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25 Sep 4:21pm Croydon police shooting: officer named as Matiu Ratana
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Long-serving Metropolitan police officer, originally from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, described as ‘an inspiration’ Police have named
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25 Sep 4:00pm Will Labor drop climate policy before the next election? – Australian politics live podcast
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Katharine Murphy talks to Joel Fitzgibbon, the member for Hunter, about Labor’s stance on climate and fossil fuel industries. They discuss Labor’s response to Scott Morrison’s push for a ‘gas-led recovery’, as well as Anthony Albanese’s potential as the next prime minister
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25 Sep 4:00pm Bizarre virtual kidnapping in Australia highlights risk to Chinese students
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Virtual kidnappings targeting young Chinese adults are estimated to have netted billions of dollars worldwide When someone falls victim to fraud, the common lament is that the con sounded too good to be true. But for the victims of so-called ‘virtual kidnappings’, it is the opposite; it sounds so terrible that it couldn’t be real. In the latest case revealed by police in New South Wales this week, a 22-year-old man was convinced by the scammers that he had to take a female high-school
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25 Sep 3:04pm Croydon police shooting: officer named as Matiu Ratana
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Long-serving Metropolitan police officer described as ‘an inspiration’ Police have named
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25 Sep 2:58pm Covid figures prompt French and Dutch warnings, and deepening row in Spain
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Coronavirus cases in France jump to record high as Spanish government calls for Madrid lockdown
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25 Sep 1:13pm Police officer shot dead in Croydon to be added to roll of honour
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National Police Memorial roll has recorded more than 1,600 officers who have died in line of duty The police officer who died after being shot in Croydon will be added to the National Police Memorial roll of honour in London. The roll records more than 1,600 officers who have died in the line of duty.
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25 Sep 1:00pm Britain has offensive cyberwar capability, top general admits
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Gen Sir Patrick Sanders says Boris Johnson has told him to ensure UK is major cyber power Britain’s most senior cyber general has said the UK possesses the capacity to “degrade, disrupt and destroy” its enemies’ critical infrastructure in a future cyber conflict, in a rare acknowledgement of the military’s offensive hacking capability. Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, who heads the UK’s strategic command, said that he been told by Boris Johnson to ensure Britain is a “leading, full-spectrum cyber power” able both to defend against – and carry out – hacking attacks.
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25 Sep 12:47pm Dorm snitches and party bans: how universities around the world are tackling Covid
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From asking students to report illicit gatherings to expanded online teaching, educational institutions continue to adapt
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25 Sep 12:44pm Brexit: Brussels punctures optimism that deal in sight
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EU sources fear Boris Johnson hasn’t yet got backing for compromises on state aid to business Brussels has sought to puncture an outbreak of optimism over an imminent Brexit deal, amid fears Boris Johnson has not secured the backing of key advisers and his party for the compromises needed in the final stretch of negotiations. With the government yet to offer a way forward on the most contentious issues, and
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25 Sep 12:43pm The $80m Botticelli: could its auction trigger a Covid-rescue fire sale?
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If the Renaissance artist’s wavy-haired youth can fetch $80m, will collections start selling off masterpieces to get them through the pandemic? Could the RA’s Michelangelo be next? There’s money in those Renaissance hills. The Royal Academy can sniff it. Confronted with a huge pandemic deficit that may mean
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25 Sep 11:57am Covid figures prompt French and Dutch warnings, and deepening row in Spain
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Coronavirus cases in France jump to record high as Spanish government calls for Madrid lockdown
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25 Sep 11:06am UK scientists begin study of how long Covid can survive in the air
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Researchers will test length of time virus stays infectious in different climatic conditions
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25 Sep 11:02am Pro-EU theme park Mini-Europe to close its doors thanks to coronavirus
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Closure of miniature attraction is blow to Brussels, which likes to style itself as the capital of Europe
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25 Sep 10:52am US military increasingly using drone missile with flying blades in Syria
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‘Ninja bomb’, which uses 100lb of dense material and six attached blades, has been deployed in targeted assassinations The US military is making increasing use in Syria of a gruesome and secretive non-explosive drone missile that deploys flying blades to kill its targets. Described as less likely to kill non-combatants, the so-called ninja bomb – whose development was first disclosed last year – has been used a number of times in the last year to kill militants in Syria, including those linked to aal-Qaida, most recently earlier this month.
