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In Australia
May 10, 2015 8:08 am gmt |
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A New Zealand-born Australian man has gone on trial in southern China for attempting to smuggle crystal methamphetamine out of the country. If found guilty, Peter Gardner, 25, could be executed. He told the court he did not know it was in his bags. Mr Gardner was arrested last November in Guangzhou a...
In Middle East
May 10, 2015 7:26 am gmt |
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The United Nations representative in Yemen has said that the Saudi-led coalition is bombing “effectively, trapped civilians”. Civilians in the northern city of Saada are struggling to flee Saudi-led coalition air strikes targeting Houthi rebels, reports and aid workers say. The UN also wa...
In Australia
May 10, 2015 7:21 am gmt |
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A house was raided in the northern suburb of Greenvale on Friday. Five men were detained last month, also in Melbourne, for allegedly planning an attack on an Anzac Day ceremony. Last September saw the country’s biggest counter-terrorism operation, with 15 people arrested. The arrested youth ha...
In World
May 10, 2015 5:31 am gmt |
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North Korea says it has successfully tested a submarine-launched missile, which if confirmed would be a significant boost in its arsenal. Analysts say North Korea owns several nuclear warheads but this development would be an advance as submarine-fired devices are difficult to detect. This latest tes...
In World
May 10, 2015 4:42 am gmt |
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Colombia has announced it will stop using a controversial herbicide to destroy illegal plantations of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine. The decision follows a warning by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic”. The product has been used in US-spo...
In World
May 9, 2015 12:57 pm gmt |
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Pakistan’s military brought the bodies of  two ambassadors and two ambassadors’ wives to Islamabad on Saturday, a day after they were killed in a helicopter crash in northern mountains as they where inspecting a tourism project. The ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives ...
In World
May 9, 2015 11:54 am gmt |
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Six guards and 30 prisoners have died in a prison break in Iraq, the country’s interior ministry has said. Forty inmates escaped from the jail in Khalis, northeast of Baghdad, including some convicted of terror charges. The trouble began when prisoners started fighting, and when guards interven...
In New Zealand
May 9, 2015 11:40 am gmt |
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Prince Harry has landed in New Zealand for a week-long tour and was met with a traditional Maori nose-pressing welcome. The prince flew in from Australia after a month training with the country’s armed forces, meeting injured soldiers and Aboriginal communities. New Zealand Prime Minister, John...
In World
May 9, 2015 11:33 am gmt |
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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in jail on corruption charges after a retrial in the capital, Cairo. His sons were given four years each in the same case which centers on the embezzlement of $14m (£9.3m) earmarked for renovation of presidential palaces. The o...
In Middle East
May 9, 2015 10:32 am gmt |
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Unidentified assailants have killed a patrol unit commander in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh. Unknown gunmen opened fire on a group of Saudi policemen patrolling a region in the south of Riyadh late on Friday. The attack claimed the life of Majed A’iz al-Ghamedi, the patrol commander. Saudi ...
In World
May 9, 2015 5:53 am gmt |
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In Nepal’s historic town of Bhaktapur, the army, police and local residents have joined forces to sift through rubble to retrieve parts of monuments and relics destroyed by the massive earthquake that hit the country two weeks ago. On Friday (May 8), a cloud of dust rose from the central Durbar...
In World
May 9, 2015 5:41 am gmt |
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The height of a swathe of the Himalayas has dropped by around one meter as a result of the devastating Nepal earthquake, scientists say. But they add that the drop will roughly be balanced by slow uplift due to tectonic activity. And they have yet to analyse satellite images of the region in which th...
In Video News
May 8, 2015 1:03 pm gmt |
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The World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday (May 8), said that it had expanded its response to the earthquake in Nepal but warned that more funding was urgently needed for food, particularly in the most remote and hardest-hit areas of the country. On April 25, a devastating earthquake killed more than 7...
In Asia
May 8, 2015 11:16 am gmt |
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Nearly a million children in Nepal will not be able to return to school in the wake of last month’s earthquake unless urgent action is taken, says UNCEF. The international charity says nine out of 10 schools have been destroyed in the worst-affected districts. Almost 24,000 classrooms were dama...
In World
May 8, 2015 10:46 am gmt |
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An estimated 25,000 Rohingyas and Bangladeshis boarded people smugglers’ boats in the first three months of this year, twice as many in the same months of 2014, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said in a statement on Friday. “Based on survivor accounts, we estimate that 300 people died at se...