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[l] at 6/28/16 8:35pm

The Greens leader says his party’s platform will form the basis of any negotiations with major parties. Follow all the day’s developments live with Katharine Murphy

2.26am BST

Q: If Labor give up a lot in regards to refugees – would you be willing to negotiate on that point, offshore processing?

Richard Di Natale:

This is a hypothetical but we have said this will be the starting point of any negotiation. It is a negotiation. That is what a negotiation means. We will put forward these issues as part of our costed policy platform to the Labor party in the event of a close election result. Then we will take it from there.

2.25am BST

Richard Di Natale walks back the never ever of offshore processing a jot. It’s a negotiation.

Q: You won’t sign up with any other party unless offshore detention is scrapped?

We will put these positions forward as a starting point for any negotiation. They are our position – they are the starting point for any negotiation. It is a negotiation. To go into – as we did in 2010, we had a list of measures that we put forward to the then Labor party and we saw significant change. We didn’t get everything that we wanted when this came to those clean energy laws but we got a hell of a good climate package, something that the International Energy Agency described as model legislation.

What we are saying is these will be the starting point of any negotiation should there be a close election.

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[Category: Australian politics, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Australia news, Australian election 2016, Coalition, Marriage equality (Australia), Liberal party, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Welfare in Australia, Australian economy, Indigenous Australians, Superannuation]

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[l] at 6/28/16 8:29pm

Police opened fire on two suspects who then blew themselves up outside security checkpoint at international terminal, Turkish officials say

A series of deadly explosions tore through crowds at Istanbul’s Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening, leaving at least 36 people dead and scores more injured in an attack officials blamed on the Islamic State terror group.

Shortly before the blasts, assailants armed with AK-47 rifles exchanged gunfire with security guards outside the airport’s international terminal, according to officials.

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[l] at 6/28/16 8:22pm

Series of deadly explosions tear through crowds at Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening in attack officials blame on Islamic State

2.22am BST

2.12am BST

The triple suicide attack in Atatürk airport in Istanbul that killed dozens and wounded scores more may well become the deadliest bombing in Turkey this year – but it is certainly not the first.

Police sources quoted in Turkish media said that the attackers were likely affiliated with the Islamic State terror group. Turkish security forces have recently carried out numerous arrests and raids on the group in the country and at its borders, leading some analysts to speculate that Isis might carry out more retaliatory attacks.

Related: Suicide bombings at Turkey's Atatürk airport follow pattern of deadly violence

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[Category: Turkey, Islamic State, Middle East and North Africa, Syria, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 8:08pm

2.08am BST

Nebraska senator Ben Sasse has responded to Donald Trump’s comments characterizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership as “rape”:

Oh for heaven's sake...
1. That horrific word has a meaning--It isn't this.
2. Trade is, on net, good for Americans. https://t.co/RoqN31SkZj

2.05am BST

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager won - and then lost - a $1.2 million book deal with megapublisher HarperCollins, according to a report from Politico, after months of negotiating a contract for a tell-all book about his stint as the head of the most surprising campaign in modern political history.

The book, tentatively titled “Let Trump Be Trump,” was chatted up with at least five publishers before HarperCollins made its sky-high offer. But, according to Politico, the deal fell apart after Lewandowski refused to share the non-disclosure agreement he signed for Trump with HarperCollins.

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[Category: US elections 2016, US politics, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, US news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:32pm

‘Do you regret doing this, prime minister?’ cried a voice from the depths of the media crowd. No answer was offered by David Cameron.

Fricassée de David Cameron was not on the menu – it was quail salad followed by poached veal and with a dessert of strawberries to round things off, since you ask – but if you were the prime minister it surely must have felt like it.

Imagine: you’re sat round a table with 27 other reasonably important people, all of whom think you have done something unbelievably stupid and are now determined that you follow through with something unbelievably enormous, very soon.

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[Category: EU referendum, David Cameron, UK news, Europe, European commission, Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Donald Tusk, European Union, Politics, Foreign policy]

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:30pm

Many ordinary Turks are increasingly worried and angry that the war at the border appears to be spreading within the country

The triple suicide attack in Atatürk airport in Istanbul that killed dozens and wounded scores more may well become the deadliest bombing in Turkey this year – but it is certainly not the first.

Police sources quoted in Turkish media said that the attackers were likely affiliated with the Islamic State terror group. Turkish security forces have recently carried out numerous arrests and raids on the group in the country and at its borders, leading some analysts to speculate that Isis might carry out more retaliatory attacks.

