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Questions over German politician's 'links to Russian pipeline'

Questions over German politician's 'links to Russian pipeline'

Exclusive: Email links Wolfgang Kubicki – a candidate to be finance minister – to statement advocating potential of pipeline that critics say is opposed to EU interestsA candidate vying to be
Zimbabwe: was Mugabe's fall a result of China flexing its muscle?

Zimbabwe: was Mugabe's fall a result of China flexing its muscle?

The 21st century’s new global superpower is not just Zimbabwe’s ‘all-weather friend’ and top trade partner, close ties go back to the 1970s liberation era A visit to Beijing last Friday by Zimbabwe’s
Robert Mugabe's vast wealth exposed by lavish homes and decadent ways

Robert Mugabe's vast wealth exposed by lavish homes and decadent ways

Zimbabwe’s leader is said to have assets of £1bn – but since an EU crackdown in 2002, there has been little sign of extravagant spending outside the countryMugabe makes first public appearance since
Amid relief over Mugabe downfall, doubts over his likely successor

Amid relief over Mugabe downfall, doubts over his likely successor

After so long under one man’s rule, even limited reform introduced by Emmerson Mnangagwa would be welcomed by manyExcitement has been laced with a bitter sense of irony for many Zimbabweans
Do we need to have a different conversation about immigration?  – Common Ground podcast

Do we need to have a different conversation about immigration? – Common Ground podcast

This week we examine one of the most divisive issues in Australia: immigration and asylum policy. Is there a more nuanced way to look at the issue or do economic and security issues overwhelm the
Donald Trump tweets about Al Franken sexual harassment: 'Where do his hands go?'

Donald Trump tweets about Al Franken sexual harassment: 'Where do his hands go?'

President criticises Democratic senator’s actions but remains silent on Roy Moore, prompting fresh scrutiny of his own behaviour towards womenDonald Trump attacked Al Franken for sexual misconduct on
'Shocking failures': NT royal commission calls for closure of Don Dale

'Shocking failures': NT royal commission calls for closure of Don Dale

Commissioners uphold allegations of abuse in Darwin’s youth detention system and say the law is being ignoredThe Don Dale juvenile detention centre must close, and its high security unit shut down
Japanese rail company apologises after train leaves 20 seconds early

Japanese rail company apologises after train leaves 20 seconds early

Operator ‘deeply’ sorry for inconvenience to passengers after the 9.44.40am Tsukuba Express pulled away at 9.44.20amIt was an admission that would no doubt raise a sardonic smile among many commuters,
Jacinda Ardern retorts to Donald Trump: 'No one marched when I was elected'

Jacinda Ardern retorts to Donald Trump: 'No one marched when I was elected'

New Zealand prime minister describes lighthearted retort to US president after he ribbed her for ‘causing a lot of upset in her country’New Zealand’s new prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has described
Coldplay world tour brings in a fistful of money with $523m in ticket sales

Coldplay world tour brings in a fistful of money with $523m in ticket sales

A Head Full of Dreams show in Buenos Aires completes 114-concert series that is the third highest-grossing in historyColdplay generated more than $500m on their just completed global tour, the band’s
Autumn budget: Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport for new towns

Autumn budget: Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport for new towns

National infrastructure commission calls for the rate of housebuilding to be doubled across a swath of central EnglandPhilip Hammond is being urged to earmark £7bn for new transport links in the
NUS to investigate sexual harassment at universities

NUS to investigate sexual harassment at universities

National Union of Students to do first survey of staff sexual misconduct and universities’ responses to complaintsSexual harassment in universities is to be investigated by the National Union of
Labor drops call for inquiry into hacking of Christopher Pyne's Twitter account

Labor drops call for inquiry into hacking of Christopher Pyne's Twitter account

‘I spoke to Bill Shorten last night and we are satisfied … he has taken action to deal with it,’ Anthony Albanese says Labor has changed its tune on an inquiry into the hacking of the defence industry
Keystone pipeline leaks estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Keystone pipeline leaks estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Officials do not believe the leak in TransCanada Corp’s pipeline, which carries oil from Canada to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma, affected drinking waterTransCanada Corp’s Keystone pipeline
George HW Bush accused of groping woman while president

George HW Bush accused of groping woman while president

Michigan woman tells CNN Bush squeezed her buttocks at event in 1992Bush, 93, has faced several similar allegations but all after he left officeGeorge HW Bush was accused of groping a woman while
New Zealand seeks deal with Australia to resettle Manus and Nauru refugees

New Zealand seeks deal with Australia to resettle Manus and Nauru refugees

Jacinda Ardern seeks cooperation with Australian government after Peter Dutton warns of diplomatic consequences of striking unilateral deal with PNGNew Zealand says it will only take refugees from the
Queensland election: One Nation question dogs  LNP in leaders' debate

Queensland election: One Nation question dogs LNP in leaders' debate

Audience jeer Tim Nicholls for failing to give a direct answer over working with Pauline Hanson’s party, helping Annastacia Palaszczuk gain upper hand Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the
As a comic, Al Franken joked about rape, sex robots and Afghan women

As a comic, Al Franken joked about rape, sex robots and Afghan women

The Minnesota senator has apologised following allegations of sexual misconduct, and it is not the first example of his attitudes about women and sexSenator Al Franken of Minnesota apologised on
House Republicans pass major tax cut bill after Trump's closed-door speech

House Republicans pass major tax cut bill after Trump's closed-door speech

The legislation passed with support from all but thirteen Republicans and no Democrats, and now faces significant challenges in the SenateHouse Republicans passed major tax cut legislation on Thursday
Jared Kushner failed to disclose emails sent to Trump team about WikiLeaks and Russia

Jared Kushner failed to disclose emails sent to Trump team about WikiLeaks and Russia

President’s son-in-law forwarded emails to Trump campaign officialsKushner failed to turn over documents to investigators, senators sayJared Kushner shared emails within Donald Trump’s team about