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More than 100 human rights activists killed in Colombia in 2017, UN says

More than 100 human rights activists killed in Colombia in 2017, UN says

Following Farc peace deal, activists face special risk in areas where group’s exit has left power vacuum, officials sayMore than 100 human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia this year,
Melbourne car ramming: no evidence of terror link, say police – as it happened

Melbourne car ramming: no evidence of terror link, say police – as it happened

Police have arrested the driver of a vehicle they say hit pedestrians in central Melbourne and another manNineteen injured, including preschool-age child and the driver. Four are criticalFull report:
Fighting child sex crimes in South Africa: 'We've seen an increase in brutality' | Hannah Summers

Fighting child sex crimes in South Africa: 'We've seen an increase in brutality' | Hannah Summers

Nearly one in 10 reported rapes in the country are of children aged nine or younger, with figures rising, yet a specialised support clinic is facing closureIt was with a loan taken out in her own name
Thursday briefing: May stable empties before Christmas

Thursday briefing: May stable empties before Christmas

PM sacks ally Damian Green for lying … hung parliament fears in Catalonia … 103-year submarine search endsGood morning to you all, Graham Russell here with the penultimate briefing of 2017. Continue
'Cardinal Law allowed this to happen': Abuse survivors on archbishop's death

'Cardinal Law allowed this to happen': Abuse survivors on archbishop's death

The former Boston Catholic leader’s death draws a mix of relief and continued frustration with the church: ‘They don’t back up what they say with action’“This is who I used to be. A smiling child,”
Hinkley Point: the ‘dreadful deal’ behind the world’s most expensive power plant

Hinkley Point: the ‘dreadful deal’ behind the world’s most expensive power plant

Building Britain’s first new nuclear reactor since 1995 will cost twice as much as the 2012 Olympics – and by the time it is finished, nuclear power could be a thing of the past. How could the
Top Democrat says Trump firing of Mueller could provoke 'constitutional crisis' – video

Top Democrat says Trump firing of Mueller could provoke 'constitutional crisis' – video

Seantor Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the US senate intelligence committee, responds to escalating Republican attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller. Speaking on the Senate floor, said Mueller's
NXT suspends negotiations with Coalition on Senate legislation

NXT suspends negotiations with Coalition on Senate legislation

Rex Patrick says talks on welfare bill on hold after Marise Payne refused to answer ‘reasonable question’ in Senate estimatesThe Nick Xenophon Team has suspended critical negotiations on Senate
Life expectancy in US down for second year in a row as opioid crisis deepens

Life expectancy in US down for second year in a row as opioid crisis deepens

Decline marks first time in half a century that longevity has declined for two years in a row – with drug overdoses ‘the key driver’, researcher saysLife expectancy in the US has declined for the
Trial to start of Russian-German man accused of Dortmund bombing

Trial to start of Russian-German man accused of Dortmund bombing

Electrician Sergej W is also accused of aiming to financially enrich himself from attack on Borussia Dortmund team busA 28-year-old electrician will go on trial on Thursday charged with the attempted
Catalonia poised for hung parliament in bitterly contested election, polls say

Catalonia poised for hung parliament in bitterly contested election, polls say

No clear winner is in sight and coalition talks are expected following the election results late on Thursday nightDeposed leader Puigdemont rallies supporters from Belgium Analysis: Regional election
Saudi Arabia agrees to re-open key Yemen port of Hodeidah

Saudi Arabia agrees to re-open key Yemen port of Hodeidah

International agencies, including the UN, have condemned the blockade, which has left millions unable to receive aidSaudi Arabia appears to have succumbed to growing international pressure and agreed
ABC to hand over documents wanted by George Pell to fight sex abuse charges

ABC to hand over documents wanted by George Pell to fight sex abuse charges

ABC’s lawyer says there will be ‘staggered compliance’ with subpoena for documents and that the process is ‘under way’Australia’s public broadcaster has agreed to hand over documents which Cardinal

Republicans celebrate tax bill with Trump at the White House – video

Flanked by Republican lawmakers, the president hails the House of Representatives' last-minute re-vote to pass the $1.5tn bill that provides generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest

Justine Damond's father questions US police shooting investigation – video

John Ruszczyk, the father of Justine Damond Ruszczyk – supported by his wife Maryan Heffernan, Justine’s brother Jason Ruszczyk and his wife Katarina – tells media in Sydney the family is ‘deeply
Second North Korean soldier in weeks defects to South, say reports

Second North Korean soldier in weeks defects to South, say reports

Serviceman turns up at border post in DMZ, Yonhap news agency reports, in fresh embarrassment for PyongyangWeeks after a North Korean soldier was seriously wounded during his successful escape to
Australian navy world war one AE1 submarine found 103 years after it vanished

Australian navy world war one AE1 submarine found 103 years after it vanished

Sunken submarine that carried 35 Australian and British crew located in notorious area off Papua New GuineaAustralia’s longest-running naval mystery – the disappearance of the nation’s first submarine
Toddler dies after being hit by reversing car in Sydney

Toddler dies after being hit by reversing car in Sydney

Two-year-old girl dies in Sydney Children’s Hospital after being struck by vehicle behind business at CampsieA toddler has died after she was hit by a car in a driveway in Sydney’s southwest.The
Justine Damond's family say investigation into fatal shooting may have been botched

Justine Damond's family say investigation into fatal shooting may have been botched

Damond’s father says doubt cast after county attorney caught on tape saying investigators ‘haven’t done their job’The family of Justine Damond Ruszczyk say they’re “deeply concerned” that US officials
Sydney man charged over allegedly travelling to war zone delays bail application

Sydney man charged over allegedly travelling to war zone delays bail application

Belal Betka charged with incursion into foreign countries with the intention of engaging in hostile activitiesA young Sydney father charged with terror offences for allegedly travelling to a war zone