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US markets: Mnuchin to convene crisis team amid White House chaos

US markets: Mnuchin to convene crisis team amid White House chaos

Treasury secretary talks to bank CEOs and calls together working group created after 1987 market crashThe US Treasury secretary has sought to calm market jitters about White House dysfunction and the
Australia heatwave to break Christmas weather records with temperatures up to 47C forecast

Australia heatwave to break Christmas weather records with temperatures up to 47C forecast

Temperatures to reach up to 12C above average in some parts of Australia, with authorities issuing fire warningsA heatwave will hit most of Australia this week that will push Christmas temperatures in
Indonesia denies using white phosphorous in West Papua

Indonesia denies using white phosphorous in West Papua

Angry response comes after newspaper claims chemical weapon was used in the remote region of NdugaIndonesian authorities have angrily denied allegations of a white phosphorus attack on villagers in
Ruth Bader Ginsburg up and working after surgery for lung cancer

Ruth Bader Ginsburg up and working after surgery for lung cancer

Supreme court justice, 85, had surgery on Friday to remove two malignant growthsSupreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery.A spokeswoman for the
Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar to lodge appeal

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar to lodge appeal

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who reported on Rohingya crisis, have spent more than a year in prison Two Reuters journalists jailed while reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar are set to appeal the
A fair dinkum flip-flop: a mashup of Australian politics for 2018  – video

A fair dinkum flip-flop: a mashup of Australian politics for 2018 – video

You’d be forgiven for thinking 2018 was a dismal year in Australian politics, with backstabbing leadership tussles, inaction on climate change, race-baiting scare campaigns and sexism in question
Queen tells nation to put aside differences in Christmas message

Queen tells nation to put aside differences in Christmas message

With Britain divided by Brexit, monarch will say peace and goodwill needed ‘as much as ever’The Queen will use her Christmas Day broadcast to say the Christian message of “peace on Earth and goodwill
Indonesia tsunami 2018: death toll rises to 281 after Sunda Strait disaster – live

Indonesia tsunami 2018: death toll rises to 281 after Sunda Strait disaster – live

Authorities warn toll will rise further as rescue teams reach areas hardest hit by tsunami prompted by volcanic eruption at Anak Krakatau 5.30am GMT Extraordinary footage circulating on social media
Indonesia tsunami caused by collapse of volcano

Indonesia tsunami caused by collapse of volcano

Expert confirmation comes as officials say country needs new tsunami early warning systemWhat caused the tsunami in Indonesia and why was there no warning?The deadly tsunami in Indonesia was triggered
Sacked NT minister Ken Vowles accuses government of 'ripping off' Indigenous people

Sacked NT minister Ken Vowles accuses government of 'ripping off' Indigenous people

Exclusive: Ousted Aboriginal affairs minister says Northern Territory governments use money meant for people in the bush to prop up DarwinThe sacked Northern Territory Aboriginal affairs minister Ken
Pop band Seventeen pay tribute to members killed in Indonesia tsunami

Pop band Seventeen pay tribute to members killed in Indonesia tsunami

Singer in local group Seventeen says bassist and manager are dead, while drummer, guitarist and wife missing after wave hit at concertDramatic video posted online showed the tsunami that struck
We should ban the 'best of' end of year lists – they make us feel guilty and old | Alex McClintock

We should ban the 'best of' end of year lists – they make us feel guilty and old | Alex McClintock

I will continue to take these lists as a reminder that my short time on planet Earth is relentlessly ticking awayI am not a grinch. I do not complain about jazzy Christmas carols, even though I’ve
Schiff will use subpoena powers if Trump quashes final Mueller report

Schiff will use subpoena powers if Trump quashes final Mueller report

Incoming House intelligence chair says he would do all in his power to make report of inquiry into collusion with Russia publicIncoming House intelligence chair Adam Schiff plans to use his subpoena
Birmingham airport reopens after flights suspended for two hours

Birmingham airport reopens after flights suspended for two hours

Flights had been delayed, diverted and cancelled due to a fault with the electronic flight plan system Birmingham airport has reopened after it suspended services due to an air traffic control fault
Congolese asylum seeker faces forced removal from UK on Christmas Day

Congolese asylum seeker faces forced removal from UK on Christmas Day

Fears Otis Bolamu, 38, will be tortured again if government returns him to DRC A Congolese asylum seeker who has been tortured by his government is facing forced removal from the UK to his home
Archaeologists find remains of horses in ancient Pompeii stable

Archaeologists find remains of horses in ancient Pompeii stable

Military officer’s stable preserved under ash from eruption of Mount VesuviusArchaeologists have unearthed the petrified remains of a harnessed horse and saddle in the stable of an ancient villa in a
British nuclear archive files withdrawn without explanation

British nuclear archive files withdrawn without explanation

Historical papers removed from public view by Nuclear Decommissioning AuthorityThousands of archive files relating to Britain’s nuclear weapons and atomic energy programmes have been withdrawn without
Trump forces defense secretary Jim Mattis to step down two months early

Trump forces defense secretary Jim Mattis to step down two months early

In act of payback, Trump brings departure forward to 1 JanuaryDeputy Patrick Shanahan named in acting Pentgaon roleDonald Trump is forcing defense secretary Jim Mattis to step down on 1 January, two
Tales of Christmas past and present | Letters

Tales of Christmas past and present | Letters

Readers on seasonal greetings, or the lack of them, alternative Christmas trees and the nativity in our timeHelen Cullen urges us to keep sending Christmas cards (Opinion, 18 December). My greatest
White House attacks on Fed chair fuel fears of market turmoil in 2019

White House attacks on Fed chair fuel fears of market turmoil in 2019

US Treasury secretary denies Donald Trump had suggested ousting Jerome PowellGlobal investors are braced for more turbulence in 2019 after the White House intensified its criticism of the US’s most