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Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman resigns 13 Jan 11:33pm Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman resigns
In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, the premier since 2014 said he wants to spend more time with his family The Tasmanian premier, Will Hodgman, has announced he will resign from politics to spend more time with his family, in a shock announcement on Tuesday afternoon. Hodgman, who has been premier since 2014, said he believed now was the “right time to allow for new leadership”.
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At least six dead after huge sinkhole in China swallows bus and pedestrians 13 Jan 11:17pm At least six dead after huge sinkhole in China swallows bus and pedestrians
Footage on state TV shows the vehicle disappearing inside the sinkhole in the city of Xining as people run away An enormous sinkhole has swallowed a bus and pedestrians in China, killing six people and leaving 10 missing. Footage on state media showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road, as the bus – jutting into the air – sank.
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Man missing in Daintree may have been hiding from authorities, police say 13 Jan 11:09pm Man missing in Daintree may have been hiding from authorities, police say
Inspector says it’s too early to confirm if case of Victorian found alive on Monday after vanishing in rainforest weeks ago is ‘remarkable story of survival’ A man who spent three weeks in Queensland’s Daintree rainforest may have been deliberately hiding from authorities who were searching for him. Victorian man Milan Lemic vanished on 22 December after walking away from his bogged ute at Bairds Crossing near the Upper Daintree village.
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Victoria announces inquiry into bushfire crisis as Morrison flags royal commission 13 Jan 10:28pm Updated Victoria announces inquiry into bushfire crisis as Morrison flags royal commission
Daniel Andrews’ intervention comes as smoke-smothered Melbourne suffers worst air quality in the world The Victorian government has announced a two-year inquiry into the bushfire crisis,
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Murdoch University drops plan to sue whistleblower over student exploitation comments 13 Jan 8:56pm Murdoch University drops plan to sue whistleblower over student exploitation comments
Pursuit of lecturer Gerd Schröder-Turk for speaking out has sparked outrage among academics in Australia and abroad Murdoch University has dropped plans to sue a lecturer who spoke out about student exploitation, in news welcomed by the whistleblower, his lawyers and the tertiary education union. Murdoch prompted outrage among academics, in Australia and globally, when it
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Warren says Sanders told her no woman could beat Trump in 2020 13 Jan 8:56pm Updated Warren says Sanders told her no woman could beat Trump in 2020
Sanders has called reports of his remarks ‘ludicrous’ as tensions between campaigns surge ahead of first votes
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Russian hackers reportedly targeted Ukrainian firm at center of impeachment – live 13 Jan 8:27pm Updated Russian hackers reportedly targeted Ukrainian firm at center of impeachment – live
Military intelligence unit took aim at Burisma, possibly seeking negative material on Bidens, New York Times says
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Australia bushfires are harbinger of planet’s future, say scientists 13 Jan 7:01pm Australia bushfires are harbinger of planet’s future, say scientists
Apocalyptic scenes give glimpse of what would be normal conditions in 3C world The
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UK immigration rules are unworkable, says Law Commission 13 Jan 7:01pm UK immigration rules are unworkable, says Law Commission
Government’s advisory body says simplifying badly drafted regulations would save £70m Immigration rules are “overly complex and unworkable” according to the Law Commission, which recommends simplifying them in order to save the government £70m over the next decade. The regulations have quadrupled in length since 2010 and are “comprehensively criticised for being poorly drafted”, says the body, which advises ministers on updating the law.
