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Syrian military helicopter shot down amid tensions with Turkey 14 Feb 11:30pm Syrian military helicopter shot down amid tensions with Turkey
Aircraft is second one to be shot down in a week in region where Turkish troops and Russian-backed Syrian forces are clashing A Syrian military helicopter has been shot down over the last major rebel bastion in the northwest of the country, the second such incident in a week of high tensions with neighbouring Turkey. The attack on Friday in a region where Turkish troops and Russian-backed government forces have engaged in multiple clashes came as Washington urged Ankara to look to its western allies in light of Moscow’s actions.
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Albanese calls on Phil Gaetjens to make sports grants report public 14 Feb 11:22pm Albanese calls on Phil Gaetjens to make sports grants report public
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary must be seen to be independent, opposition leader says The federal opposition leader,
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Coronavirus: cases pass 66,000 as Beijing orders 14-day quarantine for returnees 14 Feb 10:35pm Coronavirus: cases pass 66,000 as Beijing orders 14-day quarantine for returnees
Covid-19 cases pass 66,000 in China as residents in capital who flout new restrictions told they will be ‘held accountable under the law’ More than 2,600 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in China, as people returning to Beijing from holidays were ordered to quarantine themselves for 14 days to try to contain its spread. The total of confirmed infections across mainland China was now 66,492, the National Health Commission said after 2,641 new cases were confirmed in the 24 hours to midnight on Friday.
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Queensland dam breach prompts evacuation downstream 14 Feb 8:45pm Updated Queensland dam breach prompts evacuation downstream
Threat of flooding eases but evacuation order remains in place, while flash-flooding forecast in parts of NSW An engineer says the risk of flooding from a Queensland dam is starting to reduce, but there are still fears for 12 farms. The rural properties were evacuated overnight after a landowner spotted a 3.5m hole in the dam on his property at Talgai, about 170 kilometres southwest of Brisbane, on Friday afternoon.
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Queer activists escorted out of Pete Buttigieg event in San Francisco – video 14 Feb 4:44pm Queer activists escorted out of Pete Buttigieg event in San Francisco – video
Queer activists were met with chants of ‘Boot-Edge-Edge’ after they disrupted a private fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg in San Francisco on Friday evening. The activists, escorted out of the event, reflected unease among the LBGTQ+ community over the Buttigieg campaign
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Coronavirus latest updates: first confirmed case in Africa – live news 14 Feb 3:32pm Updated Coronavirus latest updates: first confirmed case in Africa – live news
Africa has its first confirmed case of coronavirus after a person in Egypt tested positive for the disease, it has emerged
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‘It fills us with rage’: Mexican activists protest femicide at presidential palace 14 Feb 2:25pm ‘It fills us with rage’: Mexican activists protest femicide at presidential palace
Demonstration stemmed from outrage over killing of Ingrid Escamilla and publication of photos of her mutilated corpse Dozens of activists gathered outside Mexico’s presidential palace on Friday to protest violence against women, chanting “Not one murder more” and splashing one of its large, ornate doors with blood-red paint and the words “femicide state”.
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A billionaire battle: Wright family in bitter court dispute over iron ore inheritance 14 Feb 2:00pm A billionaire battle: Wright family in bitter court dispute over iron ore inheritance
Western Australia watches family feud writ large as iron ore patriarch Peter Wright’s children continue long-running legal saga One of Australia’s richest families is fighting a supreme court siblings’ battle over the inheritance of an iron ore fortune. Julian Wright is suing his billionaire sister Angela Bennett and the estate of his late brother Michael Wright for fraud, claiming they hid the size of the family’s true wealth and duped him out of millions in mining royalties.
