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25 Oct 5:23pm Coronavirus lockdown in Melbourne extended as federal parliament returns – politics live
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Authorities wait for test results in north Melbourne outbreak before easing restrictions, as federal parliament resumes with the head of Treasury to face questions at Senate estimates. Follow all the latest updates
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25 Oct 4:54pm Stowaways detained as special forces gain control of oil tanker off Isle of Wight
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Special Boat Service storms vessel after suspicion of an attempted hijacking Seven stowaways have been detained after the Special Boat Service stormed a Liberian registered tanker off the Isle of Wight which they are suspected of attempting to hiijack. The special forces responded to a request for help from Hampshire police in the early evening on Sunday, gaining control of the Nave Andromeda vessel in nine minutes after it was feared that the crew was no longer fully in charge.
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25 Oct 4:22pm Republican moves Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination forward to final vote – video
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After the Senate voted to move forward with the final vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, senate republican leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, celebrating the lasting influence of the vote for posterity. 'By tomorrow night, we’ll have a new member of the United States Supreme Court,' he 
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25 Oct 3:14pm Military and police to tackle oil tanker reported hijacked off Isle of Wight
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Reports say Liberian-registered vessel may be under the control of stowaways who boarded in Nigeria Military and police forces were preparing on Sunday evening to deal with the reported attempted hijacking of a Liberian-registered tanker off the Isle of Wight after stowaways on board were said to have become violent. Coastguard helicopters were hovering around the Nave Andromeda, a Greek-owned ship, as it pursued a zigzag course several miles beyond Sandown off the eastern end of the Isle of Wight.
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25 Oct 3:00pm Australia is part of a Black region, it should recognise Kanaky ambition in New Caledonia | Hamish McDonald
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Australia’s un-nuanced support for French dominion is unhelpful in a region where decolonisation is unfinished business Kicking the can down the road is a time-honoured solution to deadlocks over statehood and identity: hoping time, consultation and money can end up in agreement. But in New Caledonia, the French territory of 290,000 people in the Melanesian island chain to Australia’s north-east, the road is running out after more than two decades of can-kicking.
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25 Oct 2:25pm The Guardian view on plant-based food: nothing wrong with a veggie burger | Editorial
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For good environmental reasons we should eat less meat. But banning the term veggie burger would not help that The European parliament has not always had the best press. A peripatetic assembly with a messy remit and a decidedly unenthused voter base has allowed critics to misrepresent, often lazily, its deliberations. Thus were myths such as the ban on
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25 Oct 2:21pm Updated Coronavirus live: global Covid cases reach new record for third day in a row, WHO reports
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Latest updates: Spain declares new national state of emergency; Dr Anthony Fauci tempers expectation of vaccine breakthrough in 2020
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25 Oct 2:02pm Chile: millions head to polls in referendum on constitutional reform
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Abolishing Pinochet-era constitution was key demand of last year’s protests Chilean streets filled on Sunday for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak as millions of people turned out to vote on whether to get rid of the country’s Pinochet-era constitution in favour of a fresh charter drafted by citizens. A new constitution was a key demand of fierce anti-government protests that erupted last year over inequality and elitism in one of Latin America’s most advanced economies, and have simmered ever since.
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25 Oct 2:00pm Lawyers call for apology from Johnson and Patel for endangering colleagues
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Letter signed by more than 800 ex-judges and legal figures also accuses PM and home secretary of undermining rule of law
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25 Oct 1:14pm Hopes rise for approval of coronavirus vaccine by end of this year
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US expert Dr Anthony Fauci says it should be known by early December if vaccine is safe to roll out
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25 Oct 12:30pm Queensland election: seats to watch as parties play a game of electoral chess
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More than 20 seats could flip on 31 October and minor parties are likely to shape the next parliament Labor’s holds a two-seat majority in Queensland and the most recent polls suggest a close contest on 31 October, with little swing in either direction since the 2017 election. But experts say the statewide polls are of little value in understanding how the larger election night story will play out on Saturday.
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25 Oct 11:54am Joan Hocquard, Britain’s oldest person, dies aged 112
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An ‘independent spirit’, she refused a 100th birthday card from the Queen Britain’s oldest person, Joan Hocquard, who drove ambulances during the second world war, has died aged 112. Hocquard died at her home in Poole, Dorset, on Saturday. Her nephew, Paul Reynolds, 74, said she had always sought to live life to the full and that she “loved eating butter and cream and didn’t believe in dieting”.
