12:31pm Mexican minister resigns after causing flight to be delayed
Josefa González Blanco asked Aeroméxico executive to ground plane to wait for her Mexico’s environment minister has been forced to resign after causing a flight she was about to miss to be delayed by 38 minutes, in direct contravention of her president’s populist promises to rule for the people. Josefa González Blanco was due to fly from Mexico City to Mexicali, on the US border, last Friday but was held up for reasons that remain unclear.
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Macron and Merkel at odds over EU top jobs after European elections 27 May 11:55am Macron and Merkel at odds over EU top jobs after European elections
German backing of MEP Manfred Weber to replace Juncker has met with resistance from France Paris and Berlin appear on a collision course over the replacement of Jean-Claude Juncker as European commission president after
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US measles outbreak now worst since 1994 after 60 new cases reported 27 May 11:50am US measles outbreak now worst since 1994 after 60 new cases reported
The disease was eliminated in 2000, but public health officials blame the resurgence on misinformation about vaccines The US recorded 60 new measles cases last week, taking confirmed cases for the year to 940, the worst outbreak since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000, federal health officials said on Monday.
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France opposes death penalty for French Isis fighters in Iraq 27 May 11:48am Updated France opposes death penalty for French Isis fighters in Iraq
Foreign ministry says it is opposed to the death penalty ‘at all times and in all places’ An Iraqi court has condemned a fourth French citizen to death for joining the Islamic State group, despite France reiterating its opposition to capital punishment. Mustapha Merzoughi, 37, was sentenced to death by hanging, according to an AFP journalist at the court.
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Sajid Javid joins race to replace Theresa May as Tory leader 27 May 10:55am Updated Sajid Javid joins race to replace Theresa May as Tory leader
Home secretary announces bid as hopefuls weigh up whether to take part in TV debate
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Police to drain Scottish quarry continuing 40-year-old investigation 27 May 10:54am Police to drain Scottish quarry continuing 40-year-old investigation
Search for remains of disappeared 36-year-old Renee MacRae and her son Andrew expands to Leanach Quarry A quarry will be completely emptied of water to allow police to continue a murder investigation into the disappearance of a mother and her three-year-old son more than 40 years ago. Renee MacRae and her son Andrew were last seen driving out of Inverness on 12 November 1976.
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Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote 27 May 10:36am Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote
Motion in parliament, backed by MPs from Social Democrats and far-right Freedom Party, follows video-sting scandal Austria’s chancellor has been ousted in a no-confidence vote just a day after his centre-right party enjoyed a triumphant night in the European elections, as opposition politicians said they had lost faith in his handling of a corruption scandal that has engulfed his former far-right coalition partner. With fresh elections scheduled for early September, Austria will in the interim period be governed by a technocratic government of experts and senior civil servants.
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An NBA star, a TV chef and a comedian: meet some of the new MEPs 27 May 10:20am An NBA star, a TV chef and a comedian: meet some of the new MEPs
Mussolini’s great-grandson and Silvio Berlusconi among surprise EU election winners Following the European elections the next parliament will prepare for a host of newcomers with colourful biographies and forthright opinions, as well as an all too familiar face …
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How were the EU elections for Italy, France and Germany? Our panel responds | Maurizio Molinari and others 27 May 10:06am How were the EU elections for Italy, France and Germany? Our panel responds | Maurizio Molinari and others
It was a great night for Italy’s rightwing ‘strongman’, Matteo Salvini, while German greens led the challenge to Merkel
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Esmé Osler obituary 27 May 9:41am Esmé Osler obituary
My mother, Esmé Osler, who has died aged 92, made Britain her home after spending her youth in Japanese-occupied Singapore. Born in Miri, Sarawak, in British North Borneo (now part of Malaysia), Esmé was the second of three children of Walter Roberts and Hilda (nee Weston), an Anglo-Indian couple from Madras, India. Walter worked on the oilfields, but when he was made redundant Hilda returned to Madras with the children to live with their grandmother until Walter secured a job in Singapore, where the family then settled.
