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White Island: tourists injured during New Zealand volcano eruption 8 Dec 2019, 10:06pm White Island: tourists injured during New Zealand volcano eruption
Level four alert was issued for the volcano, also known by its Māori name Whakaari, indicating a ‘moderate volcanic eruption’ New Zealand’s most active cone volcano, White Island, off the eastern coast of the North Island, began to erupt on Monday, spewing a large plume of smoke and ash into the air. Local media reported that tourists were on the island at the time and some were injured. A level four alert was issued for the volcano, also known by its Māori name Whakaari, indicating a “moderate volcanic eruption,” according to the science agency GeoNet. The scale runs from zero to five – a major eruption.
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Australian paedophiles pay as little as $15 for online abuse of children in Philippines 8 Dec 2019, 9:39pm Australian paedophiles pay as little as $15 for online abuse of children in Philippines
Australian federal police say livestreaming of children performing sexual acts marks ‘alarming shift’
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Victoria bushfires: state faces 43C as total fire bans ordered in three regions 8 Dec 2019, 9:00pm Victoria bushfires: state faces 43C as total fire bans ordered in three regions
Hot, dry and windy conditions mean fires can start anywhere and without warning, authorities say Total fire bans have been ordered for three regions in Victoria and parts of the state are expected to reach 43C. An extreme fire danger warning is in place for the Mallee district and Wimmera and northern country have been issued a severe warning. No fires can be lit in those areas until 11.50pm Monday.
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Australian paedophiles pay as little as $15 for online abuse of Filipino children 8 Dec 2019, 7:57pm Australian paedophiles pay as little as $15 for online abuse of Filipino children
Australian federal police say livestreaming of children performing sexual acts marks ‘alarming shift’
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Global manhunt under way for man accused of sexually abusing Sydney children in 1980s 8 Dec 2019, 7:41pm Global manhunt under way for man accused of sexually abusing Sydney children in 1980s
Simon Gordon Davies is wanted in connection with 18 sexual and indecent assault offences A global search is on to find a man accused of sexually abusing children in
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Floods and landslides leave 1,000 tourists stranded in New Zealand – video 8 Dec 2019, 7:39pm Floods and landslides leave 1,000 tourists stranded in New Zealand – video
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Northern Irish customs arrangements could thwart Brexit plans 8 Dec 2019, 7:22pm Northern Irish customs arrangements could thwart Brexit plans
Protocol to keep region part of the EU customs code is a “major” obstacle to Brexit delivery Northern Ireland customs arrangements may thwart Boris Johnson’s plan to leave the EU by December 2020, according to a document said to be leaked from civil servants in the Department for Exiting the EU. In the document,
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New Zealand floods: essentials run out for tourists stranded in Franz Josef 8 Dec 2019, 7:09pm New Zealand floods: essentials run out for tourists stranded in Franz Josef
Roads into holiday town likely to be blocked until Friday with expensive private helicopter flights the only way out Nearly a thousand tourists stranded by flooding in a tiny New Zealand alpine town woke on Monday to clear, sunny weather, but little other good news: there was still no way in or out by road. “It’s the first time we’ve seen the sky in about six or seven days, so that’s nice,” said Khira MacWatt, from Aberdeen, who is among those stranded in Franz Josef, a picturesque town nestled into a glacier on New Zealand’s South Island, after bad weather caused major flooding.
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China tells government offices to remove all foreign computer equipment 8 Dec 2019, 7:01pm China tells government offices to remove all foreign computer equipment
Directive is likely to be a blow to US multinational companies like HP, Dell and Microsoft China has ordered that all foreign computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within three years, the Financial Times reports. The government directive is likely to be a blow to US multinational companies like HP, Dell and Microsoft and mirrors attempts by Washington to limit the use of Chinese technology, as the trade war between the countries turns into a tech cold war.
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More than a million viewers paid to watch Joshua regain titles 8 Dec 2019, 5:50pm More than a million viewers paid to watch Joshua regain titles
Eddie Hearn, the boxer’s promoter, said fight ‘almost certainly’ broke UK pay-per-view record Criticism of Anthony Joshua for boxing in Saudi Arabia does not appear to have affected his popularity with the British public, with more than a million people paying at least £24.95 to watch
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Corbyn launches final election push to deny Tories a majority 8 Dec 2019, 5:30pm Corbyn launches final election push to deny Tories a majority
Labour will focus on the NHS and voters’ finances in the campaign’s crucial final days Jeremy Corbyn will promise Britain’s jaded voters that a Labour government would put “money in your pocket”, as his party makes a last-ditch push to deprive Boris Johnson of a majority at Thursday’s general election. Amid concerns that Labour has overpromised with a blizzard of announcements during the six-week campaign,
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Juice WRLD: the unapologetic rapper who helped define a new sound 8 Dec 2019, 4:23pm Juice WRLD: the unapologetic rapper who helped define a new sound
The rapper and singer reached millions by filling a void in hip-hop: tackling depression, addiction and heartbreak in anthems trembling with trauma
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Windfarms drive fall in wholesale energy price with lower bills forecast for 2020 8 Dec 2019, 3:52pm Windfarms drive fall in wholesale energy price with lower bills forecast for 2020
Australian Energy Market Commission says prices will begin to fall next year and by 2022 will be $97 a year lower The price of residential electricity is estimated to start falling next year and continue to fall until 2022, the Australian Energy Market Commission says. The AEMC’s annual report on electricity price trends shows an overall falling price outlook over the next few years, mostly due to decreases in the wholesale cost from increased generation capacity, particularly from windfarms.
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The Guardian view on North Korea: a brewing nuclear crisis | Editorial 8 Dec 2019, 1:29pm The Guardian view on North Korea: a brewing nuclear crisis | Editorial
Pyongyang’s truce with Washington could end with terrible results. To avoid that, international efforts – notably from the US – are neededNorth Korea often appears to have styled itself upon a James Bond adversary. We have seen the dramatic announcement of a deadline (New Year), followed by the arch threat that “it is up to the US what Christmas gift it will choose to get”. (Experts predict a missile test.) Its fondness for baroque menace is matched by its flair for provocation – Sunday saw the
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UN climate talks are failing to see urgency of crisis, says scientist 8 Dec 2019, 1:21pm UN climate talks are failing to see urgency of crisis, says scientist
COP25 in Madrid criticised for focusing on details instead of agreeing deep cuts to emissions Urgent UN talks on tackling the climate emergency are still not addressing the true scale of the crisis, one of the world’s leading climate scientists has warned, as high-ranking ministers from governments around the world began to arrive in Madrid for
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US defense secretary orders security review at military bases after Pensacola shooting 8 Dec 2019, 12:32pm Updated US defense secretary orders security review at military bases after Pensacola shooting
Mark Esper said he also instructed US armed forces to screen for foreign solders who come to the US for training The defense secretary, Mark Esper, said he has instructed the US armed forces to review both security at military bases and screening for foreign soldiers who come to the US for training.
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Football faces calls for action on racism in wake of Manchester derby 8 Dec 2019, 12:30pm Football faces calls for action on racism in wake of Manchester derby
Man reportedly named as Anthony Burke arrested over alleged racist abuse of Manchester United player The arrest of a man on Sunday in connection with alleged racist abuse directed towards Manchester United players in a televised derby has led to renewed soul searching about the extent of the problem in the game. In the immediate aftermath of the match at the Etihad, in which Manchester United beat rivals City 2-1, former player turned pundit Gary Neville blamed politicians including Boris Johnson for creating a climate where racism was more acceptable.
