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Wednesday briefing: Chancellor has chequered budget prospects

Wednesday briefing: Chancellor has chequered budget prospects

Accident-prone Hammond under pressure to deliver … David Cassidy dies aged 67 … and which alcoholic drinks make you happy or sadHello – it’s Warren Murray with the news in a nutshell. Continue
China turns its back on Comrade Bob to embrace change in Zimbabwe

China turns its back on Comrade Bob to embrace change in Zimbabwe

Resignation of Robert Mugabe greeted with relief in Beijing, which for years was autocratic leader’s most powerful allyConfirmation of Robert Mugabe’s ouster prompted revelry on the streets of Harare.
North Korean defector's daring escape caught on video

North Korean defector's daring escape caught on video

Footage shows regime soldiers pursuing and shooting at their compatriot, who was hit at least five times as he ran for his life across the borderDramatic footage has emerged showing a North Korean
North Korean soldiers shoot defector as he escapes – video

North Korean soldiers shoot defector as he escapes – video

The UN command has released a dramatic video showing the desperate dash to freedom made by a North Korean soldier. The video released on Wednesday shows the defector driving a jeep past North Korean
'I fear a German Trump': Merkel's struggles lead to thoughts of what next

'I fear a German Trump': Merkel's struggles lead to thoughts of what next

Some in Berlin see Angela Merkel as the calm hand that Germany needs and are unsettled by the prospect of new electionsPetra Leitholdt was far from enthusiastic about the prospect of new elections in
Silvio Berlusconi takes public office ban to human rights court

Silvio Berlusconi takes public office ban to human rights court

Appeal could mark political comeback of 81-year-old former Italian PM barred from running for office after tax fraud conviction An appeal against a ban on Silvio Berlusconi holding public office is to
End to Mugabe rule: other autocratic leaders may fear similar fate

End to Mugabe rule: other autocratic leaders may fear similar fate

As jubilation erupts in the streets at the resignation of Zimbabwe’s president how will the downfall affect the rulers of Uganda, DRC, Rwanda and Burundi? The fate of Robert Mugabe, who ran Zimbabwe
'Impossible' New Zealand maths exam even flummoxes teachers

'Impossible' New Zealand maths exam even flummoxes teachers

Complaints being investigated after ‘geometric reasoning’ section of high school paper left brightest students despondent and in tearsA New Zealand maths exam for high school students has been
Chinese censor feted by Mark Zuckerberg is accused of corruption

Chinese censor feted by Mark Zuckerberg is accused of corruption

Lu Wei, powerful and flamboyant former head of China’s Cyberspace Administration, is accused of ‘serious disciplinary violations’The former top official for internet censorship in China, who travelled
Labor and LNP scramble to bed down seats before Queensland election

Labor and LNP scramble to bed down seats before Queensland election

ALP reels after its message of ‘chaos’ under a Liberal National party-One Nation government is damaged by one of its ownAs the Queensland election campaign heads into its final stretch, Labor’s main
Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay fines of tourists who wore 'Borat' mankinis

Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay fines of tourists who wore 'Borat' mankinis

The scantily clad Czech men were fined $68 each by police in Kazakhstan after they were detained in the country’s capitalComic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech
Skye Kakoschke-Moore: NXT senator resigns over dual citizenship

Skye Kakoschke-Moore: NXT senator resigns over dual citizenship

Nick Xenophon Team senator says her mother was born in Singapore to British parents, but she had not believed she was eligible for British citizenshipThe Nick Xenophon Team senator Skye
Danone invests in firm selling bottled water from ocean floor

Danone invests in firm selling bottled water from ocean floor

Water comes from a deep ocean current off the coast of Hawaii and is desalinated using reverse osmosisEvian and Volvic owner Danone has put money into a Hawaiian bottled water from the bottom of the
Brian Eno and Roger Waters scorn Nick Cave's 'principled stand' to play in Israel

Brian Eno and Roger Waters scorn Nick Cave's 'principled stand' to play in Israel

Australian labelled ‘naive’ and ‘arrogant’ after he accused pro-boycott campaigners of trying to bully and censor musicians High-profile artists including Brian Eno, Roger Waters and Ken Loach have
Delhi police set up all-female motorbike squad to tackle crime against women

Delhi police set up all-female motorbike squad to tackle crime against women

Five years after shocking gang rape, rapid response unit aims to combat assault and harassment in India’s crowded capitalDelhi’s police force has created an all-female motorcycle squad in an attempt
Hinkley Point C subsidy has dealt consumers 'a bad hand', say MPs

Hinkley Point C subsidy has dealt consumers 'a bad hand', say MPs

Government accused of failing billpayers by agreeing to fixed price for 35-year contract that will cost £30bnMPs have accused the government of failing to protect consumers over the price it has
Philip Ruddock to examine if Australian law protects religious freedom

Philip Ruddock to examine if Australian law protects religious freedom

Cabinet appoints former Liberal minister to examine consequences of any changes in light of impending legalisation of marriage equalityThe former Liberal minister Philip Ruddock has been appointed to
Cabinet has considered allowing banking inquiry, Scott Morrison confirms

Cabinet has considered allowing banking inquiry, Scott Morrison confirms

Turnbull refuses to say if ministers have discussed the matter – saying only that the government’s position has not changedScott Morrison has confirmed that cabinet has discussed the possibility of
Saad Hariri returns to Lebanon after surprise resignation

Saad Hariri returns to Lebanon after surprise resignation

Prime minister, who has renounced power, flies back into country on eve of its independence day after prolonged stay in Saudi Arabia Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, returned to his home country
Manus humanitarian crisis a 'damning indictment' of Australia's refugee policy: UNHCR

Manus humanitarian crisis a 'damning indictment' of Australia's refugee policy: UNHCR

Refugee agency says situation inside detention centre ‘desperate’ and alternative accommodation ‘profoundly inadequate’ and still not fully constructed The humanitarian crisis on Manus Island is