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Thai protesters flood street with rubber ducks in 'coup prevention' drill

Thousands block major Bangkok junction in continuing protests against government and monarchy

Thousands of democracy activists blocked a major junction in Bangkok for several hours on Friday to rehearse “coup prevention” strategies in the latest round of Thailand’s anti-government protests.

The country has for months been rocked by youth-led protests demanding a new constitution, reform of the untouchable monarchy and for the prime minister, Prayut Chan-O-Cha, to resign.

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Australian police arrest 15th man accused of being part of global paedophile ring

Newcastle man is facing charges of possessing, soliciting and sharing child abuse material, and bestiality

A Newcastle man has become the 15th person arrested after police uncovered a global paedophile ring alleged to have filmed and shared the sexual abuse of almost 50 children in Australia.

The 54-year-old was taken into custody on Friday and faces a string of charges, including possessing, soliciting and sharing child abuse material. He is also charged with bestiality.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Army claims advance on several towns

Ethiopia's army says it has seized control of several towns in the northern region of Tigray.

El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala stage mass raids on gangs

The Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have rounded up hundreds of suspected street gang members as part of a U_S_-backed effort known as "Operation Regional Shield."

Gunmen Assassinate Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist in Ambush, Provoking New Crisis

Iran expressed fury over the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, blaming it on Israel and the United States. His death may complicate President-elect Biden’s intention to restore the Iranian nuclear deal.

Australia swelters under extreme heatwave as fire brigades on high alert

Temperatures expected to reach into the mid-40s in some parts of Australia

Much of Australia is in the grip of an extreme heatwave with temperatures expected to reach into the mid-40s and total fire bans in force in parts of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

In South Australia, 47C was forecast for Maree, a small town in the north of the state, and 46C in Renmark and Port Augusta. The state capital of Adelaide was expected to hit 38C on Saturday.

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The Kraken: What is it and why has Trump's ex-lawyer released it?

How a lawsuit from an ex-Trump lawyer full of baseless voter fraud claims went viral.

Coronavirus lockdown sees share of women on India's stock market rise

With more time and flexibility, thousands of women are trading in the stock market for the first time.

Kaavan, the world's loneliest elephant, is finally going free

For decades, Kaavan performed from his lonely enclosure. Now, with a hand from Cher, he's retiring.

Tigray crisis: Ethiopian soldiers accused of blocking border with Sudan

Families fleeing the conflict in Tigray tell the BBC they have been cut off from relatives.

Swiss vote on making firms liable for rights abuse

Many in government and business are wary, but campaigners say politicians are out of touch.

Maradona: Funeral worker apologises over coffin photos

The Argentine funeral worker took photos next to the open casket of football legend Diego Maradona.

China has reached a major milestone in ending absolute poverty. But the Communist Party isn't...

Chinese President Xi Jinping reached a major milestone this week in his five-year long fight to end absolute poverty across the country -- but it doesn't appear that he's celebrating yet.

Extremely vulnerable in UK given high priority for coronavirus vaccine

Those with conditions such as blood, bone or lung cancer put in same category on interim guidance list as over-70s

People at very high risk of contracting coronavirus due to health problems, who were made to shield during the pandemic, have been given the same priority as the over-70s to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

People aged 18 or older deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” are in the same priority group as those aged 70 and over, according to the provisional vaccine priority list published by Public Health England.

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Climate change: The woman watching the ice melt from under her feet

For thousands of years Inupaiq people have relied on the land in Alaska but now climate change is threatening their entire way of life.

Losing Cinema Park: Tears over demolition of Kabul's iconic cinema

Why the demolition of a 70-year old cinema hall in Kabul went viral in Afghanistan.

Jane Fonda: 'It's much harder to be young than it is old'

As an 82-year-old Jane Fonda is still protesting - this time about climate change - and getting arrested.

The Donut King who went full circle - from rags to riches, twice

Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy made a fortune in doughnuts then lost it all to gambling.

Dua Lipa: Studio 2054 live stream review – perfect escapist pop

The singer’s online show had a charming Top of the Pops vibe despite its – often star-studded – shortcomings

Of all the high-profile live streams that have sprung up in lieu of actual gigs in recent months, Dua Lipa’s is, by some considerable distance, the most star-studded. Its list of special guests encompasses everyone from Elton John to FKA twigs to Kylie Minogue: proof, should you need it, of the dominant position the 25 year old singer currently occupies in pop.

