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'People are slowly dying': PNG earthquake sparks state of emergency

'People are slowly dying': PNG earthquake sparks state of emergency

Worst-hit areas remain cut off as Papua New Guinea’s prime minister tells of ‘unprecedented disaster’Nearly five days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, the worst-hit regions
Mark Butler to run for Labor president again as left pushes reform

Mark Butler to run for Labor president again as left pushes reform

Too many big decisions are taken by a few factional power brokers, says former frontbencherThe Labor left frontbencher Mark Butler says he will run to be ALP president for a second term to push a
Seoul to encourage thaw by sending envoy to North Korea

Seoul to encourage thaw by sending envoy to North Korea

Visit could be the first step towards eventual trip to Pyongyang by president of South Korea, Moon Jae-inSouth Korea plans to send a special envoy to North Korea as President Moon Jae-in works to
White House in turmoil: a tumultuous 24 hours – even by Trump standards

White House in turmoil: a tumultuous 24 hours – even by Trump standards

A long-serving aide departed, lawmakers were forced to scramble over gun control and the stock market sunk on trade newsFirst Donald Trump ignited the fury of conservatives by embracing gun control
Vatican magazine tells Catholic church to stop using nuns as cheap labour

Vatican magazine tells Catholic church to stop using nuns as cheap labour

Nuns who take vow of poverty receive no pay while they cook, clean and wait on cardinals, bishops and priestsA Vatican magazine has denounced widespread exploitation of nuns for cheap or free labour
Neo-Nazi groups recruit Britons to fight in Ukraine

Neo-Nazi groups recruit Britons to fight in Ukraine

Hope Not Hate watchdog says at least two men have travelled from UK to war-torn nationNeo-Nazi groups involved in the fighting in Ukraine are actively seeking to recruit British far-right activists, a
Canada woman guilty of killing her baby ordered to take regular pregnancy tests

Canada woman guilty of killing her baby ordered to take regular pregnancy tests

Biannual testing as part of woman’s sentence for killing newborn is being described as first decision of its kind A Canadian woman who pleaded guilty to killing her newborn baby will have to take a
CEO of gunmaker that produced Florida shooter's weapon: 'I share nation's grief'

CEO of gunmaker that produced Florida shooter's weapon: 'I share nation's grief'

James Debney, boss of former Smith & Wesson, offers remarks as he blames ‘challenging market conditions’ for nosedive in profitsJames Debney, the British-born chief executive of the company that
We need to talk about peace again | Scott Ludlam

We need to talk about peace again | Scott Ludlam

We’re in an age when ambition is called for. And it just may come in the shape of a 32,000 tonne ocean linerA cruise liner is not the first place you’d go looking for conflict prevention,
Gun control hopes dashed as lawmakers signal shift to banking reform

Gun control hopes dashed as lawmakers signal shift to banking reform

After a flurry of activity and a sense of urgency in the face of public outrage, lawmakers left Washington without passing gun legislationIn just three weeks, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators
Theresa May urges Britain to ‘come back together’

Theresa May urges Britain to ‘come back together’

PM’s speech puts stress on ‘tolerant democracy’ in overture to EU remainers while also attempting to calm Tory rebelsTheresa May will urge the warring Brexit tribes to put their differences behind
Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles hold blessing ceremony at US church – video

Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles hold blessing ceremony at US church – video

Worshippers wearing crowns and clutching AR-15 rifles drank holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony at a Pennsylvania church, prompting a nearby school to cancel

Trump says US to impose steel, aluminium tariffs next week – video

The US will start imposing tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on imported aluminium next week, said Donald Trump. At a meeting with US industry officials at the White House, the president vowed
Steel and aluminum tariffs trigger sharp stock market sell-off in US and Asia

Steel and aluminum tariffs trigger sharp stock market sell-off in US and Asia

Threat of a trade war with China led investors to sell off US manufacturers including Caterpillar and BoeingWorld stock markets have tumbled after Donald Trump said the United States would impose
Labor plans industrial relations changes to boost wages for low-paid workers

Labor plans industrial relations changes to boost wages for low-paid workers

Brendan O’Connor signals shift away from negotiating pay deals workplace by workplace and instead look at industry wide bargainingLabor is examining ways to encourage industry-level bargaining for
Puigdemont abandons bid to reclaim Catalan presidency

Puigdemont abandons bid to reclaim Catalan presidency

Leader of independence bid backs JxCat MP Jordi Sànchez, currently in custody on suspicion of seditionThe former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, whose push for regional independence plunged Spain
Putin's missiles are pointing at Tampa Bay but local mayors take laidback view

Putin's missiles are pointing at Tampa Bay but local mayors take laidback view

The Russian president presented a video animation suggesting Florida – home of the US military’s central command – is a nuclear targetDespite appearing to be in the crosshairs of Vladimir Putin’s new
US ambassador to Mexico resigns amid strained relations

US ambassador to Mexico resigns amid strained relations

Veteran diplomat Roberta Jacobson announces she’s leaving ‘to pursue other opportunities’ after two years in the positionThe US ambassador to Mexico is resigning from her post as the US-Mexico
NRA members on Trump's plans for gun control: 'Every word of it was a betrayal'

NRA members on Trump's plans for gun control: 'Every word of it was a betrayal'

Trump embraced raising the age limit on purchasing certain weapons and confiscating people’s guns before going through due processNRA members have branded Donald Trump’s plans for stricter gun control
Woman accused of poisoning her lookalike with cheesecake to steal identity

Woman accused of poisoning her lookalike with cheesecake to steal identity

The suspect stole the victim’s passport, cash and other property after trying to make it look like a suicide attempt, authorities saidA Russian woman was charged with poisoning her lookalike with a