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Actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded the largest ever defamation payout to a single person in Australia. The Oscar-winner was last month awarded A$2.9m (£1.57m; US$1.99m) after winning the case against Nationwide News, which publishes Australia's Daily Telegraph. The Sydney newspaper had published stories accusing him of behaving inappropriately towards former...
The Sultan of Brunei has handed back an honorary degree after Oxford University raised concerns about his country's strict new anti-LGBT laws. Introduced in April, they initially made sex between men and adultery punishable by stoning to death. But Brunei backtracked on enforcing the laws after a global outcry, boycotts and celebrity protests.
US President Donald Trump has said Huawei could be part of a trade deal between the US and China, despite branding the telecoms firm "very dangerous". The US-China trade war has escalated in recent weeks with tariff hikes and threats of more action. Washington has also targeted Huawei by putting the...
US President Donald Trump has angrily lashed out at Democratic leaders' claims he is engaged in a "cover-up". "I don't do cover-ups," the Republican president said in an unscheduled briefing from the White House. His remarks came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met fellow Democrats to discuss impeaching the president.
Botswana has lifted a ban on elephant hunting, citing growing conflict between humans and the animals, which at times destroy crops. Critics of the ban, imposed in 2014, say the restriction was causing problems to small farmers and to those who previously benefited from hunting. Botswana has some 130,000 elephants, the...
Japan's Panasonic said it was halting business with Huawei to comply with US restrictions, dealing a fresh blow to the Chinese telecoms firm. Last week the US put Huawei on a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence. The ban applies to goods having...
The corruption trial of Argentina's former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has begun in Buenos Aires. Ms Fernández is accused of accepting bribes from construction firms in exchange for lucrative government contracts while in power. This trial, the first of 12 cases Ms Fernández faces, comes days after she announced she...
Thousands of people have taken part in co-ordinated rallies across the United States to protest against several states passing tough laws to restrict abortions. The anti-abortion bills, approved by Republican state legislatures amid a nationwide push for new restrictions by opponents of abortions, are likely to be challenged legally, forcing a ruling by the Supreme...
The UN says food aid is being diverted by some corrupt and uncooperative officials in Houthi-held areas of Yemen, where millions of people are believed to be on the verge of famine. David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), told the BBC the agency's efforts to reach people in need were being...
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has proposed an early election for the National Assembly, headed by opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Addressing supporters in Caracas, Mr Maduro did not set a date for the vote, currently scheduled for late 2020. The National Assembly has been stripped of its powers since his Socialist Party...

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