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WA and NSW bushfires: properties lost in Blue Mountains as blazes intensify north of Perth – live 15 Dec 2019, 11:57pm Updated WA and NSW bushfires: properties lost in Blue Mountains as blazes intensify north of Perth – live
Up to 20 properties lost as Gospers Mountain megafire burns outside Sydney while fires also threaten in Western Australia, with temperatures expected to rise well above 40C in several states later in the week
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Goldman Sachs to stop financing new drilling for oil in the Arctic 15 Dec 2019, 11:41pm Goldman Sachs to stop financing new drilling for oil in the Arctic
US bank becomes the first to establish a no-go zone in the oil and gas sector Goldman Sachs has ruled out future financing of oil drilling or exploration in the Arctic and said it would not invest in new thermal coal mines anywhere in the world. The new environmental policy, which was released by the US bank on Sunday, was praised by environmentalists, though many warned that it was only a first step.
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NSW bushfires: up to 20 properties lost in Blue Mountains fires near Sydney as extreme heat looms – live 15 Dec 2019, 11:14pm Updated NSW bushfires: up to 20 properties lost in Blue Mountains fires near Sydney as extreme heat looms – live
Gospers Mountain megafire burns outside Sydney while fires also threaten in Western Australia, with temperatures expected to rise well above 40C in several states later in the week
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Two standard alcoholic drinks a day no longer safe, health officials say 15 Dec 2019, 9:43pm Two standard alcoholic drinks a day no longer safe, health officials say
National Health and Medical Research Council updates guidelines for first time since 2009 and says adults should average no more than 1.4 drinks a day It is no longer safe to have two standard drinks a day, Australian health officials have warned. Released just in time for Christmas, the National Health and Medical Research Council on Monday published a draft report which updated Australia’s alcohol guidelines for the first time since 2009.
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India protests: six dead as demonstrators vow to continue to fight citizenship changes 15 Dec 2019, 8:35pm India protests: six dead as demonstrators vow to continue to fight citizenship changes
Thousands chant ‘long live Assam’ during unrest sparked by MPs’ approval of a law that excludes Muslims The death toll from bloody clashes sparked by contentious citizenship law has risen to six as protesters in north-east India vowed to continue demonstrations. Tensions remained high at the epicentre of the unrest in Assam state’s biggest city, Guwahati, with troops patrolling the streets on Sunday.
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NSW bushfires: homes feared lost in Blue Mountains fires near Sydney as extreme heat looms – live 15 Dec 2019, 7:31pm Updated NSW bushfires: homes feared lost in Blue Mountains fires near Sydney as extreme heat looms – live
Gospers Mountain megafire burns outside Sydney while fires also threaten in Western Australia, with temperatures expected to rise well above 40C in several states later in the week
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Minoan disposable cup shows ancients were not green either 15 Dec 2019, 7:01pm Minoan disposable cup shows ancients were not green either
The 3,500-year-old, single-use vessel for wine will go on display at the British Museum The finding of an ancient disposable cup that dates back 3,500 years shows that the idea that throwaway vessels for drinks is a modern habit is not true and even ancient civilisations didn’t want “to do the washing up”, experts say. The Minoans, one of the first advanced civilisations in Europe, used the cup to drink wine in Greek island of Crete where they resided. Thousands of the handleless, conical clay cups have been discovered on archeological sites on the island and the palace of Knossos. They will go on display from Friday at the the British Museum, which has
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Marise Payne travels to New Zealand in wake of volcano disaster after death toll rises to 16 15 Dec 2019, 4:22pm Marise Payne travels to New Zealand in wake of volcano disaster after death toll rises to 16
Foreign affairs minister’s visit comes after Australian victim dies in Sydney hospital on Sunday Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, is set to arrive in New Zealand to meet with its prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, in the wake of the country’s deadly White Island volcano eruption. The visit comes after an Australian victim caught in the blast died in Sydney’s Concord hospital on Sunday, almost a week after the eruption hit tour groups on the island.
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Bedfordshire residents face third night without water 15 Dec 2019, 4:00pm Bedfordshire residents face third night without water
Fault has affected the area around Leighton Buzzard, which is home to 40,000 people Residents in Bedfordshire are facing a third night without water after a damaged valve cut off supplies on Friday evening. The fault has affected the area surrounding Leighton Buzzard, which is home to about 40,000 people.
