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  • North Korea praises controversial book, says it 'foretells end of Trump'

    12 January 2018 8:30 PM 60

    Seoul: North Korea has praised American author Michael Wolff's controversial book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, taking pleasure from it's jaw-dropping account of chaos and dysfunction under President Donald Trump. The North's main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, says the book's sales reflect what it calls "rapidly surging anti-Trump sentiments

  • Malaysia approves new search for MH370

    11 January 2018 10:26 PM 103

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's government says it has approved a new attempt by a private company to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years after its disappearance sparked one of aviation's biggest mysteries. The Houston, Texas-based company Ocean Infinity dispatched a search vessel this past week to look in the southern Indian

  • Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand's South Island

    11 January 2018 12:46 AM 75

    The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago has been found in Central Otago. A team of international scientists, led by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), made the discovery in ancient sediments near the town of St Bathans on New Zealand's South Island. Burrowing bats were about three times the size of an average

  • 'Cultural invasion': Iran bans English in primary schools

    8 January 2018 8:27 AM 67

    Dubai: Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a Western "cultural invasion". "Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations," Mehdi Navid-Adham

  • Republicans defend Donald Trump's mental stability as Stephen Bannon issues apology

    7 January 2018 9:44 PM 67

    Washington: Republicans and Trump allies rushed to defend US President Donald Trump's mental stability on Sunday, as former White House aide Stephen Bannon issued an apology for his role in the furore that's followed the release of a controversial new book. Bannon provided a statement to the political website Axios expressing "regret" for comments attributed

  • Mark Philippoussis's father Nick suffers massive stroke in US jail

    7 January 2018 7:40 PM 68

    Australian tennis coach Nick Philippoussis has suffered a massive stroke in a US jail and will likely never face trial on charges he sexually assaulted two young girls he trained in California. A San Diego judge was told on Thursday 68-year-old Philippoussis, the father of former world top 10 Australian player Mark Philippoussis, is catatonic after the stroke

  • 'If astronauts have a hero, that hero is John Young': plaudits flow for NASA's longest-serving astronaut

    7 January 2018 2:17 AM 85

    John Young, NASA's longest-serving astronaut, who flew in space six times, walked on the moon, commanded the first space shuttle and became the conscience of the astronaut corps, advocating for safety reforms in the wake of the 1986 Challenger disaster, has died at his home in Houston. He was 87. NASA announced his death, citing complications from pneumonia

  • New Year's Eve fireworks around the world

    3 January 2018 7:20 PM 67 1

    It's a 24-hour feast of colour and light that begins each year in Auckland and ends somewhere around American Samoa. Firework displays dazzled onlookers in cities all around the world as people welcomed in the New Year. Steve Bannon referred to Donald Trump, Jr's June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic," according

  • Donald Trump to Kim Jong-un: my nuclear button 'is bigger'

    3 January 2018 2:01 AM 64

    Washington: US President Donald Trump, responding to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un saying he had a nuclear button on his desk, said in a tweet on Tuesday that his nuclear button "is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" In a televised speech on Monday, Kim said "the entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons

  • US to withhold aid from Pakistan

    2 January 2018 8:16 PM 92

    United Nations: The United States is withholding $US255 million ($A357 million) in aid from Pakistan because of its failure to cooperate fully in America's fight against terrorism, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says. "There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years," she told reporters at the United Nations