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Sydney storms: Two killed amid flash-flooding chaos Sydney storms: Two killed amid flash-flooding chaos
Sydney has been deluged by the heaviest November rain it has experienced in decades, causing flash-flooding, traffic chaos and power cuts. Heavy rain fell throughout Wednesday, the city at one point receiving its average monthly rainfall in two hours. Officials said dozens of vehicles crashed in the stormy conditions, with winds of up to 90km/h (55mph) also recorded. At least two deaths h...
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No sale for Australia's enormous Knickers (who is, by the way, a bull) No sale for Australia's enormous Knickers (who is, by the way, a bull)
Knickers looms above the thousands of other cattle that he feeds with in rural Western Australia. At some 1,400kg (220st) and 194cm (6ft 4in), the seven-year-old is believed to be the biggest steer in a country home to millions of cattle. And his size has proved to be his saving grace. When owner Geoff Pearson tried to put him up for auction last month, meat processors said they simply could...
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Russia-Ukraine tensions rise after Kerch Strait ship capture Russia-Ukraine tensions rise after Kerch Strait ship capture
Ukraine's parliament is to decide whether to bring in martial law, after the capture of three of its naval vessels by Russia. The three ships were sailing off the coast of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, when they were seized. Ukraine said Russia rammed one of its boats in an "act of aggression", while Russia said the ships had illegally entered its waters. The incident marks...
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France fuel protests: Police in Paris fire tear gas France fuel protests: Police in Paris fire tear gas
Police in Paris have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters demonstrating for a second weekend against rising fuel prices. Violence erupted on the Champs-Elysées as protesters tried to get through a security cordon around sensitive sites. About 5,000 protesters had converged on the avenue. At least 18 people were arrested after clashing with police. Organisers of the "yello...
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Syria radio host shot dead in Idlib Syria radio host shot dead in Idlib
A prominent Syrian radio journalist has been shot dead by gunmen in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib. Raed Fares, a well-known Syrian activist, was killed in the north-western town of Kafranbel. Mr Fares founded Radio Fresh, an independent radio station broadcasting from inside opposition-held areas in the country. He and his radio station had been targeted by jihadist groups in th...
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Draft agreement on future relationship right for UK, says May Draft agreement on future relationship right for UK, says May
Theresa May has hailed the draft agreement on post-Brexit relations as "right for the whole of the UK" and insisted a deal "is within our grasp". The political declaration - outlining how UK-EU trade, security and other issues will work - has been "agreed in principle", the European Council says. London and Brussels have already agreed the draft terms of the UK's exit from the EU on 29 March...
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Interpol presidency vote: Russia in surprise loss to South Korea Interpol presidency vote: Russia in surprise loss to South Korea
Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, rejecting the controversial Russian frontrunner. Mr Kim was chosen by Interpol's 194 member states at a meeting of its annual congress in Dubai. He beat Russia's Alexander Prokopchuk, who has been accused of using Interpol's arrest warrant system to target critics of the Kremlin. Russia blamed the outcome of the voting on "...
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Kabul suicide bomber kills dozens at gathering of clerics Kabul suicide bomber kills dozens at gathering of clerics
A suicide bomb attack on a gathering of religious scholars in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least 43 people, officials say. At least 83 people were also wounded as the clerics met at the Uranus wedding hall, a large banqueting complex near the airport, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. It is one of the deadliest attacks in Kabul in recent months. No-one has yet admi...
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Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn arrested over 'misconduct' Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn arrested over 'misconduct'
Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested over claims of financial misconduct, the carmaker has said. Mr Ghosn, a towering figure in the car industry, will be sacked from the Japanese firm after a board meeting on Thursday, its chief executive said. He has been accused of "significant acts of misconduct", including under-reporting his pay package and personal use of company assets. N...
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France fuel protest: One dead in 'yellow vest' blockades France fuel protest: One dead in 'yellow vest' blockades
One protester has died and dozens were injured as almost a quarter of a million people took to the streets of France, angry at rising fuel prices. The female protester who died was struck after a driver surrounded by demonstrators panicked and accelerated. The "yellow vests", so-called after the high-visibility jackets they are required to carry in their cars, blocked motorways and roundabou...
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