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Endgame nears in Chile president's fight to temper draconian abortion ban

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After tortuous passage through congress, Michelle Bachelet’s bill legalising abortion in some circumstances will go before constitutional tribunal

'Most bizarre dinosaur ever found' is missing evolutionary link – study

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Originally classified as a relative of T rex, analysis shows Chilesaurus belongs to a different dinosaurian group, with implications for the dinosaur family tree

Sierra Leone: fears of second mudslide as week of national mourning begins

UN evaluates risk of further landslides or flooding amid ongoing search for 600 people who remain missing after fatal disaster that has so far claimed 400 lives

Daily Stormer forced on to dark web while Reddit and Facebook ban hate groups

Action by technology companies and hacking group Anonymous removes neo-Nazi site from open web, while social media steps up anti-hate actions

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Why is the US still fighting the civil war?

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Confederate symbols have become a crucible of racial tension in the US. White nationalists claim they are important monuments – but are they just a way to rewrite an ugly history and revive the battles of the past?


Baltimore takes down Confederate statues in middle of night

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Journalists in Maryland city post images of monuments being removed after death of civil rights activist at Charlottesville protest


The guilty secret: Chinese crime writer arrested for four cold-case murders

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Liu Yongbiao had talked of plans for book about killer author who evades capture but police say he is now a suspect in multiple decades-old murders

Charlottesville: Trump reverts to blaming both sides including 'violent alt-left'

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US president defends far-right marchers and equates Confederate generals with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson


MH370: satellite images show 'probably man-made' objects floating in sea

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Drift analysis of debris reveals new coordinates for potential impact location


Standups on why they quit comedy: 'I have nightmares about having to do it again'


She may be one of the favourites for this year’s Edinburgh Comedy awards, but Hannah Gadsby is about to call time on her career. Here, Gadsby, Patrick Marber, Natalie Haynes and Simon Fanshawe explain why they hung up their microphones


Trump's bid for Sydney casino 30 years ago rejected due to 'mafia connections’

Cabinet documents reveal police warned NSW government about approving a 1986-87 plan to build city’s first casino in Darling Harbour

The president of the United States is now a neo-Nazi sympathiser | Richard Wolffe

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Donald Trump’s press conference was a grotesque display of empathy for violent racists. At least it united the Republicans in disgust at their president


Sierra Leone mudslide: president calls for urgent help as search continues

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Hundreds feared dead, thousands still missing and many more left homeless after mud engulfs houses near the capital, Freetown


Roman Polanski faces new accusation of sexual assault on minor

A woman, identified only as Robin, has said she was ‘sexually victimized’ by the film director in 1973 when she was 16 years old


US faces critical moment to negotiate with North Korea, experts warn

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Analysts say the latest statement by Kim Jong-un, signally a pause on Guam strike, gives the US a brief window to end the tense standoff


Adani mining giant faces financial fraud claims as it bids for Australian coal loan

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Exclusive: Allegations by Indian customs of huge sums being siphoned off to tax havens from projects are contained in legal documents but denied by company


Top bosses urged to quit Trump jobs council as fifth member steps away

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The bosses of some of the world’s biggest companies are facing mounting pressure to quit Donald Trump’s high-profile business advisory council as two more people resigned on Tuesday in the wake of the president’s handling of the fatal…

Tuesday, Aug 15

Trump's erratic early morning Twitter retweets include one calling him fascist

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US president also retweets article from notorious conspiracy theorist and image of ‘Trump train’ running down person with CNN logo on their face

Australia accuses New Zealand opposition of trying to bring down government

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NZ Labour denies claims it was part of ‘conspiracy’ to reveal that deputy prime minister is a dual citizen, as Malcolm Turnbull’s majority hangs in the balance

Monday, Aug 14

Trump finally condemns Charlottesville racism, days after violence

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After widespread criticism over initial response to white nationalists, Trump says: ‘Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals’

Trump under fire for failure to condemn far right following Charlottesville death

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Republicans and Democrats say president’s words on apparent deliberate killing of protester should have been much harsher

Barnaby Joyce refers himself to high court over New Zealand citizenship

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The deputy prime minister said he could be a New Zealand citizen by descent but Malcolm Turnbull has asked him not to resign

Sunday, Aug 13

Charlottesville: man charged with murder was pictured at neo-Nazi rally

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Pictures from earlier on day of clashes show James Fields with white supremacist group Vanguard America

Man charged with murder after driving into anti-far-right protesters in Charlottesville

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James Fields, from Ohio, arrested following attack at ‘Unite the Right’ gathering, and two police officers die in helicopter crash

Donald Trump under fire after failing to denounce Virginia white supremacists

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President laments ‘hatred, bigotry and violence from many sides’ but senior Republicans and Democrats demand condemnation of far-right extremists

Alleged Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash receiving consular help from Australia

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Coalition says ‘basic’ assistance being given due to hopes alleged conspirator will share intelligence on terrorist group

Saturday, Aug 12

Chinese president speaks with Trump and urges calm over North Korea

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China’s president, Xi Jinping, has told Donald Trump in a phone call that all sides should avoid rhetoric or action that would worsen tensions on the Korean peninsula, according to Chinese state media.

'Ripped from our arms': Justine Damond remembered at US memorial

Father vows to find justice for the Australian woman shot to death by Minneapolis police officer

Friday, Aug 11

US and South Korea to stage huge military exercise despite North Korea crisis

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Tens of thousands of troops to take part in joint drill this month, while war of words between Kim and Trump remains dangerously unpredictable

Trump on North Korea: maybe 'fire and fury' wasn't tough enough threat

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President warns country to ‘get their act together’, as adviser Sebastian Gorka rejects Rex Tillerson’s attempt at reassurance

Close encounter: asteroid the size of a house set for near miss with Earth

Space rock 2012 TC4 expected to zoom by harmlessly, coming within 27,300 miles – an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon