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Tunisia heads to the polls in tightly fought presidential contest, with personalities taking precedence over politics

Election could be a test for the North African country’s democracy as many of the key players vying for power are heavily polarising figures.

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Election could be a test for the North African country’s democracy as many of the key players vying for power are heavily polarising figures.

Tunisia heads to the polls in tightly fought presidential contest, with personalities taking precedence over politics
Fiba Basketball World Cup: Australia’s Andrew Bogut to be investigated for bronze medal rant

Australian player ranted about corruption after the bronze medal match loss.

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Australian player ranted about corruption after the bronze medal match loss.

Fiba Basketball World Cup: Australia’s Andrew Bogut to be investigated for bronze medal rant
Self-surgery, illegal drugs: trials of trans people in China, who can feel like they have nowhere to turn

Discrimination, a lack of information and restrictive requirements see many transgender people in China feel forced to seek unregulated, risky treatments, attempt dangerous self-surgery, and turn to the black market for drugs.

15 Sep 2019 - 3:00PM

Discrimination, a lack of information and restrictive requirements see many transgender people in China feel forced to seek unregulated, risky treatments, attempt dangerous self-surgery, and turn to the black market for drugs.

Self-surgery, illegal drugs: trials of trans people in China, who can feel like they have nowhere to turn
Tropical Storm Humberto dumps rain on already hurricane-hit Bahamas

Still recovering from Hurriance Dorian, strong winds and heavy rain battered the Bahamas on Saturday.

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Still recovering from Hurriance Dorian, strong winds and heavy rain battered the Bahamas on Saturday.

Tropical Storm Humberto dumps rain on already hurricane-hit Bahamas
Lawmaker from Boris Johnson’s Conservative party defects to Liberal Democrats over Brexit

Sam Gyimah, who has been calling for a re-run of the Brexit referendum, was announced as a new member of the Lib Dems at its annual conference.

15 Sep 2019 - 4:35AM

Sam Gyimah, who has been calling for a re-run of the Brexit referendum, was announced as a new member of the Lib Dems at its annual conference.

Lawmaker from Boris Johnson’s Conservative party defects to Liberal Democrats over Brexit
Louvre Hotels Group, owned by China’s Jin Jiang, to open two hotels in Damascus, Syria

Deal was reported to be the first agreement with a western hotel operator since 2011, when the devastating conflict began.

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Deal was reported to be the first agreement with a western hotel operator since 2011, when the devastating conflict began.

Louvre Hotels Group, owned by China’s Jin Jiang, to open two hotels in Damascus, Syria
Trump discusses ‘mutual defence’ treaty with Benjamin Netanyahu three days before crucial Israeli elections

US president tweeted that proposed agreement would ‘further anchor the tremendous alliance’ between the two countries.

15 Sep 2019 - 2:00AM

US president tweeted that proposed agreement would ‘further anchor the tremendous alliance’ between the two countries.

Trump discusses ‘mutual defence’ treaty with Benjamin Netanyahu three days before crucial Israeli elections
Trump confirms death of al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden

US President Donald Trump has confirmed the al-Qaeda heir was killed in a US counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region, after reports emerged in the last two months that he was dead.

14 Sep 2019 - 10:27PM

US President Donald Trump has confirmed the al-Qaeda heir was killed in a US counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region, after reports emerged in the last two months that he was dead.

Trump confirms death of al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden
Thousands gather in Zimbabwe for former president Robert Mugabe’s state funeral

Foreign leaders and supporters are gathering in a sports stadium in Harare to bid farewell to the former president, who died last week in Singapore aged 95.

14 Sep 2019 - 9:46PM

Foreign leaders and supporters are gathering in a sports stadium in Harare to bid farewell to the former president, who died last week in Singapore aged 95.

Thousands gather in Zimbabwe for former president Robert Mugabe’s state funeral
Family releases name of Australian woman detained in Iran

Academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who specialises in Middle Eastern politics with a focus on Gulf states, has been held for a ‘number of months’ in Iran on charges that remain unclear.

14 Sep 2019 - 3:45PM

Academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who specialises in Middle Eastern politics with a focus on Gulf states, has been held for a ‘number of months’ in Iran on charges that remain unclear.

Family releases name of Australian woman detained in Iran
Bahamas to face second whammy as Tropical Storm Humberto threatens to land two weeks after Hurricane Dorian

Humberto is likely to bring tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rainfall to parts of northwestern Bahamas at the weekend, the US weather service said.

14 Sep 2019 - 1:25PM

Humberto is likely to bring tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rainfall to parts of northwestern Bahamas at the weekend, the US weather service said.

Bahamas to face second whammy as Tropical Storm Humberto threatens to land two weeks after Hurricane Dorian
Top Canadian intelligence official and East Asia expert Cameron Ortis arrested on spying charges

Royal Canadian Mounted Police fear Cameron Ortis stole ‘large quantities of information, which could compromise an untold number of investigations’.

14 Sep 2019 - 9:47PM

Royal Canadian Mounted Police fear Cameron Ortis stole ‘large quantities of information, which could compromise an untold number of investigations’.

Top Canadian intelligence official and East Asia expert Cameron Ortis arrested on spying charges
UK teen accused of hacking music stars, selling unreleased songs for cryptocurrency

The 19-year-old man was arrested in Ipswich in eastern England as part of a US-led investigation.

14 Sep 2019 - 4:11AM

The 19-year-old man was arrested in Ipswich in eastern England as part of a US-led investigation.

UK teen accused of hacking music stars, selling unreleased songs for cryptocurrency
The future of selfie taking: 20-plus Instagram-ready themed rooms under one roof – in a shopping mall

Selfie takers are constantly seeking new and different backdrops – so why not group a whole lot under one roof and charge for entry? Thousands have flocked to the Instagram-ready themed rooms and backdrops at a pop-up studio.

14 Sep 2019 - 4:38AM

Selfie takers are constantly seeking new and different backdrops – so why not group a whole lot under one roof and charge for entry? Thousands have flocked to the Instagram-ready themed rooms and backdrops at a pop-up studio.

The future of selfie taking: 20-plus Instagram-ready themed rooms under one roof – in a shopping mall
Russia sanctions should remain until peace restored, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky says

Zelensky said he had a ‘feeling’ that Putin was ready to improve ties.

13 Sep 2019 - 9:50PM

Zelensky said he had a ‘feeling’ that Putin was ready to improve ties.

Russia sanctions should remain until peace restored, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky says
Filmmaker Coppola is not happy that Boris Johnson is a fan of ‘The Godfather’

The prime minister said in July that his favourite piece of filmmaking was the “multiple retribution scene in ‘The Godfather’.”

13 Sep 2019 - 6:59PM

The prime minister said in July that his favourite piece of filmmaking was the “multiple retribution scene in ‘The Godfather’.”

Filmmaker Coppola is not happy that Boris Johnson is a fan of ‘The Godfather’
Meet the Saudi women rebelling against religious dress code and ditching the niqab

The trend underscores a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis that may outstrip the monarchy’s capacity for change.

13 Sep 2019 - 9:24PM

The trend underscores a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis that may outstrip the monarchy’s capacity for change.

Meet the Saudi women rebelling against religious dress code and ditching the niqab
Manila traffic jams take deadly toll as patients die in ambulances stuck in gridlock

Manila is home to some 13 million and there is nearly one vehicle registered per person. The resulting gridlock costs the city US$67 million daily in lost productivity.

13 Sep 2019 - 12:40PM

Manila is home to some 13 million and there is nearly one vehicle registered per person. The resulting gridlock costs the city US$67 million daily in lost productivity.

Manila traffic jams take deadly toll as patients die in ambulances stuck in gridlock
Saudi crown prince’s sister gets suspended jail sentence in France for ordering bodyguard beat up plumber

Hassa bint Salman, sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was tried in absentia having been the target of an arrest warrant since December 2017.

12 Sep 2019 - 9:42PM

Hassa bint Salman, sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was tried in absentia having been the target of an arrest warrant since December 2017.

Saudi crown prince’s sister gets suspended jail sentence in France for ordering bodyguard  beat up plumber
22,000 missing in Nigeria because of Boko Haram, Red Cross says

The jihadist uprising which started in 2009 has killed more than 27,000 people, displaced some 2 million, and spilled over into neighbouring countries.

12 Sep 2019 - 8:02PM

The jihadist uprising which started in 2009 has killed more than 27,000 people, displaced some 2 million, and spilled over into neighbouring countries.

