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Australia's banks offer mea culpa ahead of royal commission report

Australia's banks offer mea culpa ahead of royal commission report

Anna Bligh admits industry has failed customers as Labor goads Morrison governmentAustralia’s big banks have launched a public mea culpa ahead of the release of the long-anticipated, likely
Climate change 2020: can the Democrats make it an election issue?

Climate change 2020: can the Democrats make it an election issue?

Several hopefuls are embracing the effort for a Green New Deal – but success will require overcoming legislative hurdlesCarl Shoupe, a 71-year-old who lives in Benham, Kentucky, at the foot of the
Trump: I ‘set the table beautifully’ for next border wall fight with Democrats

Trump: I ‘set the table beautifully’ for next border wall fight with Democrats

Trump indicated in interview that he will declare a national emergency on 15 February to secure funding for a border wallDonald Trump claimed in an interview broadcast on Sunday to have “set the table
Trump wants to keep US troops in Iraq to 'be able to watch' Iran

Trump wants to keep US troops in Iraq to 'be able to watch' Iran

Trump said he wanted to maintain a military presence, despite saying the invasion of Iraq was ‘one of the greatest mistakes’ Donald Trump wants to keep US troops in Iraq, in order to “watch” Iran.
Family of bullied Syrian schoolboy forced to move after threats

Family of bullied Syrian schoolboy forced to move after threats

Exclusive: sister says the family is struggling to come to terms with what happenedNine years after they were forced to flee the war in Syria, the family of a 15-year-old boy whose abuse at the hands
Yemen war: UN anchors ship off Red Sea port for 'neutral ground' talks

Yemen war: UN anchors ship off Red Sea port for 'neutral ground' talks

Vessel moored near Hodeidah hosts meetings with Yemen government delegates and Houthi rebelsYemen peace talks have been held onboard a UN-chartered boat anchored in the Red Sea in an attempt to find a
Witness claims El Chapo had sex with minors he called ‘vitamins’

Witness claims El Chapo had sex with minors he called ‘vitamins’

Unsealed documents made public just as jury is about to start deliberations in Joaquín Guzmán’s drug-trafficking caseUnsealed documents about the Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán contain
Thai family shares DNA with Yorkshire police to help identify body

Thai family shares DNA with Yorkshire police to help identify body

Mother fears body may be that of missing Lamduan, whom she last heard from in 2004DNA from a Thai family who think their missing relative could be a woman who was found dead in the Yorkshire Dales has
Super Bowl: Donald Trump would have 'hard time' letting son play football

Super Bowl: Donald Trump would have 'hard time' letting son play football

Football has been repeatedly linked to brain traumaPatriots and Rams face each other in Atlanta on SundaySuper Bowl live – the latest updates from Sunday’s big gameIn an interview broadcast on the
At least seven killed after train derails in Bihar, India

At least seven killed after train derails in Bihar, India

Coaches of Delhi-bound train leave track 30 miles from Bihar state capital, PatnaSeven passengers are reported to have been killed and several others injured when a Delhi-bound train derailed in
Ralph Northam will 'put Virginia first' and resign as governor, Democrat says

Ralph Northam will 'put Virginia first' and resign as governor, Democrat says

Former governor Terry McAuliffe: ‘Ralph is a good, moral man’Press conference and Michael Jackson story add to controversyRalph Northam will “put Virginia first” and resign as governor, a predecessor
Sajid Javid dismisses speculation of snap general election in June

Sajid Javid dismisses speculation of snap general election in June

Home secretary says ‘last thing we want is an election, the people will never forgive us’Sajid Javid has said “the last thing we want is a general election”, emphasising that the government is still
Chakrabarti defends Jeremy Corbyn's Venezuela remarks

Chakrabarti defends Jeremy Corbyn's Venezuela remarks

Shadow attorney general says Labour leader is ‘lifelong human rights defender’The shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, has defended Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader was criticised for
Local council's guilty verdict turns up heat on Czech PM Babiš

Local council's guilty verdict turns up heat on Czech PM Babiš

Billionaire is breaking conflict of interest rules by owning media outlets, council findsThe billionaire prime minister of the Czech Republic faces an unlikely political threat after his local council
Belgian kids march against climate change – why don't ours, ask Dutch

Belgian kids march against climate change – why don't ours, ask Dutch

Some put lack of action down to fundamental differences between the two countriesIt started with a solo protest outside Sweden’s parliament by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg and has snowballed across the
'It could be any of us': Arizona patient's sexual assault reveals lack of protection

'It could be any of us': Arizona patient's sexual assault reveals lack of protection

State disabilities council asks for tougher laws, protection for victims and public reporting of investigationsCarolyn Tillman loves her job. Many would consider it thankless. And it is true that most
How armed leftwing and rightwing groups united against racism

How armed leftwing and rightwing groups united against racism

A far-right group’s racist flyers led to dialogue among pro-gun groups in the Pacific north-west. But their alliance may be fragileRenewed far-right activism in the US Pacific north-west has led to an
RTE's Resistance shines nuanced light on Irish war of independence

RTE's Resistance shines nuanced light on Irish war of independence

Five-part drama concludes on Sunday and will be available to UK audiences in MarchIRA gunmen queasy about violence, a British soldier with a conscience, strong female characters and some nasty nuns –
Libby Squire: mother thanks those involved in search for Hull student

Libby Squire: mother thanks those involved in search for Hull student

Concerns growing for welfare of 21-year-old, who has not been seen since ThursdayThe mother of the missing student Libby Squire has thanked students who have helped look for her daughter, as concerns
Man arrested at Heathrow airport for 'threatening behaviour'

Man arrested at Heathrow airport for 'threatening behaviour'

Armed police called to T3 after initial reports of man seen in possession of a knifeA man has been arrested by armed police on suspicion of threatening behaviour at Heathrow airport.A Metropolitan