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Four Chinese charged as toll in Cambodia building collapse rises to 28 24 Jun 11:02pm Four Chinese charged as toll in Cambodia building collapse rises to 28
Anger growing over poor standards in construction boom that has transformed Sihanoukville into tourist and gambling hub Four Chinese people have been charged with criminal offences over the collapse of a building in Cambodia that has left 28 dead.
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Manus Island asylum seeker who set himself on fire to be charged with attempted suicide 24 Jun 10:59pm Manus Island asylum seeker who set himself on fire to be charged with attempted suicide
Papua New Guinea police say man will also be charged with arson, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison The Papua New Guinea police will charge a man with arson and attempted suicide after he set fire to himself and his room at asylum seeker accomodation on Manus Island. After initial treatment for burns to his face and hand,
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Myanmar cuts internet to Rakhine state amid unrest 24 Jun 9:04pm Myanmar cuts internet to Rakhine state amid unrest
Military has been clashing throughout the year with Arakan Army insurgents, who want political autonomy for Rakhine Buddhists More than a million people in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine state have been plunged into an information blackout three days after authorities ordered telecommunications companies to stop providing internet services to the area. Rights groups have condemned the move as threat to civilians’ safety.
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Chinese contractors held as toll in Cambodia building collapse rises to 24 24 Jun 8:42pm Updated Chinese contractors held as toll in Cambodia building collapse rises to 24
Anger growing over poor standards in construction boom that has transformed Sihanoukville into tourist and gambling hub The death toll in a building collapse in Cambodia has risen to 28 and is likely to rise further despite rescuers pulling two survivors from the rubble on Monday.
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Peter Dutton has manipulated the truth so much, how can Australians trust him? | Kristina Keneally 24 Jun 7:34pm Peter Dutton has manipulated the truth so much, how can Australians trust him? | Kristina Keneally
The home affairs minister has so regularly been caught crying wolf, what will happen when we face a serious risk to our national security? The beauty of fables is that even though they are incredibly old, many of their lessons still hold true today. None more so than Aesop’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf, written in 600BC.
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Boris Johnson begins media blitz but refuses to discuss family life 24 Jun 6:11pm Boris Johnson begins media blitz but refuses to discuss family life
Tory leadership frontrunner has faced mounting criticism that he has been dodging public scrutiny Boris Johnson broke cover on Monday night vowing he would never reveal the events that led to the
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Google sister company releases details for controversial Toronto project 24 Jun 6:05pm Updated Google sister company releases details for controversial Toronto project
Stakeholders say unanswered questions remain over scale of Sidewalk Labs’ hi-tech redevelopment scheme for city’s waterfront The Google sister company behind
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Anti-immigrant militia member charged with impersonating US border patrol 24 Jun 5:30pm Anti-immigrant militia member charged with impersonating US border patrol
Photographs and video showed Jim Benvie intercepting migrants at the border; this is the second arrest to target the armed groups A member of an armed group known for stopping migrants at the US-Mexico border was arrested and charged with impersonating a US border patrol agent. Jim Benvie, spokesman for the Guardian Patriots, a militia that has been camped at the border near Sunland Park, New Mexico, was arrested on Friday in Oklahoma after a warrant was issued on Wednesday in southern New Mexico.
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‘We have no other choice’: as China erodes democracy Hong Kong citizens prepare to leave 24 Jun 4:00pm ‘We have no other choice’: as China erodes democracy Hong Kong citizens prepare to leave
The extradition bill, exorbitant house prices and high cost of living are driving a rise in emigration
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US moves migrant children after reports of poor conditions at Texas facility 24 Jun 2:30pm US moves migrant children after reports of poor conditions at Texas facility
More than 300 kids were detained there and caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation The US government has removed most of the children from a remote border patrol station in Texas, following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. Just 30 children remained at the facility near El Paso Monday, said US representative Veronica Escobar after her office was briefed on the situation by an official with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
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Appeal court overturns forced abortion ruling 24 Jun 2:16pm Appeal court overturns forced abortion ruling
Termination had been said to be in best interests of woman with learning disabilities A court ruling that a woman with learning disabilities must have an abortion against her wishes has been overturned on appeal. The decision came after the woman’s mother, a former midwife, challenged a court order issued on Friday.