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Health officials contact 200 including MPs over UK coronavirus scare 14 Feb 1:44pm Health officials contact 200 including MPs over UK coronavirus scare
People attended London conference with delegate who has since tested positive
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The Guardian view on Idlib: nowhere left to run | Editorial 14 Feb 1:25pm The Guardian view on Idlib: nowhere left to run | Editorial
Hundreds of thousands of civilians are fleeing a renewed assault by the Syrian regime, in desperate circumstances. Is anyone paying attention?After the torture and massacre of civilians, after the targeted attacks upon rescuers, doctors and schools, after the barrel bombs and chemical weapons, it should be hard to believe that there could be a new wave of misery for Syria unleashed by Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers. Yet here it is. The
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Charles Yonge obituary 14 Feb 1:17pm Charles Yonge obituary
My brother Charles Yonge, who has died aged 74, was a climber, explorer and caver who opened up many new routes and discovered caves all over the world. He also carried out numerous ascents in the Rocky Mountains in Canada. Born in Chesterfield in Derbyshire, Charles was the son of Wg Cmdr John Yonge, an RAF pilot, and his wife, Enid (nee Blanch), who worked in surveillance for MI5. He was educated at Sutton Valence school in Kent and then at the University of Surrey, where he gained a degree in physics in 1967. He followed up with an MPhil in physics at the University of Sheffield, where his interest in climbing and caving was piqued.
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More than 1,700 health workers infected by coronavirus in China 14 Feb 1:03pm More than 1,700 health workers infected by coronavirus in China
WHO is seeking information after country announced six health professionals had died
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German economy flatlines after spending and exports slowdown 14 Feb 12:44pm German economy flatlines after spending and exports slowdown
GDP growth at 0% for final quarter of 2019 with no upturn forecast in the short term Germany’s economy flatlined in the last three months of 2019 after a slowdown in spending and exports wiped out growth in Europe’s largest economy. GDP growth stagnated at 0% in the fourth quarter of 2019 after its struggling export-oriented industry came under pressure from
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Canada driver captures rare sighting of mother lynx and her kittens 14 Feb 12:39pm Canada driver captures rare sighting of mother lynx and her kittens
The wild cats which are larger than bobcats spend much of their life hidden in thick forest and are rarely seen in groups It is one of
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Coronavirus latest updates: two MPs self-isolate over conference scare – live news 14 Feb 12:36pm Updated Coronavirus latest updates: two MPs self-isolate over conference scare – live news
One of nine people diagnosed with the virus attended a central London conference with more than 200 delegates. Attendees included two Labour MPs
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Crossbow murder accused says he lied to conceal gay affair 14 Feb 12:35pm Crossbow murder accused says he lied to conceal gay affair
Terence Whall denies killing retired lecturer Gerald Corrigan on Anglesey, north Wales, last year A man accused of the crossbow killing of a retired lecturer lied to police because he did not want to reveal his gay affair, a court has heard. Sports therapist Terence Whall, 39, told Mold crown court he was near the remote Anglesey home of Gerald Corrigan, 74, on the night of the fatal shooting because he was engaging in sexual activity with friend Barry Williams in a field nearby.
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Storm Ciara expected to cost up to £200m in insurance claims 14 Feb 12:05pm Storm Ciara expected to cost up to £200m in insurance claims
Experts at PwC say Storm Dennis likely to add to damage with 140mm of rain predicted The trail of destruction left by
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Heathrow airport hit by delays following latest coronavirus advice 14 Feb 11:44am Heathrow airport hit by delays following latest coronavirus advice
Public Health England guidelines result in as many as eight flights being caught up in checks or delays
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No 10 refuses to confirm if budget will go ahead as scheduled – live news 14 Feb 11:32am Updated No 10 refuses to confirm if budget will go ahead as scheduled – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson chairing a meeting of the new cabinet and further government reshuffle developments
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Italian mayor appoints loneliness councillor to help citizens 14 Feb 11:27am Italian mayor appoints loneliness councillor to help citizens
‘Bureaucracy is dehumanised. We are becoming living robots,’ says Antonella Argenti The mayor of a small town in northern Italy has appointed a loneliness councillor after being overwhelmed by the number of citizens calling in to discuss their problems. Antonella Argenti, the elected mayor of Villa del Conte, a town of 5,400 people in the Veneto region, noted in May last year that many inhabitants were struggling to cope.
