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25,339 murders in 2017 in Mexico: highest since tally began

There were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed.
01/21/2018 07:22 PM
Donald Trump has made the Republican Party a cartoon version of itself

The sight of conservative Republicans cheering Trump tells us much about the state of conservatism and the future of the GOP.
01/21/2018 06:55 PM
No one `expressed offence' at Trump's 'shithole' remarks: US Senator

No one "expressed offence" during a meeting on immigration where President Donald Trump allegedly used the term "shithole countries", a US senator says.
01/21/2018 06:31 PM
Donald Trump's solution to the government shutdown? Just change the rules

As the shutdown kicks in, New York says it will use state money to keep the Statue of Liberty open.
01/21/2018 05:08 PM
US Navy sails near disputed South China Sea waters, sparking outrage in Beijing

A US Navy destroyer has sailed near disputed South China Sea waters, angering Beijing.
01/21/2018 03:03 PM
Iraqi court sentences to death German woman who joined Islamic State

Thousands of foreign fighters, including hundreds from Europe, have joined IS since the al-Qaeda-splinter group seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and neighbouring Syria in 2014.
01/21/2018 12:59 PM
Turkish forces push into Syria to attack US-backed Kurdish militia

Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria on Sunday after launching attacks on a US-backed Kurdish militia.
01/21/2018 02:39 PM
French actress Catherine Deneuve denounces #MeToo campaign for 'puritanism'

Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women on Tuesday denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #Metoo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to "puritanism" and was fuelled by a "hatred of men."
01/21/2018 07:35 AM
Germaine Greer challenges #MeToo campaign

Australia's most-famous feminist said women facing sexual harassment should take direct and immediate action against the men preying on them
01/21/2018 07:42 AM
In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon - the day the water runs out

Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.
01/21/2018 05:01 AM
President Donald Trump made 2140 false or misleading claims in his first year

One year after taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump has made 2,140 false or misleading claims.
01/21/2018 05:57 AM
Pope Francis speaks out on violence against women

During a visit to one of Peru's most dangerous areas Pope Francis has denounced femicides and other gender-based crimes while calling for laws to protect women and bring a new cultural mindset.
01/21/2018 04:39 AM
Democrats and Republicans point fingers over government shutdown

Democrats have grown used to winning political face-offs over government shutdowns, smiling from the sidelines as Republicans struggled to contain the unruly factions in their party. On Saturday, Democrats got a taste of that stomach-churning game.
01/21/2018 03:57 AM
Shutdown dynamics highlight the state of politics on Trump's anniversary

The elements that produced this weekend's partial government shutdown sum up the first year of Donald Trump's presidency: a dealmaking chief executive who can't make a deal.
01/21/2018 03:52 AM
A woman called the ‘serial stowaway’ sneaked past airport security — again — and flew to London

A woman notorious for stowing away on commercial airplanes made it past two Transport Security Administration agents at O'Hare International Airport by hiding her face with her hair, and then stayed overnight at the airport before sneaking onto a plane and flying to London, prosecutors said Saturday.
01/21/2018 01:10 AM
Trump campaign ad says Democrats are 'complicit' in crimes by illegal immigrants, raises heat during shutdown

President Donald Trump released a provocative campaign ad on the anniversary of his inauguration, charging Democrats with being "complicit" in killings by immigrants who are in the country illegally.
01/21/2018 12:50 AM
Syria promotes tourism, despite devastation of civil war

Across Syria, buildings lie in ruin. Millions have fled their homes. And historic sites have been shattered, either by military bombardment or at the hands of the Islamic State group.
01/21/2018 12:21 AM
Two dead, several hurt in Prague hotel fire

Two people died and nine were injured in a fire at a hotel in the centre of Prague on Saturday night, fire and rescue officials said.
01/20/2018 11:19 PM
Turkey attacks US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria

With airstrikes and artillery fire, Turkey on Saturday defied US appeals and opened a long-anticipated offensive on Afrin, an enclave in Syria for Kurdish militias backed by the United States.
01/21/2018 04:07 AM
Gunmen killed as siege at Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul ends

Armed insurgents stormed Kabul's largest hotel Saturday, setting off an explosion and sparking a fire, trapping an unknown number of hotel guests inside, Afghan officials confirmed.
01/21/2018 05:57 AM
Paul Bocuse, French chef who became cultural star, dies at 91

Paul Bocuse, who became one of the 20th century's most influential chefs by building on the traditions of French haute cuisine with a distinctive style that emphasised simplicity and freshness, has died. He was 91.
01/20/2018 10:32 PM
Women's March protesters blast Trump as President touts gains

Thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against US President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.
01/21/2018 10:52 AM
He ate raw fish almost every day - until a 5-foot-long tapeworm slithered out of his body

He told an emergency room physician he had a liking for raw fish - specifically, salmon sashimi.
01/21/2018 07:20 AM
North, South Korea put on united front for Olympics

North and South Korea solidified plans to march together under a unified flag at next month's Winter Olympics and agreed to compete with a joint women's ice hockey team in a rare show of unity amid heightened tensions about Kim Jong Un's nuclear program.
01/20/2018 03:16 PM
Trump blames Democrats for government shutdown

For President Donald Trump, this weekend was supposed to be a celebration.
01/21/2018 06:02 AM
Meet the people who are still 'untouchables' after all these years

Lalitha Devi is 65 and remembers how, during her childhood, when she worked in the fields of a high caste landowner, she used to get thirsty and ask for water.
01/21/2018 02:15 AM
Turkey begins offensive against US-backed Kurdish in Syria

Turkey has started firing shells into the northern Syrian region of Afrin targeting US-backed Kurdish militias, despite warnings from the United States.
01/20/2018 09:07 AM
US government shutdown begins as budget talks falter in senate

Much of the federal government officially shut down early Saturday after Senate Democrats blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure.
01/20/2018 10:28 AM
Senate Democrats block funding bill, US government shuts down

Senate Democrats have blocked passage of a stopgap spending bill to keep the US government open.
01/20/2018 06:10 AM
Hundreds of police in Thailand block anti-junta march

The planned protests are a rare display of public discontent in the junta-ruled country.
01/20/2018 04:53 AM
What happens in a US government shutdown?

Washington: The US Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the US government open and prevent agencies from shutting down.
01/20/2018 10:41 PM
Zimbabwe politician dies in US air crash

Leading Zimbabwean opposition politician Roy Bennett and four others, including his wife, have been killed in a helicopter crash
01/20/2018 05:41 AM
Facebook to serve 'trustworthy' news over fake news, says CEO

"This sounds like extremely good news for news publishers that aren't hated by one side or the other."
01/20/2018 03:11 AM
Protect the Amazon from big business and greed, Pope Francis urges

Francis has issued a ringing defence of the people and the environment of the Amazon.
01/20/2018 10:30 AM
Tom Petty died due to accidental drug overdose: coroner

Rocker Tom Petty died in October due to "multisystem organ failure" brought on by an accidental overdose of seven medications.
01/20/2018 01:42 AM
Las Vegas shooter's Australian girlfriend Marilou Danley 'cleared'

Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines at the time of the massacre, initially had been described as a "person of interest".
01/20/2018 01:26 AM
Russia influence: Is this the collusion we were waiting for?

This is one of those episodes that is easy to lose track of amid the avalanche of evidence connecting the Trump administration and Russia.
01/20/2018 10:18 AM
Costa Rica's first gay marriage suffers bureaucratic hitch

Notaries who are refusing to recognise it until laws forbidding gay marriage are changed, setting them at odds with their President.
01/20/2018 12:01 AM
US seeks death penalty for alleged kidnapper of Chinese scholar

Brendt Christensen was indicted in June in connection with the kidnapping, torturing and killing of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang.
01/19/2018 11:51 PM
Stormy and Trump's 11-month affair according to 2011 In Touch interview

The porn star who says she had an affair with Donald Trump described her relationship with him in detail in a 2011 interview only published on Friday.
01/19/2018 11:39 PM
It was never about the Boris Bridge, so get over it

