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Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire
Ukraine and Russia have agreed to implement a "full and comprehensive" ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the end of 2019, after top-level talks. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky met face to face in Paris on Monday. Five-and-a-half years of fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels have cost 13,000 lives. The negotiations were bro...
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New Zealand volcano: At least one dead with number expected to rise New Zealand volcano: At least one dead with number expected to rise
A volcano has erupted in New Zealand, leaving one dead and several unaccounted for, police have said. Tourists were seen walking inside the rim of the White Island crater just moments before the eruption. Police said 23 people had been rescued, but warned the number of dead was "likely" to rise. The area is currently too dangerous for a rescue operation. White Island, also known as Whakaa...
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Australia bushfires north of Sydney 'too big to put out' Australia bushfires north of Sydney 'too big to put out'
A "mega blaze" raging across a 60km (37 mile) front north-west of Sydney cannot currently be put out, Australian fire officials have warned. The fire across almost 300,000 hectares (1,150 sq m) is just an hour's drive from the nation's most-populous city. People who cannot defend their property from approaching fires have been told they should leave immediately. Since October, bushfires h...
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Prince Andrew must testify says Epstein accusers' lawyer Prince Andrew must testify says Epstein accusers' lawyer
Five women who accuse Jeffrey Epstein of abusing them say Prince Andrew witnessed how people were given massages at the sex offender's homes. The lawyer for the women has told BBC Panorama he plans to serve subpoenas to force the Duke of York to testify as a witness in all five cases. He says the prince could have important information about sex trafficking. The prince says he did not wit...
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Yang Hengjun: Australia criticises China for detainment of 'democracy peddler' Yang Hengjun: Australia criticises China for detainment of 'democracy peddler'
Australia says the treatment endured by one of its citizens in criminal detention in China is "unacceptable". Chinese-Australian writer Dr Yang Hengjun has been held in Beijing since January. He has been accused of espionage - charges denied by him and the Australian government. He now faces daily interrogations while being shackled, and has been increasingly isolated, Canberra said. Aust...
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London Bridge: Attacker had been convicted of terror offence London Bridge: Attacker had been convicted of terror offence
The man who carried out Friday's stabbing attack at London Bridge was a former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences. The attacker, named by police as 28-year-old Usman Khan, was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured. Khan was shot dead by officers after members of the public restrained him. Police decla...
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Iraq unrest: Nearly 40 killed in fresh wave of protests Iraq unrest: Nearly 40 killed in fresh wave of protests
Nearly 40 people have been killed in Iraq on one of the bloodiest days since anti-government protests began last month, medics and officials say. At least 25 people died when security forces opened fire to clear bridges in the southern city of Nasiriya. Another four protesters died in Baghdad and 10 more in the city of Najaf, where Iran's consulate was also burnt. Iraqis have been taking ...
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Sydney 'lockout' laws: Australian city ends controversial bar curfews Sydney 'lockout' laws: Australian city ends controversial bar curfews
Controversial laws blamed for ruining nightlife in Australia's largest city, Sydney, will be almost completely scrapped from January, officials say. The so-called "lockout" laws, enacted in 2014, installed bar curfews in popular areas and restricted when alcohol could be served. While the laws reduced the rates of drunken violence, critics accused them of changing the fabric of the city. ...
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Australia investigates alleged Chinese plot to install spy MP Australia investigates alleged Chinese plot to install spy MP
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says allegations of a plot to plant a Chinese spy in Canberra's parliament are "deeply disturbing". The allegations - first aired by local network Nine - assert that a suspected Chinese espionage ring approached a Chinese-Australian man to run as an MP. In a rare public statement, the nation's domestic spy agency has confirmed it is investigating the ...
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Colombia protests: Bogotá placed under curfew amid fresh protests Colombia protests: Bogotá placed under curfew amid fresh protests
The mayor of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, has imposed a curfew to cover the entire city in response to renewed anti-government protests. Police fired tear gas in the city on Friday to disperse crowds and there were reports of sporadic looting. Meanwhile, President Iván Duque said he would launch a "national conversation" next week to try to ease tensions. More than 250,000 people attend...
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