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Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures

Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures

Rapid urbanisation, dwindling groundwater reserves and changing rain patterns are driving a water crisis in the lower Himalayas of India and Nepal. Photojournalist Toby Smith took part in a research
Flight from LA to Tokyo turns around after four hours due to 'unauthorised person'

Flight from LA to Tokyo turns around after four hours due to 'unauthorised person'

It appears that a rogue passenger managed to proceed from check-in all the way to the final boarding pass check at LAX and board the wrong planeA Japanese airliner bound for Tokyo was forced to turn
'Honour' killings in Karachi shock Pakistan's largest city

'Honour' killings in Karachi shock Pakistan's largest city

Murders of teenagers show that poor communities in cities are becoming more entrenched in conservative valuesThe night Ghani Rehman was condemned to die, his father asked if they could share a last
Die Rekruten: the reality show on the frontline of the German army's battle for public support

Die Rekruten: the reality show on the frontline of the German army's battle for public support

A hit YouTube documentary may help to undo scepticism about the military as allies call for the country to play a bigger roleJulia weeps when ordered to remove her piercings, Jerome struggles with his
Chess champion to miss Saudi Arabia tournament over women's rights

Chess champion to miss Saudi Arabia tournament over women's rights

Anna Muzychuk won’t defend her titles because she doesn’t want to be treated like a ‘secondary creature’A two-time world chess champion has said she will not defend her titles at a tournament held in
The Russian Facebook scandal damages liberals as much as the right | Thomas Frank

The Russian Facebook scandal damages liberals as much as the right | Thomas Frank

The Republicans might have been tarnished by the St Petersburg troll factory, but Democratic fantasies about social media were rubbished in the processDecember is the month for retrospectives about
Flinders Street crash: Saeed Noori may be unfit for trial, lawyers say

Flinders Street crash: Saeed Noori may be unfit for trial, lawyers say

Former refugee with history of mental health problems appears in Melbourne court accused of driving into pedestrians Lawyers for a motorist accused of ploughing through pedestrians in the centre of
Australian woman escapes death sentence for drug trafficking in Malaysia

Australian woman escapes death sentence for drug trafficking in Malaysia

Judge accepts Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto had no knowledge of drugs in her bag in verdict on charge that carries a mandatory death sentenceAn Australian woman has been found not guilty of drug
Unions to fight casualisation of Australia's workforce

Unions to fight casualisation of Australia's workforce

ACTU boss calls for legislative changes to reverse trend, as push grows for casual workers to be able to convert to permanent employment after six months Unions have signalled they will campaign for
Race to evacuate sick from besieged eastern Ghouta region of Syria

Race to evacuate sick from besieged eastern Ghouta region of Syria

Almost 30 critical cases, including children with cancer, approved for help in area near Damascus where 400,000 people remain trappedCritically ill patients are being evacuated from the besieged

'This is insane': Erie, Pennsylvania buried under 1.3m of snow

Record snowfall over Christmas and Boxing Day has left the city battling a ‘snow emergency’A Christmas storm has dumped a record amount of snow on Erie, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas, burying
US announces sanctions on North Korea missile makers

US announces sanctions on North Korea missile makers

Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol are believed to be involved in moves to switch from liquid to solid fuel and advance ICBM developmentThe United States has announced sanctions on two North Korean
Aung San Suu Kyi ‘avoided’ discussion of Rohingya rape during UN meeting

Aung San Suu Kyi ‘avoided’ discussion of Rohingya rape during UN meeting

Myanmar state counsellor refused to engage in substantive talks about alleged violence against the Muslim minority, says envoyAung San Suu Kyi avoided discussing reports of Rohingya women and girls
New York City on track to end year with sharp drop in murder rate

New York City on track to end year with sharp drop in murder rate

The city recorded 278 homicides up to mid-December, compared with 325 last year, and police say there were the lowest number of index crimes since the 50sNew York City is on track to record a sharp
The year in Australian politics: Coalition struggles, but Labor fears it has peaked in polls | Katharine Murphy

The year in Australian politics: Coalition struggles, but Labor fears it has peaked in polls | Katharine Murphy

While the government wonders if it can overcome self-sabotaging tendencies, ALP insiders worry that the opposition isn’t sharp enough for the next big fight • Best of Bowers 2017: Australia’s
Australian news quiz of the year 2017

Australian news quiz of the year 2017

Test your memory about some of the Australian stories denounced below the line as ‘that’s not news’ this year (includes bonus New Zealand material) Pubs in Darwin were hit by a counterfeiting scam
Grenfell Tower management company hands responsibility back to council

Grenfell Tower management company hands responsibility back to council

Residents furious as Kensington & Chelsea TMO says it can no longer guarantee to fulfil its obligationsThe organisation that managed Grenfell Tower and manages thousands of other properties across
Panic on Oxford Street as armed police respond to reports of gunshots

Panic on Oxford Street as armed police respond to reports of gunshots

One woman hurt in fall as panic spreads among shoppers on central London street - but police find no evidence of weapon being firedArmed police were called to Oxford Street after panicked shoppers
Orrin Hatch grateful for 'honor' from Utah newspaper criticizing him

Orrin Hatch grateful for 'honor' from Utah newspaper criticizing him

After the senator posted an image of Salt Lake Tribune, spokesman said ‘we all sincerely hope the editorial board finds joy in something beyond baseless attack’The longest serving Republican senator,