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Warren and Sanders camps clash over report he said no woman could beat Trump 13 Jan 6:34pm Updated Warren and Sanders camps clash over report he said no woman could beat Trump
Sanders denies claim as tensions between campaigns surge, despite ‘nonaggression pact’ A months-long truce forged between the left’s leading presidential candidates is fraying
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Grief over death of Young Liberal Wilson Gavin after drag queen protest 13 Jan 5:41pm Grief over death of Young Liberal Wilson Gavin after drag queen protest
President of University of Queensland’s Liberal National club, who was a staunch conservative and gay, died a day after disrupting a library storytime event Friends and opponents alike have expressed their grief after the death of Wilson Gavin, the leader of a rightwing student club at the University of Queensland, who died one day after leading a protest at a drag queen storytime event in a Brisbane library. Gavin, the president of the university’s Liberal National club, is believed to have taken his own life in the early hours of Monday morning after
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Melbourne choked by hazardous smoke as bushfires continue to burn across Victoria 13 Jan 5:09pm Melbourne choked by hazardous smoke as bushfires continue to burn across Victoria
Authorities warn people to take health precautions as firefighters spend night responding to alarms triggered by smoke haze Melbourne has been hit by hazardous air pollution as smoke from bushfires in Victoria’s east and in New South Wales drifts through the state. The city centre recorded hazardous levels of fine particles in the air from 12am to 4am and had since been categorised as very poor by the Environmental Protection Authority.
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Puigdemont arrives to take up European parliament seat 13 Jan 4:43pm Puigdemont arrives to take up European parliament seat
Catalonia’s former president says he will fight for his jailed MEP colleague Oriol Junqueras Catalonia’s former president has arrived in the European parliament to take his seat, vowing to continue fighting for the jailed Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras, who lost his bid to become an MEP. Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after
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Wisconsin judge orders 200,000 voters be purged in blow to Democrats 13 Jan 4:34pm Wisconsin judge orders 200,000 voters be purged in blow to Democrats
Ozaukee county circuit judge also fined commission and its three Democratic commissioners for refusing to go ahead with purge A Wisconsin judge has ruled that state election officials need to purge 200,000 people from state voter rolls immediately. Last month there was
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Taal volcano: thousands flee as ash and lightning spurt into sky 13 Jan 3:19pm Taal volcano: thousands flee as ash and lightning spurt into sky
Thousands of people have fled the area surrounding Taal volcano in the Philippines, which has been erupting since Sunday. It has spurted ash up to 15km into the sky and has generated bursts of lightning within its ash cloud
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Crisis for Iran may present an opportunity for Washington 13 Jan 3:01pm Crisis for Iran may present an opportunity for Washington
It is not clear Trump is ready to adapt any US policies based on latest developments in Tehran Donald Trump hailed footage of Tehran students refusing to walk over a US flag as “big progress”, but there is little sign his administration is prepared to offer more than verbal encouragement to what the US president called “
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Trump to drop labeling China a currency manipulator, report says 13 Jan 2:21pm Trump to drop labeling China a currency manipulator, report says
Administration preparing to drop charges as the two superpowers move closer to a trade deal The Trump administration is preparing to drop charges that China has been unfairly manipulating its currency as the two economic superpowers move closer to a trade deal. The decision to drop the designation, first reported by
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Charities defend Harry and Meghan’s decision to reduce royal role 13 Jan 2:02pm Charities defend Harry and Meghan’s decision to reduce royal role
Support for couple from voluntary sector contrasts with criticism from military figures
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Harvey Weinstein trial: model Gigi Hadid among potential jurors 13 Jan 2:01pm Harvey Weinstein trial: model Gigi Hadid among potential jurors
Hadid told judge she can ‘keep an open mind on the facts’ during screening of jurors for rape trial of the disgraced movie mogul Model
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Cory Booker ends 2020 presidential campaign – live updates 13 Jan 1:57pm Updated Cory Booker ends 2020 presidential campaign – live updates
Booker emailed supporters announcing move to shutter his campaign after struggling with fundraising and failing to qualify for debates
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Journalists quit Iranian state broadcaster over crash cover-up 13 Jan 1:34pm Journalists quit Iranian state broadcaster over crash cover-up
Presenter Gellare Jabbari apologised to Iranians ‘for the 13 years I told you lies’ At least two presenters working for the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB have announced they have quit their jobs, with a third saying she quit some time ago after having told lies on behalf of the state for 13 years. Gelare Jabbari apologised in an Instagram post, writing: “It was very hard for me to believe that our people have been killed. Forgive me that I got to know this late. And forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies.”
