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    Coffee not essential for life, Swiss government says

    The Swiss government wants to put an end to its emergency stockpile of coffee after declaring that it is “not essential” for human survival. Switzerland...

    The Swiss government wants to put an end to its emergency stockpile of coffee after declaring that it is “not essential” for human survival. Switzerland began storing emergency reserves of coffee between World War One and World War Two in preparation for potential shortages. It continued in subsequent decades to combat shortages sparked by war,...
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    Louisiana officer’s son arrested over black church fires

    The son of a local police deputy has been arrested as the suspect in three fires at black churches in southern Louisiana, officials say. Holden...

    The son of a local police deputy has been arrested as the suspect in three fires at black churches in southern Louisiana, officials say. Holden Matthews, 21, who is the son of a St Landry Parish officer, was arrested on Wednesday, said officials. The burnings did not result in deaths or injuries. Louisiana Governor John...
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    Monsanto liable for French farmer’s ill health

    US biotech giant Monsanto is legally responsible for the ill health of a farmer who ingested its weedkiller product, a French court has ruled. A...

    US biotech giant Monsanto is legally responsible for the ill health of a farmer who ingested its weedkiller product, a French court has ruled. A French appeals court ruled in favour of 55-year-old Paul Francois, who has fought a decade-long legal battle against the firm. He fell ill after inhaling vapour from Lasso, a now...
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    Julian Assange: Why Wikileaks founder spent years in Ecuador's embassy

    Some see him as a reckless ‘hacktivist’ – others think he’s a campaigner for truth. Julian Assange lived in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years...

    Some see him as a reckless ‘hacktivist’ – others think he’s a campaigner for truth. Julian Assange lived in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years and is the man behind whistleblowing site Wikileaks. Now he’s been removed from the embassy and arrested by UK police. But why was Assange there in the first place?
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    Rugby star to be fired over anti-gay post

    Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union say they intend to terminate Israel Folau’s contract after a social media post by the full-back...

    Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union say they intend to terminate Israel Folau’s contract after a social media post by the full-back in which he said “hell awaits” gay people. Folau, 30, has 73 caps and was expected to play at this year’s World Cup. “He does not speak for the game...
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    Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange took refuge in the...

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. At Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday he was found guilty of failing...
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    Omar al-Bashir: Sudan military coup topples ruler after protests

    Media playback is unsupported on your device After nearly 30 years in power, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested, the defence minister...

    Media playback is unsupported on your device After nearly 30 years in power, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested, the defence minister says. Speaking on state TV, Awad Ibn Ouf said the army had decided to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections. He also said a three-month state of emergency...
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    Ex-Pope Benedict XVI blames 1960s revolution for sex abuse

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published a letter which blames clerical sex abuse on the “all-out sexual freedom” of the 1960s. The former pontiff said...

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published a letter which blames clerical sex abuse on the “all-out sexual freedom” of the 1960s. The former pontiff said the sexual revolution had led to homosexuality in Catholic establishments. He said paedophilia did not become “acute” until the late 1980s and was caused by “absence of God”. The only...
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    India election 2019: Voting kicks off in world’s largest election

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Tens of millions of Indians have voted on the first day of a general election that is being...

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Tens of millions of Indians have voted on the first day of a general election that is being seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indians in 20 states and union territories cast their ballots in 91 constituencies. The seven-phase vote to elect a new lower...
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    Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft to attempt Moon landing

    The first privately funded mission to the Moon will attempt to land on the lunar surface today. The Israeli spacecraft – called Beresheet – will...

    The first privately funded mission to the Moon will attempt to land on the lunar surface today. The Israeli spacecraft – called Beresheet – will try for a soft touch down, before taking pictures and conducting experiments. Until now, only government space agencies from the former Soviet Union, the US and China have achieved this....
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