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Tourists airlifted out of Swiss ski resort of Zermatt

Tourists airlifted out of Swiss ski resort of Zermatt

Skiers had been stranded in the resort because of heavy snowfall and exceptional risk of avalanchesHelicopters have airlifted stranded holidaymakers from the upmarket Swiss ski resort of Zermatt after
Heat-stressed koalas hosed down in Australia – video

Heat-stressed koalas hosed down in Australia – video

Volunteers from the Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown organisation hose down heat stressed koala bears in the searing Australian heat. Temperatures have reached 47C causing
Hundreds of flying foxes die in searing Australian heat

Hundreds of flying foxes die in searing Australian heat

More than 400 animals have died in one colony alone as temperatures soar above 47C, causing exhaustion and dehydration A colony of flying foxes has been nearly wiped out by extreme heat in the
Brussels accuses David Davis of hypocrisy over EU discrimination claim

Brussels accuses David Davis of hypocrisy over EU discrimination claim

Brexit secretary’s leaked letter to Theresa May claims UK business interests damaged by EU’s warnings on no-deal scenarioDavid Davis’s claim in a leaked letter to the prime minister that the EU is
Weather hampers efforts to contain oil tanker fire off China coast

Weather hampers efforts to contain oil tanker fire off China coast

Body of sailor from Sanchi found and 31 others missing amid fears of environmental catastrophe after crash with container ship Bad weather has hindered efforts to contain a tanker fire and oil spill
Nine arrested in sex trafficking raids in northern England

Nine arrested in sex trafficking raids in northern England

Several held in Stockton and properties raided in Middlesbrough and Sheffield as part of inquiry into serious sexual offencesNine people have been arrested in raids on properties in northern England
Police officer accused of going for kebab while on duty is sacked

Police officer accused of going for kebab while on duty is sacked

Cambridgeshire PC Richard Musgrave, 52, dismissed after misconduct hearing heard that colleagues launched emergency search for himA police officer accused of going missing on duty and eating a kebab
Boy, 16, arrested over murder of north London shop worker

Boy, 16, arrested over murder of north London shop worker

Man – named in reports as Vijay Patel, 49 – was attacked in Mill Hill after refusing to sell cigarette papers to three teenagersA 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a shop worker.The
Coming of age ceremony in Yokohama – in pictures

Coming of age ceremony in Yokohama – in pictures

Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held every January to celebrate people who have reached 20 – the country’s official age of adulthood. Yokohama, with almost 37,000 people turning 20 in the past
FTSE 100 closes at new peak, eurozone jobless rate hits near nine-year low - business live

FTSE 100 closes at new peak, eurozone jobless rate hits near nine-year low - business live

All the day’s economic and financial news.Latest: Europe’s jobs recovery continuesDimon regrets bitcoin fraud commentMorrisons shares jump after Christmas trading figuresGerman factory growth hits
Australian same-sex couple marry after 30 years together – video

Australian same-sex couple marry after 30 years together – video

Marriage equality campaigners Ron van Houwelingen and Antony McManus tie the knot on 9 January, the first day most same-sex couples were legally allowed to marry in Australia. The pair made it
Venezuela opposition looks to military to oust Maduro. Dream on

Venezuela opposition looks to military to oust Maduro. Dream on

Having failed to dislodge President Nicolás Maduro, the opposition is openly talking of a coup but mutual benefit links the military with the ruling partyNow that anti-government protests in Venezuela
West Papuan activist on trial for treason over independence petition

West Papuan activist on trial for treason over independence petition

Campaigners have called for the release of Yanto Awerkion, 27, who faces six years to life in jail if found guilty in Indonesian courtWest Papuan independence campaigners have called for the release
'Two consenting adults': couples across Australia make marriage equality real

'Two consenting adults': couples across Australia make marriage equality real

Guests cheer as Ron van Houwelingen and Antony McManus marry legally after 30 years together, one of several couples rushing to use Australia’s new legislation Usually at a wedding, the biggest cheer
Acoss urges crossbenchers to reject 'unnecessarily cruel' welfare overhaul

Acoss urges crossbenchers to reject 'unnecessarily cruel' welfare overhaul

The Australian Council of Social Service attempts to head off NXT support, saying changes will reduce payments for up to 80,000 peopleThe Australian Council of Social Service is mounting a last-ditch
Performance funding at university ‘not credible’, says education expert

Performance funding at university ‘not credible’, says education expert

A freeze on commonwealth grant scheme funding could risk penalising health and engineering coursesThe government’s plan to tie university funding to student performance is unlikely to make a big
Iran protests: deaths in custody spark human rights concerns

Iran protests: deaths in custody spark human rights concerns

At least three demonstrators believed to have been killed in custody amid violent crackdown on anti-government protestsHuman rights activists in Iran have raised concerns about mass arrests during the
Phone calls, Facebook and the odd nap: life as a judge in Myanmar | Joshua Carroll

Phone calls, Facebook and the odd nap: life as a judge in Myanmar | Joshua Carroll

New research suggests lax, poorly trained judges and shambolic court hearings that contravene local and international law are par for the course in MyanmarDefence lawyer Zar Li Aye was eating lunch
Australia's healthcare system contributing to 7% of nation's carbon footprint

Australia's healthcare system contributing to 7% of nation's carbon footprint

Study prompts calls for more energy-efficient hospitals and for doctors to use general anaesthetic alternatives to gasesAustralia’s healthcare system is contributing more than 7% of the nation’s
China's women break silence on harassment as #MeToo becomes #WoYeShi

China's women break silence on harassment as #MeToo becomes #WoYeShi

Beijing’s strict social control mean few have risked speaking out about misogyny but campaigners are beginning to make their voices heardIt has been 12 years since Luo Qianqian says she was pounced