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Gold Coast stabbing leaves one teenager dead and another injured 13 Dec 2019, 11:20pm Updated Gold Coast stabbing leaves one teenager dead and another injured
Fight broke out in Surfers Paradise between two groups of teenagers unknown to each other, police say A 17-year-old boy is dead and another teen is in hospital after they were allegedly stabbed during a fight between two groups of youths on the Gold Coast. The fight erupted on Surfers Paradise Boulevard just after 8pm on Friday night.
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White Island volcano eruption: police divers search sea for missing bodies 13 Dec 2019, 9:14pm White Island volcano eruption: police divers search sea for missing bodies
Operation resumes in waters around New Zealand’s Whakaari but police rule out resumption of ground search Police and navy divers have returned to the waters around New Zealand’s White Island where authorities are increasingly convinced a seventh and eighth body could be found following Monday’s volcanic eruption. But there was no resumption of the ground search on Saturday as authorities consider the next steps in their
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Sydney light rail opens for passengers – at almost double original price tag 13 Dec 2019, 7:45pm Sydney light rail opens for passengers – at almost double original price tag
Opening of light rail project, which was beset by cost blow-outs, means return of trams to Sydney for first time since 1961 Sydney’s light rail network has finally opened to passengers
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LA high schools to open sexual and mental health clinics in pioneering program 13 Dec 2019, 7:36pm LA high schools to open sexual and mental health clinics in pioneering program
Partnership between officials and Planned Parenthood will offer birth control, STI testing and care for anxiety and depression Dozens of Los Angeles high schools will soon host clinics providing sexual and mental health services for teenagers as part of a wellness program that officials say is a groundbreaking model of comprehensive on-campus care. The school-based clinics
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Albanese attacks Coalition’s nuclear ‘fantasy’ as Greens say report should ‘alarm all Australians’ 13 Dec 2019, 6:17pm Albanese attacks Coalition’s nuclear ‘fantasy’ as Greens say report should ‘alarm all Australians’
Government-dominated committee calls for partial lifting of nuclear ban and for greater work on nuclear technology The Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, has described the call from Coalition MPs to lift a longstanding ban on nuclear energy as “fantasy”. A 230-page report released on Friday by the chairman of the parliament’s energy committee and Liberal MP Ted O’Brien said nuclear energy should be considered as part of Australia’s future energy mix.
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Kentucky: outgoing governor pardons killer whose brother hosted fundraiser 13 Dec 2019, 3:40pm Kentucky: outgoing governor pardons killer whose brother hosted fundraiser
Pardons of violent offenders, including a child rapist and a man who beheaded a female victim, provoke widespread backlash Days after leaving office, the former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin is facing widespread backlash and calls for an investigation following a number of controversial pardons of violent offenders on his way out the door. Pardons are traditional at the end of a governor’s term – and most of the Republican’s more than 400 pardons were for drug offenses. But a number of the pardons were for particularly violent crimes, like a woman who gave birth in a flea market porta-potty and dumped her newborn into the toilet’s septic tank; a man who hired a hitman to murder his business partner in front of his family; a man convicted of beheading a woman and stuffing her body in a 55-gallon drum; a man convicted last year of raping a nine-year-old child; and a man convicted in a home invasion homicide whose brother hosted a fundraiser for the governor last year.
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House committee votes to advance Trump articles of impeachment – live 13 Dec 2019, 3:19pm Updated House committee votes to advance Trump articles of impeachment – live
Judiciary committee approved two articles on party lines, setting up vote for full House next week
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Police arrest man over antisemitic abuse on London bus 13 Dec 2019, 2:30pm Police arrest man over antisemitic abuse on London bus
48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of hate crime after passenger targeted onboard 254 bus A man has been arrested by police investigating a hate crime attack after a bus passenger was subjected to antisemitic abuse. The 36-year-old victim was reading a prayer book while travelling on the 254 bus towards Aldgate on 6 December when another man boarded near Stamford Hill in Hackney, north-east London.
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House announces advancement of Trump impeachment – video 13 Dec 2019, 2:21pm House announces advancement of Trump impeachment – video
The US House judiciary committee chairman, Jerry Nadler, said the vote to approve two articles of
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Water wars: will politics destroy the Murray-Darling Basin plan – and the river system itself? 13 Dec 2019, 2:00pm Water wars: will politics destroy the Murray-Darling Basin plan – and the river system itself?
Drought is not the only threat to the river system: the plan to save it is in doubt as states spar over the best way forward The millennium drought led to the realisation Australia’s major river system would die unless there was united action to save it; the latest drought is threatening to undo the Murray-Darling Basin plan. The basin states – Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia – as well as the federal government, are due to meet on Tuesday in Brisbane amid
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Canada: nearly 14,000 people die from opioid overdoses in four years 13 Dec 2019, 1:25pm Canada: nearly 14,000 people die from opioid overdoses in four years
More than 17,000 have been hospitalized in what officials say is mounting crisis Nearly 14,000 people in Canada have died from opioid overdoses in the last four years and more than 17,000 have been hospitalized in what officials say is a mounting crisis that shows few signs of relief. In a report titled
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Violent clashes continue in Delhi over new citizenship bill 13 Dec 2019, 1:17pm Violent clashes continue in Delhi over new citizenship bill
Bill accused of discriminating against Muslims and clashes are spreading to other regions Violent clashes erupted in Delhi over a new citizenship bill that has been accused of discriminating against Muslims and undermining the secular foundations of India, with protests over the legislation spreading to other regions and leading Japan’s prime minister to cancel a visit to the country. Thousands took to the streets of Assam’s capital Guwahati for the third day, following the death of two protesters who were caught in police fire on Thursday. The north-eastern state has been the epicentre of the protests against the citizenship amendment bill (CAB).
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A citizens’ assembly for the Labour party and the public | Letter 13 Dec 2019, 12:12pm A citizens’ assembly for the Labour party and the public | Letter
An Irish-style assembly might allow the public to feel more directly engaged in the political process and provide Labour with winning policies, says
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Trump appears to hit new Twitter record with impeachment tweets 13 Dec 2019, 11:53am Trump appears to hit new Twitter record with impeachment tweets
President has ramped up posting as @realDonaldTrump account tweeted and retweeted 115 times Thursday night The always prolific tweeter-in-chief appears to have hit a new record. The president’s @realDonaldTrump account had tweeted and retweeted 115 times by late Thursday night, marking what could be his most active day on the platform yet.
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Algeria: protesters boycott election chanting ‘No vote! We want freedom!’ – video 13 Dec 2019, 11:51am Algeria: protesters boycott election chanting ‘No vote! We want freedom!’ – video
Thousands of people took to the streets in central Algiers, as the authorities held a presidential election that the mass protest movement views as a charade intended to keep the ruling elite in power. Local media showed video of protests throwing ballot papers on the ground with only 33% of Algerians turning out to vote.
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Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing star, dies aged 86 13 Dec 2019, 11:43am Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing star, dies aged 86
Oscar-nominated character actor made his breakthrough in Moonstruck and appeared in The Godfather Part II Danny Aiello, the veteran character actor best known for roles in The Purple Rose of Cairo, Do the Right Thing and Moonstruck, has died aged 86. According to
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UK must be loyal on standards in return for market access – Macron 13 Dec 2019, 11:34am UK must be loyal on standards in return for market access – Macron
French president demands regulatory harmonisation as price of good Brexit deal with EU
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Essex lorry deaths: driver denies human trafficking charges 13 Dec 2019, 11:04am Updated Essex lorry deaths: driver denies human trafficking charges
Christopher Kennedy, 23, pleads not guilty in relation to deaths of 39 Vietnamese people
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TV presenter Caroline Flack arrested and charged with assault 13 Dec 2019, 10:51am TV presenter Caroline Flack arrested and charged with assault
Host of Love Island to appear in court in London after reports of a man being attacked The TV presenter Caroline Flack has been arrested and charged with assault by beating after reports of a man being attacked. Flack, known for hosting programmes such as Love Island and The X-Factor, was arrested at 5.25am on Friday after an incident took place the day before, the Metropolitan police said.
