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Tasmanian heritage forests at risk of 'catastrophic' bushfires, study finds

Tasmanian heritage forests at risk of 'catastrophic' bushfires, study finds

Researchers say amount of vegetation burnt by fires caused by lightning strikes rose dramatically this centuryThe amount of vegetation burnt by fires caused by lightning strikes in Tasmania’s world
Colombian rebels blamed for killing spree 400 miles inside Venezuela

Colombian rebels blamed for killing spree 400 miles inside Venezuela

Victims’ families say the National Liberation Army is behind October massacre that left at least seven miners deadWhen Nassif Suliman’s daughter Adela left their home in Tumeremo to pan for gold in
Snitch on a teacher: Bolsonaro win sparks push against 'indoctrination'

Snitch on a teacher: Bolsonaro win sparks push against 'indoctrination'

A lawmaker from the party of ultra-right president-elect is urging students to denounce teachers who complain about his victoryA newly elected lawmaker from the party of Brazil’s ultra-rightwing
Are we wrong to assume fish can't feel pain?

Are we wrong to assume fish can't feel pain?

We like to think fish have no feelings. And yet the idea that they have both memory and a capacity for suffering is gaining ground among scientists. By Carl Safina • More from this series: Animals
Emil Gayed: surgeon who left women mutilated says patients are 'misinformed'

Emil Gayed: surgeon who left women mutilated says patients are 'misinformed'

Exclusive: As major inquiry into botched surgeries prepares to report back, Gayed says of his operations ‘complications happen’A disgraced gynaecologist accused by dozens of women of performing
Hammond no longer on track to balance budget, says OBR

Hammond no longer on track to balance budget, says OBR

£30bn of extra spending and tax cuts is money chancellor might have saved for a rainy day, says Treasury forecaster Philip Hammond will allow the government’s spending deficit to rise next year as he
UK 'exaggerated number of lives saved' by maternal health aid project

UK 'exaggerated number of lives saved' by maternal health aid project

Watchdog says many more deaths could have been prevented given level of investment in Department for International Development programmesThe UK government has been criticised by an aid watchdog for
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,