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Typhoon Mangkhut: millions in path of storm and monsoon rains

Evacuations begin in Philippines before storm that threatens harvest amid ongoing rice shortages The Philippines is bracing for Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm this year, with millions living in its path and fears its rains could combine with monsoonal storms that could spark landslides and flash flooding. Philippines officials have ordered evacuations and closed […]

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Sistine Chapel Choir under investigation for money laundering

Vatican inquiry underway into possible financial irregularities in world-renowned choir The Vatican has launched an investigation in the Sistine Chapel Choir, after claims that members of the world-renowned choir may be involved in embezzlement, fraud and money laundering. The Vatican issued a statement on Wednesday confirming that Pope Francis had authorised an investigation into possible […]

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Day-to-day effects of no-deal Brexit stressed in new impact papers

Licences, passports and phone bills among topics explored in fresh batch of papers released on Thursday The impact that a no-deal Brexit could have on driving licences, passports and phone bills will be spelled out by the government as ministers release a batch of papers on Thursday warning of the risks of crashing out of […]

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'We're as ready as anyone has ever been' ahead of Hurricane Florence, says Trump – video

Donald Trump has said his administration is prepared for the almost 500-mile wide Hurricane Florence, which is swirling towards the US east coast and due to make landfall late on Thursday. More than 1.4 million coastal residents have been told to evacuate as people brace for what could be the most powerful storm in the […]

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Russia linked to 2014 wiretapping scandal in Poland

Reports say man convicted of organising recordings owed millions to Russian coal firm Concerns are growing in Poland about potential Russian involvement in a dramatic wiretapping scandal that rocked Polish politics in 2014, after reports emerged that the businessman convicted of organising the operation owed tens of millions of dollars to a Russian coal business. […]

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Freedom Insurance staff hung up on customers who tried to cancel policies, inquiry told

Father labelled a ‘whinger’ for complaining when insurance sold to his son, who has Down’s syndrome Staff working for Freedom Insurance hung up on customers trying to cancel insurance policies, did not like taking no for an answer and still charged premiums after customers tried to cancel policies, the banking royal commission has heard. A […]

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Barnaby Joyce accuser Catherine Marriott to speak on sexual harassment

Rural advocate says ‘change is happening’ in Australia after Nationals’ inconclusive investigation into her claim against former leader Rural advocate Catherine Marriott, who lodged a complaint against the former National party leader Barnaby Joyce, will speak publicly against sexual harassment in an event organised by an influential rural network. Marriott will share the stage with […]

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Actor wearing anti-fascist scarf stopped by police in Venice

Incident involving Ottavia Piccolo at film festival prompts fears of crackdown An Italian actor was stopped by police at the Venice film festival for wearing a neck scarf associated with the anti-fascism group Anpi, raising questions in parliament over whether the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, had issued orders against the group. Ottavia Piccolo was […]

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New York senate candidate accuses Israeli PM's spokesman of sexual assault

Julia Salazar, the insurgent candidate in a Democratic primary, tweets about alleged incident in 2013 Julia Salazar, a candidate for New York’s state senate, has accused the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman of sexually assaulting her. David Keyes denied the accusation and said Salazar was “dishonest”. Continue reading…

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