Theresa: “Boris, I don’t think that summit with France went very well.” Boris: “Oh, build a bridge and get over it… Hang on, that gives me an idea.”
01/20/2018 03:15 AM
What should scare us about Trump's porn star scandal

The salaciousness entertains us, and it repulses us, too. But it's the secrecy that should scare us.
01/20/2018 10:03 AM
Immigration the 'phantom menace' dividing Czech Republic voters

The refugee intake in the Czech Republic is almost nil,yet immigration is the political hot button in next week's election.
01/19/2018 01:15 PM
In China, facial recognition is sharp end of a drive for total surveillance

Facial recognition is the new hot tech topic in China, where the police and security state have been the most enthusiastic about embracing this new technology
01/19/2018 01:15 PM
Photos of the week: January 20, 2018

A week in photos from award-winning Sydney Morning Herald photographers.
01/19/2018 01:01 PM
From riches to rags, working with Cambodia's neediest

Phnom Penh: When then 18-month-old Sok Ravuth was abandoned at a Cambodian rubbish dump in 2014 doctors said he would not survive and suggested Buddhist monks prepare his spirit for death.
01/19/2018 01:00 PM
The intriguing image Jacinda Ardern used to announce her pregnancy has a deeper meaning

On face value, announcing a pregnancy with a photo of fishing hooks looks odd. But the meaning is likely twofold.
01/19/2018 06:45 AM
'Significant' heatwave roasts south-eastern Australia as global records melt

Most of NSW will continue to bake in a prolonged heatwave well into next week, the second big warm event that has got 2018 off to a hot start.
01/19/2018 05:28 AM
Boris Johnson calls for a bridge across the English Channel. No, really

London: British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of Britain and France building a bridge over the English Channel as Emmanuel Macron said the two countries should "make a new tapestry together".
01/19/2018 05:05 AM
Donald Trump throws a party as shut-down looms

Washington: President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with a celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair.
01/19/2018 04:11 AM
As NASA reveals stunning images, Antarctica had record low sea-ice coverage in 2017

US agency declares 2017 the third warmest for the globe and worst year for sea ice coverage in Antarctica.
01/19/2018 03:55 AM
The grim life of the children rescued from their California house of horrors

Riverside, California: She had been physically tortured, chained and deprived of sleep. And she had been psychologically tortured, too – apple pies and unopened toys left out in the open that she and her 12 brothers and sisters were forbidden to touch.
01/19/2018 03:49 AM
Women will march again as Trump triggers new era of activism

New York: Women around the world will return to the streets this weekend, one year after millions marched to protest against US President Donald Trump's election. Their goal is to have more women's rights advocates elected.
01/19/2018 02:58 AM
France to target chemical attacks

France has asked 30 countries to work together to preserve evidence of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
01/19/2018 01:50 AM
Concern over climate change linked to depression, anxiety: study

Those hit hardest are women and people with low incomes who worry about the planet's long-term health.
01/19/2018 01:33 AM
United Nations staff allege sexual harassment, assault

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "adamant" about dealing with the issue.
01/19/2018 12:58 AM
'Do you want me to marry you?': Pope performs first marriage on board papal plane

Pope Francis has celebrated an impromptu first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants from Chile at 36,000 feet during a flight from Santiago.
01/19/2018 12:05 AM
Last-minute scramble to avoid US government shutdown

Some American agencies have begun preparing for a possible government shutdown on the weekend.
01/19/2018 04:44 AM
Turpin daughter planned California 'House of Horrors' escape for two years

The house contained hundreds of journals kept by the children, which they say will be crucial in building a case against the parents.
01/18/2018 11:00 PM
US-led coalition killed up to 6000 civilians in fight against IS: watchdog says

Australia announced in December it had ended its contribution to the air strikes in Iraq and Syria, recalling six super hornet strike aircraft.
01/19/2018 10:40 AM
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant with first child