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25 Oct 11:09am Fijian-born British soldiers lose latest legal fight to stay in UK
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High court rejects call for judicial review of eight veterans’ immigration case
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25 Oct 11:01am Seychelles election marks first opposition victory in 44 years
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Wavel Ramkalawan wins presidency ousting incumbent United Seychelles party leader with 54.9% of the vote An Anglican priest won the Seychelles presidential election on Sunday, marking the first opposition victory since the Indian Ocean archipelago’s independence from Britain over four decades ago. Wavel Ramkalawan won enough votes in the first round to clinch the presidency on his sixth attempt and called for unity after his victory.
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25 Oct 11:00am Sudan is being rewarded for its revolution with blackmail | Nesrine Malik
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Sanctions punished the Sudanese people, not their rulers. The US extracting compensation is one more hypocritical act Few countries in the world have been subjected to as many punitive sanctions as Sudan. After the deposed president Omar al-Bashir came to power in a military coup in 1989, the country was gradually cut off from the rest of the world, with the upholding of human rights the rationale. Economic sanctions were followed by a spot on the
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25 Oct 10:13am Coronavirus live: Spain declares new national state of emergency amid rise in Covid cases
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Latest updates: Spanish government may impose curfews in new measures; Dr Anthony Fauci tempers expectation of vaccine breakthrough in 2020
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25 Oct 9:35am Footage shows Spanish police raiding villa of Irish drug trafficker John Gilligan – video
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During a Spanish police raid on the Alicante villa of the convicted Irish drug trafficker John Gilligan, a revolver was uncovered and is being examined to determine whether it was the weapon used in the murder of the journalist Veronica Guerin. Gilligan, whose gang murdered the campaigning reporter on the outskirts of Dublin in 1996, was never convicted in connection with her killing. He did, however, threaten Guerin and her young son when she investigated his wealth and lifestyle
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25 Oct 7:33am Possible Veronica Guerin murder weapon found in Spanish drug raid
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Revolver recovered during police raid on Alicante villa of Irish trafficker John Gilligan Spanish and Irish police are examining a revolver found during a raid on the Alicante villa of the convicted Irish drug trafficker John Gilligan to determine whether it was the weapon used in the murder of the journalist Veronica Guerin. Gilligan, whose gang murdered the campaigning reporter on the outskirts of Dublin in 1996, was never convicted in connection with her killing. He did, however, threaten Guerin and her young son when she investigated his wealth and lifestyle.
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25 Oct 7:14am Venezuela opposition figure López has secretly fled, family says
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Leopoldo López left Spanish embassy in Caracas ‘of his own free will’ and on way to Madrid Leopoldo López, a Venezuelan opposition figure who has sheltered at the Spanish ambassador’s residence in Caracas for 18 months, has now fled the country, his father has said. “I can confirm he left the embassy of his own free will and left Venezuela in secret,” his father, who is also called Leopoldo López and who lives in Spain, told AFP.
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25 Oct 6:48am Donald Trump not following science, says US medical chief Anthony Fauci – video
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Chief medical expert Anthony Fauci says President Trump is not following the science in suggesting that he is now immune and could 'come down and start kissing everybody'. In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the US tempers Trump’s claims that there will be a vaccine by the end of the year, noting that a rollout will take 'several months into 2021' and that early use will focus on vulnerable populations and healthcare workers
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25 Oct 6:32am Police investigating Grenfell Tower fire make first arrest
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Unnamed 38-year-old arrested on Saturday in Sussex
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25 Oct 6:15am The lynx effect: Iberian cat claws its way back from brink of extinction
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A 20-year project to reintroduce the species across the peninsula has seen their numbers rise to 855 Spotty of coat, tufty of ear, and teetering on the verge of extinction less than two decades ago, the
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25 Oct 6:01am Windrush man wrongly classified as illegal immigrant left destitute for a year
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Year-long wait described as ‘shocking’ in report by parliamentary ombudsman An electrician who was wrongly classified as being an illegal immigrant, despite living in London for more than 45 years, was destitute as he waited a year for the Windrush taskforce to decide on his application to stay in the UK, the parliamentary ombudsman has ruled. Applications to the Windrush taskforce were meant to be processed within two weeks. The year-long wait was described as “shocking” by the ombudsman in a detailed report published this week – the latest of a series of highly critical reviews into the performance of the Home Office over the Windrush scandal.
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25 Oct 6:00am Can California’s top wine region survive the era of megafire?
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As the climate crisis brings increasingly unpredictable fire seasons, the future of the $43bn industry is uncertain The Silverado Trail, a two-lane road that weaves through the bucolic hillsides in the heart of California’s wine country, is the quintessential vision of Napa Valley. Home to dozens of wineries, it is a destination within a destination – one that welcomes both vacationing imbibers and oenophiles from around the world. But recently the amber hillsides have been laced with the ashen aftermath of wildfires that have torn through the region, leaving behind charred rubble that is fast becoming as much a part of the landscape as the neatly trussed rows of vines.
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25 Oct 4:50am Fighting tyranny with milk tea: the young rebels joining forces in Asia
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Activists in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand have formed a novel international alliance to defy authoritarian rule The language, the demands and the backdrop were different, but the protests across central Bangkok last week would have looked familiar to anyone who followed the mass demonstrations that roiled Hong Kong for a year from June 2019. Crowds of young protesters, dressed in black and wearing hard hats, poured through the streets to locations announced at the last minute on social media. As the police closed in and the protesters prepared for confrontation, hand gestures and human chains ensured supplies including protective masks and water reached the front lines.
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25 Oct 4:45am Priti Patel kept up anti-lawyer rhetoric after Met warning on terror
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Police told home secretary of alleged far-right attack on law firm before her ‘inflammatory’ speech at Tory conference The UK home secretary, Priti Patel, is under fresh pressure after it emerged that she appeared to have dismissed intelligence briefings from counter- terrorism police to the Home Office over an alleged far-right terror attack. Officers from S015, the Metropolitan police counter terrorism command (CTC), notified the Home Office in mid-September that it was suspected that a far-right extremist had attempted to carry out a terror attack at a solicitors’ firm in London.
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25 Oct 4:30am Instagram row over plus-size model forces change to nudity policy
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Facebook amends code after deletion of black users’ photos sparks outrage As campaigning victories go, forcing Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire to admit a discriminatory flaw in its policy is no small feat. But
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25 Oct 4:15am PM on the ropes as London Tories rail against extension of congestion charge
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MPs warn of ‘blood on the walls’ amid talks with Sadiq Khan over bailout for capital’s transport network Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure from Tory MPs in London to comprehensively rule out a massive extension of the congestion charge in the capital, amid emergency talks over a new bailout for its struggling transport system. Conservative figures warned there would be “blood on the walls” if the government allowed the extension of the charge, which would hit a series of so-called “London doughnut” Tory seats on the outskirts of the city. They are also demanding there must be no threat to subsidised travel for the young or older people, also proposed as an option by the government as a condition of a further bailout.
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25 Oct 4:00am Chilling find shows how Henry VIII planned every detail of Boleyn beheading
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Archives discovery shows the calculated nature of the execution and reinforces the image of the king as a ‘pathological monster’ It is a Tudor warrant book, one of many in the National Archives, filled with bureaucratic minutiae relating to 16th-century crimes. But this one has an extraordinary passage, overlooked until now, which bears instructions from Henry VIII explaining precisely how he wanted his second wife, Anne Boleyn, to be executed. In this document, the king stipulated that, although his queen had been “adjudged to death… by burning of fire… or decapitation”, he had been “moved by pity” to spare her the more painful death of being “burned by fire”. But he continued: “We, however, command that… the head of the same Anne shall be… cut off.”
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25 Oct 4:00am Whether Trump or Biden wins, US-China relations look set to worsen
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Tensions will persist whoever is in the White House. The key difference, observers expect, will be in approach Ties between China and the US have reached their lowest point in decades ahead of the election in November, signalling what experts in both countries believe is the clear direction for one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world. Under the Trump administration, the US has put sanctions on Chinese officials over human rights issues in Xinjiang and Hong Kong while also increasing engagement with Taiwan, including arms sales. A trade deal to end a protracted tariff war has stalled and the US has placed more restrictions on Chinese state media.
