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Australia fires: PM Morrison apologises for US holiday amid crisis Australia fires: PM Morrison apologises for US holiday amid crisis
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for going on holiday in Hawaii this week while the nation's bushfire crisis worsened. Fires are raging across the nation amid a heatwave which has produced the nation's two hottest days on record. Two volunteer firefighters died in a road accident on Thursday while deployed to a huge blaze near Sydney. Mr Morrison said he would end h...
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Australia heatwave: Nation endures hottest day on record Australia heatwave: Nation endures hottest day on record
Australia has experienced its hottest day on record with the national average temperature reaching a high of 40.9C (105.6F). The Bureau of Meteorology (Bom) said "extensive" heat on Tuesday tipped the mercury past the previous record of 40.3C set on 7 January 2013. Taking the average of maximum temperatures across the country is the most accurate measure of a heatwave. The record comes as...
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New Zealand volcano: Minute's silence marks one week after eruption New Zealand volcano: Minute's silence marks one week after eruption
A minute's silence has been observed in New Zealand, marking one week since the deadly eruption of White Island volcano. The tribute was held at 14:11 local time (01:11 GMT), the exact moment of the eruption. Sixteen deaths have been confirmed while two bodies are still missing, believed to be in the water off the island. About 20 people remain in intensive care with severe burns. Rela...
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General election 2019: PM to visit north after Labour heartland gains General election 2019: PM to visit north after Labour heartland gains
Boris Johnson is to visit the north of England later, hours after celebrating his party's biggest election win for 30 years by sweeping aside Labour in its traditional heartlands. The prime minister has said he hopes the Conservatives' victory will bring "closure" to the Brexit debate and "let the healing begin". He won a Commons majority of 80, his party's largest since 1987. In contrast...
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Election results 2019: Boris Johnson returns to power with big majority Election results 2019: Boris Johnson returns to power with big majority
Boris Johnson will return to Downing Street with a big majority after the Conservatives swept aside Labour in its traditional heartlands. With just a handful of seats left to declare in the general election, the BBC forecasts a a Tory majority of 78. The prime minister said it would give him a mandate to "get Brexit done" and take the UK out of the EU next month. Jeremy Corbyn said Labour...
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White Island volcano: New volcanic activity hampers recovery efforts White Island volcano: New volcanic activity hampers recovery efforts
New Zealand's White Island volcano is showing increased seismic activity, putting recovery efforts on hold. Authorities hoped they would be able to retrieve the eight people presumed dead on the island on Wednesday. So far, six people have been confirmed dead in the tragedy. Another 25 are in critical condition in hospital with severe burns. The volcano, also known as Whakaari, erupted on...
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Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire
Ukraine and Russia have agreed to implement a "full and comprehensive" ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the end of 2019, after top-level talks. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky met face to face in Paris on Monday. Five-and-a-half years of fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels have cost 13,000 lives. The negotiations were bro...
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New Zealand volcano: At least one dead with number expected to rise New Zealand volcano: At least one dead with number expected to rise
A volcano has erupted in New Zealand, leaving one dead and several unaccounted for, police have said. Tourists were seen walking inside the rim of the White Island crater just moments before the eruption. Police said 23 people had been rescued, but warned the number of dead was "likely" to rise. The area is currently too dangerous for a rescue operation. White Island, also known as Whakaa...
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Australia bushfires north of Sydney 'too big to put out' Australia bushfires north of Sydney 'too big to put out'
A "mega blaze" raging across a 60km (37 mile) front north-west of Sydney cannot currently be put out, Australian fire officials have warned. The fire across almost 300,000 hectares (1,150 sq m) is just an hour's drive from the nation's most-populous city. People who cannot defend their property from approaching fires have been told they should leave immediately. Since October, bushfires h...
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Prince Andrew must testify says Epstein accusers' lawyer Prince Andrew must testify says Epstein accusers' lawyer
Five women who accuse Jeffrey Epstein of abusing them say Prince Andrew witnessed how people were given massages at the sex offender's homes. The lawyer for the women has told BBC Panorama he plans to serve subpoenas to force the Duke of York to testify as a witness in all five cases. He says the prince could have important information about sex trafficking. The prince says he did not wit...
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