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Austrian brothers produce armour for Vatican’s Swiss Guards

Vienna Austrian blacksmiths who produce ceremonial suits of armour for the Vatican's Swiss Guards are close to the end of their current deal to do so, and say supplying the suits will not now be an issue for many years to come. One of the drawbacks of the Swiss Guards' medieval uniforms is that the craftsmanship needed to make them is...

Defy ‘grandchildren of Nazism’ — Erdogan

Ankara President Tayyip Erdogan overnight called on Turkish voters in Europe to defy the "grandchildren of Nazism" and back a referendum this month on changing the constitution, comments likely to cause further ire in Europe. Erdogan has repeatedly lashed out at European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, in campaigning for the referendum, accusing them of "Nazi-like" tactics for banning his...

254 die in Colombian landslip, floods

Mocoa (Colombia) Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing on to houses early on Saturday morning (Colombian time), killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks on to buildings and roads in the...

US will take on North Korea — Trump

London The United States is prepared to act unilaterally to tackle the North Korean nuclear threat if China fails to help, President Donald Trump warned in an interview with the Financial Times. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to meet for the first time in Florida on April 6 and 7, when the two are expected to discuss North Korea,...

NSW residents enter flood-hit homes

Sydney Sitting on a muddy chair in front of her flood-ravaged Lismore home, Georgena Schulz is counting small blessings. She says her household lost almost everything when about half a metre of water inundated the second storey during the town's near-record flood. "I said if my guitar was all right then I wouldn't complain about anything else," she said as her brother and friend...

Game of Thrones actor plays hard-case Irish private investigator

Galway, in western Ireland, may seem a world away from the fantasy landscapes of Game of Thrones, but it is familiar ground for Scottish actor Iain Glen. Perhaps best known as Ser Jorah Mormont in the epic series, Glen has spent quite a bit of time in Ireland in the past few years. Much of Thrones is filmed in Northern...

Families flee ahead of flooding

Brisbane Families are moving out of low-lying parts of Rockhampton, and extra emergency crews have moved into the central Queensland city as it braces for the worst flooding in more than 60 years. The Fitzroy River is rising and are expected to peak of 9.4m on Wednesday or Thursday. At that level flooding will be worse than what was seen in 2011...

‘Papal tyranny’ catches up with Pope

Carpi (Italy) Perhaps the last thing Pope Francis expected to find during a visit to the northern Italian city of Carpi overnight was a huge 136-year-old plaque honouring the victims of "papal tyranny". The Pope passed right by the plaque while standing in his white open popemobile after saying Mass in a square a few dozen metres away during a day-long...

Teen charged over Facebook live rape

Chicago A teenager has been charged over the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook. Chicago police arrested the 14-year-old boy and charged him with aggravated criminal assault, manufacturing of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography. Police say the boy was involved in the video which allegedly shows the teenage girl being raped - it was...

Storybook reading may help with language

London Simple repetition learning techniques could help young children struggling with language to learn vocabulary faster, according to new research. The European study looked at whether repeated storybook reading could help youngsters with specific language impairment (SLI) retain information and words compared to children developing at the typical rate for their age. Working with three-year-old German children, the study built on the...
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