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10 Jan 6:05pm Ex-Nazi prison guard deported by US dies in Germany aged 95
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Jakiw Palij, who concealed his past from immigration agents in 1949, was stripped of his US citizenship and deported in August A former Nazi labour camp guard who was stripped of his US citizenship and deported in August, has died in Germany aged 95, the US ambassador in Berlin announced Thursday. “Former Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij has died in Germany,” Richard Grenell
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10 Jan 5:54pm Teenage Australian boy killed in Austrian avalanche while skiing with family
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Sixteen-year-old dies after he was swept away while skiiing at St Anton am Arlberg A 16-year-old Australian boy has been killed in an avalanche in Austria, local police said. Max Meyer was on a skiing holiday with his family at St Anton am Arlberg, western Austria, on Wednesday, when he was buried by the avalanche as his parents and 14-year-old brother looked on helplessly, according to reports.
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10 Jan 5:25pm Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress in February
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Former Trump lawyer says he accepted invitation from top Democrat and will offer ‘full and credible account of events’ Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer and aide Michael Cohen says he has accepted an invitation from a top House Democrat to testify publicly before Congress next month. His testimony before the House oversight and reform committee on 7 February will be the first major public oversight hearing for Democrats, who have promised greater scrutiny of Trump after winning control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.
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10 Jan 5:14pm Renault finds no illegal payments to Carlos Ghosn in past two years
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Investigation will now examine payments made to former Nissan chairman before 2017 Renault has said it has so far found no evidence of illegal or fraudulent payments to Carlos Ghosn, despite the chief executive of the French carmaker remaining under arrest in Japan. Ghosn was
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10 Jan 4:52pm Mexico investigates battle between drug gangs that left at least 20 dead
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The bodies, some burned, found in the northern border town of Tamaulipas that’s convulsed by fighting to control drug trafficking Mexican authorities are investigating a battle between two suspected gangs that left at least 20 bodies, 17 of them burned, in a border town near where Donald Trump will visit on Thursday to win support for his plan to build a wall. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said at his daily morning news conference that initial information pointed to a “battle between two groups”, and that security officials would later provide further information.
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10 Jan 4:07pm Theresa May contacts union leaders for Brexit deal support from Labour
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Guarantees over workers’ rights offered, as prime minister eyes compromise Theresa May has sparked hopes among senior Labour figures that she is laying the groundwork to compromise on her Brexit deal after next week’s meaningful vote, following a flurry of contacts with union leaders and MPs in recent days. Conservative ministers were calling around Labour MPs on Thursday – including at least one member of the shadow cabinet – to gauge support for May’s deal if she beefs up pledges on workers’ rights.
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10 Jan 3:10pm Maggots could be sent to Syria by UK to help clean wounds
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The plan is part of an initiative, co-sponsored by the DfID, to help those affected by conflict or humanitarian crises The UK government is taking part in a pioneering international aid project which could see consignments of maggots sent to crisis zones such as Syria as a simple and effective way to clean wounds, it has been announced. So-called maggot therapy was been used in the first world war, when their efficacy in helping wounds heal was discovered by accident, and it is
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10 Jan 2:17pm Easter Island statues: mystery behind their location revealed
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Location of statues was based on nearby fresh water and other resources, says US study The huge stone figures of Easter Island have beguiled explorers, researchers and the wider world for centuries, but now experts say they have cracked one of the biggest mysteries: why the statues are where they are. Researchers say they have analysed the locations of the megalithic platforms, or
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10 Jan 2:00pm Warming oceans likely to raise sea levels 30cm by end of century – study
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Seawater temperature is rising faster than predicted, which is likely to worsen extreme weather events around the world The world’s oceans are warming at a faster rate than previously estimated, new research has found, raising fresh concerns over the rapid progress of climate change. Warming oceans take up more space, a process known as
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10 Jan 1:36pm Extinct mammoths could be given protected status in bid to save elephants
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Proposal is intended to protect African elephants from being poached for their tusks The long-extinct woolly mammoth could gain protected status in an unprecedented attempt to save the African elephant from the global ivory trade. If approved, the protection of the mammoth under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) could prove vital in saving its modern relatives. The proposal by Israel would close a loophole that enables the
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10 Jan 1:11pm Brian Grace obituary
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My father, Brian Grace, who has died aged 88, overcame early disadvantages to forge a life revolving around his family, his work as an engineering inspector, and the betting shop – not always in that order. The son of Fred Grace, a bus driver with London Transport, and Lillian (nee Turpin), an advertising model, Brian was born in Battersea, south-west London, with disabilities that required a series of operations on his leg and foot.