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:12pm

CBI urges government to act quickly to quell uncertainty as Siemens and Visa also warn about impact of EU vote on their UK operations

Vodafone, one of Britain’s biggest companies, has warned that it could relocate its head office outside the UK if the negotiations for a post-Brexit Britain do not give it freedom of movement across the EU for people, capital and goods.
The telecoms company, which employs nearly 110,000 people around the
world and some 13,000 in the UK, said it would take “whatever decisions are appropriate” once the outcome of the negotiations was known.
In a statement, the company pointed out that its European businesses produce 55% of the group’s annual profit, whereas the UK brings in just 11%. It said the UK’s membership of the EU had been an important factor in its growth and added: “Freedom of movement of people, capital and goods are integral to the operation of any pan-European business as are single legal frameworks spanning all member states.

“Access to the emerging European digital single market should represent a significant opportunity for the UK, one of the world’s leading digital economies.”

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[Category: Confederation of British Industry (CBI), EU referendum, Business, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Economic policy, News Corporation, Vodafone, Telecommunications industry]

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:01pm

Covert officers can have sex or take drugs with suspects only when ‘necessary and proportionate’ under new guidelines

Undercover police officers can never be authorised to start sexual relationships with those they are targeting under official guidelines published for the first time. The instructions, in an 80-page document, also state that taking drugs cannot be approved as a tactic for covert units.

National guidance on undercover policing, which is being made public by the College of Policing, states that it is “never acceptable” for an undercover operative to “form an intimate sexual relationship with those they are employed to infiltrate and target or may encounter during their deployment”, adding: “This conduct will never be authorised, nor must it ever be used as a tactic of a deployment.”

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[Category: Undercover police and policing, Police, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 5:50pm

The natural store of helium found in the Rift valley in Tanzania contains an estimated 54bn cubic feet of the noble gas


The discovery of a vast reserve of helium in east Africa has allayed fears of a global shortage of the precious gas crucial for the running of brain scanners, major scientific facilities, and parties that require floating balloons and squeaky voices.

According to independent analysts, the natural store of helium found in the Rift valley in Tanzania contains an estimated 54bn cubic feet of the noble gas, enough to inflate a similar number of party balloons, or to fill 1,200,000 hospital MRI scanners, researchers said.

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[Category: Science, Gas, Health, Environment, Fossil fuels, Africa, Tanzania, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 5:46pm

11.46pm BST

David Cameron has warned Europe’s leaders that they will have to offer the UK more control over immigration at the end of a fractious day where politicians across Europe clashed over the meaning and consequences of last week’s Brexit vote.
The British prime minster used his last Brussels summit to tell Angela Merkel, François Hollande and other European heads of government that anxieties about unrestricted freedom of movement were at the heart of the decision by Britons to reject the EU.

Boris Johnson would not call a general election immediately if he won the Conservative party leadership election and took over as prime minister, it is understood.
Johnson is one of several Tories about to formally launch their bids to replace David Cameron as nominations open on Wednesday, with his main rivals set to include the home secretary, Theresa May, and a joint ticket of Stephen Crabb, the pensions secretary, backed by Sajid Javid, the business secretary.

11.36pm BST

A surge of interest from Britons eager to obtain Irish passports has been continuing on a day when the Irish government called for calm and said that the processing system was coming under strain.

Here’s what some people at the Irish passport office in South Kensington, London, told me earlier about why they were applying for passports with a harp on the front.

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[Category: EU referendum, European Union, Europe, Politics, UK news, World news, David Cameron, Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, George Osborne, Nigel Farage, Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker]

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[l] at 6/28/16 5:28pm

Irish citizenship now seen as more desirable in light of Brexit vote, leading to a surge in applications

The Irish government has urged Britons to take some time to think before applying for an Irish passport as it warned that a surge in applications threatened to place major pressure on the system for processing them.

A spike in interest in Irish passports has occurred in Northern Ireland, Britain and elsewhere in the past few days, according to Ireland’s foreign minister, Charlie Flanagan, who said there was no urgency for UK citizens to apply.

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[Category: Ireland, EU referendum, Europe, European Union, Foreign policy, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 4:00pm

PM warned Brussels summit that free movement was at heart of Britain’s decision to reject European Union

David Cameron warned Europe’s leaders that they will have to offer the UK more control over immigration at the end of a fractious day where politicians across Europe clashed over the meaning and consequences of last week’s Brexit vote.

The British prime minster used his last Brussels summit to tell Angela Merkel, François Hollande and other European heads of government that anxieties about unrestricted freedom of movement were at the heart of the decision by Britons to reject the EU.

