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Austria blocks EU-Mercosur trade deal with South America Austria blocks EU-Mercosur trade deal with South America
MPs in Austria have dealt a blow to the EU's landmark trade deal with South America's economic bloc, by demanding a government veto on the deal. The draft free trade agreement took 20 years to complete and the EU has described it as its biggest so far. France and Ireland have already warned they will reject the deal if Brazil does not do more to curb fires in the Amazon rainforest. Austri...
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South Africa: Violence against women like a war - Ramaphosa South Africa: Violence against women like a war - Ramaphosa
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says urgent action is needed to tackle gender-based violence in the country. At an emergency sitting of parliament, Mr Ramaphosa said the figures for violence against women and children were similar to those of a country at war. Some 2,700 women and 1,000 children were murdered by men last year, and at least 100 rapes were reported daily. The spike ...
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Russia holds 80 North Koreans on 'poaching' boats Russia holds 80 North Koreans on 'poaching' boats
Russian coastguards say they have seized two North Korean boats and more than 80 crew members. Russia said the ships were engaged in illegal fishing off its coast, and that one of the vessels launched an "armed attack". Three Russian border guards were reportedly wounded in a clash. North Korea has yet to comment on the incident, but Russia's Foreign Ministry has expressed "serious concer...
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Saudi oil attacks: US says intelligence shows Iran involved Saudi oil attacks: US says intelligence shows Iran involved
The United States has issued satellite images and cited intelligence to back its allegation Iran was behind attacks on major Saudi oil facilities. Iran denies involvement in Saturday's air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. But unnamed US officials speaking to US and international media say the direction and extent of the attacks cast doubt on Houthi involvem...
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Drone attack by Yemeni rebels sets off fires at major Saudi Arabian oil facilities Drone attack by Yemeni rebels sets off fires at major Saudi Arabian oil facilities
Drones launched by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels hit key Saudi Arabian oil installations Saturday, setting off fires at a major oil processing facility and oilfield, according to Saudi and rebel officials. The facilities are operated by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant, and produce up to 70% of the country's crude oil output. Rising smoke from the fires at the sites ...
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Felicity Huffman handed prison time over college admissions scandal Felicity Huffman handed prison time over college admissions scandal
US actress Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her involvement in a college admissions scandal. The Desperate Housewives star admitted to paying $15,000 (£11,500) to have her daughter's exam answers secretly corrected in 2017. She must also do 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine. Parents and athletic coaches were among the 50 people charged in th...
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Johnson denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension Johnson denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension
Boris Johnson has denied lying to the Queen over the advice he gave her over the five-week suspension of Parliament. The prime minister was speaking after Scotland's highest civil court ruled on Wednesday the shutdown was unlawful. Asked whether he had lied to the monarch about his reasons for the suspension, he replied: "Absolutely not." He added: "The High Court in England plainly agree...
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Brexit: Scottish judges rule Parliament suspension is unlawful Brexit: Scottish judges rule Parliament suspension is unlawful
Boris Johnsonís suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotlandís highest civil court has ruled. A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister's move. The judges said the PM was attempting to prevent Parliament holding the government to account ahead of Brexit. A UK government appeal agai...
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Amber Rudd quits cabinet and Conservative party Amber Rudd quits cabinet and Conservative party
Amber Rudd has quit the cabinet and Conservative Party saying she cannot "stand by" while "loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled". The work and pensions secretary said she no longer believed leaving the EU with a deal was the government's "main objective". She described the sacking of 21 Tory MPs on Tuesday as an "assault on decency and democracy". The MP for Hastings and Rye supporte...
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Man charged £55k for a single beer in Manchester hotel Man charged £55k for a single beer in Manchester hotel
An Australian cricket journalist was mistakenly charged £55,000 for a single bottle of beer in a Manchester hotel. Peter Lalor ordered the £5.50 Deuchers IPA at the city's Malmaison hotel before being stunned to discover he had been charged £55,315.12 (A$99,983.64). Mr Lalor, who was in the city to cover the Ashes series, now believes he drank "the most expensive beer in history". A spoke...
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