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17 Oct 6:22pm Coronavirus live news: world sees record 400,000 new cases in a single day; Australian state of Victoria set to ease restrictions
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Case numbers grow in Europe as, Belgium and Austria’s foreign ministers test positive, and Angela Merkel asks Germans to stay home. In Australia, Daniel Andrews is expected to announce some easing of restrictions in Victoria
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17 Oct 5:30pm ACT election: Greens to push for policy ‘reset’ after Labor victory
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Chief minister Andrew Barr and the Greens leader Shane Rattenbury to discuss minority government The ACT chief minister Andrew Barr and the Greens leader Shane Rattenbury are set for talks this week on minority government, following Saturday’s election. Labor and the Greens are set to hold talks this week on forming another minority government in the ACT, with the minor party seeking a policy “reset”.
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17 Oct 4:47pm Are we near to having a vaccine for Covid-19?
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Even a once bullish PM is now not so optimistic but there are promising signs of a vaccine on the horizon
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17 Oct 3:53pm Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan announce new truce plan
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Warring parties say ceasefire over disputed territory to take effect from midnight local time Armenia and Azerbaijan have announced a new attempt to establish a
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17 Oct 3:47pm Jihadists kill 14 soldiers in attack on Nigerian army base
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Islamic State West Africa Province fighters fired machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, sources say Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group have killed 14 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on an army base, military sources have said. Two sources told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity that fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group had attacked the base in Jakana on Friday evening, firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
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17 Oct 3:00pm New Trump golf course provokes fury in Scotland
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Environmentalists dismayed by go-ahead for new course in Aberdeenshire are likely to give the president a hostile welcome if he visits Donald Trump has said he might leave the US if he loses the White House to Joe Biden next month. If so, he has just been handed the perfect place to eke out his final days – by playing golf on a new course in Aberdeenshire, his second in the area. If Trump does choose such an option, he can expect a robust welcome from conservationists, however. They say last week’s decision by Aberdeenshire council planners to approve the course could have a catastrophic impact on the area’s delicate environment.
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17 Oct 2:30pm Updated Thousands of Thais defy crackdown on protests in Bangkok
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Police use of water cannon fires up more demonstrators on streets of capital and other cities Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Bangkok and other Thai cities on Saturday, defying a crackdown against a pro-democracy movement that has challenged both the king and the prime minister. Youth-led rallies have spread across Thailand over recent months, with protesters making public demands for reform of the country’s monarchy, which is protected by a harsh lese-majesty law and which, until recently, was considered untouchable. They have also called for changes to the constitution, and the resignation of the prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first came to power during the 2014 coup.
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17 Oct 1:00pm Brexit: the dark at the end of the tunnel – cartoon
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As if coronavirus were not enough, the ogre of a no deal lurks
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17 Oct 12:52pm Greater Manchester leaders and No 10 at odds over tier 3 lockdown plans
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Andy Burnham denies meeting has been arranged to end deadlock over financial aid package
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17 Oct 11:47am Police officer poisoned by novichok in Salisbury to quit
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DS Nick Bailey says he ‘can no longer do the job’ despite trying hard to ‘make it work’ The police officer who almost died after he was exposed to novichok during the Salisbury poisonings in 2018 has announced he is quitting the force. DS Nick Bailey, who came into contact with the nerve agent when he and two colleagues searched the Salisbury home of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, said he was leaving Wiltshire police after 18 years because he “can no longer do the job”.
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17 Oct 11:26am Updated Jacinda Ardern to govern New Zealand for second term after historic victory
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New Zealanders give Labour more votes than at any other election in past five decades
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17 Oct 11:00am Catches, quotas and communities: the key fisheries issues at stake
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What are the forces at play as the end of the Brexit transition period looms? British fishing communities have felt that they were sacrificed at the time of the British negotiations to join the European Economic Community 50 years ago.
