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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.

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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
Machelle Hobson, mum with YouTube kids channel, pepper sprayed and locked up bad performers, police say

Children had no food, water or access to a toilet whenever they were locked in the wardrobe, sometimes for days, according to police.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:56AM

Children had no food, water or access to a toilet whenever they were locked in the wardrobe, sometimes for days, according to police.

Machelle Hobson, mum with YouTube kids channel, pepper sprayed and locked up bad performers, police say
Singer R. Kelly, arrested on sex abuse charges, asks judge for permission to fly to Dubai to perform five concerts

Court document argues that the singer, who is struggling to pay child support and legal fees, ‘needs to generate income’

21 Mar 2019 - 7:34AM

Court document argues that the singer, who is struggling to pay child support and legal fees, ‘needs to generate income’

Singer R. Kelly, arrested on sex abuse charges, asks judge for permission to fly to Dubai to perform five concerts
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says US sanctions could deepen ‘devastating’ Venezuelan crisis

Trump administration came down hard in late January with sanctions aimed at depriving Maduro of billions in hard cash from oil production.

21 Mar 2019 - 5:38AM

Trump administration came down hard in late January with sanctions aimed at depriving Maduro of billions in hard cash from oil production.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says US sanctions could deepen ‘devastating’ Venezuelan crisis
British Prime Minister Theresa May ‘regretfully’ abandons March 29 Brexit plan as EU mulls more time for talks

Theresa May had submitted a formal letter requesting a three-month extension of article 50, with European Council President Donald Tusk saying that a short Brexit extension could be possible.

21 Mar 2019 - 7:52AM

Theresa May had submitted a formal letter requesting a three-month extension of article 50, with European Council President Donald Tusk saying that a short Brexit extension could be possible.

British Prime Minister Theresa May ‘regretfully’ abandons March 29 Brexit plan as EU mulls more time for talks
Rights activists urge Japan to drop compulsory sterilisation policy for transgender people wanting to alter ID documents

A 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change in the country must have their original reproductive organs removed.

20 Mar 2019 - 6:27PM

A 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change in the country must have their original reproductive organs removed.

Rights activists urge Japan to drop compulsory sterilisation policy for transgender people wanting to alter ID documents
Nursultan Nazarbayev’s daughter appointed as Kazakhstan’s parliament speaker

There is speculation that she may succeed her father as president

20 Mar 2019 - 11:56PM

There is speculation that she may succeed her father as president

Nursultan Nazarbayev’s daughter appointed as Kazakhstan’s parliament speaker
Philippines seizes 160kg of methamphetamine hidden in biscuit cans, arrests 4 Chinese

‘The Chinese will never stop putting up drug laboratories because they can buy anybody.’

20 Mar 2019 - 2:28PM

‘The Chinese will never stop putting up drug laboratories because they can buy anybody.’

Philippines seizes 160kg of methamphetamine hidden in biscuit cans, arrests 4 Chinese
Disney closes US$71 billion deal for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox entertainment assets

It’s finally complete. Disney has closed its US$71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, more than a year after the mega merger was proposed

20 Mar 2019 - 1:53PM

It’s finally complete. Disney has closed its US$71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, more than a year after the mega merger was proposed

Disney closes US$71 billion deal for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox entertainment assets
Vatican says ‘door is open’ to meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis

Adviser to head of Catholic Church says both sides must be willing to talk – Xi’s Italy visit comes six months after Chinese accord with Vatican over appointment of bishops in China.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:59PM

Adviser to head of Catholic Church says both sides must be willing to talk – Xi’s Italy visit comes six months after Chinese accord with Vatican over appointment of bishops in China.

Vatican says ‘door is open’ to meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis
Sri Lanka to get US$3.9 billion oil refinery next to Chinese-run port in Colombo

The project will be the largest foreign investment ever for the island nation.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:17PM

The project will be the largest foreign investment ever for the island nation.

Sri Lanka to get US$3.9 billion oil refinery next to Chinese-run port in Colombo
New Zealand shooting: More than 200 users watched live stream video of Christchurch mosque attacks, but nobody reported it, says Facebook

The live stream, which was watched by some 200 users, was flagged only 12 minutes after the broadcast ended, said the tech company.

20 Mar 2019 - 2:56PM

The live stream, which was watched by some 200 users, was flagged only 12 minutes after the broadcast ended, said the tech company.

New Zealand shooting: More than 200 users watched live stream video of Christchurch mosque attacks, but nobody reported it, says Facebook
Jakarta holds its breath ahead of launch of new MRT system

It is hoped the 16km rail system, which runs south from central Jakarta, will relieve the headaches felt by millions of Jakartans who are stuck in traffic for hours a day.

20 Mar 2019 - 8:00AM

It is hoped the 16km rail system, which runs south from central Jakarta, will relieve the headaches felt by millions of Jakartans who are stuck in traffic for hours a day.

Jakarta holds its breath ahead of launch of new MRT system
‘Devin Nunes cow’ Twitter account gains 150,000 followers as US Republican’s lawsuit backfires

Parody account, which purports to be owned by unhappy cow on Nunes’ farm, called him ‘treasonous cowpoke’ and ‘udder-ly worthless’

20 Mar 2019 - 6:23AM

Parody account, which purports to be owned by unhappy cow on Nunes’ farm, called him ‘treasonous cowpoke’ and ‘udder-ly worthless’

‘Devin Nunes cow’ Twitter account gains 150,000 followers as US Republican’s lawsuit backfires
Gene editing for human reproduction is ‘irresponsible’, says panel assembled by the World Health Organisation after Chinese researcher He Jiankui revealed his experiment

Last year, Chinese researcher He Jiankui rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:34PM

Last year, Chinese researcher He Jiankui rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies.

Gene editing for human reproduction is ‘irresponsible’, says panel assembled by the World Health Organisation after Chinese researcher He Jiankui revealed his experiment
‘Trump of the Tropics’: five things you should know about Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro’s visit with Donald Trump

Controversial South American president is visiting Washington to talk trade, the Venezuela crisis and China’s influence in South Africa.

20 Mar 2019 - 4:03AM

Controversial South American president is visiting Washington to talk trade, the Venezuela crisis and China’s influence in South Africa.

‘Trump of the Tropics’: five things you should know about Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro’s visit with Donald Trump
Angela Merkel resists US pressure to ban Huawei as Germany launches 5G auction

Chancellor says government will tighten network security requirements but not single out individual companies.

20 Mar 2019 - 3:11AM

Chancellor says government will tighten network security requirements but not single out individual companies.

Angela Merkel resists US pressure to ban Huawei as Germany launches 5G auction
Taiwan and US planning talks to counter Beijing’s thrust for unification
  • Senior Washington official will take part in discussions in September, according to US ‘ambassador’.
19 Mar 2019 - 9:23PM
  • Senior Washington official will take part in discussions in September, according to US ‘ambassador’.
Taiwan and US planning talks to counter Beijing’s thrust for unification
Japan approves plan to ban parents from physically punishing children after string of fatal child abuse cases

The government is aiming to pass a bill to revise the child abuse prevention law and related legislation, but there will be no penalties for offenders.

19 Mar 2019 - 10:27PM

The government is aiming to pass a bill to revise the child abuse prevention law and related legislation, but there will be no penalties for offenders.

Japan approves plan to ban parents from physically punishing children after string of fatal child abuse cases
New Zealand shooting: Jacinda Ardern vows never to speak killer’s name as forensic delays impede victims’ burials

The New Zealand leader said she would do everything in her power to deny the publicity sought by the white supremacist to air his views in court.

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The New Zealand leader said she would do everything in her power to deny the publicity sought by the white supremacist to air his views in court.

New Zealand shooting: Jacinda Ardern vows never to speak killer’s name as forensic delays impede victims’ burials
Rescuers warn of ‘inland ocean’ created in Mozambique by deadly Cyclone Idai

Swollen rivers have flooded huge parts of the country and rain is causing the waters to rise, endangering people on rooftops and clinging to treetops.

