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New Zealand shooting: Police visited terror-accused Brenton Tarrant’s home in Dunedin before granting him gun licence

Police in October 2017 searched the home of Brenton Tarrant and spoke to two of his referees, after which they determined he “met the requirements of the process”.

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Police in October 2017 searched the home of Brenton Tarrant and spoke to two of his referees, after which they determined he “met the requirements of the process”.

New Zealand shooting: Police visited terror-accused Brenton Tarrant’s home in Dunedin before granting him gun licence
British parliament website crashes as more than a million people sign online petition to stop Brexit in just 24 hours

Huge numbers of people sign form, just eight days left before Britain is due to leave the EU.

22 Mar 2019 - 3:33AM

Huge numbers of people sign form, just eight days left before Britain is due to leave the EU.

British parliament website crashes as more than a million people sign online petition to stop Brexit in just 24 hours
President Donald Trump says US should ‘fully recognise’ Israeli sovereignty over annexed Golan Heights

Move was hinted at a week ago when the US State Department changed its usual description of the area as ‘occupied’ to ‘Israeli-controlled’.

22 Mar 2019 - 3:55AM

Move was hinted at a week ago when the US State Department changed its usual description of the area as ‘occupied’ to ‘Israeli-controlled’.

President Donald Trump says US should ‘fully recognise’ Israeli sovereignty over annexed Golan Heights
Facebook admits its employees had access to millions of users’ passwords

Blunder was uncovered during a routine security review early this year.

22 Mar 2019 - 2:01AM

Blunder was uncovered during a routine security review early this year.

Facebook admits its employees had access to millions of users’ passwords
Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido says he ‘won't be intimidated’ by arrest of his chief of staff Roberto Marrero

Predawn raid to arrest Marrero described by Maduro as a ‘vile, vulgar kidnapping’.

22 Mar 2019 - 2:04AM

Predawn raid to arrest Marrero described by Maduro as a ‘vile, vulgar kidnapping’.

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido says he ‘won't be intimidated’ by arrest of his chief of staff Roberto Marrero
British police probe attacks on five mosques in Birmingham

A sledgehammer-wielding man was seen smashing windows at two mosques in the city, and three more have been similarly vandalised overnight.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:51PM

A sledgehammer-wielding man was seen smashing windows at two mosques in the city, and three more have been similarly vandalised overnight.

British police probe attacks on five mosques in Birmingham
Desperate for votes, British Prime Minister Theresa May angers MPs in Brexit blame game

In a rare public address, May put the onus on MPs to break the deadlock with just eight days to go until Britain is officially due to leave the European Union

22 Mar 2019 - 2:18AM

In a rare public address, May put the onus on MPs to break the deadlock with just eight days to go until Britain is officially due to leave the European Union

Desperate for votes, British Prime Minister Theresa May angers MPs in Brexit blame game
Italy left reeling by driver’s hijack of school bus with 51 pupils on board

The children were taken hostage by the driver, who torched the vehicle in protest at Mediterranean migrant deaths, while authorities he had no links with Islamic terrorism and acted as a lone wolf.

22 Mar 2019 - 1:54AM

The children were taken hostage by the driver, who torched the vehicle in protest at Mediterranean migrant deaths, while authorities he had no links with Islamic terrorism and acted as a lone wolf.

Italy left reeling by driver’s hijack of school bus with 51 pupils on board
Anti-immigration populist surge in wake of deadly Utrecht shooting stuns Dutch politics

A party that backs The Netherlands’ exit from the European Union and wants closer ties with Putin’s Russia is now joint biggest in the senate.

21 Mar 2019 - 6:34PM

A party that backs The Netherlands’ exit from the European Union and wants closer ties with Putin’s Russia is now joint biggest in the senate.

Anti-immigration populist surge in wake of deadly Utrecht shooting stuns Dutch politics
Serbian victims feel forgotten 20 years after Nato ‘mistakenly’ bombed them

Hundreds of civilians were killed by the Western alliance’s bombs but nobody has been held accountable, their relatives complain.

21 Mar 2019 - 3:59PM

Hundreds of civilians were killed by the Western alliance’s bombs but nobody has been held accountable, their relatives complain.

