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    'We call BS': Florida students demand stricter gun control laws


    Thousands of angry students, parents and residents have marched in Florida demanding stricter gun control laws as new details are revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a high...

    Thousands of angry students, parents and residents have marched in Florida demanding stricter gun control laws as new details are revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a high school.

    Suspected Turkish gas attack on Kurdish in Syria


    Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish- controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria's state-run news agency...

    Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish- controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria's state-run news agency report.

    Fears for ancient Tibetan Jokhang Temple after fire


    The temple seen by Tibetans as the "symbolic heart" of Tibet was ablaze on Saturday night, and the Chinese government has released little...

    The temple seen by Tibetans as the "symbolic heart" of Tibet was ablaze on Saturday night, and the Chinese government has released little information.

    Protesters use 'Three billboards' to call for US gun reform


    Campaigners have taken inspiration from the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to call for gun control in the wake of the Florida school...

    Campaigners have taken inspiration from the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to call for gun control in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

    Robert Mueller deflates Donald Trump's claim that Russia meddling was hoax


    US President Donald Trump has insisted for more than a year that Russians didn't try to get him elected. Special Counsel Robert Mueller put an end to those claims on Friday, declaring definitively that they...

    US President Donald Trump has insisted for more than a year that Russians didn't try to get him elected. Special Counsel Robert Mueller put an end to those claims on Friday, declaring definitively that they did.

    He watched police kill his mother. A jury just awarded his family $46 million


    A Baltimore County jury awarded $46.8 million ($US37 million) in damages to the family of Korryn Gaines, a black Maryland woman killed by county police in an August 2016 standoff that also injured her 5-year-old...

    A Baltimore County jury awarded $46.8 million ($US37 million) in damages to the family of Korryn Gaines, a black Maryland woman killed by county police in an August 2016 standoff that also injured her 5-year-old son.

    Four Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza border explosion


    An explosive device wounded four Israeli soldiers, two severely, near the border fence with the Gaza Strip on Saturday, spurring Israeli air strikes later in the day against Palestinian militant...

    An explosive device wounded four Israeli soldiers, two severely, near the border fence with the Gaza Strip on Saturday, spurring Israeli air strikes later in the day against Palestinian militant targets.

    Three suicide bombers leave many dead and injured at Nigerian market


    An attack by three suicide bombers has left at least 18 people dead and more than 20 others wounded at a fish market outside the sprawling Nigerian city that gave rise to the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, officials and news reports said...

    An attack by three suicide bombers has left at least 18 people dead and more than 20 others wounded at a fish market outside the sprawling Nigerian city that gave rise to the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, officials and news reports said Saturday.

    Helicopter crashes into earthquake survivors in Mexico, killing 13


    A helicopter carrying officials assessing quake damage was about to land nearby when the pilot lost control. A few seconds later, it crashed to the...

    A helicopter carrying officials assessing quake damage was about to land nearby when the pilot lost control. A few seconds later, it crashed to the earth.

    Pakistan court sentences child killer, rapist to death


    A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced a suspected serial killer to death for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old...

    A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced a suspected serial killer to death for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl.

    Trump's top security adviser says Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'


    National security adviser HR McMaster said on Saturday that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US election was "now really incontrovertible" after indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three...

    National security adviser HR McMaster said on Saturday that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US election was "now really incontrovertible" after indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three companies.

    Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission


    Pope Francis renewed a commission on clergy sexual abuse on Saturday, confirming a US cardinal as its head, as the Vatican promised to give victims a greater say in its...

    Pope Francis renewed a commission on clergy sexual abuse on Saturday, confirming a US cardinal as its head, as the Vatican promised to give victims a greater say in its work.

    Netanyahu corruption claims: What happens next?


    On the domestic and international stage, no rival comes close to the veteran prime minister. But could corruption finally be his...

    On the domestic and international stage, no rival comes close to the veteran prime minister. But could corruption finally be his undoing?

    American gun obsession is based on a historical misunderstanding


    Few people have up until now acknowledged the part that history plays in this sad saga of failure to effect meaningful changes to gun...

    Few people have up until now acknowledged the part that history plays in this sad saga of failure to effect meaningful changes to gun laws.

    Aung San Suu Kyi 'complicit' in Rohingya slaughter: UN investigator


    The UN investigator of human rights in Myanmar has accused Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of “complicity” in the slaughter of Rohingya...

    The UN investigator of human rights in Myanmar has accused Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of “complicity” in the slaughter of Rohingya Muslims.

