Australia doesn’t exist! And other bizarre geographic conspiracies that won’t go away

A theory denying the existence of the country is gaining ground. But the suggestion that countries and cities are mere figments of our imagination is a meme that dates back to the birth of the web Australia doesn’t exist. The signs were there the whole time: in what country is the only thing more poisonous […]

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Malta ‘fuelling Libya instability’ by failing to tackle oil smuggling

International observers advise illicit practice is costing Libyan authorities virtually$ 1bn a year Maltese authorities are failing to rein in illegal fuel smuggling, turning the island into a haven for traffickers of oil from Libya. International commentators have warned that it is contributing to destabilisation in Libya and costing the country nearly$ 1bn( PS740m) a […]

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Who’s wooing who in the Trump-Putin relationship?

The US presidents invitation to Washington raises questions about the motives Donald Trump’s invitation to Vladimir Putin to visit Washington transgresses diplomatic norms in that the guest learned about the offer via Twitter, forcing him to calibrate in real diplomatic period how to respond. At one level, a second encounter so soon after their first […]

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No 10 says Brexit transition period will not be open-ended

Rebuttal follows leaked Whitehall paper revealing UK is challenging EUs 21-month limit Downing Street has insisted there will be a firm end-date to the Brexit transition period, after a leaked document revealed the British government is challenging the EU’s 21-month limit and proposing that the UK stays in the single market and customs union as […]

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The Norwegian island that abolished period: ‘You can cut the lawn at 4am’

Residents of Sommary, bright 24/7 in summer, say they want to do what we want, when we want The 350 residents of Sommaroy in the land of the midnight sunshine are hoping to free themselves from the autocracy of the clock by declaring the small Norwegian island the world’s first time-free zone. ” All over […]

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Whale with harness could be Russian weapon, say Norwegian experts

Fisherman raised alarm after white whale sporting unusual strapping began harassing their boats Marine experts in Norway believe they have stumbled upon a white whale that was trained by the Russian navy as part of a programme to use underwater mammals as a special ops force. Fishermen in water near the small Norwegian fishing village […]

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More than two decades after a woman was killed in an Irish village, French prosecutors hope to close the case

Schull, Ireland( CNN) Perched on a bench in the quiet courtyard of a pub, Ian Bailey is signing a transcript of his self-published book of poetry for a young American woman. He then opens a folded paper printout of his latest work. The poem, “I’m feeling like John Wayne” describes a human aggrieved. The prose […]

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Brexit: EU to have power to punish UK at will during transition

Exclusive: Brussels could impose sanctions if it believes law contravened, leaked document says Brexit Brexit: EU to have power to punish UK at will during transition Exclusive: Brussels could impose sanctions if it believes law infringed, leaked document says Daniel Boffey in Strasbourg Tue 6 Feb 2018 12. 49 EST Last modified on Tue 6 […]

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Brexit: EU’ would block trade deal if Britain reneged on bill’

UK must honour its debts before starting to negotiate trade deal, say Brussels sources The European Union would refuse to negotiate a trade deal with the UK if both governments reneged on the Brexit bill, EU sources have said. At the G7 summit in Biarritz, Boris Johnson said it was a” simple statement of reality” […]

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Interpol circulates listing of suspected Isis fighters believed to be in Italy

Exclusive: Interpol believes the 50 suspects, all Tunisian nationals, may be attempting to reach other European countries Italy Interpol circulates listing of suspected Isis fighters believed to be in Italy Exclusive: Interpol believes the 50 suspects, all Tunisian nationals, may be attempting to reach other European countries Lorenzo Tondo and Piero Messina in Palermo @lorenzo_tondo […]

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