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Libya talks in Moscow in diplomatic coup for Putin 13 Jan 1:01pm Updated Libya talks in Moscow in diplomatic coup for Putin
Summit brings together two sides in civil war and confirms Russia’s increasing influence Vladimir Putin has pulled off a significant diplomatic coup by arranging a mini-summit in Moscow between the two sides in Libya’s long-running civil war. Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the Libyan National Army forces in the east, and Fayez al-Sarraj, the leader of the UN-recognised government in Tripoli, held eight hours of indirect talks rather than meeting face-to-face but the presence of the two sides in the Russian capital is a confirmation of Russia’s increasingly important role in Libya.
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Labour leadership: Thornberry in, Lewis out, leaving five candidates as deadline passes - live news 13 Jan 12:54pm Updated Labour leadership: Thornberry in, Lewis out, leaving five candidates as deadline passes - live news
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Review reveals scale of abuse scandal at London private school 13 Jan 12:28pm Review reveals scale of abuse scandal at London private school
More than 80 complaints made against 32 members of staff at St Paul’s school in Barnes An inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse at a leading private school for boys has revealed that more than 80 complaints have been made by former pupils against 32 members of staff covering a period spanning six decades. An independent serious case review was set up almost three years ago to look into a proliferating number of abuse allegations at St Paul’s school in Barnes, south-west London, after five former members of staff were convicted of sex offences.
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Iranian police fired live rounds to disperse protesters, say witnesses 13 Jan 12:25pm Updated Iranian police fired live rounds to disperse protesters, say witnesses
Protests continue after injuries at Tehran demonstrations against shooting down of plane
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Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates 13 Jan 11:57am Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates
Oceans are clearest measure of climate crisis as they absorb 90% of heat trapped by greenhouse gases The heat in the world’s oceans reached a new record level in 2019, showing “irrefutable and accelerating” heating of the planet. The world’s oceans are the clearest measure of the climate emergency because they absorb more than 90% of the heat trapped by the greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel burning, forest destruction and other human activities.
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A billion animals: the Australian species most at risk from the bushfire crisis 13 Jan 11:30am A billion animals: the Australian species most at risk from the bushfire crisis
Fires take an enormous toll on wildlife, with huge numbers of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects killed Australia’s continuing bushfire crisis has taken an enormous toll on wildlife, with huge numbers of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and other species killed. The ecologist Chris Dickman has estimated more than a billion animals have died around the country – a figure that excludes fish, frogs, bats and insects.
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Organ donation: new technique can preserve human livers for a week 13 Jan 11:10am Organ donation: new technique can preserve human livers for a week
Week-long storage boosts time organs are usable and distances over which they can be moved Human livers from organ donors can now be preserved for a week, researchers have revealed, a dramatic improvement on previous techniques which could only keep the organs usable for a matter of hours. The technology could boost the number of livers available for transplantation and even offer new approaches to treating diseases such as liver cancer.
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Climate crisis likely to increase violent deaths of young people – report 13 Jan 11:00am Climate crisis likely to increase violent deaths of young people – report
Rising temperatures will mean more deaths from crashes, assaults and suicide, says study Rising temperatures caused by global heating are likely to increase deaths from road crashes, violence, suicides and drowning, according to new research, and will affect young people most. Deaths from injuries have long been known to be seasonal and the new analysis uses data on nearly 6m deaths in the US to calculate the impacts of a 2C rise in temperature, the main target set by the world’s nations. The scientists calculated that this increase would result in about 2,100 more fatal injuries every year in the US alone.
