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US raid supports terrorism — Syria

Beirut Syrian State-run media says a rare United States strike on government-backed troops in eastern Syria killed and wounded dozens of tribal fighters, calling it a new effort "to support terrorism". The US-led coalition said its action was in "self-defence", citing a major attack on its allied forces and US advisers in Deir el-Zour province by at least 500 fighters, battle...

Swatch of fabric from Hindenburg sells for more than $50,000

Boston A swatch of canvas recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg has sold for more than $US36,000 ($49,823) at auction. Boston-based RR Auction says the piece of red cotton canvas was picked up at the disaster site by a teenager whose father was working the dock when the German airship exploded on May 6, 1937, in New Jersey. The auction house...

Internet pioneer, songwriter dies

San Francisco John Perry Barlow, an internet activist and lyricist for the Grateful Dead, has died. The digital-rights group Electronic Frontier Foun-dation said Barlow died early on Wednesday in his sleep at home in San Francisco. He was 70. The cause of death was not known. Barlow had been battling a variety of debilitating illnesses since 2015, according to supporters who organised...

White farmers to get 99-year leases

Harare Zimbabwe will issue 99-year leases to white farmers, according to a government circular, after new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he would end discrimination along racial lines in agriculture. Fewer than 400 white farmers are still operating in the southern African nation, after former president Robert Mugabe's government evicted over 4000 under an often violent land reform programme. Those who remained were...

Pamela Anderson visits Assange

London Long-term supporter Pamela Anderson has visited Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a day after he lost the first part of a legal fight against a United Kingdom arrest warrant. The former Baywatch star carried two takeaway coffee cups into the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has been living for more than five years. Wearing a black dress and dark glasses, she...

Ancient Briton had dark skin, blue eyes

London "Cheddar Man", Britain's oldest, nearly complete human skeleton, had dark skin, blue eyes and dark curly hair when he lived in what is now south-west England 10,000 years ago, scientists who read his DNA have discovered. The finding suggests that the lighter skin pigmentation now seen as typical of northern Europeans is far more recent than previously thought, according to...

Assange decries claim

London A British judge has upheld an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, leaving him still a wanted man in the country where he has spent more than five years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy. Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected a call from Assange's lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden over...

Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirai critically ill

Harare Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is critically ill in a South African hospital and his supporters should "brace for the worst", a party source with knowledge of his condition said overnight. Without its founder at the helm, Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is likely to face immediate instability and could even split, handing a gift to new President...

Australian denies spying

Phnom Penh An Australian film-maker accused of spying in Cambodia has told a Phnom Penh court that flying a drone without a permit was an offence but he denied all allegations of espionage. "What has happened here I think is an understandable misunderstanding," James Ricketson, 68, said in a court appearance in the Cambodian capital yesterday. Ricketson also said it was "very...

Gas worker fined over radiation burns

Brisbane An engineer at a Queensland drilling site has been fined $15,000 after exposing a colleague to unsafe levels of radiation. Victor Mokaya pleaded guilty yesterday in the Brisbane Magistrates' Court to two charges under the Radiation Safety Act over the incident at a coal seam gas site at Chinchilla in February 2014. The court heard Mokaya failed to carry out a...
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