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[Category: European Union, EU referendum, David Cameron, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Jean-Claude Juncker, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Matteo Renzi]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:59pm

Four Mexican nationals, an Argentinian and a Costa Rican were deported ‘without any official explanation’, lawyer says

Nicaragua has expelled six foreign environmental activists after they were detained on allegations of handling explosive substances without authorization, a lawyer and the Mexican government said Tuesday.

Mónica López Baltodano, an environmental attorney who has been in contact with authorities since the activists were taken into custody, said four Mexican nationals were deported to Honduras on Monday night and an Argentinian and a Costa Rican were sent to Costa Rica.

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[Category: Nicaragua, Mexico, Americas, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:52pm

Rio de Janeiro has cut budgets across the board, delaying officers’ salaries, halting patrols and fueling worries about safety at the world’s premier sporting event

Just weeks ahead of the Olympic Games , police helicopters are grounded, patrol cars are parked and Rio de Janeiro’s security forces are so pressed for funds that some have to beg for donations of pens, cleaning supplies and even toilet paper, fueling worries about safety at the world’s premier sporting event.

Related: Rio de Janeiro governor declares state of financial emergency ahead of Olympics

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[Category: Olympic Games 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sport, Olympic Games, Americas, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:44pm

Turkish emergency services assist wounded people outside Istanbul’s Atatürk airport on Tuesday night after a bomb attack killed at least 36 people and injured a further 147. A Turkish official says two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entry to the international terminal after an exchange of gunfire with police. Other travellers have been evacuated to safety and the airport is on lockdown

The video from Oguzcan Aksoy can be seen in full on Twitter
The video from yana_chizhanova can be seen in full on Instagram

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[Category: Turkey, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:34pm

The Australia Institute survey also found majority believe doctors working in offshore detention centres should be free to speak about conditions

Refugees who arrive in Australia by boat should be allowed to resettle in the country, a majority of Australians believe, new polling released just days before the election shows.

A poll of more than 1,400 people commissioned by The Australia Institute found 63% of respondents oppose the bipartisan policy that refugees who arrive in Australia by boat should never be allowed to settle in the country, instead saying those found to have a valid claim for protection should be brought to Australia.

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[Category: Australian immigration and asylum, Australia news, Manus Island, Nauru, Asia Pacific, Australian politics]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:04pm

Presumptive Republican nominee promises retaliatory economic action against China and calls for withdrawal from free-trade deals in break with GOP orthodoxy

Donald Trump raged against globalization and free-trade agreements on Tuesday and urged the US “to declare economic independence again”.

At a scrap metal facility south of Pittsburgh, the presumptive Republican nominee veered yet again from conservative free-market orthodoxy as he called for the US to withdraw from free-trade deals, including Nafta, the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. Trump said of the US’s two neighbors: “They are so used to having their own way. Not with Trump they are not having their own way.”

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[Category: Donald Trump, US elections 2016, US politics, US foreign policy, International trade, US news, US economy]

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:46pm

MEPs boo Ukip leader in Brussels chamber after he accused them of never having done a ‘proper job’ in their lives

The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has clashed bitterly with Nigel Farage, pointedly asking the Ukip leader in front of the European parliament in Brussels: “Why are you still here?”

In extraordinary scenes, Juncker said on Tuesday that he respected British democracy and last Thursday’s seismic vote for the UK to leave the European Union. There was a smattering of applause in the chamber.

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[Category: European Union, Nigel Farage, EU referendum, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Jean-Claude Juncker, UK Independence party (Ukip), Douglas Carswell, Marine Le Pen, Scotland]

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:43pm
  • Democrats shot down GOP funding plan they were locked out of drafting
  • Republicans: Democrats blocked it over lack of Planned Parenthood aid

US lawmakers deadlocked over funding to fight the Zika virus on Tuesday, as Senate Democrats blocked a Republican proposal they said fell short of the challenge posed by the mosquito-borne virus and hurt other health priorities.

Amid political recriminations by both parties, the Republican plan to provide $1.1bn in funding to combat Zika, which had already passed the House of Representatives, failed to get the 60 votes needed in the Senate to clear a procedural hurdle. The vote was 52 in favor and 48 against on a mostly party-line vote.

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[Category: Zika virus, US Senate, US politics, US news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:43pm

Several European countries cut off financial contributions to republic’s counter-narcotics campaign

Iran is under pressure to end its use of death penalty against drug traffickers after facing a serious shortfall in the international funding of the country’s counter-narcotics campaign.

An increasing number of European countries have decided to cut off contributions even though the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) last year approved a five-year country partnership programme for Iran that was aimed at providing about $20m (then £14.4m).