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Bust in Budi Budi: the day a fisherman hauled in $50m worth of cocaine 24 Jun 1:59pm Bust in Budi Budi: the day a fisherman hauled in $50m worth of cocaine
How a remote atoll on Papua New Guinea’s eastern fringe was menaced by drug traffickers as illicit trade across the Pacific surges
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Donald Trump announces new sanctions targeting Iranian leader – video 24 Jun 1:57pm Donald Trump announces new sanctions targeting Iranian leader – video
The US president has signed an executive order placing ‘hard-hitting’ new sanctions on Tehran amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran. Trump said the measures were a ‘strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions’ after a US drone was shot down last week
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Bernie Sanders unveils plan to eliminate $1.6tn in student loan debt 24 Jun 1:10pm Bernie Sanders unveils plan to eliminate $1.6tn in student loan debt
Democratic presidential candidate proposes to pay for plan, which would cost $2.2tn over next decade, through a tax on Wall Street Bernie Sanders on Monday introduced legislation to eliminate the entire $1.6tn in student loan debt owed by 45 million Americans.
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Border patrol finds four bodies near US-Mexico border in Texas 24 Jun 12:42pm Updated Border patrol finds four bodies near US-Mexico border in Texas
Bodies of a woman in her early 20s, a toddler and two infants were found and are believed to have been dead for days US border patrol agents in South Texas have discovered the bodies of four people, including three children, near the Mexican border, authorities said Monday. Hidalgo county sheriff’s Sgt Frank Medrano told the Associated Press that the bodies of a woman in her early 20s, a toddler and two infants were found Sunday in or near Anzalduas Park, which borders the river in the city of Mission.
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Man jailed for life for pushing 91-year-old on to tube tracks 24 Jun 12:23pm Man jailed for life for pushing 91-year-old on to tube tracks
Paul Crossley will serve at least 12 years after judge dismisses schizophrenia as ‘excuse’
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Body found after two Eurofighter Typhoon jets crash in Germany 24 Jun 12:17pm Body found after two Eurofighter Typhoon jets crash in Germany
Both pilots ejected after collision, which took place over Lake Drewitz German police have found a body near a crash site in the north-east of the country after two Eurofighter Typhoon jets operated by the military collided during a training exercise. Both pilots ejected after the collision, which took place at about 2pm on Monday over Lake Drewitz in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, about 175km (109 miles) north-west of Berlin.
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Javid suggests post-Brexit migration salary rules could vary by region 24 Jun 12:13pm Javid suggests post-Brexit migration salary rules could vary by region
Home secretary seeks review of system that would end EU citizens’ free movement Migrants coming to the UK could face varying minimum salary thresholds depending on where they live under proposals put out for review by the home secretary, Sajid Javid. The white paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, published in December, included a to-be-determined minimum salary threshold for high-skilled workers. The current minimum salary for most experienced workers coming from non-EU countries is £30,000.
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Bacteria found in gut could help boost physical performance 24 Jun 11:00am Bacteria found in gut could help boost physical performance
Scientists say certain bacteria are more abundant in marathon runners after race From go-faster stripes to energy gels, athletes have long sought ways to boost their performance. Now researchers say bacteria might also offer a boost. Scientists say they have found that certain species of bacteria in the gut appear to be more abundant in marathon runners after a race. They also claim that when such bacteria were transferred into mice, the creatures showed an enhanced athletic performance.
