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14 Apr 5:21pm New Zealand nurse Louisa Akavi, kidnapped in Syria, may be alive, Red Cross says
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The 62-year-old’s identity has been revealed in an attempt to secure her release after the fall of the last Isis stronghold A New Zealand nurse kidnapped in Syria more than five years ago may still be alive, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) has said, revealing her identity for the first time in an attempt to secure her release. Louisa Akavi, 62, and two Syrian colleagues have been held hostage for longer than anyone in the 156-year history of the international aid organisation.
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14 Apr 2:49pm How Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters – in pictures
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Scenes from Augusta National as the golf legend
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14 Apr 2:46pm Isle of Wight vehicle crash: one dead and 19 taken to hospital
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Major incident declared after two cars and bus collide on Forest Road in Newport A woman in her 60s was killed and 22 others were injured in a crash between a double-decker bus and two cars on the Isle of Wight, authorities said. Nineteen people were taken to hospital, including four who were airlifted, after the collision on Forest Road in Newport on Sunday afternoon sparked a major incident. Hampshire police said three other people travelling in a red Fiat Bravo with the woman who died at the scene were taken to hospital in a serious condition.
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14 Apr 2:29pm Tiger Woods wins Masters to cap comeback with fifth Green Jacket
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American all-time great claims 15th major by one stroke
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14 Apr 2:14pm Brexit talks ‘will stall unless May shifts on customs union’
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Sources say prime minister’s red lines remain an obstacle in talks with Labour
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14 Apr 2:00pm MPs tell Nancy Pelosi of antisemitism claims in Labour party
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Powerful US Democrat meets ex-Labour MPs to discuss why they left the party and Brexit The senior US Democrat Nancy Pelosi met three former Labour MPs on Sunday and discussed their concerns about antisemitism in the party before a meeting with the party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn. The House Speaker said she had met Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie and Ian Austin “to hear their perspective on Brexit, why they left the Labour party, and the importance of standing unequivocally against antisemitism wherever it is found”.
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14 Apr 2:00pm Left behind: the Australians neither political party wants to discuss
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The pressing moral issue of poverty sits outside the major parties’ carefully-tested election messages. Guardian Australia believes it’s too important to be sidelined In their campaign war rooms the major parties are busy devising ways to “control the narrative”, to steer this election debate towards issues where they believe their pitch is strongest. But there is a group of Australians whose desperate situation neither major party really wants to discuss. This moral issue of pressing national importance sits outside the major parties’ carefully-tested election messages and there is a real risk it might not be raised in the campaign at all.
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14 Apr 1:56pm Ben Jennings on recent defections from the Tory party – cartoon
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14 Apr 1:17pm David Lammy says comparing ERG to Nazis ‘not strong enough’
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Labour MP defends comments likening group to Nazi party and white supremacists David Lammy has said comparing the hard-Brexit European Research Group of Tory MPs to Nazis and proponents of South African apartheid was “not strong enough”, and suggested that the Brexit debate had allowed proponents of hard right views to flourish. The Labour MP, who is a vocal campaigner for a second EU referendum, was asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show whether a comparison he previously made to the election of Adolf Hitler’s party in Germany and to South African white supremacists was appropriate.
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14 Apr 12:41pm Isle of Wight vehicle crash: one dead and 19 taken to hospital
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Major incident declared after two cars and a bus collide on Forest Road in Newport Nineteen people have been taken to hospital and a woman in her 60s has died after a crash involving two cars and a bus on the Isle of Wight. Three others who were travelling with the woman in a red Fiat Bravo were taken to hospital in a serious condition, Hampshire police said.
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14 Apr 12:11pm Libya crisis: Egypt’s Sisi backs Haftar assault on Tripoli
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Warlord also understood to have private support of Saudi Arabia and the UAE Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan warlord bombarding Tripoli in an attempt to oust the country’s UN-recognised government, has won unequivocal support from the Egyptian leader,
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14 Apr 11:06am Sultan of Brunei, who passed anti-LGBT laws, owns slew of luxury UK properties
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Hassanal Bolkiah, who believes gay people should be stoned to death, is assisted by leading City auditing firms The architect of new laws mandating the stoning to death of gay people in Brunei has billions of pounds of property wealth in the UK, shares in a leading tech fund and gets assistance from City auditing firms, a Guardian analysis has found. Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, owns a slew of properties in the super-rich enclaves of Kensington and Ascot, including luxury hotels and polo parks. One property alone could be worth an estimated £500m in rent each year.
