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Huge hail batters Canberra as storms threaten large areas of south-eastern Australia 19 Jan 11:25pm Updated Huge hail batters Canberra as storms threaten large areas of south-eastern Australia
Hail smashes into Parliament House and brings down trees in the ACT, with more wild weather due to lash NSW and Victoria Parts of New South Wales could be hit by hail the size of tennis balls and destructive, damaging winds as three major storm cells hit populated areas on Monday afternoon. Storms have already caused havoc in the ACT today, with large hailstones smashing car windscreens and causing widespread damage across Canberra.
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New Liberal premier of Tasmania Peter Gutwein says we must ‘do more’ on climate change 19 Jan 10:17pm New Liberal premier of Tasmania Peter Gutwein says we must ‘do more’ on climate change
Gutwein replaces Will Hodgman, who stepped down last week for family reasons Tasmania’s new premier Peter Gutwein says more needs to be done on climate change and job creation on the island state. The treasurer ascended to premier on Monday, replacing Will Hodgman who stood down last week for family reasons.
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Liberal moderate Peter Gutwein to replace Will Hodgman as next premier of Tasmania 19 Jan 8:14pm Liberal moderate Peter Gutwein to replace Will Hodgman as next premier of Tasmania
The treasurer will be elected unopposed after state growth minister Michael Ferguson dropped out of the running The Tasmanian treasurer, Peter Gutwein, will be elected unopposed as the state’s premier after senior minister Michael Ferguson dropped out of the running to replace Will Hodgman. Gutwein and Ferguson, the state growth minister, were vying for the top job in what is seen as a contest between the party’s moderate and conservative factions.
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Severe thunderstorms and hail to batter south-eastern Australia 19 Jan 8:00pm Severe thunderstorms and hail to batter south-eastern Australia
Large ice stones and damaging winds forecast as wild weather lashes NSW and Victoria Swathes of south-eastern Australia will be hit by severe thunderstorms on Monday, with damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones forecast for some regions. The Bureau of Meteorology on Monday morning said the storms were likely from north of Newcastle to the New South Wales-Victoria border on the coast.
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Online campaign grows to save sick and starving lions in Sudan park 19 Jan 7:58pm Online campaign grows to save sick and starving lions in Sudan park
Park officials and vets say some of the five cats have lost almost two-thirds of their body weight Online calls to help save five “malnourished and sick” African lions at a park in Sudan’s capital grew on Sunday. The lions are in cages at Khartoum’s Al-Qureshi park, which is in an upmarket area of the city, and have not had enough food and medicine for weeks.
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Brendan Nelson takes job with Boeing, weeks after stepping down as head of Australian War Memorial 19 Jan 7:10pm Brendan Nelson takes job with Boeing, weeks after stepping down as head of Australian War Memorial
Nelson was criticised during his stint at AWM for allowing weapons companies such as Boeing to act as corporate sponsors Former Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson has taken a senior job with Boeing, a company that controversially gave corporate sponsorship to the institution. Nelson prompted significant criticism during his seven-year stint as AWM director for allowing weapons companies to act as corporate sponsors.
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Three dead after suspected triple stabbing in London 19 Jan 7:04pm Three dead after suspected triple stabbing in London
The men, believed to be in their 20s and 30s, died at the scene in Redbridge Three men have been killed in a suspected triple stabbing in north-east London. Police were called to Elmstead Road in Seven Kings, Redbridge, just before 7.40pm on Sunday.
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EU could waste €29bn on gas projects despite climate action plan 19 Jan 7:01pm EU could waste €29bn on gas projects despite climate action plan
32 schemes eligible for funding despite being unnecessary under move from fossil fuels
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Scott Morrison backs Bridget McKenzie in sports grants scandal and will ‘clarify’ legal issues 19 Jan 6:27pm Scott Morrison backs Bridget McKenzie in sports grants scandal and will ‘clarify’ legal issues
Auditor general’s scathing report questions legal authority for former sports minister to approve grants, many of which went to marginal seats Scott Morrison has said the federal government will move to “clarify” the “legal issues” raised by the auditor general in
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Prince Harry expresses sadness over decision to step down 19 Jan 5:53pm Prince Harry expresses sadness over decision to step down
Duke of Sussex told a charity dinner he and his wife Meghan had taken ‘a leap of faith’ The Duke of Sussex has expressed his sadness over his decision to step down from royal duties in his first public remarks on the move, saying he had taken a “leap of faith.” Giving a speech at a private dinner in London for his charity Sentebale, Prince Harry said: “Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations without public funding. Unfortunately that wasn’t possible.”
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Huge dust storms in Australia hit central New South Wales 19 Jan 5:43pm Huge dust storms in Australia hit central New South Wales
Videos posted to social media show the clouds turning day into night in some areas Damaging winds produced by thunderstorms across central New South Wales have whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night in some towns. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings on Sunday evening for inland NSW with the associated winds generating massive dust clouds.
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Libya: Sanctions threatened against countries who break arms embargo 19 Jan 5:20pm Libya: Sanctions threatened against countries who break arms embargo
Johnson says international peacekeeping force could monitor the proposed ceasefire
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Three-year-old boy dies in a caravan fire in west Wales 19 Jan 5:14pm Three-year-old boy dies in a caravan fire in west Wales
His sibling, four, is in a critical condition after the incident in the village of Ffair Rhos A three-year-old boy has died in a caravan fire in west Wales that left his sibling, four, in a critical condition. Dyfed-Powys police were called to a fire in Ffair Rhos village in Ceredigion, at 5.35am on Sunday.
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Huge dust storms hit central New South Wales 19 Jan 4:42pm Huge dust storms hit central New South Wales
Videos posted to social media show the clouds turning day into night in some areas Damaging winds produced by thunderstorms across central New South Wales have whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night in some towns. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings on Sunday evening for inland NSW with the associated winds generating massive dust clouds.
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Mothers, daughters, fathers, sons: the victims of the Australian bushfires 19 Jan 4:19pm Updated Mothers, daughters, fathers, sons: the victims of the Australian bushfires
Twenty-nine people are confirmed to have died in the Australian bushfire season since October At least 29 people have died in bushfires in Australia since the summer season began in October. The death toll is highest in NSW, where 21 people have been confirmed dead since October. Victoria has had five confirmed deaths and South Australia three. This story will be updated when further deaths are confirmed.
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Silver Ferns beat England Roses 64-48 in first netball international of 2020 19 Jan 4:19pm Silver Ferns beat England Roses 64-48 in first netball international of 2020
Coach Noeline Taurua got all players out on court in a match where NZ were without four key veterans The Silver Ferns have beaten the England Roses netball team 64-48 in their first international of 2020. Without retired Maria Folau and Casey Korpua, and
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Huge dust storms hits central New South Wales 19 Jan 3:24pm Huge dust storms hits central New South Wales
Videos posted to social media show the clouds turning day into night in some areas Damaging winds produced by thunderstorms across central New South Wales have whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night in some towns. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings on Sunday evening for inland NSW with the associated winds generating massive dust clouds.
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Government rejected several offers on water rights before reaching $80m deal 19 Jan 2:29pm Government rejected several offers on water rights before reaching $80m deal
Exclusive: New documents raise further questions about deal with company founded by energy minister Angus Taylor The government rejected several offers from Eastern Australia Agriculture over the past decade to sell its overland-flow water rights because the deals were “not value for money”, before
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Harry and Meghan ‘required’ to sacrifice royal roles 19 Jan 1:52pm Harry and Meghan ‘required’ to sacrifice royal roles
Couple were unwilling to allow scrutiny of commercial deals as Netflix confirms interest The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were forced to sacrifice their royal roles for “complete and absolute” freedom from Buckingham Palace financial scrutiny over commercial deals after being told they could not have it both ways. Prince Harry is preparing to fly out to Canada to join Meghan, and the couple’s son Archie, as they begin independent lives free from any financial oversight from the royal family.
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Hundreds injured in Lebanon as violence flares in ‘week of anger’ 19 Jan 1:45pm Updated Hundreds injured in Lebanon as violence flares in ‘week of anger’
Pitched battles between police and demonstrators as leaders fail to form new government Protesters hurled fireworks and ripped branches from trees to use against security forces firing rubber bullets and teargas in the most violent weekend of protests in Beirut since the beginning of mass anti-government demonstrations in Lebanon three months ago. Lebanese medical groups said at least 377 people had been injured on Saturday, including 80 who were taken to hospital, during the unrest that organisers have called the “week of anger”, after a relative lull in the protests that have rocked the country since October.
