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Schapelle Corby: Drug trafficker deported from Bali Schapelle Corby: Drug trafficker deported from Bali
Convicted Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby is being deported from Indonesia after nine years in prison and three years on parole. The former beauty therapist was arrested in 2004 at Bali airport with 4.2 kg of marijuana hidden in surfing gear, and sentenced the next year. Her case outraged many Australians, with some viewing her sentence as too harsh, and affected foreign relations...
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Police officer dies in Jakarta suicide bombing Police officer dies in Jakarta suicide bombing
A suspected suicide bomb attack in the Indonesian capital Jakarta has left at least one police officer dead and five others injured, police say. There were two blasts about five minutes apart at about 21:00 local time (14:00 GMT) near a bus station in Kampung Melayu in the east of the city. The suspected attacker was also killed. Indonesia has seen a series of small-scale attacks since Ja...
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Manchester attack: The next steps for police and MI5 Manchester attack: The next steps for police and MI5
The UK has not seen a bomb attack like the Manchester outrage since 2005 for three simple reasons: It takes some expertise, which is difficult to come by without help. It requires a lot of planning and preparation, both of which increase the chances that MI5 and other agencies will discover what is going on. Individuals who are sufficiently organised to put the first two together ...
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North Korea in new missile test, South says North Korea in new missile test, South says
North Korea has conducted another missile test, South Korea's military has said. The White House said the medium-range missile had a shorter range than those used in North Korea's last three tests. It comes a week after North Korea tested what it said was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead. Last Monday, the UN Security Council again demanded that Pyongyang co...
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Michel Temer: Brazil president faces new corruption accusations Michel Temer: Brazil president faces new corruption accusations
Brazilian President Michel Temer has taken millions of dollars in bribes since 2010, according to testimony released by the Supreme Court. The plea-bargain testimony came from bosses of a giant meat-packing firm. If confirmed, the accusations could prove devastating for Mr Temer's crisis-hit administration, though he has vowed to prove his innocence. He is already facing allegations he au...
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Remote island has 'world's worst' plastic rubbish density Remote island has 'world's worst' plastic rubbish density
An uninhabited island in the South Pacific is littered with the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world, according to a study. Henderson Island, part of the UK's Pitcairn Islands group, has an estimated 37.7 million pieces of debris on its beaches. The island is near the centre of an ocean current, meaning it collects much rubbish from boats and South America. Researchers h...
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France's Macron names Republican Philippe as PM France's Macron names Republican Philippe as PM
President Emmanuel Macron has chosen centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as France's new prime minister. Mr Philippe, 46, is not from the president's new centrist party but from the centre-right Republicans. The choice is seen as an attempt to draw in key figures from both the right and left of French politics. On his first full day as president, Mr Macron later travelled to Berlin where ...
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Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses
Eight Arab princesses are on trial in Brussels for trafficking and abusing servants during a stay there. Sheikha Hamda al-Nahyan and her seven daughters hired a floor of rooms at a luxury hotel over eight months in 2008. They brought with them from the United Arab Emirates a retinue of more than 20 servants whom they are accused of holding in conditions close to slavery. The plaintiffs sa...
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Ransomware infections reported worldwide Ransomware infections reported worldwide
A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world. Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (230) in Bitcoin. There have been reports of infections in more than 70 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan. Many security researchers are linking the incidents...
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IS conflict: Syrian opposition 'take town of Tabqa and dam' IS conflict: Syrian opposition 'take town of Tabqa and dam'
An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had "completely liberated" the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km (25 miles) west of IS-stronghold Raqqa. It comes a day after the US said it was going to arm members of the Kurdish Popular Protection Un...
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