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[Category: Iran, Drugs, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Capital punishment, United Nations, Norway, Europe, Human rights]

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:42pm

With future of Nafta uncertain, Canada to scrap rules obliging Mexican visitors to obtain a visitor visa and Mexico will allow expanded imports of Canadian beef

Canada and Mexico have agreed to settle a pair of protracted bilateral disputes in the run-up to a US presidential election in November that could shake ties between the three North American nations.

Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that Canada would scrap rules obliging Mexican visitors to obtain visas, starting 1 December. The former Conservative government imposed the restrictions in 2009 to stop what it said were bogus asylum claims.

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[Category: Canada, Mexico, Americas, World news, US news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:37pm

People in favour of the UK remaining the European Union, despite the recent referendum results that saw a narrow decision for the country to leave the organisation, gather at Trafalgar Square on Tuesday evening. Demonstrators express concerns over isolationist policies from the UK and state their identities as europeans

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[Category: European Union, London, Politics, EU referendum, Europe, Protest, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:55pm

The capture brought an end to the saga of the missing ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ capybaras, who bolted after their first day in captivity at a small zoo in Toronto

Toronto’s second runaway-turned-folk-hero is back behind bars, after an action-packed five weeks on the run from a Toronto park, munching grass and lolling around in ponds.

The capybara’s brief taste of freedom came to an end on Tuesday, after the rodent – native to South America and resembling a large, tailless beaver with stumpy legs – was lured into a cage near a pond in the 400-acre park in the city.

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[Category: Canada, Animals, Americas]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:48pm

Stay granted until arguments can be heard on two appeals arguing statute of limitations has run out and some accusations are based on hearsay

A judge in Mexico has granted a temporary stay of extradition for the Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán until arguments can be heard on two appeals filed by his lawyers.

Guzmán’s lawyer, José Refugio Rodriguez, said one of the appeals argued that the statute of limitations has run out on some crimes Guzmán is accused of in the United States. The defense also argues that some of the accusations against Guzman are based on hearsay, not direct evidence.

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[Category: Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, Mexico, US news, World news, Drugs trade, Americas]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:35pm
  • Two BNSF trains crashed in north-west Texas on Tuesday morning
  • Nearby residents evacuated to avoid possible grass fire caused by smoke

At least one person was injured when two freight trains collided head-on in a fiery crash near a small town in north-west Texas.

Boxcars erupted in flames and piled on top of each other as thick black smoke billowed high into the air.

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[Category: Train crashes, Texas, US news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:34pm

A collision involving two freight trains in northeastern Texas on Tuesday caused several box cars to derail and burst into flames, leading to an evacuation of nearby residents, authorities said. Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Bryan Witt said the accident occurred near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. The cause of the wreck and other details are still not known. There are no reported deaths so far

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:32pm

Turkey’s foreign policy softening – denied by Ankara – could yet see a rapprochement with US-backed regime in Egypt

Even tough guys have to say sorry sometimes, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is no exception. But the regrets expressed this week by Turkey’s famously stubborn president over last November’s shooting down of a Russian military plane have an ulterior purpose. Erdoğan boxed Turkey into a diplomatic corner in recent years. Now he’s on the ropes and he badly needs a wet towel and a breather.

Ahmet Davutoğlu, the prime minister sacked by Erdoğan in May, might be forgiven a wry smile. As chief adviser and foreign minister after 2002, when the ruling Justice and Development party first took power, Davutoğlu championed a policy of “zero problems with neighbours”.

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[Category: Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russia, Europe, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:26pm

Fitch ratings agency says Britain’s decision to leave the EU could lead to lower growth and higher unemployment in Ireland

Ireland is among the most vulnerable countries to a post-EU referendum shock, the credit ratings agency Fitch has warned.

It said Britain’s decision to leave the EU could lead to lower growth and higher unemployment in Ireland. It could also lead to trade barriers between the close neighbours, and weaken confidence in the Northern Ireland peace process.

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[Category: Ireland, Business, Europe, World news, UK news, EU referendum, European Union, Foreign policy, Politics, Economics, Fitch, Rating agencies, Financial sector]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:22pm

Insufficient evidence puppeteers had committed offence with show which referenced Eta, court says

Spain’s national court judge has shelved an investigation into two puppeteers for allegedly praising terrorism in a theatre show.

The court said on Tuesday there was insufficient evidence Raul Garcia and Alfonso Lazaro had committed an offence by using a sign during a performance in Madrid that said “long live Alka ETA”. The message was a play on words in reference to Spain’s armed Basque group, Eta, and al-Qaida.

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[Category: Spain, Eta, Europe, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:19pm

Aydin C is linked to the case of 15-year-old Amanda Todd, who took her life in October 2012 after being tormented by an anonymous cyberbully

An Amsterdam court has ruled in favour of extraditing a Dutchman to Canada where he is wanted on charges linked to the cyberbullying of a teenager who killed herself in 2012.

Identified only by his first name because of Dutch privacy rules, Aydin C, “who is linked to the suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd, may be extradited to Canada”, the court said in a statement.

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[Category: Netherlands, Canada, World news, Cyberbullying, Technology]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:19pm

Minden police praise 25-year-old man for reporting cash he found hidden in a self-assembly cupboard

Police in Minden, Germany, say a Syrian man who arrived last year as a refugee is their “hero of the day” after he found €150,000 (£124,000) and handed it to authorities.

The 25-year-old discovered the money in a cupboard he had been given by a charitable organisation.

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[Category: Germany, Europe, Refugees, Middle East and North Africa, Syria, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:10pm

After Monday’s victory, providers face the complex task of re-opening clinics, which may take years, and preparing for future battles with Texas legislature

Abortion providers and advocates gathered anxiously around a computer screen in Austin on Monday morning, waiting for news from the supreme court.

When the ruling came through and handed a major victory to abortion rights supporters battling the severe restrictions Texas imposed in a 2013 law, there was elation that soon became inflected with an awareness of the challenges that still lie ahead in order to undo the damage done by the overturned regulations and to prepare for future battles against a state legislature hell-bent on finding ways to limit abortions.

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[Category: Texas, Abortion, US supreme court, Planned Parenthood, US news, Law, Women]

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[l] at 6/28/16 11:56am

My father-in-law, Gus Heffernan, who has died aged 96, worked for nearly 40 years for the John Lewis Partnership at the Cole Brothers department store in Sheffield. He had previously endured a gruelling second world war – although the conflict did little to dislodge his gentleness, kindness and sense of humour.

He was born in County Tipperary, when Ireland was still part of the UK. His father, Michael, was a policeman in the Royal Irish Constabulary; by 1919, the IRA was in a bitter war of independence against the crown, and RIC officers were prime targets. The British government offered them asylum, and Michael resettled in Sheffield to work in the steel industry. In 1922 he was joined by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Duggan), and their five children, including three-year-old Gus. Another child, Michael, arrived after they had moved into their council house in Firth Park.

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[Category: Second world war, World news, Ireland, Europe, UK news, John Lewis, Retail industry, Business, Sheffield]

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[l] at 6/28/16 11:40am

President Mugabe’s chief rival discloses medical condition and says health of national leaders should not be subject of speculation

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader and President Robert Mugabe’s chief rival for the past 17 years has announced he is undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

Related: Thousands march in Harare in rare mass protest against Robert Mugabe

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[Category: Morgan Tsvangirai, World news, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Africa]

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[l] at 6/28/16 11:34am

Domestic intelligence agency says far-right, far-left and Islamist radical groups gaining membership in country

Political extremism rose sharply in Germany last year – among far-right but also far-left and Islamist radical groups – the domestic intelligence agency has said.

“Extremist groups, whatever their orientation, are gaining ground in Germany,” said the interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, presenting the report into 2015. The security agency had “observed not just a rise in membership but also an increase in violence and brutality,” he said in a statement.

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[Category: Germany, Europe, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 11:01am

Angela Merkel’s cabinet signs off on reforms to keep country’s foreign intelligence agency on tighter leash

Germany has approved new measures to rein in the activities of its foreign intelligence agency after a scandal over improper collusion with the US National Security Agency.

Two months after replacing the head of the BND service over the damning revelations, chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet signed off on the reforms to keep the country’s spies on a tighter leash.

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[Category: Germany, Angela Merkel, NSA, UK security and counter-terrorism, Europe, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 10:56am

‘We acknowledge that this is basically Trudeau fan fiction,’ says Chip Zdarsky, Canadian artist and writer of Marvel’s Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5

Sporting red boxing gloves and a sleeveless top emblazoned with a red maple leaf, a smiling Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, appears relaxed as gears up for his latest role: comic book hero.

Trudeau will appear on the variant cover of Marvel’s Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5, slated for release at the end of August. The cover is an alternative to the main cover in circulation.

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[Category: Justin Trudeau, Marvel, Canada, World news, Comics and graphic novels, Culture, Americas]

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[l] at 6/28/16 10:41am

Most of the 823 Gibraltarians who voted to leave the European Union have gone to ground. But not John Bromfield

John Bromfield is the rarest of birds. He is one of the 823 Gibraltarians who voted last week to leave the European Union, despite fears that it would harm trade and stoke Spanish demands for sovereignty over the Rock. Most of the 823 have gone to ground – being part of a 4% minority is potentially unpleasant – but Bromfield is not made that way. “People here are trying to find out via Facebook who the 823 are, and leave voters fear recriminations,” he says. “I thought about putting an advert in saying ‘I’m number one’.”

