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Morning mail: Townsville dam scrutiny, Labor's Adani challenge, Davos and the far right

Morning mail: Townsville dam scrutiny, Labor's Adani challenge, Davos and the far right

Wednesday: Questions raised over management of Ross River dam. Plus: the cosy relationship between Davos elites and far-right populistsGood morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main
Nobel peace prize winner Oscar Árias accused of sexual assault

Nobel peace prize winner Oscar Árias accused of sexual assault

Former president of Costa Rica denies claim from nuclear disarmament activist that he sexually assaulted her in 2014 Oscar Árias, the Costa Rican former president and Nobel peace prize laureate, has
Vietnamese blogger vanishes after fleeing to Thailand

Vietnamese blogger vanishes after fleeing to Thailand

Radio Free Asia editors last heard from Truong Duy Nhat on 26 January, a day after he applied for refugee status with the UN A Vietnamese blogger for Radio Free Asia has vanished after fleeing to
Deportation flights: ministers pandering to far right, says Lammy

Deportation flights: ministers pandering to far right, says Lammy

MP attacks decision to deport people to Jamaica before Windrush inquiry concludesLawyers have made eleventh-hour attempts to prevent the removal of several people scheduled to travel imminently on a
In Belfast the only consensus on Brexit is a huge, collective groan

In Belfast the only consensus on Brexit is a huge, collective groan

Backstop? No backstop? As May woos supporters, old rivals agree: all the options are doomed Theresa May visited Northern Ireland this week to pitch a deal that will “command broad support”. But on
Runner suffocated mountain lion after animal attacked him, officials say

Runner suffocated mountain lion after animal attacked him, officials say

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says man fought off the cougar, hiked out of the area after attack and drove himself to hospitalWildlife officials say a man who fought off a young mountain lion on a
Thatcher statue rejected by London to be erected in Grantham

Thatcher statue rejected by London to be erected in Grantham

Application approved despite warnings that sculpture could be targeted by vandalsLondon rejected it, the local police are concerned about it, and even a supporter said that it should be placed in the
Russia plans land-based intermediate missiles in two years

Russia plans land-based intermediate missiles in two years

Defence minister instructs military to develop missiles following collapse of US-Russia nuclear weapons treatyRussia’s defence minister has called on his country’s military to develop land-based
US commander says he was 'not consulted' on decision to leave Syria

US commander says he was 'not consulted' on decision to leave Syria

Gen Joseph Votel, head of Central Command, warned Isis will continue to pose a threat following US withdrawal The US military commander overseeing American troops in the Middle East has told a Senate
Apple to pay 10 years of back taxes to France

Apple to pay 10 years of back taxes to France

US tech firm has not disclosed sum but French magazine says figure is close to €500mApple has agreed to pay 10 years of back taxes to France, marking the latest victory for European governments
Zali Steggall says Labor needs to commit to stopping Adani coalmine

Zali Steggall says Labor needs to commit to stopping Adani coalmine

Independent challenging Tony Abbott says Shorten’s climate change policy isn’t ‘ambitious enough’Zali Steggall on challenging Tony Abbott – Australian politics live podcast The high-profile
Call for retraction of 400 scientific papers amid fears organs came from Chinese prisoners

Call for retraction of 400 scientific papers amid fears organs came from Chinese prisoners

Study finds failure of English language medical journals to comply with international ethical standardsA world-first study has called for the mass retraction of more than 400 scientific papers on
Brexit: May's pledge on Irish border threatens to reopen Tory rift

Brexit: May's pledge on Irish border threatens to reopen Tory rift

Brexiters fear PM’s Belfast speech steps back from previous assurancesTheresa May fired a warning shot at Brexit supporters on Tuesday, insisting there was “no suggestion” Britain would leave the EU
Bestselling author of The Woman in the Window 'lied about having cancer'

Bestselling author of The Woman in the Window 'lied about having cancer'

Investigation by the New Yorker finds that Dan Mallory, who writes as AJ Finn, repeatedly fabricated serious illnessDan Mallory, author of the bestselling thriller The Woman in the Window under the
Italy tourism minister attacks plans for Venice day-trippers charge

Italy tourism minister attacks plans for Venice day-trippers charge

Gian Marco Centinaio says plan to charge visitors up to €10 is ‘useless and damaging’The Italian tourism minister has criticised plans by Venice authorities to charge day-trippers to enter the city
Hatton Garden heist suspect has 'abnormal' walk, court hears

Hatton Garden heist suspect has 'abnormal' walk, court hears

Crown says Michael Seed has gait like that of suspect seen on CCTV during jewellery raid The Hatton Garden jewellery heist suspect known as Basil was linked to the crime by his “abnormal” walk, a
Brexit: May says she wants changes to backstop, not removal – Politics live

Brexit: May says she wants changes to backstop, not removal – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Northern IrelandMay to promise Brexit deal that Northern Ireland can supportArlene
Liam Neeson says he is not a racist in wake of rape comments

Liam Neeson says he is not a racist in wake of rape comments

The actor tells US TV he was ‘trying to stand up for my friend’ but now thinks his response was ‘horrible’Liam Neeson has denied he is a racist in an interview on US television, saying that he had
Maduro issues threat to jail Venezuela’s opposition leader

Maduro issues threat to jail Venezuela’s opposition leader

Incumbent asks how long Juan Guaidó will persist with his ‘virtual presidential term’Nicolás Maduro has issued a thinly veiled threat to the young opposition leader trying to force him from power,
British Isis hostage John Cantlie still alive, UK government says

British Isis hostage John Cantlie still alive, UK government says

Security minister declines to elaborate on whereabouts of journalist captured in Syria in 2012John Cantlie, the British journalist captured by Islamic State more than six years ago, is still alive,