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Egypt security forces 'disappeared' and tortured US man, rights group says

Egypt security forces 'disappeared' and tortured US man, rights group says

Khaled Hassan, a 41-year-old limo driver from New York with joint US and Egyptian citizenship, was held for four monthsA limousine driver from New York was forcibly disappeared for four months,
Morrison eyes law to protect religion as Greens call for exemption rollback

Morrison eyes law to protect religion as Greens call for exemption rollback

PM backs new law proposed by Ruddock review allowing religion to be protected in same way as gender and raceScott Morrison has called for religion to be protected in the same way as gender and race,
Trump angry after South Korea signals it may ease North Korea sanctions

Trump angry after South Korea signals it may ease North Korea sanctions

President says Seoul will ‘do nothing without our approval’ after foreign minister says sanctions review under waySouth Korea has considered lifting economic sanctions designed to force North Korea to
Australia's executive pay backlash hits Telstra and Transurban

Australia's executive pay backlash hits Telstra and Transurban

Telco and toll-road firm face shareholder pushback over bonuses and ‘oversized’ pay Some of Australia’s largest companies are facing a concerted pushback from shareholders concerned about executive
Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero to be declared saint by Pope Francis

Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero to be declared saint by Pope Francis

The canonisation of the assassinated archbishop will take place on Sunday in RomeOscar Romero, the Salvadoran priest who championed social justice for the poor and dispossessed, will be proclaimed a
Ruddock religious freedom review: what is it and what do we know so far?

Ruddock religious freedom review: what is it and what do we know so far?

As leaked recommendations fuel controversy, we look at existing law and likely changes The Coalition has been forced to clarify its position on hiring and firing gay teachers and expelling gay
Donald Trump says the Fed has 'gone crazy' – video

Donald Trump says the Fed has 'gone crazy' – video

US president Donald Trump says Wednesday's stock market sell-off was a correction that was long awaited, but that the Federal Reserve, which has been raising interest rates, has gone 'crazy'. Continue
World stock markets dive as Trump attacks 'crazy' US rate hikes

World stock markets dive as Trump attacks 'crazy' US rate hikes

Europe suffers heavy losses and sell-off drags FTSE 100 into a correctionA jittery, volatile week on global financial markets has burst into a frenzy of selling, triggered by heavy losses on Wall
The right to expel gay children from school isn't about freedom; it's about cruelty | David Marr

The right to expel gay children from school isn't about freedom; it's about cruelty | David Marr

Why do religious leaders insist on this ugly law, when so many of their schools want nothing to do with it? Let’s face it: throwing kids out of school for being gay is disgusting. Not for a long, long
Asian countries dominate World Bank's new index of investment in 'human capital'

Asian countries dominate World Bank's new index of investment in 'human capital'

Index seeks to name and shame countries failing to invest in health and education to create productive childrenAsian countries have topped a new World Bank measure called the “human capital index” – a
AFP raids home affairs department over Peter Dutton au pair visa leaks

AFP raids home affairs department over Peter Dutton au pair visa leaks

Dramatic move follows a series of revelations concerning the granting of visas to au pairs by the ministerThe Australian federal police are conducting a search at the Department of Home Affairs
Anita Hill: Kavanaugh confirmation hearing 'disservice to the American public'

Anita Hill: Kavanaugh confirmation hearing 'disservice to the American public'

Professor said Senate committee response to Christine Blasey Ford mirrored her experience testifying against Clarence ThomasAnita Hill said Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing was a “disservice to
High hops: New Zealand ministry pumps millions into craft beer

High hops: New Zealand ministry pumps millions into craft beer

Ministry of primary industries takes part in project to create a new hops and beer for exportBureaucrats in New Zealand have decided to get into the craft beer game, contributing millions to help the
Briton imprisoned in UAE since May 'on suspicion of spying'

Briton imprisoned in UAE since May 'on suspicion of spying'

Foreign Office intervenes in case of man, who was reportedly in the country on a research tripThe foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has intervened in the case of a Briton being held in detention in the
'Hammers and a hoe': Indonesia keeps digging as official tsunami search ends

'Hammers and a hoe': Indonesia keeps digging as official tsunami search ends

Many may never find relatives swallowed up as the ground liquefied, but one woman says she will continue ‘with hammers and a hoe’Villages in disaster-hit Palu have been transformed into mass graves as
China 'legalises' internment camps for million Uighurs

China 'legalises' internment camps for million Uighurs

Laws revised in Xinjiang region to permit ‘education centres’ for ‘people influenced by extremism’ China’s far north-western region of Xinjiang has retroactively legitimised the use of internment
Two dead as Hurricane Michael batters Florida and Georgia

Two dead as Hurricane Michael batters Florida and Georgia

Governor Rick Scott warns of ‘unimaginable devastation’ as Florida Panhandle’s strongest cyclone in memory rages onHurricane Michael – as it happenedHurricane Michael unleashed a furious onslaught on
Stephen Hawking's final scientific paper released

Stephen Hawking's final scientific paper released

Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair was completed in the days before the physicist’s death in March• Black holes and soft hair: why Stephen Hawking’s final work is importantStephen Hawking’s final
Papua New Guinea hit by 7 magnitude earthquake

Papua New Guinea hit by 7 magnitude earthquake

Quake hit 200km south-west of Rabaul, triggering a tsunami warning, while 6 magnitude temblor strikes BaliA magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea, the
Hurricane Michael pounds Florida – video report

Hurricane Michael pounds Florida – video report

With 155mph winds at landfall, Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm to hit the continental US since Hurricane Andrew devastated south Florida in 1992. It has been downgraded to a category 3