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Oklahoma death penalty: state plans to execute inmates with nitrogen gas

Oklahoma death penalty: state plans to execute inmates with nitrogen gas

Oklahoma has been unable to obtain lethal injection drugsAttorneys and rights groups say method is experimentalAfter trying unsuccessfully for months to obtain lethal injection drugs, Oklahoma
Derryn Hinch says he is fine despite 'slight brain trauma' from kerb fall

Derryn Hinch says he is fine despite 'slight brain trauma' from kerb fall

Crossbench senator was knocked unconscious after he fell when getting out of an Uber in MelbourneThe crossbench senator Derryn Hinch says he’s feeling fine despite being knocked unconscious getting
Mossack Fonseca law firm to shut down after Panama Papers tax scandal

Mossack Fonseca law firm to shut down after Panama Papers tax scandal

Firm at the center of controversy over tax evasion cites economic and reputational damage in announcementMossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, has
World weatherwatch: Nor'easter whips against US as cyclones slam South Pacific

World weatherwatch: Nor'easter whips against US as cyclones slam South Pacific

Havoc as heavy snow affects US east coast, cyclones brush New Zealand and Arctic sea ice meltsCyclone Hola continued its path south-eastwards across the South Pacific this week, brushing along the
South Africa criticises Australian plan to fast-track white farmer visas

South Africa criticises Australian plan to fast-track white farmer visas

Security studies experts say there’s no evidence to support claims that white farmers are more targeted than anyone elseSouth Africa has criticised Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton’s
Slovakia's PM ready to resign amid journalist murder scandal

Slovakia's PM ready to resign amid journalist murder scandal

Robert Fico offers to step down after large protests following killing of Ján KuciakSlovakia’s prime minister has offered to resign, under pressure from the opposition for his handling of a scandal
Australia warned against 'dancing with dictators' at Asean summit in Sydney

Australia warned against 'dancing with dictators' at Asean summit in Sydney

Rights groups urge Australia to raise abuses, not just focus on trade and counter-terrorismAustralia is not a member of Asean, nor is it planning to be, but this weekend’s Asean summit in Sydney is a
Crocs loses EU court battle over patent claim

Crocs loses EU court battle over patent claim

Judges back decision by EU intellectual property office to cancel protection of designCrocs, the manufacturer of a range of plastic clogs, has lost a battle to protect its design from copycats.Judges
Shooting in north London leaves teenager with 'life-changing' injuries

Shooting in north London leaves teenager with 'life-changing' injuries

Boy, 14, is in stable condition in hospital after incident near Seven Sisters tube station A 14-year-old boy has suffered “life-changing” injuries following a shooting outside a tube station in north
Canadian woman sues UK government over alleged sexual assault by sailors

Canadian woman sues UK government over alleged sexual assault by sailors

The lawsuit stems from a 2015 incident in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, in which four members of the British Navy were chargedA Canadian woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by British sailors has
Corbyn under fire from own MPs over response to PM's Russia statement

Corbyn under fire from own MPs over response to PM's Russia statement

Disquiet intensifies after Labour leader’s spokesman appears to compare Salisbury case to IraqJeremy Corbyn’s reaction to the prime minister’s Russia statement has sparked a Labour party row, as his
Novichok: nerve agent produced at only one site in Russia, says expert

Novichok: nerve agent produced at only one site in Russia, says expert

Chemical that poisoned Sergei Skripal and daughter in Salisbury originates from Shikhany, says Hamish de Bretton-Gordon The nerve agent novichok was developed and produced in Shikhany, home of a
Crumbs! French baker fined €3,000 for working too hard

Crumbs! French baker fined €3,000 for working too hard

Lusigny-sur-Barse residents launch petition to support Cédric Vaivre, who failed to close his boulangerie for one day a week in summerA French boulanger has been ordered to pay a €3,000 fine for
Russia threatens retaliation after Britain expels 23 diplomats

Russia threatens retaliation after Britain expels 23 diplomats

May says Kremlin responded with ‘sarcasm, contempt and defiance’ to 24-hour deadline set by UKBritain is braced for retaliation from Moscow after Theresa May blamed the Russian state for the Salisbury
Russian spy poisoning: investigation extends to Dorset town

Russian spy poisoning: investigation extends to Dorset town

Residents in Gillingham told to stay indoors as vehicle thought to be linked to inquiry is secured The police investigation into the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, has
Wednesday walkout: students step out of class to spur action on gun control – live

Wednesday walkout: students step out of class to spur action on gun control – live

Students leave class for 17 minutes to honor Parkland victimsProtests and demonstrations taking place across America School shootings: 17-minute protests to mark 17 deathsFull details: The essential
Finland is the happiest country in the world, says UN report

Finland is the happiest country in the world, says UN report

Nordic nations take top four places in happiness rankings, with annual study also charting the decline of the US Finland has overtaken Norway to become the happiest nation on earth, according to a UN
Italian 'sect' that imposed macrobiotic diet broken up – police

Italian 'sect' that imposed macrobiotic diet broken up – police

Followers, whose weight fell as low as 35kg, said to have been manipulated into following eating regime A well-known guru of macrobiotic food who met Pope Francis is among the five people under
Rand Paul to oppose Gina Haspel as CIA director over her 'gleeful joy' at torture

Rand Paul to oppose Gina Haspel as CIA director over her 'gleeful joy' at torture

‘To read of her glee during waterboarding is absolutely appalling’Senator will also seek to block Mike Pompeo as secretary of stateThe Republican senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday he would oppose
'History is messy': twin art shows that could aid Australia's reconciliation

'History is messy': twin art shows that could aid Australia's reconciliation

Duelling exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria present art that erases Australia’s ugly history, with Indigenous art that speaks to itJohn Glover can’t paint eucalypts. Their branches twist