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NSW braces for severe heatwave as bushfire threatens Blue Mountains homes 15 Dec 2019, 2:28pm NSW braces for severe heatwave as bushfire threatens Blue Mountains homes
Reports of properties burnt as New South Wales prepares for hot weather and continuing fires New South Wales is preparing for severe heatwave conditions in the coming week as residents in the path of the major Gospers Mountain blaze were told it was too late to leave. An emergency warning was
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Lebanese protesters back on Beirut streets after police crackdown 15 Dec 2019, 2:11pm Lebanese protesters back on Beirut streets after police crackdown
Party offices of former PM and foreign minister set on fire after violent clashes on Saturday Thousands of Lebanese protesters defiantly returned on Sunday to rally outside parliament in the capital, Beirut, hours after security forces chased them out, using teargas and rubber bullets and injuring dozens. On Saturday night into Sunday there was one of the most violent crackdowns on protesters since nationwide anti-government demonstrations began two months ago, leading to the
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Greta Thunberg in first-class Twitter spat with German rail firm 15 Dec 2019, 1:51pm Greta Thunberg in first-class Twitter spat with German rail firm
Deutsche Bahn says activist’s tweet implied she had not been offered a seat on journey home Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been criticised by a German rail firm for what it said was her implication that she had spent a journey without a seat on an overcrowded train. The teenager tweeted a photograph of herself looking pensively out of the window of her German train on Saturday, writing: “Traveling (sic) on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home.”
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Staff shortages hit rail services as new timetable takes effect 15 Dec 2019, 1:29pm Staff shortages hit rail services as new timetable takes effect
Two operators cancel or curtail trains, seven months after last change led to chaos A revised rail timetable promising improved services and more trains across the south of England has been marred by a wave of delays and cancellations that have also affected services between London and south Wales. The railway companies GWR and Transport for Wales cancelled or curtailed a slew of trains on Sunday as the new timetable came into effect.
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NI parties signal talks to get Stormont back up and running 15 Dec 2019, 12:58pm NI parties signal talks to get Stormont back up and running
Political figures say they want to get back around the table in the wake of the election Political leaders in Northern Ireland have signalled that they want to revive the Stormont assembly and executive in the wake of the general election and talks to break the
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British Steel bid still on, insists Chinese firm Jingye 15 Dec 2019, 12:19pm British Steel bid still on, insists Chinese firm Jingye
Jitters in Whitehall grow over any further delay with government spending £1m a day to keep business alive The
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The unanswered questions behind New Zealand’s volcano tragedy 15 Dec 2019, 12:00pm The unanswered questions behind New Zealand’s volcano tragedy
It’s the worst burns incident in New Zealand history, with more than a dozen fatalities and lives still hanging in the balance. Now questions are being asked about how and why it happened. Reporters Eleanor Ainge Roy and Stephen D’Antal discuss how the week unfolded, and the long road ahead to understanding this tragedy To learn more about this story read Melissa Davey’s piece on
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Italy: more than 50,000 evacuated in Brindisi after WW2 bomb found 15 Dec 2019, 9:51am Italy: more than 50,000 evacuated in Brindisi after WW2 bomb found
British bomb believed to have been dropped on southern Italian city in 1941 More than 50,000 people had to evacuate their homes in Brindisi in the south of Italy on Sunday, as experts removed a second world war British bomb. The British bomb, uncovered by construction workers on 2 November during refurbishment works at a cinema, is believed to have been dropped on the port city in 1941.
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Chinese state broadcaster pulls Arsenal match after Mesut Özil criticism 15 Dec 2019, 9:32am Chinese state broadcaster pulls Arsenal match after Mesut Özil criticism
Özil posted message about China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims
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Anna Karina: an actor of easy charm and grace whose presence radiated from the screen | Peter Bradshaw 15 Dec 2019, 8:45am Updated Anna Karina: an actor of easy charm and grace whose presence radiated from the screen | Peter Bradshaw
From her landmark early films with Jean-Luc Godard to later work such as The Nun, Karina’s beauty and charisma shone out It was
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One thing Johnson’s victory doesn’t change: he’s still lying about Ireland | Fintan O’Toole 15 Dec 2019, 8:28am One thing Johnson’s victory doesn’t change: he’s still lying about Ireland | Fintan O’Toole
His false claims about the withdrawal agreement reveal an utter lack of interest in Brexit’s consequences for Belfast and Dublin The difficulty for other governments in dealing with Boris Johnson is to figure out whether he is lying or merely ignorant. There was so much weirdness in the general election campaign that it was easy to miss a moment that would have once caused something of a sensation. But in this new era, it was barely remarkable that a friendly foreign government had to intervene to say that important statements by a British prime minister were patently untrue. On the weekend before polling day, Johnson told Sky News that there was “
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UN climate talks end with limited progress on emissions targets 15 Dec 2019, 8:21am UN climate talks end with limited progress on emissions targets
Partial agreement at COP25 that countries must be more ambitious to fulfil Paris goals Climate talks in Madrid have ended with a partial agreement to ask countries to come up with more ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the terms of the 2015 Paris accord. Few countries came to this year’s talks with updated plans to reach the Paris goals, though the EU finally agreed its long-term target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Experts say more ambitious emissions cuts are needed globally if the Paris pledge to hold global heating to no more than 2C is to be met.
