Germany overturns ban on professionally assisted suicide

BBC A five-year-old law banning professionally assisted suicide has been rejected as unconstitutional by Germany’s top court. The court backed complaints by a group of terminally ill patients and doctors who challenged the law that made “commercial promotion of assisted suicide” a criminal offence. Assisted dying had been legal. But the law change prompted terminally […]

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Report reveals 60,000 Australians hospitalised due to sport, but some say the rewards outweigh the risks

Men are more than twice as likely to be hospitalised playing sport than women, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Key points: Just under 60,000 people were hospitalised due to sports injuries in the 2016-17 period A third of those hospitalised were injured playing one of the […]

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'Our family is now in sorry business': Uncle of toddler who died on childcare centre minibus thanks community for support

Related Story: ‘I’m going to jail’: Childcare manager’s triple-0 call revealed in court after boy found dead on bus The family of a toddler who died after being left for hours on a childcare centre minibus have thanked the community and Cairns police for their support as they struggle to deal with their devastating loss. […]

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Emergency declaration in place and swiftwater crews on standby as St George prepares for flooding

Related Story: Emergency flood alert issued for St George with more rain forecast for Queensland Related Story: Cars stuck in floodwaters prompt multiple swift water rescues Swiftwater crews are on standby in St George in Queensland’s southern inland, with dozens of homes in low-lying areas at risk of flooding from the rising Balonne River. The […]

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Greta Thunberg got to meet her 'role model' Malala Yousafzai, and the internet is all for it

Related Story: Malala Yousafzai says Taliban ‘made a mistake’ thinking they could silence her Related Story: Greta Thunberg nominated for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has met her role model, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, during a visit to Britain’s University of Oxford, where she spoke to students about climate […]

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Australia's infrastructure body wants to see 'cycling superhighways' in Melbourne

A proposal to create hundreds of kilometres of “cycling superhighways” from Melbourne’s booming suburbs to the CBD has been backed by Australia’s infrastructure advisory body. Key points: Infrastructure Australia’s priorities list says the RACV plan should be built within five years Victoria’s Transport Infrastructure Minister says the recommendation shows a “stark contrast” between the priorities […]

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Opera singer Placido Domingo 'truly sorry' after union finds he sexually harassed women

Opera singer Placido Domingo has apologised to the women who have accused him of sexual harassment after an investigation by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) found he had behaved inappropriately with female performers. Key points: Dozens of female performers said they witnessed or experienced inappropriate behaviour Domingo allegedly forced wet kisses on women, […]

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From shiraz to Wagyu, fires and floods have ruined Australia's fresh food image. So what happens now?

There’s a reason Australian tourism ads feature panning shots of untouched remote beaches and valleys lined with vineyards. The value of Australia’s agriculture and livestock, from shiraz to Wagyu beef, is inherently tied to the perception of Australia as a country of unspoilt beauty and bountiful and fresh produce. Prior to this season’s bushfires, Australian […]

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Wallan derailment driver praised for passion for trains as final carriage is moved off track

Related Story: Derailed XPT train would have been travelling slower under Victorian regulations, rail union says Related Story: Train driver killed in derailment had told friend about issues on the line With the lead locomotive now removed from the tracks at the scene of last week’s train derailment north of Melbourne, the deceased train driver […]

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'These are not luxury items': Scotland set to make sanitary products free for women in world first

Related Story: Female athletes skipping periods ‘not normal’ — app tracks menstruation cycles to boost performance Related Story: These women have started an Australian business selling pads and tampons to fight period poverty Scotland is set to be the first country in the world to make sanitary products free to all women. Key points: A […]

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In pictures: Haiti capital's streets blocked as protests spread

BBC Anti-government protesters barricaded key streets in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Monday. The blockades came a day after police demanding better working conditions attacked the army headquarters in the city. The government of President Jovenel Moïse called the attack “a coup attempt” and the armed forces spoke of a “war situation”. At least two […]

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Inside Delhi's night of horror

BBC Several people have died and dozens injured after fresh protests over a controversial new citizenship law turned violent in the Indian capital, Delhi. Vehicles and buildings were also targeted in the clashes in three Muslim-majority neighbourhoods in the north-east of the city. The violence in the area has seen protesters firmly split along religious […]

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Melbourne woman charged with terrorism offences over alleged online support for Islamic State

Counter-terrorism officers have charged a woman from Melbourne’s south-east after she allegedly encouraged and supported a person in their bid to fight for the Islamic State terrorist organisation. In a statement, the AFP and Victoria Police said they would allege the 22-year-old Hallam woman formed an online association with an Australian male fighter and member […]

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