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House committee expected to vote on Trump articles of impeachment – live 13 Dec 2019, 10:24am Updated House committee expected to vote on Trump articles of impeachment – live
Judiciary committee expected to vote to approve two articles, setting up vote for full House next week
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DUP and Sinn Fein under pressure to restore power-sharing 13 Dec 2019, 10:17am DUP and Sinn Fein under pressure to restore power-sharing
Voters punish parties for Northern Ireland’s political dysfunction as DUP suffers high-profile losses
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Thousands march in Algeria after controversial election result 13 Dec 2019, 10:08am Thousands march in Algeria after controversial election result
Ruling party hoped election of Abdelmadjid Tebboune would end months of instability Huge crowds have massed in Algeria’s capital to protest against the election of a former loyalist of the deposed leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika as president in
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Marie Fredriksson obituary 13 Dec 2019, 10:04am Marie Fredriksson obituary
Internationally acclaimed singer who with Per Gessle formed the Swedish duo RoxetteCommanding female vocalists were never more popular than in the late 1980s, and for a time
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Spike in Ebola cases alarms health officials in DRC 13 Dec 2019, 10:01am Spike in Ebola cases alarms health officials in DRC
Many cases blamed on a single individual who appears to have caught virus for second time Health officials are investigating an alarming spike in
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Algeria braced for protests as former PM wins presidential election 13 Dec 2019, 9:54am Algeria braced for protests as former PM wins presidential election
Ruling party hopes result will end months of instability but opposition say they won’t give up Security forces in Algeria were braced for protests on Friday after the electoral body announced the results of the country’s
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Crossrail delays will cost TfL up to £1.35bn in lost revenue 13 Dec 2019, 9:43am Crossrail delays will cost TfL up to £1.35bn in lost revenue
Shortfall in ticket sales will put further pressure on London transport authority’s finances Delays to
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Couple jailed for murdering woman and claiming her benefits 13 Dec 2019, 9:39am Couple jailed for murdering woman and claiming her benefits
Kevin Flanagan and Kathleen Bennett receive life sentences for killing Lisa Bennett in 2013 A couple have been jailed for life for the murder of a homeless woman they drowned in their bath before claiming her benefits. Kevin Flanagan was told by a judge on Friday he must serve a minimum of 32 years in prison for killing Lisa Bennett, while his girlfriend, Kathleen Salmond, was given a minimum term of 27 years.
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Nigerian students deported from Croatia had visas to stay 13 Dec 2019, 9:28am Nigerian students deported from Croatia had visas to stay
Documents show pair who were forcibly transferred to Bosnia had right to remain Two Nigerian student table tennis players
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Donald Trump hosts Paraguay president Mario Abdo Benítez at White House – watch live 13 Dec 2019, 8:38am Donald Trump hosts Paraguay president Mario Abdo Benítez at White House – watch live
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Michelle Obama sends Greta Thunberg message of support after Trump tweet 13 Dec 2019, 8:36am Michelle Obama sends Greta Thunberg message of support after Trump tweet
Former first lady told climate activist ‘don’t let anyone dim your light’ after Trump said teen had an ‘anger management problem’ Michelle Obama has sent a public message of support to the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg after the teenager was
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US briefing: UK election results, Pete Buttigieg and Khashoggi killing 13 Dec 2019, 7:07am US briefing: UK election results, Pete Buttigieg and Khashoggi killing
Friday’s top story: Tories win big on promise to ‘get Brexit done’. Plus, how extremists infiltrated US police forces Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.
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Lawyers complain about lack of access to Julian Assange in jail 13 Dec 2019, 7:05am Lawyers complain about lack of access to Julian Assange in jail
Defence team say he is unaware of some evidence in his case because of blockage in visits Julian Assange has been blocked from seeing evidence in his extradition case because his lawyers cannot get sufficient access to him, a court has heard. The WikiLeaks founder, 48, appeared at Westminster magistrates court by video link on Friday for a hearing to extend his detention in Belmarsh prison, in south-east London.
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Around the world in a day, without leaving Shenzhen – a photo essay 13 Dec 2019, 7:00am Around the world in a day, without leaving Shenzhen – a photo essay
For Chinese tourists who cannot travel, the Window of the World theme park offers versions of 130 global attractions. Photojournalist Anthony Micallef took a whistlestop tour More than 3 million visitors a year flock to the Window of the World theme park in the megacity of Shenzhen to see 130 copies of the world’s largest tourist sites gathered in a single place. For Chinese tourists who may not be able to travel out of the country this is their only chance of seeing the New York skyline, the pyramids of Giza or the Taj Mahal – or smaller replicas of them, at least.
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Brexit: EU leaders hopeful of softer exit after Johnson landslide 13 Dec 2019, 6:52am Brexit: EU leaders hopeful of softer exit after Johnson landslide
Bloc calls for swift ratification of withdrawal agreement following UK election result
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Sardines squeeze into Italian cities for biggest anti-Salvini protests yet 13 Dec 2019, 6:30am Sardines squeeze into Italian cities for biggest anti-Salvini protests yet
Over 120,000 people expected to join a Rome rally on Saturday against Matteo Salvini’s populist politics Clutching rosaries, prayer books and a large crucifix, a group of around 20 people gathered outside a court in Turin on Tuesday morning to pray for Matteo Salvini. The leader of the far-right League and Italy’s former deputy prime minister is on trial in the northern city for allegedly defaming the judiciary, but he didn’t show up for the first hearing. The fan club, called I Cinque Sassi (The Five Rocks), emerged in response to the “Sardines”, a rapidly proliferating movement against the politics of Salvini and his far-right allies. “The only fish that interests us is the symbol of the first Christians,” Angela Ciconte, the group’s founder, told reporters outside the court.