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#Disinformation: the online threat to protest in the Middle East 15 Dec 2019, 7:57am #Disinformation: the online threat to protest in the Middle East
Social media users face attacks from influencers and fake accounts at home and abroad When Lebanese journalist Dima Sadek tweeted footage of chants against the country’s powerful armed movement Hezbollah, she quickly became the target of online abuse. Sadek was reporting from the scene of protests that have swept Lebanon since mid-October, with demonstrators furious at a government they see as corrupt and incompetent.
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Hong Kong violence breaks out again in shopping centres 15 Dec 2019, 7:24am Hong Kong violence breaks out again in shopping centres
Police make arrests and use pepper spray as flashmobs and vandalism break out Hong Kong police used pepper spray and made arrests on Sunday as small groups of black-clad pro-democracy protesters targeted some of the city’s shopping centres, ending a rare lull in violence. Flashmob protests and vandalism broke out in several locations. Riot police responded with pepper spray and arrests in at least two shopping centres as members of the public heckled them.
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Man in critical condition after being shot by police in Hull 15 Dec 2019, 6:26am Man in critical condition after being shot by police in Hull
Officers say they were called to reports of man in possession of firearm in street A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was shot by police in Hull. Humberside police said armed officers were called to reports of a man in possession of a firearm in Hessle Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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Small-town Alaskan newspaper seeks new owner. Price: $0 15 Dec 2019, 6:00am Small-town Alaskan newspaper seeks new owner. Price: $0
Larry Persily hopes to pass the Skagway News on to a committed journalist willing to live in a town of 1,000 An Alaska newspaper publisher is ready to hand his operation to a new owner at an unbeatable price: $0. Larry Persily, a longtime journalist who runs the Skagway News in the state’s panhandle, is willing to give away the small-town paper to a multi-talented professional who can ensure it a bright future.
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Anna Karina, French new wave icon – a life in pictures 15 Dec 2019, 5:33am Anna Karina, French new wave icon – a life in pictures
The Danish born actor, who was to become one of the icons of French new wave cinema in the 1960s, has died at the age of 79. Here we look back at her career.
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French new wave star Anna Karina dies aged 79 15 Dec 2019, 5:12am French new wave star Anna Karina dies aged 79
Karina was best known for the string of films she made with Jean-Luc Godard, including A Woman Is a Woman and Pierrot le Fou Danish-French actor Anna Karina, star of Band a Parte and Pierrot le Fou and collaborator with New Wave director Jean-Paul Godard, has died of cancer at the age of 79, her agent said. Karina, who epitomised 1960s chic with her elfin features and big kohl-rimmed blue eyes, starred in seven films made by her ex-husband Godard, including Alphaville.
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Race against time to launch Europe’s troubled mission to Mars 15 Dec 2019, 5:04am Race against time to launch Europe’s troubled mission to Mars
European Space Agency asks for help from Nasa with ExoMars project as trials fail and cost rises to €1bn Space engineers are racing against time to fix major faults in the robot probe they plan to send to Mars next year. The complex parachute system that should slow
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Man charged with murder after boy, 15, found dead in Cheshire 15 Dec 2019, 4:31am Man charged with murder after boy, 15, found dead in Cheshire
Matthew Mason, 18, arrested hours after Alex Rodda was found dead in country lane An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder after the body of a 15-year-old boy was found in a country lane in Cheshire. The body of Alex Rodda was discovered on Friday morning in a lane in Ashley, near the Greater Manchester town of Hale.