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Jamaicans deported by Home Office go into hiding fearing for lives 14 Feb 11:18am Jamaicans deported by Home Office go into hiding fearing for lives
Number of people who were on Tuesday flight from UK concerned about gang violence As many as seven of the Jamaicans who were deported on a Home Office
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Bookshop burglary foiled after prosecco distracts raiders 14 Feb 11:00am Bookshop burglary foiled after prosecco distracts raiders
Two men who broke into London bookshop Gay’s the Word were caught by police after raid became a drinking session Things went flat for two burglars who broke into London bookshop Gay’s the Word, after police caught them quaffing prosecco in the shop’s basement. Front and back windows at
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From khat to coffee: revitalising an age-old Yemeni crop 14 Feb 10:57am From khat to coffee: revitalising an age-old Yemeni crop
In Haraz, farmers and exporters are bringing new life to a globally acclaimed and desired product Haraz, a collection of medieval villages in Yemen’s highlands, feels very far away from the devastation of the country’s civil war. Banks of cloud tumble down green farming terraces and caress the gingerbread-like houses clinging to the mountainside, and the unique environmental conditions create some of the best coffee in the world. Yemen has exported coffee since the 1400s: the Red Sea port of Mokha gives chocolatey coffee its name. Although native to Ethiopia, the coffee plant was developed into the form that gives us the modern beverage by Sufi monasteries in Yemen that shared it with traders and pilgrims. Eventually, coffee made its way to Constantinople (now Istanbul), Baghdad and London, leading to the rise of the coffee house.
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Giulio Regeni’s parents urge Italy to help student held in Egypt 14 Feb 10:48am Giulio Regeni’s parents urge Italy to help student held in Egypt
Human rights activist Patrick Zaky had been studying at the University of Bologna The family of an Italian doctoral student murdered in Cairo have urged “democratic governments” to intervene in the case of an Egyptian master’s student in Italy who was detained on arrival in Egypt last week. Paola and Claudio Regeni, the parents of
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California man freed after 15 years in prison thanks to genealogy website data 14 Feb 10:34am California man freed after 15 years in prison thanks to genealogy website data
Authorities used DNA links developed through publicly available genealogical websites to free man wrongfully convicted of killing housemate California authorities used the same DNA techniques that led to the capture of the suspected Golden State Killer to free a man who spent about 15 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted in the slaying of his housemate. Ricky Davis was ordered released from custody during an emotional court hearing in Placerville, near Sacramento, on Thursday, after authorities used extended DNA links developed through publicly available genealogical websites to build a family tree that led to the arrest of a new suspect in the killing of his housemate.
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Points-based immigration system will be in force by 2021, No 10 says 14 Feb 10:34am Points-based immigration system will be in force by 2021, No 10 says
Prime minister’s spokesperson says new system – of which details are sketchy – will reduce immigration
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German economy stagnates as eurozone growth hits seven-year low - business live 14 Feb 9:46am Updated German economy stagnates as eurozone growth hits seven-year low - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including the latest eurozone growth figures
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Catman of Wuhan: the man rescuing pets abandoned amid coronavirus outbreak – video 14 Feb 9:42am Catman of Wuhan: the man rescuing pets abandoned amid coronavirus outbreak – video
It is estimated that more than 30,000 pets have been left stranded after the Chinese government sealed off Wuhan following the
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Love in the time of coronavirus: Valentine’s Day on the quarantined ship 14 Feb 9:24am Love in the time of coronavirus: Valentine’s Day on the quarantined ship
Diamond Princess cruise liner off coast of Japan celebrates with love-themed menu to keep up morale The crew of the Diamond Princess had gone the extra mile on Friday – as they have done so often during their ship’s quarantine off
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German police arrest 12 men on far-right terrorism charges 14 Feb 9:18am German police arrest 12 men on far-right terrorism charges
Prosecutors allege attacks were planned on politicians, asylum-seekers and Muslims German police have detained 12 men on suspicion of involvement in a far-right group that allegedly planned attacks against politicians and minorities, officials said Friday. Federal prosecutors said four German men were detained on suspicion of founding and participating in “a right-wing terrorist organisation.” They were identified only as Werner S, Michael B, Thomas N and Tony E for privacy reasons.
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Paris mayoral candidate drops out over sex video scandal 14 Feb 9:13am Updated Paris mayoral candidate drops out over sex video scandal
Benjamin Griveaux, who was standing for party of President Macron, lambasts ‘vile attacks’ Emmanuel Macron’s candidate for mayor of Paris in next month’s municipal elections has been forced to stand down after the leak of sexual images and messages online, blaming what he called “vile” attacks on his private life on social media. Benjamin Griveaux, who was standing for the president’s governing centrist La République En Marche (LREM) party, made the announcement on Friday morning less than 48 hours after the material was first posted to a website.