22,000 missing in Nigeria because of Boko Haram, Red Cross says
Incoming EU chief under fire over migration official’s job title that appears to borrow from xenophobic, far-right rhetoric

The odd-sounding name for the position – ‘Protecting our European Way of Life’ – has been criticised for sounding like the xenophobic rhetoric used by far-right groups.

12 Sep 2019 - 7:29PM

The odd-sounding name for the position – ‘Protecting our European Way of Life’ – has been criticised for sounding like the xenophobic rhetoric used by far-right groups.

Incoming EU chief under fire over migration official’s job title that appears to borrow from xenophobic, far-right rhetoric
Protesters occupy Argentina capital Buenos Aires amid food crisis

The demonstrators, who plan to camp for 48 hours in the heart of the city, say rampant inflation has left many of the poorest Argentinians struggling to buy food.

12 Sep 2019 - 6:30PM

The demonstrators, who plan to camp for 48 hours in the heart of the city, say rampant inflation has left many of the poorest Argentinians struggling to buy food.

Protesters occupy Argentina capital Buenos Aires amid food crisis
Rugby’s faltering attempts to break China: try, try and try again

Despite the promise of a big-money investment from tech giants Alibaba, rugby still failing to ignite in mainland China.

12 Sep 2019 - 9:52PM

Despite the promise of a big-money investment from tech giants Alibaba, rugby still failing to ignite in mainland China.

Rugby’s faltering attempts to break China: try, try and try again
Mission over: Russia terminates its ‘Fedor’ space robot

Fedor, or Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, was built to assist space station astronauts, but wasn’t up to the task.

12 Sep 2019 - 11:16AM

Fedor, or Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, was built to assist space station astronauts, but wasn’t up to the task.

Mission over: Russia terminates its ‘Fedor’ space robot
US Supreme Court allows Trump’s sweeping asylum restrictions to take effect

Move will effectively prevent most Central American migrants from being able to apply for asylum at the US border.

12 Sep 2019 - 7:53AM

Move will effectively prevent most Central American migrants from being able to apply for asylum at the US border.

US Supreme Court allows Trump’s sweeping asylum restrictions to take effect
UN chief Antonio Guterres warns West Bank annexation by Israel would be a ‘serious violation’ of international law

Netanyahu’s controversial pledge involves extending Israel’s sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea.

12 Sep 2019 - 6:51AM

Netanyahu’s controversial pledge involves extending Israel’s sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea.

UN chief Antonio Guterres warns  West Bank annexation by Israel would be a ‘serious violation’ of international law
As anger mounts over Japan’s ‘outdated’ rape laws, outraged protesters take to the streets again

Action sparked after a man was acquitted of raping his daughter because the law requires the prosecution to prove there was overwhelming force or a threat, or that the victim was incapacitated.

12 Sep 2019 - 12:12PM

Action sparked after a man was acquitted of raping his daughter because the law requires the prosecution to prove there was overwhelming force or a threat, or that the victim was incapacitated.

As anger mounts over Japan’s ‘outdated’ rape laws, outraged protesters take to the streets again
Dutch doctor acquitted in landmark euthanasia case for helping Alzheimer’s-afflicted woman, 74, to die

Prosecutors had accused the doctor of failing to properly consult the 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, saying that the woman may have changed her mind.

12 Sep 2019 - 4:32AM

Prosecutors had accused the doctor of failing to properly consult the 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, saying that the woman may have changed her mind.

Dutch doctor acquitted in landmark euthanasia case for helping Alzheimer’s-afflicted woman, 74,  to die
Grounded 737 MAX could be ‘phased’ back into service by regulators, Boeing’s CEO says

Boeing’s 737 MAX could be brought back into service gradually by government regulators but is still on track to be cleared to fly again in 2019, the company’s CEO said.

12 Sep 2019 - 12:53PM

Boeing’s 737 MAX could be brought back into service gradually by government regulators but is still on track to be cleared to fly again in 2019, the company’s CEO said.

Grounded 737 MAX could be ‘phased’ back into service by regulators, Boeing’s CEO says
Malaysia detains dozens of minority Shia Muslims sparking fears of a crackdown

Shia Muslims have long faced discrimination in Malaysia, with religious authorities considering them deviant and imams regularly denouncing them in sermons.

11 Sep 2019 - 10:01PM

Shia Muslims have long faced discrimination in Malaysia, with religious authorities considering them deviant and imams regularly denouncing them in sermons.

Malaysia detains dozens of minority Shia Muslims sparking fears of a crackdown