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  • Istanbul prosecutor says Khashoggi was suffocated in pre-planned killing

    Istanbul prosecutor says Khashoggi was suffocated in pre-planned killing

    Updated 4.10pm Istanbul's chief prosecutor's office said on Wednesday journalist Jamal Khashoggi was suffocated as soon as he entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in a planned killing four weeks ago, and his body was then dismembered and disposed...

  • France opens national investigation after reports of spike in birth defects

    France opens national investigation after reports of spike in birth defects

    France has launched a nationwide investigation into why babies in some parts of the country have been born without hands or arms after several new cases were reported this week, the health minister said on Wednesday. Public health agency Santé...

  • US says 'time is now' for Yemen peace talks

    US says 'time is now' for Yemen peace talks

    Updated at 1.08pm The US is calling for an end to Yemen's three year war, pressing for the start of UN-backed peace negotiations next month. Washington currently supports the Saudi-backed coalition in Yemen, by refueling its jets and provides...

  • Italian police investigate human remains found at Vatican's Rome embassy

    Italian police investigate human remains found at Vatican's Rome embassy

    Workers have discovered human bones at the Holy See Embassy to Italy and police are investigating the matter, the Vatican said on Tuesday. Italian media said forensic scientists were looking to see if the remains might be those of Emanuela...

  • Austria says it will not sign global migration pact

    Austria says it will not sign global migration pact

    Updated at 9.38pm Austria will follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of a United Nations migration pact over concerns it will blur the line between legal and illegal migration, the right-wing government said on Wednesday. The Global...

  • Notorious gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger killed in US prison

    Notorious gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger killed in US prison

    James "Whitey" Bulger, who lived a double life as one of Boston's most notorious mobsters and as a secret FBI informant before going on the run for 16 years, was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, sources said on Tuesday. The Federal...

  • Italian state railways says will bid for Alitalia, other firms back off

    Italian state railways says will bid for Alitalia, other firms back off

    Major companies on Tuesday ruled out involvement in a new rescue of Alitalia, complicating a plan led by Rome in which state-controlled railway Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) will bid for the airline and look to bring in partners. Alitalia was put...

  • Stephen Hawking's thesis, wheelchair heading for auction

    Stephen Hawking's thesis, wheelchair heading for auction

    From a copy of his PhD thesis to his wheelchair, items belonging to Stephen Hawking are headed for auction, offering fans of the late British physicist famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe a chance to buy some of his...

  • Apple spruces up Macs, iPad Pros and raises prices

    Apple spruces up Macs, iPad Pros and raises prices

    Updated Apple Inc refreshed some of its lesser-known products at a New York event on Tuesday, adding iPhone features like facial recognition to the iPad Pro and faster processors and better displays to some Mac computers that had gone years...

  • Death toll rises to nine as storms hammer Italy

    Death toll rises to nine as storms hammer Italy

    Nine people have been killed in Italy as violent storms batter the country for a third day, with several regions on high alert. The breakwater walls in the chic seaside resort of Rapallo, in northeast Italy, were destroyed by fierce winds...

  • Nurse admits killing 99 patients; he is Germany's post-war deadliest killer

    Nurse admits killing 99 patients; he is Germany's post-war deadliest killer

    A German nurse admitted in court on Tuesday to being post-war Germany's deadliest serial killer, murdering 99 patients with lethal injections so that he could play the hero by trying to revive them. When judge Sebastian Buehrmann asked 41-year-old...

  • Italy economy stagnates

    Italy economy stagnates

    Italy's economy stagnated in the third quarter, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the zero growth justified Rome's expansionary 2019 budget which the European Commission has rejected because it breaks EU rules. Gross domestic product was...

  • India may halt private cars in capital next week if smog thickens

    India may halt private cars in capital next week if smog thickens

    India may halt the use of private vehicles in the capital New Delhi if air pollution, which has reached severe levels in recent days, gets worse, a senior environmental official said on Tuesday. Toxic smog has started to envelope vast swathes of...

  • Conservationists alarmed as China eases ban on tiger and rhino parts

    Conservationists alarmed as China eases ban on tiger and rhino parts

    China unveiled new rules on Monday that would allow the use of rhino horn and tiger parts for some medical and cultural purposes, watering down a decades-old ban in a move conservation group WWF said could have "devastating consequences". China's...

  • Indonesian jet had unreliable speed readings the day before crash

    Indonesian jet had unreliable speed readings the day before crash

    The Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet that crashed in Indonesia on Monday flew erratically the previous evening and its airspeed readings were unreliable, according to an accident investigator and a flight tracking website. According to data from...

  • WikiLeaks' Assange says Ecuador seeking to end his asylum

    WikiLeaks' Assange says Ecuador seeking to end his asylum

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum in its London embassy and hand him over to the United States, but a judge rejected his lawsuit over embassy living conditions. Assange spoke from the embassy via...

  • Trump sends 5,200 troops to Mexico border as caravan advances

    Trump sends 5,200 troops to Mexico border as caravan advances

    The United States said on Monday it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico, a far larger-than-expected deployment as President Donald Trump hardens his stance on immigration ahead of November 6 mid-term elections. The...

  • Watch: Khashoggi fiancee hits at Trump response

    Watch: Khashoggi fiancee hits at Trump response

    The fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi on Monday criticised President Donald Trump's response to his killing, urging him to set aside US trade interests in the push for truth, and demanded Riyadh disclose more details to bring those who ordered it to...

  • Five dead as storms, high winds batter Italy

    Five dead as storms, high winds batter Italy

    Five people died in Italy on Monday as gale-force winds brought trees crashing down and heavy rains left many rivers dangerously swollen, rescue services said. The national Civil Protection Agency issued multiple weather warnings as storms swept...

  • Air pollution kills 600,000 children every year - WHO

    Air pollution kills 600,000 children every year - WHO

    Air pollution kills an estimated 600,000 children every year and causing symptoms ranging from loss of intelligence to obesity and ear infections but there is a limited amount parents can do, a World Health Organization report said on...