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At least 31 children in India killed by toxin in lychees 12 Jun 11:07pm At least 31 children in India killed by toxin in lychees
Dozens of children have died from acute encephalitis in the past 10 days, say health officials At least 31 children have died in northern India in the past 10 days from a brain disease believed to be linked to a toxic substance found in lychee fruit, health officials have said. The deaths were reported by two hospitals in Muzaffarpur in Bihar state, famed for it lush lychee orchards, officials said.
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Man pleads guilty to raping girl, seven, in Sydney dance studio 12 Jun 10:46pm Man pleads guilty to raping girl, seven, in Sydney dance studio
Anthony Peter Sampieri, 55, admits three counts of child rape in Kogarah A convicted rapist has admitted he sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl he’d choked and detained in a Sydney dance studio bathroom.
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Coalition tax cuts: Jacqui Lambie says she will consult widely before agreeing to plan 12 Jun 9:42pm Coalition tax cuts: Jacqui Lambie says she will consult widely before agreeing to plan
Tasmanian senator’s vote could prove crucial to package which government says it has a mandate for Jacqui Lambie, the Tasmanian senator whose vote may be critical to the success of the government’s tax cut plan, says she will seek widespread briefings before declaring her hand on the Coalition’s $158bn package. Labor is also holding out its support for the entire three-stage tax plan, insisting the government split the legislation so that the first tranche, which delivers tax cuts for low- and middle-income earners worth up to $1,080, can be passed immediately.
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Census controversy: House panel votes to hold Trump officials in contempt 12 Jun 9:15pm Census controversy: House panel votes to hold Trump officials in contempt
William Barr and Wilbur Ross face congressional action over refusal to turn over materials relating to changes in national count A congressional committee led by Democrats voted to hold the US attorney general, William Barr, and the commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, in contempt on Wednesday for their refusal to turn over materials relating to proposed controversial changes in how the country counts its citizens. The 24-15 vote in the House oversight committee came after Donald Trump asserted executive privilege over documents shedding light on the Trump administration’s push to include a question about US citizenship on the 2020 census, in a move that was met with disbelief by former justice department officials.
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World’s fattest parrot, the endangered kākāpō, could be wiped out by fungal infection 12 Jun 8:57pm World’s fattest parrot, the endangered kākāpō, could be wiped out by fungal infection
Seven of the birds native to New Zealand have died, with just 142 adults remaining The world’s fattest parrot is facing an existential threat in the form of a dangerous fungal infection which has already endangered a fifth of its species. Seven of New Zealand’s native kākāpō have died in recent months after falling victim to the respiratory disease aspergillosis. The latest was on Tuesday, where a 100-day-old chick died at the Auckland Zoo.
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Afterpay faces audit after Austrac flags money-laundering concerns 12 Jun 8:40pm Afterpay faces audit after Austrac flags money-laundering concerns
Australian financial crime watchdog calls for audit to investigate buy-now pay-later company’s compliance with terrorism-financing laws The federal financial intelligence agency has ordered an external auditor to probe Afterpay’s compliance with money laundering and terrorism-financing laws. Austrac said on Thursday that the scope of the audit will include the buy-now pay-later company’s identification and verification of customers as well as its suspicious matter reporting obligations.
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Trans woman who died after illness in US custody had asked to be deported, family says 12 Jun 8:34pm Trans woman who died after illness in US custody had asked to be deported, family says
Johana Medina León was denied medical care, says new legal claim: ‘She went to the US seeking protection and now she is coming home to us dead’ A transgender woman who died after becoming sick in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) custody had asked to be deported after she was repeatedly denied medical care, attorneys said Wednesday. The family of Johana Medina León, a 25-year-old
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House panel votes to hold Trump officials in contempt over census citizenship question – live 12 Jun 7:59pm Updated House panel votes to hold Trump officials in contempt over census citizenship question – live
Democrats voted in oversight committee to hold William Barr and Wilbur Ross in contempt over failure to supply documents relating to the question
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Sanders lays out his vision for America: finish what Franklin Roosevelt started 12 Jun 7:29pm Sanders lays out his vision for America: finish what Franklin Roosevelt started
The 2020 presidential candidate, who has consistently ranked second in national polls, defended democratic socialism Presidential
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Two men shot by police in Victoria were of interest to counter-terror unit 12 Jun 7:17pm Two men shot by police in Victoria were of interest to counter-terror unit
Brothers aged 19 and 30 allegedly rammed a police car and brandished weapons near NSW border Two brothers of interest to counter-terrorism police have been shot and seriously wounded by officers near the Victoria-New South Wales border. Counter-terrorism officers were in north-eastern Victoria on Wednesday gathering intelligence when they sought assistance from local police to locate the two men.