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Donald Trump backs quick dismissal of impeachment by Senate – live updates 13 Jan 10:46am Updated Donald Trump backs quick dismissal of impeachment by Senate – live updates
Nancy Pelosi has said she will send the articles of impeachment ‘soon’ but the president is no longer keen on a showy televised trial
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The downing of flight 752 in Iran is a tragedy of complacency | Martin Rivers 13 Jan 10:29am The downing of flight 752 in Iran is a tragedy of complacency | Martin Rivers
Lessons from the 2014 Malaysian Airlines disaster were not heeded. Now 176 more people are deadOn 7 January, one day before Iran shot down a
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Anti-government demonstrations erupt in Iran over downed plane – video report 13 Jan 10:15am Anti-government demonstrations erupt in Iran over downed plane – video report
Iran is facing an escalating crisis as its leadership struggles to contain public anger 
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Sex machine: prolific Galápagos tortoise saves his species 13 Jan 10:11am Sex machine: prolific Galápagos tortoise saves his species
Only 15 giant Española tortoises were left in the wild before one male sired 800 offspring in a wildly successful breeding program The Galápagos National Park has announced it is
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Drones show Philippines town cloaked in ash from Taal volcano – video 13 Jan 10:09am Drones show Philippines town cloaked in ash from Taal volcano – video
Drone footage published on social media shows thick ashfall from the Taal volcano covering buildings, roads and trees in Batangas province in the Philippines. Clouds of ash were blown more than 62 miles (100km) north of the volcano, reaching Manila and forcing the main international airport to close. More than 500 flights were cancelled
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Former Pope Benedict warns against relaxing priestly celibacy rules 13 Jan 9:35am Former Pope Benedict warns against relaxing priestly celibacy rules
Move could jeopardise potential plan by Pope Francis to change rules in Amazon The former pope Benedict XVI has spoken out against allowing married men to become priests, in a move that could jeopardise a potential plan by Pope Francis to change the centuries-old requirement in areas of the Amazon. Benedict,
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Labour leadership: Thornberry in, Lewis out, leaving five candidates left as deadline passes - live news 13 Jan 9:34am Labour leadership: Thornberry in, Lewis out, leaving five candidates left as deadline passes - live news
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Bernie Sanders surges in Democratic field after shrugging off health scare 13 Jan 9:34am Bernie Sanders surges in Democratic field after shrugging off health scare
The Vermont senator raised more than any Democrat in the last quarter capping a stunning bounceback from a heart attack Shortly after Bernie Sanders announced early this month that his campaign raised a showstopping $34.5m – the highest sum of any 2020 Democrat during any single quarter so far in this primary – #PresidentSanders was trending on Twitter. It was an extraordinary reversal of fortunes for a presidential candidate who, three months earlier, was in a Las Vegas hospital recovering from a heart attack. At the time, Sanders was under immense political pressure, eclipsed by fellow progressive Elizabeth Warren and counted out by many in the party and by the president.
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Labour leadership: Lewis withdraws as Thornberry struggles for support ahead of deadline - live news 13 Jan 9:14am Updated Labour leadership: Lewis withdraws as Thornberry struggles for support ahead of deadline - live news
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Two refugees killed after leaving crowded UN facility in Libya 13 Jan 9:12am Two refugees killed after leaving crowded UN facility in Libya
Circumstances of deaths raise concerns about pressure on gathering and departure facilities The fatal shooting of two Eritrean men in Libya has raised concerns about overcrowding in UN facilities for refugees there. The pair were reportedly killed in Tripoli last Thursday, days after the UN refugee agency had pressed them to leave a so-called gathering and departure facility (GDF).
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Labour leadership: Thornberry and Lewis must hit nomination target by 2.30pm or drop out - live news 13 Jan 8:47am Updated Labour leadership: Thornberry and Lewis must hit nomination target by 2.30pm or drop out - live news
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City access to EU markets if European fleets can retain UK fishing rights 13 Jan 8:46am City access to EU markets if European fleets can retain UK fishing rights
EU will be seeking post-Brexit concessions on fishery access, says trade commissioner The EU’s trade commissioner has suggested there could be a last minute trade-off with Brussels offering the City of London access to European markets in return for European fleets retaining their fishing rights in British waters. The UK’s financial services sector will lose its automatic right to serve Europe-based clients at the end of the transition period and the EU will need to negotiate access to UK waters for its fishing boats.
