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Mexican journalist shot, marks 12th reporter murdered this year

Violence targeting reporters in Mexico continues to rise, as 47-year-old Antonio de la Cruz was shot outside his home.A Mexican journalist was shot and killed while leaving his home in Ciudad Victoria in northeastern Mexico. His 23-year-old daughter was also seriously injured in the gun attack on Wednesday. The victim,

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US, Iran indirect talks on 2015 nuclear pact not progressing: EU

Indirect talks did not make the progress that ‘the EU team as coordinator had hoped-for’, EU envoy said.Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington aimed at breaking an impasse about how to salvage Iran’s 2015 nuclear pact have not progressed as expected, an EU official said. The talks in the Qatari

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Disinformation reigns in Philippines as Marcos Jr takes top job

Manila, Philippines – Francis Gealogo is a seasoned academic with a PhD in Philippine history who has been teaching the subject for 35 years. But a lot of the teaching he has done lately has not been in the classroom or to his usual students.Gealogo, who heads the history department

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US singer R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes

This article contains references to sexual assault and child abuse.Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday for leading a decades-long effort to recruit and trap teenagers and women for sex. Judge Ann Donnelly handed down the term in the Brooklyn federal court nearly

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R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes

R&B star R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his superstardom to subject young fans — some just children — to systematic sexual abuse.The singer and songwriter, 55, was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking last year at a trial that gave voice to accusers

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Paris 2015 attacks: Lone surviving attacker gets life, no parole

The deadliest peacetime attack in France’s history killed 130 people.The only surviving attacker from the 2015 massacre at the Bataclan theatre and other sites in Paris has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. That is the most severe sentence possible in

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Israeli PM Bennett says he will not run in upcoming elections

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says he will not stand in the upcoming general election.Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will not stand in the upcoming general election, his spokesperson has said. Bennett announced to lawmakers from his Yamina party on Wednesday “his intention not to stand at the next

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US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down on Thursday

Breyer’s departure paves the way for Ketanji Brown Jackson to start her tenure as the first Black woman on US top court.US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will step down this week, setting the stage for Ketanji Brown Jackson to start her tenure as the first Black woman on the

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More than 140 Ukrainians released in biggest prisoner swap of war

Prisoners swapped included 95 fighters who took part in defence of the besieged Azovstal steelworkers in Mariupol.Ukraine has carried out its biggest exchange of prisoners of war since Russia invaded, securing the release of 144 of its soldiers, including 95 who had taken part in the defence of the besieged

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Texas migrant deaths: Families anxious amid efforts to ID victims

The bodies of more than a dozen Hondurans have been identified among the 53 people who died after being trapped inside a truck in southern Texas, a senior Mexican official said, as families desperately seek news of their loved ones amid ongoing efforts to identify the victims.Francisco Garduno, head of

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Car bomb kills at least six in Yemen’s Aden, officials say

Senior army official survived the blast in Aden that killed six and wounded several others, military officials said.A car bomb attack on the convoy of a Yemeni military official in the southern port city of Aden killed at least six people and wounded several others, military officials said. The head

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Russia threatens retaliation over Norway Arctic island goods ban

The foreign ministry says Norway’s restrictions disrupted the work of the Russian consulate-general on Spitsbergen Island and a Russian coal mining settlement.Russia has accused Norway of imposing restrictions that block goods destined for Russian-populated settlements on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and has threatened unspecified “retaliatory measures” unless Oslo resolves

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Turkey to seek extraditions from Finland, Sweden under NATO deal

Turkey’s justice minister says Ankara is seeking the extradition of 12 suspects from Finland and 21 from Sweden, according to state media.Turkey’s justice minister has announced that his country will seek the extradition of 33 alleged Kurdish fighters and coup plot suspects from Sweden and Finland under a deal that

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US top court expands state power over Native land in Oklahoma

The state can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is Native, the United States Supreme Court rules.The US Supreme Court has ruled that Oklahoma can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is Native American. The five-to-four decision on

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‘Dangerous times’: US Muslims mull implications after fall of Roe

Sumayyah Waheed describes her current mindset as one of “grim determination”.That is a change from the sense of devastation that Waheed, senior policy counsel at US civil rights group Muslim Advocates, says she felt when the United States Supreme Court last week ended the constitutionally-protected right to abortion in the

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Twenty people found dead in Libyan desert

Bodies found about two weeks after group died, presumably due to thirst.The bodies of 20 people who got lost in the Libyan desert have been found, according to rescuers, who presume the group died of thirst. The bodies were discovered by a truck driver travelling through the desert and were

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Hajj booking system changes leave many Muslims disappointed

Bags packed with newly-bought loose-fitting abaya robes, comfortable shoes and non-fragranced toiletries, Sajidah Anwar was ready to perform Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the fifth pillar of Islam and a religious requirement for all Muslims who can afford to make the journey.The other pillars include belief in God (Allah) and

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Sudan’s economy dominated by military interests: Report

C4ADS report says crackdown on patronage networks was a contributing factor to last October’s coup.The Sudanese military and security forces have a sprawling monopoly over the country’s economy, a system that must be tackled to restore the country’s transition to democracy, a report has concluded. The report, by the Center

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The Global South has the power to force radical climate action

During the past several years it has become clear that the international climate negotiations are failing to address the climate crisis. Existing policies have us on track for 3.2 degrees Celsius (5.76F) of heating this century – in other words, within the lifetime of the present generation. Scientists are clear

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Latin America can now lead the way on abortion rights

With the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade – the landmark 1973 ruling that enshrined the right to abortion in the United States – the global map of abortion rights has been reversed.While in the second half of the 20th century the global North was at the

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Analysis: Nigerian state’s call to arms could spur state of anarchy

On Sunday, the government of Nigeria’s northwestern state of Zamfara issued a directive for its citizens to “prepare and obtain guns to defend themselves against bandits”.While a number of state governments and top military officers have made similar calls in the past across parts of the country, this seems set

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NATO summit: Zelenskyy pushes for modern artillery, funds

The Ukrainian president says the Russian invasion was ‘a war for the right to dictate conditions in Europe’.President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked NATO leaders for modern weapons and funds to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion, warning the fighting could spill beyond its borders and into their countries. Zelenskyy addressed

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Protests over economic woes enter second day in Ghana

Frustration has grown in recent months as Ghanaians bear the brunt of rampant inflation amid government efforts to redress the economy.Demonstrators in Ghana’s capital have gathered for a second day of protests against spiralling inflation and other economic woes after the first day ended in clashes with police and 29

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The Federalist Society: Architects of the American dystopia

Last week was one of the most consequential weeks in the history of the United States Supreme Court – and perhaps that of the country itself.In a matter of days, the court shielded police officers from being sued for Miranda violations; further broadened its already expansive interpretation of gun rights;

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Spain promises full cooperation with migrant death probes

Spain and Morocco launched investigations after 23 migrants died attempting to enter Spain’s Melilla enclave.Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has promised his government would offer “total collaboration” with the Spanish and Moroccan investigations into the deaths of 23 migrants during a mass attempt to enter Spain’s Melilla enclave. The remarks came

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In a Nigerian leprosy colony, residents endure stigma and neglect

Ilorin, Nigeria – Abigail Olaiya’s meal schedule has been unpredictable for as long as she can remember. Sometimes she snacks twice a day and at other times, she eats nothing all day because she cannot afford it.It is a situation the 70-year-old has become used to at Oke Igbala (Yoruba

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Rwandans in DRC stay indoors as rebel attacks spur national anger

Videos of anti-Rwandan protests are circulating on social media as Kinshasa accuses Kigali of backing rebels in the eastern DRC.Life in Kinshasa was going well for Zawadi, a mother of two from Rwanda, until faraway fighting stoked Congolese anger against her country and videos of men with machetes prowling the

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Biden announces US military reinforcements across Europe

Biden to boost US land, sea and air military presence in several European nations as Russia’s war in Ukraine rages on.President Joe Biden has announced the deployment of United States military reinforcements across Europe in an effort to counter Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine. Meeting with NATO Secretary General

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Rats for neighbours, smells like death: Life for UK’s Travellers

Kathleenanne Boswell walks around the densely packed Mary Street Caravan site in Bradford, Yorkshire, where she has lived all her life. “We have a big problem with rats, a really big problem. We even have names for them,” she says matter-of-factly.“George” – one of her rodent neighbours – “is as

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Nigeria sells marginal oilfield licenses for $482m, ignores court

The licensing comes despite a court ruling in May, restraining Abuja from issuing licences pending the determination of a suit by community elders.Nigeria has raised more than 200 billion naira ($482m) from the issuance of oil prospecting licences after it offered 57 fields for bidding, the petroleum regulator has said.

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Infographic: When are Hajj and Eid al-Adha?

When is Hajj?Hajj is the largest annual religious gathering of Muslims. It takes place in the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijja, in and around the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This year, Hajj starts on July 7, 2022, depending on the sighting of the moon, and Eid al-Adha will

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NATO faces biggest challenge since World War II: Stoltenberg

The alliance is set to label Russia a ‘direct threat’ and pledges bolstered defence capabilities.NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has said the 30-country bloc faces its biggest crisis since World War II, with Russia, in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, posing a “direct threat” to the alliance. Stoltenberg made

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As Sri Lanka economic crisis worsens, daily wage workers struggle

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Velu Anna Lechchami, 49, from Ratnapura village, about 100km (62 miles) from Sri Lanka’s main city of Colombo, is thankful for the smallest job she gets.If she or her husband find work to clean, cook, or pluck tea leaves, they will be able to put food

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Why did Turkey lift its veto on Finland and Sweden joining NATO?

