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Five dead following shootout in Mexico City's 'mariachi' plaza

Gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire in the tourist spot, say witnesses A shootout at a Mexico City plaza famed for its live music bars left three men and two women dead, officials said on Saturday, a day after gunmen said by witnesses to be dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire with rifles and […]

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Two dead and two critically ill after suspected overdoses at Defqon.1 festival in Sydney

A man, 23, and a woman, 21, collapsed at music festival in Castlereagh on Saturday night and died a short time later Two people have died and another two are critically ill in hospital after multiple suspected overdoses at Sydney music festival Defqon.1. A man, 23, and a woman, 21, collapsed at the festival in […]

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Dutch Catholic church accused of widespread cover- up

20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and auxiliaries ‘covered up sexual abuse, allowing perpetrators to cause many more victims’, report says More than half of the Netherlands’ senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed on Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic church in a […]

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Kerryn Phelps to run as independent in Wentworth and urges voters to put Liberals last

The former head of the AMA and prominent same-sex marriage advocate says voters are sick of ‘revolving door of leadership’ The high-profile Sydney doctor Kerryn Phelps has urged voters to put the Liberal party last after confirming she will run as an independent for Malcolm Turnbull’s former seat of Wentworth in a move that could […]

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Middle classes drive up life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa

Improved nutrition and access to water among factors that have added 11 years to average lifespan in a generation People in sub-Saharan African can expect to live for 11 years longer than the generation that went before them, new statistics show. Factors including recovery from HIV epidemics, reductions in child mortality, improved nutrition and access […]

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Judge rules Hawaiian princess unfit to manage $215m trust

Legal battle for fortune of woman descended from Hawaiian royalty has included allegations of possible abuse A Honolulu judge ruled this week that “Hawaii’s last princess” doesn’t have sufficient mental capacity to manage her $215m trust – the latest twist in a contentious legal battle surrounding 92-year-old Abigail Kawānanakoa and her fortune, and which has […]

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Europe's meat and dairy production must halve by 2050, expert warns

Policymakers, farmers and consumers face ‘deeply uncomfortable choices’, says author of report advising urgent reduction of unsustainable livestock sector Europe’s animal farming sector has exceeded safe bounds for greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient flows and biodiversity loss, and urgently needs to be scaled back, according to a major report. Pressure on livestock farmers is set to […]

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'Accepting charity is an ugly business': my return to the refugee camps, 30 years on

Dina Nayeri was eight when she and her family fled Iran. Are today’s refugees treated with more dignity? There have been days, months, when I’ve eaten meals provided by charities, governments, good people. When I was 10, I lived in a refugee camp outside Rome, a temporary safe space for transients seeking asylum outside Italy. […]

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Boy, 11, left with serious head injuries after copying YouTube stunt

Tyler Brooke passed out on playground roundabout spun by the back wheel of a moped A boy was left with serious head injuries after riding a playground roundabout as it was spun by the back wheel of a moped, in imitation of a popular YouTube video stunt. Tyler Brooke, 11, fainted as the centrifugal force […]

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