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The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences | Editorial 19 Jan 1:25pm The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences | Editorial
The start of the American presidential race next month may seem more alluring. But the Irish general election is of more immediate importance for BritainBritain’s political class is insular. It rarely shows any interest in foreign elections. That general rule may get bent as the United States presidential election gets into gear in the coming weeks. But the evidence of this country’s default inwardness is that there is an election on this side of the Atlantic in less than three weeks with a far more immediate bearing on Britain than the one in America. This one will get only a fraction of the attention that will be expended on the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. But then this one is in Ireland. Why does
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Richer Sounds founder bankrolls push to end zero-hours contracts 19 Jan 1:01pm Richer Sounds founder bankrolls push to end zero-hours contracts
Millionaire Julian Richer backs campaign that will hold free legal advice clinics around UK The millionaire businessman Julian Richer is bankrolling a campaign that aims to stamp out the use of controversial zero-hours contracts in Britain.
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Drug cartel members tunnel way out of Paraguay prison 19 Jan 12:36pm Drug cartel members tunnel way out of Paraguay prison
Officials believed complicit in escape of at least 75 prisoners, including members of notorious Brazilian gang
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‘Miracle on Hudson’ pilot slams Lara Trump for mocking Biden stutter 19 Jan 12:17pm ‘Miracle on Hudson’ pilot slams Lara Trump for mocking Biden stutter
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger tells president’s daughter-in-law to ‘grow up’ and ‘show some decency’ in New York Times column Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who performed the “Miracle on the Hudson”, has told Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump to “grow up” and “show some decency”, after she mocked Joe Biden for stuttering.
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Bushfire crisis expected to further sap confidence in the Australian economy 19 Jan 12:00pm Bushfire crisis expected to further sap confidence in the Australian economy
Fires the latest in a string of bad economic news, Deloitte says, as government extends $2bn package to businesses Businesses damaged by bushfires will be eligible for additional grants of up to $50,000 in the latest pledge from the Morrison government’s
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The extraordinary legal battle over 19 protesters 19 Jan 12:00pm The extraordinary legal battle over 19 protesters
The Pacific island nation of Nauru is well-known for its role in Australia’s offshore detention regime. But what’s less well known is Nauru’s treatment of its own citizens. Today on Full Story, how the former president of Nauru and 18 other protesters became embroiled in a four-year legal battle for their freedom
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Libya: international force could monitor proposed ceasefire 19 Jan 11:35am Libya: international force could monitor proposed ceasefire
Berlin summit seeks to stop latest round of fighting turning country into ‘a second Syria’
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Prince Andrew joins the Queen at Norfolk church service 19 Jan 11:24am Prince Andrew joins the Queen at Norfolk church service
Monarch shows her support for son after he stepped down from royal duties With the spotlight firmly on the
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Golf ball-sized hailstones land in Melbourne as extreme weather continues – video 19 Jan 10:27am Golf ball-sized hailstones land in Melbourne as extreme weather continues – video
Hail and torrential rain has hit areas of New South Wales and southern Australia as extreme weather caused damage to the roof of a Melbourne supermarket. Australia’s months-long bushfire crisis is still ongoing, but an unpredictable mix of fire and rain hit NSW and Victoria on Sunday
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Cannabis compound could be weapon in fight against superbugs 19 Jan 10:07am Cannabis compound could be weapon in fight against superbugs
Mice cured of MRSA, raising hopes of treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria
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Hull asks to be first UK city to trial universal basic income 19 Jan 9:25am Hull asks to be first UK city to trial universal basic income
Under proposal, every adult would get between £50 and £100 a week regardless of income Hull wants to become the first UK city to test a weekly universal basic income for its residents after a cross-party group of councillors formally backed the idea. The proposal would mean every adult would be paid a basic sum – potentially between £50 and £100 a week – regardless of income, and do away with the need for welfare.
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Paris transport set to return to normal as rail union suspends strike 19 Jan 8:34am Paris transport set to return to normal as rail union suspends strike
Union says members need to recharge after 45 days of industrial action Paris’s strike-hit public transport network is expected to return to near normal this week after the city’s main rail union voted to go back to work. The decision to suspend industrial action from Monday follows six weeks of road and rail chaos since transport staff walked out as part of national protests over pension reforms in
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The EU has a duty to recognise the state of Palestine | Saeb Erekat 19 Jan 6:53am The EU has a duty to recognise the state of Palestine | Saeb Erekat
European intervention now can preserve the peace process, despite the efforts of Israel and TrumpAfter nearly two years, on Monday 20 January, the foreign ministers of the European Union will meet, with the issue of Palestine officially on the agenda. They’ll discuss the letter signed by the foreign minister of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, calling for
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China moves to phase out single-use plastics 19 Jan 6:43am China moves to phase out single-use plastics
Plastic bags to be banned in all major cities by end of 2020, says state planner China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, according to the state planner, as it seeks to tackle one of the country’s biggest environmental problems. Vast amounts of untreated plastic waste are buried in landfills or dumped in rivers. The United Nations has identified single-use plastics as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges.