    Duterte: avoid condom use because they 'aren't pleasurable'


    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested Filipinos avoid using condoms because they “aren’t...

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested Filipinos avoid using condoms because they “aren’t pleasurable”.

    US grand jury indicts 13 Russian nationals for election meddling


    A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with US elections and political...

    A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with US elections and political processes.

    The struggle for a seat in the world's biggest annual human migration


    This is often the only time of year that people from the regions see their families. It's a logistical challenge. There are some sad stories...

    This is often the only time of year that people from the regions see their families. It's a logistical challenge. There are some sad stories too.

    FBI admits it missed warning Florida gunman may carry out massacre


    A call to the FBI's tipline in January provided information about Cruz’s guns, erratic behaviour and the potential of him conducting a school...

    A call to the FBI's tipline in January provided information about Cruz’s guns, erratic behaviour and the potential of him conducting a school shooting.

    Czech spook archives rebut 'Corbyn was a Soviet spy' claim


    Was Jeremy Corbyn a Soviet spy? Britain's right-wing press say so, but he says the claims have 'more plot holes than a bad James Bond...

    Was Jeremy Corbyn a Soviet spy? Britain's right-wing press say so, but he says the claims have 'more plot holes than a bad James Bond movie'.

    Crowd shouts 'no more guns' during Florida school vigil


    Around 1000 people have attended a candlelight vigil near the Florida school where 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz allegedly killed 17...

    Around 1000 people have attended a candlelight vigil near the Florida school where 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz allegedly killed 17 people.

    Anger from Catalonia as Spain threatens direct rule on language


    Catalonians expressed anger after the government of Mariano Rajoy said it was considering using direct rule to bring the Spanish language back to...

    Catalonians expressed anger after the government of Mariano Rajoy said it was considering using direct rule to bring the Spanish language back to schools.

    Russia indictments present new reality for Trump crying ‘hoax’


    by laying out in detail the evidence of Russian meddling spanning the last four years, Mueller instantly created a new political reality for...

    by laying out in detail the evidence of Russian meddling spanning the last four years, Mueller instantly created a new political reality for Trump.

    The former primary school teacher who is remaking politics in Europe


    Emma Rees and the ginger group she co-founded, Momentum, are bringing grassroots activism back into left-wing politics. And not everyone is happy about...

    Emma Rees and the ginger group she co-founded, Momentum, are bringing grassroots activism back into left-wing politics. And not everyone is happy about it.

    German Turks plan to sue far-right AfD for 'camel driver' slur


    Germany's Turkish community plans to bring criminal charges against a senior member of the far-right Alternative for...

    Germany's Turkish community plans to bring criminal charges against a senior member of the far-right Alternative for Germany.

    Kremlin is aloof as wounded return after US Syria battle


    Even as the Kremlin denies any official link to them, Russian mercenaries wounded in US strikes in Syria are being treated at Defence Ministry...

    Even as the Kremlin denies any official link to them, Russian mercenaries wounded in US strikes in Syria are being treated at Defence Ministry hospitals.

    Florida shooting victims call on Congress to act on gun control


    Democrats, who have put forward a spate of gun safety bills only to see them left unaddressed by Republicans, seethed with...

    Democrats, who have put forward a spate of gun safety bills only to see them left unaddressed by Republicans, seethed with frustration.

    'Sad, mournful, remorseful': Florida gunman's regret over massacre


    Nikolas Cruz had a troubled background and appeared to be somewhat regretful following the Valentine's Day massacre, his court-appointed attorney...

    Nikolas Cruz had a troubled background and appeared to be somewhat regretful following the Valentine's Day massacre, his court-appointed attorney said.

    New York teacher and his brother charged with trying to build a bomb


    A former New York City high school teacher and his brother have been arrested and charged with attempting to build an explosive...

    A former New York City high school teacher and his brother have been arrested and charged with attempting to build an explosive device.

    South Africa's new president acts tough and vows to target corruption


    Cyril Ramaphosa said he would try "not to disappoint" the people of South Africa as he was sworn in as the nation's fifth president since the end of...

    Cyril Ramaphosa said he would try "not to disappoint" the people of South Africa as he was sworn in as the nation's fifth president since the end of apartheid.

    Black Lives Matter: Trayvon Martin, the verdict that changed everything


    I am a single woman, unarmed and 157 centimetres. Every single one of the people standing before me has a weapon trained on me or on my...

    I am a single woman, unarmed and 157 centimetres. Every single one of the people standing before me has a weapon trained on me or on my home.

