Deal reached to avert unique US shutdown

Deal reached to avert unique US shutdown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The talks have been deadlocked on how to deal with undocumented migrants Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown. Lawmakers said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington. No details…

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‘Nightmare over’ for refugee footballer

'Nightmare over' for refugee footballer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Thailand in November The wife of a refugee footballer freed from detention in Thailand says the couple's nightmare is finally over. Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini citizen, will return home to Australia on Tuesday after being held for two months in a Bangkok prison. He…

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Cyber-bullying row rocks French media

Cyber-bullying row rocks French media

Image copyright PA Several French media executives have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male League du LOL (League of LOL) targeted women writers and feminist activists among others. Dozens of people have shared their experience of cyber-bullying by the group since it was uncovered by…

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Trafficked into prostitution with dark magic

Trafficked into prostitution with dark magic

During the height of the migrant crisis in 2016, over 11,000 Nigerian women made the journey to Italy in the hope of making a better life. It’s estimated that 80% were trafficked and forced into prostitution. Before they left home many were made to undergo a juju, or black magic, ceremony in which they swore…

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What the field thinks of US faculty shootings

What the field thinks of US faculty shootings

This week marks one year since the Parkland school shooting in Florida, where 17 people were killed. School shootings are feared by a majority of American teenagers, a study from Pew Research Center suggests. Students in Australia, India, Lebanon and the UK reveal their feelings on gun violence in US classrooms and their biggest personal…

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Trudeau authorities faces ethics probe

Trudeau authorities faces ethics probe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Newly appointed Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould poses with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Canada's ethics csar will examine allegations the prime minister's office may have improperly tried to help a firm avoid a criminal trial. A news report last week alleged that PM Justin Trudeau's office pushed for intervention in…

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Meals industrial warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

Meals industrial warns Gove on Brexit 'crisis'

Image copyright Getty Images The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the "catastrophic impact" of a no-deal Brexit. The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders. They said it looked "ever more…

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US governor ‘overreacted’ on racist photograph

US governor 'overreacted' on racist photograph

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVirginia Governor Ralph Northam calls slaves "indentured servants" Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has defended calling slaves "indentured servants" in his first TV interview since a racism scandal broke. Mr Northam, who has admitted to wearing blackface, told CBS a historian told him "indentured" was a more…

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Russia considers ‘unplugging’ from web

Russia considers 'unplugging' from web

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia's government to get more control over online life Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays…

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Insect decline might well perchance look ‘plague of pests’

Insect decline might well perchance look 'plague of pests'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many species of butterfly are in retreat according to the review A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing "dramatic rates of decline" around the world. The study says that bees, ants and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles.…

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