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25 Oct 2:44am Frustration is rising as clampdowns spread across UK: are we in grip of Covid fatigue?
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A sense of unfairness has dented public confidence and compliance with fast-changing restrictions As the people of Sheffield prepared to join Greater Manchester and the Liverpool city region in the premier league of Covid-19 restrictions – tier 3 – there were widely differing views on whether the tough new rules about to be imposed from London were welcome, or would even work. On the streets and in the city’s pubs last Thursday evening there was, however, one commonly held opinion – compliance would be some way short of total. “During the first part of lockdown I abided by the rules very strictly,” said Phillip, a 47-year-old gas engineer, as he waited for a pork wrap outside the Greedy Greek Deli. “We still are doing that, but it’s wearing thin. I think the economy and life still has to go on. But then it’s a balancing act with the NHS and the beds.”
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25 Oct 2:29am The pioneering women who took on Hitler … and Fleet Street
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Foreign correspondent was deemed ‘no job for a female’ between the wars. A new book celebrates the lives of the journalists who proved otherwise An inky night in civil war Málaga, 19 February 1937. General Franco’s nationalist troops had taken the town days earlier. Political prisoners filled the jails; posters of Mussolini, Franco and Hitler, the “strong men” of fascist Europe, plastered the walls, and hit squads were executing republican sympathisers. Into this maelstrom tripped a 23-year-old Englishwoman wearing a floral print dress. Her mission: to connect with the American consul and find the famous writer Arthur Koestler, who had been taken by Franco’s men. She was also secretly recording Italian troop movements to show how Italy had breached international neutrality agreements.
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25 Oct 2:26am Rush for results could lead to inferior Covid vaccine, say scientists
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Push to roll out injections may see elderly miss out on effective coronavirus inoculations
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25 Oct 2:21am Bail out our musicians or risk losing them for ever, say classical music stars
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Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and violinist Tamsin Little are among those warning that struggling artists will be forced to give up Leading figures in classical music say many highly-trained orchestral musicians are giving up on music as they face homelessness and hunger this autumn. Speaking to the
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25 Oct 2:15am From climate to China, how Joe Biden is plotting America’s restoration
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The challenger aims to fix the foreign policy upheaval of the Trump years but such an agenda presents many challenges By any measure, Joe Biden is old in the ways of the world. As Barack Obama’s vice-president, he met all the big international actors. As chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, he helped direct US foreign policy. After four years of Donald Trump’s manic leadership, the Democrat offers a steady, dependable hand on the tiller. Biden’s grand aim: a glorious American restoration, at home and abroad.
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25 Oct 2:07am Refugee advocates concerned for detainee held in Brisbane hotel for 16 months
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Man transferred under Medevac to rejoin family has not been allowed to have them visit during pandemic and is now on suicide watch Refugee advocates have raised concerns about the welfare of a 37-year-old man who is under suicide watch at the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation after attempting self harm. The man, from Somalia, had been detained in a hotel at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane since being transferred to Australia from Nauru under now-defunct Medevac laws in June last year.
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25 Oct 2:00am Many midwest Democrats stayed home in 2016. Will they turn out for Biden?
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Ohio could be decided by a few thousand voters in Cleveland, where less than half the population is registered to vote Jamal Collins took the trouble to vote four years ago even though, like a lot of people in Cleveland, he didn’t imagine it would change very much. Eight years of deflated hopes for Barack Obama had left the African American teacher wondering if any president could really make that much difference to the lives and livelihoods Collins saw around him. He even thought there might be an upside to the election of Donald Trump.
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25 Oct 2:00am Biden gains as suburban women and elderly voters look to dump Trump
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Nine days out from election day, polling shows the Democratic nominee with big leads in key demographics
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25 Oct 1:30am Lockdown inspires hobbyists model railways scalextric hornby
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Rod Stewart has led the way as kids and bigger kids rediscover the pleasure of laying tracks in the attic It started with a standard Scalextric set: two slot cars, some track, a 10-year-old boy and his enthusiastic father. Six months later, Ben Martin has a 75ft raceway in his loft and a growing collection of cars. “I went down a rabbit hole with my son,” Martin said. “There was a time when the postman was bringing track every day. He was laughing, ‘What’s all this about?’ But you can never have too many straights. It’s fulfilling a childhood dream. I played with Scalextric with my brother and I always wanted a track in the loft that lived there, that you could use whenever you wanted, not just taking over the living room for a few days before your parents made you pack it up and maybe get it out months later.”