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Hi-tech solutions mean ‘leaves on the line’ may be a thing of the past 12 Jun 7:01pm Hi-tech solutions mean ‘leaves on the line’ may be a thing of the past
Department of Transport has spent £8m on 24 schemes to make rail network greener and more efficient The expensive disruption that autumn “leaf fall” spells for Britain’s railways could be a thing of the past if government-funded trials prove an inventor’s theory: that adding more water will make the tracks less slippy. The project to fit trains with devices to spray tracks is one of 24 innovative schemes backed with almost £8m of Department for Transport (DfT) funding to make the rail industry more efficient, greener and cleaner.
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Jamaican fishermen forcibly held and abused by US Coast Guard, lawsuit says 12 Jun 6:24pm Jamaican fishermen forcibly held and abused by US Coast Guard, lawsuit says
Quartet say officers accused them of drug smuggling, stripped them naked, burned their boat, and shackled them in Caribbean On 13 September 2017, five Jamaican fisherman set out in the Jossette, a two-engine boat made of fiberglass and wood. Their destination was an island group named Morant Cays – a popular haunt for fishermen about seven hours from home.
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Morning mail: Refugee reset, Adani challenge, Hong Kong protests 12 Jun 5:06pm Morning mail: Refugee reset, Adani challenge, Hong Kong protests
Thursday: Australia urged to take a more positive approach to its treatment of asylum seekers. Plus: homage to the sports bra Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Thursday 13 June.
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MI5 knew two London Bridge attackers were meeting, inquest hears 12 Jun 4:41pm MI5 knew two London Bridge attackers were meeting, inquest hears
Investigators thought they were socialising and found no evidence of terrorism plans
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Trump asserts executive privilege over 2020 census documents sought by Democrats – live 12 Jun 4:40pm Updated Trump asserts executive privilege over 2020 census documents sought by Democrats – live
Documents relate to decision to insert a citizenship question, which the census bureau itself acknowledges will reduce participation
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Facebook emails seem to show Zuckerberg knew of privacy issues, report claims 12 Jun 3:48pm Facebook emails seem to show Zuckerberg knew of privacy issues, report claims
Facebook has uncovered emails that appear to show chief executive officer’s connection to potentially problematic practices, WSJ reports Facebook has uncovered emails that appear to show chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg’s connection to potentially problematic privacy practices at the company, the Wall Street Journal
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Venezuela releases new bank notes amid soaring hyperinflation 12 Jun 3:31pm Venezuela releases new bank notes amid soaring hyperinflation
Banknotes of 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 bolívar denominations will begin circulating on Thursday, the central bank said Venezuela is releasing new bank notes for the second time in less than a year, the central bank said on Wednesday, after hyperinflation
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Burst Thames Water pipe cuts off up to 100,000 London homes 12 Jun 3:24pm Burst Thames Water pipe cuts off up to 100,000 London homes
Schools close and hospital appointments cancelled as shops sell out of bottled water
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Australia must use past success to reset future asylum policy, professor says 12 Jun 2:01pm Australia must use past success to reset future asylum policy, professor says
Jane McAdam of the Kaldor Centre for refugee law argues for seven principles to inform new policy and overturn ‘draconian’ laws Australia can reset and reform its refugee and asylum seeker policy by looking to its past successes and best current practice from around the world, a leading refugee law study centre has found, to create a “principled and pragmatic” approach.
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Earliest known signs of cannabis smoking unearthed in China 12 Jun 2:00pm Earliest known signs of cannabis smoking unearthed in China
Incense burners found at 2,500-year-old cemetery suggest intentional use of to get high Scorched wooden incense burners unearthed at an ancient burial ground in the mountains of western China contain the oldest clear evidence of cannabis smoking yet found, archaeologists say. Residues of high potency cannabis found in the burners, and on charred pebbles placed inside them, suggest that funeral rites at the 2,500-year-old Jirzankal cemetery in the Pamir mountains may have been rather hazy affairs.
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France to end ban on IVF for lesbian couples and single women 12 Jun 2:00pm France to end ban on IVF for lesbian couples and single women
PM Édouard Philippe set out reforms in state of the nation speech including green policies and a welfare clampdown The French government intends to end discrimination over women’s reproductive rights by lifting a ban that prevents single women and lesbian couples accessing medically-assisted procreation, the prime minister indicated in his state of the nation address. Currently in
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MI5 knew London Bridge attackers were meeting, inquest hears 12 Jun 1:51pm MI5 knew London Bridge attackers were meeting, inquest hears
Investigators thought trio were friends socialising and found no evidence of terrorism plans
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Sara Netanyahu in plea deal over claims of lavish overspending 12 Jun 1:49pm Sara Netanyahu in plea deal over claims of lavish overspending
Israeli PM’s wife to pay $15,000 to close case accusing her of running up large bills at luxury restaurants Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli prime minister, has agreed a plea bargain to settle allegations that she overspent some $100,000 (£79,000) of state money on lavish meals, prosecutors said. She will pay around $15,000 in fines to quietly close the case, which accused her of running up large tabs at luxury restaurants for friends and family while the official prime minister’s residence employed a full-time chef.
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Two Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued by security forces 12 Jun 1:48pm Two Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued by security forces
Eight people were arrested in connection with the kidnapping, authorities said, but denied the abductors were paid off Security forces have rescued
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Police detain hundreds in Moscow in protests over Russian journalist – video 12 Jun 1:47pm Police detain hundreds in Moscow in protests over Russian journalist – video
Hundreds of people were detained in central Moscow on Wednesday as protesters rallied to demand that charges be brought against the police officers who planted drugs on 
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Saudi Arabia says Iran behind Houthi missile attack on airport 12 Jun 1:11pm Saudi Arabia says Iran behind Houthi missile attack on airport
Foreign ministry threatens urgent reprisals to ‘deter Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militias’ Saudi Arabia has said it will carry out “urgent” reprisals as it accused Iran of being behind a late night cruise missile attack by Houthi rebel fighters on a Saudi international airport that injured 26 people. The Saudi foreign ministry said the Command of Joint Forces of the Coalition promised it “will take urgent and timely measures to deter this Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militias”.
