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  • Sydney and Hong Kong kick off 2019 parties with dazzling shows

    Sydney and Hong Kong kick off 2019 parties with dazzling shows

    Updated at 9.30pm Sydney and Hong Kong put on stunning fireworks displays in a spectacular welcome to the New Year, among the first in a wave of celebrations for billions around the world. Australia's largest city organised its biggest-ever...

  • Brexit sends Britons seeking Irish passports up 22% in 2018

    Brexit sends Britons seeking Irish passports up 22% in 2018

    The number of British citizens applying for Irish passports rose by 22 per cent in 2018, Ireland's foreign office said on Monday, more than doubling the total of annual applications since Britain voted to leave the European Union. Almost 100,000...

  • Merkel urges divided Germans to pull together in 2019

    Merkel urges divided Germans to pull together in 2019

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that her government's decisions had upset many of her country men in the end of year speech.  Acknowledging that her government disappointed many Germans in 2018, Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to pull...

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren prepares to run for US president

    Senator Elizabeth Warren prepares to run for US president

    Updated at 8pm US Senator Elizabeth Warren, a liberal firebrand who has taken on Wall Street and traded barbs with Donald Trump, on Monday became the most prominent Democrat to announce a challenge to the Republican president in 2020. Warren said...

  • Iraqi warplanes strike Islamic State leaders in Syria - military

    Iraqi warplanes strike Islamic State leaders in Syria - military

    Iraqi warplanes hit a meeting of Islamic State leaders near Deir al-Zor in Syria on Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a statement, without giving further details about the militants targeted. The statement...

  • Sydney kicks off global New Year parties with dazzling spectacle

    Sydney kicks off global New Year parties with dazzling spectacle

    Australia's largest city Sydney is putting on its biggest-ever fireworks display to welcome the New Year and kick off a wave of celebrations for billions around the world. A record amount of pyrotechnics as well as new fireworks effects and...

  • Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly

    Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly

    Updated 1pm The spokesman for the Vatican and his deputy resigned suddenly on Monday, an official statement said. It gave no reason for the resignation of Greg Burke, an American, and Paloma Garcia Ovejero, a Spaniard. They quit two weeks after...

  • Two killed and dozens wounded in Philippines mall explosion

    Two killed and dozens wounded in Philippines mall explosion

    A crude bomb, blamed by security forces on a small pro-Islamic State militant group, killed two people and wounded dozens on Monday in the southern Philippines, an army commander said. Islamist militants operate in the south of the largely...

  • Four terrorism suspects to appear in Dutch court

    Four terrorism suspects to appear in Dutch court

    Four men suspected of belonging to a terrorist organisation will appear in court on Monday, two days after being arrested in Rotterdam, a prosecution spokesman said. The men, aged 20 to 30, were detained by counter-terrorism police on Saturday.

  • NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

    NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

    A NASA spaceship is zooming toward the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by humankind, a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule some 6.4 billion kilometres away. The US space agency will ring in the New Year...

  • High rise building collapses in Russia, at least three dead - reports

    High rise building collapses in Russia, at least three dead - reports

    Updated 12.10pm Russian rescuers were on Monday searching for people trapped under the rubble of a city apartment block that partly collapsed in a suspected gas blast, killing at least three, RIA said. Russia's emergencies ministry told the news...

  • Philippine storm death toll surges to 68

    Philippine storm death toll surges to 68

    The death toll from a storm that struck the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 68 with the number of fatalities expected to climb even higher, civil defence officials said Monday. Fifty-seven people died in the mountainous Bicol region,...

  • White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'

    White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'

    Outgoing White House chief John Kelly said in an interview published Sunday that he had "nothing but compassion" for undocumented migrants crossing into the US, and undercut President Donald Trump's claims to be building a "wall" at the Mexico...

  • Israel protests after Jordanian spokeswoman steps on its flag

    Israel protests after Jordanian spokeswoman steps on its flag

    Israel protested to Jordan on Sunday after the spokeswoman for the government in Amman was photographed stepping on the Israeli flag during a meeting with trade unionists. Jumana Ghunaimat, Jordan's minister for media affairs and communications...

  • Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of 'when, not if' - Israel's PM

    Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of 'when, not if' - Israel's PM

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of "when, not if" he moves his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The far-right Bolsonaro, who takes office...

  • Brexit chances are '50-50' if May's plan is rejected - senior UK minister

    Brexit chances are '50-50' if May's plan is rejected - senior UK minister

    Britain's chances of leaving the European Union are only "50-50" if MPs reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, a senior minister warned Sunday. Liam Fox, the international trade secretary and a vocal Brexit campaigner during the 2016...

  • Goodbye Stalin: Moscow metro sheds its Soviet look

    Goodbye Stalin: Moscow metro sheds its Soviet look

    Moscow's metro system is famed for its Stalin-era stations with glittering chandeliers and mosaics, but architects are taking a radical new approach as the network undergoes a massive expansion. While the original stations were conceived as...

  • DR Congo goes to the polls after troubled odyssey

    DR Congo goes to the polls after troubled odyssey

    Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo went to the polls on Sunday in elections that will shape the future of their vast, troubled country, amid fears that violence could overshadow the ballot. Millions of electors are choosing a successor to...

  • Watch: Italian MPs approve revised budget after EU standoff

    Watch: Italian MPs approve revised budget after EU standoff

    Italian lawmakers passed Saturday the populist government's revised 2019 budget before a year-end deadline, despite complaints from the opposition that it was dictated by Brussels and had been rammed through without debate. The coalition of the...

  • French hero who saved hundreds of Jewish children dies aged 108

    French hero who saved hundreds of Jewish children dies aged 108

    French Resistance hero Georges Loinger, who used his ingenuity and athletic prowess to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during World War II, has died at the age of 108. A talented athlete and cousin of the famous mime artist and...