Bromfield is not amused by the discussions this week between Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo and Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, both determined to find some way of staying in the EU. “The politicians are playing with the situation instead of getting on with running their countries,” he says. “They should be dealing with the current problems rather than trying to circumvent the result of the referendum.”

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[Category: Gibraltar, EU referendum, World news, UK news, Europe, European Union, Foreign policy, Politics, Spain]

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[l] at 6/28/16 10:38am

Science Museum counts human and medical cost of injuries sustained during conflicts past and present

Related: Somme trench recreated in Welsh castle to salute battle's centenary

Scraps of ribbons, figurines and toys, and religious medals are among a collection of charms carried by soldiers a century ago at the Battle of the Somme that will go on display in an exhibition at the Science Museum on Wednesday.

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[Category: First world war, World news, Science, Exhibitions, Museums, London, Art and design, Culture, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 10:00am

Trial version in US giving successful immunisation to mice could help fight disease, but complications warned for those who have contracted dengue fever

An experimental vaccine that completely protects animals from the Zika virus has raised hopes for a jab that can bring the fast-spreading disease under control.

Trials in the US found that a single immunisation shot made from a purified and inactivated form of the Zika virus gave mice total protection against the illness that has swept through Brazil and other parts of South America.

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[Category: Zika virus, Science, US news, World news, Medical research, Biology, Global development]

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[l] at 6/28/16 9:55am

German chancellor rejects Boris Johnson’s proposal to give Britain access to single market with limited immigration

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has dismissed Boris Johnson’s proposal that Britain might enjoy access to the European single market and restrict immigration at the same time, telling German MPs the UK would enjoy no special favours.

In a speech to the Bundestag, Merkel said negotiations over Britain’s post-EU future would not be a “cherry-picking exercise”. To applause, she warned that the UK government should be under no illusions over the decisions that would be made.

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[Category: European Union, EU referendum, David Cameron, Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson, Jean-Claude Juncker, UK news, Germany, Europe, Politics, Foreign policy, World news, Nigel Farage, Poland, Norway, Matteo Renzi]

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[l] at 6/28/16 9:49am

Panel chair Trey Gowdy concludes $7m investigation with 800-page report that accuses US of being slow to respond after 2012 attack was already under way

House Republicans investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, have found no new evidence to conclude that Hillary Clinton, secretary of state at the time, was culpable in the deaths of four Americans, according to the committee’s final report released on Tuesday.

The 800-page document released by the Republicans on the House select committee on Benghazi brought to a close a fiercely partisan, two-year, $7m investigation that included interviews with more than 80 witnesses. The report reveals new details about the night of the attack and concludes that the Obama administration failed to recognize the possibility of it happening.

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[Category: Benghazi attack, House of Representatives, US Congress, Hillary Clinton, US news, US politics, World news, Libya]

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[l] at 6/28/16 9:18am

Providers across the country have heaved a sigh of relief following the supreme court’s decision, but hundreds of restrictions are insulated from its effects

Hours after a monumental supreme court ruling declared one of the US’s harshest abortion restrictions to be unconstitutional, abortion rights activists were already jubilant over the prospect that many more restrictions could be struck down in its wake.

“Without question, today’s ruling was a game changer,” said Nancy Northup, the president of the legal group the Center for Reproductive Rights, whose attorneys argued for the clinics before the court. “This decision will be critical in the many, many legal challenges taking place around the country.”

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[Category: Abortion, US supreme court, Texas, Law, World news, Health, Society, US news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 9:08am

Independent review is announced nine months after church compensated and apologised to bishop’s victim

The Church of England has launched an independent review into its processes regarding the settlement of a claim of sexual abuse by one of its leading figures of the 20th century, George Bell.

Church sources said the review was routine and it was not revisiting its decision to apologise and pay compensation to a woman who claimed she was abused as a small child by the bishop of Chichester in the 1940s and 50s.

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[Category: Anglicanism, Christianity, Religion, UK news, Child protection]

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[l] at 6/28/16 8:44am
Voice and conscience of mountaineering, as author and editor of books and magazines on the sport

In the early 1970s, an editor at the publisher Hart-Davis, MacGibbon phoned the climber and magazine editor Ken Wilson with a proposition. A rather dry German mountaineering book of selected climbs had been doing well. Would Wilson do something similar in Britain? His response was typical, both for its directness and its vision: “You won’t want to do the kind of book I would like.” But Wilson, who has died aged 75, got his way, and in 1974 published Hard Rock, among the most influential climbing books of the 20th century.