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Wellington’s Waterloo field hospital to be excavated for first time 24 Jun 10:39am Wellington’s Waterloo field hospital to be excavated for first time
UK and Dutch veterans to work with archaeologists at site where thousands were treated
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Cypriot serial killer given seven life sentences 24 Jun 10:28am Cypriot serial killer given seven life sentences
Army captain Nikos Metaxas admits murder of five women and two children
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UK weather: sun to shine on Glastonbury as hot spell forecast 24 Jun 10:02am UK weather: sun to shine on Glastonbury as hot spell forecast
Heat could hit 35C in London while festivalgoers should enjoy warm and dry conditions Rain and thunderstorms will give way to sunshine and warmth in time for the Glastonbury festival this weekend, according to the Met Office. The
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Suspected mastermind of Ethiopia coup attempt shot dead, says official 24 Jun 9:49am Suspected mastermind of Ethiopia coup attempt shot dead, says official
Gen Asamnew Tsige was accused of planning attacks that killed army chief of staff and Amhara state president A man accused of trying to seize control of Ethiopia’s northern Amhara state has been shot dead and a number of other plotters arrested, a senior government official has said. Gen Asamnew Tsige was accused of
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US proposes tanker protection force in wake of Gulf attacks 24 Jun 9:34am Updated US proposes tanker protection force in wake of Gulf attacks
Trump official seeks to isolate Iran as Washington plans further sanctions
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Hillsborough police chief David Duckenfield to face hearing over retrial 24 Jun 9:30am Hillsborough police chief David Duckenfield to face hearing over retrial
The jury failed to reach a verdict in the manslaughter case earlier this year The former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who was in command of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, where a crush killed 96 people, faces a hearing on Monday to determine if he will be tried again on a charge of gross negligence manslaughter. The jury that heard the prosecution of David Duckenfield at Preston crown court failed to reach a verdict in April on their eighth day of deliberations, following 10 weeks of evidence heard between 14 January and 25 March.
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However you look at it, the logic of a Brexit backstop refuses to yield 24 Jun 9:25am However you look at it, the logic of a Brexit backstop refuses to yield
None of the options proposed as a solution to keeping the Irish border looks workable
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Catholic church hits out at court over abortion ruling 24 Jun 9:11am Catholic church hits out at court over abortion ruling
Judge says termination is in best interests of woman, who has mental capacity of a child The Catholic church has criticised a court order under which a woman with a learning disability will have an abortion against her wishes. The court of protection in London decided that an abortion was in the best interests of the woman, who is in her 20s, and is 22 weeks pregnant. She has the mental capacity of a six- to nine-year-old child.
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Dutchman swims ice-skating track at risk from global heating 24 Jun 8:57am Dutchman swims ice-skating track at risk from global heating
Maarten van der Weijden swims in canals that have not been used for skating in 22 years As Europe braces for a heatwave this week, a Dutchman is swimming the route of the country’s most famed ice skating race, which has not been held for two decades as the climate crisis bites. Instead of skating the 121 miles (195km) of the daunting
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Cypriot officer given seven life sentences for serial killing 24 Jun 8:00am Cypriot officer given seven life sentences for serial killing
Army captain Nikos Metaxas admits murder of five women and two children
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Greater Manchester considers taking back control of bus network 24 Jun 7:53am Greater Manchester considers taking back control of bus network
Mayor Andy Burnham wants city region to be first in UK to use London-style powers Greater Manchester could become the first city region in the UK to take back control of its buses after a report recommended refranchising its vast and fragmented network. The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said he hoped to use the powers to build a London-style integrated transport system that puts passengers’ needs ahead of the interests of private bus companies.