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Asylum seekers in Glasgow face eviction threat as Serco revives lock-change scheme 12 Jun 12:58pm Asylum seekers in Glasgow face eviction threat as Serco revives lock-change scheme
Glasgow council warns of ‘imminent homelessness crisis’ while charities express outrage
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MPs defeat motion seeking to block no-deal Brexit 12 Jun 12:58pm Updated MPs defeat motion seeking to block no-deal Brexit
Vote is boost for Tory leadership contenders hoping to force UK’s exit from EU by 31 October
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Hundreds arrested in Moscow in protests over Ivan Golunov 12 Jun 12:55pm Hundreds arrested in Moscow in protests over Ivan Golunov
Rally demands that police officers who arrested investigative journalist be charged for planting evidence Hundreds of people were detained in central Moscow on Wednesday as protesters rallied to demand that charges be brought against the police officers who planted drugs on
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Catalan leader defends push for independence on final day of trial 12 Jun 12:42pm Catalan leader defends push for independence on final day of trial
Defence rejects claim actions amounted to coup as landmark proceedings draw to close The former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras has used the last day of landmark proceedings against him and 11 other separatist leaders to defend the failed push for regional independence but also to plead for a political solution to the crisis. The trial, which has lasted four months and heard testimony from 422 witnesses, has examined the events leading up to the
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When the right turns to religion | Letters 12 Jun 12:42pm When the right turns to religion | Letters
Rightwing populists have always formed alliances with hierarchical religions, says
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Trump lashes out at polls that show 2020 re-election bid in trouble 12 Jun 12:32pm Trump lashes out at polls that show 2020 re-election bid in trouble
President revived attacks on the media and denied a report his campaign’s polling found him in a weak position across 17 states
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Scientists discover carnivorous plants that feast on salamanders in Ontario 12 Jun 12:30pm Scientists discover carnivorous plants that feast on salamanders in Ontario
The northern pitcher plants, also known as turtle socks, devour juvenile spotted salamanders Biologists have discovered evidence that carnivorous plants in
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Brexit: Cross-party move to allow MPs to pass bill blocking no-deal fails – live news 12 Jun 11:44am Brexit: Cross-party move to allow MPs to pass bill blocking no-deal fails – live news
The day’s political developments, including Johnson and Javid launching campaigns, PMQs and cross-party bid to rule out no-deal
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Brexit: MPs debate cross-party move to allow them to pass bill blocking no-deal – live news 12 Jun 11:28am Updated Brexit: MPs debate cross-party move to allow them to pass bill blocking no-deal – live news
The day’s political developments, including Johnson and Javid launching campaigns, PMQs and cross-party bid to rule out no-deal
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Errol Groves obituary 12 Jun 11:14am Errol Groves obituary
My father, Errol Groves, who has died aged 69 of cancer, was an activist, gardener, musician and co-founder of the
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NSPCC apologises over decision to cut ties with trans activist 12 Jun 11:11am NSPCC apologises over decision to cut ties with trans activist
Charity faced internal revolt over decision to drop Munroe Bergdorf as LGBT+ campaigner The NSPCC has offered the trans activist Munroe Bergdorf a “full, frank and unreserved apology” for abruptly cutting ties with her in the face of social media criticism of her appointment. The child protection charity announced last week it would have “no ongoing relationship” with Bergdorf, 48 hours after she
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Activists call for end to family separations with cage installations 12 Jun 11:05am Activists call for end to family separations with cage installations
#NoKidsInCages asks lawmakers to pass Keep Families Together Act by portraying migrant children in cages across New York City They lie prone on the ground across New York City, covered with the metallic blankets used in life-or-death emergencies.
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Brexit ‘shambles’ has ruined UK reputation, says senior diplomat 12 Jun 10:50am Brexit ‘shambles’ has ruined UK reputation, says senior diplomat
Outgoing high commissioner in Singapore says Britain seen as divided and ‘careless of truth’
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Jurors refuse to convict activist facing 20 years for helping migrants 12 Jun 10:37am Jurors refuse to convict activist facing 20 years for helping migrants
Jury could not reach a verdict against Scott Daniel Warren who was arrested in 2018 for giving migrants water, food and lodging A US jury could not reach a verdict on Tuesday against a border activist who, defense attorneys say, was simply being kind by providing two migrants with water, food and lodging when he was arrested in early 2018.
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Donald Trump Jr to give closed-door testimony to Senate panel – live 12 Jun 10:24am Updated Donald Trump Jr to give closed-door testimony to Senate panel – live
Attorney general William Barr and commerce secretary Wilbur Ross face contempt vote in House over 2020 census
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Hong Kong protest: police fire teargas at demonstrators – live 12 Jun 10:16am Updated Hong Kong protest: police fire teargas at demonstrators – live
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Hong Kong for protests as politicians debate legislation critics fear will allow extradition to China
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Catalan leaders did not engage in rebellion, Spanish court told 12 Jun 10:10am Catalan leaders did not engage in rebellion, Spanish court told
Defence rejects claim actions amounted to coup as landmark proceedings draw to close Lawyers for the Catalan separatist leaders on trial over their alleged role in the region’s failed independence bid have flatly denied that their clients engaged in violent rebellion against the Spanish state as
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UK weather: heavy rain hits rail passengers in England and Scotland 12 Jun 9:58am UK weather: heavy rain hits rail passengers in England and Scotland
Flood alert warnings issued for areas across Britain as rain and thunderstorms cause disruption Weather warnings are in place across the UK as rail passengers are being advised not to attempt to travel between England and Scotland. The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain and thunderstorms for parts of the north of England, Midlands, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday.
