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Philippines sends tonnes of rubbish back to Canada Philippines sends tonnes of rubbish back to Canada
The Philippines has sent tonnes of rubbish back to Canada, after a weeks-long diplomatic spat that saw President Rodrigo Duterte threaten to "sail to Canada and dump their garbage there". The Philippines says the rubbish was falsely labelled as plastic recycling when it was sent to Manila in 2014. Canada has agreed to cover the full cost of its transfer and disposal. Some 69 containers of...
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New Zealand budget: National party denies hacking Treasury New Zealand budget: National party denies hacking Treasury
New Zealand's main opposition party has denied hacking into the government's computer systems to steal documents relating to the country's budget. The National Party, which leaked details of the budget two days ahead of schedule on Tuesday, said it got the information legitimately. On Wednesday the Treasury said its systems had been "deliberately and systematically hacked". It confirmed t...
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European elections 2019: Power blocs lose grip on parliament European elections 2019: Power blocs lose grip on parliament
The big centre-right and centre-left blocs in the European Parliament have lost their combined majority amid an increase in support for liberals, the Greens and nationalists. The centre-right European People's Party remains the largest bloc, and is expected to form a pro-EU coalition. The Liberals and Greens had a good night, while nationalists were set for victory in Italy and France. Tu...
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Woman of 102 suspected of care home murder in France Woman of 102 suspected of care home murder in France
A 102-year-old woman is suspected of having murdered her 92-year-old neighbour in a French retirement home. The suspected killer is now in a psychiatric hospital. Earlier she told one of the carers that she had "killed someone", a prosecutor said. A carer at the home in Chézy-sur-Marne, northern France, found the victim dead in bed, her face severely bruised. The cause of death was "stran...
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Russian city of Yekaterinburg rejects plan to build church in park Russian city of Yekaterinburg rejects plan to build church in park
Residents of Russia's fourth-largest city, Yekaterinburg, have rejected plans to build a church in a popular park, ending a week of unrest. The governor of the surrounding region, Sverdlovsk, said the church would not be built as a result of a survey conducted by an opinion pollster. The VTsIOM poll found 58% did not want St Catherine's Cathedral in the park. "This conflict is over, it's ...
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2019 Australia election: Liberal-National coalition secures majority 2019 Australia election: Liberal-National coalition secures majority
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has secured a majority government, capping off a shock result in Saturday's election. With 77.5% of votes counted, the Liberal-National coalition has now reached the 76 seats needed to control the lower house. The result has defied long-term polls that had predicted a Labor Party win for the first time in six years. Labor leader Bill Shorten has sa...
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Volodymyr Zelensky: Comedian-president calls snap election Volodymyr Zelensky: Comedian-president calls snap election
Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky announced a snap parliamentary election during his swearing-in as Ukraine's new president. The election was expected to take place in October 2019. But at the ceremony in Kiev Mr Zelensky said "I am dissolving the Verkhovna Rada (parliament)". He said ending the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in the east would be his top priority. A political novice, he ca...
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Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids
An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza. South African tourists are among the injured. Most of those hurt suffered minor injuries, while three were treated in hospital, officials say. A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing. It is not yet known who was behind the bombing but...
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Austria minister Heinz-Christian Strache resigns amid video scandal Austria minister Heinz-Christian Strache resigns amid video scandal
Austria's Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has resigned a day after secret video footage mired him in a corruption scandal. The video appeared to show Mr Strache discussing government contracts with an alleged Russian investor in return for campaign support. He also appeared to hint at a potentially illegal donation system for the far-right Freedom Party he leads. He blamed his act...
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Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions
Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In 2017, the island's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May. Lawmakers debated three different bills to legalise same-sex unions and the government's bil...
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