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25 Sep 10:20am The Kent border: I have a secret plan to reunite our divided country – and it involves traffic jams
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A de facto border can only mean one thing: seven-mile tailbacks. And no one, whatever their political persuasion, is in favour of that There is to be
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25 Sep 9:34am European commission to appeal against €13bn Apple tax ruling
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Brussels seeks to overturn decision over alleged unpaid taxes to Irish government The European commission is appealing against a court ruling that said
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25 Sep 9:25am Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli face lockdown after coronavirus cases rise in Wales – video
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Swansea and Llanelli are expected to go into lockdown on Saturday, and Cardiff on Sunday, after a spike in coronavirus cases, the Welsh health minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced. Meetings between extended households, known as ‘bubbles’, will be suspended. Travel will be monitored and can only be for essential reasons
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25 Sep 9:01am Young people resume global climate strikes calling for urgent action
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Greta Thunberg leads protests as Covid rules restrict numbers compared with last year School pupils, youth activists and communities around the world have turned out for a day of climate strikes, intended to underscore the urgency of the climate crisis even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and other Covid-19 control measures dampened the protests, but thousands of activists posted on social media and took to the streets to protest against the lack of climate action from world leaders. Strikes were scheduled in at least
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25 Sep 8:12am Netflix faces call to rethink Liu Cixin adaptation after his Uighur comments
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Five US senators have written to question plans to adapt The Three-Body Problem after its author voiced support for China’s mass internments in Xinjiang
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25 Sep 7:00am MS treatment a step closer after drug shown to repair nerve coating
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Side-effects of bexarotene rule out use, but trial suggests other drugs may halt multiple sclerosis Doctors believe they are closer to a treatment for multiple sclerosis after discovering a drug that repairs the coatings around nerves that are damaged by the disease. A clinical trial of the cancer drug bexarotene showed that it repaired the protective myelin sheaths that MS destroys. The loss of myelin causes a range of neurological problems including balance, vision and muscle disorders, and ultimately, disability.
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25 Sep 6:49am Ugandan government rejects plan for Murchison Falls hydropower dam
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Activists praise decision to reject energy ministry’s proposal to dam the world-famous waterfall Conservationists in
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25 Sep 6:30am US supreme court vacancy upends Senate races with just weeks to go
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Open seat offers chance for both parties to rally their bases as Democrats see chance to take control of chamber The shock of a sudden new vacancy on the US supreme court has rippled out to some of the most contentious Senate races in the final weeks before the 3 November elections, throwing the vital issue of who might win control of the body into confusion. The recent
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25 Sep 6:30am Higher ground: the expert guide to making the perfect cup of coffee at home
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Over the past six months, many of us have been trying to replicate our morning takeout in our kitchens. From beans to milk, here’s how to get the most from your mug
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25 Sep 5:51am Rio Tinto kept loading explosives at Juukan Gorge after promising to stop, traditional owners say
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In a furious submission to a parliamentary inquiry, the PKKP people say they are experiencing great pain over the loss of heritage sites The traditional owners of Juukan Gorge say Rio Tinto provided them with incomplete information, publicly misrepresented the level of consultation, incorrectly described the significance of Aboriginal heritage sites to government authorities, and continued to load explosives above the 46,000-year-old heritage site after promising to delay the blast. In a coldly furious submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of the Juukan Gorge rock shelters, the PKKP Aboriginal Corporation said the Puutu Kunti Kurrama Pinikura people were “experiencing great spiritual, emotional and physical pain” at the loss of the sites,
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25 Sep 5:12am Updated Police officer dies after being shot in south London
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Officer was shot by man being detained at Croydon custody centre, say Met police A police officer has died after being shot by a man who was being detained inside a police station in south London. The police sergeant was shot dead overnight by the man who had been brought into the Croydon custody centre. The gunman then shot himself at about 2.15am.
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25 Sep 5:00am Read yourself happy: an Upside newslist for difficult times
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This week, the Upside confronts Covid 19 pessimism with a long list of things that are going well It’s the time of year for comfort reading. The equinox has come and gone, there’s more night than day now in the northern hemisphere, there’s a nip in the air, leaves on the ground, and the UK and parts of Europe look headed for another lengthy period of retrenchment as the Covid-19 pandemic resurges. But fear not, because the Upside will not be cowed by a pesky strand of RNA. The human spirit is infinitely stronger than the body. Whether things are “good” or “bad” merely depends on how you think, who you listen to, what you
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25 Sep 4:56am Daniel Andrews tells inquiry Jenny Mikakos responsible for Victoria hotel quarantine program
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But the premier did not say health minister had signed off on private security guards and Mikakos has denied misleading inquiry
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25 Sep 4:21am Updated Coronavirus Australia latest: the week at a glance
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A summary of the major developments in the Covid-19 outbreak across the country Here are this week’s key developments in the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. This is Elias Visontay and it’s Friday 25 September.