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Foreign Office calls in Iran ambassador to protest over Macaire arrest 13 Jan 8:14am Foreign Office calls in Iran ambassador to protest over Macaire arrest
UK government summons Hamid Baeidinejad to complain about detention of its envoy The dispute over the arrest of Britain’s ambassador to Tehran has escalated as the Foreign Office summoned the Iranian ambassador to protest about the episode. “This was an unacceptable breach of the Vienna convention and it needs to be investigated,” a spokesperson for the prime minister said. “We are seeking full assurances from the Iranian government that this will never happen again. The FCO has summoned the Iranian ambassador today to convey our strong objections.”
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Lightning and ash: timelapse footage shows Taal volcano eruption – video 13 Jan 7:38am Lightning and ash: timelapse footage shows Taal volcano eruption – video
A video captured from a nearby home in Tagaytay City shows volcanic lightning and a thick ash column erupting from the Taal volcano in the Philippines. 
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Ex-soldier admits killing Slovak journalist and his partner 13 Jan 7:32am Ex-soldier admits killing Slovak journalist and his partner
Miroslav Marček appears in court over shooting of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova A former soldier has admitted killing a Slovak journalist and his fiancee, a crime that sparked mass protests leading to the resignation of the prime minister Robert Fico. Miroslav Marček told the special criminal court in Pezinok that he accepted guilt, an admission that could reduce his sentence from potential life imprisonment.
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Victims of paedophile priest face attacker in court for first time 13 Jan 7:06am Victims of paedophile priest face attacker in court for first time
Bernard Preynat, 74, is believed to have sexually abused scores of boys over a 30-year period The victims of a paedophile priest at the heart of the biggest scandal to hit the Catholic church will face their attacker in a French court. Bernard Preynat, 74, who has been defrocked, is believed to have sexually abused scores of boys over a 30-year period, many of them while they attended catechism classes or Boy Scout camps he ran.
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US briefing: protests in Iran, royal crisis talks and impeachment 13 Jan 6:45am US briefing: protests in Iran, royal crisis talks and impeachment
Monday’s top story: authorities accused of firing live rounds in Tehran. Plus, Succession’s Brian Cox on class, cannabis and Logan Roy’s cardigans Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.
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Prince Harry and Meghan: Queen hosts emergency royal family summit – live news 13 Jan 6:33am Updated Prince Harry and Meghan: Queen hosts emergency royal family summit – live news
Meeting scheduled at Sandringham with Queen, Prince Charles and his sons to seek to resolve crisis
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Iran crash protests: authorities struggle to contain anger over downed jet – live 13 Jan 6:23am Updated Iran crash protests: authorities struggle to contain anger over downed jet – live
Follow the latest updates as Canada’s PM promises to ‘pursue justice and accountability’ for the plane crash dead
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Taal volcano eruption: Philippines alert level raised as thousands flee ash clouds 13 Jan 6:22am Taal volcano eruption: Philippines alert level raised as thousands flee ash clouds
Scientists warn ‘hazardous eruption’ imminent as offices, schools and airports closed Lava has gushed out of a volcano in the Philippines after a sudden eruption of ash and steam that forced villagers to flee and shut down the country’s main airport, offices and schools. Clouds of ash were blown more than 62 miles (100km) north of the Taal volcano, reaching the bustling capital, Manila, and forcing the the main international airport to close and cancel more than 500 flights.
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Capitalism, the climate crisis and hope: your priorities for 2020 13 Jan 6:00am Capitalism, the climate crisis and hope: your priorities for 2020
Thank you! With the support of more than 30,000 Guardian supporters, we’ve raised more than $1.3m to fund our reporting in 2020. Here’s what you asked us to cover
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Changing violence requires the same shift in understanding given to Aids 13 Jan 6:00am Changing violence requires the same shift in understanding given to Aids
Violence is a contagious and epidemic health problem and those exposed to it deserve treatment, compassion and care, writes Gary Slutkin When the Aids epidemic first hit in the early 1980s, I was beginning my career in epidemiology at San Francisco General Hospital. There was fear everywhere, especially in cities with large LGBT populations such as San Francisco. People didn’t understand what was happening and where Aids would strike next. Today, Aids remains a major public health threat, but anxiety over the spread has largely abated. The thing that made the biggest difference in getting us here was the shift in how the world looks at people affected by Aids: from immoral people or bad people, to people with a contagious health problem who deserve to receive compassion and care.