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Cut off from family, unable to travel: how US sanctions punish Iranian Americans 19 Jan 6:00am Cut off from family, unable to travel: how US sanctions punish Iranian Americans
As penalties create hardship for Iran’s residents, Iranians in US also suffer consequences: ‘The sanctions are still chasing me’ Following the US assassination of a top Iranian general earlier this month and Iranian airstrikes against US military bases in Iraq, Donald Trump once again imposed biting sanctions against the regime in Tehran. To Iranian Americans, many of whom have lived under sanctions in Iran or have family members there
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Belgian neurologist wins €1m prize for work on serious brain trauma 19 Jan 6:00am Belgian neurologist wins €1m prize for work on serious brain trauma
Generet prize will fund more trials by Steven Laureys to help written-off ‘vegetative’ patients A pioneering Belgian neurologist has been awarded €1m to fund further work in helping diagnose the most severe brain injuries, as he seeks to battle “the silent epidemic” and help people written off as “vegetative” who, it is believed, will never recover. Steven Laureys, head of the coma science group at Liège University hospital, plans to use the £850,000 award –
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Masculine, feminist or neutral? The language battle that has split Spain 19 Jan 5:15am Masculine, feminist or neutral? The language battle that has split Spain
A new government plans to erase gender bias in the constitutionA showdown is looming between Spain’s conservative language academy and its newly elected socialist government over proposals to rewrite the nation’s constitution using gender-neutral language. The
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Two popes, plotting cardinals and the fallout of an explosive book 19 Jan 5:14am Two popes, plotting cardinals and the fallout of an explosive book
Benedict and his inner circle are accused of intervening to halt Pope Francis relaxing celibacy rules as the battle between conservative and liberal factions takes a new twist The pilgrims filing into the papal audience hall last Wednesday were mostly oblivious to the saga enveloping the Vatican over an explosive new book that pits the retired
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Branded beer and baseball caps as drug lord El Chapo’s family cash in 19 Jan 4:35am Branded beer and baseball caps as drug lord El Chapo’s family cash in
Merchandise featuring cartel leader at fashion fair is condemned as a glorification of crime Just months after the conviction of the Mexican narco-lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán for drug trafficking and control of a murderous criminal enterprise – the Sinaloa cartel – comes a new beer: El Chapo lager. Mexico’s thirst for a good cerveza is matched only by the apparently unquenchable one for El Chapo merchandise. Last March Guzmán’s wife, Emma Coronel, launched a fashion and
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Plan to repopulate Scottish island of Ulva begins with ... a herd of cattle 19 Jan 4:33am Plan to repopulate Scottish island of Ulva begins with ... a herd of cattle
The population is down to six. But the community believes its radical experiment could be the key to the Hebrides’ future At Scotland’s western edge, made jagged by ancient elements, a new model for living is taking shape.
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Confessions of an accidental influencer 19 Jan 4:30am Confessions of an accidental influencer
When Bella Mackie began posting about her struggles with anxiety, she unexpectedly found herself becoming an influencer. But what did sharing her private fears teach her? “Bella, I know it’s not the point, but where is your jumper from?” This was a reply to a post I put up on Instagram about the horrors of antidepressant withdrawal. I respond with the details, mildly flattered, but slightly despairing. After decades of not talking about my mental health issues, I started an Instagram account (
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New measures to beat stalking could put victims at risk 19 Jan 3:27am New measures to beat stalking could put victims at risk
Prevention orders could prompt an increase in murders, campaigners sayNew Home Office measures to tackle the growing crime of stalking risk becoming a “retrograde” step that campaigners warn could prompt an increase in murders. The stalking protection orders, unveiled today, aim to block perpetrators from approaching their victims and allow courts in England and Wales to move quicker to ban stalkers from contacting or visiting victims.