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17 Oct 10:50am New Zealanders have recognised the good luck that Jacinda Ardern is ours
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As prime minister, Ardern inspired love and trust; now she has to do something with it
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17 Oct 10:33am New York fears eel effects from release of exotic species into Prospect Park lake
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The man who freed two bags of eels at a Brooklyn park probably meant well but the effects on the ecosystem are unpredictable New York state and city wildlife officials say it is too soon to know what effect a dump of exotic eels into a lake in a park in Brooklyn last month will have on local species – but it could become a major problem. “People like animals and they sometimes think they’re doing a good thing by letting them go,” said Jason Munshi-South, an urban ecologist at Fordham University. “Most will die. Some will become a problem, and then there’s no going back.”
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17 Oct 10:30am Updated Teacher decapitated in Paris named as Samuel Paty, 47
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Terrorism investigation opened after 18-year-old attacker shot dead by police A history teacher decapitated outside his secondary school in a Paris suburb on Friday after he showed a caricature of the prophet Muhammad to his pupils has been named. Samuel Paty, 47, who taught history and geography at the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine , north-west of the French capital, was attacked on Friday evening by an 18-year-old man who was shot dead by police shortly afterwards.
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17 Oct 8:26am Banksy confirms hula-hoop girl mural in Nottingham is his
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Artwork showing girl playing with a bicycle tyre appeared on street corner last week Banksy has posted a picture of a mural of a girl hula-hooping on social media, ending speculation over whether he was behind the work. The mural appeared on a wall onTuesday on the corner of Rothesay Avenue in Lenton, Nottingham.
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17 Oct 8:20am Updated NZ election 2020: Jacinda Ardern thanks New Zealand amid Labour landslide – live results
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Judith Collins concedes as results show Labour on track for a large majority. Follow live:
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17 Oct 8:11am Brother of Liverpool mayor dies from coronavirus
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Joe Anderson announces death day after urging people to follow rules to prevent spread
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17 Oct 7:44am Thousands of victims of child trafficking denied right to stay in the UK
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New data reveals significant number of young vulnerable people put at risk of deportation by the Home Office Kobe was in his final year at primary school when a drug gang recruited him. By then he’d been passed around seven different foster placements and met so many social workers he’d lost track of their names. Aged 17, Kobe was identified by the UK government as a child victim of trafficking. When Theresa May became prime minister she attempted to make tackling modern slavery a
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17 Oct 7:00am Venice is dry, and Italians are feeling something unfamiliar: hope| Gianmarco Raddi
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The Mose flood-defence system’s success will boost a centre-left government enjoying a reputation for quiet competence Venice’s flood sirens sing, piercing through the early morning fog. Metal bulkheads are in position, securing shops and grocery stores. Wooden walkways sneak through
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17 Oct 6:47am Jacinda Ardern thanks supporters amid Labour landslide – video
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17 Oct 5:00am Is Bolivia poised to swing back towards socialism?
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A year after the country’s first indigenous president was controversially ousted, his party is well placed to win a rerun presidential election David Ticona Mamani felt despair and foreboding when Evo Morales was forced from his Andean homeland last November amid civil unrest, electoral meltdown and what supporters of Bolivia’s first indigenous president called a racist, rightwing coup. “I wept,” remembered the 56-year-old lawyer, a fervent supporter of Morales and his Movimiento al Socialismo (Mas).