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Rising tide of Londoners moving to northern England 14 Feb 9:00am Rising tide of Londoners moving to northern England
Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle see fastest increases in people seeking better quality of life Patrick Cox’s patience with London snapped when he was charged £3.50 for a cup of tea. For Amy Everett, it was the overcrowded commutes on trains that broke down so often she regularly worried she might never get home. The pair are part of a rising tide of Londoners moving out of the capital, revealed in new figures suggesting the popularity of settling in or returning to northern England has more than doubled since 2014. While in 2009 only 1% of people leaving London bought or rented homes in the north, in 2019 that figure reached 13%, data from the Countrywide network of estate and lettings agents shows.
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Parents of brain-damaged baby lose life support legal battle 14 Feb 8:08am Parents of brain-damaged baby lose life support legal battle
Father describes decision as ‘terrible’ after appeals court rules son is brain stem dead The parents of a four-month-old baby with brain damage have lost a legal battle to continue his life support treatment. Karwan Ali, 35, and Shokhan Namiq, 28, appealed after a high court judge ruled that Midrar Ali was brain stem dead and doctors at St Mary’s hospital in Manchester could withdraw treatment.
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EU spending tens of millions of euros a year to promote meat eating 14 Feb 7:12am EU spending tens of millions of euros a year to promote meat eating
Campaigns to promote consumption of pork and veal labelled ‘indefensible’ in light of health and climate concerns The EU has been accused of an “indefensible” approach to human health and the climate crisis in spending tens of millions of euros each year on campaigns to reverse the decline in meat eating and trying to rebut so-called “fake news” on the mistreatment of animals bred for food. Campaigns range from those designed to counter official warnings about the risk of cancer from eating red meat, to improving the public image of veal products said to be crucial in “deriving value from young male calves” superfluous to the dairy industry.
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Brexit negotiations travels cost taxpayer £500,000 since 2016 14 Feb 7:09am Brexit negotiations travels cost taxpayer £500,000 since 2016
Huge bill reflects Theresa May’s failed approach to negotiations with European Union The government has spent almost £500,000 on taxpayers’ money on flights and trains to Brussels in the past three years because of Brexit, figures reveal. This is a fraction of the
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Sewage will flow into Ilkley river until at least 2030, says government 14 Feb 6:34am Sewage will flow into Ilkley river until at least 2030, says government
Yorkshire campaigners dismayed at Environment Agency’s reaction to evidence of waste discharged into River Wharfe The Environment Agency says nothing will be done to stem the flow of sewage into a Yorkshire river popular with swimmers and families until at least 2030. Despite acknowledging that the level of sewage discharges into the River Wharfe at Ilkley – which have been admitted by Yorkshire Water – should trigger an investigation, the EA told campaigners nothing will happen for 10 years.
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Born on the M5: family thanks NHS staff for help with baby delivery 14 Feb 5:47am Born on the M5: family thanks NHS staff for help with baby delivery
Parents were on way to hospital when mother went into labour on busy motorway A new mother has thanked emergency staff for helping her as she gave birth to a baby boy in the front seat of a car parked on a motorway lane while traffic whizzed past. Jayne Rowland, 36, a teaching assistant, was on her way to hospital when she went into the final stages of labour on the M5 in Somerset.
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Boris Johnson to chair first meeting of new cabinet after reshuffle - live news 14 Feb 5:14am Updated Boris Johnson to chair first meeting of new cabinet after reshuffle - live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson chairing a meeting of the new cabinet and further government reshuffle developments
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German economy stagnates with no growth in last quarter - business live 14 Feb 5:08am Updated German economy stagnates with no growth in last quarter - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including the latest eurozone growth figures
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Leah Croucher family renew appeal one year after daughter disappeared 14 Feb 4:41am Leah Croucher family renew appeal one year after daughter disappeared
Teenager ‘vanished into thin air’ while walking to work in Milton Keynes in 2019 The parents of missing Leah Croucher, who disappeared a year ago, have spoken of how their family has been destroyed as they pleaded with anyone who may have information to “do the decent thing” and come forward. Police say they are unable to rule out that Leah came to harm after she “effectively vanished into thin air” in Milton Keynes while on her way to work.
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The Americans forced into bankruptcy to pay for prescriptions 14 Feb 4:32am The Americans forced into bankruptcy to pay for prescriptions
Millions of Americans can’t afford the prescription drugs they require to survive, forcing them into bankruptcy, trips to Mexico or cutting off utilities As a teenager, John Miller was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that required several major surgeries to remove part of his intestine. Miller, now 39, has been physically unable to work full-time since his last major surgery in 2014. He struggled to obtain disability insurance, having to live with and rely on family during the appeals process until it was finally approved.