Serbian victims feel forgotten 20 years after Nato ‘mistakenly’ bombed them
Two South Korean men arrested for secret spycam filming of 1,600 guests in love hotels

The suspects live-streamed videos of couples having sex to a group of subscribers, after hiding spycams in hair dryer holders and wall sockets at 30 hotels.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:04PM

The suspects live-streamed videos of couples having sex to a group of subscribers, after hiding spycams in hair dryer holders and wall sockets at 30 hotels.

Two South Korean men arrested for secret spycam filming of 1,600 guests in love hotels
T.J. Dillashaw drug ban: champion surrenders UFC crown after adverse test result following Cejudo loss
New Zealand bans semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in reforms to gun laws following Christchurch terror attack

Semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles will be banned from April 11, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

21 Mar 2019 - 6:26PM

Semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles will be banned from April 11, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand bans semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in reforms to gun laws following Christchurch terror attack
French army to be called in to guard public buildings as police tackle yet more ‘yellow vest’ protests

Country prepares for more violence after more than 5,000 police officers struggled to control hundreds of protesters last weekend.

21 Mar 2019 - 6:48AM

Country prepares for more violence after more than 5,000 police officers struggled to control hundreds of protesters last weekend.

French army to be called in to guard public buildings as police tackle yet more ‘yellow vest’ protests
Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan investigated over claims of bias towards Boeing, his former employer

Investigators are seeking to see if Shanahan violated ethics rules by disparaging Boeing rival Lockheed Martin in meetings at the Pentagon.

21 Mar 2019 - 6:36AM

Investigators are seeking to see if Shanahan violated ethics rules by disparaging Boeing rival Lockheed Martin in meetings at the Pentagon.

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan investigated over claims of bias towards Boeing, his former employer
‘No one gets out alive’: Italian police rescue 51 children in ‘miracle’ operation after driver sets school bus on fire

Armed with two canisters of petrol and a cigarette lighter, he menaced the children, took their telephones and tied them up with electric cable.

21 Mar 2019 - 9:20PM

Armed with two canisters of petrol and a cigarette lighter, he menaced the children, took their telephones and tied them up with electric cable.

‘No one gets out alive’: Italian police rescue 51 children in ‘miracle’ operation after driver sets school bus on fire
US President Donald Trump tears up diplomatic rules: criticises Britain over Brexit situation and calls out Germany for its budget planning

Trump says that British PM Theresa May ‘didn’t listen’ to his Brexit negotiating suggestions.

21 Mar 2019 - 3:08AM

Trump says that British PM Theresa May ‘didn’t listen’ to his Brexit negotiating suggestions.

US President Donald Trump tears up diplomatic rules: criticises Britain over Brexit situation and calls out Germany for its budget planning
Bosnia’s war criminal Radovan Karadzic to spend the rest of his life in jail after sentence increased

A UN court upheld his 2016 convictions for genocide and war crimes during Bosnia’s inter-ethnic conflict in 1990s

20 Mar 2019 - 11:09PM

A UN court upheld his 2016 convictions for genocide and war crimes during Bosnia’s inter-ethnic conflict in 1990s

Bosnia’s war criminal Radovan Karadzic to spend the rest of his life in jail after sentence increased
Can Japan end its love affair with single-use plastic?

It generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN.

21 Mar 2019 - 11:31AM

It generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN.

Can Japan end its love affair with single-use plastic?
Vietnam jails dissident for ‘reactionary’ Facebook posts that criticised state surveillance and long leases for foreign investors

Le Minh The was sentenced to two years in prison for ‘abusing democratic freedoms’ in the conservative communist state.

20 Mar 2019 - 8:09PM

Le Minh The was sentenced to two years in prison for ‘abusing democratic freedoms’ in the conservative communist state.

Vietnam jails dissident for ‘reactionary’ Facebook posts that criticised state surveillance and long leases for foreign investors
High-THC cannabis use strongly linked to psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and paranoia, study finds

Using high-THC marijuana daily is especially bad for mental health, but all cannabis has some effect, report says. In 11 European cities or regions, one in five new cases of psychosis were associated with daily use of the drug.