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World chess champion on the verge of topping fantasy football table 8 Dec 2019, 12:14pm World chess champion on the verge of topping fantasy football table
Magnus Carlsen climbs to third spot of Fantasy Premier League but puts his success down to ‘luck’ Magnus Carlsen, the world’s best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game – fantasy football. The grandmaster is enjoying his best season ever in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game and after Saturday’s results he climbed to the
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NSW police strip-searched more than 340 school-aged boys in the past three years 8 Dec 2019, 12:00pm NSW police strip-searched more than 340 school-aged boys in the past three years
Exclusive: Since 2016, police have forced 344 boys between the ages of 11 and 17 to submit to the practice More than 300 school-age boys, including one 11-year-old, have been strip-searched by the
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Rapper Juice WRLD dies age 21 8 Dec 2019, 11:50am Rapper Juice WRLD dies age 21
The Chicago rapper was taken ill at the city’s Midway airport on Sunday morning local time The Chicago rapper Juice WRLD has died age 21, the Illinois Cook County medical examiner’s office has confirmed. After landing at Chicago’s Midway airport on Sunday morning local time, the musician, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a seizure and began bleeding from the mouth,
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France pensions overhaul to go ahead despite huge protests 8 Dec 2019, 11:14am France pensions overhaul to go ahead despite huge protests
Unions plan another major street protest on Tuesday before government sets out pension details on Wednesday The French government has vowed to press ahead with its overhaul of the pensions system despite a hardening
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Hong Kong: mammoth rally marks six months of pro-democracy protests 8 Dec 2019, 10:22am Hong Kong: mammoth rally marks six months of pro-democracy protests
Sea of protesters pour on to streets calling for elections and inquiry into police tactics Hundreds of thousands of protesters have filled the streets of Hong Kong in a mass show of support for an anti-government movement that shows no signs of flagging as it enters a seventh month. The march on Sunday was mostly peaceful, in a rare break from the escalating violent scenes of recent weeks.
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13-year-old among suspects arrested after woman stabbed to death 8 Dec 2019, 10:04am 13-year-old among suspects arrested after woman stabbed to death
Northamptonshire police have appealed for any witnesses of murder in Rushden to come forward A 13-year-old boy is one of two people arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found stabbed to death in Northamptonshire, police have said. The victim, 25, was attacked in Rushden on Saturday evening and died at the scene despite paramedics’ attempts to save her life.
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Anger and grief after dozens killed in Delhi factory fire 8 Dec 2019, 10:01am Anger and grief after dozens killed in Delhi factory fire
Police say building violated multiple regulations and owner has been arrested A fire has swept through a market in Delhi in the early hours, killing at least 43 people and prompting an outpouring of grief and anger. Witnesses said the fire took hold so quickly that there was little time for 50 labourers sleeping on the third floor of a factory building to make their escape. It took three hours to extinguish the blaze, and by Sunday afternoon the extent of the damage was clear.
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Jeremy Bamber lawyers challenge CPS over withheld evidence 8 Dec 2019, 9:46am Jeremy Bamber lawyers challenge CPS over withheld evidence
Bamber serving life sentence for killing adoptive parents, sister and twin boys in 1985 Lawyers representing Jeremy Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for killing his adoptive parents, sister and her six-year-old twin boys in 1985, have launched a high court challenge to the Crown Prosecution Service for its failure to disclose evidence they say would undermine the safety of his conviction. The statement of facts and grounds, lodged at the high court on Friday, maintains that the CPS has refused to follow directions made by the court of appeal in 2002 to disclose the sought-after material. It also accuses the CPS of rejecting a report by an eminent ballistics expert appointed by Bamber, without instructing its own expert to challenge the claims.
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Tesco weighs up sale of Thai and Malaysian stores 8 Dec 2019, 9:35am Tesco weighs up sale of Thai and Malaysian stores
Supermarket starts review of 2,000-plus shops after approach by unnamed buyer Tesco is considering a sale of its Thai and Malaysian stores that could result in Britain’s largest supermarket chain exiting two of its last remaining international businesses. In a statement published on Sunday afternoon, the supermarket said it had started a review of the businesses after an approach by an unnamed buyer.
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France to press ahead with pensions reform despite protests 8 Dec 2019, 8:56am France to press ahead with pensions reform despite protests
Train and metro strikes enter fourth day as prime minister vows to implement changes The French government said it would press ahead with its planned pension changes but said the proposed new system that has sparked nationwide strikes would be introduced gradually and public concerns would be addressed. Transport systems were paralysed for a fourth day on Sunday as unions at the state railway SNCF and Paris public transport system RATP extended their strike against the changes.