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10 Jan 12:58pm El Chapo trial: cartel boss spied on wives and mistresses as FBI eavesdropped
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Guzmán’s electronic life was revealed thanks to evidence from an undercover FBI agent and the IT fixer he recruited The recorded, wiretapped life of
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10 Jan 12:34pm US will expel every last Iranian boot from Syria, says Mike Pompeo
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Secretary of state seeks to reassure Middle East that US is not abandoning region The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has vowed the US and its allies will “expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria as he sought to reassure Middle Eastern nations it was not withdrawing from the region despite Donald Trump’s call for
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10 Jan 7:24am Jeremy Corbyn delivers speech on Brexit - Politics live
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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech, Theresa May’s press conference, and day two of the resumed Brexit debate
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10 Jan 6:54am Older people more likely to share fake news on Facebook
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Researchers speculate that older Americans lack digital media literacy to determine trustworthiness of online news Older people are almost four times more likely to have shared “fake news” on Facebook than the younger generation, according to research published in the journal Science. On average, American Facebook users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as those aged between 18 and 29, researchers from NYU and Princeton found in the study, which also concluded that actually sharing such false content was “a relatively rare activity”.
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10 Jan 6:43am EU under fire after lifting threat to ban Thai seafood imports over illegal fishing
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Reversal of disciplinary process condemned as campaigners claim Thailand has failed to address labour abuses The EU has been accused of sending out the wrong message after removing Thailand from a list of countries failing to tackle illegal fishing. Campaigners claim that the
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10 Jan 6:09am Six Holocaust victims to be given Jewish burial in UK
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Funeral for remains including those of a child, stored for 20 years at Imperial War Museum More than seven decades after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, the remains of six unidentified victims of the Holocaust are to be given a Jewish burial. The service will take place on 20 January, a week before Holocaust Memorial Day, and is expected to be attended by Holocaust survivors.
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10 Jan 5:12am Turkey says it will launch Syria offensive if US delays pullout
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Turkish officials had tense meeting this week with Trump’s national security adviser Turkey will launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces if the US delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, the foreign minister has said. “If the [pullout] is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told NTV television.
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10 Jan 4:40am Brexit: May loses grip on deal after fresh Commons humiliation
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Amendments mean PM will have little room to move if Brexit deal rejected next week Theresa May’s room for manoeuvre should her Brexit deal be rejected next week was further constrained on Wednesday night, after the government
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10 Jan 2:35am Brexit: May loses grip on deal after fresh Commons humiliation
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Amendments mean PM would have with little room to move if Brexit deal rejected next week Theresa May’s room for manoeuvre should her Brexit deal be rejected next week was further constrained on Wednesday night, after the government
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10 Jan 1:35am Founder of South Korean pornography site jailed amid voyeurism epidemic
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Distributing pornography is illegal in the country, where secretly recorded sexual videos are common The co-founder of South Korea’s biggest pornography website has been jailed for four years over the distribution of obscene material, as the country attempts to tackle a voyeurism epidemic. The woman, referred to only by her surname Song in South Korean media reports, was sentenced this week after a court found her guilty of “aiding and abetting” the spread of obscene images on Soranet, which she allegedly set up with her husband and another couple in 1999.
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10 Jan 1:24am Jaguar Land Rover may cut up to 5,000 jobs
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Carmaker to unveil savings plan amid falling sales, Brexit and the VW diesel scandal Jaguar Land Rover is due to give a business update on Thursday that is predicted to include the loss of up to 5,000 jobs. The luxury carmaker employs 44,000 workers in the UK at sites in Halewood on Merseyside and Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.