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Melbourne weather: storms sweep across Victoria, as conditions ease on Lord Howe Island 14 Feb 3:31am Updated Melbourne weather: storms sweep across Victoria, as conditions ease on Lord Howe Island
Thunderstorms batter eastern Melbourne and parts of Gippsland and the La Trobe Valley, with some relief for fire grounds due on Saturday Intense rain has lashed Melbourne’s outer eastern and southeastern suburbs, leading to flash flooding and fallen trees. Parts of Victoria’s Gippsland and La Trobe Valley also copped a drenching as severe thunderstorms hit the state on Friday.
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Coronavirus outbreak: senior US official accuses China of lack of transparency 14 Feb 3:28am Coronavirus outbreak: senior US official accuses China of lack of transparency
Top White House official Larry Kudlow questions approach of Politburo as China brings in ‘wartime’ measures in more cities
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Stephanie Simpson: body of missing British hiker found in New Zealand 14 Feb 3:26am Updated Stephanie Simpson: body of missing British hiker found in New Zealand
The 32-year-old had been missing for a week after she went on a hike in Mount Aspiring national park The body of the missing British hiker Stephanie Simpson has been found more than a week after she went missing
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Margaret Atwood ballet MaddAddam to be staged by Wayne McGregor 14 Feb 2:59am Margaret Atwood ballet MaddAddam to be staged by Wayne McGregor
Royal Ballet reveals adaptation of Atwood’s trilogy of dystopian novels Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam The British choreographer Wayne McGregor is to stage an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s trilogy of dystopian novels Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam in a major international collaboration between the Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. With the palindromic title
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7/7 survivor Thelma Stober to lead Grenfell memorial commission 14 Feb 2:00am 7/7 survivor Thelma Stober to lead Grenfell memorial commission
Lawyer will co-chair panel with civil servant who led the government’s response A survivor of the 7/7 terror attacks is to lead plans for a memorial commemorating the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Thelma Stober, a lawyer badly injured in the 2005 attack at Aldgate, will co-chair a commission to try to decide how to remember the 72 people killed by the fire at the west London tower block. Alongside Michael Lockwood, a senior civil servant who helped lead the government’s recovery and community engagement in the immediate aftermath of the disaster on 14 June 2017, Stober will attempt to develop a proposal for a fitting memorial. They will lead a committee including the bereaved, former residents of the tower and residents of the surrounding Lancaster West estate, many of whom see the shrouded remains of the burnt out tower daily.
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Melbourne weather: storms sweep across Victoria, bringing warnings of flash flooding 14 Feb 1:07am Melbourne weather: storms sweep across Victoria, bringing warnings of flash flooding
Bureau of Meteorology says hailstones may follow as eastern Melbourne and other parts of Victoria take a battering Severe thunderstorms have lashed parts of Victoria, including Melbourne’s east, with authorities warning flash flooding and large hailstones are likely. Thunderstorms were detected near Croydon, Ringwood, the area northwest of Werribee, KooWeeRup, Bacchus Marsh and St Andrews about 2.40pm on Friday.
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Coronavirus: China ‘not being honest’, says US official, as wartime measures widened 14 Feb 1:00am Coronavirus: China ‘not being honest’, says US official, as wartime measures widened
Top White House official Larry Kudlow accuses Beijing of lack of transparency as China cities seal off buildings and ban vehicles from streets
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The trouble with anti-populism: why the champions of civility keep losing 14 Feb 1:00am The trouble with anti-populism: why the champions of civility keep losing
With rightwing demagogues gaining power and public debate getting nastier, many are calling for a return to a more sensible politics. But this approach has its own fatal flaws. By Benjamin Moffitt You’ve probably heard some version of it in recent years. Maybe you’ve even said or thought it yourself. “Politicians are always fighting!” “Politics has become totally irrational!” “Why can’t politicians just compromise, find some consensus and solve our problems?” For many people, these views have come to seem like basic common sense. In this era of extreme partisanship, the argument goes, what we need is more unity and moderation to bring us together. And if there is one group of politicians who have been blamed for the sorry state we find ourselves in, it is populists.
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