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Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou arrested in Canada Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou arrested in Canada
The daughter of the founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer and deputy chair, was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December. Details of the arrest have not been released but the US has been investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran. China's embassy...
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Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery
Australian police have arrested the husband of a Sydney woman whose disappearance in 1982 has been the subject of a popular crime podcast. Chris Dawson, 70, is to be charged with murdering Lynette Dawson, New South Wales (NSW) authorities said. Mr Dawson has denied killing Mrs Dawson, with whom he has two children. He has said that she abandoned the family for a religious group. A podcast...
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France fuel protests: 'Yellow vests' pull out of PM meeting France fuel protests: 'Yellow vests' pull out of PM meeting
Protesters from France's "gilet jaunes" (yellow vests) movement have pulled out of a meeting with PM Edouard Philippe scheduled for Tuesday. Some members of the group said they had received death threats from hardline protesters warning them not to enter into negotiations with the government. The "yellow vests" have been protesting about a controversial fuel tax since mid-November. But th...
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Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged over revealing dress Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged over revealing dress
An Egyptian actress who wore a revealing dress to the Cairo Film Festival is to go on trial on charges of "inciting debauchery", reports say. Rania Youssef appeared in a lacy, black, see-through outfit that exposed most of her legs, outraging many Egyptians, though some said she should be able to wear what she wanted. She could be jailed for up to five years if found guilty, a judicial sourc...
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Ukraine bars Russian men aged 16-60 from entry Ukraine bars Russian men aged 16-60 from entry
Ukraine will not allow Russian men aged 16-60 into the country following the imposition of martial law, Kiev says. An exception would be made for "humanitarian cases" such as those travelling to funerals. Russia says it is not planning retaliatory measures. Martial law has been imposed in 10 Ukrainian regions until 26 December. This came as Ukraine's president voiced fears of a Russian in...
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Australia says orphanage trafficking is modern-day slavery Australia says orphanage trafficking is modern-day slavery
Australia has become the first country in the world to recognise so-called orphanage trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery. The legislation forms part of a wider drive to stop Australians taking part in "voluntourism" schemes which harm rather than help the children. It is estimated 80% of children living in the world's orphanages have at least one living parent. In many cases, they...
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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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