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25 Sep 4:04am From garden streets to bike highways: four ideas for post-Covid cities – visualised
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As the pandemic wreaks havoc on existing structures, we look at some visions for post-Covid cities – and how they hold up
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25 Sep 4:04am Turkey issues arrest warrants for 82 over pro-Kurdish protests
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Mayor among those wanted for unspecified offences during 2014 protests sparked by Isis seizure of Kobane Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 82 people, including a mayor, over pro-Kurdish protests six years ago, officials and local media said. The warrants relate to October 2014 protests in Turkey sparked by the seizure of the mainly Kurdish-Syrian town of Kobane by Islamic State (Isis) fighters.
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25 Sep 3:57am Updated Coronavirus live news: France sees record new cases; virus may be becoming more contagious
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a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/24/coronavirus-mutate-contagious-study-us-cases">US scientists believe virus is mutating
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25 Sep 3:33am Updated Coronavirus live update Australia: Daniel Andrews tells Victoria hotel quarantine inquiry he does not know who made private security decision
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Victorian premier is the last witness who can shed light on the decision to use private security guards, as border restrictions ease around Australia. Follow live
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25 Sep 3:31am Thousands of Xinjiang mosques destroyed or damaged, report finds
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Fewer mosques in China’s western region than at any time since the Cultural Revolution, says thinktank Thousands of mosques in Xinjiang have been damaged or destroyed in just three years, leaving fewer in the region than at any time since the Cultural Revolution, according to a report on Chinese oppression of Muslim minorities. The revelations are contained in an expansive data project by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), which used satellite imagery and on-the-ground reporting to map
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25 Sep 12:49am Global Covid report: Rio cancels Carnival for first time in a century as global deaths near 1m
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Landmark event scrapped as Brazil suffers; EU warns pandemic worse now than in March peak for some; Israel further toughens restrictions
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25 Sep 12:30am Magawa the landmine detection rat given gold medal for bravery
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Giant African pouched rat has cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land - the equivalent of 20 football pitches A landmine detection rat has been awarded a gold medal for his “lifesaving bravery and devotion to duty”. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia since he was trained by charity APOPO. He is the charity’s most successful Hero Rat, having cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land – the equivalent of 20 football pitches.
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25 Sep 12:26am Coronavirus live update Australia: Daniel Andrews faces hotel quarantine inquiry as Victoria records 14 new cases and eight deaths
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Victorian premier is the last witness who can shed light on the decision to use private security guards, as border restrictions ease around Australia. Follow live
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25 Sep 12:03am Breonna Taylor decision: arrests as protesters take to streets for second night
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Anger over lack of direct charges for police officers spurs new demonstrations in Louisville and across US
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25 Sep 12:00am Swiss to vote on whether to end free movement deal with EU
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Sunday’s referendum with echoes of Brexit proposes limits on number of foreign workers Switzerland will vote on Sunday whether to end its agreement with the EU on the free movement of people, in a referendum with echoes of the pro-Brexit campaign that led to Britain’s decision to leave the bloc. The largest party in the Swiss parliament, the rightwing, anti-immigration Swiss People’s party (SVP), has called for the vote, arguing that the country must be allowed to set its own limit on the number of foreigners coming in to work.
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24 Sep 11:33pm Updated Coronavirus live update Australia: Daniel Andrews to face hotel quarantine inquiry as Victoria records 14 new cases and eight deaths
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Victorian premier is the last witness who can shed light on the decision to use private security guards, as border restrictions ease around Australia. Follow live
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24 Sep 10:49pm Updated Breonna Taylor decision: protesters take to streets for second night
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Anger over lack of direct charges for police officers spurs new demonstrations in Louisville and across US
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24 Sep 10:37pm Trump administration advances plan to cut protections for largest national forest
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Plan to open Alaska’s Tongass national forest to logging faces backlash from environmental advocates, tribal nations and fishermen The Trump administration has announced it will move forward with a plan to roll back regulations protecting millions of acres in
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24 Sep 9:35pm Coronavirus live update Australia: Daniel Andrews holds press conference as Victoria records 14 new cases and eight deaths
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Victorian premier is the last witness who can shed light on the decision to use private security guards, as border restrictions ease around Australia. Follow live
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24 Sep 8:42pm Powerful Vatican cardinal Angelo Becciu resigns amid financial scandal
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Head of the Vatican’s saint-making office renounces his rights and will not be able to vote for a new pope A powerful Vatican cardinal caught up in a real estate scandal resigned suddenly on Thursday and gave up his right to take part in an eventual conclave to elect a pope, in one of the most mysterious episodes to hit the Holy See in years. A brief statement, issued unusually in the evening, said that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, head of the department that decides who will be the saints of the Roman Catholic Church.
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24 Sep 7:01pm UK royals set for cutbacks after £35m pandemic blow
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Duke and Duchess of Sussex racked up nearly £250,000 in travel costs on southern Africa tour, royal accounts reveal Buckingham Palace is belt-tightening after a projected £35m double-whammy financial blow due to Covid-19, as royal accounts reveal the Sussexes’ flights to
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