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Turkish court orders rearrest of jailed Selahattin Demirtas

One of Turkey’s most prominent politicians, Selahattin Demirtas, has been in jail for almost three years [Kemal Aslan/Reuters]

A Turkish court has blocked the release of the imprisoned former leader of a pro-Kurdish party after prosecutors requested his arrest once again over a fresh investigation on “terrorism” charges, according to state

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Egypt protest demands president step down

Dozens of people have protested in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, to call for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down.

The short-lived, rare protest began on Friday night near Tahir Square, the epicentre of the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters shout slogans during a rare anti-government protest in

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Outrage in Bulgaria over Jock Palfreeman's release

Some of Bulgaria’s most senior politicians have blasted the surprise decision by the country’s highest court to grant parole to Australian man Jock Palfreeman.

The 32-year old spent 11 years of a 20-year sentence behind bars for fatally stabbing a Bulgarian student Andrei Monov in 2007, during a fight in

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Taylor Swift Scratched from Melbourne Cup

Under fire from animal-rights activists, megastar Taylor Swift has bailed on her slated Melbourne Cup show – although she’s blaming “scheduling issues”  rather than the barrage of criticism.

Swift had been set to perform two hits from her latest album, Lover, at the November 5 race but promoters say changes

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Taylor Swift cancels her controversial Melbourne Cup appearance

Megastar Taylor Swift has bailed on her slated Melbourne Cup show, citing scheduling issues.

Swift had been set to perform two hits from her latest album Lover at the November 5 race but changes to her promo schedule in Asia have made that impossible, promoters say.

It comes after fierce

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Trade breakthrough hopes dashed as China cancels US farm visits

A US-China trade deal appeared elusive after Chinese officials unexpectedly cancelled a visit to farms in Montana and Nebraska amid two days of ongoing talks in Washington.

Chinese officials were expected to visit US farmers next week as a goodwill gesture, but cancelled to return to China sooner than originally

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Malta orders public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder

Caruana Galizia published accusations of corruption, money laundering and influence peddling by people at the highest levels of Maltese society [File: Mathew Mirabelli/AFP]

Malta has ordered an independent inquiry into the killing of prominent investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, days before the expiry of a deadline by Europe’s main human rights

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In pictures: Millions gather worldwide to protest for climate action

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg rallied.


Some of the first rallies were held in Sydney and Canberra.

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Children in Australia, Pacific launch global climate strike

CHILDREN in Australia and the Pacific Islands kicked off a millions-strong global climate strike Friday — heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg and demanding adults take action to stave off environmental disaster.

From Sydney to Seoul to Sao Paolo, children will shut their textbooks for what is

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Enigmas of the Indian economy

ACCORDING to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook update of July 2019, India was the fastest-growing major economy in 2017 and 2018 and is estimated to remain so in 2019 and 2020. The headline macroeconomic fundamentals appear benign. The general government fiscal deficit, inflation and current account deficit are within the

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Japan court acquits ex-TEPCO bosses over Fukushima disaster

A Japanese court on Thursday acquitted three former power company executives of professional negligence in the only criminal prosecution stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

The three men were senior officials at the TEPCO firm operating the Fukushima Daiichi plant and faced up to five years in prison if

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North America’s great bird extinction

The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 per cent since 1970, scientists reported on Thursday. There are 2.9 billion fewer birds taking wing now than there were 50 years ago.

The analysis, published in the journal<em> Science</em>, is the most exhaustive and ambitious

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A Who’s Who at the US state dinner for the Morrisons

Dining under the stars in the gardens of the White House in the company of billionaires and media barons – and a President of the United States – is something Scott Morrison is unlikely to forget.

As the dinner concluded and the 175 high profile dignitaries left the White House on Friday

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Missing NSW plane found crashed in forest

NSW police and emergency services are attempting to reach the wreckage of a small plane after an aerial search located it in steep and heavily wooded forest.

The condition of the two people on board remains unclear as of Saturday at 12pm.

The plane, a Mooney M-20, went missing almost

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Tigers’ Lynch shows he is no AFL liability

Whatever Richmond and Geelong fans were saying about Tom Lynch after his monster AFL preliminary final, no-one was calling him a liability.

Four months after commentator Matthew Lloyd caused a stir with that criticism of Richmond’s star recruit, Lynch was best afield on Friday night at the MCG.

His 10

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