New Zealand's leader Jacinda Ardern is expecting her first child in June.
01/19/2018 04:54 AM
Israel puts Gaza tunnel on display, and proposes an underground wall

The Islamic Jihad militant group said the tunner was designed to allow an attack on Israel in the next armed confrontation.
01/19/2018 05:17 AM
Californian shackled siblings' parents charged with torture, sexual abuse

"As a prosecutor there are some cases that haunt you," the prosecutor told reporters.
01/18/2018 08:14 PM
Construction manager with links to Tax Office sting arrested in Belgrade bust

A wealthy property developer entangled in the Australian Taxation Office fraud sting is accused of playing a key role in an international cocaine syndicate busted in Serbia on Tuesday.
01/19/2018 12:58 AM
Hundreds mourn slain Kosovo Serb leader Ivanovic

Serbia has halted normalisation talks with Kosovo over killing of the leader who advocated post-war dialogue with Kosovo Albanians.
01/18/2018 06:22 PM
Trump contradicts top aide by saying border wall stance has not 'evolved'

US President Donald Trump has contradicted his own chief of staff, saying his much-touted concept of building a wall along the US border with Mexico "has never changed or evolved".
01/18/2018 03:50 PM
Malcolm Turnbull shifts language to praise China during Japan trip

Malcolm Turnbull has softened his rhetoric on China, Australia's largest trading partner, as Australia seeks closer defence ties with its strategic rival Japan.
01/18/2018 11:26 AM
Canberra-region businessman arrested in Serbia over $500-million cocaine haul

Three men linked to the ACT arrested in Serbia suspected of ties to an international drug ring.
01/18/2018 09:45 AM
Take the 10-minute mental test Trump's doctor said he scored 100 per cent on

The results of President Donald Trump's first presidential physical are in. And his doctor says they're conclusive: Trump is a "very sharp" and "articulate" guy.
01/18/2018 02:44 AM
The Olympics will only make the Korea crisis worse

Participating nations have always seen the Olympiads as perfect opportunities to strut their sovereignty on a grand global stage.
01/18/2018 12:41 PM
Sweden prepares public for war amid unease about Russia

A manual on what to do in the event of war, along with upgrading of bunkers and contingency plans are under way.
01/18/2018 04:39 AM
Republican senator blasts Trump's 'fake news awards', likens him to Stalin

Republican Senator compares Trump to Stalin while calling Trump's attacks on the media as "shameful, repulsive'.
01/18/2018 02:18 PM
Russia probe: Bannon avoids grand jury after deal with Mueller

Former White House strategist has done a deal, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
01/17/2018 10:06 PM
Kidnappers abduct Americans and Canadians in Nigeria

Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the north, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.
01/17/2018 09:47 PM
In the coldest village on Earth, eyelashes freeze and thermometers break

In this remote outpost in Siberia, the cold is no small affair.
01/17/2018 10:10 PM
Trump says US 'playing hard game of poker' with North Korea

Interviewed overnight, the US President declined to confirm reports the US was debating a possible pre-emptive strike on North Korea.
01/18/2018 02:20 PM
Nuclear war, extreme weather top list of 2018 global threats

Mother Nature topped the most significant risks facing the world for a second year in a row.
01/17/2018 06:53 PM
Three Australians arrested in Serbia in $500-million drug bust

The men are suspected of being part of an international drug-smuggling group that tried to bring more than a tonne of cocaine into Sydney last year.
01/17/2018 07:55 PM
Study narrows range of Earth's warming response as greenhouse gases rise

New research has sharply narrowed the likely estimate of how much the Earth will warm with a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, potentially honing estimates that have stood for a quarter century.
01/17/2018 06:00 PM
The Bayeux Tapestry is heading 'home' - but is it a French stitch-up?

