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    'Strange': China lashes Australia over drug death penalty criticism


    China has hit back at Australian criticism of the death sentence handed to a Canadian man for the attempted smuggling of 200 kilograms of...

    China has hit back at Australian criticism of the death sentence handed to a Canadian man for the attempted smuggling of 200 kilograms of methamphetamine.

    After defeat, a delay to Brexit increasingly on cards


    Opposition MPs have emailed European Union president Donald Tusk asking him to prepare to extend the March 29 deadline for the UK leaving the...

    Opposition MPs have emailed European Union president Donald Tusk asking him to prepare to extend the March 29 deadline for the UK leaving the EU.

    'Jokowi’s magic has now gone': Prabowo ready for presidential debate


    Indonesia's first presidential debate of 2019, to be held on Thursday evening, will mark the start of three months of fierce...

    Indonesia's first presidential debate of 2019, to be held on Thursday evening, will mark the start of three months of fierce campaigning.

    Three North Korean officials reportedly booked on flight to Washington


    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol are expected to meet on Thursday or Friday in...

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol are expected to meet on Thursday or Friday in Washington.

    A toddler fell into well in Spain and rescuers can't reach him


    Rescuers are contending with two crucial questions after a 2-year-old slipped into a narrow, 100m-deep well: How can they reach him and is it too...

    Rescuers are contending with two crucial questions after a 2-year-old slipped into a narrow, 100m-deep well: How can they reach him and is it too late?

    It's been a horrible job, but at least Theresa May has kept at it


    Theresa May has kept at it when others would have quit - which she would have doubtless been roundly criticised for doing - long...

    Theresa May has kept at it when others would have quit - which she would have doubtless been roundly criticised for doing - long ago.

    Daylight seen between GOP and White House on Russia sanctions


    Almost a dozen Senate Republicans broke with the White House on Russia, voting to move forward on a resolution that would maintain sanctions in...

    Almost a dozen Senate Republicans broke with the White House on Russia, voting to move forward on a resolution that would maintain sanctions in place.

    New York senator uses spot on late-night talk show to hint at 2020 run


    Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand listed a series of issues she'd tackle as president, including better health care for families, stronger public schools and more accessible job...

    Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand listed a series of issues she'd tackle as president, including better health care for families, stronger public schools and more accessible job training.

    Palestinians announce plans to again seek full UN membership


    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to reactivate an application for the Palestinians to have full membership in the United...

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to reactivate an application for the Palestinians to have full membership in the United Nations.

    Saudi teen says she wants to work for freedom for women


    A Saudi teen whose flight from her allegedly abusive family captured global attention says she wants to work in support of freedom for women around the world for years to...

    A Saudi teen whose flight from her allegedly abusive family captured global attention says she wants to work in support of freedom for women around the world for years to come.

    Congo court begins election appeal hearing


    The legal team of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu hopes evidence collected from the polling stations in various ways will convince the constitutional court to order a...

    The legal team of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu hopes evidence collected from the polling stations in various ways will convince the constitutional court to order a recount.

    US truck driver in crash that killed Australian gets $US1000 fine


    New York rubbish truck driver, who drank beer before the bicycle crash that killed Australian tourist Madison Lyden, has left court with $US1000 in...

    New York rubbish truck driver, who drank beer before the bicycle crash that killed Australian tourist Madison Lyden, has left court with $US1000 in fines.

    Despite hammering defeat, Brexit vote could be repeated


    This is just another stage in the longer-term strategy of whittling away the options available, until only the withdrawal agreement...

    This is just another stage in the longer-term strategy of whittling away the options available, until only the withdrawal agreement remains.

    'No further threat': Kenya authorities secure Nairobi hotel as death count begins


    Authorities have evacuated around 50 survivors of the deadly attack on a luxury Nairobi hotel, which claimed a US citizen and a British citizen among the 15 reportedly...

    Authorities have evacuated around 50 survivors of the deadly attack on a luxury Nairobi hotel, which claimed a US citizen and a British citizen among the 15 reportedly dead.

    Theresa May made mistake after mistake in lead-up to Brexit defeat


    Now is the time for Brussels, not just London, to redouble Brexit diplomacy to help ensure that a hard, disorderly exit doesn’t come to...

    Now is the time for Brussels, not just London, to redouble Brexit diplomacy to help ensure that a hard, disorderly exit doesn’t come to pass.

    Theresa May's Brexit failure extends to Britain's political class


    An economically ruinous 'no deal' Brexit looms for the UK, as its gridlocked politics leave the country more likely to 'choose' an option few actually...

    An economically ruinous 'no deal' Brexit looms for the UK, as its gridlocked politics leave the country more likely to 'choose' an option few actually want.

    Silicon Valley landlord rents $US1500 studio to 2 cats


    Two cats are living large at a $US1500-a-month ($2083) studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where a housing shortage has sent rents...

    Two cats are living large at a $US1500-a-month ($2083) studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where a housing shortage has sent rents skyrocketing.

    Historic defeat in parliament leaves Brexit plans foundering


    Scores of pro-Brexit defectors from Theresa May’s Conservative party doomed the deal, voting alongside most of Labour’s MPs who hope they can now trigger a general...

    Scores of pro-Brexit defectors from Theresa May’s Conservative party doomed the deal, voting alongside most of Labour’s MPs who hope they can now trigger a general election.