EXPLAINERAnkara has signed a trilateral memorandum agreement after obtaining concessions on demands it put forward in May.Turkey has lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden’s bid to join NATO, ending a weeks-long dispute that tested the unity of the alliance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The breakthrough on Tuesday came

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Sudan’s military strikes disputed region bordering Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s officials said Sudan’s armed forces fired during clashes in disputed region of al-Fashaqa.Sudan’s armed forces fired heavy artillery during clashes in the disputed eastern region of al-Fashaqa bordering Ethiopia, an Ethiopian official said, the latest salvo in a long-running feud over their shared border. Sudan was able to capture

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EU countries approve climate laws, 2035 fossil fuel car ban

European Union countries have reached a deal backing stricter climate rules that will eliminate carbon emissions from new cars by 2035 and a multibillion-euro fund to shield poorer citizens from carbon dioxide (CO2) costs.The 27 EU members found a common agreement on Wednesday morning on draft legislation aimed at slashing

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Thanasi Kokkinakis left stunned after being routed by Novak Djokovic

Six-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has left Thanasi Kokkinakis stunned by the Serbian’s sublime display on Centre Court in the 6-1 6-4 6-2 second-round win on Wednesday night. Described by tennis great John McEnroe as ‘‘a rout’’, the match that the 26-year-old Australian described as a dream soon turned into

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Consumer group Choice warns about buying dud heaters

Consumer advocates are warning Australians to be wary of dud electric heaters this winter, as many fail safety tests. A Choice review of 15 electric heaters found six weren’t up to its standards. The consumer group hasn’t seen such a high rate of failure before, Choice heating expert Chris Barnes

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NATO describes Russia as direct threat to security and stability

NATO has agreed a new strategic concept that describes Russia as “the most significant and direct threat to allies’ security and stability”, reflecting a grave deterioration in the alliance’s relations with Moscow over the past decade. In 2010, when leaders agreed the alliance’s last master document setting out its vision

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US President Joe Biden to ramp up US forces in Europe

The United States will create a new permanent army headquarters in Poland and deploy additional land, air and sea forces across the length and breadth of Europe in response to threats from Russia, US President Joe Biden says. New US warships will go to Spain, fighter jet squadrons to

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Sydney selects Montana Ham as No.1 pick in AFLW draft

AFLW No.1 draft pick Montana Ham has paid tribute to her late father after the gun Victorian opted to depart her home state in favour of joining new club Sydney. Midfielder Ham nominated for the NSW draft pool, citing lifestyle and future career reasons and the Swans didn’t hesitate to

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Ukraine features Australian icons in gushing thank you video

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence has featured Australian actors, singers and iconic animals in a video praising the culture and thanking the nation for its military aid. The 48-second video appeared on social media on Wednesday with the message: “Australia has become a major non-NATO supplier of military aid to Ukraine.”

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Supermarket shortages could worsen as farmers brace for downpours

A major supplier to Coles has warned the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables could take further hits in coming months as unseasonal downpours spread across large parts of the country. Fresh Select CEO John Said told The New Daily there is “no doubt” the company is concerned about the potential

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Emissions talks with crossbenchers under way as Bowen leaves door open to change

Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen has signalled a more open-minded approach to negotiating the government’s policy, talking to independent MPs and suggesting the emissions-reduction target could go higher. Mr Bowen told the National Press Club on Wednesday that the government would introduce legislation inside the first week of Parliament’s post-election

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Kmart, Bunnings stick with in-store facial recognition despite probe

Kmart and Bunnings will keep using controversial in-store facial recognition technology, despite another major retailer abandoning it amid an ongoing privacy probe. Choice lodged a complaint with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner earlier this month after revealing retailers’ use of facial recognition. Choice said most Australian shoppers were unaware

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Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle slams US abortion ruling

The Duchess of Sussex says the decision by the United States Supreme Court to roll back abortion rights tells women they “don’t matter”. Meghan has also spoken of her and Harry’s “guttural” reaction to the decision, saying: “He’s a feminist too.” The US Supreme Court last week ended constitutional protections

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Gig workers set for minimum standards

Gig economy workers could soon have minimum standards enforced by the wages umpire, under a proposal by the federal government. The government said it would look to extend the powers of the Fair Work Commission to set rates of minimum pay for workers in areas such as ride-share or food-delivery

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Bowen’s ‘simple yet powerful’ pledge on rapid climate action

The federal government will tackle climate change head on during the first week of the new parliament. The proposed bill will be “simple yet powerful”, Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen told the National Press Club on Wednesday. It will legislate the government’s 43 per cent emissions reduction

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Lewis Hamilton hits back after Piquet’s racial slur