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‘Brexit delay means defeat’: Boris Johnson launches campaign 12 Jun 9:15am ‘Brexit delay means defeat’: Boris Johnson launches campaign
Johnson vows to leave EU with deal on 31 October but says he will also prepare to leave without deal
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Yemeni rebel missile attack injures 26 at airport in Saudi Arabia 12 Jun 8:46am Updated Yemeni rebel missile attack injures 26 at airport in Saudi Arabia
Attack comes as Japan’s PM arrives in Tehran in effort to ease US-Iranian tensions Yemeni rebels said they fired a cruise missile at a civilian airport in Saudi Arabia, an attack Riyadh said hit the arrivals hall and wounded 26 people. The attack is part of an increasingly sophisticated Houthi campaign targeting Saudi sites and is certain to lead to the Saudis launching severe reprisals in Yemen, and possibly against Iran, which is allied to the Houthis.
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Northern Ireland businesses warned over no-deal Brexit 12 Jun 8:22am Northern Ireland businesses warned over no-deal Brexit
Firms face severe problems from export checks and inspections, report says
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Five-year-old boy dies in Uganda as Congo Ebola outbreak spreads 12 Jun 8:04am Five-year-old boy dies in Uganda as Congo Ebola outbreak spreads
Ugandan authorities confirm two other patients also undergoing treatment as officials consider declaring global health emergency A five year-old-boy who became the first confirmed Ebola case outside the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the current outbreak died in Uganda on Tuesday night. The child’s three-year-old brother and 50-year-old grandmother are also being treated, according to the Ugandan authorities. They have been isolated at a hospital near the Congo border.
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Bernie Sanders to defend his brand of socialism in speech 12 Jun 7:30am Updated Bernie Sanders to defend his brand of socialism in speech
Presidential contender will outline his political philosophy and accuse Trump of profiting from ‘corporate socialism’
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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson launches campaign to be next prime minister – live news 12 Jun 6:52am Updated Tory leadership: Boris Johnson launches campaign to be next prime minister – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including Johnson and Javid launching campaigns, PMQs and cross-party bid to rule out no-deal
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Snipping away at the Iron Curtain: when Hungary opened its Austrian border - archive, 1989 12 Jun 6:35am Snipping away at the Iron Curtain: when Hungary opened its Austrian border - archive, 1989
The cutting of the border fence between Hungary and Austria in June 1989 showed the division of post-war Europe was coming to an end, and heralded the region’s evolution
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Two men seriously injured after being shot by police in Victoria 12 Jun 6:05am Two men seriously injured after being shot by police in Victoria
The incident on Wednesday afternoon came after officers tried to intercept a vehicle near a campsite near the NSW border Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being shot by Victorian police near the New South Wales border. The men were shot after police tried to intercept a vehicle near a campground at Barnawartha North near Albury-Wodonga at about 3pm on Wednesday.
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Hundreds of new pesticides approved in Brazil under Bolsonaro 12 Jun 6:00am Hundreds of new pesticides approved in Brazil under Bolsonaro
Many of those permitted since far-right president took power are banned in Europe Brazil has approved hundreds of new pesticide products since its far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, took power in January, and more than 1,000 since 2016, a study has found. Many of those approved are banned in Europe. Of 169 new pesticides sanctioned up to 21 May this year, 78 contain active ingredients classified as highly hazardous by the
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UK weather: warnings in place as heavy rain continues across Britain 12 Jun 5:27am UK weather: warnings in place as heavy rain continues across Britain
Flood alert warnings issued for some areas in England, Wales and Scotland Weather warnings are in place across the UK as torrential rain continues for another day. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of the north of England, Midlands, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday.
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Weather warnings in place as heavy rain continues across Britain 12 Jun 4:52am Weather warnings in place as heavy rain continues across Britain
Flood alert warnings issued for some areas in England, Wales and Scotland Weather warnings are in place across the UK as torrential rain continues for another day. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of the north of England, Midlands, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday.
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A change in Irish law was meant to help sex workers. So why are they being jailed? | Frankie Mullen 12 Jun 4:00am A change in Irish law was meant to help sex workers. So why are they being jailed? | Frankie Mullen
Lobbyists say making payment for sex illegal targets punters. But in fact it makes workers’ bodies into crime scenes Paying for sex has been illegal in Ireland for two years. At the time of the law’s introduction, proponents insisted that the
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Hong Kong protest: debate on extradition bill delayed after tens of thousands block streets – live 12 Jun 3:59am Updated Hong Kong protest: debate on extradition bill delayed after tens of thousands block streets – live
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Hong Kong for protests as politicians debate legislation critics fear will allow extradition to China
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Dodson, Burney call for government to fund National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples 12 Jun 2:42am Dodson, Burney call for government to fund National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Organisation goes into administration, saying it needs ‘very significant lifeline’ The federal government must declare whether or not it intends to offer a lifeline to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, after the organisation announced it has gone into voluntary administration, say Indigenous Labor MPs. “It’s very sad news,” Labor’s spokesperson on Indigenous affairs, Linda Burney, said. “Congress is representative of many thousands of people. The government can’t just let this pass without comment.
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British hiker Darren Myers found dead in New Zealand, police say 12 Jun 2:31am British hiker Darren Myers found dead in New Zealand, police say
The 49-year-old went missing almost two weeks ago on a hike in the Tararua range The body of a 49-year-old British hiker who
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Hong Kong protest: debate on extradition bill delayed after tens of thousands of people block streets – live 12 Jun 2:25am Hong Kong protest: debate on extradition bill delayed after tens of thousands of people block streets – live
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Hong Kong for protests as politicians debate legislation critics fear will allow extradition to China
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Hong Kong protest: debate on extradition bill delayed after tens of thousands of people protest – live 12 Jun 2:14am Updated Hong Kong protest: debate on extradition bill delayed after tens of thousands of people protest – live
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Hong Kong for protests as politicians debate legislation critics fear will allow extradition to China
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Patients sleep under the stars in long queue for medical visas | Stefanie Glinski 12 Jun 2:00am Patients sleep under the stars in long queue for medical visas | Stefanie Glinski
Sick and elderly Afghans queue outdoors for several nights for their chance to get into Pakistan for medical care Surrounded by barbed wire and without shelter from rain or dust, outside Pakistan’s embassy, hundreds of sick Afghans pass days and nights waiting for their visa appointment. Abdul Ajan is first in the queue for when the embassy opens the next morning, squeezed into a space that smells of urine and is littered with rubbish and stale bread.
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Government could buy Aboriginal flag copyright to settle dispute, lawyer says 12 Jun 1:20am Government could buy Aboriginal flag copyright to settle dispute, lawyer says
Fiona Phillips says legal status of flag image is a ‘unique situation’ that requires a public policy solution A leading copyright lawyer says the Australian federal government could step in to settle the current dispute over who can reproduce the Aboriginal flag, by buying out all the rights to license the image. Former CEO of the Australian Copyright Council Fiona Phillips says the legal status of the Aboriginal flag is a “unique situation” that requires a public policy solution.
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Greens signal shift to give party members a say in choosing federal leader 12 Jun 1:10am Greens signal shift to give party members a say in choosing federal leader
Richard Di Natale, who has been re-endorsed as party leader, said the party’s main priority was tackling the climate change threat The
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The Five Star experiment has failed us. Now Italy needs real political change | Francesco Grillo 12 Jun 1:00am The Five Star experiment has failed us. Now Italy needs real political change | Francesco Grillo
The upstart populist party promised to pioneer digital politics and focus on the environment. But we’ve seen none of that
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