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5 Dec 5:41pm Huawei CFO arrested in Canada on suspicion of violating US sanctions
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Meng Wanzhou was arrested on 1 December in Vancouver and faces extradition to the US Canada has arrested
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5 Dec 5:40pm Six missing after two US military aircraft crash off Japan coast
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One aircraft was an F/A-18 fighter jet while the other was a KC-130 refueling aircraft Six US marines are missing after two aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan, according to a US defence official. The planes, which are thought to have been involved in a midair collision, were an FA-18 Hornet jet fighter and a KC-130 Hercules refuelling aircraft, the official said. Japan’s defence ministry said its maritime self-defence forces had rescued one of the seven people aboard the two aircraft.
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5 Dec 5:00pm Conflicts and poverty drive big jump in global migration, finds report
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International migrant numbers have risen by a fifth over four years to 280m, says UN Rising instances of conflict and poverty have propelled a 20% increase in the number of international migrants over the space of four years, according to a major report from the UN showing the scale of global migration. According to the UN’s
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5 Dec 4:48pm Macron scraps fuel tax rise in face of gilets jaunes protests
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French government drops measure from budget after weeks of protests that left parts of Paris in flames
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5 Dec 2:17pm Giulio Regeni: lawyer adds 20 more suspects in Egypt murder case
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President Al-Sisi must have known of fate of tortured Italian student, says lawyer The lawyer for the family of Giulio Regeni, the Italian doctoral student murdered in Egypt in 2016, said she has a list of 20 additional suspects, which she called “20 names of men who should start being afraid”. At a press conference in Rome on Wednesday, Alessandra Ballerini said: “I find hard to believe that the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, was not aware of what was going on to Giulio Regeni. It’s impossible he didn’t know anything about this.” She said the list was compiled over the course of her almost three-year-long investigation with a legal team in Egypt.
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5 Dec 3:24am Ryanair faces legal action over refusal to refund cancelled flights
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Passenger flights grounded by strikes must be repaid under EU law, warns Civil Aviation Authority The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority is taking legal action against Ryanair over the airline’s refusal to compensate thousands of UK customers affected by flight disruption over the summer. Ryanair was hit by its
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5 Dec 2:46am Coalition wants voter ID laws for federal elections – as it happened
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Also, Shorten says Morrison has ‘sought to weaponise’ the schools discrimination bill; and the government moves closer to passing encryption legislation. All the day’s events, live
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5 Dec 2:30am Nepal: first came the earthquake, then came the debt
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Survivors of the 2015 quake that killed almost 9,000 people around Kathmandu now face another challenge they didn’t expect Ratna Awale counts herself lucky. She and her husband, Prem, and their two sons survived the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015 that killed almost 9,000 people. But her narrow four-storey home in Patan, a sprawling, historical city south of Kathmandu, was badly damaged. “There were big cracks from the back of the house to the front wall, and half the ground floor collapsed,” she says.
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5 Dec 2:25am Coalition wants voter ID laws for federal elections – politics live
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Also, Shorten says Morrison has ‘sought to weaponise’ the schools discrimination bill; and the government moves closer to passing encryption legislation. All the day’s events, live
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5 Dec 1:29am Wednesday briefing: Flynn a big help on Trump-Russia, says Mueller
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Special counsel argues against jail term for lying to FBI … government due to publish full Brexit legal advice … and is tutoring for your children worth it? Hello – it’s Warren Murray with a top-line summary to start the day.
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5 Dec 1:29am SBS threatens to sue protestors calling for boycott of Eurovision in Israel
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Pro-Palestinian group, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Australia used SBS name and logo to promote its cause SBS has refused to bow to demands from protesters to boycott Eurovision in Israel next year and has threatened to sue them for appropriating the broadcaster’s branding. Israel won the
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5 Dec 1:24am Coalition wants voter ID laws for federal elections – politics live
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Also, Shorten says Morrison has ‘sought to weaponise’ the schools discrimination bill; and the government moves closer to passing encryption legislation. All the day’s events, live
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5 Dec 12:39am West Papua: conflicting reports surround attack that killed up to 31
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Dispute over whether those killed were construction workers or Indonesian soldiers Deadly violence has escalated in West Papua following the shooting deaths of up to 31 construction workers in a central district of the region and the reported killing of an Indonesian investigator. The West Papuan liberation army has claimed responsibility for the attack – the deadliest in many years in the ongoing independence conflict – but there are otherwise differing versions of events from Indonesian authorities.
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5 Dec 12:21am Updated Coalition attacked over forced energy divestments – politics live
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Also, Shorten says Morrison has ‘sought to weaponise’ the schools discrimination bill; and the government moves closer to passing encryption legislation. All the day’s events, live
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5 Dec 12:01am Gangsters, cops and Lawyer X: the police informant scandal that has shocked Australia
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‘Appalling’ breach of duty castigated and 22 criminals may challenge convictions after revelation that defence barrister doublecrossed her clients In 2005, eight years after the murder of the underworld figure Alphonse Gangitano kicked off a long and bloody gangland war on the streets of Melbourne, a prominent criminal barrister agreed to become a registered police informant in exchange for a promise that her identity would be kept secret. The woman – known variously as Lawyer X, EF, and informer 3838 – had represented some of the gangland war’s most infamous figures, including
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4 Dec 11:58pm Tsunami warning for Vanuatu and New Caledonia after 7.6 magnitude earthquake
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Authorities order the ‘immediate evacuation’ of people to refuge areas, saying tsunami waves could reach up to three metres A tsunami warning has been issued for all of the Pacific island of New Caledonia, after a shallow 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the country’s coast, prompting warnings that hazardous tsunami waves of between one and three metres could reach New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The earthquake was a shallow 10km (6 miles) deep and occurred about 155km (95 miles) southeast of the Loyalty Islands, which are part of New Caledonia, a French territory, on Wednesday afternoon local time.
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4 Dec 11:40pm Rohingya: end of monsoon prompts fresh wave of boats fleeing Myanmar
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Recent flurry of departures is close to reaching 2015 levels, as members of Muslim minority seek to escape displacement camps A new exodus of boats carrying Rohingya fleeing from Myanmar has begun, with at least six boats carrying hundreds of refugees intercepted at sea or washing ashore over the past month. The recent flurry of voyages making the treacherous crossing of the Andaman sea to seek refuge in Thailand and Malaysia is close to reaching levels last seen in 2015, which prompted the Thai authorities to crack down on human smuggling networks.
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4 Dec 9:31pm Michael Flynn: Mueller recommends no prison time for ex-Trump adviser
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Special counsel says former national security adviser offered ‘substantial’ help in Russia inquiry Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has given “substantial assistance” to the Trump-Russia investigation and other inquiries, the special counsel Robert Mueller said late on Tuesday. But in a heavily redacted court filing that is likely to alarm Trump’s inner circle, Mueller shielded the details of Flynn’s cooperation because they include “sensitive information about ongoing investigations”, he said.
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4 Dec 7:06pm Theresa May staggers on after three Brexit defeats in single day
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Government found to be in contempt of parliament before PM opens five-day debate Theresa May has suffered an extraordinary three parliamentary defeats in a single day, as rebellious MPs at Westminster sought to wrest back control of Brexit. The start of a five-day debate on May’s deal was delayed by several hours, as MPs
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