For what was essentially a collection of illustrated essays by different authors about the best rock climbs in Britain, Wilson – thanks to his boundless energy and already considerable reputation as a guiding force in the climbing world – was able to attract leading climbers such as Chris Bonington and Royal Robbins, as well as the best climbing writers, including Jim Perrin and Ed Drummond. He even got an essay from Al Alvarez. As Wilson had promised, the book made no concessions to the uninitiated. He knew his audience inside out, had an apparently limitless appetite for work and had no time for the kind of sensationalised froth many of his competitors traded in. Authenticity was key and his customers loved him for it. Ultimately, he helped shape the world he was describing.

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[Category: Mountaineering, World news, Sport, UK news, Books, Culture]

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[l] at 6/28/16 7:34am

Bucharest newspaper offers an opportunity to stay in the EU, escape the political fallout and get away from the miserable weather

If the Brexit fallout has left you reeling and combing your family tree for alternative passport options, it might be time to consider adoption by a Romanian family.

A daily newspaper in Bucharest has launched a “Romanians for Remanians” campaign, offering a new home to the 48% of Britons who voted to stay in the European Union.

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[Category: Romania, EU referendum, Europe, European Union, World news, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:45am

Government warns of new wave of terrorist operations after Christian village of al-Qaa targeted in pre-dawn attacks

The Lebanese government has warned of a heightened terrorist threat after eight suicide bombers attacked a Christian village on the border with Syria, in the latest spillover of its conflict into Lebanon.

The village of al-Qaa was targeted on Monday in two waves of suicide attacks that killed five people. The first group of bombers attacked before dawn and the second later at night, two of them blowing themselves up near a church.

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[Category: Lebanon, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Syria, Islamic State]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:30am

School leavers lured by sophisticated fraudsters into enrolling at phoney institutions, with some graduating years later to find qualifications worthless

China has named and shamed 30 “fake universities”, warning millions of students to steer clear of the bogus institutions as they prepare to enter higher education.

The fraudulent universities are spread across 12 Chinese provinces, including Beijing and Shanghai, the country’s official news agency, Xinhua, reported on Tuesday.

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[Category: China, World news]

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[l] at 6/27/16 11:00pm

Government on course to biometrically register country’s 1.25 billion population as part of plan to modernise administration

The digital revolution arrives in remote Indian villages such as Akbarpur by communication methods old and new: a WhatsApp message buzzes through to the village chief; he notifies his fellows via megaphone.

The world’s biggest biometric ID programme is coming to town.

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[Category: India, South and Central Asia, World news, Technology, Biometrics, Global development]

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[l] at 6/27/16 7:01pm

UN children’s agency report highlights toll on youngsters by 2030 unless world leaders turn rhetoric into reality on fighting poverty

Less than a year after the world promised to leave no one behind by signing up to an ambitious 15-year blueprint to end inequality, the UN children’s agency says that 69 million children will die from mostly preventable causes by 2030, and 167 million will be living in extreme poverty, unless world leaders turn rhetoric into reality.

In its latest State of the World’s Children report, Unicef also says 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the date by which the sustainable development goals to tackle poverty and secure the planet’s future are supposed to have been achieved.

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[Category: Global development, Sustainable development goals, United Nations, World news, Africa]

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[l] at 6/27/16 1:00am

In an attempt to keep news of troop deaths quiet, government arrests reporters circulating information online

On a cold January evening, journalist Yassin Juma was walking to his local pharmacy when he was stopped by four men from the Kenyan police.

They escorted him back to his house, where he found 14 people ransacking the place in front of his wife and children. “They were looking for electronics, for laptops,” Juma recalls.

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[Category: Kenya, Africa, World news, Somalia, Al-Shabaab, Middle East and North Africa, Censorship, Press freedom, Social media, Digital media, Media, Newspapers & magazines]

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[l] at 6/25/16 6:05pm
Carlos Antonio Lozada, supreme urban commander of Colombia’s Farc rebels, is poised to lead his organisation into politics. In this exclusive interview he speaks about war, making peace and meeting victims

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) stands apart from other Latin American leftwing guerrilla movements founded since the 1960s because it has outlived them all – well into the 21st century – and remains in control of vast tranches of territory. But it is also from a different mould: almost entirely rural – its leaders have not been intellectuals, such as Che Guevara, but peasants, fighting a peasant war in the countryside. The Farc’s violence has, however, had an impact on the cities, and during the 1990s Colombia even feared that the guerrillas were poised to take the capital, Bogotá.