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Libya talks to be held in Moscow in diplomatic coup for Putin 13 Jan 5:58am Libya talks to be held in Moscow in diplomatic coup for Putin
Summit will bring together two sides in civil war and confirms Russia’s increasing influence Vladimir Putin has pulled off a significant diplomatic coup by arranging a mini-summit in Moscow between the two sides in Libya’s long-running civil war. It is not clear whether Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the Libyan National Army forces in the east, and Fayez al-Sarraj, the leader of the UN-recognised government in Tripoli, will meet, but the presence of the two sides in the Russian capital is a confirmation of Russia’s increasingly important role in Libya.
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Philippines: lava gushes from Taal volcano as alert level raised 13 Jan 5:52am Updated Philippines: lava gushes from Taal volcano as alert level raised
Thousands of people have been forced to flee as scientists warn of imminent eruption Red-hot lava has gushed out of a volcano in the Philippines after a sudden eruption of ash and steam that forced villagers to flee en masse and shut down the country’s main airport, offices and schools. Clouds of ash blew more than 62 miles (100km) north of the Taal volcano, reaching the bustling capital, Manila, and forcing the the international main airport to close and cancel more than 500 flights.
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A well of grief: the relatives of murdered Native women speak out 13 Jan 5:15am A well of grief: the relatives of murdered Native women speak out
Native American women and girls are targeted at rates that far outweigh other American women, and are 10 times more likely to be murdered On a warm summer day in 2018, Lissa Yellow-bird Chase packed her vehicle with sunscreen, iPads, spiritual items and water. She drove to the bank of Lake Sakakawea on the edge of Fort Berthold Reservation, in western North Dakota. She parked her vehicle, bearing the license plate “SEARCH”, and prepared for a long day ahead. As she’d done several days that summer, she began to scour her territory for clues. With fishing sonar equipment and a dilapidated old boat, she had nothing to go by but her instincts.
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Prince Harry and Meghan: Queen hosts emergency Royal family summit - live news 13 Jan 5:14am Updated Prince Harry and Meghan: Queen hosts emergency Royal family summit - live news
Meeting scheduled for Sandringham with Queen, Prince Charles and his sons to seek to resolve crisis
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Yinka Shonibare: ‘I see what’s happening as an African renaissance’ 13 Jan 5:00am Yinka Shonibare: ‘I see what’s happening as an African renaissance’
The artist talks about his project spaces in London and Nigeria, and Africa’s untapped artistic potential Over the past decade, I’ve been running a project space for emerging artists in east London called
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British woman dies in fall at Australian beauty spot 13 Jan 4:27am British woman dies in fall at Australian beauty spot
Madalyn Davis, 21, had gone with friends to watch sun rise at Diamond Bay cliffs A 21-year-old British woman has died in Australia after falling from a popular beauty spot where she had gone with friends to watch the sun rise after a party, according to reports. The victim was named in Australian media as Madalyn Davis, a beautician from Lincolnshire, who had only been in Australia for a few weeks after travelling to the country to start a new life.
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A visual guide to the Iran plane crash 13 Jan 4:14am Updated A visual guide to the Iran plane crash
Flight came down shortly after take off from airport in Tehran on 8 January Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 took off at 6.12am on 8 January after nearly an hour’s delay at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport. It gained altitude heading west, reaching nearly 8,000ft, according to flight-tracking data.