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10 Jan 1:12am Congo election: opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi declared surprise winner
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Riot police deployed amid fears of violence over alleged vote-rigging Felix Tshisekedi, the leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s main opposition party, has been declared the surprise winner of the 30 December presidential election in the vast central African country. The result, announced early on Thursday, means the first electoral transfer of power in 59 years of independence in the DRC.
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10 Jan 12:00am Four men to go on trial for giant gold coin heist from Berlin museum
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Men accused of stealing 100kg ‘Big Maple Leaf’ in 2017 heist involving ladder, wheelbarrow and getaway car Four men accused of carrying out the spectacular heist of a giant solid gold coin worth €3.6m from a Berlin museum are to go on trial on Thursday. The men stand accused of stealing the 100kg “Big Maple Leaf” from the Bode Museum after using a ladder to enter a third-floor window, smashing the bulletproof cabinet in which the coin was on display, then
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9 Jan 11:31pm Labor rejects call to freeze superannuation rate until flaws fixed
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Productivity Commission report proposes major changes to super system that could see workers retire with an extra $500,000 Labor has rejected a recommendation to freeze the compulsory superannuation rate at 9.5% until flaws in the super system have been fixed, saying the rate could still be increased to 12% while the system is being reformed. It has also pushed back against a proposal to create an official list of the top 10 performing superannuation funds to help workers better navigate the super system, saying the idea could have unintended consequences.
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9 Jan 10:35pm Whitsundays shark attack: woman and child bitten in shallow waters
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Girl to be transferred from Hamilton Island to have bite on foot treated, while woman was bitten on leg A girl and a elderly woman have been bitten by a shark in the Whitsundays, continuing a spate of attacks in the popular north Queensland region.
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9 Jan 10:24pm Why has one refugee captured the world’s attention while another is left in jail? | Helen Davidson
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The reasons are varied but likely include the age old non-science of what makes news and what doesn’t Australia, Thailand, and the Gulf states have been inextricably linked in two global news stories lately, when two young people faced being forcibly returned to the places and people they fled simply because they happened to step foot in Bangkok. Rahaf al-Qunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, was on her way to Australia seeking its protection. 25-year-old Hakeem al-Araibi, heading to Thailand with his wife for their honeymoon, already had it.
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9 Jan 10:19pm Congo election: Felix Tshisekedi declared winner in contentious result
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Riot police deployed amid fears of violence over alleged vote-rigging The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s electoral commission has declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the 30 December presidential election. Pre-election polls had given opposition frontrunner
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9 Jan 8:49pm Hubble loses best camera but discovers brightest ever quasar
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Nasa working on fix after space telescope’s wide-field camera broke down The Hubble space telescope is operating without its best camera after a hardware problem forced it to shut down. Nasa said the camera stopped working on Tuesday but three other science instruments were still operating and able to continue celestial observations.
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9 Jan 8:32pm Whitsundays shark attack: woman and child bitten in shallow waters
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Girl to be transferred from Hamilton Island to have bite on foot treated, while woman was bitten on leg A child and a woman have been bitten by a shark in the Whitsundays.
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9 Jan 8:18pm Toe the line: China bans foot fetish videos and political spoofs as censorship tightens
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China’s new guidelines come after a year in which the government stepped up censorship efforts China released new guidelines on censoring short videos on Wednesday, prohibiting everything from foot fetishes to spoofing the national anthem, as Beijing continues to clamp down on “harmful” information. The China Netcasting Services Association, one of the country’s largest government-backed internet associations, published a detailed list of 100 types of content that short video platforms must scrub.
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9 Jan 7:51pm World’s steepest street: Welsh town challenges New Zealand for Guinness World Record
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Some residents of Baldwin Street in Dunedin suggest resurfacing top of street to see off challenge from Harlech in Wales The Welsh town of Harlech is challenging New Zealand’s claim to the steepest street in the world, forcing the city of Dunedin to contemplate losing one of its most famous and lucrative tourist attractions. Baldwin Street in Dunedin draws in thousands of tourists a year since being crowned the steepest street in the world by Guinness World Records, with an exhausting 1:3 gradient.
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