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Israelis vote in second general election in five months (3 hours old)

A former military chief is seeking to unseat Israel's prime minister in a race too close to call.

Hong Kong: Looking back at 100 days of protests (6 hours old)

How a controversial extradition bill with China sparked months of violent protest.

Elon Musk says 'pedo guy' tweet was not accusation (4 hours old)

The Tesla CEO's lawyers say the term means "creepy old man" in South Africa where Mr Musk grew up.

Saudi oil attacks: Nato chief 'extremely concerned' about escalation (11 hours old)

There are fears of escalating tensions in the region as Iran is blamed for strikes on oil facilities.

Shane Gillis: Saturday Night Live's new hire fired for slurs (10 hours old)

Gillis apologised for the remarks saying he was a comedian "who pushes boundaries".

Cardinal Pell makes final attempt to quash sexual abuse convictions (2 hours old)

Ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell asks Australia's top court to review his sexual abuse convictions.

Missouri woman fights to keep 'emotional support' monkey (12 hours old)

Missouri resident, Texanne McBride-Teahan is being taken to court by her city for keeping monkeys.

Turkey says three million could return to safe zone in Syria (13 hours old)

Turkey's president suggests refugees could return to Syria and stay in a safe zone along the border.

Zimbabwe doctors protest at 'abduction' of union leader (16 hours old)

Hundreds of doctors stage a walkout to condemn the alleged abduction of union chief Peter Magombeyi.

Hugo Carvajal: Spain denies US extradition request (9 hours old)

The former Venezuelan intelligence chief is accused by the US of drug trafficking offences.

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Israel election: voters head to the polls for second time this year (5 hours old)

Netanyahu campaign has demonised Israel’s Arab minority and vowed to annex much of Palestinian territoriesIsrael elections: everything you need to knowIsraelis have begun voting in the country’s second election this year, following a campaign dominated by Benjamin Netanyahu and his vows to implement a far-right, ultranationalist agenda in exchange for a record fifth term as leader.Facing the prospect of criminal corruption indictments and hoping to extend his unmatched stint in the prime minister’s office, Netanyahu has promised to declare up to a third of the occupied Palestinian territories [...]

Iceland hosts first major international #MeToo conference (5 hours old)

Three-day gathering will explore why movement gained traction and effect it has hadThe first major international conference exploring the #MeToo movement is taking place in Reykjavik on Tuesday, hosted by the Icelandic prime minister, who said she hoped it would contribute to “relegating sexual harassment to history”.The three-day gathering will explore why the movement first gained traction, and the effect it has had across different countries and sectors. Women with disabilities, care workers and migrant women whose voices have not typically been heard since the movement began as a hashtag i[...]

Supreme court to hear claims suspension of parliament is unlawful (18 hours old)

Decision to increase number of judges from nine to 11 shows significance of hearingSupreme court hearing - the key issuesEleven supreme court justices will hear the politically charged claim that Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in advising the Queen to suspend parliament for five weeks in order to stifle debate over the Brexit crisis.All but one of the judges on the UK’s highest court will be on the bench on Tuesday when the case opens. The hearing will be livestreamed on the supreme court website. Continue reading...

Hong Kong protests: government fails to find PR firm to rescue battered image (4 hours old)

Eight companies turned down opportunity because it would harm their reputationsThe Hong Kong government has tried but failed to secure help from any of the global public relations firms it has approached to salvage the financial hub’s tarnished reputation, as anti-government protests continued to wreak havoc months into its deepest political crisis in decades.Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told a group of business people in the city in late August that the government had approached eight global PR companies to help it relaunch Hong Kong, but four “immediately declined because that would be a detr[...]

Italy's ex-PM Renzi quits Democrats to form own party (1 hour 41 minutes old)

Move by former prime minister risks destabilising days-old PD-M5S coalitionThe former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has announced he is leaving the centre-left Democratic party (PD) to form his own party, potentially destabilising the days-old ruling coalition.“I have decided to leave the PD and to build together with others a new house to do politics differently,” Renzi wrote on Facebook, barely a week after the PD’s unlikely coalition with the Five Star Movement (M5S) won a confidence motion in parliament. Continue reading...

Hong Kong: eight injured as train derails during rush hour (4 hours old)

Three carriages left the tracks and zigzagged across the rails near Hung Hom station in KowloonA passenger train has derailed during the morning rush hour in Hong Kong, forcing the evacuation of 500 passengers and leaving eight people injured.Images from the scene showed three carriages had left the tracks and were zigzagged across the rails near Hung Hom station in Kowloon – a busy interchange that provides services to mainland China. Continue reading...

Oil price shock leaves markets on edge – business live (1 hour 28 minutes old)

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsIntroduction: Saudi attack drove oil price upWeWork IPO shelved 8.46am BST Shares in cruise operator Carnival have dropped by 3% in early trading, to the bottom of the FTSE 100 losers column. 8.40am BST Shares in oil giant have risen again this morning, as investors anticipate higher crude prices.BP and Royal Dutch Shell topped the FTSE 100 risers at the open, up around 1%. Continue reading...

Blast sparks fire at Russian laboratory housing smallpox virus (9 hours old)

Facility know as Vector is one of only two sites holding the smallpox virus and also houses Ebola samplesA gas explosion has sparked a fire at a Russian lab that houses viruses ranging from smallpox to Ebola, authorities have said. Related: Smallpox virus: crunch time for the fate of a global killer Continue reading...

Aid workers warn of catastrophe in Greek refugee camps (5 hours old)

At least 24,000 people are trapped in vastly overcrowded Aegean island camps in squalid conditionsChildren being bitten by scorpions, rats and snakes; hundreds being forced to use a single shower; the stench of human excrement never far away; and food shortages becoming the norm. One by one, Sophie McCann lists the degradations of life for refugees detained on Lesbos, the Greek island on the frontline of a new surge of asylum seekers desperate to reach Europe.McCann, a British advocacy manager with Médecins Sans Frontières, like other aid workers, is now raising the alarm: at least 24,000 men,[...]

Amazon deforestation is driven by criminal networks, report finds (6 hours old)

Criminals threaten and attack government officials, forest defenders and indigenous people, Human Rights Watch findsDeforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is a lucrative business largely driven by criminal networks that threaten and attack government officials, forest defenders and indigenous people who try to stop them, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.Rainforest Mafias concludes that Brazil’s failure to police these gangs threatens its abilities to meet its commitments under the Paris climate deal – such as eliminating illegal deforestation by 2030. It was published a week befo[...]

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