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Iran protests: authorities struggle to contain anger over downed jet – live 13 Jan 4:12am Updated Iran protests: authorities struggle to contain anger over downed jet – live
Follow the latest updates as Canada’s PM promises to ‘pursue justice and accountability’ for the plane crash dead
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Lava gushes from Taal volcano in Philippines – in pictures 13 Jan 4:09am Lava gushes from Taal volcano in Philippines – in pictures
Red-hot lava gushed out of the Taal volcano in the Philippines after a sudden eruption of ash and steam forced villagers to flee en masse and shut down offices and schools. Clouds of ash blew more than 60 miles north, reaching the capital, Manila, and forcing the shutdown of the country’s main airport. There have been no reports of casualties or major damage from the eruption that began on Sunday
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UK weather: Storm Brendan blows in across Britain 13 Jan 2:52am UK weather: Storm Brendan blows in across Britain
Met Office warns of high winds across much of England, Scotland and Wales Gusts of up to 80mph could hit parts of the UK as Storm Brendan sweeps in, prompting the Met Office to issue a weather warning. The Republic of Ireland will be most affected by the storm, with Met Eireann putting out an orange wind warning for the entire country.
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Church of the Nativity Jeopardy answer sparks Israel-Palestine storm 13 Jan 2:30am Church of the Nativity Jeopardy answer sparks Israel-Palestine storm
Controversy after competitor ruled wrong for saying church at birthplace of Jesus was in Palestine Political controversy over the location of the oldest church in Christianity is threatening to overshadow what should be the popular US game show Jeopardy’s finest moment, a special all-star tournament that drew
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Iran: protests and teargas as public anger grows over aircraft downing 13 Jan 2:15am Iran: protests and teargas as public anger grows over aircraft downing
Authorities break up second day of demonstrations that continued into the evening Iran was facing a renewed crisis on Sunday night with authorities using teargas to break up a second straight day of protests in Tehran and demonstrations spreading to other cities, as the nation’s leadership struggled to contain public anger
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US states move to stop prisons charging inmates for reading and video calls 13 Jan 2:00am US states move to stop prisons charging inmates for reading and video calls
Draft bill aims to curb rise of pay-per-minute ebooks and costly facetime calls in prisons where visits are banned or restricted Lawmakers in three US states are drafting a bill that they hope will end the growing trend of prisons charging inmates high fees for reading ebooks or making video calls to their families, while paying under a dollar an hour for prison labour. State prisons in nine states have struck deals with private equity telecom companies to introduce pay-per-minute reading and video conferencing services in their facilities.
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Turbulence for Turkey as breakaway parties make gains on Erdoğan 13 Jan 2:00am Turbulence for Turkey as breakaway parties make gains on Erdoğan
President, in charge for past 17 years, faces domestic political threats as troops sent to Libya
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Prince Harry to attend crisis talks with Queen and senior royals today 13 Jan 2:00am Prince Harry to attend crisis talks with Queen and senior royals today
Meghan likely to dial in from Canada for unprecedented royal summit at Sandringham The Queen will host crisis talks at an unprecedented royal summit at Sandringham on Monday, with implications not just for the future of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but for other members of the royal family. The Queen will be joined by Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry – with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, likely to dial in from Canada – and will seek to make key decisions on how the couple fulfil their desire to “step back” from frontline royal duties and become self-funding.
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Journalists in Nepal fight new threat to press freedom 13 Jan 1:00am Journalists in Nepal fight new threat to press freedom
Bills introduced by ruling Communist party will bring in heavy fines and the threat of jail to stifle debate, say critics Jail terms of up to five years could be imposed on people in Nepal who post “offensive” comment on social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram in the latest move by the government to crack down on dissent. The
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Ukraine struggles with tragedy, global conflicts – and its reputation 13 Jan 12:00am Ukraine struggles with tragedy, global conflicts – and its reputation
Air disaster in Iran adds to feeling the country ‘has a dark cloud over it’, say observers It only took a few hours of examining the crash site of flight 752 outside Tehran for a team of Ukrainian experts to ascertain that the
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