Britons are ecstatic - the Bayeux Tapestry is coming home. But is Macron needling the English over Brexit?
01/17/2018 08:32 PM
FBI detains man it says betrayed US spies in China

The arrest of the former officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense FBI inquiry that began around 2012, two years after the CIA informants in China started dying.
01/17/2018 05:03 PM
Steve Bannon's mysterious - and potentially pivotal - grand jury subpoena

There have been a few moments in the Russia investigation that, in retrospect, seemed to indicate a notable shift or an expansion. The subpoena issued to Steve Bannon may have provided one.
01/18/2018 12:40 AM
Koreas to form unified Olympics team as Trump warns North is evading sanctions

The two Koreas will field a combined women's ice hockey team and march together under one flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul said after a new round of talks amid a thaw in cross-border ties.
01/18/2018 03:46 AM
Turnbull invited to the 'control tower' of Japanese security policy

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will attend a meeting of Japan's National Security Council when he arrives in Tokyo on Thursday, Japanese media has reported.
01/17/2018 06:30 PM
Heroic firefighter's lifesaving catch captured on video

Incredible footage has emerged of a firefighter catching a child tossed from a burning building in Georgia.
01/17/2018 03:17 AM
Cambodian court delays bail decision on James Ricketson and returns him to jail

Support for Mr Ricketson is growing in Australia where thousands of people have signed a petition calling for his release.
01/17/2018 05:23 AM
As churches burn in Chile, Pope expresses 'pain and shame' over sex abuse

Pope Francis later prayed and cried at a private meeting with sexual abuse victims.
01/17/2018 01:12 AM
Porn star revealed Trump deal to buy her silence, fearing he wouldn't pay: journalist

Stormy Daniels spoke to online magazine Slate in 2016 but broke off contact a week before the election, website boss says.
01/17/2018 01:17 AM
America's $65 million aid withdrawal likely to threaten Palestinian peace

The United States on Tuesday said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a United Nations agency that serves the Palestinians, two weeks after President Donald Trump questioned the value of such funding.
01/17/2018 01:51 PM
Former CIA officer arrested under suspicion of helping China

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a US citizen who now lives in Hong Kong, used to maintain a top secret clearance.
01/17/2018 04:40 AM
Donald Trump did 'exceedingly well' on cognitive test in presidential medical exam

The test includes asking a patient to name several animals, draw a clock with the hands at a certain time and recall a short list of words.
01/16/2018 11:25 PM
Japanese city on alert after deadly blowfish portions go missing

A Japanese city has warned its residents to be vigilant after lethal blowfish were accidentally sold at a supermarket.
01/16/2018 10:00 PM
Rogue ex-policeman, star of failed coup, killed in Venezuela shootout

Oscar Perez, a photogenic former police officer who once starred in an action film, last year used a hijacked helicopter to attack government buildings.
01/16/2018 09:31 PM
Kosovo Serb leader shot dead in 'act of terrorism'

EU, US, NATO urge parties to keep calm, recommit to good ties.
01/16/2018 08:58 PM
Russia probe: Robert Mueller subpoenas former Trump aide Steve Bannon

It was the first time Mueller is known to have used a subpoena against a member of Trump's inner circle.
01/17/2018 01:48 PM
Macron seeks solution to the 'road of misery' that ends in Calais

French president Emmanuel Macron may exploit Brexit to arm-twist the UK government into accepting more refugees to clear out Calais’ notorious migrant camps.
01/17/2018 02:00 AM
Japan issues false alarm over missile launch

Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm on Tuesday saying North Korea appeared to have launched a missile and urging people to take shelter.
01/16/2018 07:50 PM
Starved California children rarely seen outside, mother 'perplexed'

The 13 California siblings who police said were starved and chained to beds rarely left home and, when they did, appeared small and pale, neighbours say.
01/17/2018 12:39 AM
Danish inventor Peter Madsen charged with murder of journalist Kim Wall aboard submarine

Peter Madsen has been charged with the murder and dismembering of Kim Wall along with a charge of sexual assault without intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature, police said.
01/16/2018 01:41 PM
Catherine Deneuve apologises to sex assault victims, stands by letter

Actress Catherine Deneuve apologised to victims of sexual assault who were offended by a column denouncing "puritanism" she signed following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but maintained her reservations about the #MeToo campaign.
01/21/2018 07:42 AM