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Fiat Chrysler has withdrawn its merger proposal for French carmaker Renault, the Italian-American firm has said. The announcement followed a failed attempt by Renault board members to reach a decision on the offer. Renault said it had been unable to reach agreement because French government representatives had requested a postponement.
North Korea's most important propaganda event, the Mass Games, has been put on hold after criticism from the country's leader Kim Jong-un, tour firms say. Young Pioneer Tours, a company which organises trips to the hermit state, tweeted that the games "will be stopped from 10 June until further notice". Koryo Tours,...
Sudanese paramilitary forces are pushing deeper into Khartoum, witnesses say, after a crackdown on protesters killed at least 30 people on Monday. Heavily armed members of the Rapid Support Forces are said to be fanning out across the capital and the neighbouring city of Omdurman, clearing barricades and firing into the air.
An armed officer who stood outside a Florida school as a gunman killed 17 people has been arrested and faces multiple charges, including child neglect and perjury. Scot Peterson, a security guard at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, did not enter as shots rang out last year and later resigned.
An Australian court has begun hearing Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his conviction for child sexual abuse. Pell was found guilty by a jury last year of abusing two boys inside a Melbourne cathedral in 1996. He was later jailed for six years. The ex-Vatican treasurer, 77, is the most senior...
British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan on Sunday, more than 10 years after a hotel bombing led to the route being suspended. BA stopped flying to the country after a bombing in the capital city of Islamabad in 2008, which killed more than 50 people. But the airline is now...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her coalition government will continue despite the surprise resignation of the leader of its junior partner, the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Mrs Merkel said she respected the "far-reaching" decision by Andrea Nahles. Ms Nahles resigned after her centre-left party came third, behind Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats...
Beauty chain Sephora will close its US stores on Wednesday for diversity training, a month after a racial incident involving singer SZA. The R&B artist said she had been racially profiled while shopping at a Sephora store in California. The firm told Reuters it was aware of the incident but said...
A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests. Trials, which took place in Burkina Faso, showed mosquito populations collapsed by 99% within 45 days. The researchers say their aim is not to make the insects...
The comedy Australia exports to the global stage is evolving. And, as Gary Nunn reports from Sydney, experts say it's moving Australia away from past stereotypes and into thoroughly modern, woke humour. The nation's comedy has long punched above its weight overseas, basking in the success of cult classics and "ocker" humour - brash,...

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