20 Mar 2019 - 8:00PM

Using high-THC marijuana daily is especially bad for mental health, but all cannabis has some effect, report says. In 11 European cities or regions, one in five new cases of psychosis were associated with daily use of the drug.

High-THC cannabis use strongly linked to psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and paranoia, study finds
India’s 2012 gang-rape murder case dramatised in new Netflix series Delhi Crime

A new seven-part series recreates the investigation of the brutal assault of an Indian student in 2012 that shocked the nation and sparked widespread protests.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:25PM

A new seven-part series recreates the investigation of the brutal assault of an Indian student in 2012 that shocked the nation and sparked widespread protests.

India’s 2012 gang-rape murder case dramatised in new Netflix series Delhi Crime
Singapore questions Sri Lankan leader's allegation it is harbouring a fraudster wanted over a multimillion dollar trading scam

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena claims a former central bank chief is holed up in the city state, but Singapore wants to see the proof.

20 Mar 2019 - 5:59PM

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena claims a former central bank chief is holed up in the city state, but Singapore wants to see the proof.

Singapore questions Sri Lankan leader's allegation it is harbouring a fraudster wanted over a multimillion dollar trading scam
Meteor explosion above Bering Sea unleashed 10 times as much energy as atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima ... and no one saw it

The arrival from outer space went largely unnoticed because it exploded in such a remote location.

20 Mar 2019 - 1:21PM

The arrival from outer space went largely unnoticed because it exploded in such a remote location.

Meteor explosion above Bering Sea unleashed 10 times as much energy as atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima ... and no one saw it
Karen Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win the Abel Prize for maths

Karen Uhlenbeck’s work in gauge theory, or the mathematical language of theoretical physics, has played a key role in understanding models in particle physics string theory and general relativity.

20 Mar 2019 - 12:28PM

Karen Uhlenbeck’s work in gauge theory, or the mathematical language of theoretical physics, has played a key role in understanding models in particle physics string theory and general relativity.

Karen Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win the Abel Prize for maths
Kazakhstan’s strongman of 30 years Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigns, but will still wield considerable power

The surprise resignation of Kazakhstan’s president after three decades in power appeared to be the first step in a choreographed political transition that will see him retain considerable sway.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:34PM

The surprise resignation of Kazakhstan’s president after three decades in power appeared to be the first step in a choreographed political transition that will see him retain considerable sway.

Kazakhstan’s strongman of 30 years Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigns, but will still wield considerable power
New Zealand shooting: White supremacist Brenton Tarrant likely to be locked up in solitary confinement ‘for his own safety’, says criminologist

The white supremacist who killed 50 Muslims in Christchurch will be “highly unpopular” in a prison where 80 per cent of the inmates are not white, says a New Zealand professor.

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The white supremacist who killed 50 Muslims in Christchurch will be “highly unpopular” in a prison where 80 per cent of the inmates are not white, says a New Zealand professor.

New Zealand shooting: White supremacist Brenton Tarrant likely to be locked up in solitary confinement ‘for his own safety’, says criminologist
Donald Trump floats idea of Brazil becoming Nato member as he and right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro announce special relationship

US President Donald Trump heaped praise on right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro – and received plenty back.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:34PM

US President Donald Trump heaped praise on right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro – and received plenty back.

Donald Trump floats idea of Brazil becoming Nato member as he and right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro announce special relationship
Israeli justice minister Ayelet Shaked slammed for ‘Fascism perfume’ ad as social media war heats up ahead of election

In black and white video, Ayelet Shaked spritzes herself with scent while whispering her key policies in Hebrew

20 Mar 2019 - 5:42AM

In black and white video, Ayelet Shaked spritzes herself with scent while whispering her key policies in Hebrew

Israeli justice minister Ayelet Shaked slammed for ‘Fascism perfume’ ad as social media war heats up ahead of election
China, Thailand and rest of Asia brace for invasion of a destructive American pest: fall armyworms

First reported outside the Americas in 2016, the insect is now found throughout Africa, and from Yemen to South Asia, Thailand and China.

20 Mar 2019 - 8:16AM

First reported outside the Americas in 2016, the insect is now found throughout Africa, and from Yemen to South Asia, Thailand and China.

China, Thailand and rest of Asia brace for invasion of a destructive American pest: fall armyworms
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