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Rudy Giuliani once had a real chance of becoming president – and he blew it 19 Jan 3:00am Rudy Giuliani once had a real chance of becoming president – and he blew it
‘America’s mayor’ led polling in the Republican primaries for almost a year in 2007. But his campaign collapsed into chaos If things had gone a little differently, Rudy Giuliani might have been elected president in 2008. The former New York City mayor turned Donald Trump stooge led polling in the Republican primaries for almost a year, and was seen as someone who could defeat Hillary Clinton – then the presumptive Democratic nominee – in key metropolitan areas.
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Houthi rebels kill at least 70 Yemeni soldiers in missile attack on mosque 19 Jan 2:47am Houthi rebels kill at least 70 Yemeni soldiers in missile attack on mosque
Military sources say the attack came during evening prayers at a military base in Yemen’s Marib province Houthi rebels have killed at least 70 Yemeni soldiers in a missile attack on a mosque in the central province of Marib, according to medical and military sources. The Houthis attacked a mosque in a military camp in Marib – about 170km (105 miles) east of Sanaa – during evening prayers on Saturday, military sources said.
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‘Being brothers was a big help’: Atlantic rowers tell of record-breaking trip 19 Jan 2:35am ‘Being brothers was a big help’: Atlantic rowers tell of record-breaking trip
Lachlan trio from Edinburgh speak of their gruelling 3,000-mile challenge after arrival in AntiguaFor Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan MacLean, it’s been a struggle to keep their feet on the ground after rowing in record-breaking time across the Atlantic. “When I went to sleep last night, I thought I’d wake up on the boat with the alarm going off, and someone screaming ‘to port, to port’,” said Jamie. For their parents, Sheila and Charlie, the brothers’ arrival in Antigua on Thursday must have come as a relief. Their only children, aged 27, 26 and 21 respectively, have just spent 35 days, nine hours and nine minutes in a 28ft boat, travelling 2,720 nautical miles from the Canaries in the
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Hail pelts Melbourne and severe storms forecast in NSW as bushfires continue to burn 19 Jan 2:11am Hail pelts Melbourne and severe storms forecast in NSW as bushfires continue to burn
Flood warnings issued for rivers on mid-north coast as 69 fires remain burning in NSW and 15 in Victoria An unpredictable mix of fire and rain hit Victoria and New South Wales on Sunday, as the country’s months-long bushfire crisis continued. Hail the size of golf balls pelted some Melbourne suburbs as thunderstorms and heavy rain moved across southern Victoria.
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Black Wave by Kim Ghattas review – insightful history of Middle Eastern conflict 19 Jan 2:00am Black Wave by Kim Ghattas review – insightful history of Middle Eastern conflict
An essential account of the ideologies that have shaped the region In the course of 1979, three events changed the Middle East. The first was Iran’s Islamic revolution. That saw
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A Very Stable Genius review: dysfunction and disaster at the court of King Donald 19 Jan 1:00am A Very Stable Genius review: dysfunction and disaster at the court of King Donald
Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, Pulitzer-winning Washington Post reporters, have produced a vital and alarming read In January 2018, Michael Wolff’s
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The Observer view on the EU’s weakness on the world stage | Observer editorial 19 Jan 1:00am The Observer view on the EU’s weakness on the world stage | Observer editorial
Its new commission is failing to enact its grand ambitions, as destructive global power games are played out by others It has been a difficult start to 2020 for the EU and the new European commission, which took office last month.
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Silver Ferns face first big test of 2020 – without Langman, Rore, Folau or Korpua 19 Jan 12:59am Silver Ferns face first big test of 2020 – without Langman, Rore, Folau or Korpua
Netball team will look quite different from World Cup-winning outfit, as they take on understrength England The new-look Silver Ferns will take on England in their first international of 2020 without some of their biggest hitters on the court. Captain Laura Langman is on sabbatical, as is key defender Katrina Rore, and neither will play in the inaugural Netball Nations Cup in the UK that starts on Sunday night, UK time. The Ferns will take on England, Jamaica and South Africa; Australia’s Diamonds are not playing in this tournament.
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Coronavirus: China reports 17 new cases of Sars-like mystery virus 19 Jan 12:14am Coronavirus: China reports 17 new cases of Sars-like mystery virus
Three of the new cases are severe, with experts worried about the disease’s spread ahead of lunar new year China reported 17 new cases of the mysterious Sars-like virus on Sunday, including three in a severe condition, heightening fears ahead of China’s lunar new year holiday, when hundreds of millions of people move around the country. The new coronavirus strain has caused alarm because of its connection to severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-03.
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