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14 Apr 9:28am Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users report outages
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Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking site Facebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages. The site showed there had been more than 7,700 incidents of
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14 Apr 9:19am Far-right Vox party set for breakthrough in Spanish elections
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Upstart party is on course for 10% of the vote as Spanish right fragments after decades of dominance by People’s party The symbolism of Vox’s election campaign launch in Madrid on Thursday was not particularly hard to fathom. In the central square named after Christopher Columbus, near a statue of
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14 Apr 7:57am Netflix to pass 150m global subscriber mark as domination goes on
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Streaming giant’s first-quarter results are expected to show healthy increase in revenues Netflix will pass the 150 million global subscriber mark when the streaming juggernaut reports its latest results this week, as new releases such as the comedy Sex Education and grittier fare, including Marvel’s The Punisher, lured binge-watching viewers to sign up. Netflix has guided that it expects to announce just under 9 million new paying subscribers when it reports first-quarter results on Tuesday, taking its global paid base to 148 million.
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14 Apr 7:30am Sudan protesters demand civilian government in talks with military rulers
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Alliance leaders say they will continue sit-in ‘until all our demands are met’ Sudanese protest organisers have presented demands to the country’s new military rulers, urging the creation of a civilian government, the group spearheading demonstrations has said. Thousands remained encamped outside Khartoum’s army headquarters overnight and into Sunday to keep up the pressure on the military council that took power after
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14 Apr 7:00am The female boxers fighting back in the Congo
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been branded the rape capital of the world. Now photographer Alessandro Grassani is documenting the women there who have taken up boxing for self-defence An 18-year-old woman stands at the intersection of two featureless grey brick walls in Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. We can’t see her face, which is concealed by her left hand, but her right arm and neck are exposed and the burns on her skin are clearly visible. One night several years ago, the woman, whose name is Blandini and who lives on the streets of Goma with her two young children, was attacked by four men, who raped her in turn. Afterwards, they doused her with petrol and set her alight – “like a candle,” she recalls. In the portrait of Blandini, taken by the Italian documentary photographer
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14 Apr 5:40am Seychelles president issues underwater plea to protect oceans
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Danny Faure gives speech from submersible 120 metres below the surface of Indian Ocean The president of the Seychelles has made a global plea for stronger protection of the “beating blue heart of our planet”, in a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean’s surface. Danny Faure’s call for action, billed as the first-ever live speech from a submersible, came during a visit to an ambitious British-led science expedition exploring the Indian Ocean depths.
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14 Apr 4:00am As nationalists grip the Tories, I now support Change UK | Stephen Dorrell
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The European election could give UK voters the voice Westminster has denied themStrange to say, but the 2019 European parliament election could turn into one of the turning points of British political history. You might think it is obvious, in a modern democracy, that voters should be engaged in shaping the most profound change in our country’s international relationships for more than 50 years. And that a single vote nearly three years ago does not provide a basis on which party politicians, most of whom voted against the policy anyway, can claim the right to exclude the voters from the process.
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14 Apr 3:31am Melbourne nightclub shooting leaves security guard dead and man critical
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One man died in hospital and a second is fighting for his life after shooting outside Love Machine nightclub in Prahran A security guard has died in hospital following a shooting outside a Melbourne nightclub and a second man is fighting for his life. Four people were taken to hospital after the shooting outside the Love Machine nightclub in Prahran at 3.20am on Sunday.
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14 Apr 2:59am Police accused of abusing easier stop and search
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Campaigners say extra powers granted by Sajid Javid are frequently being misused by the Met in LondonPolice have been accused of abusing stop-and-search powers, days after the home secretary, Sajid Javid, made it easier for officers to use the controversial measures. Campaigners claim that the Metropolitan police are frequently misusing
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14 Apr 2:00am New generation of Cypriots seek to end island’s division in Nicosia’s ‘dead zone’
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Greeks and Turks who grew up after the 1974 split have found common ground to plan a united futureThere are few places more frozen in time than Nicosia’s UN-patrolled buffer zone. And in that space of barbed wire, sandbags and guard posts, there is no place that conjures division more than the Ledra Palace hotel. What was once a magnet for Hollywood stars, the go-to establishment for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, famed as much for its ballroom as its invention of the brandy sour, has come to symbolise the failure of countless peace envoys, diplomats and politicians to reunite Europe’s last divided capital.