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WTO faces crisis over settlement disputes unless Trump backs off 8 Dec 2019, 8:14am WTO faces crisis over settlement disputes unless Trump backs off
Ability to police global trade could be neutered by battle to safeguard US sovereignty The World Trade Organization is set to plunge into the biggest crisis in its 25-year history later this week as the climax to a
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Joe Biden: prosecute companies that stop workers forming unions 8 Dec 2019, 7:33am Joe Biden: prosecute companies that stop workers forming unions
Sanders, Buttigieg, Booker, Klobuchar and Steyer also discussed the economy, wages and healthcare at a Teamsters forum in Iowa
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Josep Borrell: can EU’s new diplomat- in-chief strengthen the bloc’s global standing? 8 Dec 2019, 6:58am Josep Borrell: can EU’s new diplomat- in-chief strengthen the bloc’s global standing?
The veteran Spanish socialist has a reputation for plain speaking, and a brief to build a more assertive EU It has been called Europe’s “valley of tears”. But it isn’t in National Geographic; rather it is the monthly pilgrimage of the European Union’s 28 foreign ministers to Brussels or Luxembourg to discuss the woes of the world. And the man who coined the phrase,
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Labour antisemitism row may affect election result, says McDonnell 8 Dec 2019, 6:46am Labour antisemitism row may affect election result, says McDonnell
Shadow chancellor says sorry to Jewish community, adding party was ‘doing everything possible’ to tackle issue
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General election: McDonnell admits antisemitism has hurt Labour campaign – live news 8 Dec 2019, 6:37am Updated General election: McDonnell admits antisemitism has hurt Labour campaign – live news
Follow events on the last Sunday of the campaign as Boris Johnson refuses to say he’ll stand down should Tories lose
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Hong Kong democracy protests continue into seventh month 8 Dec 2019, 6:31am Hong Kong democracy protests continue into seventh month
Sea of protesters pour on to streets calling for elections and inquiry into police tactics Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have once again poured on to the streets of Hong Kong, their chants echoing off high-rise buildings, in a mass show of support for a protest movement that shows no signs of flagging as it enters a seventh month. Chanting “Fight for freedom” and “Stand with Hong Kong”, a sea of protesters formed a mile-long human snake winding for blocks on Hong Kong Island, from the Causeway Bay shopping district to the Central business zone.
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Nobel peace prize winner Abiy Ahmed embroiled in media row 8 Dec 2019, 5:37am Nobel peace prize winner Abiy Ahmed embroiled in media row
Officials say winner’s refusal to face public questioning is ‘highly problematic’ Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia, has come under pressure to appear before the media in Oslo this week when he collects the Nobel peace prize on Tuesday. Senior officials of the Norwegian Nobel Institute have said the 2019 winner’s refusal to attend any event where he could be asked questions publicly is “highly problematic”.
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Austria struggles with marauding Krampus demons gone rogue 8 Dec 2019, 5:18am Austria struggles with marauding Krampus demons gone rogue
Police record rising violence and drunkenness in traditional folkloric festivities
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Aung San Suu Kyi heads to Hague for Myanmar genocide showdown 8 Dec 2019, 4:48am Aung San Suu Kyi heads to Hague for Myanmar genocide showdown
Peace prize winner will lead her country’s defence against claims at court in Netherlands A momentous legal confrontation will take place at the UN’s highest court this week when the Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi appears in person to defend Myanmar against accusations of genocide. Once internationally feted as a human rights champion, Myanmar’s state counsellor is scheduled to lead a delegation to the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague.