By common consent, 2020 has been her year, thanks to her second album, Future Nostalgia, which has earned her six Grammy nominations and spawned a succession of global hit singles: the kind of success that even Madonna wants to get involved in, making an appearance on a remix of the single Levitation.

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Coronavirus live news: US hospitalisations at record level as Victoria passes elimination benchmark

US surpasses 13m Covid cases as experts urge caution over Thanksgiving weekend; Trudeau previously warned country would not get first doses; Italy to ease measures in five regions

Between 100,000 and 150,000 people will be able to return to work in Ireland over the next week or so as all shops, restaurants, gyms and pubs serving food reopen, Business Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday.

The number of people claiming temporary coronavirus-related jobless benefits has risen by almost 150,000 since Ireland began to tighten COVID-19 curbs in September, two-thirds of them since the highest level of constraints were put in place on Oct. 21.

Germany, once a beacon of hope in Europe’s coronavirus nightmare, logged more than one million cases on Friday.

Until recently, Germany’s relative success in containing the virus had offered some sense of hope, with authorities putting in place some precautions that still allowed life to carry on almost as normal.

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US surpasses 13m Covid cases as experts urge caution over Thanksgiving weekend

  • 110,000 new coronavirus cases and 90,000 people hospitalized Thursday
  • CDC predicts deaths could rise by 300,000 in next month

America’s coronavirus surge showed no sign of abating over the Thanksgiving holiday, as cases in the country surpassed 13 million on Friday.

Related: How Trump is destroying the presidential transition process

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Pentagon Chief Visits Somalia Ahead of Expected Troop Cuts

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller met with troops and commanders in the region as turmoil bedevils the nation with approaching elections and an enduring threat from the Shabab.

Townsville toddler death: two charged after child allegedly left in car during heatwave

Mother and her boyfriend charged with manslaughter after three-year-old found dead in car

A Townsville woman has been charged over the death of her daughter after the toddler was allegedly left in a car for most of the day amid soaring temperatures.

Police were called to the Townsville University Hospital on Friday afternoon after the child’s mother found the three-year-old dead in the car and rushed her to the hospital.

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Outcry as Cuba removes protesters defending rapper

Cuban authorities have cleared more than a dozen artists and activists from a home they have used as a center for anti-government protests that have gained unusually wide attention

How Toronto Plans to Keep Schools Open Amid Its Second Lockdown

Ontario’s education minister announced a program to test schools’ asymptomatic students and staff in four of the province’s hardest-hit areas, something critics have been demanding for months.

China increases coal import quotas but Australia likely to be excluded

China’s foreign ministry says Australia needs to show ‘mutual respect’

China’s foreign ministry has warned Australia to handle the bilateral relationship with “mutual respect and equality” after it imposed “devastating” tariffs of up to 201% on Australia wines.

It comes as the country increases its coal import quotas for 2020 by about 20m tonnes but is very likely to exclude Australia, which has hundreds of millions of tonnes anchored off the Chinese coast in a deepening trade dispute with Beijing.

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Belgium eases some pandemic rules, stays strict on Christmas

Belgium has relaxed some rules imposed to contain the coronavirus resurgence but remains strict on family gatherings over Christmas

One-year-old boy shot dead during alleged kidnapping in Canada

Police in Kawartha Lakes in Ontario had been alerted to domestic dispute and suspected abduction

A one-year-old infant in Canada has been fatally shot in an incident involving police officers who opened fire on a pickup truck while responding to an alleged kidnapping.

Investigators have not yet confirmed if police gunfire killed the boy.

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Macron: Video images of police beating Black man 'shame us'

French President Emmanuel Macron says video images showing police officers beating up a Black man “shame us,” and is condemning violence both by and against the police

Visitors track down mystery desert monolith in Utah

Two days after a helicopter pilot revealed its existence, people began sharing their own shots of the unexplained piece

Some intrepid visitors have been flocking to a remote part of southern Utah in a bid to be among the first to see the mystery metal monolith.

The structure in the Red Rock desert was first discovered last week from the air by a helicopter pilot and wildlife officers who were carrying out an annual count of bighorn sheep.

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