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17 Oct 3:17am Coronavirus live news: Austrian foreign minister tests positive; Victoria reports just one new case
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Alexander Schallenberg might have caught it at EU meeting; calls to ease restrictions in Australian state of Victoria; UK accuses Russia of trying to disrupt vaccine research
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17 Oct 2:27am Updated Coronavirus live news: 20 cases linked to Trump rally; hope in Victoria after just one new case recorded
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Minnesota authorities tackling rally-based ‘outbreak’; calls to ease restrictions in Australian state of Victoria; UK accuses Russia of trying to disrupt vaccine research
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17 Oct 2:00am ‘He wanted to control me completely’: the models who accuse Gérald Marie of sexual assault
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Elite Models boss Gérald Marie was one of the most powerful men in fashion. Was he also a sexual predator? As French prosecutors investigate, four women tell their stories for the first time A special investigation by Lucy Osborne In the spring of 1980, Wendy Walsh and her mother flew to Paris from their home in a suburb of Toronto, Canada. Walsh was 17, a straight-A student who excelled at maths. She was also an aspiring model whose blond, blue-eyed, girl-next-door look had already got her noticed; at a local hairdressing event, a couple of stylists from a Paris salon had offered to send her headshots to a leading model agency, Paris Planning. Letters and phone calls had been exchanged, and Walsh was invited to Paris. At the agency’s offices, Walsh and her mother, Ellen, were introduced to the charismatic 30-year-old boss, Gérald Marie. Marie offered to take them to lunch. “So we went to a little outdoor bistro in the Place de la Madeleine, around the corner from the agency,” says Walsh, speaking on the phone from her home in Los Angeles. “It was the first time I ever had a croque monsieur, and he was explaining what it was. I realise now it’s a fancy grilled cheese sandwich. And I remember distinctly him fawning over my mother, and this was surprising to me. She had been an extremely beautiful woman in her youth, but lupus had left scars on her face.
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17 Oct 2:00am Trump trails Biden with two weeks to go – but there could yet be surprises
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A consistent polling lead for Biden has raised Democrats’ hopes but fears persist that any victory could be disputed by Trump, plunging the US into crisis With more than 18 million votes already cast, Donald Trump is struggling to find
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17 Oct 1:33am Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijan says 12 civilians killed by shelling in Ganja
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Rescuers pull men, women and children out of rows of houses turned to rubble in latest escalation of conflict Azerbaijan has said at least 12 people have died after shelling levelled a row of homes in the city of Ganja, with 40 more wounded in a sharp escalation of the conflict with Armenia over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azeri prosecutor general’s office said that two shells hit apartment buildings in the country’s second largest city. There has been no official reaction from Armenia as yet.
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17 Oct 1:31am NZ election 2020: polls in New Zealand to close soon
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Aotearoa heads to the polls. Referendums also being held on legalising cannabis and euthanasia. Follow results live:
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17 Oct 1:25am Updated Daniel Andrews condemns Border Force delays after 17 New Zealanders allowed to fly to Melbourne
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Victorian premier says he does not know location of the group and has written to Scott Morrison to express disappointment
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17 Oct 1:00am American Crisis review: Andrew Cuomo on Covid, Trump … and a job with Joe Biden?
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So much as anyone can, the New York governor has had a good pandemic. His book trumpets successes – and settles scores On Thursday, the US reported 65,000 new cases of Covid-19 and Donald Trump falsely told a television town hall 85% of people who wear masks contract the disease. With more than two weeks to the election and a
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16 Oct 10:32pm New Zealand election: voters head to the polls as Ardern, Collins call halt to campaign
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Election results expected to come out quickly, with many advance votes already cast New Zealanders are heading to the polls today in a general election that could see the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, strengthen her left-of-centre hold on government or socially sonservative Judith Collins installed after only three months as opposition leader. Labour party leader Ardern and National party chief Collins are the faces of the election to form the country’s 53rd parliament, in essence a pandemic-focused referendum on Ardern’s three-year term.
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16 Oct 8:49pm Justin Trudeau hits back at China after threat to Canadians in Hong Kong
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Prime minister says Canada will ‘stand up loudly’ for human rights after China’s ambassador against welcoming Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Canada will continue to defend human rights in China, prime minister Justin Trudeau has pledged, after a top Chinese diplomat warned Ottawa against welcoming Hong Kong pro-democracy activists. China’s ambassador to Ottawa, Cong Peiwu,
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16 Oct 7:15pm Elderly lemur missing from San Francisco zoo found at a playground
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An arrest was made after Maki, an endangered animal, was discovered missing Wednesday morning and found Thursday evening An elderly, endangered ring-tailed lemur stolen from the San Francisco zoo earlier this week has been found and returned safely to his home, police said on Thursday. Maki, a 21-year-old male lemur, was discovered missing on Wednesday morning, shortly before the zoo opened to visitors. Police found evidence of a forced entry to the enclosure.
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