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Dust storms and hail wreak havoc in fire-ravaged Australia
January 20, 2020
Hail storm in Canberra damaged public buildings, businesses, homes and cars, cut power to some suburbs, brought down trees and caused flash flooding.
We're in a "trust paradox," new study says
January 20, 2020
Global communications firm Edelman has spent 20 years tracking which institutions consumers trust.
China theme park draws outrage with "pig bungee jump"
January 20, 2020
The stunt was to inaugurate the park's new bungee jump attraction, but PETA calls it "animal cruelty at its worst."
Harry and Meghan are in “uncharted territory” after royal split
January 20, 2020
Prince Harry is speaking publicly for the first time about his and Meghan Markle's unprecedented decision to give up their royal duties. As part of the deal, Harry and Meghan will lose their most prestigious royal titles and will no longer receive public funds. Roya Nikkhah reports on why the couple can’t continue serving in a royal capacity.
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Virginia gun rally: Fears of violence as militia groups gather
January 20, 2020
Pro-gun rally expected to draw dozens of militia groups, prompting experts to warn of potential violence.
EU's Borrell says bloc must consider ways to back Libya truce
January 20, 2020
European Union officials are meeting in Brussels to discuss options for supporting the ceasefire in Libya.
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World's richest 2,000 people hold more than poorest 4.6 billion combined: Oxfam
January 20, 2020
The world's richest 2,153 people controlled more money than the poorest 4.6 billion combined in 2019, while unpaid or underpaid work by women and girls adds three times more to the global economy each year than the technology industry, Oxfam said on Monday.
EU must consider ways to support Libya truce: Borrell
January 20, 2020
The European Union will discuss all ways to uphold a formal ceasefire in Libya but any peace settlement will need real EU support to make it hold, the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday.
Jailbreak in Brazil sees 26 prisoners escape
January 20, 2020
Twenty-six inmates escaped from a Brazilian prison in the northwestern state of Acre early on Monday, with all but one remaining at large, the state prison authority said.
Iran says it will quit global nuclear treaty if case goes to U.N.
January 20, 2020
Iran said on Monday it could quit the global nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if European countries refer it to the U.N. Security Council over a nuclear agreement, a move that would overturn diplomacy in its confrontation with the West.
Prince Harry seeks 'more peaceful life' as reluctantly ends royal role
January 20, 2020
Britain's Prince Harry has spoken of his sadness at being forced to give up his royal duties in a deal with Queen Elizabeth and senior Windsors, saying there was no other option if he and his wife Meghan were to seek an independent future.
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NEWS • Report
China Tries to Stem the Flow of Its Plastic Waste
January 20, 2020
China is cracking down on the plastic waste that stems from food takeout and delivery containers, as well are packaging for e-commerce. Waste from parcels was responsible for 93% of 2018’s growth in trash in China’s largest cities, one study found.
Coronavirus Is Spreading Quickly Across China, as Confirmed Cases Triple
January 20, 2020
A newly identified virus originating in central China has spread quickly around the country and across Asia, infecting people in major metropolitan areas and reaching South Korea for the first time—a major escalation in the pneumonia-like disease’s transmission.
European Stocks Tick Lower on Fresh Strain to U.K. Ties
January 20, 2020
European stocks drifted down after a top U.K. government official warned that the country may no longer be aligned with European Union rules and regulations after Brexit.
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Turkey has not yet sent troops to Libya, only ‘advisers’ – Erdogan
January 20, 2020
Preview Ankara has not yet deployed its military forces to Libya, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that a group of advisers and trainers arrived in the war-torn country to aid the UN-backed Government of National Accord.
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WATCH: Car windows SMASHED by epic hailstones as storms lash eastern Australia
January 20, 2020
Preview Eastern Australia, still struggling with the bushfires crisis, was hit by intense weather on Monday which left two people injured in a lightning strike and saw scores of cars damaged by enormous hailstones.
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Libyan UN-backed PM says he will respect Berlin summit's call for ceasefire, but won't sit down again with Haftar
January 20, 2020
Preview The head of the UN-backed Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj has said he would stick to the truce supported at the Berlin peace conference but would still not engage in direct talks with General Khalifa Haftar.
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TIME to Host Inaugural TIME 100 Davos Dinner as Part of a Series of Events at the 2020 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos
January 20, 2020
(New York, NY — January 20, 2020) — TIME will host a series of events at the 2020 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, including the first-ever TIME 100 Davos Dinner—centered on empowering the next generation—and a luncheon focused on solutions for the youth mental health crisis. On Monday, January 20, TIME will…
Billionaires Have More Wealth Than 60% of the World’s Population, Report Finds
January 20, 2020
Women are the most impacted by this equality gap
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Politics this week
January 18, 2020
Business this week
January 18, 2020
KAL’s cartoon
January 18, 2020
Housing is at the root of many of the rich world’s problems
January 18, 2020
Since the second world war, governments across the rich world have made three big mistakes, says Callum Williams
Owner-occupation is not always a better deal than renting
January 18, 2020
Each year American owner-occupiers pay around $200bn in maintenance costs on their homes
Home ownership is in decline
January 18, 2020
That is not a big cause for concern
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