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The joy of sex for the first time at 37: ‘We celebrated and high-fived afterwards’ 13 Dec 2019, 6:00am The joy of sex for the first time at 37: ‘We celebrated and high-fived afterwards’
Libby’s virginity felt like a weight she had to carry around. Determined that 2019 would be her year, she signed up to online dating – with unexpected results This time last year, Libby was looking back on 2018 with regret. At 37, she was still a virgin. Libby (not her real name) was one of four thirtysomething virgins to
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For America’s black politicians, winning an election can lead to jail | Cliff Albright 13 Dec 2019, 6:00am For America’s black politicians, winning an election can lead to jail | Cliff Albright
The motivations behind today’s efforts to overturn elections and remove black elected officials are not very different than Reconstruction-era motivations On 5 November, Hester Jackson-McCray, a black woman, narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Ashley Henley by 14 votes in a heated race for a seat in the Mississippi house of representatives. Shortly after, Henley asked the Republican-dominated Mississippi house to overturn the election results, based on
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Fifty shades of dismay as grimmest campaign ever finally comes to an end 13 Dec 2019, 5:45am Fifty shades of dismay as grimmest campaign ever finally comes to an end
Could EL James dominating the decade’s bestseller list be one reason Britain has fallen apart?
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Tell us: have you had to decide between pregnancy and your US military career? 13 Dec 2019, 5:30am Tell us: have you had to decide between pregnancy and your US military career?
We want to hear from women who were discharged from the military for being pregnant – please share your experience
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Two people arrested in Birmingham suspected of terrorism offences 13 Dec 2019, 5:09am Two people arrested in Birmingham suspected of terrorism offences
Man and woman held over links to Islamist-related terrorism, say West Midlands police Two people have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. A 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were detained in Birmingham on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, West Midlands police said.
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Why people in Canada’s remote Arctic capital are obsessed with Amazon Prime 13 Dec 2019, 5:00am Why people in Canada’s remote Arctic capital are obsessed with Amazon Prime
Goods can only reach the communities by air or – when the Arctic Ocean thaws – by sea, making the free year-round shipping vital  Iguptaq Autut, a comedian from Canada’s Arctic territory of Nunavut, knew he had truly arrived in the territory’s capital the day he walked out of the post office with an Amazon box under his arm.
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Brexit: EU leaders call for swift ratification after Tory victory 13 Dec 2019, 4:47am Brexit: EU leaders call for swift ratification after Tory victory
Relief tinged with sadness as EU27 hope size of Johnson majority may produce clarity on UK objectives
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Pete Buttigieg releases McKinsey client list but details fail to satisfy critics 13 Dec 2019, 4:30am Pete Buttigieg releases McKinsey client list but details fail to satisfy critics
Revelations that the Democratic contender worked for a healthcare firm that hiked insurance rates and a scandal-hit Canadian company have raised serious questions The Democratic 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg has released a list of clients he worked on as a management consultant – but the move is unlikely to squash interest in the South Bend mayor’s past work for the controversial McKinsey company.
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Australian weather forecast: country to swelter in heatwave with temperatures above 40C next week 13 Dec 2019, 4:14am Australian weather forecast: country to swelter in heatwave with temperatures above 40C next week
Perth is already baking in extreme heat with severe fire danger forecast, and the rest of the country is set to follow Swathes of Western Australia are baking in over 40C temperatures, and the severe heatwave is set to spread east over the rest of the country next week. Perth will swelter through three days of above 40C temperatures, starting on Friday and continuing until Sunday. On Friday, the state capital was forecast to hit 41C, and is set for 41C on Saturday and 40C on Sunday.