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Judith Krantz, sex-and-shopping novelist, dies at 91 24 Jun 7:40am Judith Krantz, sex-and-shopping novelist, dies at 91
The bestselling author behind bonkbusters such as Scruples and Princess Daisy has died at her home in Los Angeles Judith Krantz, who chronicled the sex and shopping of the super-rich and super-beautiful in bestselling novels from Scruples to Princess Daisy, has died at the age of 91. The American writer, who sold more than 85m copies of her 10 novels in more than 50 languages, died at her Bel Air home from natural causes, surrounded by her family, friends and dogs,
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Cypriot army captain pleads guilty to killing five women and two girls 24 Jun 7:37am Cypriot army captain pleads guilty to killing five women and two girls
Nikos Metaxas, 35, admits to a dozen charges of premeditated murder and kidnapping A Cypriot army captain has pleaded guilty to a dozen charges of premeditated murder and kidnapping of five foreign women and two girls. Nikos Metaxas, reading from a prepared statement ahead of his sentencing later on Monday, told a three-judge criminal court panel that he did not “have any clear answers” why he committed the killings and that he had “struggled” to figure out the “why and how.”
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Police lose 28% of serious-crime detectives under austerity 24 Jun 7:35am Police lose 28% of serious-crime detectives under austerity
Exclusive: Homicide detection rates in England and Wales also fell over same period People have an increasing chance of getting away with murder as figures show the number of detectives investigating the most serious offences in England and Wales has fallen by more than a quarter since austerity began. Data obtained under freedom of information requests showed the number of detectives serving in major crime and murder squads had fallen by at least 610, or 28%, between 2010-11 and 2017-18.
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Boris Johnson row: top Tory party donor joins calls for explanation 24 Jun 7:18am Boris Johnson row: top Tory party donor joins calls for explanation
Taxi tycoon John Griffin voices concerns about morality of leadership favourite
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Home Office finally allows stranded mother and baby home from Pakistan 24 Jun 7:10am Home Office finally allows stranded mother and baby home from Pakistan
Visa decision overturned for British resident Nina Saleh, 48 hours after Guardian and others published her story A woman who was
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Mike Pompeo meets Saudi royals for talks about anti-Iran alliance 24 Jun 6:54am Mike Pompeo meets Saudi royals for talks about anti-Iran alliance
US secretary of state to also visit UAE as he hails ‘great allies’ at time of rising tensions Mike Pompeo has met Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince for talks as the US secretary of state seeks to promote an anti-Iran alliance at a time of mounting tensions in the region. “You are a dear friend,” King Salman told Pompeo, who is due to fly to the United Arab Emirates later on Monday for further discussions.
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Mike Pompeo arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks about anti-Iran alliance 24 Jun 6:46am Updated Mike Pompeo arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks about anti-Iran alliance
US secretary of state to also visit UAE as he hails ‘great allies’ at time of rising tensions Mike Pompeo has met Saudi Arabia’s king for talks as the US secretary of state seeks to promote an anti-Iran alliance at a time of mounting tensions in the region. “You are a dear friend,” King Salman told Pompeo as he shook hands with the top US diplomat and his aides. Pompeo then opened talks with the powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Later on Monday he flies to the United Arab Emirates for further discussions.
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US briefing: Iran sanctions, biodiversity crisis and Istanbul election 24 Jun 6:10am US briefing: Iran sanctions, biodiversity crisis and Istanbul election
Monday’s top story: Trump promises new sanctions on ‘absolutely broken’ Iran. Plus, where have our 8.3bn tons of plastic waste gone since 1950?
