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24 Oct 5:41pm Woman critical after falling 30 metres from showground ride in Cairns
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Paramedics say woman in her 20s fell into ‘components of the ride’s machinery’ A woman is in a critical condition after falling from an amusement ride in far-north Queensland. Emergency services were called to the Cairns showgrounds about 5.30pm on Saturday and took the woman, who is in her 20s, to Cairns hospital with critical injuries.
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24 Oct 3:34pm Johnson will wait for US election result before no-deal Brexit decision
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Ivan Rogers, former UK ambassador to the EU, says prime minister will think ‘history was going his way’ if Donald Trump is re-elected Senior figures in European governments believe Boris Johnson is waiting for the result of the US presidential election before finally deciding whether to risk plunging the UK into a no-deal Brexit, according to a former British ambassador to the EU. Ivan Rogers, who was the UK’s permanent representative in Brussels from 2013 to 2017, told the
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24 Oct 2:59pm Gunmen kill at least six children in attack on Cameroon school
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Attackers fired indiscriminately at schoolchildren in area where separatist insurgents are active Gunmen stormed a school in Cameroon on Saturday and opened fire indiscriminately, killing at least six children and wounding about eight more in a region where separatist insurgents operate, officials and parents said. Arriving on motorbikes and in civilian clothes, the attackers hit the school around midday in the city of Kumba in the Southwest Region, according to the accounts, including from one parent outside the school at the time.
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24 Oct 2:20pm Illinois officer fired after shooting Black couple inside their vehicle
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Officer who fatally shot Marcellis Stinnette and wounded Tafara Williams committed ‘multiple policy’ violations, said police chief Attorneys representing a Black woman who was shot and wounded inside a vehicle by a suburban Chicago police officer who also fatally shot her 19-year-old boyfriend called the officer’s firing “a first step in police accountability”, but said they were pressing ahead with their own investigation of the shooting. The Waukegan police chief, Wayne Walles, announced late on Friday the firing of the officer who killed Marcellis Stinnette, a Black man, and wounded Tafara Williams, 20. Walles said in a brief statement the male officer committed “multiple policy and procedure violations”.
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24 Oct 2:03pm Suspect in Oxfordshire murder in hospital with serious injuries
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Man, 23, arrested after woman’s body found in National Trust woodland Police have arrested a 23-year-old man, who is in hospital with serious injuries, on suspicion of the murder of a woman whose body was discovered at a National Trust estate. Thames Valley police found the body in woodland on the Watlington Hill estate, Oxfordshire, just before 6pm on Friday. The victim was in her 60s and was known to the suspect, police added.
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24 Oct 1:46pm Government reduces minimum salary for migrants to settle in UK
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Rules which come into force in December quietly published on Thursday by Home Office The government has quietly reduced the £35,800 minimum salary for migrants to settle in the UK by almost 30%, it has emerged. Migrants on salaries of £20,480 but with enough points under Boris Johnson’s new
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24 Oct 12:16pm At least 18 dead in suicide bomb attack in Kabul
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Explosion struck outside education centre in Shia neighbourhood in Afghan city At least 18 people have been killed and 57 wounded, including schoolchildren, in a suicide bomb attack outside an education centre in Kabul, the Afghan interior ministry said. The explosion struck outside an education centre in a heavily Shia neighbourhood of western Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchi.
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24 Oct 11:29am Teargas deployed at anti-lockdown protest in Naples on day of new curfew – video report
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Angry over a newly imposed 11pm to 5am regional curfew, demonstrators in the southern Italian city of Naples threw rocks and bottles at police on Friday evening. The authorities responded with teargas.  The stricter measures come to curb the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 37,000 people in Italy since the start of the pandemic
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24 Oct 10:43am Top London restaurants find loophole in tier 2 Covid rules
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An exception meant for freelancers sees a roaring lunch trade, and No 10 doesn’t seem too bothered
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24 Oct 10:31am Thousands join Poland protests against strict abortion laws
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Protests follow ruling that law allowing abortion of malformed foetuses is incompatible with constitution Thousands marched in cities across Poland on Saturday in the third straight day of protests against a near-total ban on abortion in the EU country, with some promising further action in the coming days. The protesters were reacting to Thursday’s ruling by Poland’s constitutional court that an existing law allowing the abortion of malformed foetuses was “incompatible” with the constitution.
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24 Oct 10:10am Guinea’s president wins third term amid widespread protests
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Opposition supporters take to streets as electoral commission says Alpha Condé won almost 60% of vote Guinea’s president, Alpha Condé, has won a controversial third term with 59.49% of the vote, the National Independent Electoral Commission declared on Saturday. His victory came amid widespread protests that were violently suppressed by security forces.
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24 Oct 9:53am Cross-border toilet trips at Chester cinema fall foul of Welsh Covid rules
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Loos for Storyhouse’s Halloween drive-in screenings were just over Welsh side of the line
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24 Oct 8:56am Sudan-Israel deal depends on legislative approval, minister says
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Deal trumpeted by Donald Trump cannot go ahead without approval of legislative council – which does not yet exist A
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24 Oct 8:11am Poland: scuffles erupt as thousands protest against abortion ban – video report
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Police in Warsaw clashed with protesters during demonstrations against a constitutional tribunal ruling that imposes a near-total ban on abortion. Tens of thousands of people rallied across Poland on Friday, defying the country's tight coronavirus restrictions
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24 Oct 7:29am Teenager dies after stabbing in north-east London
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Paramedics pronounce boy, 17, dead at scene after incident in Walthamstow A 17-year-old boy has died after being stabbed in north-east London. Officers were called to Westbury Road in Walthamstow at 9.20pm on Friday after the teenager was discovered with a knife wound.