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European Green Deal to press ahead despite Polish targets opt-out 13 Dec 2019, 4:08am Updated European Green Deal to press ahead despite Polish targets opt-out
Poland opts out of 2050 net-zero emissions after hours of wrangling over timetables and money European Union leaders have vowed to press on with a major economic plan to confront the climate emergency, despite Poland’s opt-out from a net-zero emissions target by 2050. The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, told journalists he had secured an exemption for Poland on the 2050 target, which is meant to become the legally binding centrepiece of the “European Green Deal” ,
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Sierra Leone ordered to revoke ban on pregnant schoolgirls 13 Dec 2019, 4:00am Sierra Leone ordered to revoke ban on pregnant schoolgirls
Regional court ruling hailed as ‘landmark moment for thousands of girls’ who will no longer be forced to miss lessons and exams Pregnant schoolgirls in Sierra Leone will no longer be banned from attending class or sitting exams, after a regional court ordered the immediate overturn of a “discriminatory” policy that has denied tens of thousands the right to finish their education. In a ruling handed down in Nigeria on Thursday, a top regional court found that a 2015 directive barring pregnant girls from attending school amounted to discrimination and a violation of human rights.
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What became of the great Pacific pumice raft? 13 Dec 2019, 3:42am What became of the great Pacific pumice raft?
It captured the world’s imagination when it appeared in the middle of the ocean – but where did it come from, and where is it going? It floated into the collective consciousness in August, twice the size of Manhattan and probably powerful enough to exfoliate the feet of the entire world. The
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Gold Coast swamped by 50-year storm that left streets flooded and houses without power 13 Dec 2019, 2:32am Updated Gold Coast swamped by 50-year storm that left streets flooded and houses without power
Storm dumps 128mm of rain in just over an hour, with vehicles stranded as floodwaters suddenly rise to a metre high A storm has dumped 128mm of rain on the Gold Coast in just over an hour – a one-in-50-year event, the weather bureau says. Rain bucketed down about 1pm on Friday as the severe storm cell hovered over Southport for 90 minutes, while flash flooding closed roads and sporting fields.
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White Island volcano eruption: how the bodies were recovered 13 Dec 2019, 1:33am White Island volcano eruption: how the bodies were recovered
Soldiers wearing protective clothing and breathing equipment endured heat stress and threat of another eruption in high-risk operation A team of six New Zealand soldiers wearing breathing apparatus and special fire-retardant suits battled heat stress as they recovered six of the victims of the Whakaari/White Island volcano eruption, the military said on Friday. The Defence Force revealed that the painstaking operation consisted of three two-person teams deployed on the ash-strewn island at about 8am, backed up by medical staff on a police boat that also offered communications support. A helicopter hovered overhead, and HMNZS Wellington waited further offshore to receive the bodies.
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New Zealand volcano eruption: Jacinda Ardern pays tribute to team who recovered bodies – live 13 Dec 2019, 1:03am Updated New Zealand volcano eruption: Jacinda Ardern pays tribute to team who recovered bodies – live
Six bodies transferred from White Island to HMNZS Wellington by helicopter, as divers search for final two missing
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Extremist cops: how US law enforcement is failing to police itself 13 Dec 2019, 1:00am Extremist cops: how US law enforcement is failing to police itself
For decades, anti-government and white supremacist groups have been attempting to recruit police officers – and the authorities themselves aren’t even certain about the scale of the problem. By Maddy Crowell and Sylvia Varnham O’Regan Ever since he was a teenager, Joshua Doggrell has believed that the former slave-holding states of the American south should secede from the United States. When he was a freshman in college at the University of Alabama in 1995, Doggrell discovered a group whose worldview chimed with his – the League of the South. The League believes that white southern culture is in danger of extinction from forces such as religious pluralism, homosexuality and interracial coupling. Doggrell wanted to protect that culture. In 2006, when he was 29 years old, he applied to be a police officer in Anniston, Alabama, a sparsely populated city at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, where more than half of the residents are people of colour. On his police application, Doggrell wrote that he was a member of the League. Shortly after, he was hired. During nearly a decade on the police force, Doggrell was a vocal advocate for the League, working to recruit fellow officers to the group. He encouraged his colleagues to attend the League’s monthly meetings, which he held at a steakhouse not far from the police station. On Facebook, he posted neo-Confederate material, including a photo of an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and wrote that he was “against egalitarianism in all forms”. He often refused to be in the room when the department recited the pledge of allegiance in front of the American flag.
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Drag racer: Brazilian man dresses as mother to take driving test 13 Dec 2019, 12:00am Drag racer: Brazilian man dresses as mother to take driving test
Heitor Márcio Schiave’s mother had already failed three times but his cunning plan to secure a pass was soon rumbled On her fourth attempt at the driving test, Maria Schiave – an elderly woman in the small town of Novo Mutum Paraná in the Brazilian Amazon – arrived two hours late. The other candidates had already completed their attempts at parallel parking, and examiners were about to take them out on the road when Dona Maria finally appeared.
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