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One in five parents had payments cut in first six months of new welfare program

One in five parents had payments cut in first six months of new welfare program

Exclusive: Inquiry into ParentsNext told government threatening to leave disadvantaged parents ‘without money for food for them and their babies’One in five parents on the government’s contentious
'I'm petrified': 10 years on, Black Saturday trauma still haunts

'I'm petrified': 10 years on, Black Saturday trauma still haunts

Survivors of the Kinglake bushfire of 7 February 2009, which took 120 lives, talk about their struggle to move onAn Australian tragedy that redefined the way we live with fire “Half the town is on
Bank sewer burglars left gold bars strewn across vault floor

Bank sewer burglars left gold bars strewn across vault floor

Man, 27, held over Antwerp bank raid as details emerge of thieves making off hastily after alarm soundedBurglars who broke into a bank in Antwerp’s diamond quarter by crawling through tunnels and a
Met Office: global warming could exceed 1.5C within five years

Met Office: global warming could exceed 1.5C within five years

Lowest Paris agreement target may temporarily be surpassed for first time between now and 2023Global warming could temporarily hit 1.5C above pre-industrial levels for the first time between now and
Russian jailing of Jehovah's Witness raises persecution fears

Russian jailing of Jehovah's Witness raises persecution fears

Danish builder arrested at prayer meeting imprisoned for organising ‘extremist group’A Russian court has found a Danish Jehovah’s Witness guilty of organising a banned extremist group and jailed him
The killing of large species is pushing them towards extinction, study finds

The killing of large species is pushing them towards extinction, study finds

Intentional and unintentional trapping, poaching and slaughter of megafauna is the single biggest factor in their declineThe vast majority of the world’s largest species are being pushed towards
UAE officials suggest detained UK football fan beat himself up

UAE officials suggest detained UK football fan beat himself up

Official denies British tourist Ali Issa Ahmad was arrested for wearing Qatar shirtFriends of the British football fan arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates have called on the Gulf state’s
Salif Keita: ‘Democracy is not a good thing for Africa’

Salif Keita: ‘Democracy is not a good thing for Africa’

The ‘golden voice of Africa’ has just released his final album. And though he is visibly tired, he is still in love with his guitarSalif Keita, Mali’s most famous musical son, is going home. “I’m
Donald Trump's 2019 State of the Union address – video highlights

Donald Trump's 2019 State of the Union address – video highlights

Donald Trump has delivered his second State of the Union address, calling for bipartisan unity before taking aim at ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’, while continuing his demand for a US-Mexico
Germany's cabinet approves revision to Nazi-era abortion law

Germany's cabinet approves revision to Nazi-era abortion law

Doctors are currently banned from advertising services and offering information onlineGermany’s cabinet has approved a revision to the country’s controversial, Nazi-era abortion law, a move that –
From Iraq to Yemen: the grubby business of counting the war dead

From Iraq to Yemen: the grubby business of counting the war dead

A Labour MP’s grotesque take on Yemen war casualties serves only to show the sordid and politicised nature of body countsCounting the bodies in conflicts is a necessary, confusing and too often sordid
Thornberry: it is wrong to recognise Guaidó as interim Venezuela president

Thornberry: it is wrong to recognise Guaidó as interim Venezuela president

Shadow foreign secretary also rebukes Maduro’s record in speech on Labour policyThe shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, has broken with the consensus among Europe’s major powers by saying it
Questions over lifestyle of Putin's aide and his wife's $10m property empire

Questions over lifestyle of Putin's aide and his wife's $10m property empire

Exclusive: Revelations revive concerns over couple’s wealth and potential benefits of close relationship with Russian presidentThe wife of Vladimir Putin’s press spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has
House of Palestine: the architectural wonder built by a West Bank oil tycoon

House of Palestine: the architectural wonder built by a West Bank oil tycoon

The richest man in the occupied territories has indulged his passion for Palladio – by creating a replica of his Villa Rotunda and filling it with priceless treasuresA terracotta-tiled dome pokes up
Almaty spills its secrets: lost Soviet art discovered behind wall

Almaty spills its secrets: lost Soviet art discovered behind wall

Thanks to the Kazakhstan city’s loss of capital status in the 90s, rare mosaics, sgraffiti and other artworks escaped destructionWhen Jama Nurkalieva and a small group of colleagues conducted a site
Call to investigate James Brown's death after murder claims

Call to investigate James Brown's death after murder claims

Doctor who signed soul legend’s death certificate airs doubts, while suspicions also raised over death of Brown’s third wife, AdrienneMore than a dozen people have called for a new inquiry into the
Amnesty International has toxic working culture, report finds

Amnesty International has toxic working culture, report finds

Bullying, public humiliation and discrimination threaten rights group’s credibilityAmnesty International has a “toxic” working environment, with widespread bullying, public humiliation, discrimination
It's a disaster when home isn't considered 'a home' for flood relief

It's a disaster when home isn't considered 'a home' for flood relief

Many Palm Islanders staying in Townsville aren’t eligible for support payments despite being evacuatedFor the past six weeks, Sophia Barry has been staying with relatives while she tried to find a
German recession fears grow as factory orders tumble - business live

German recession fears grow as factory orders tumble - business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as Germany’s manufacturers struggle againGerman factory orders slumped 1.6% in December Order books were 7% lower than 12 months ago Economy
‘They are murderers’: special forces unit strikes fear in Venezuelans

‘They are murderers’: special forces unit strikes fear in Venezuelans

Activists suspect Nicolás Maduro has tasked Faes with pacifying the city’s barrios in bid to snuff out protest in areas once considered the cradle of ChavismoA flickering candle and 19 rose petals –