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Tanya Plibersek calls for repeal of 'dumb' tampon tax

Tanya Plibersek calls for repeal of 'dumb' tampon tax

Deputy Labor leader says it would cost ‘bugger all’ to remove GST on menstrual productsTanya Plibersek has suggested Labor should repeal the “tampon tax”, the application of the goods and services tax
Andrzej Krauze on Vladimir Putin's lack of election challengers – cartoon

Andrzej Krauze on Vladimir Putin's lack of election challengers – cartoon

Russia has presidential elections coming up, but the incumbent has little reason to be worried Continue reading...
Treaty confirms Australia profited from Timor-Leste oil and gas, rights groups say

Treaty confirms Australia profited from Timor-Leste oil and gas, rights groups say

Agreement signed on Wednesday stipulates ‘no compensation for past exploitation’Australia has received billions of dollars in revenue from contested oil and gas fields which a new border treaty
Vatican hosts first hackathon to tackle global issues

Vatican hosts first hackathon to tackle global issues

Three-day event will focus on social inclusion, migrants and refugees and interfaith dialogueThe Vatican is to host its first hackathon this week, harnessing the technological skills and creativity of
UK to focus on areas of agreement as Saudi crown prince arrives

UK to focus on areas of agreement as Saudi crown prince arrives

Tensions exist but officials predict handshakes on deals worth $100m over 10 yearsThe Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, will arrive in the UK on Wednesday for what is effectively a state visit
China’s influence looms as Sierra Leone goes to the polls

China’s influence looms as Sierra Leone goes to the polls

Beijing has been a close ally of outgoing president and is seen as a powerful player in an unusually open electionA strange slogan went up from the hundreds of Sierra Leoneans struggling to catch a
Michael Bloomberg launches tobacco industry watchdog

Michael Bloomberg launches tobacco industry watchdog

Former New York mayor commits $20m to project amid fears of dirty tricks by cigarette companiesA new global watchdog agency has been launched to monitor the tobacco industry with $20m of philanthropic
Belgium hands out millions of iodine pills in case of nuclear accident

Belgium hands out millions of iodine pills in case of nuclear accident

Authorities say there is ‘no specific risk’ as they implement plan to protect public in case if emergency involving country’s ageing nuclear plantsBelgium has started to make iodine pills available
Feed-in tariffs could be cut back due to high take-up of solar power

Feed-in tariffs could be cut back due to high take-up of solar power

Experts warn the grid could be over-supplied during low demand periods Governments should change the way feed-in tariffs are paid to homeowners or the high take-up of solar power might force them to
Gary Cohn: experienced Democrat was singular figure in Trump's White House

Gary Cohn: experienced Democrat was singular figure in Trump's White House

Former Goldman Sachs No 2 had global outlook that put him at odds with Trump, whom he reportedly held in low personal regardEven for a lesser titan of finance, one without a reputation for deep
Fyre festival promoter pleads guilty to fraud, agreeing to up to decade in prison

Fyre festival promoter pleads guilty to fraud, agreeing to up to decade in prison

Billy McFarland, 26, apologizes to ‘investors, team, family and supporters who I let down’ with disastrous ‘luxury’ festivalThe promoter of the failed Fyre festival in the Bahamas – once billed as the
RBS to pay New York $500m for deceptions ahead of 2008 crash

RBS to pay New York $500m for deceptions ahead of 2008 crash

State attorney general says of agreement: ‘While the financial crisis may be behind us, New Yorkers are still feeling the effects’Royal Bank of Scotland on Tuesday agreed to pay $500m to settle
Seventh suspect arrested after Leicester building explosion

Seventh suspect arrested after Leicester building explosion

East Midlands man in his 30s held on suspicion of manslaughter after five died in incidentA seventh suspect has been arrested in connection with last month’s explosion that destroyed a building in
Arctic has warmest winter on record: 'Never seen anything like this'

Arctic has warmest winter on record: 'Never seen anything like this'

Sea ice has hit record lows for time of year as experts say global warming probably fueled big storms in Europe and north-eastern US The Arctic winter has ended with more news that is worrying even
Gary Cohn quits as Donald Trump's top economic adviser

Gary Cohn quits as Donald Trump's top economic adviser

Adviser becomes latest departure from Trump administrationCohn reportedly strongly opposed decision to impose tariffsGary Cohn, Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, has quit, the latest in a series of
Do these shell-blowers pull off the best ever marriage proposal video?

Do these shell-blowers pull off the best ever marriage proposal video?

An annual conch-blowing contest, which sees Floridians aim to impress judges with their shell-blowing proficiency, ended in a marriage proposal. Retiree Mary Lou Smith, who won the women's division
F1 tycoon Vijay Mallya’s superyacht impounded over wage dispute

F1 tycoon Vijay Mallya’s superyacht impounded over wage dispute

Luxury $93m vessel seized in row over businessman’s failure to pay crew $1m in wagesA $93m (£67m) superyacht owned by Indian multimillionaire Vijay Mallya has been impounded in Malta in a dispute over
Rage against the machine: self-driving cars attacked by angry Californians

Rage against the machine: self-driving cars attacked by angry Californians

Local residents are hitting back at their new robot neighbors – literally – as reports detail assaults on driverless cars The great promise of self-driving cars is that they will save innumerable
Salisbury, scratchcards and sausage: the quiet life of Sergei Skripal

Salisbury, scratchcards and sausage: the quiet life of Sergei Skripal

Russian spy who’s critically ill in hospital, seemed to be well-liked by locals in Wiltshire townSergei Skripal has lived a quiet and modest, but not completely hidden life, in the cathedral city of
Kellyanne Conway broke law during Alabama election, says watchdog

Kellyanne Conway broke law during Alabama election, says watchdog

The White House aide violated federal law by advocating for Roy Moore, according to US Office of Special CounselThe White House aide Kellyanne Conway violated federal law on at least two occasions