19 Mar 2019 - 10:17PM

Swollen rivers have flooded huge parts of the country and rain is causing the waters to rise, endangering people on rooftops and clinging to treetops.

Rescuers warn of ‘inland ocean’ created in Mozambique by deadly Cyclone Idai
Surprise ban on third Brexit vote deals major blow to Theresa May’s ailing deal

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow invokes 1604 rule that the same motion cannot be put to a vote repeatedly

19 Mar 2019 - 4:49AM

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow invokes 1604 rule that the same motion cannot be put to a vote repeatedly

Surprise ban on third Brexit vote deals major blow to Theresa May’s ailing deal
Orangutan blinded after being shot 74 times with an air gun in Indonesia; its baby dies of malnutrition

Villagers found the severely wounded animal on a farm in Aceh province’s Subulussalam district last week with its month-old baby, which later died from malnutrition.

20 Mar 2019 - 1:08PM

Villagers found the severely wounded animal on a farm in Aceh province’s Subulussalam district last week with its month-old baby, which later died from malnutrition.

Orangutan blinded after being shot 74 times with an air gun in Indonesia; its baby dies of malnutrition
Utrecht shooting: Dutch police arrest Turkish suspect Gokmen Tanis, who was ‘previously convicted of attempted murder’

Dutch media reports say Gokmen Tanis, 37, has long rap sheet and is currently a defendant in a rape trial.

19 Mar 2019 - 5:09AM

Dutch media reports say Gokmen Tanis, 37, has long rap sheet and is currently a defendant in a rape trial.

Utrecht shooting: Dutch police arrest Turkish suspect Gokmen Tanis, who was ‘previously convicted of attempted murder’
‘50 hearts for 50 lives’: mourners pay tribute to New Zealand mosque terror attack victims

Flowers, notes of grief and love and candles were placed outside the Al Noor mosque and Christchurch’s botanic gardens.

18 Mar 2019 - 3:53PM

Flowers, notes of grief and love and candles were placed outside the Al Noor mosque and Christchurch’s botanic gardens.

‘50 hearts for 50 lives’: mourners pay tribute to New Zealand mosque terror attack victims
Hundreds of residents evacuated in US Midwest as floodwaters from Missouri River break through levees

At least two people have been killed in the extreme weather seen across the Midwestern states in recent days.

18 Mar 2019 - 4:15AM

At least two people have been killed in the extreme weather seen across the Midwestern states in recent days.

Hundreds of residents evacuated in US Midwest as floodwaters from Missouri River break through levees
Two burned to death, three suicides and one overdose: six men tied to Ferguson protests have died, and activists think it might not be a coincidence

Activists have expressed concern that there may be something sinister at play.

18 Mar 2019 - 9:47PM

Activists have expressed concern that there may be something sinister at play.

Two burned to death, three suicides and one overdose: six men tied to Ferguson protests have died, and activists think it might not be a coincidence
We’re not cool? Imagine Dragons lead singer refuses to listen to the haters

Grammy-winning singer Dan Reynolds called out bands such as Slipknot, the 1975 and Foster the People on Instagram for criticising his group’s music. He went on to express his respect for show business personality Oprah Winfrey.

17 Mar 2019 - 11:30PM

Grammy-winning singer Dan Reynolds called out bands such as Slipknot, the 1975 and Foster the People on Instagram for criticising his group’s music. He went on to express his respect for show business personality Oprah Winfrey.

We’re not cool? Imagine Dragons lead singer refuses to listen to the haters
Malaysian tourists rescued after landslides on Indonesia’s Lombok island

Rescuers managed to help 22 Malaysians and 14 Indonesians down from the mountainous area near a popular waterfall site.

17 Mar 2019 - 11:16PM

Rescuers managed to help 22 Malaysians and 14 Indonesians down from the mountainous area near a popular waterfall site.

Malaysian tourists rescued after landslides on Indonesia’s Lombok island
Australian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas beats Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Formula One curtain-raiser

Finland racer gets off to perfect start in Melbourne

17 Mar 2019 - 4:49PM

Finland racer gets off to perfect start in Melbourne

Australian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas beats Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Formula One curtain-raiser
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