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  • Austrian far-right presidential hopeful soundly defeated

    Austrian far-right presidential hopeful soundly defeated

    Updated with video at 8.20pm The candidate vying to become Europe's first freely elected far-right head of state since World War Two conceded defeat in Austria's presidential election soon after polls closed this evening. The result is a blow to...

  • Britain may continue with some EU cooperation post-Brexit - Johnson

    Britain may continue with some EU cooperation post-Brexit - Johnson

    Britain could pay in to some EU programmes after Brexit but the government will take back control of its own money and will no longer spend large amounts in Brussels, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday. Businesses, investors and...

  • US will meet emissions targets regardless of Trump's policies - Al Gore

    US will meet emissions targets regardless of Trump's policies - Al Gore

    US greenhouse gas emissions are likely to fall irrespective of the pro-coal policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who may still surprise the world by embracing global action to limit climate change, former vice president Al Gore said. Gore, a...

  • Italy PM Renzi facing big referendum defeat - exit polls

    Italy PM Renzi facing big referendum defeat - exit polls

    Updated at 11.30pm Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has lost a referendum on constitutional reform by a wide margin, exit polls showed, throwing his future into doubt and opening the door to renewed political instability in Italy. Renzi, who had...

  • Cuba's Raul Castro vows to defend brother's legacy in final tribute

    Cuba's Raul Castro vows to defend brother's legacy in final tribute

    President Raul Castro led tens of thousands of Cubans yesterday in a pledge to defend the socialist legacy of his brother Fidel Castro, who died last week aged 90 and will be interred in the city where they launched the Cuban Revolution. But Fidel...

  • Many dead as fire breaks out at warehouse rave in California

    Many dead as fire breaks out at warehouse rave in California

    Updated 7pm A massive fire broke out in Oakland, California, during a late-night party in a warehouse that housed artist studios, killing at least nine people and leaving about 25 missing, the city's fire chief said today. The blaze started at...

  • Thousands pay respects to Brazilian football team plane crash victims

    Thousands pay respects to Brazilian football team plane crash victims

    Updated 9.45pm A downpour drenched thousands of mourners in the Brazilian city of Chapeco today  as they grieved over 50 caskets flown overnight to the stadium of the local Chapecoense soccer team, which was all but wiped out in an air crash...

  • Stowaway migrants found crushed under trucks in Austria

    Stowaway migrants found crushed under trucks in Austria

    Two migrants who had apparently hidden on a train bringing trucks from Italy to Austria were found dead early today, either of cold or because they were crushed when the vehicles were unloaded, the police said. A third migrant was seriously...

  • Police plane goes missing off Singapore

    Police plane goes missing off Singapore

    A twin-engine Indonesian police plane went missing today with 15 people on board en route to the island of Batam, south of Singapore, police and rescue authorities said, as search teams scoured the area. The plane, which took off from Pangkal...

  • China labels Trump call "petty action" by Taiwan

    China labels Trump call "petty action" by Taiwan

    US President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, a call China dismissed as the "petty action" of a self-ruled island it claims as its own. The 10-minute telephone call was the first such contact with Taiwan by...

  • Air crash survivor 'will play again'

    Air crash survivor 'will play again'

    One of the three surviving soccer players pulled from the wreckage of the Colombian air crash that killed 71 people this week is doing well after leg surgery and will play again, his father said. "My son is getting better all the time," Helam...

  • Tripoli sees worst militia clashes in two years

    Tripoli sees worst militia clashes in two years

    Clashes continued for a second day among heavily-armed militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli, as they fought for control over the city in what appears to be the worst outbreak of violence the city has seen in two years. Competing militias have...

  • Torture widespread after Turkey coup attempt, says UN report

    Torture widespread after Turkey coup attempt, says UN report

    Sweeping security measures adopted in Turkey after a failed July 15 coup attempt created an environment conducive to the torture and ill-treatment of detainees despite the presence of legal safeguards, a UN expert has said. Briefing reporters in...

  • Pro-EU party wins British local election in Brexit 'shockwave'

    Pro-EU party wins British local election in Brexit 'shockwave'

    Britain's pro-European Union Liberal Democrats party won a parliamentary seat previously held by the ruling Conservatives in a major upset it hailed as a rejection of a "hard Brexit" that would pull the country out of the single market. Liberal...

  • Trump nominates 'Mad Dog' as defence secretary

    Trump nominates 'Mad Dog' as defence secretary

    US president-elect Donald Trump is nominating controversial retired general James Mattis to be his defence secretary. Mr Mattis, 66, retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 after serving as the commander of the US Central Command. But his selection...

  • Man executed in 1995 for rape and murder has been exonerated

    Man executed in 1995 for rape and murder has been exonerated

    China's highest legal body on Friday exonerated a 21-year-old executed in 1995 following a conviction of rape and murder, saying the evidence against him had been insufficient. Nie Shubin was found guilty 21 years ago of raping and killing a woman...

  • Grief turns to fury over Colombia air crash 'no fuel' reports

    Grief turns to fury over Colombia air crash 'no fuel' reports

    Authorities prepared to fly home the bodies of dozens of victims of the Colombia plane crash as grief turned to anger over indications the jet ran out of fuel before smashing into the Andes. Bolivian aviation chiefs announced they were suspending...

  • No fuel on board: One of the rarest types of plane crash

    No fuel on board: One of the rarest types of plane crash

    Colombian officials probing Monday's crash that killed 71 people including most of a Brazilian soccer team face one of the rarest types of accidents and perhaps one of the hardest for families to comprehend, amid reports that the airplane had run...

  • Hollande will not seek second presidential mandate

    Hollande will not seek second presidential mandate

    French President Francois Hollande said this evening that he would not seek a second term in office in the presidential election in 2017, an unprecedented move that leaves the way open for other left-wing candidates. It is the first time in...

  • Russian space cargo ship destroyed after launch

    Russian space cargo ship destroyed after launch

    An unmanned space craft loaded with more than 2-1/2 tons of food and supplies for the International Space Station was destroyed about six minutes after liftoff, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Twitter. A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying...