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Australia weather: January was hottest month on record Australia weather: January was hottest month on record
Australia recorded its hottest month ever in January, with average temperatures exceeding 30C (86F) for the first time. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the extreme heat was "unprecedented" during the country's summer period. At least five January days were among the 10 warmest on record, with daily national temperature highs of 40C. The heat has caused wildfire deaths, bushfires a...
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Saudi Arabia ends major anti-corruption campaign Saudi Arabia ends major anti-corruption campaign
Saudi Arabia says it has ended its anti-corruption drive, launched in 2017, that saw hundreds of princes, tycoons and business chiefs rounded up. More than $100bn (76bn) in assets - including property and cash - has been recouped by the state, officials in the Gulf kingdom say. They say settlements were reached with 87 individuals who confessed to the charges against them. Eight others r...
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Darren Weir: Australian police raid top horse trainer's stables Darren Weir: Australian police raid top horse trainer's stables
Australian police have raided the stables of one of the nation's leading horse trainers, arresting three men over a probe into alleged racing fraud. The men were held for questioning in Victoria on Wednesday, police said, adding that no charges had been laid. Local media named one man in custody as Darren Weir, the owner of the stables. Mr Weir trained Prince of Penzance, the horse ridden...
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Wang Quanzhang: China jails leading human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang: China jails leading human rights lawyer
China has sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to four and a half years in prison for state subversion. Wang, 42, had defended political campaigners, victims of land seizures, as well as followers of the banned spiritual Falun Gong movement. He was one of several lawyers and activists arrested in 2015 crackdown, and was the last to go on trial. China has in recent years ...
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Brazil dam collapse: 'Little hope' of finding missing alive Brazil dam collapse: 'Little hope' of finding missing alive
Up to 300 people are missing after a dam collapsed at an iron ore mine in south-eastern Brazil, officials say. The break caused a sea of muddy sludge that buried the dam's cafeteria where hundreds of workers were eating lunch. Rescue teams used earth-moving machinery at the site near the town of Brumadinho, in Minas Gerais state. Governor Romeu Zema said there was little chance of finding...
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Macedonia and Greece: Vote settles 27-year name row Macedonia and Greece: Vote settles 27-year name row
Greek MPs have voted narrowly to back a historic agreement with Macedonia, bringing to an end a 27-year dispute over its northern neighbour's name. Parliament in Athens agreed by 153 votes to 146 to approve the name Republic of North Macedonia, despite widespread opposition from the public. Thousands demonstrated outside parliament on Thursday night. Greece has rejected Macedonia's name s...
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Malaysia elects new king after unprecedented abdication Malaysia elects new king after unprecedented abdication
Malaysia has elected Sultan Abdullah of Pahang as its new king after the shock abdication of the previous monarch. Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan abdicated in January after just two years on the throne, a first in Malaysian history. Malaysia has an unusual constitutional monarchy, where the top job rotates between nine hereditary state rulers every five years. The king, known as the Yang d...
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Zimbabwe troops accused of 'systematic torture' of protesters Zimbabwe troops accused of 'systematic torture' of protesters
A government-appointed human rights group in Zimbabwe has accused soldiers of using "systematic torture" in a crackdown on protests. The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission strongly criticised authorities for using troops to quell demonstrations. Unrest broke out more than a week ago following a sharp rise in fuel prices. Reports have emerged of assaults allegedly carried out by the military...
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Zimbabwe president abandons Davos trip amid unrest Zimbabwe president abandons Davos trip amid unrest
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has broken off a trip to Europe after violent protests in his home country. Mr Mnangagwa had been due to attend the Davos economic summit where he was expected to seek investment for Zimbabwe. Ministers say the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is using sharp fuel price increases as a pretext for violence. But the MDC accuses the autho...
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Syria war: Israeli jets target Iranian positions around Damascus Syria war: Israeli jets target Iranian positions around Damascus
Israel says it has hit Iranian targets around the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Israel Defense Forces says the overnight operation targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as well as Syrian air defences. The Syrian military says it shot down most of the Israeli missiles. But a monitoring group reported that at least 11 pro-government fighters were killed. The IDF...
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