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The long road to Jaden Moodie’s murder 15 Dec 2019, 3:36am The long road to Jaden Moodie’s murder
The brutal killing of a 14-year-old boy highlights the difficulty of keeping vulnerable children safe from the lure of county lines gangsOnce again the inextricable links between drug dealing, poverty, troubled family lives and a disrupted education have been laid bare with the conviction last week of 19-year-old
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Northern Ireland’s sectarian parties punished by rise of the non-aligned 15 Dec 2019, 3:11am Northern Ireland’s sectarian parties punished by rise of the non-aligned
Away from the loyalist-republican fights in Belfast, it was Alliance and SDLP candidates who fared bestThe battle for Belfast North felt like a throwback to the Troubles, with dirty tricks, gory posters and sectarian rhetoric. It pitted the Democratic Unionist party’s deputy leader, Nigel Dodds, against Sinn Féin’s rising star, John Finucane, in Northern Ireland’s most bitter contest. In a possible first for a UK election, a candidate was outed as a public urinator. Police caught Finucane, the mayor of Belfast, peeing outside city hall one night after he was locked out of his office with a full bladder, it emerged. Puns about who leaked the leak provided fleeting comic relief.
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Debate so white: candidates of color miss out as Democratic field narrows 15 Dec 2019, 3:00am Debate so white: candidates of color miss out as Democratic field narrows
Despite an increasingly diverse party, Andrew Yang will be the only non-white face on the stage in Los Angeles When the Democratic presidential candidates gather in Los Angeles next Thursday to debate for the sixth time, the stage will look rather different than it did when the contenders first faced off back in June. A field that was initially celebrated for its diversity has been whittled down to seven debate participants: the former vice-president Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, billionaire activist Tom Steyer and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. Five of them are men, and all but one of them are white.
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Lebanon protests: 40 injured as violence flares again in Beirut 15 Dec 2019, 2:21am Lebanon protests: 40 injured as violence flares again in Beirut
Security forces fire tear gas and rubber bullets after Hezbollah supporters target camps of anti-government movement Lebanese security forces have fired rubber bullets, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters from the centre of Beirut. The violence, which started on Saturday and lasted in the early hours of Sunday, was some of the worst
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New Zealand volcano disaster: Australian victim transferred to Sydney hospital dies 15 Dec 2019, 2:19am Updated New Zealand volcano disaster: Australian victim transferred to Sydney hospital dies
Death toll rises to 16 as bid to retrieve the remains of those still missing on White Island is unsuccessful An Australian victim caught in New Zealand’s deadly White Island volcano eruption has died in hospital in Sydney, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to 16. The man died in Concord hospital almost a week after the deadly blast. It was the first death to occur in Australia following the eruption.
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McDonald’s fires owner of two Victorian restaurants after video of alleged racialised rant goes viral 15 Dec 2019, 1:17am McDonald’s fires owner of two Victorian restaurants after video of alleged racialised rant goes viral
Comments in video were ‘unacceptable’ and ‘do not reflect the beliefs of the company’, the fast-food chain said
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The lies have it: Republicans abandon truth in Trump impeachment defence 15 Dec 2019, 1:00am The lies have it: Republicans abandon truth in Trump impeachment defence
As the GOP counter-offensive runs on fake news and conspiracy theories, critics say truth itself is under attack “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four,” George Orwell wrote in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. “If that is granted, all else follows.”
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Turkey renews military pledge to Libya as threat of Mediterranean war grows 15 Dec 2019, 12:48am Turkey renews military pledge to Libya as threat of Mediterranean war grows
Ankara ready to defend government in Tripoli in latest policy to inflame tensions with US, EU, Greece and Middle East countries The threat of a military clash in the Mediterranean has drawn nearer following talks in which Turkey has underlined its willingness to send troops to Libya to defend the country’s UN-recognised government. The government of national accord in Tripoli, or GNA, is facing what is billed as a decisive assault by General Khalifa Haftar, the eastern Libyan military warlord. Turkey, already at loggerheads with the US Congress and EU on multiple fronts, last week signed a military co-operation agreement with GNA that enables it to request troops from Turkey. The agreement, sent to the Turkish parliament on Saturday, provides for a so-called quick reaction force for police and military in Libya, as well as enhanced cooperation on intelligence and defence.
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Anger as rifts scupper hopes of breakthrough at UN climate talks 15 Dec 2019, 12:46am Updated Anger as rifts scupper hopes of breakthrough at UN climate talks
US, Brazil, Australia and China accused of frustrating progress in marathon COP25 negotiations in Madrid
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