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24 Oct 6:00am California ‘shattering prior election returns’ with 6m ballots already cast
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With voters homebound and receiving ballots in the mail due to the pandemic, elections officials are seeing a surge in early returns On 22 October, almost three weeks before one of the most consequential presidential election days in recent American history,
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24 Oct 5:25am Polish president Andrzej Duda tests positive for Covid-19
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Diagnosis comes as Poland imposes new restrictions in an effort to contain coronavirus
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24 Oct 4:15am Amy Coney Barrett faces recusal questions over links to Shell
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Barrett previously recused herself from cases because her father worked for Shell but has failed to commit to doing so in future Amy Coney Barrett is poised to make critical rulings on whether oil and gas companies will be held accountable for the effects of the climate crisis once she is confirmed to the supreme court, even though she has acknowledged in the past that she has a conflict of interest in cases involving Royal Dutch Shell.
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24 Oct 4:01am Man arrested after body of woman found in Oxfordshire woodland
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Man held on suspicion of murder after body was found at National Trust’s Watlington Hill estate A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was discovered at a National Trust estate. Thames Valley police found the body in woodland on the Watlington Hill estate just before 6pm on Friday and are linking the murder to reports of a man seen acting suspiciously by a pub a few hours earlier.
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24 Oct 3:45am UK has mounted covert attacks against Russian leadership, says ex-mandarin
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Former cabinet secretary Mark Sedwill says UK used offensive cyber-capability to exploit Moscow’s ‘vulnerabilities’ Britain has carried a series of covert attacks on Russia’s leaders and their allies, the former cabinet secretary has disclosed. Mark Sedwill said the UK had sought to exploit Moscow’s “vulnerabilities”, including through the deployment of its recently declared offensive cyber-capability.
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24 Oct 3:30am As election day nears, what final dirty tricks could Trump turn to?
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Days before the election, Hunter Biden emails dropped with a roll call of Trump associates involved in ‘discovering’ them – and experts say it probably isn’t the last of the dirty tricks On 28 October 2016, the then director of the FBI, James Comey, dropped a bomb into the middle of the presidential race. With just 11 days to go until election day, he
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24 Oct 2:41am Daniel Andrews says Victorian easing of coronavirus restrictions in doubt as cluster worsens
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Victoria records seven new Covid-19 cases, four in Preston, with five in NSW and four in WA
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24 Oct 2:26am Updated Coronavirus live news: Vaccine trial restarts as cluster worsens in Victoria, Australia
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Dr Fauci says White House task force meeting less despite rising infection rates; WHO warns of ‘exponential’ rise in cases. Follow updates
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24 Oct 1:08am Queensland investigates Covid-19 strain on cargo ship after New Zealand alert
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MV Sofrana Surville barred from docking after officials in New Zealand said crew members on departing cargo ship might have new strain Queensland health officials are working to determine the strain of Covid-19 infecting the crew of a cargo ship anchored off the Australian state’s Sunshine Coast. The MV Sofrana Surville was blocked from docking in Brisbane after New Zealand warned it could be carrying a new strain of the virus.
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24 Oct 1:00am Blind date: ‘I asked if he could grow a proper beard’
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Kieran, 36, hospital pharmacist, meets Tony, 28, marketing consultant
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24 Oct 12:53am Plane crash of US navy trainer kills crew and burns home
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Two dead on board T-6B Texan II aircraft with a house and cars on fire in ‘heavily populated’ area outside Foley, Alabama A US navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed on Friday in an Alabama residential neighbourhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both crew on board, authorities said. Zach Harrell, a naval air forces spokesperson, said both people in the T-6B Texan II training plane died. No injuries were reported on the ground.
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23 Oct 7:54pm US nears daily Covid cases record amid warning of 500,000 deaths by February
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A study says coronavirus is on course to claim 511,000 by 28 February as cases surge in many states, particularly upper midwest The United States on Friday was approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases, as a new study warned that the pandemic is set to cause half a million American deaths by February. Covid-19 is on course to ravage states across the nation throughout the coming winter and more than 511,000 lives could be lost by 28 February next year, modeling led by scientists from the University of Washington found.
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23 Oct 7:53pm Labor to govern in minority with Greens in ACT after losing last two undecided seats
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Labor secures 10 seats, Liberals nine and Greens six in final Australian Capital Territory election count The ACT chief minister, Andrew Barr, will govern again in minority with the Greens, after Labor lost the final two undecided seats to secure a total of 10 in the assembly. The Liberals head into the new term with nine seats out of the 25-seat assembly after the final counting of votes in the territory election.
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23 Oct 7:43pm Overstuffed Nasa spacecraft Osiris-Rex losing particles after bingeing on Bennu
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After an asteroid encounter, scientists scrambled to minimize the loss of space rocks as the craft belched rubble A Nasa spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from
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