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Grant wins phone hacking damages

London Hugh Grant has settled his phone hacking damages claim against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) in the High Court. The Press Association says it is understood Grant will be paid a six-figure sum, which he will donate to the campaign group Hacked Off. The British actor was at the London court yesterday to hear his lawyer give details of the settlement at...

Shallow quake topples buildings

Taipei A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck just to the north-east of the city of Hualien in Taiwan early today, killing two hotel employees and injuring 144 other people, officials said. The quake also forced the closure of a nearby highway, the government said. The Central News Agency reported that the ground floor of the four-star Marshal Hotel, a building in Hualien district,...

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...

Wagner ‘person of interest’ in Natalie Wood’s death

Los Angeles United States actor Robert Wagner, 87, has been named as a "person of interest" in the 1981 drowning of his actress wife Natalie Wood, Los Angeles sheriff's officials say. Mystery and speculation have swirled for nearly four decades around what happened to the three times Oscar nominated actress, whose body was found floating in waters off California's Catalina Island...

Sydney ferry workers fish out wallaby

Sydney A distressed swimming wallaby has been rescued by ferry crew members in Sydney Harbour. Crew members used a rope to lift the distressed marsupial from the water and into the Manly Fast Ferry on as crowds watched on at the nearby Manly jetty. It is believed the female wallaby was chased into the water by a dog and spent about half...

No sign of Beaumont children’s grave

Sydney Excavation at a factory site in Adelaide has been called off after failing to find the remains of the missing Beaumont children, ensuring the 50-year mystery of their disappearance will continue. The dig yesterday uncovered some animal bones but nothing related to the Beaumont children, Chief Superintendent Des Bray said. "I can confirm we have found bones of various animals, but...

Trump approves release of classified FBI memo

Washington United States President Donald Trump today approved the release of a classified Republican memo that alleges bias against him at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department, in an extraordinary showdown with law enforcement agencies over the probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Ignoring the urgings of the FBI earlier this week, Trump declassified the four-page...

Secret papers sold in Aust security breach

Canberra Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says someone "had a shocker" when they let filing cabinets containing secret and highly sensitive documents end up at a Canberra second-hand shop. The Department of Prime Minister and cabinet launched an urgent investigation yesterday after the ABC revealed it had obtained thousands of cabinet papers covering five governments over a decade. The treasure trove of...

Orca mimics human speech

Sydney Scientists have found a killer whale in France capable of imitating the sounds of other orcas as well as human speech, including the words "hello," "Amy," and "bye bye". The 14-year-old female named Wikie, housed in an aquarium in Antibes, was able to mimic words and make fart-like noises, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Proceedings of...
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