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14 Apr 2:00am Homeless living beneath Hudson Yards welcome the new development
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Members of the community who live in the tunnels beneath the glittering project see it as an opportunity to earn more, while others complain ‘it’s not helping us’
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14 Apr 2:00am George Pell trial: journalists and publishers face court over coverage
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Among those facing contempt charges are Nine Entertainment Co, the Age, Macquarie Media and several News Corp publications Three dozen journalists and publishers are to face court on Monday
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14 Apr 1:59am Europe at risk from spread of tropical insect-borne diseases
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Scientists warn of danger from dengue fever in hotter, wetter climate in northern latitudesInsect-borne diseases such as dengue fever, leishmaniasis and encephalitis are on the rise and are now threatening to spread into many areas of Europe, scientists have warned. Outbreaks of these illnesses are increasing because of climate change and the expansion of international travel and trade, the
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14 Apr 1:43am Leader of Isis in Philippines killed, DNA tests confirm
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Defence secretary says US confirmed death of Abu Dar, the charismatic leader of Isis-affiliated Maute Group DNA tests have confirmed the death of Philippines Isis leader known as “Abu Dar”, the last surviving leader of Isis-affiliated Maute Group, after a months-long military operation. The defence secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, told the Guardian: “It means that the self-proclaimed Isis leader is dead. His group is leaderless in the meantime and also they are scattered after that successful operation by the army.”
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14 Apr 1:20am The Observer view on extraditing Julian Assange | Observer editorial
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Sending the WikiLeaks founder to face charges in the US would be a disaster for press freedom It’s not difficult to despise Julian Assange. For seven years, he has attempted to evade rape and sexual assault charges in Sweden by seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He has dismissed the charges as
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14 Apr 1:10am Who polices the cultural appropriation gatekeepers? | Kenan Malik
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Indigenous musicians in Canada are at one another’s throats over the Cree artist Cikwes’s use of a traditional Inuit singing technique Another week, another row over cultural appropriation. But this one is different. It’s not a white artist being accused of appropriating the cultural forms of a minority community but an Indigenous Canadian artist being condemned for using the musical style of another Indigenous community.
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14 Apr 1:07am Julian Assange should be extradited to Australia, father says
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WikiLeaks founder’s father says Australian government should ‘do something’ after his arrest in London The father of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has called on the Australian government to help his son and suggested he could be brought back to his home country. John Shipton, who lives in Melbourne, urged Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, to step in following
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14 Apr 1:01am Have we, Australia, become a country that breeds mass murderers with our words? | Richard Flanagan
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We are better than our politicians’ dark fears. We are not their hate. We are optimistic about a country built on openness I have only ever heard Behrouz Boochani’s voice through speakers. One day, he will stand here before us, and we will hear and see him in the flesh. As a free human being. And I am here today to say that day is coming. Because change is coming. You can feel it, you sense it. It is coming and it will not be denied. But it needs us to fight for it and to keep fighting for it, and we need to fight for it, not only for the refugees of Manus and Nauru, but for our own salvation.
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14 Apr 1:00am Palestinians eye Israel’s election: ‘People could make peace … the problem is politicians’
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Palestinians hoped for change, but a lurch to the right in Israel’s elections has only brought despairFor as long as she can remember, Mary Giacaman, a Christian Palestinian, has watched the outcome of the Israeli election on TV. “But not this year,” she explained. “It was too depressing, and anyway I knew what would happen.” This Holy Week, the 56-year-old Catholic will be attending mass each morning as usual at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity across the square from her olive wood carved souvenir shop; she will spend a festive Easter day with her sons, daughters and six grandchildren. If nothing else, it will be a welcome distraction from a “very bad” election result, which saw a
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14 Apr 1:00am As Ebola kills in Africa, in the west lies over vaccines beguile the complacent | Mark Honigsbaum
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The epidemic in the DRC has been impossible to contain because of the spread of anti-vax mythsWith the possible exception of quinine,
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14 Apr 12:59am Rape and abuse: the price of a job in Spain’s strawberry industry?
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Ten Moroccan women say Spanish authorities have ignored claims they were trafficked, assaulted and exploited Last April, Samira Ahmad* kissed her baby goodbye and boarded a bus, leaving her home in Morocco for the strawberry fields of southern Spain.In her bag was her Spanish visa and a contract that promised €40 a day plus food and accommodation. In the three months she’d be away, she hoped the pain of being separated from her family would be softened by the money she’d be sending back to them – a fortune compared to what she’d be able to earn at home. A year on, and Ahmad’s life is in ruins. She is destitute, divorced and for the past 10 months has been living in hiding, surviving on handouts with nine other Moroccan women who – like her – claim they faced human trafficking, sexual assault and exploitation on the farm where they were hired to work. She says her biggest mistake – other than coming to Spain – was going to the authorities.
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13 Apr 11:13pm Finland election: voters may pick first leftist prime minister in two decades
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Antti Rinne’s Social Democrats are leading the opinion polls but nationalist Finns party are not far behind Finland may usher in its first leftist prime minister in two decades in parliamentary elections on Sunday, as voters worry over the future of their welfare system amid the rising costs of caring for a rapidly ageing population. But if opinions polls are correct, the left-leaning Social Democrats’ ability to govern may be hampered by a surge in support for the Finns party, a nationalist group riding a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment sweeping the Nordic countries.
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13 Apr 10:40pm Publisher fined $29,000 for blog saying Beijing office complex had bad feng shui
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The post said the Zaha Hadid-designed buildings brought bad luck to tenants A blog operator must pay $29,000 to a real estate developer for “defamation”, a Chinese court has ruled after alleging a building complex had bad energy. Published on the WeChat social network in November, the text said an office complex in Beijing brought bad luck to its business tenants because it does not respect feng shui principles.
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13 Apr 10:16pm Melbourne nightclub shooting leaves one man dead and another critical
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A man has died in hospital and a second is fighting for his life after shooting outside Love Machine nightclub in Prahran A man has died in hospital following a shooting outside a Melbourne nightclub and a second is fighting for his life. Four people were taken to hospital after the shooting outside the Love Machine nightclub in Prahran at 3.20am on Sunday.
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13 Apr 10:00pm Buttigieg v Pence: Indiana politicians put faith on the election front line
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The vice-president and the Democratic hopeful are both Christian and have worked together but in the age of Trump, they and their fellow Hoosiers sense a looming battle Both are from modestly sized cities in Indiana. Both were baptised Catholic but came to embrace other branches of Christianity. Both found inspiration in former president
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13 Apr 9:51pm Psychedelic renaissance: could MDMA help with PTSD, depression and anxiety?
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As Australia’s first trial for psychedelic therapy for terminally ill patients gets under way, a growing movement says it could also help other conditions In August 2016 I went to New York for the first time. On the second evening, as the sun slipped behind the building across the street, I was sitting on a long couch on the top floor of an old church. All around me instruments were scattered on the floor – singing bowls, tuning forks, rainsticks, Tibetan bells. At the foot of a wall carpeted completely in moss, dripping like the jungle in the baking heat, was a large bronze gong. On the table in front of me two small ceramic bowls contained a capsule of 125mg of pure MDMA and a chilli guacamole with three grams of powdered magic mushrooms stirred through it. I eyed them nervously. I was terrified that I was going to lose my mind but I was more scared that nothing would happen at all, that I was too broken for even this radical treatment.
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13 Apr 9:11pm Cassowary attack: giant bird kills owner in Florida after he fell
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Bird native to Australia and Papua New Guinea likely killed breeder with its long claws A cassowary – a large, flightless bird native to Australia and Papua New Guinea – has killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell. The fire rescue department in Alachua county told the Gainesville Sun newspaper the cassowary killed the man on Friday on his property near Gainesville, in the north of the state, likely using its long claws. The victim, whose name was not released, was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials said.
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13 Apr 9:06pm Salisbury named best place to live in UK over novichok recovery
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The city where Skripals were poisoned and Dawn Sturgess died had shown ‘real collective spirit’, says judge The city where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in a nerve agent attack has been named the best place to live in the UK. Salisbury took the title in the
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13 Apr 8:04pm Matthew Canavan emulates Tony Abbott with raw onion munch
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National party politicians struggle to get attention during election campaigns, but Canavan reckons eating an onion with the skin on might take off It’s enough to bring tears to voters’ eyes. Four years after
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