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Extreme heatwave in Australia: catastrophic fire conditions as temperature records broken

Extreme heatwave in Australia: catastrophic fire conditions as temperature records broken

Marble Bar in WA reaches 49.3C as parts of SA and Victoria issued bushfire warning, and extreme weather forecast to continue into next weekTemperature records have been broken as a heatwave continues
Three men evacuated from Manus Island after spate of suicide attempts

Three men evacuated from Manus Island after spate of suicide attempts

At least one of the men among those brought back to Manus from Port Moresby ahead of Apec summit as part of ‘security preparations’ A mental health crisis among refugees and asylum seekers on Manus
Man charged with Christmas Day murder in Maidstone

Man charged with Christmas Day murder in Maidstone

Mohammad Qoraishi, 27, was arrested after 19-year-old woman was found dead at property in KentA man has been charged with murder after a 19-year-old woman was found dead in Kent on Christmas
Sydney police officer appears to shove driver and use racist language – video

Sydney police officer appears to shove driver and use racist language – video

Video footage posted online appears to show an officer telling an Asian man to 'go back to China'. The officer can be seen stopping the man in his car in the Sydney suburb of Carlingford on Christmas
'Loving it': children walk from one end of New Zealand to the other

'Loving it': children walk from one end of New Zealand to the other

Jonathan Rapsey, six, and Elizabeth, nine, tackle trek with parents to become youngest to walk Te Araroa trailTwo children are on track to become the youngest to walk the national trail running the
John Major took dim view of Murdoch's papers, archives show

John Major took dim view of Murdoch's papers, archives show

Then home secretary Michael Howard ignored request not to attend media mogul’s dinnerMichael Howard refused to “catch a diplomatic chill” as home secretary so he could avoid a dinner with Rupert
Thatcher dismissive of Mandela after first phone chat, files reveal

Thatcher dismissive of Mandela after first phone chat, files reveal

Major apologised to Bill Clinton over draft-dodging suspicionsJohn Major’s cabinet considered holding EU vote, papers revealSaga of horse given to John Major by Turkmenistan Margaret Thatcher
Newly declassified files show Thatcher's gloom over Irish border

Newly declassified files show Thatcher's gloom over Irish border

Dublin’s National Archives receives document of heated 1988 exchange with taoiseach as Northern Ireland teeteredMargaret Thatcher admitted she was sending young boys “to their deaths” as she descended
John Major's cabinet considered holding EU vote, papers reveal

John Major's cabinet considered holding EU vote, papers reveal

Ministers could not agree on question for referendum aimed at quelling EuroscepticismJohn Major’s ministers considered holding a referendum about the European Union in 1994 but could not decide what
How rising populism could shake up European elections

How rising populism could shake up European elections

Senior EU source says surge in anti-European parties could create a ‘mess’ in parliamentIt is the biggest electoral contest in Europe, but frequently leaves many voters indifferent. Turnout in
'Miracle' rescue of 12-year-old boy buried by avalanche in French Alps

'Miracle' rescue of 12-year-old boy buried by avalanche in French Alps

Boy was found alive and uninjured after being buried under an avalanche for 40 minutes A 12-year-old boy in the French Alps was found alive and uninjured after being buried under an avalanche for 40
Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina heads for tainted victory

Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina heads for tainted victory

Prime minister presides over burgeoning economy but is accused of holding onto power partly by jailing, disappearing or silencing oppositionBangladeshis will vote on Sunday on whether to grant a
Boston Marathon bomber seeks to overturn conviction and death sentence

Boston Marathon bomber seeks to overturn conviction and death sentence

Refusal to move Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s case to another city not traumatized by the bombings deprived him of a fair trial, his lawyers argueLawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday
Instagram update: change to horizontal scrolling prompts online uproar

Instagram update: change to horizontal scrolling prompts online uproar

Picture-sharing platform retracts horizontal-scrolling feature within an hour of ‘mistaken’ rollout to users The photo-sharing social media site Instagram has apologised after rolling out a major
Justine Damond shooting accused seeks to recreate scene while moon in same phase

Justine Damond shooting accused seeks to recreate scene while moon in same phase

Mohamed Noor’s lawyer requests access to Minneapolis police car to ‘allow testing’The police officer accused of murdering the Australian life coach Justine Damond-Ruszczyk in a Minneapolis alley is
US government shutdown over border wall will last into 2019

US government shutdown over border wall will last into 2019

Both houses adjourn without acting to end closure, as Democrats prepare to assume control of Congress next weekA partial government shutdown caused by an impasse over Donald Trump’s proposed wall on
Video exists of alleged Kevin Spacey assault, according to court documents

Video exists of alleged Kevin Spacey assault, according to court documents

Police said to have a Snapchat video taken by 18-year-old who alleges actor assaulted him at a Massachusetts barPolice have video of Kevin Spacey touching the crotch of an 18-year-old busboy he
Frenchman, 71, begins bid to float across Atlantic in a barrel

Frenchman, 71, begins bid to float across Atlantic in a barrel

Jean-Jacques Savin hopes to complete 4,500km journey in three months powered only by ocean currents A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially designed barrel
Margate woman held on suspicion of murdering two children

Margate woman held on suspicion of murdering two children

37-year-old had been involved in a car crash before bodies were found in a house A 37-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering two children in Margate.Kent police said the children,
Air Force One spotted in Sheffield: how UK enthusiast revealed Trump's Iraq trip

Air Force One spotted in Sheffield: how UK enthusiast revealed Trump's Iraq trip

Alan Meloy photographed distinctive plane in skies over Yorkshire on Boxing DayWhen Donald Trump flew to Iraq on Christmas Day for a top secret visit, the US government took every precaution to avoid