    Not allowed to cheat? So why should I turn up?


    India's cheating school students are being thwarted by new rules, and they are not happy about...

    India's cheating school students are being thwarted by new rules, and they are not happy about it.

    Steve Bannon refuses to answer many questions in Russia probe


    Steve Bannon has declined to answer many questions during his second closed-door meeting with the US House Intelligence...

    Steve Bannon has declined to answer many questions during his second closed-door meeting with the US House Intelligence Committee.

    Parkland: Nikolas Cruz confessed he began shooting students 'in the hallways'


    The suspect in one of the deadliest school shootings in modern US history confessed to police that he "began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds" once on campus, according to a police arrest report released on...

    The suspect in one of the deadliest school shootings in modern US history confessed to police that he "began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds" once on campus, according to a police arrest report released on Thursday.

    Peter Thiel retreating from Silicon Valley's tech scene


    Peter Thiel plans to move his home and personal investment firm to Los Angeles because he's disaffected with what he sees as Silicon Valley's...

    Peter Thiel plans to move his home and personal investment firm to Los Angeles because he's disaffected with what he sees as Silicon Valley's politics.

    US watchdog's ties with conservative network said to be subject of probe


    Ajit Pai has drawn scrutiny in part for his meetings with Sinclair executives since the election of President Donald Trump, who selected Pai to lead the...

    Ajit Pai has drawn scrutiny in part for his meetings with Sinclair executives since the election of President Donald Trump, who selected Pai to lead the agency.

    Fears Australian man held in United Arab Emirates could face firing squad


    The family of an Australian man accused of spying in the United Arab Emirates fears he could face a firing squad and may have been tortured in...

    The family of an Australian man accused of spying in the United Arab Emirates fears he could face a firing squad and may have been tortured in prison.

    Hero or hired gun? How a British ex-spy became key to Trump Russia investigation


    In the northern autumn of 2016, a little more than a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Christopher Steele had the undivided attention of the...

    In the northern autumn of 2016, a little more than a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Christopher Steele had the undivided attention of the FBI.

    PM Netanyahu's fate in the hands of an attorney-general he promoted


    Critics suspect that Avichai Mandelblit remains beholden to the man who promoted him. But he has not shied from controversial rulings in the...

    Critics suspect that Avichai Mandelblit remains beholden to the man who promoted him. But he has not shied from controversial rulings in the past.

    US shooting victims caught in the crossfire of a war that never ends


    Having grown up between the United States and Australia, and with American rural family ties who leaned more towards pro-gun than not, I was always immersed in both worlds: Australia, the country that took action in the wake of horrific, senseless...

    Having grown up between the United States and Australia, and with American rural family ties who leaned more towards pro-gun than not, I was always immersed in both worlds: Australia, the country that took action in the wake of horrific, senseless tragedy – and America, the country that offered prayers where legislation should have been.

    Rob Porter scandal engulfs White House, sparks congressional probe


    The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the White House's employment of former senior aide Rob...

    The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the White House's employment of former senior aide Rob Porter.

    $130,000 payment to porn star raises questions for Trump confidant


    Storm clouds are gathering over US President Donald Trump after the admission by his lawyer that he sent $130,000 to a pornographic film actress, who claimed to have had an affair with...

    Storm clouds are gathering over US President Donald Trump after the admission by his lawyer that he sent $130,000 to a pornographic film actress, who claimed to have had an affair with Trump.

    Netanyahu says bribery charges 'slanted', full of holes


    As Benjamin Netanyahu fought back against a police finding that he had accepted nearly $300,000 in bribes, his self-confidence betrayed not the slightest...

    As Benjamin Netanyahu fought back against a police finding that he had accepted nearly $300,000 in bribes, his self-confidence betrayed not the slightest worry.

    'It's all political': Malka Leifer ordered to undergo psych evaluation


    An Israeli court has ordered a former Melbourne school principal accused of child sex abuse be placed under psychiatric evaluation until further...

    An Israeli court has ordered a former Melbourne school principal accused of child sex abuse be placed under psychiatric evaluation until further notice.

    South Africa's ANC demands Zuma step down as president


    South Africa's ruling African National Congress party has recalled President Jacob Zuma, leaving South Africans waiting to see whether the president will abide by the party's decision and hand in his...

    South Africa's ruling African National Congress party has recalled President Jacob Zuma, leaving South Africans waiting to see whether the president will abide by the party's decision and hand in his resignation.

    Former student Nikolas Cruz named a suspect in Florida school shooting


    The gunman who allegedly opened fire killing 17 people and causing the evacuation of 3000 students is a former student with an apparent gun...

