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17:00 World
Netherlands plans to cut speed limit to curb emissions, rein in pollution

The Dutch government announced Wednesday it is lowering the top speed limit during the day on highways to 62 mph (100km/h) in an attempt to deal with an emissions pollution crisis.

16:38 World
Inside the Beckham family's £20m Beverly Hills rental: Lavish £20,000 a month hilltop mansion boasts indoor cinema, zen garden and infinity pool

The Beckham brood - dad David, 44, and children Brooklyn, 20, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 14, and Harper, eight - stayed in the lavish home over the holidays while mum Victoria, 45, stayed at home to work on her make-up line.

16:16 World
Hong Kong's cash pool tightens as Alibaba primes for $13 billion listing

The one-month Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate (HIBOR) has rocketed 100 basis points this week to hit 2.75% on Thursday, not too far off a decade-high of 2.99% marked in July when protestors occupied the city’s legislature. On Friday, the rate edged back to 2.71%.

15:45 World
SA post office rapist and murderer given life

Her killing in August sparked large protests over the high levels of violence against women in the country.

15:27 World
A rubbish story: China's mega-dump full 25 years ahead of schedule

The Jiangcungou landfill in Shaanxi Province, which is the size of around 100 football fields, was designed to take 2,500 tonnes of rubbish per day.

15:01 World
Chile singer exposes breasts in protest at Latin Grammys

Mon Laferte uncovered her chest emblazoned with the words "In Chile they torture, rape and kill" on Thursday.

14:44 World
Jofra Archer underlines England enforcer role against New Zealand A

The opening day of their first-class fixture against New Zealand A side mirrored the practice match earlier in the week.

13:37 World
Outrage as Swazi king receives 120 BMWs, 19 Rolls-Royces for his family

Formerly known as Swaziland, the monarchy has left opposition party, the People's United Democratic Movement (Pudemo), fuming as it appeared to ignore calls for government employees to be remunerated better, and instead doubled down by ordering 120 BMWs which were delivered on Thursday. 

12:43 World
Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing: Welcome to the world's wildest intersection

At peak times, the hypnotic pace of the changing traffic light seems to signal the masses into a mesmerizing, yet claustrophobic, waltz.

12:29 World
London to Sydney flight breaks world record

Australian airline Qantas on Friday completed a one-off research flight that carried about 50 people from London to Sydney nonstop, clocking up two world records in the process.

11:38 World
Outcry after Facebook sponsors gala featuring Brett Kavanaugh

Company is listed as a ‘gold circle’ sponsor for rightwing group Federalist Society dinner where justice will be keynote speaker.

10:45 World
Japan monarch spends symbolic night with goddess to end throne rituals

Amid flickering torchlight and chanting by priests, Emperor Naruhito emerged from behind the white curtains of the shrine at around 3:00 a.m., concluding a ceremony observed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and 400 dignitaries in an outdoor pavilion.

10:27 World
US defense chief says cloud contract was fair, despite Amazon challenge

Amazon claims that politics got in the way of a fair contracting process. President Donald Trump has long criticized Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos.

10:00 World
Amazon challenges Pentagon's $10-billion cloud award to Microsoft

The company filed notice last Friday that it will formally protest the decision on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, known as JEDI.

19:47 World
Japan's Emperor has a $248 million dinner date with a sun goddess

But not everyone is on board with the ritual, which has been criticized for violating the constitutional separation of religion and state.

19:00 World
Shark attacks US diver, 23, off Mexico coast, officials say

The 23-year-old victim, whose name and hometown have not been publicly released, was bitten while diving in Magdalena Bay, located near Baja California Sur off northwestern Mexico, according to the Mexican Navy.

18:38 World
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face off with Wimbledon memories fresh

It reflects the depth of feeling, satisfaction and hurt that their last classic battle delivered, when Djokovic recovered from 8-7, 40-15 down in the fifth set to defeat Federer. The dominant question is how on earth a player will not be scarred by such a loss when they finally meet again.

18:16 World
Steve McCurry's photos show the complex relationship between humans and animals

But the influential American photographer, who has built his career around his daring coverage of armed conflict, has a lesser known passion: animals.

17:45 World
Experimental Qantas ultra-long-haul London to Sydney flight takes off

Australian airline Qantas on Thursday launched a one-off research flight that will carry about 50 people from London to Sydney nonstop, clocking up the longest commercial passenger flight in recent aviation history in the process.

17:24 World
Denmark holds neo-Nazi over Jewish cemetery attack

Jacob Vullum Andersen, 38, is a leader of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), which is also active in Sweden.

17:00 World
Washington teacher arrested for threatening to shoot students

When questioned by police at her home on Wednesday, the 58-year-old teacher did not back down from the threat and was taken into custody.

15:27 World
Gaza attacks: tentative truce after Israel strike kills eight Palestinian family members

Islamic Jihad says truce has begun as Israel says ‘quiet will be answered with quiet’, following two days of clashes.