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Humans v the city: the staggering scale of Chongqing – in pictures 24 Jun 6:00am Humans v the city: the staggering scale of Chongqing – in pictures
Chongqing’s population is estimated at just below 10 million but that rises to more than 31 million if the built-up surroundings are included. Belgian photographer
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Papua New Guinea has sold only two of the 43 luxury cars imported for Apec 24 Jun 5:26am Papua New Guinea has sold only two of the 43 luxury cars imported for Apec
Government minister blames delay in selling the 40 Maseratis and three Bentleys on problems with the tender process The Papua New Guinea government has sold just two of the more than 40 luxury vehicles it controversially bought for last year’s Apec conference, because the organiser of the tender process did not set a reserve price. Late last year the PNG government was widely criticised for its decision to spend millions of dollars importing
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Two workers exposed to unsafe radiation dose at Lucas Heights nuclear facility 24 Jun 4:06am Two workers exposed to unsafe radiation dose at Lucas Heights nuclear facility
Exclusive: production at Australia’s only nuclear medicine facility has been halted after ‘safety incident’ Production has ceased and an urgent investigation has been launched after two employees at a newly-opened Australian nuclear medicine facility at Lucas Heights were exposed to an unsafe dose of radiation late last week. Just two weeks after it
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Jeremy Hunt piles pressure on Boris Johnson to explain police visit 24 Jun 2:16am Jeremy Hunt piles pressure on Boris Johnson to explain police visit
Tory leadership candidate says his rival ‘needs to show he can answer difficult questions’ Jeremy Hunt has joined calls for Boris Johnson to explain why police were called to his home after an argument with his partner by warning that his Conservative leadership rival “needs to show he can answer difficult questions”. The foreign secretary followed cabinet ministers, backbenchers and a major party donor in demanding that the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May speak out about the loud, late-night altercation with his partner, Carrie Symonds, which was heard by several neighbours.
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Chinese wedding photos - a picture essay 24 Jun 2:00am Chinese wedding photos - a picture essay
Pre-wedding photo sessions have become big business in China, as couples demand lavish mementoes of their big day in advance. Gone are the days when couples would be satisfied with a single black and white photo to commemorate their wedding A couple pose for their pre-wedding photos on a street in Beijing
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The new feminist armpit hair revolution: half-statement, half-ornament 24 Jun 1:00am The new feminist armpit hair revolution: half-statement, half-ornament
Female body hair is becoming more visible in popular culture and, while the issue has been around for decades, the new enthusiasm for hirsuteness has a 21st-century twist I am usually late to catch on to shifts in the zeitgeist; this one came to my attention just recently. While watching the HBO show High Maintenance, I noticed that Lee, the protagonist’s hip and beautiful love interest, was sporting hairy armpits. “Look!” I cried to my husband, as though I’d unexpectedly spotted a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of my favorite obscure band. For the past couple of decades, I have seldom shaved my armpits. Now, all of a sudden, I was on-trend.
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Upset about the plastic crisis? Stop trying so hard 24 Jun 1:00am Upset about the plastic crisis? Stop trying so hard
We make good-faith efforts to help the planet by recycling, but what we really need to do is even simpler
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German Greens are on the rise. But the nation is divided | Anna Lehmann 24 Jun 1:00am German Greens are on the rise. But the nation is divided | Anna Lehmann
The party has to address the concerns of groups beyond its urban base if it is to ultimately succeed The Greens in Germany could hardly believe it. Leading party members were bouncing up and down when the public broadcasters sent the first, still uncertain results on the evening of the European Union elections. The green column rose to 20% and above, close to the black column of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, which ended up with 22.6%. Party manager Michael Kellner was beaming as the numbers came in. Over the course of the evening it became clear that the Green party had nearly doubled its seats in the European parliament and had overtaken the Social Democrats, the former “people’s party”. A historic victory for us, a historic disaster for them.
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China will not allow G20 to discuss Hong Kong, says foreign minister 24 Jun 12:50am China will not allow G20 to discuss Hong Kong, says foreign minister
Foreign powers have no right to interfere in ‘internal affair’, says Zhang Jun, as Beijing also calls for trade compromise China has said it will not allow the G20 nations to discuss the Hong Kong issue at its summit this week, assistant foreign minister Zhang Jun said on Monday. Millions of people
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Arab world turns its back on religion – and its ire on the US 24 Jun 12:00am Arab world turns its back on religion – and its ire on the US
Survey of 25,000 people in Middle East and North Africa also shows 52% of 18- to 29-year-olds are thinking about migrating The Arab world is turning its back on religion and on US relations, according to the largest public opinion survey ever carried out in the region. A survey of more than 25,000 people across 10 countries and the Palestinian territories found that trust in religious leaders has plummeted in recent years.
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