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About 600 anti-government protesters on a Hong Kong campus have surrendered while a hundred remain.
About 600 anti-government protesters on a Hong Kong campus have surrendered while a hundred remain.

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Australian hostage released by Taliban

The Taliban has released Australian academic Timothy Weeks and American colleague Kevin King, held captive for more than three years, as part of a hostage swap deal.

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HK campus protesters seek escape routes

Anti-government protesters holed up in a Hong Kong university searched for escape routes after more than two days of clashes with police, dramatic breakouts by rope and motorcycle and more than 1000 arrests in 24 hours.

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Sweden drops Assange rape investigation

A Swedish prosecutor has dropped a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending the near decade-old case that had sent the anti-secrecy campaigner into hiding in London's Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition.

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Man guilty of Aust fiancee's brutal murder

A man who battered his Australian fiancee to death when she wanted to leave him because of his cross-dressing has been found guilty of murder in the UK.

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US to hike tariffs if no deal with China

The United States would raise tariffs on Chinese imports if no deal is reached with Beijing to end a trade war, US President Donald Trump says, threatening an escalation of the spat that has damaged economic growth worldwide.

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US reversal on Israeli settlements slammed

The United Nations, several Arab countries and Russia have all condemned Washington's announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank in breach of international law.

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Companies abandon Andrew over sex scandal

A scheme for entrepreneurs founded by Prince Andrew has taken down the logos of its corporate sponsors from its website, as firms and charities distance themselves from the British royal over a sex scandal.

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Australian Associated Press