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19:00 World
Freemason link to Hillsborough cover-up investigated by police watchdog

Independent Police Complaints Commission probes relationship between secret society and former senior police officers.
Source: Independent

18:41 World
British knife attack victim Tom Jackson remains on life support

Les Jackson stays with his son, who was critically injured in an attack that killed a woman at a hostel in far north Queensland.

18:02 World
Kurdish-aligned group in north Syria says targeted by Turkish warplanes

Turkish officials had no immediate comment on the report which, if confirmed, would signal Turkey's action against Kurdish-aligned forces in Syria was being ratcheted up a notch.

17:36 World
Iran detects malware in petrochemical plants, says not linked to recent fires

The official said the malware at the two plants was inactive and had not played a role in the fires.
Source: Reuters

17:00 World
Italy grieves as state funeral held for victims of powerful quake

Amongst the 35 coffins laid out in a sports hall were small caskets holding the bodies of an 18-month-old baby and a nine-year-old girl, two of the 21 children who are known to have died when the quake hit central Italy early on Wednesday.

16:37 World
France burkini ban: Mayors urged to heed court's ruling

France's top administrative court suspended the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet on Friday on civil liberties grounds.

16:19 World
Micronesia: Couple rescued from desert island after SOS spotted in sand

The pilots spotted the sign drawn into sand on East Fayu Island in Micronesia and alerted the US Coast Guard.

15:24 World
'Walking Murphy's law' survives snake and spider bites, lightning strike, in 4 years

His wife, Sara, said she washed the wound and called the poison control hotline. She then drove him to the emergency room at a Lakeland hospital.
Source: WN

15:24 World
Japan's Abe pledges $30 billion for Africa over next three years

Resource-poor Japan has long been interested in tapping Africa's vast natural resources, even more so since dependence on oil and natural gas imports jumped after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster shut almost all of Japan's nuclear reactors.
Source: Reuters

15:00 World
Charges recommended for Brazil ex-president Silva in probe

Brazil's federal police have recommended charges against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his wife.

14:41 World
US to look for opportunities to advance India's NSG bid: Barack Obama

The official said President Obama has been very clear and very definitive that India has met the requirements for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

14:19 World
Bongo seeks to prolong 50-year family rule in Gabon vote

Bongo, 57, took over in 2009 when his father Omar died after 42 years in power, and he won a poll in the same year. With state machinery and entrenched patronage networks behind him, both lubricated by oil largesse, he is likely to win again this time.

14:04 World
Turkey signals no quick end to Syria incursion as truck bomb kills police

The suicide attack at a police headquarters in a province bordering Syria and Iraq came two days after Turkey launched its first major military incursion into Syria, an operation meant to drive Islamic State out of the border area and stop Kurdish militias from seizing ground in their wake.

13:28 World
Sarah Palin warns Donald Trump on deportation U-turn

The Republican presidential nominee has signalled he will soften his immigration plan, which was a central plank of his primary campaign.

13:00 World
Cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade fatally shot while pushing baby in stroller

A family spokesman says a cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade has been fatally shot while pushing a baby in a stroller on the city’s South Side.

12:08 World
World's largest marine reserve created off Hawaii

His announcement on Friday quadruples in size a monument originally created by President George W Bush in 2006.

11:43 World
China joins UN in condemning North Korea ballistic missile tests

The Security Council issued a unanimous statement, agreeing to take "significant measures" in response to the latest series of launches.

11:21 World
'British' boy in Islamic State group execution video

The Islamic State group has released footage showing five boys, including one it identifies as British, carrying out the killing of prisoners in Syria.

11:00 World
Worker dies in cliff fall at Yellowstone national park

Employee aged 21 went over the edge of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone while socialising with colleagues in early hours of the morning, say officials.

10:37 World
Italy earthquake: Day of national mourning for victims

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is due to attend state funerals for victims from Arquata, one of the worst-hit towns.
Source: BBC

10:19 World
North Carolina transgender students win toilet access ruling

The ruling led to boycotts of the state by some sports teams, businesses, and entertainers.

20:30 World
Dollar slips as markets await Yellen's speech

Yellen is scheduled to give the keynote address at a global gathering of central bankers in the U.S. mountain resort of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at 1400 GMT on Friday.

17:38 World
Oscar Pistorius: State appeal over Reeva Steenkamp murder sentence rejected by judge

Judge Thokozile Masipa dismisses state’s application to appeal today.
Source: The Independent

17:19 World
Beijing to tag all public facilities with QR codes by 2018

A simple scan of the QR code would show basic information on the facility and make it easy for public reporting of problems, according to Chen

17:00 World
Japan's biggest airline grounds its Dreamliners over engine problem

ANA’s decision to ground its fleet of Boeing 787s, the world’s biggest, expected to result in cancellation of at least 350 flights.
Source: The Guardian

16:22 World
Spain braces itself for unwanted gift on Christmas Day: a third election

As political impasse continues, Spain faces real prospect of its third general election in just over a year – on 25 December.
Source: The Guardian

16:01 World
'Knock and plead' - On night patrol with Philippines police

Soon, they are ducking down dark, narrow, trash-strewn alleyways into the heart of the Barangay Libis slum, accompanied by a slew of uniformed officers and as many as 10 helmeted, assault rifle-toting SWAT officers.

15:18 World
Zimbabwe protesters, police clash at anti-Mugabe rally

More than a hundred police officers in riot gear, backed up by water cannons and armored trucks, occupied the venue that opposition parties planned to use for their march.

15:00 World
Euro zone lending picks up, easing pressure on ECB to act

Loans to companies rose 1.9 percent year-on-year in July, up from 1.7 percent a month earlier and the fastest rate in five years, European Central Bank data showed.
Source: Reuters

14:37 World
Explosion destroys sports centre in Belgium, killing at least one

Belgian authorities report at least one dead and four others injured in Chimay after blast in town on border with France.

14:22 World
Prosecutors' attempt to appeal against Oscar Pistorius sentence rejected

South African state prosecutor wanted ‘shockingly lenient’ six-year sentence for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder increased.
Source: The Guardian

13:00 World
Czech hiker describes 'harrowing' 30-day ordeal in NZ

Pavlina Pizova said she and Ondrej Petr began hiking the Routeburn track in Fiordland National Park on 26 July, but got lost in bad conditions.
Source: BBC

12:38 World
Why US, Britain are key to ending Yemen horror

Unfortunately, the talks between the self-described "quad" of the US, UK, UAE and Saudi Arabia, are more likely to be an exercise in public hand-wringing than a serious effort to end the war and prevent further loss of life.
Source: CNN

12:19 World
A US Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two US ships

Tensions have increased in the Gulf in recent days despite an improvement in relations between Iran & US.

12:02 World
Hillary Clinton is spreading islamist extremism

There would be no Mujahedeen and its mutation into al-Qaida; in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

11:41 World
Brazil's presidential impeachment trial begins

She is accused of illegally doctoring accounts ahead of her re-election in 2014 to hide a budget shortfall and to keep funding popular social programs.

11:23 World
Under-18 terror detainments triple in two years

Forty-six were detained in 2015, compared with 13 in 2013, with the youngest aged only 13.

10:39 World
Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

The discovery was made after a human rights lawyer alerted security researchers to unsolicited text messages he had received.

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