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British Isis captives ‘could be handed over to Assad’ 8 Dec 2019, 4:13am British Isis captives ‘could be handed over to Assad’
Human rights groups fear change of stance by Foreign Office might lead to executionsFears are growing that the Foreign Office has paved the way for British Islamic State captives held in Syria to be handed over to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, which is accused of war crimes including mass torture and executions. Human rights groups argue that, as they face pressure to repatriate Britons
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No trains and no compromise as France faces a winter of discontent 8 Dec 2019, 3:42am No trains and no compromise as France faces a winter of discontent
With hardline unions threatening indefinite strikes over pension reforms, there is apprehension at the political perils facing Emmanuel Macron Emmanuel Macron will seek to placate angry strikers this week while honouring his election pledge to shake up France’s pension system in a delicate balancing act that will define his political future. Ministers are looking at possible concessions that could defuse the strikes and protests that have paralysed the country since last week.
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Back to the border of misery: Amexica revisited 10 years on 8 Dec 2019, 3:00am Back to the border of misery: Amexica revisited 10 years on
A decade after publishing his vivid account of the places and people most affected by the US-Mexican ‘war on drugs’, Ed Vulliamy returns to the frontline to see how life has changed
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New Zealand storms: 1,000 foreign tourists stranded as floods cut off towns 8 Dec 2019, 2:50am New Zealand storms: 1,000 foreign tourists stranded as floods cut off towns
North Island faces tornado risk after landslides and flooding wreak havoc in the south
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After Kamala: activists fear Democratic primary whitewash 8 Dec 2019, 2:15am After Kamala: activists fear Democratic primary whitewash
The California senator pulled out this week and the next debate stage looks set to be minority-free. Progressives see a problem When Democrats won a Senate seat in Alabama two years ago, their chairman declared that
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‘Cosy stitch-up’ by Farage and Tories makes it hard for us to win, says Jo Swinson 8 Dec 2019, 2:04am ‘Cosy stitch-up’ by Farage and Tories makes it hard for us to win, says Jo Swinson
Lib Dem leader attacks Brexit party’s move to stand down in some seats but still hopes for gainsThe Brexit party’s decision to stand aside for the Tories in hundreds of seats curtailed the electoral ambitions of the Liberal Democrats, its leader Jo Swinson has said. In an interview with the
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Kochland review: how the Kochs bought America – and trashed it 8 Dec 2019, 2:00am Kochland review: how the Kochs bought America – and trashed it
Christopher Leonard has produced a relentless accounting of the brothers grim which somehow concludes with sympathy If the unbridled consumption of fossil fuels is indeed pushing the planet faster and faster toward Armageddon, Charles Koch probably deserves as much credit as anyone for the end of the world as we know it.
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Australia fires: heatwave forecast amid calls for emergency meeting 8 Dec 2019, 1:48am Australia fires: heatwave forecast amid calls for emergency meeting
Conditions ease but Labor urges emergency Coag meeting before extreme heat in NSW and Victoria Firefighters have taken advantage of less extreme conditions to try to contain blazes burning across New South Wales ahead of worsening conditions and soaring temperatures expected on Tuesday. More than 100 fires were still burning across NSW on Sunday, including the massive Gospers Mountain blaze, which is expected to burn for weeks.
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New Zealand storms: tornado warning issued as floods cut off towns 8 Dec 2019, 1:35am Updated New Zealand storms: tornado warning issued as floods cut off towns
North Island braces for severe storms after landslides and flooding cut communications and close roads in South Island
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Bob Hawke’s daughter says he told her not to pursue rape allegations against former Labor MP 8 Dec 2019, 12:49am Updated Bob Hawke’s daughter says he told her not to pursue rape allegations against former Labor MP
Rosslyn Dillon made allegations as part of legal challenge against her father’s estate Former prime minister Bob Hawke’s youngest daughter says she was raped by a confidant of her father in the 1980s – but was urged not to report the assaults to protect Hawke’s leadership ambitions.
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Bondi-to-Manly interactive: experience Sydney’s spectacular harbour walk 8 Dec 2019, 12:01am Bondi-to-Manly interactive: experience Sydney’s spectacular harbour walk
Follow the 80km coastal trek that links two of Australia’s favourite beaches and takes in the city’s iconic landmarks
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