    The gunman who allegedly opened fire killing 17 people and causing the evacuation of 3000 students is a former student with an apparent gun obsession.

    Did Trump's lawyer just implicate Trump in the Stormy Daniels payment?


    When evaluating President Donald Trump's lawyer's new admission that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000, it's worth focusing on what he doesn't...

    When evaluating President Donald Trump's lawyer's new admission that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000, it's worth focusing on what he doesn't deny.

    Major school shootings in the United States in past 20 years


    Wednesday's attack was the latest outbreak of gun violence that has become a regular occurrence at US schools and...

    Wednesday's attack was the latest outbreak of gun violence that has become a regular occurrence at US schools and colleges.

    Kim Jong-un's ultimate nuclear ambition to reunify Korean peninsula


    Admiral Harry Harris, the likely pick to be America's ambassador in Australia, says North Korea wants to turn the Korean peninsula into a lone Communist...

    Admiral Harry Harris, the likely pick to be America's ambassador in Australia, says North Korea wants to turn the Korean peninsula into a lone Communist nation.

    Longtime Mugabe-foe Morgan Tsvangirai dies at 65


    Morgan Tsvangirai, a former labour leader and prime minister of Zimbabwe, died Wednesday night. He was...

    Morgan Tsvangirai, a former labour leader and prime minister of Zimbabwe, died Wednesday night. He was 65.

    SpaceX gets OK for satellite internet plan


    Elon Musk's SpaceX won an endorsement on Wednesday from the top US communications regulator to build a broadband network using...

    Elon Musk's SpaceX won an endorsement on Wednesday from the top US communications regulator to build a broadband network using satellites.

    More Israelis believe police than Netanyahu, polls show


    Almost half of Israel's electorate believe the country's police, who say they have gathered evidence against Prime Minister Benjamin...

    Almost half of Israel's electorate believe the country's police, who say they have gathered evidence against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    New York Times hires neo-Nazi friendly writer - for a few hours


    On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times editorial board announced that it had hired journalist and essayist Quinn Norton as its lead opinion...

    On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times editorial board announced that it had hired journalist and essayist Quinn Norton as its lead opinion writer.

    Three shot near US National Security Agency


    Three people have been shot and wounded near the US National Security Agency's headquarters in Maryland and one person is in...

    Three people have been shot and wounded near the US National Security Agency's headquarters in Maryland and one person is in custody.

    Fireworks popular in Beijing as officials covet clean air targets


    Fireworks were discovered in China 2000 years ago. Now comes a cracker for the times - low-emission and environmentally friendly, and on sale in...

    Fireworks were discovered in China 2000 years ago. Now comes a cracker for the times - low-emission and environmentally friendly, and on sale in Beijing.

    Germany tries to fight pollution with free public transportation


    The country of parental leave, short work weeks and Lederhosen may soon embark on a bold, new experiment: making public transport...

    The country of parental leave, short work weeks and Lederhosen may soon embark on a bold, new experiment: making public transport free.

    Fiji escapes widespread damage from cyclone Gita


    Cyclone Gita tore down Parliament House in Tonga, but some Pacific islands have escaped without serious...

    Cyclone Gita tore down Parliament House in Tonga, but some Pacific islands have escaped without serious damage.

    Alleged Melbourne attacker's sister knifed policeman: Dhaka police


    An international student who stabbed a man in his Melbourne home has been linked to a terrorist organisation by her sister in...

    An international student who stabbed a man in his Melbourne home has been linked to a terrorist organisation by her sister in Bangladesh.

    Fugitive Julian Assange 'considers himself above the law': judge


    A UK judge has thrown out Assange's bid to have an arrest warrant overturned and scolded him for wanting "justice only if it goes in his...

    A UK judge has thrown out Assange's bid to have an arrest warrant overturned and scolded him for wanting "justice only if it goes in his favour".

    Dozens of Russians believed killed in US-led Syria attack


    Four Russian nationals, and perhaps dozens more, were killed in fighting between pro-government forces in eastern Syria and members of the US-led...

    Four Russian nationals, and perhaps dozens more, were killed in fighting between pro-government forces in eastern Syria and members of the US-led coalition.

    Rio's Carnival: Hot and sweaty in $400 costumes


    Our instructions – only in Portuguese – include how we must dress, how we must behave, and how we must respect the hierarchy of the school during the...

    Our instructions – only in Portuguese – include how we must dress, how we must behave, and how we must respect the hierarchy of the school during the parade.

