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Australia child abuse inquiry finds ‘serious failings’

Media captionAbuse survivor Andrew Collins recounts his story A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had “seriously failed” to protect children. The royal commission, Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse. The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs […]

Odebrecht scandal: Peru president Kuczynski resists pressure to quit

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Kuczynski denies receiving illegal payments but says he did work for the controversial firm Peru’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has said he will not resign, despite growing pressure over corruption allegations involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. In a televised address late on Thursday, flanked by members of his cabinet, […]

MSF estimates more than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

Image caption Among the refugees are many young children At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the month after violence broke out in Myanmar in August, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says. Based on surveys of refugees in Bangladesh, the number is much higher than Myanmar’s official figure of 400. MSF said it was “the clearest […]

Democrat defeats Moore in Alabama race

Media captionDoug Jones: ‘We have shown America the way’ Doug Jones has become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore. His unexpected victory deals a blow to President Donald Trump, who backed Mr Moore, and narrows the Republican majority in […]

Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election

Image copyright AFP Image caption Venezuelans look for their names on electoral rolls before voting in Sunday’s mayoral polls Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election. He said only parties which took part in Sunday’s mayoral polls would be able to contest […]

California’s Thomas Fire scorches area larger than New York City

Image copyright Santa Barbara County FD Image caption The Thomas fire has the potential to be one of the worst in California’s history The most destructive wildfire raging in southern California has expanded significantly, scorching an area larger than New York City. The Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has consumed 230,000 acres […]

Australian gay couple in ‘legal limbo’ can finally divorce

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The pair were trapped in a “legal limbo”, lawyers said As the first same-sex couples began registering for marriage in Australia, one woman was exercising another new right – being allowed to divorce. Lawyers for the Perth woman filled out divorce papers on Sunday, a day after same-sex marriage […]

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Arab allies attack decision

Media captionJerusalem: The view from one street Arab officials say US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital risks plunging the Middle East into “violence and chaos”. The move ended US neutrality on one of the region’s most sensitive issues. Arab League foreign ministers now say it means the US cannot be relied […]

Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 25 people were injured in the first air strikes on Gaza, Palestinian health officials said Israel says it has targeted a number of sites belonging to militant group Hamas in retaliation for rocket strikes. The Israeli military says it hit a weapons manufacturing site and an ammunition store […]

California wildfires: Businesses face ruin as blaze rages

Media captionThe wildfires have devastated parts of southern California Much of California’s avocado crop has been destroyed by wildfires that have ripped through the southern part of the state, industry experts say. “We’ve lost at least several hundred acres of avocados, probably more,” the California Avocado Commission told agriculture news site AgNet West. About 90% […]

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