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Church of Scientology stabbing: teenage boy charged with murder

Church of Scientology stabbing: teenage boy charged with murder

Sixteen-year-old also faces charges of common assault and affray over attack at Scientology centre in SydneyA teenage boy has been charged with the stabbing murder of a Church of Scientology member at
Latin American governments urge Maduro to cede power

Latin American governments urge Maduro to cede power

A dozen countries and Canada questioned the legitimacy of the Venezuelan president’s soon-to-be second termA dozen Latin American governments and Canada have delivered a blistering rebuke to
Government shutdown could last for years, says Trump – video

Government shutdown could last for years, says Trump – video

The partial government shutdown, which hit the two-week mark on Friday, could continue indefinitely after a meeting between Donald Trump and top Democrats failed to resolve their dispute. The
Mexican president Amlo reveals $23,000 in savings – and no credit card

Mexican president Amlo reveals $23,000 in savings – and no credit card

Leftwing president cut his own pay to $65,000 a yearAmlo to sell presidential plane and travel in Volkswagen JettaDespite spending his adult life in a political system where public service is seen as
Five teenagers dead after fire in 'escape room' in Poland

Five teenagers dead after fire in 'escape room' in Poland

Girls, 15, had been celebrating a birthday at the venue in northern city of Koszalin Five teenage girls have died and one man was seriously injured after a fire broke out at an “escape room”
Residents of Opal Tower must spend another week away from their homes

Residents of Opal Tower must spend another week away from their homes

More bad news for Sydney tower residents as subcontractors blame pricing pressure for faults such as cracksAs residents of Sydney’s Opal Tower found out they would spend another week away from their
El Chapo v El Vicentillo: son of cartel's co-founder testifies against drug lord

El Chapo v El Vicentillo: son of cartel's co-founder testifies against drug lord

Vicente Zambada Niebla, son of the Joaquín Guzmán’s longtime partner, had been groomed to take over Mexico’s Sinaloa cartelOne of the greatest betrayals in mafia history emerged into open court this
Senior US official: Saudi version of Khashoggi murder 'not credible'

Senior US official: Saudi version of Khashoggi murder 'not credible'

Comments come as the US secretary of state embarks on a tour of Arab capitals The US does not believe the official Saudi version of the murder of the Washington Post columnist and dissident Jamal
France steps up efforts to prevent Channel crossings

France steps up efforts to prevent Channel crossings

French authorities to improve cooperation with UK and increase coastal surveillanceThe French authorities have set out plans to prevent people in small boats risking the dangerous Channel crossing to
May and Juncker speak as she struggles to break Brexit impasse

May and Juncker speak as she struggles to break Brexit impasse

No 10 refuses to provide details of call, with PM battling to obtain assurances on backstopTheresa May has spoken to Jean-Claude Juncker as part of her effort to obtain further written reassurances
Activists protest against Ireland's new abortion services

Activists protest against Ireland's new abortion services

Pro-choice groups condemn picket of clinic as health service warns of fake websitesAnti-abortion activists have struck back against Ireland’s introduction of abortion services by picketing a clinic
Ex-Credit Suisse bankers arrested in $2bn fraud investigation

Ex-Credit Suisse bankers arrested in $2bn fraud investigation

Trio arrested in London on US charges as calls grow for debt claim against Mozambique to be droppedThree former Credit Suisse bankers have been arrested in London on US charges of alleged involvement
Fire breaks out at Ivy restaurant in Manchester

Fire breaks out at Ivy restaurant in Manchester

Footage on social media shows flames coming from roof of venue in city centreA fire has broken out at the Ivy restaurant in Manchester.Videos posted on social media showed flames coming from the roof
Gatwick returns to normality but drone threat remains

Gatwick returns to normality but drone threat remains

Confusion still hangs over the investigation into airport’s three days of chaos last monthSix days before Christmas, an airport security officer at Gatwick was finishing his shift at about 9pm when he
Rio governor confirms plans for shoot-to-kill policing policy

Rio governor confirms plans for shoot-to-kill policing policy

Brazilian activists and experts expressed outrage after Wilson Witzel said security forces were authorized to use lethal forceHuman rights activists and public security experts have expressed outrage
Love letters to Europe light up Edinburgh – in pictures

Love letters to Europe light up Edinburgh – in pictures

Love letters to Europe is an installation by Message from the Skies conceived as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival. The words of six writers – Billy Letford, Chitra Ramaswamy, Kapka Kassabova,
'Immoral': Nancy Pelosi on Trump's border wall – video

'Immoral': Nancy Pelosi on Trump's border wall – video

Nancy Pelosi, the newly elected House speaker, insisted Trump's border wall would not receive funding as the partial US government shutdown hit the two-week mark on Friday. Pelosi described the wall
Man stabbed to death on Surrey train in front of 14-year-old son

Man stabbed to death on Surrey train in front of 14-year-old son

Police say victim not thought to have known his attacker as detectives launch murder huntA murderer is on the run in Surrey following the fatal stabbing of a train passenger in front of his
Half of people who think they have a food allergy do not – study

Half of people who think they have a food allergy do not – study

US study finds some people needlessly avoid foods while others do not have life-saving medicationThe number of adults who think they have a food allergy is almost double the figure who actually have
Think Riyadh’s Netflix ban was bad? Imagine if Hasan Minhaj was a Saudi citizen | Safa Al Ahmad

Think Riyadh’s Netflix ban was bad? Imagine if Hasan Minhaj was a Saudi citizen | Safa Al Ahmad

If the US comic lived in the kingdom, he would have been spied on, arrested, tortured and possibly worseThe government of Saudi Arabia makes it very clear that resistance to its regime is futile. It