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25 Oct 1:13am Man in critical condition after shark attack on Great Barrier Reef north of Townsville
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Paramedics airlift man to hospital after being bitten on Britomart Reef, a popular spear-fishing location A man is in a critical condition after being attacked by a shark at the Great Barrier Reef. He was airlifted to Townsville University hospital after being bitten at Britomart Reef around 12.20pm on Sunday, Queensland Ambulance says.
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25 Oct 1:00am Kleptopia review: power, theft and Trump as leader in Putin’s own image
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Tom Burgis’s study of dark global realities casts a wide net, from Washington to Moscow, Kazakhstan and the Congo
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25 Oct 12:30am Updated Daniel Andrews under fire over delayed easing of restrictions after seven new cases reported
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Scott Morrison says delay a ‘profound disappointment’, but Victorian premier says he anticipates restrictions will be eased by 1 November
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24 Oct 11:41pm Leopoldo López flees Venezuela vowing to continue fighting Maduro regime
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Opposition figure had sheltered in Spanish ambassador’s residence since a failed uprising against Nicolás Maduro in 2019 The prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador’s residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation’s socialist president, his party has said. The 49-year-old former Caracas area mayor had been holed up at the ambassador’s residence since a failed military uprising he led in April 2019 aimed at ousting President Nicolás Maduro. He has been jailed, under house arrest or in a foreign embassy refuge for nearly seven years.
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24 Oct 10:10pm Lee Kun-hee, Samsung Electronics chairman, dies aged 78
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Transformative leader who took over from father made Samsung a global name with turnover worth a fifth of South Korea’s GDP The Samsung Electronics chairman, Lee Kun-hee, who made the South Korean company a global name, has died at the age of 78. Under Lee’s leadership Samsung rose to become the world’s largest producer of smartphones and memory chips, with overall turnover equivalent to a fifth of South Korea’s GDP.
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24 Oct 9:22pm Australian production of non-protein Covid-19 vaccine may take an extra year, minister says
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Industry minister says, depending on type of vaccine approved, ‘significant work’ may be required before production
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24 Oct 9:15pm Thunderstorm asthma alerts issued for southern NSW and Canberra as rainy weather sweeps in
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Storms, cool change and high pollen count prompt health warning ahead of wet week for south-eastern Australia Thunderstorm asthma alerts have been issued for the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales’s nearby Murrumbidgee region this weekend. The Bureau of Meteorology said a low-pressure trough and strong cold front would continue to cross NSW on Sunday, reaching the north-east of the state by evening and leaving significantly cooler conditions in its wake.
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24 Oct 9:09pm Updated Coronavirus live news: cases surge in Europe; Melbourne delays easing of restrictions
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France, Italy, Austria and Greece report record increases in Covid-19 cases; Melbourne cluster grows. Follow the latest updates live
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24 Oct 9:00pm Now that nuclear weapons are illegal, the Pacific demands truth on decades of testing | Dimity Hawkins
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With a 50th nation ratifying it, the treaty outlawing nuclear weapons for all countries will come into force in 90 days Nuclear weapons will soon be illegal. Just over 75 years since their devastation was first unleashed on the world, the global community has rallied to bring into force a ban through the
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24 Oct 7:39pm Afghan security forces kill senior al-Qaida leader
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Abu Muhsin al-Masri was on FBI’s most-wanted list and had been charged with terrorism offences in US Afghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior al-Qaida leader who was on the FBI’s most-wanted list, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a tweet late on Saturday. Al-Masri has been charged in the United States with having provided material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organisation, and conspiracy to kill US nationals.
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24 Oct 7:15pm Coronavirus live news: cases surge in Europe; easing of restrictions in Victoria in doubt
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France, Italy, Austria and Greece report record increases in Covid-19 cases; Melbourne cluster grows. Follow the latest updates live
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