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Peruvian officials begin impeachment process against president Kuczynski

Peruvian officials begin impeachment process against president Kuczynski

Representatives of most political parties agree to initiate proceedings to force out the president, who is caught up in a wide-ranging corruption scandalLegislators in Peru have begun impeachment
If Alexander loses Bennelong, Turnbull will slide into survival mode | Katharine Murphy

If Alexander loses Bennelong, Turnbull will slide into survival mode | Katharine Murphy

The consensus going into the byelection is for a Liberal win – and for the PM the alternative doesn’t bear thinking aboutIt’s fair to say that the voters of Bennelong, having been bombarded solidly
Republican tax bill moves closer to passage as key holdouts come on board

Republican tax bill moves closer to passage as key holdouts come on board

Bob Corker and Marco Rubio say they will vote in favor of $1.5tn billDonald Trump wants sign controversial legislation before ChristmasThe GOP’s $1.5tn tax reform bill is heading toward a final vote
Calls for regulation of universities partnering with military-linked foreign companies

Calls for regulation of universities partnering with military-linked foreign companies

Concerns raised about $20m partnership between University of Technology and Chinese state-owned company that develops bombsAustralian academics have called for tougher rules around university
Keneally has uphill battle to win against Alexander in Bennelong

Keneally has uphill battle to win against Alexander in Bennelong

Voters are determining the fate of Turnbull government as well as their local representative in a traditionally Liberal seatKristina Keneally will be fighting an uphill battle to win Saturday’s
Austria shifts to the right as new coalition deal is struck

Austria shifts to the right as new coalition deal is struck

Agreement between conservative and nationalist parties makes Sebastian Kurz, 31, Europe’s youngest leader Austrian conservative party leader Sebastian Kurz reached a coalition deal with the
Mother 'poisoned son to avoid trip to Syria with jihadi husband'

Mother 'poisoned son to avoid trip to Syria with jihadi husband'

Woman, 27, jailed for four years and six months for administering anti-psychotic drug and unknown noxious substanceA mother repeatedly gave her son anti-psychotic drugs and poison in a desperate
Rex Tillerson scales back offer of opening dialogue with North Korea

Rex Tillerson scales back offer of opening dialogue with North Korea

The secretary of state omitted his line from earlier in the week on US openness to talks ‘without pre-conditions’ following a rebuke from the White HouseRex Tillerson has said that the US was keeping
London Overground goes 24-hour, joining night tube

London Overground goes 24-hour, joining night tube

Passengers will be able to travel between Dalston in east and New Cross Gate in the south through night at weekends Passengers in east London will from now on be able to travel on the “night
Theresa May to back Brexit compromise to quell rebellion over date

Theresa May to back Brexit compromise to quell rebellion over date

To avoid second Commons defeat, PM will throw weight behind amendment giving MPs power to amend deadline if EU27 agreeTheresa May is ready to throw her weight behind a Brexit compromise from
Trump judicial nominee stumped on basic law questions at Senate hearing

Trump judicial nominee stumped on basic law questions at Senate hearing

Matthew Petersen, whom Trump nominated for the circuit court of the District of Columbia, struggled with a line of questioning on some key legal principles It will go down one as of the most
Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesian island of Java

Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesian island of Java

Reports of casualties and collapsed buildings after quake hits Jakarta and other cities on country’s most populous islandA strong earthquake has struck the Indonesian capital and other cities on the
Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd under pressure from Weinstein

Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd under pressure from Weinstein

Jackson said Miramax told him not to cast duo in Lord of the Rings seriesBoth actors refused Weinstein’s pressure to have physical relationshipsFilm director Peter Jackson has admitted to blacklisting
Trump turning US into 'world champion of extreme inequality', UN envoy warns

Trump turning US into 'world champion of extreme inequality', UN envoy warns

Special rapporteur Philip Alston, fresh from fact-finding tour, issues devastating critique of US society and condemns ‘private wealth and public squalor’The United Nations monitor on poverty and
EU to force firms to reveal true owners in wake of Panama Papers

EU to force firms to reveal true owners in wake of Panama Papers

Anti-corruption campaigners welcome move but criticise failure to include trusts in corporate ownership requirementsCompanies across the EU will be forced to disclose their true owners under new
What evil plots is the snow hatching? | Brief letters

What evil plots is the snow hatching? | Brief letters

Special light in St Ives | Antoinette Sandbach | Fidei defensor | Weather | Roger PlentyThe special light in St Ives is not a media illusion (Letters, 15 December). The town is situated on a
Many of Trump's comments 'racially charged', says ex-White House staffer Omarosa

Many of Trump's comments 'racially charged', says ex-White House staffer Omarosa

Manigault-Newman says she doesn’t consider the president a racist Ex-Apprentice contestant criticises lack of diversity in Trump administrationMany of Donald Trump’s comments have been “racially
Canada's spy agency settles lawsuit over alleged racist and homophobic bullying

Canada's spy agency settles lawsuit over alleged racist and homophobic bullying

Details of the settlement were kept confidential after five employees claimed ‘discriminatory behavior has become the accepted culture’ at the agencyCanada’s spy service has settled a C$35m lawsuit
Anna Soubry receives messages calling for her to be hanged as a traitor

Anna Soubry receives messages calling for her to be hanged as a traitor

One of 11 Conservative MPs who defied government whips over Brexit says she is worried for her staff who see abusive messages firstAnna Soubry, one of the 11 Conservative MPs who defied government
Trump judicial nominee can't answer basic legal questions at hearing – video

Trump judicial nominee can't answer basic legal questions at hearing – video

US senator John Kennedy asked one of Trump's district court judge nominees, Matthew Petersen, a series of questions on basic law, and he was unable to answer them. Concerns have been raised over the