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  • Israel opposition in dramatic split ahead of election

    02 January 2019 6:01 AM 78

    Israel's centre-left opposition dramatically split on Tuesday ahead of an April 9 election, with leader Avi Gabbay announcing he would no longer partner with veteran politician Tzipi Livni as she sat stone-faced next to him. The announcement means the end of their Zionist Union alliance, which secured the second most seats in the last general election

  • US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

    01 January 2019 8:32 PM 144

    US authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who were trying to breach the border fence in Tijuana. An Associated Press photographer witnessed at least three volleys of gas launched onto the Mexican side of the border near Tijuana's beach early Tuesday. It affected the migrants, including

  • Sydney puts on dazzling 2019 fireworks, but gets the year wrong

    01 January 2019 5:45 AM 78

    Sydney - The spectacular fireworks show on Sydney's harbour that rang in 2019 and dazzled spectators around the world was picture perfect, except for one element - it got the year wrong. More than 1.5 million people packed the harbour front of Australia's largest city to watch the extravaganza, and noticed a signage beamed onto one of the Sydney Harbour

  • Iraq sentenced 616 foreigners for ISIS links in 2018

    31 December 2018 6:56 PM 71

    Iraq sentenced more than 600 foreigners including many women and dozens of minors in 2018 for belonging to the Islamic State group, the judiciary said on Monday. Iraq declared "victory" over ISIS at the end of 2017 after a three-year war against the jihadists, who once controlled nearly a third of the country as well as swathes of neighbouring Syria

  • Notable deaths in 2018

    31 December 2018 11:25 AM 103

    - 15: Dolores O'Riordan, singer-songwriter of Irish band The Cranberries, drowned accidentally in a hotel bath aged 46. - 27: Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish founder of affordable flat-pack furnishing empire IKEA, passed away at home aged 91. - 21: US preacher Billy Graham, spearhead of a worldwide evangelical Christian movement and spiritual counsel to several

  • JUST IN: Helicopter bursts into flames, killing entire crew near world's longest zipline in UAE

    29 December 2018 7:03 PM 138

    A rescue helicopter has crashed near the world's longest zipline, killing its entire crew in Ras al-Khaimah in the northeastern area of the United Arab Emirates. The state-run WAM news agency says the crash took place during a rescue mission at around 17:50 local time on Saturday. Officials did not immediately release a death toll. Videos posted online

  • US teen to get high school, Harvard diplomas in 1 month

    29 December 2018 10:03 AM 172

    A 16-year-old Kansas boy will soon earn his high school diploma — and a few days later he'll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor's degree. Ulysses High School senior Braxton Moral will attend both commencement ceremonies in May, becoming the only student to successfully pursue a four-year high school degree and a bachelor's degree from Harvard

  • America's oldest man dies at 112

    29 December 2018 6:24 AM 98

    Richard Overton, a World War II veteran who was America's oldest man, has died at the age of 112. Overton, who lived in Austin, Texas, died on Thursday at a rehabilitation home, his cousin, Volma Overton Jr, told the Austin-American Statesman. He had been hospitalised earlier this month with pneumonia, the newspaper said. Overton's longevity and his status

  • Saudi 'not in crisis' over Khashoggi affair

    28 December 2018 6:58 PM 148

    Saudi Arabia's new foreign minister voiced defiance on Friday in the face of international outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder, rejecting the kingdom was in crisis and his predecessor was demoted. "The issue of Jamal Khashoggi... really saddened us, all of us," Ibrahim al-Assaf told AFP, a day after he was appointed foreign minister in a government

  • SEE: Images where Guatemalan boy, 8, died in US custody

    28 December 2018 8:16 AM 75

    The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in US custody took his son to the border after hearing rumours that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to United States. That's according to the boy's stepsister, who spoke to The Associated Press. Authorities say Felipe Gomez Alonzo died at a New Mexico hospital after suffering