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Merkel’s exit will leave a gaping hole in centrist politics | Rafael Behr

Merkel’s exit will leave a gaping hole in centrist politics | Rafael Behr

The German chancellor has been a torch-bearer for civilised values. Liberal democracy needs more figures like her Turning points in world affairs form flashbulb memories, vivid snapshots of the scene
The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change

The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change

While violence and poverty have been cited as the reasons for the exodus, experts say the big picture is that changing climate is forcing farmers off their land – and it’s likely to get worseThousands
Reserve Bank warns royal commission will hit bank profits

Reserve Bank warns royal commission will hit bank profits

Assistant governor says economic impact of the financial services inquiry could roll onThe fallout from the banking royal commission may hurt bank profits, and rising trade tensions could spark a
Can young people take back Wisconsin from Scott Walker's hard-right grip?

Can young people take back Wisconsin from Scott Walker's hard-right grip?

Walker has undone Wisconsin’s progressive past and turned it into a lab for rightwing governance – but millennials have a different vision for the futureOutside the Chazen Art Museum on the campus of
Murray-Darling authority accused of maladministration and ignoring best science

Murray-Darling authority accused of maladministration and ignoring best science

Royal commission counsel also says officials tried to lean on CSIRO to reduce water recovered for the environmentThe Murray-Darling Basin Authority has been accused of maladministration, deliberately
'Firearms safeguard freedom': Brazil's new president vows to relax gun laws

'Firearms safeguard freedom': Brazil's new president vows to relax gun laws

Jair Bolsonaro says it’s time to abandon ‘politically correct fallacy’ about guns, in first TV interview since election Brazil’s far-right, pro-gun president-elect has signalled he will seek to relax
New Zealand earthquake: 6.2-magnitude shake halts parliament

New Zealand earthquake: 6.2-magnitude shake halts parliament

Houses sway as strong quake under central New Zealand is felt in WellingtonA 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck central New Zealand, causing parliament to be suspended.The quake was felt most
Geoffrey Rush trial: Eryn Jean Norvill alleges actor touched her breast, left her frightened

Geoffrey Rush trial: Eryn Jean Norvill alleges actor touched her breast, left her frightened

Actor says cast of King Lear was ‘complicit’ in endorsing Oscar-winning star’s behaviourThe actor at the centre of accusations against Geoffrey Rush has claimed the actor “deliberately” touched her
Petrol prices: Craig Kelly pushes Coalition to consider $3.5bn reduction in excise tax

Petrol prices: Craig Kelly pushes Coalition to consider $3.5bn reduction in excise tax

Coalition MPs also want government to consider forced divestiture powers to break up petrol companiesCoalition MPs are calling for the government to consider reducing the petrol excise tax and
Unprecedented violence and fraud 'hijacked' 2017 PNG election – report

Unprecedented violence and fraud 'hijacked' 2017 PNG election – report

Damning analysis of elections found vote was undermined by fraud, violence and intimidationDemocracy in last year’s Papua New Guinea national election was “hijacked” in many places, with the vote
Lion Air crash: Indonesian authorities search underwater for bodies and plane

Lion Air crash: Indonesian authorities search underwater for bodies and plane

Relatives help with identification as rescuers say they don’t expect to find survivors from flight JT610A round-the-clock search is underway for the bodies of the 189 passengers onboard Lion Air
Tokyo garden loses fortune because ticket seller was scared to charge foreigners

Tokyo garden loses fortune because ticket seller was scared to charge foreigners

Man let about 160,000 tourists into Shinjuku Gyoen garden rather than risk being yelled at for not understanding themAn attendant at a popular garden in the heart of Tokyo has cost the facility
Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds

The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970,
Carey Mulligan calls for on-set childcare in film industry

Carey Mulligan calls for on-set childcare in film industry

Actor speaks out about lack of progress for working mothers in wake of #MeToo movement The actor Carey Mulligan has spoken out about the limited progress for working mothers in the film industry since
British academic accused of spying in Dubai released on bail

British academic accused of spying in Dubai released on bail

Matthew Hedges, who was arrested on a study trip to the UAE, told to remain in country pending court appearance A British academic being held in Dubai on spying charges has been released on bail after
Venice flooded by high tide – in pictures

Venice flooded by high tide – in pictures

The ‘acqua alta’ created havoc in Venice, as schools and hospitals were closed and citizens were advised against leaving their homes. The flooding, caused by a convergence of high tides and a strong
Oakland warehouse fire: pair to face trial after judge rejected plea deal

Oakland warehouse fire: pair to face trial after judge rejected plea deal

Judge said Derick Almena, one of two men charged in the Ghost Ship blaze, failed to show enough remorse for deadly fireThe two men charged with involuntary manslaughter over a warehouse blaze that
'No one wants the terrorists back': signs of Rohingya erased in Rakhine state

'No one wants the terrorists back': signs of Rohingya erased in Rakhine state

In Myanmar, the government is destroying Rohingya villages and the physical evidence of the killings that took place there All along the rutted road running from Inn Din village to Maungdaw town in
Trump accused of stoking immigration fears by sending 5,200 troops to border

Trump accused of stoking immigration fears by sending 5,200 troops to border

Critics allege abuse of military to push ‘anti-immigrant agenda’Trump tweets ‘our Military is waiting for you!’ before midtermsDonald Trump is to deploy more than 5,200 troops to the border with
Jamal Khashoggi: fiancee criticises Trump's response

Jamal Khashoggi: fiancee criticises Trump's response

Hatice Cengiz calls on western leaders to not allow cover-up and ensure justice is served Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has said Saudi authorities must not be