    US Treasury secretary urges senators to ease Russia sanctions


    US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging Republican senators to support the Trump administration's decision to ease sanctions on Russian...

    US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging Republican senators to support the Trump administration's decision to ease sanctions on Russian companies.

    Huawei founder says Trump is 'a great president', denies firm spies for China


    The founder of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, has said he puts business first, and would “definitely say no” to a request to...

    The founder of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, has said he puts business first, and would “definitely say no” to a request to spy.

    Fire kills Pakistani bride-to-be and her friends


    Pakistani police and relatives say a fire has broken out at a home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing a bride-to-be and four other women who were preparing the woman's...

    Pakistani police and relatives say a fire has broken out at a home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing a bride-to-be and four other women who were preparing the woman's wedding.

    Caravan departs Honduras as Mexico prepares to close migrant shelter


    As another caravan leaves Honduras, the closure of Tijuana's migrant shelter El Barretal signals a somewhat bittersweet end to the Caravana Migrante...

    As another caravan leaves Honduras, the closure of Tijuana's migrant shelter El Barretal signals a somewhat bittersweet end to the Caravana Migrante 2018.

    United States, North Korea to hold talks this week: report


    The meeting, led by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, would happen on Thursday or Friday, according to an unnamed...

    The meeting, led by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, would happen on Thursday or Friday, according to an unnamed source.

    House GOP leaders move to strip congressman of committee assignments


    Republicans voted unanimously to keep veteran lawmaker off of House committees, after he questioned whether the term "white supremacist" was...

    Republicans voted unanimously to keep veteran lawmaker off of House committees, after he questioned whether the term "white supremacist" was offensive.

    Kumbh Mela begins under veil of dust, despite Modi's sanitation push


    The skies over the confluence of sacred rivers in northern India where millions of Hindu priests and pilgrims will wash away their sins at the Kumbh Mela festival hold proof that government officials are struggling to grapple with the country's worsening...

    The skies over the confluence of sacred rivers in northern India where millions of Hindu priests and pilgrims will wash away their sins at the Kumbh Mela festival hold proof that government officials are struggling to grapple with the country's worsening air pollution.

    Australian woman's desperate messages from Thai immigration detention


    When Clare didn't return home from Thailand, she posted that "some pretty serious stuff went down". Days later she messaged a friend, begging for...

    When Clare didn't return home from Thailand, she posted that "some pretty serious stuff went down". Days later she messaged a friend, begging for help.

    Israel to scour Danube for remains of Hungarian Holocaust victims


    An Israeli recovery team will search Hungary's Danube river for the remains of some 565,000 Hungarian Holocaust victims, so they can be buried in accordance with Jewish...

    An Israeli recovery team will search Hungary's Danube river for the remains of some 565,000 Hungarian Holocaust victims, so they can be buried in accordance with Jewish rite.

    Fears for former Canberra public servant held in Cambodian jail


    Gary Knowles needs help from the Australian government, says his former boss - but the prisoner and his family want no...

    Gary Knowles needs help from the Australian government, says his former boss - but the prisoner and his family want no publicity.

    Fuel protests turn deadly as Zimbabwe faces unfolding economic crisis


    Protesters were met with tear gas after barricading roads and burning tyres in response to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's raising of fuel prices and an unfolding economic...

    Protesters were met with tear gas after barricading roads and burning tyres in response to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's raising of fuel prices and an unfolding economic crisis.

    Trump declares there is 'no substitute' for a wall, shutdown drags on


    A raft of new polls show most Americans oppose a border wall and blame Trump and his Republican colleagues, rather than Democrats, for the government...

    A raft of new polls show most Americans oppose a border wall and blame Trump and his Republican colleagues, rather than Democrats, for the government shutdown.

    'McJesus' sculpture sparks outrage for Christians in Israel


    An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country's Arab Christian...

    An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country's Arab Christian minority.

    Robots appear in US grocery chain


    McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that as many as 800 million people may lose their jobs to robots by...

    McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that as many as 800 million people may lose their jobs to robots by 2030.

    Actor Rose McGowan avoids jail after drug charge


    Actor and #MeToo activist Rose McGowan avoids jail after pleading no contest to a drug...

    Actor and #MeToo activist Rose McGowan avoids jail after pleading no contest to a drug charge.

    Macron hits the reset button with national debate to counter protests


    To his allies, Emmanuel Macron's letter to the French launching a national policy debate was an exercise in democracy. To his critics, it was a mere...

    To his allies, Emmanuel Macron's letter to the French launching a national policy debate was an exercise in democracy. To his critics, it was a mere gesture.

    China hands death penalty to Canadian drug smuggler in retrial


    A Chinese court has sentenced a Canadian man to death after he was convicted of involvement in a drug ring that attempted to send 200 kilograms of methamphetamine to...

    A Chinese court has sentenced a Canadian man to death after he was convicted of involvement in a drug ring that attempted to send 200 kilograms of methamphetamine to Australia.

    Mayor of Gdansk dies after being stabbed on stage at charity event


    Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk, has died after being stabbed on stage at a Polish charity event, Poland's health minister said on...

    Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk, has died after being stabbed on stage at a Polish charity event, Poland's health minister said on Monday.

    In his trade war with China, Donald Trump has secret allies


    Private-sector Chinese businesses are key to growth, and they happen to share many of the same complaints as the United...

    Private-sector Chinese businesses are key to growth, and they happen to share many of the same complaints as the United States.