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Sicilians take aim at oil 'monster' they blame for children's birth defects

Sicilians take aim at oil 'monster' they blame for children's birth defects

Italy’s biggest oil firm is accused of polluting an area where experts found more toxic substance than water in the sea Everyone in the Sicilian town of Gela knows someone who has been hit by the
James Packer questioned by AFP over Israeli PM corruption investigation

James Packer questioned by AFP over Israeli PM corruption investigation

Crown Resorts major shareholder voluntarily presents himself to AFP as a witness for Israeli authorities’ investigationBillionaire James Packer has been questioned by police in Australia over a
Kim Jong-nam had antidote to nerve agent that killed him in bag

Kim Jong-nam had antidote to nerve agent that killed him in bag

Toxicologist says North Korea leader’s half-brother was carrying vials containing atropine, an antidote for poisons such as VX and insecticidesKim Jong-nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korea’s
Independents targeted over residence by late digital campaign in Joyce byelection

Independents targeted over residence by late digital campaign in Joyce byelection

Pete Mailler, who is running for CountryMinded, lodges complaint with Australian Electoral CommissionRural independents are crying foul on the eve of the New England byelection over a late blast of
New Zealand could force disgraced NBC host Matt Lauer to sell $13m farm

New Zealand could force disgraced NBC host Matt Lauer to sell $13m farm

Government’s investment office seeking information about allegations against TV host which could question his fitness to own land in the countryNew Zealand is considering the fitness of scandal-hit US
Obama and Xi: all smiles as 'veteran cadres' reunite in Beijing

Obama and Xi: all smiles as 'veteran cadres' reunite in Beijing

The former US president’s visit comes at a time when the Trump administration was attacking China’s economic practicesFormer US president Barack Obama has met with Chinese president Xi Jinping in
South Australia turns on Tesla's 100MW battery: 'History in the making'

South Australia turns on Tesla's 100MW battery: 'History in the making'

Jay Weatherill marks the official launch as Elon Musk delivers on his promise to complete project within 100 daysThe world’s largest lithium-ion battery has officially been turned on in South
Alcohol lobby says ads don't make young people drink more

Alcohol lobby says ads don't make young people drink more

There is an ‘association’ between drinking and advertising but it isn’t causal, Alcohol Beverages Australia tells inquiryThe alcohol lobby has said there is no evidence its advertising causes young
Senate Republicans rush to win support for tax overhaul, seeking Friday vote

Senate Republicans rush to win support for tax overhaul, seeking Friday vote

Nonpartisan analysis released shortly before planned Wednesday vote finds plan would add $1tn to deficit, as several lawmakers voice continuing concernsSenate Republicans are scrambling to corral
Honduras election: protesters clash with police as opposition cries foul

Honduras election: protesters clash with police as opposition cries foul

The central American nation in crisis as rightwing incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez claws back poll lead amid vote-rigging allegations Honduras is teetering on the brink of its worst political crisis
Audit finds up to 1,400 Victoria buildings could have unsafe cladding

Audit finds up to 1,400 Victoria buildings could have unsafe cladding

Non-compliant panelling also detected in eight hospitals in the state, and 12 others are under assessmentUp to 1,400 buildings in Victoria could have potentially dangerous panelling, similar to the
One Nation senator condemned for warning schoolkids may become Islamist terrorists

One Nation senator condemned for warning schoolkids may become Islamist terrorists

Letters from Brian Burston to school principals sent on Senate letterhead with no mention of One NationA One Nation senator is writing to school principals warning them their children risk turning
São Paulo 'exclusively for business, by business' at expense of urban poor

São Paulo 'exclusively for business, by business' at expense of urban poor

Property speculation has created a community of ‘invisible, extremely vulnerable’ people in Brazil’s largest city, Raquel Rolnik tells Guardian CitiesSão Paulo should be for all people, not all
Mexican man found not guilty of murder in San Francisco case Trump condemned

Mexican man found not guilty of murder in San Francisco case Trump condemned

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate said death of Kate Steinle was accidental in case that fueled debate over immigration and ‘sanctuary cities’A jury on Thursday found a Mexican man not guilty of murder in the
Pterosaurs: record haul of egg fossils from ancient flying reptile found in China

Pterosaurs: record haul of egg fossils from ancient flying reptile found in China

Scientists unearth 215 eggs with preserved embryos of the fish-eating Hamipterus tianshanensis, providing fresh understanding of dinosaur’s cousin A discovery in northwestern China of hundreds of
Christians should pray for Prince George to be gay, says C of E minister

Christians should pray for Prince George to be gay, says C of E minister

Very Rev Kevin Holdsworth says C of E will be forced to support same-sex marriage if the ‘Lord blesses George with the love of a fine young gentleman’Christians should pray for Prince George to be gay
Belgian artist rescued from installation representing 'inescapable burden of history'

Belgian artist rescued from installation representing 'inescapable burden of history'

Man chained to block of marble had to be cut free after he failed to liberate himself by chiselling away at the stoneA Belgian man who chained himself to a block of marble to show the “burden of
Cancer drug offers tantalising hope for HIV cure

Cancer drug offers tantalising hope for HIV cure

Patient given nivolumab, a new generation cancer drug, shown to have a reduced reservoir of dormant HIV cells and a boosted immune response A new generation cancer drug has raised hopes for those
Chronicling homelessness: the photographer living on streets all over the world

Chronicling homelessness: the photographer living on streets all over the world

Ed Gold has had several series published by the BBC, but he can’t afford a home – so he sleeps outside as he travels the globe for his workSign up to our monthly Outside in America newsletterEd Gold,
Magnitude 4.1 earthquake hits Delaware and jolts eastern US coast

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake hits Delaware and jolts eastern US coast

US Geological Survey says quake struck Thursday afternoon and was centered near the city of Dover, but was widely felt around the Mid-Atlantic regionAn earthquake has jolted the Mid-Atlantic region of