Related: Colombia and Farc rebels sign historic ceasefire deal to end 50-year conflict

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[Category: Farc, Colombia, Americas, World news]

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[l] at 6/23/16 11:37am

Government hopes to be deemed compliant with international standards amid fears athletes will not be allowed to compete in Rio

Kenya has passed new anti-doping legislation in a bid to comply with international standards amid fears its athletes could be banned from participating in the Olympic games in Rio.

The amended bill was signed by president Uhuru Kenyatta just two days after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said competitors from Russia and Kenya would have to be screened individually if they wished to participate in the Games.

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[Category: Kenya, Athletics, Africa, Sport, World news]

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[l] at 6/23/16 9:12am

Beatings and arson attacks on social media users represents new frontier in intimidation campaign, say analysts. RFE/RL reports

When Aleksandr Markov heard the doorbell of his St Petersburg apartment earlier this year, he rushed to welcome his guest. But instead of the friend he had been expecting, Markov was surprised to see several strangers on his doorstep.

Then came the blow.

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[Category: Russia, Vladimir Putin, Europe, World news, Social media, Digital media, Media]

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[l] at 6/23/16 12:00am

In one of the last Jewish enclaves in the Arab world, families are leaving as tourism declines and security threats intensify

Cracked tombstones litter the cemetery behind Djerba’s Great Synagogue, but it was not vandals who broke them.

Hundreds of Jewish families have moved away from this Tunisian island community in the past five decades, digging up their relatives’ remains to take with them and leaving only the slabs of marble behind.

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[Category: Tunisia, Judaism, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Religion, World news]

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[l] at 6/21/16 3:33am

Breakaway region of Abkhazia wants to remain a ‘loyal ally’ to Moscow but keep control of its Black Sea real estate, RFE/RL reports

One evening in April, Almas Djapua parked his car by the Soviet-era port of Sukhumi and headed towards the palm-lined waterfront of the Black Sea. Moments later, the car exploded.

Related: Abkhazia, inside the rebel republic – in pictures

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[Category: Russia, Georgia, Europe, World news, Travel]

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[l] at 6/21/16 1:00am

Artist Tarek Dhibi believes spray can can help protect kids from extremist recruiters near the Algerian border

It’s lunchtime in the Tunisian city of Kasserine. From plastic chairs at a pavement cafe on the city’s main thoroughfare, a group of young men are watching the heavily-armed guards patrol the city’s best hotel.

Here in Kasserine, security is paramount. It’s only a few hours’ drive east from the Algerian border and the chaambi mountains, a known training ground for islamic extremists. It’s also one of the poorest cities in the country, where unemployment is rife, especially among young people, making many marginalised young men vulnerable to the lure of extremist recruiters.

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[Category: Tunisia, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Islamic State, World news]

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[l] at 6/20/16 12:00am

Residents in Niger have rejected a recent report on youth clashes they say is reductive and portrays them as ‘animals’

For the past six years, the city of Zinder in Niger has been gripped by American-inspired gang violence, a phenomenon international researchers and local journalists have struggled to understand.

The street violence is popularly referred to as the Yan palais. In the local Hausa dialect, “palais” is a word for young people who mimic the clothes, drugs, music and sexualised culture of their western counterparts.

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[Category: Niger, Boko Haram, Africa, Nigeria, World news, Media]

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[l] at 6/17/16 7:15am

Pictures taken after she was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius have been released, but we gain nothing by looking at them

When Oscar Pistorius took off his prosthetic legs and walked across a Pretoria high courtroom on his stumps, the message was clear: Oscar the victim. Oscar in pain. Oscar humiliated. Oscar crushed.

On the third day of a hearing in which Judge Thokozile Masipa will eventually sentence the former athlete on the charge of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius’s defence team said they wanted to show the court that he was no longer a “strong, ambitious man winning gold medals”.

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[Category: Reeva Steenkamp shooting, Oscar Pistorius, South Africa, Africa, World news]

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[l] at 6/17/16 3:00am

From free samples of sweet drinks to Italian kitchen displays, brands in the DPRK are learning to compete with the state, writes Choson Exchange

How do you teach the craft of advertising in North Korea, a country which has for decades been indoctrinated against capitalism by the ruling Kim dynasty?

And how do you get people to connect with your products when most advertising space is monopolised by the state? If companies can’t get their wares into newspapers, or onto the sides of buildings or buses, how do people know they exist?

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[Category: North Korea, Asia Pacific, World news, Advertising, Media]

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