Lewis Hamilton has demanded action to change “archaic mindsets” after a racist remark about him by Brazilian triple champion Nelson Piquet emerged on social media, triggering widespread condemnation. Also on Tuesday championship leaders Red Bull terminated the contract of Estonian reserve driver Juri Vips after investigating a racial slur made

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Hannah Clarke killed by ‘master of manipulation’

A coroner investigating the deaths of Hannah Clarke and her children recognised the mother’s “astounding” bravery, saying it was unlikely anyone could have stopped Rowan Baxter’s murderous plans. Coroner Jane Bentley’s voice broke as she finished handing her findings in a Southport court on Wednesday following a nine-day hearing in

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Gunmen killed in Canada bank shootout

Canadian police have shot dead two men and six officers have been wounded during a gunfight at a bank in British Columbia, with nearby homes evacuated after the discovery of a possible explosive device. Emergency response team members arrived on the scene at the Bank of Montreal in Saanich, on

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Melania Trump: Bombshell revelations about what she did during US Capitol riot

Former US first lady Melania Trump refused to condemn the violent mob of pro-Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol, her former chief of staff has alleged. After shocking evidence about then-US president Donald Trump’s fury emerged at hearings by the House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6, 2021

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EU agrees to phase out fossil fuel cars

EU countries have clinched deals on proposed laws to combat climate change, backing a 2035 phase-out of new fossil fuel car sales and a multi-billion-euro fund to shield poorer citizens from CO2 costs. After more than 16 hours of negotiations, environment ministers from the European Union’s 27 member states agreed

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Financial adviser jailed over $363,000 theft

A vulnerable single mother was focused on caring for her disabled daughter when she trusted ANZ financial adviser Scott Hines to look after her finances. Over seven years, the 41-year-old Mildura man gradually took full control of her bank accounts, stealing more than $363,000. Hines was sentenced to three years

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Spending at record highs despite rate rise

Confidence among consumers may be low but it hasn’t stopped them venturing to the shops and spending at record levels. Retail trade grew by a larger than expected 0.9 per cent in May to a record $34.2 billion, the Australian Bureau of Statistics says. This was the fifth consecutive monthly

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Barilaro ‘changed rules for trade post’

The original candidate for a plum trade ambassador position in New York now taken by former deputy premier John Barilaro was given verbal confirmation she had the job. But a parliamentary inquiry heard on Wednesday that Investment NSW had to backflip on the offer last year after the state government

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NSW teachers to walk out, trains disrupted

A historic 24-strike by NSW public and Catholic teachers is the result of the state government’s failure to address chronic teacher shortages, unions say. The action by 85,000 public and Catholic school teachers on Thursday will be the third strike in six months and is expected to affect about a

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Qld govt backs integrity recommendations

Queensland’s Attorney-General admits she was aware of bullying complaints in the public service following the release of a report outlining a culture in need of major reform. The state government has committed to adopting all 14 recommendations from an exhaustive review of the public service just hours after the 131-page

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Air NZ rolls out ‘game-changing’ sleep bunks for travellers

Air New Zealand has unveiled a radical makeover of its cabins, featuring sleep pods for travellers enduring economy on ultra-long-haul flights. Dubbed Skynest, the pods will be the world’s first in the sky for economy travellers, the airline said on Wednesday. “We wanted to offer our economy customers a lie-flat

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Missing boy found alive after eight days in sewer

A missing eight-year-old boy has been found alive after surviving eight days stuck in a rainwater sewer in Germany. The boy, whose name has been given only as Joe, vanished from his family garden in Oldenburg, Germany, on June 17, sparking a large-scale police search. Hundreds of local residents also

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Two charged over US migrant truck deaths

Two Mexican nationals have been charged in US federal court in connection with a deadly human smuggling-attempt in which at least 51 people perished after being trapped inside a sweltering tractor-trailer truck in San Antonio, Texas. The two Mexican defendants, who were arrested following Monday’s incident, were charged with possessing

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Governor-General admits ‘mistake’ over Insta ad endorsement

The Queen’s representative in Australia has admitted he “made a mistake” by agreeing to give a testimonial for a building company that was posted on Instagram. Governor-General David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley appeared in two Instagram posts for a Canberra building company that completed renovations on their private

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Retailer pauses facial recognition tech trial after privacy complaint

Home appliance chain The Good Guys is putting its controversial trial of facial recognition technology in its stores on hold. The retailer had been trialling the technology at two Melbourne outlets, saying it was aimed at preventing theft and other illegal activities. But this week it said it would pause the

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New bee zones established after more mite finds

NSW authorities racing to stop the spread of the deadly varroa mite threatening the bee industry have discovered the parasite in three new locations and established another biosecurity zone. A total of seven infested premises have been discovered through contact tracing, including the initial detection at sentinel hives near the

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