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Venice considers nightly ban on carrying alcohol Venice considers nightly ban on carrying alcohol
Venice is set to ban carrying bottles in the streets in its latest effort to combat the torrent of tourists that flood the city every year. The city is considering fines for anyone found carrying alcohol after 19:00 - even sealed in shopping bags. Police say they do not plan to stop Venetians on their way home from the shops, but rather drunk revellers. Millions of tourists visit the hist...
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Australia fruit scare: Needles found in New Zealand strawberries Australia fruit scare: Needles found in New Zealand strawberries
he Australian scare over needles found in strawberries has spread to New Zealand after needles were found in a punnet of the fruit in an Auckland supermarket. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves. There have been over 100 reports of needles being found in supermarket fruit in Australia. Many are thought to be copycat cases or...
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Canadian politician says a family can eat on $75 a week Canadian politician says a family can eat on $75 a week
A Canadian political leader has been caught in a dangerous election campaign trap: not knowing the cost of groceries. Quebec Liberal leader Phillipe Couillard told a radio station this week that a family of three could eat for a week on C$75 ($57; £45). He conceded it would be challenge and the menu would be limited. Still, opponents pounced on the comment to accuse him of being out of to...
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Yemen conflict: A million more children face famine, NGO warns Yemen conflict: A million more children face famine, NGO warns
A further one million children are at risk of famine in Yemen, the charity Save the Children has warned. Rising food prices and the falling value of the country's currency as a result of a civil war are putting more families at risk of food insecurity. But another threat comes from fighting around the key port city of Hudaydah, which is the principal lifeline for almost two-thirds of the pop...
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US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods
The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. The higher import taxes will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far. Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and high chairs have been excluded. China has previously vowe...
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Typhoon Mangkhut: South China battered by deadly storm Typhoon Mangkhut: South China battered by deadly storm
A powerful storm which killed dozens of people in the Philippines is now making its way across southern China. Typhoon Mangkhut is one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades. Two people have been killed in the Chinese province of Guangdong, according to state media - more than 2.5 million people have been evacuated in Guangdong and on Hainan island. In Hong Kong, the sto...
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Typhoon Mangkhut: Philippines wakes to storm destruction Typhoon Mangkhut: Philippines wakes to storm destruction
Areas of the northern Philippines have woken up to destruction wrought by the strong winds and heavy rains of a massive storm, Typhoon Mangkhut. Almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao sustained some damage, a government official said, and communications were down in places. However, there were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths. More than four million people are directly i...
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Brazil meeting votes to protect world's whale population Brazil meeting votes to protect world's whale population
Members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) have voted to back a Brazilian proposal to give indefinite protection for the world's whale population, following an angry debate. The non-binding "Florianopolis Declaration" sees whaling as no longer being a necessary economic activity. The proposal was backed by 40 members with 27 voting against. Pro-whaling states, including Japan, ...
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Aung San Suu Kyi defends verdict against Reuters journalists Aung San Suu Kyi defends verdict against Reuters journalists
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists, despite international condemnation. She said Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had broken the law and their conviction had "nothing to do with freedom of expression at all". The two were sentenced for possession of police documents while investigating the killing of Rohingya Muslims. Ms Suu Kyi also said her government ...
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Serena Williams: Herald Sun front page defends cartoon Serena Williams: Herald Sun front page defends cartoon
An Australian newspaper which found itself at the centre of a race row over its cartoonist's depiction of Serena Williams has doubled down on its support for the artist. The Herald Sun has hit out at those who criticised Mark Knight's drawing, which shows Williams jumping over a broken racquet next to a baby's dummy. Critics said the cartoon used racist and sexist stereotypes. But that di...
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