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Jeremy Corbyn reacts to Labour losses in EU elections – video 27 May 8:50am Jeremy Corbyn reacts to Labour losses in EU elections – video
The Labour leader says he is ‘listening very carefully to what everyone has to say’, after his party suffered significant losses. The comments came after shadow ministers said Labour should campaign to remain in the EU. Corbyn says he will consult Labour members, affiliates, MPs and shadow cabinet ministers as the party’s approach to
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French police arrest three over Lyon bomb blast 27 May 8:34am French police arrest three over Lyon bomb blast
24-year-old Algerian student, his mother and friend apprehended after explosion leaves 13 wounded French police have arrested three people over
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Machiko Kyo obituary 27 May 8:23am Machiko Kyo obituary
Actor who played the wife of a samurai warrior in Rashomon, one of the great classics of Japanese cinema When Rashomon won the Golden Lion award for best film at the Venice film festival in 1951, and was shown widely in the west, the floodgates were opened for more Japanese films to be released worldwide. This allowed cinephiles in the west to follow the masterful career of Rashomon’s director,
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What do the EU elections mean for Brexit? It’s complicated | Anand Menon 27 May 6:43am What do the EU elections mean for Brexit? It’s complicated | Anand Menon
Neither tribe won a clear advantage, and the main parties stay internally deadlocked, with a general election less likely nowWhat a night, eh? The Conservatives turned in their worst electoral performance since 1832. Labour managed to finish third in Wales and a remarkable fifth in Scotland. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems have rediscovered their mojo and the Brexit party has taken on and beaten all comers from a standing start.
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Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with Renault to reshape car industry 27 May 6:13am Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with Renault to reshape car industry
Deal would create world’s third-largest automaker and save €5bn a year by sharing research Fiat Chrysler has proposed a merger with France’s Renault that would create the world’s third-largest carmaker and save billions needed to invest in the race to make electric and autonomous vehicles. The merged company would produce 8.7m vehicles annually and save €5bn ($5.6bn or £4.4bn) each year by sharing research, purchasing and other activities, according to a statement released by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). It said the deal would involve no plant closures but did not address potential job cuts.
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Austrian far-right party likely to back motion to oust chancellor 27 May 5:47am Austrian far-right party likely to back motion to oust chancellor
Sebastian Kurz faces no-confidence vote after his party tops EU election polls despite video-sting scandal Austrian politicians are likely to sack the chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, in a no-confidence vote after the leader of the far-right party indicated it would probably vote against him. Kurz’s conservatives
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Cameroonian soldiers accused of killing baby as family flees 27 May 5:39am Cameroonian soldiers accused of killing baby as family flees
Army denies involvement in death of four-month old in violence-plagued anglophone region The parents of a baby allegedly murdered by Cameroonian soldiers last Monday have gone into hiding, afraid speaking out will make them a target for the authorities. Pictures of the dead four-month-old Martha Neba were circulated online, along with a graphic video showing her body on a sofa with bullet casings nearby and her aunt crying as an unknown man filming the video accused Cameroon’s military of killing her.
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The EU election changes nothing. May’s deal is still the only way forward | Simon Jenkins 27 May 5:05am The EU election changes nothing. May’s deal is still the only way forward | Simon Jenkins
Forget these empty election results. There is only one solution to the Brexit challenge facing a new Tory prime ministerThe European elections were meaningless. They can be read any way we want.
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Four takeaways from the European elections – video explainer 27 May 4:56am Four takeaways from the European elections – video explainer
In the UK, the Conservatives and Labour have been decimated over their stance on Brexit, with Nigel Farage's Brexit party and pro-remain parties emerging as the big winners.  With votes still being counted across Europe, voters have boosted Greens and far-right groups, leaving centrists diminished
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The secretive traders fulfilling demand for a Chinese delicacy | Geoffrey Kamadi 27 May 4:00am The secretive traders fulfilling demand for a Chinese delicacy | Geoffrey Kamadi
Highly prized for its swim bladder – served in soups and stews – the fish could disappear altogether from Africa’s Lake Victoria thanks to the lucrative trade A thriving trade in fish maw – made from the swim bladders of fish – could lead to the extinction of the Nile perch fish in east Africa’s Lake Victoria. Demand for fish maw has spawned such a lucrative business enterprise in the region that it is raising concerns of overfishing.
