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Shorten says Labor would support royal commission into power companies

Shorten says Labor would support royal commission into power companies

But opposition leader insists it must investigate whether privatisation has driven up pricesLabor has signalled it could support a royal commission into Australia’s power companies if the terms of
UK's grip slips on Chagos islands as Mauritius battles for exiles to return

UK's grip slips on Chagos islands as Mauritius battles for exiles to return

International court to hear testimony from 22 countries over Indian Ocean archipelago The UK has retained possession of a remote archipelago in the Indian Ocean that includes the strategic US airbase
Peruvian villagers face murder and intimidation from land traffickers

Peruvian villagers face murder and intimidation from land traffickers

Invaders continue to seize land within the Chaparrí ecological reserve, one of Peru’s most biodiverse forestsShortly after sunset, along an isolated stretch of highway leading out of a dusty hamlet in
Disempower far-right climate-change deniers. Don’t debate with them | Molly Scott Cato

Disempower far-right climate-change deniers. Don’t debate with them | Molly Scott Cato

A Ukip MEP has written a shamefully ignorant climate change report for the EU – it should never have happenedAfter a long, hot summer beset by record temperatures, drought and deadly fires, imagine my
'I get scared, but I'm staying': poignant words of murdered Mogadishu florist

'I get scared, but I'm staying': poignant words of murdered Mogadishu florist

Mohamed Mahamoud Sheik, who opened Somalia’s first flower shop, was killed on 2 August. In this previously unpublished interview, he talks about life in war-torn MogadishuDozens of young people
Marist brother who sexually assaulted five boys sentenced to nine months' jail

Marist brother who sexually assaulted five boys sentenced to nine months' jail

Sentence given to Gerard McNamara, 80, criticised as too lenient and ‘appalling’An elderly Marist brother and former school principal, who sexually assaulted five boys in regional Victoria while
UK factory growth stumbles amid trade wars and Brexit uncertainty - business live

UK factory growth stumbles amid trade wars and Brexit uncertainty - business live

All the day’s economic and financial news, including new healthchecks on the world’s factoriesLatest: British manufacturing growth has hit a 25-month lowEurozone factories also had a bad
Australians drinking less alcohol now than any time in past 50 years

Australians drinking less alcohol now than any time in past 50 years

Bureau of Statistics data shows beer still nation’s favourite drink, just ahead of wineAustralians are drinking less alcohol now than at any time in the past 50 years, and beer is still rated as the
Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar

Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya MuslimsTwo Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims have
Two hours with a stranger: can these questions open up a city?

Two hours with a stranger: can these questions open up a city?

A monthly meetup at one of Vienna’s traditional coffeehouses encourages strangers to push past small talk and aims to forge connections in the city – and a new culture of conversationThe shadows are
Women caned in Malaysia for attempting to have lesbian sex

Women caned in Malaysia for attempting to have lesbian sex

Rare punishment was carried out in a courtroom and witnessed by up to 100 people Two women found guilty of attempting to have sex have been caned in Malaysia’s conservative north-eastern state of
Siberia's forgotten women – a photo essay

Siberia's forgotten women – a photo essay

Photographer Oded Wagenstein visited a remote community in the depths of Siberia to discover the impact of ageing and isolation on the elder tribal womenIn a remote peninsula in northern Siberia lives
El Chapo's lawyers accuse government of 'an inquisition' as trial nears

El Chapo's lawyers accuse government of 'an inquisition' as trial nears

Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s defense team complain that their client is being systematically denied due processOn the face of it, criminal complaint 1:09-cr-00466-BMC is a straightforward drug-conspiracy
'I hated the stench and filth': India's scavengers escape dirty work

'I hated the stench and filth': India's scavengers escape dirty work

A project in Delhi is retraining people who clean human excrement with their bare hands to find work as housekeepersDuring Baby’s nine years as a scavenger removing human excrement from dry toilets,
'It’s not if, it’s when': the deadly pig disease spreading around the world

'It’s not if, it’s when': the deadly pig disease spreading around the world

Swine fever has made its way into China, home to half the world’s pigs. Farmers in Estonia are already counting the costOtt Saareväli, the owner of a pig farm in Lääne county in Estonia, is starting
Brazilians mourn museum's priceless collection amid anger at funding cuts

Brazilians mourn museum's priceless collection amid anger at funding cuts

Fears for artefacts including Roman fresco and 12,000-year-old human skeleton after national museum fireHistorians and members of the public have shared photographs of their favourite exhibits from
Searching for 'Cuddy's beads' on Lindisfarne  - Country diary archive, 6 September 1968

Searching for 'Cuddy's beads' on Lindisfarne - Country diary archive, 6 September 1968

6 September 1968 St Cuthbert’s necklace consists of the fossilised stalks of the crinoid, a primitive form of marine creature found on the island’s beachesNorthumberland In the little Priory museum on
Every Day is Extra review: John Kerry on Vietnam, Syria, Paris, Iran … and Trump

Every Day is Extra review: John Kerry on Vietnam, Syria, Paris, Iran … and Trump

The war hero, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate has plenty to write about – and to be right about John Forbes Kerry served nearly three decades in the Senate, four years as
Scientists hunt mysterious 'dark force' to explain hidden realm of the cosmos

Scientists hunt mysterious 'dark force' to explain hidden realm of the cosmos

Physicists say a fifth force of nature would ‘completely change the paradigm’Scientists are about to launch an ambitious search for a “dark force” of nature which, if found, would open the door to a
US-backed Kosovo land-swap border plan under fire from all sides

US-backed Kosovo land-swap border plan under fire from all sides

Deal on exchange of territory could pave way for settlement between Belgrade and PristinaA US-backed land-swap plan to redraw the borders of Kosovo is facing a growing chorus of criticism inside the