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Doctors attack Bupa plan to restrict gap cover to its approved hospitals

Doctors attack Bupa plan to restrict gap cover to its approved hospitals

Australian Medical Association says insurer is making an unacceptable push towards ‘US-style care’Bupa has drawn the ire of Australia’s peak medical body after informing doctors insured patients would
Will Putin benefit from Italian populist parties' Kremlin leanings?

Will Putin benefit from Italian populist parties' Kremlin leanings?

Electoral gains of M5S and League may threaten Italy’s strong support for Nato and USThe two populist parties that won big electoral upsets in Italy’s national election have close ideological ties to
Gulf states considering plans to bring end to Saudi-led Qatar boycott

Gulf states considering plans to bring end to Saudi-led Qatar boycott

Two sides to be urged to relax curbs on civilian movements as first step to wider dealGulf states are studying plans to break the deadlock over the Saudi-led boycott of Qatar by persuading the two
As one EU headache subsides in Germany, another starts in Italy

As one EU headache subsides in Germany, another starts in Italy

While the Germans have a government at last, Italy’s right turn will add to the EU’s problemsIt took barely 12 hours for a collective sigh of relief to turn into a collective intake of breath; less
Counted out: anger as New Zealand census fails to tick all the boxes

Counted out: anger as New Zealand census fails to tick all the boxes

As demographic survey goes online for first time, protests erupt over failure to include Pākehā ethnic category and alternative gendersNew Zealand’s introduction of an online census has caused
'They'll think I'm a traitor': North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

'They'll think I'm a traitor': North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletesChoi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and
Victoria defends $150m firefighter deal that offers 196 days' annual leave

Victoria defends $150m firefighter deal that offers 196 days' annual leave

Minister James Merlino says: ‘If you’re in a burning home ... do you think you care what they’re paid or what allowances they receive?’Victorian taxpayers will spend $150m on a new pay deal for
José Mourinho joins RT as World Cup pundit

José Mourinho joins RT as World Cup pundit

Kremlin-funded channel is branded a ‘foreign agent’ by the US after being caught up in the investigation of Russia meddling in the 2016 electionJosé Mourinho is going to Russia for the World Cup to
China's Tiangong-1 space station will crash to Earth within weeks

China's Tiangong-1 space station will crash to Earth within weeks

Experts say it is impossible to plot where module will re-enter the atmosphere, but the chance is higher in parts of Europe, US, Australia and New ZealandChina’s first space station is expected to
Argentina's ex-president Fernández to face trial over alleged bombing cover-up

Argentina's ex-president Fernández to face trial over alleged bombing cover-up

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner among 12 officials and others to be tried in case of 1994 bombing of Jewish community centerArgentina’s former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will face trial
Police hunt man who raped Queensland girl with help of her mother

Police hunt man who raped Queensland girl with help of her mother

Obese man with bulging blue eyes attacked Peta Butler in a hotel room in 2005 or 2006Detectives are determined to find a fat man with bulging blue eyes who raped a Queensland girl with the help of her
Czech protesters inflamed by police role for Communist MP

Czech protesters inflamed by police role for Communist MP

Protests in Prague and other cities sparked by choice of ex-riot squad officer to head watchdogThousands of demonstrators brought the centre of Prague to a standstill on Monday night in a display of
RAF flies supplies to snowbound Cumbrian residents – video

RAF flies supplies to snowbound Cumbrian residents – video

The military has delivered emergency supplies to isolated parts of Cumbria that have been cut off for five days by heavy snowThe county council said that despite its 'best efforts' to clear the roads,
Poland: group sues Argentinian newspaper under new Holocaust law

Poland: group sues Argentinian newspaper under new Holocaust law

Defamation motion filed after Página/12 article discussed the massacre of Jews in the Polish village of Jedwabne in 1941A campaign group with close ties to Poland’s ruling rightwing Law and Justice
France to raise the age of consent after men escape rape charges

France to raise the age of consent after men escape rape charges

Children under 15 will be protected by change in the law following high-profile casesFrance plans to make 15 the age of sexual consent after a public outcry over two cases of sex involving 11-year-old
Mississippi senator Thad Cochran announces he is stepping down

Mississippi senator Thad Cochran announces he is stepping down

The octogenarian Republican was first elected to the Senate in 1978, and his leaving will shake up the ranks of Republican leadership Thad Cochran of Mississippi announced on Monday that he would step
Former Trump aide says president 'may have done something illegal'

Former Trump aide says president 'may have done something illegal'

Sam Nunberg says he would rip up a subpoena in Trump-Russia inquiry, but that Trump may have broken the law during the electionIn a pair of extraordinary interviews on Monday, former Donald Trump aide
Marines fly in supplies for Pennine villages still cut off by snow

Marines fly in supplies for Pennine villages still cut off by snow

Residents tell of camaraderie and shovels in face of ‘beast of the east’ and Storm EmmaThe marines came in their Chinook with bags of supplies, logs for fuel and shovels to help trapped local
Panama: Trump hotel standoff ends as president surrenders physical control

Panama: Trump hotel standoff ends as president surrenders physical control

Police bring 12-day standoff with owners to an endHotel’s owners: ‘commercial dispute … just spun out of control’Executives with Donald Trump’s family hotel business have abandoned the management
Morning mail: Australia's links to Myanmar military criticised

Morning mail: Australia's links to Myanmar military criticised

Tuesday: $400,000 training program revealed as Myanmar’s armed forces face accusations of ethnic cleansing. Plus: hung parliament likely in Italy Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you