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Cardinal George Pell will not seek reduced sentence if court upholds conviction 27 May 3:23am Cardinal George Pell will not seek reduced sentence if court upholds conviction
Pell is returning to court to fight his sexual abuse conviction but will not appeal his six-year prison term Disgraced Cardinal George Pell will not seek a reduced sentence if the court of appeal upholds his conviction for sexually abusing two Melbourne choirboys in the 1990s. Pell has been behind bars since February and is due to return to court next month to fight his conviction.
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The rise and fall of Las Vegas motels – in pictures 27 May 3:00am The rise and fall of Las Vegas motels – in pictures
Photographer Fred Sigman’s latest book, Motel Vegas, documents the vernacular roadside architecture that at once dominated the Nevada city’s skyline
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Woman accused of throwing an egg at Scott Morrison faces court 27 May 2:45am Woman accused of throwing an egg at Scott Morrison faces court
Amber Holt has pleaded guilty to marijuana possession but discussions still under way over common assault charge
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Courtney Herron tragedy: police praised over shift in tone as Melbourne searches for answers 27 May 1:55am Courtney Herron tragedy: police praised over shift in tone as Melbourne searches for answers
Herron, 25, of no fixed address, was found by dog walkers in Royal Park in the inner Melbourne suburb of Parkvill As Melbourne reels from the fourth death of a woman in a public space in the past 12 months, police have received some praise over a shift in language away from perceptions of victim-blaming and a focus on women’s personal safety. The battered body of Courtney Herron, 25, of no fixed address,
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Papua New Guinea in turmoil as opposition vows to install new PM 27 May 1:49am Papua New Guinea in turmoil as opposition vows to install new PM
Resignation of Peter O’Neill triggers political confusion in Port Moresby as his opponents plot to block anointed successor Papua New Guinea is braced for a political reckoning after a tumultuous week that has seen prime minister Peter O’Neill announce his resignation following high-level defections from his party. On Sunday, O’Neill, who has been prime minister since 2011, told a news conference in Port Moresby
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Aboriginal groups welcome Ken Wyatt as minister for Indigenous Australians 27 May 1:40am Aboriginal groups welcome Ken Wyatt as minister for Indigenous Australians
‘Truly historic’ appointment raises hopes the first Indigenous person in cabinet will help improve lives and hasten constitutional reform Praise, hope and high expectation have followed the appointment of Noongar man Ken Wyatt as minister for Indigenous Australians in the new Morrison government. Wyatt is the first Aboriginal person to hold the federal ministry, and the first Aboriginal person to sit in cabinet.
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EU elections: voters boost Greens and far right to leave centrist groups diminished 27 May 1:09am Updated EU elections: voters boost Greens and far right to leave centrist groups diminished
Radical alternatives such as Greens and far right benefit from record voter turnout
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Guantánamo lawyers see issues in torture exhibit at spy museum 27 May 1:00am Guantánamo lawyers see issues in torture exhibit at spy museum
Defence lawyers and critics say Washington museum’s display on US use of torture in wake of 9/11 sanitises the punishments Last Thursday, a handful of defence lawyers from the military tribunal trials under way in Guantánamo Bay gathered by James Bond’s silver Aston Martin in the lobby of Washington’s new International Spy Museum. The lawyers, accompanied by a former CIA analyst, had come in the wake of a spat that had broken out on Twitter after the museum opened its new, enlarged venue, over its controversial exhibit about the US use of torture in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. In the face of criticisms that the museum was sanitising torture, the museum’s chief historian, Vince Houghton,
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Woman found alive in Hawaii forest says she struggled not to give up 27 May 12:54am Updated Woman found alive in Hawaii forest says she struggled not to give up
Amanda Eller, who went missing on 8 May during a hike in the Makawao Forest Reserve, said she fell off a cliff during her ordeal A woman who was
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