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Dark Mofo: The provocative festival changing Tasmania’s reputation

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Artist Mike Parr entered this beneath-street chamber on Thursday Once the focus of police concern, Tasmania's Dark Mofo festival remains renowned for confronting, headline-grabbing art. But it has also changed how the state presents itself to the world, writes Adam Morton in Hobart.It is 21:00 on a Thursday, the winter freeze is setting in, and a 73-year-old-man is easing himself down a ladder into
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Google diversity figures show little change

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A new report from Google has revealed that little has changed despite a commitment to increasing diversity among staff employed by the tech giant.Overall nearly 70% of Google staff were men, as has been the case since 2014.In the US almost 90% were white or Asian, 2.5% were black and 3.6% Latin American.The figures also showed that black and Latin American employees had the highest
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China vows fast response to US tariffs

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters China will respond quickly to protect itself if the US hurts its interests with fresh trade tariffs, a foreign ministry spokesman has said.The warning from Beijing comes as the US prepares to levy new tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese imports.On Thursday, US officials met at the White House to trim the original list of 1,300 categories to about 800. Duties on foreign steel and aluminium,
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China’s ride-hailing giant Didi to launch in Australia

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache merged in 2015 to form Didi Kuaidi, later renamed Didi Chuxing China's ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is set to launch in Melbourne, Australia, from 25 June as it continues its international expansion. The firm, which recently launched in Mexico, has just completed a month-long trial in close-by Geelong, Victoria.Didi is the world's largest ride-hailing app and is best
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Yemen war: UN calls for vital port of Hudaydah to stay open

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Pro-government forces are trying to wrest Hudaydah from Houthi rebels The UN Security Council has reiterated its call for the rebel-held Yemeni port of Hudaydah to remain open after urgent talks on the Saudi-backed offensive. However, the council rejected a call by member state Sweden for an immediate halt to hostilities. Pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched the offensive after Houthi rebels
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Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Boris Becker was awarded the international tennis hall of fame ring in April Former tennis champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity against an attempt to sue him.The three-time Wimbledon winner claims his appointment as a diplomat by the Central African Republic affords him protection from any legal claims.Mr Becker was declared bankrupt in 2017 over money owed to private bank Arbuthnot Latham. He
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Comey ‘broke norms but not biased’ – agency watchdog report

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Comey has come under fire from both Democrats and Republicans A highly anticipated US Department of Justice report accuses ex-FBI director James Comey of being "insubordinate", but not politically biased.Inspector General Michael Horowitz found Mr Comey broke "dramatically from FBI and department norms" in handling a probe into Hillary Clinton's emails. The report also revealed Mr Comey had been using a private
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Ceuta and Melilla: Spain wants rid of anti-migrant razor wire

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants attempt to cross into the Spanish territory of Melilla Spain's new interior minister has vowed to do "everything possible" to remove the "anti-migrant" razor wire fences, which separate Morocco from the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla. The tiny enclaves on Morocco's Mediterranean coast have become magnets for African migrants seeking a better life in
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Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Argentine women had campaigned for a "yes" vote Catholic Argentina's lower house has backed a bill legalising abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.After a divisive debate lasting more than 22 hours, 129 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour and 125 against while one abstained. The bill will now have to go to the Senate.President Mauricio Macri is strongly
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Parents of dead girl arrested in French cold case after DNA lead

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Police re-opened the case in 2012 French police have reportedly arrested a couple 31 years after their daughter was found dead, in a cold case revived through DNA evidence.The body of the girl, who was unidentified, was found by the side of a motorway in central France in 1987.The parents were traced after the DNA of their son, tested in an unrelated case, was