    Aid agency Oxfam hit by new report of sex abuse


    Oxfam, one of the best-known NGOs, is facing increasing international pressure over concerns about "a culture of sexual abuse" involving aid...

    Oxfam, one of the best-known NGOs, is facing increasing international pressure over concerns about "a culture of sexual abuse" involving aid workers.

    'Scariest flight of my life': engine cover blows off United Airlines plane


    Passengers heard a loud bang and felt the plane shake violently. By the time the plane touched down safely in Honolulu around 40 minutes later, the engine was...

    Passengers heard a loud bang and felt the plane shake violently. By the time the plane touched down safely in Honolulu around 40 minutes later, the engine was bare.

    Hun Sen's Cambodia slides even further into dictatorship


    A new plan from the ruling party has alarmed activists and opposition members in a state that is already vigorously suppressing...

    A new plan from the ruling party has alarmed activists and opposition members in a state that is already vigorously suppressing dissent.

    Dutch FM Halbe Zijlstra quits after lying about Putin meeting


    Dutch Foreign Minister quit after admitting that he had lied about attending a meeting in 2006 where Putin outlined a strategy for building a greater...

    Dutch Foreign Minister quit after admitting that he had lied about attending a meeting in 2006 where Putin outlined a strategy for building a greater Russia.

    Russia, Vladimir Putin targeting 2018 elections: US intelligence heads


    As the midterm elections approach, Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans, the top US intelligence officials said on...

    As the midterm elections approach, Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans, the top US intelligence officials said on Tuesday.

    A whirlwind envelops the White House, and the revolving door spins


    A deputy chief of staff moved on. A speechwriter resigned. The associate attorney general quit. The chief of staff offered to leave. And that was just...

    A deputy chief of staff moved on. A speechwriter resigned. The associate attorney general quit. The chief of staff offered to leave. And that was just Friday.

    The modern equivalent of celebrating Paula Hitler


    Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the despot Kim Jong Un, is being treated as if she were one of the Spice...

    Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the despot Kim Jong Un, is being treated as if she were one of the Spice Girls.

    Duterte tells soldiers to shoot female rebels in their genitals


    The Philippine leader told a group of former rebels to “tell the soldiers…there’s a new order... we won’t kill you. We will just shoot your...

    The Philippine leader told a group of former rebels to “tell the soldiers…there’s a new order... we won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina.”

    Fiji on notice after cyclone flattens Tongan parliament


    ​Tonga's neighbours are rushing to deliver emergency relief after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night, flattening the parliament, tearing roofs off homes and causing widespread...

    ​Tonga's neighbours are rushing to deliver emergency relief after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night, flattening the parliament, tearing roofs off homes and causing widespread flooding.

    London City Airport cancels all flights after discovery of huge WWII bomb


    All flights to and from London City Airport were cancelled on Monday after an unexploded World War II bomb was found near the end of a...

    All flights to and from London City Airport were cancelled on Monday after an unexploded World War II bomb was found near the end of a runway.

    Trump: US expenditures in Middle East have been 'a mistake'


    President Donald Trump said on Monday that US aid expenditures in the Middle East were "a mistake," both undercutting a round of complicated diplomacy in Arab capitals and underscoring his rising frustration at the dwindling chances of a Middle East...

    President Donald Trump said on Monday that US aid expenditures in the Middle East were "a mistake," both undercutting a round of complicated diplomacy in Arab capitals and underscoring his rising frustration at the dwindling chances of a Middle East peace deal.

    Australian drug kingpin to be extradited after more than a year in Bangkok prison


    A Sydney man accused of overseeing a multi-million dollar Australian drug syndicate is set to be extradited from Thailand seven years after skipping bail in South...

    A Sydney man accused of overseeing a multi-million dollar Australian drug syndicate is set to be extradited from Thailand seven years after skipping bail in South Australia.

    Harvey Weinstein's lawyer responds: there was 'zero discrimination'


    Lawyer Ben Brafman, known as 'the last of the big time defence attorneys', has been hired to Weinstein to defend civil rights law...

    Lawyer Ben Brafman, known as 'the last of the big time defence attorneys', has been hired to Weinstein to defend civil rights law suit.

    Indian officials, eyeing Gold Coast hotel millions, accused of corruption


    A former ASIC investigator has told the Federal Court in Brisbane he was warned not to "go into the darkness" while probing Pearls fraud claims in...

    A former ASIC investigator has told the Federal Court in Brisbane he was warned not to "go into the darkness" while probing Pearls fraud claims in India