15:01 World
Scandalous: behind the sordid inner workings of the National Enquirer

A new documentary traces the history of the publication from gore rag to sensational gossip magazine to its central role in the Trump presidency.

14:44 World
Complementary cancer therapies 'do more harm than good'

Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, can delay the healing of skin wounds when breast cancer spreads.

14:26 World
Behrouz Boochani, voice of Manus Island refugees, is free in New Zealand

Kurdish Iranian refugee and journalist – a multiple award-winner for documenting life in Australia’s offshore detention system – has left Papua New Guinea.

14:02 World
Secrets of Bangkok red light zone laid bare in new museum

Alongside 'Triple X,' 'fetish' and kinky cabaret exhibits are tamer displays highlighting David Bowie's 1983 visit to Bangkok, as well as other bits of pop culture, including a nod to 'The Deer Hunter' -- a 1978 war drama starring Robert De Niro that included scenes reportedly shot in former Patpong bar Mississippi Queen.

13:00 World
Cows swept away by Hurricane Dorian found alive in North Carolina

The cows belong to a herd on the US state's Cedar Island but were swept away in September by a "mini tsunami" generated by Dorian.

12:43 World
Australia bushfires: Death toll rises as communities remain on alert

The 58-year-old man's body was found in northern New South Wales (NSW) on Thursday, days after a fire ripped through the region.

11:38 World
Next up in impeachment hearings: A parade of key witnesses

The House intelligence committee, which is conducting the impeachment hearings, has set a packed schedule of open hearings over the next week.

11:16 World
Despite female push, Garth Brooks bests Underwood at CMAs

Wednesday night’s show kicked off with a performance featuring country female acts across generations, included three female hosts and had Maren Morris as its top nominee.

10:27 World
Fed chief Powell pushes back on negative interest rates

Powell over the course of a 90-minute hearing before the Joint Economic Committee dodged several efforts to pull him into pre-election-year politics, alternately saying that the Fed’s job was not to set trade, immigration or federal spending policies, weigh in on Democratic candidates’ wealth tax and other proposals, or dole out credit for the U.S. economy’s record-setting expansion, now in its 11th year.

10:00 World
Citywide protests disrupt Hong Kong as students barricade campuses

Black-clad protesters and university students maintained their blockades of major roads, including the entrance to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel that links Hong Kong island to the Kowloon area, and a highway between Kowloon and the rural New Territories.

20:01 World
Robert De Niro to receive 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award

The industry union announced Tuesday that the Oscar-winning actor will receive the 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment at next year’s SAG Awards ceremony.

19:24 World
YouTube says it can delete your account if you’re not 'commercially viable'

In the section titled “Account Suspension & Termination” with the subheader “Terminations by YouTube for Service Changes,” the site’s new terms, which are set to take effect on Dec. 10.

18:38 World
MSNBC analyst pushes claim Trump was compromised by Russia 'as early as 1977'

While promoting his new book on "Morning Joe," retired U.S. naval intelligence operator Malcolm Nance started by pointing out he's "not a journalist," but said that as a former member of intelligence community, he could "predict" things that his MSNBC colleagues could not, such as Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

18:16 World
More than 200 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza after Islamic Jihad leader killed

Jonathan Conricus, said. Conricus added that Abu al-Ata was responsible for a number of recent rocket attacks on southern Israel and claimed he was actively planning new attacks.

17:45 World
Cirque du Soleil founder held for 'growing cannabis'

The billionaire founder of global acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, has been detained in French Polynesia on suspicion of growing cannabis on his private island in the South Pacific, authorities said.

17:00 World
Xi Jinping offers to help Greece retrieve contested Parthenon Marbles

Xi made his comments Tuesday, during the last day of a state visit to Athens, where he met with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. The two leaders and their wives visited the Acropolis Museum, where Pavlopoulos appealed to Xi for support on the diplomatic dispute with Britain.

16:38 World
We bought a $1 house in Italy. Here's what happened next

Over the past year or so, numerous small towns from Sicily in the south to the northern Alps have been offering such bargains in the hope of attracting new residents to revitalize dying communities.

16:16 World
Bolivian senator declares herself acting president as Morales vows to fight

Anez said she would become interim president after the three people ahead of her in the line of succession quit in the wake of massive protests following Morales' resignation.

15:27 World
Paris screening of Roman Polanski’s 'An officer and a spy' shut down by protesters

France Info reports that the group, dressed all in black and equipped with red smoke-generating canisters and placards bearing the names of women who have accused the director of rape, demonstrated for about an hour in front of the Le Champo cinema in the 5th arrondissement before the theater pulled the show.

15:01 World
China's biggest automaker SAIC aims to triple overseas sales by 2025

The Shanghai-based company, which sold around 7 million vehicles last year with its own brands and joint ventures with Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and General Motors (GM.N), makes up just under a quarter of China’s auto market, the world’s largest.

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