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EU leaders agree to move to second-stage Brexit talks - Politics Live

EU leaders agree to move to second-stage Brexit talks - Politics Live

The EU27 has agreed to a joint proposal from the UK and the European commission to move on to discussions about Britain’s future outside the bloc 5.00pm GMT My colleague Dan Roberts has looked into
First for Iran as museum celebrates works of woman exiled for decades

First for Iran as museum celebrates works of woman exiled for decades

First museum dedicated to solo female artist to display works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who gained international acclaim during years of exile Iran has opened its first museum dedicated to a
Brexit talks can move on to phase two, EU expected to say

Brexit talks can move on to phase two, EU expected to say

Joint proposal from British and EU negotiators set to be agreed on Friday morning to end tricky divorce phase of talks and move to transitionEU leaders are set to rule that sufficient progress on the
Aerial footage of cold lava spewing from Mount Agung in Bali – video

Aerial footage of cold lava spewing from Mount Agung in Bali – video

Cold lava was seen forming around the crater of Mount Agung, Indonesia's tallest volcano, in drone footage taken by the country's Volcano and Disaster Mitigation Agency. Cold lava flows, known as
The child abuse royal commission didn't flinch. Can Australia show the same courage? | David Marr

The child abuse royal commission didn't flinch. Can Australia show the same courage? | David Marr

The commissioners’ immense work now needs all the help it can get to overcome the religious establishment It’s huge. Don’t believe anyone who tells you they’ve already absorbed its lessons. Digesting
Australia ratifies UN protocol, agreeing to mainland detention centre inspections

Australia ratifies UN protocol, agreeing to mainland detention centre inspections

Under Opcat, the government will be obliged to establish an independent detention watchdog Australia has ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture – eight years after signing
California's Thomas wildfire enters its second week – in pictures

California's Thomas wildfire enters its second week – in pictures

Thomas fire, the largest of the blazes burning in southern California, has engulfed more than 900 buildings, including at least 700 homes, since it broke out on 4 December. The fifth biggest wildfire
Boris Johnson swigs can of peach juice from Fukushima

Boris Johnson swigs can of peach juice from Fukushima

Foreign secretary drinks down gift from Japan’s foreign minister in attempt to show food and drink from region is safe after triple nuclear meltdown“Yum.” That was foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s
Scrapping pokies in Tasmania risks ‘hundreds of jobs’, hospitality industry claims

Scrapping pokies in Tasmania risks ‘hundreds of jobs’, hospitality industry claims

Labor party election pledge would ‘destroy’ the pokies industry in Tasmania, says head of local hospitality associationTasmania’s peak hospitality body has blasted a Labor party election pledge to
Manchester City’s plan for global domination

Manchester City’s plan for global domination

Football has already been transformed by big money – but the businessmen behind Man City are trying to build a global corporation that will change the game for ever. By Giles TremlettOn 19 December
Six men sentenced to death in India for Dalit 'honour' killing

Six men sentenced to death in India for Dalit 'honour' killing

Shankar, 22, was hacked to death in Tamil Nadu by a gang of men including his wife’s father, because they did not approve of him marrying above his casteSix men have been sentenced to death in India
Macedonia says it needs prospect of joining EU to thwart authoritarianism

Macedonia says it needs prospect of joining EU to thwart authoritarianism

Country wants to find solution to naming dispute with Greece but must see progress in other areas, warns Radmila ŠekerinskaEfforts to promote liberal politics in the Balkans will be set back if
Japanese company to start paying employees in bitcoin

Japanese company to start paying employees in bitcoin

GMO Internet will pay portion of salaries in the cryptocurrency – whose prices have recently surged – from FebruaryA Japanese company will start paying part of its employees’ salaries in Bitcoin, as
Scotland Yard carrying out 'urgent review' after rape trial collapses

Scotland Yard carrying out 'urgent review' after rape trial collapses

Met officers failed to disclose messages between complainant and her friends – which cast doubt on the case – until the trial was about to closeScotland Yard is conducting an “urgent review” after a
'Slow-moving crisis' as Beijing bolsters South China Sea war platform

'Slow-moving crisis' as Beijing bolsters South China Sea war platform

US thinktank reveals satellite images showing new munitions depots, radar systems and fighter jet deployments to disputed region in 2017China has created military facilities about four times the size
Nigerian man jailed for role in global email scams

Nigerian man jailed for role in global email scams

David Chukwuneke Adindu tricked victims into wiring more than $25m into bank accounts he opened in ChinaA Nigerian man has been sentenced to three years and five months in prison by a US judge after

'We are delivering strong jobs growth': PM makes Bennelong pitch – video

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to reporters in Sydney ahead of the Bennelong byelection this weekend. Turnbull says voters are faced with a clear choice between John Alexander, who stands for
Delhi high court takes up lawsuit into Adani Group fraud allegations

Delhi high court takes up lawsuit into Adani Group fraud allegations

Indian government ordered to respond to claims energy firms conspired to siphon money from state and defraud consumersDelhi’s high court has taken up a lawsuit calling for an investigation into
MPs call for legal action over 'shocking' HS2 payouts

MPs call for legal action over 'shocking' HS2 payouts

Public body overseeing £55bn rail project ‘lacks basic financial controls’ with outgoing staff overpaid by £1.76m, committee warnsMPs have called on the government to consider legal action against the
Child sexual abuse royal commission delivers final report – live

Child sexual abuse royal commission delivers final report – live

The Australian royal commission into institutional response to child sexual abuse is publishing its recommendations after five years of inquiry into abuse and cover-ups over decades. Follow