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Protests planned as Spanish PM and Catalan leader meet in Barcelona

Protests planned as Spanish PM and Catalan leader meet in Barcelona

Demonstrators vow to take to streets on first anniversary of snap regional electionThe Spanish prime minister and the separatist leader of Catalonia are to meet in Barcelona as demonstrators prepare
Denmark approves plan to send foreign criminals to tiny island

Denmark approves plan to send foreign criminals to tiny island

Parliament passes scheme affecting 100 criminals who cannot be deported The Danish parliament has approved funding for a plan to hold foreign criminals on a tiny island, despite criticism from the UN
China accused of 'tit-for-tat' over detention of Canadian woman

China accused of 'tit-for-tat' over detention of Canadian woman

Third Canadian held in China after recent arrest of Huawei executive in VancouverThe Chinese foreign ministry has said a Canadian woman is undergoing “administrative punishment” for working illegally,
Philip Wilson: former archbishop's quashed conviction won't be appealed by DPP

Philip Wilson: former archbishop's quashed conviction won't be appealed by DPP

NSW attorney general says he has requested independent legal advice after DPP’s decisionThe New South Wales director of public prosecutions will not be appealing against the decision of a judge who
Mystery of sonic incidents keeps Americans and Cubans divided

Mystery of sonic incidents keeps Americans and Cubans divided

Claims that two dozen diplomats who fell ill were victims of ‘attacks’ have put relations back in the deep freezeIn front of the US embassy in Havana stands a rusting forest of flagpoles, initially
Festive fun in a Brazilian prison – in pictures

Festive fun in a Brazilian prison – in pictures

Female inmates at Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro have been getting in the festive spirit as they prepare to spend Christmas away from their families Continue reading...
Girl, 10, dies after female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone

Girl, 10, dies after female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone

Renewed calls for country to end practice after girl bleeds to death following mass initiation into secret societyA 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation during a mass
Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us

Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us

We knew that being connected had a price – our data. But we didn’t care. Then it turned out that Google’s main clients included the military and intelligence agencies. By Yasha LevineThe internet
Ireland calls no-deal Brexit plan a ‘damage limitation exercise’

Ireland calls no-deal Brexit plan a ‘damage limitation exercise’

Irish government says security, travel and trade will suffer if UK crashes out of EUSecurity in Ireland would be “seriously impacted” by a no-deal Brexit because of sudden changes to the arrangements
Dick Cheney is back but rehabilitation is not on Darth Vader's agenda

Dick Cheney is back but rehabilitation is not on Darth Vader's agenda

A new film takes a look at the power behind George W Bush’s throne – a man who brought war, torture and moral rotMary Poppins Returns will face some unlikely competition for the Golden Globe award for
Home Office criticised for deleting records on death of detainee

Home Office criticised for deleting records on death of detainee

Coroner in case of man facing deportation who died in custody accuses officials of manipulating statisticsA coroner has accused the Home Office of “manipulating statistics” relating to deaths in
Asian shares battered after Fed raises rates for fourth time

Asian shares battered after Fed raises rates for fourth time

Tokyo falls more than 3% and Sydney hits two-year low on news, as China responds with a targeted rate cut for businessesAsian stock markets have taken a battering after the US Federal Reserve voted to
Industry backs NSW call for Morrison government to require emissions cut

Industry backs NSW call for Morrison government to require emissions cut

Australian Industry Group says an emissions reduction obligation in national policy is ‘vastly superior’ to separate state schemesThe New South Wales government’s call to end the “climate wars” has
'Finding Dory' aquarium sorry for insensitive tweet about Abby the large otter

'Finding Dory' aquarium sorry for insensitive tweet about Abby the large otter

Social media strategy goes awry after tweet about size of one of its animals backfiresAn American aquarium immortalised in the film Finding Dory has apologised for a foray into social media in which
‘Just make the trains run on time’: Germans turn on Deutsche Bahn

‘Just make the trains run on time’: Germans turn on Deutsche Bahn

Cancelled trains and lengthy delays have turned a once-trusted railway system into a source of national shameCancelled trains, lengthy delays, cracked bridges and wildcat strikes by disgruntled
Rowdy with a chance of meatballs: New Zealand in frenzy at arrival of Ikea

Rowdy with a chance of meatballs: New Zealand in frenzy at arrival of Ikea

After years of rumours, the Swedish furniture store will open its first outlet in the countryNew Zealanders have been whipped into a frenzy by the news that Swedish furniture giant Ikea will be
Hakeem al-Araibi: Australia pours cold water on citizenship bid for refugee footballer

Hakeem al-Araibi: Australia pours cold water on citizenship bid for refugee footballer

Peter Dutton’s department says minister does not have power to automatically grant citizenshipThe Department of Home Affairs has poured cold water on a pitch to have citizenship granted on
Japan to resume commercial whaling after leaving IWC – report

Japan to resume commercial whaling after leaving IWC – report

Tokyo denies report by Kyodo news agency that government will reveal its decision by the end of the yearJapan is to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial
Judge blocks Trump policy denying asylum for gang and domestic violence victims

Judge blocks Trump policy denying asylum for gang and domestic violence victims

In San Francisco, a judge extended an order blocking efforts to ban asylum for those who illegally cross the US-Mexico border A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that
Sydney seaplane crash: last images taken by British family on final journey released

Sydney seaplane crash: last images taken by British family on final journey released

Crash report finds pilot was ‘normal, upbeat and happy’ on day of the crash and no evidence of a birdstrike or in-flight breakupA report into a New Year’s Eve seaplane crash that killed five Britons