‘If it’s cancer, it’s cancer’: Rodrigo Duterte says state of his health is in question

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Philippines president made to undergo second colonoscopy so doctors could get more samples Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has raised questions about his health when he said in a public address that he had gone to a hospital for tests, one day after he missed a cabinet meeting and another event. Duterte has disappeared from public […]

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‘A lurking beast’: polio casts shadow over Papua New Guinea independence day

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Sunday should be a day of celebration but the outbreak has brought anger at a lack of health funding while millions are spent on the Apec summit At a waiting room in Port Moresbys Gerehu general hospital red, gold and black balloons the colours of the countrys flag deck the walls in the build-up to […]

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‘A huge win’: New Zealand brings in paid domestic violence leave in world first

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MPs cheer after legislation passes to tackle what one called horrifying rates of family violence New Zealand has passed world-first legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to allow them to leave their partners, find new homes and protect themselves and their children. MPs clapped and cheered as bill passed on Wednesday […]

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Work less, get more: New Zealand firm’s four-day week an ‘unmitigated success’

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Reduced hours for same pay increased successful work-life balance management, cutting stress levels and boosting commitment The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success,with 78% of employees feeling they were able to successfully manage their work-life balance, an increase of 24 percentage points. Two-hundred-and-forty […]

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North Korea making ‘rapid’ upgrades to nuclear reactor despite summit pledges

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Monitoring group says work shows why a denuclearisation deal rather than a statement of lofty goals is needed North Korea has continued to upgrade its only known nuclear reactor used to fuel its weapons program, satellite imagery has shown, despite ongoing negotiations with the US and a pledge to denuclearise. Play Video 4:03 according to […]

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‘You hate us that much?’ Mother of refugee who killed himself on Nauru berates Australia

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Fazileh Mansour Beigi has pleaded with the Australian Border Force to give her son Fariborzs body back so she can bury him The mother of Fariborz Karami, the Iranian asylum seeker Mansour Beigi repeatedly pleaded for help for her two sons, arguing they were severely depressed and in danger. Just two days before Karamis death, […]

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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

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Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the […]

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‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

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A year after Vietnams worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the countrys fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu. Before the […]

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Hope, pride, fear: how North Koreans feel about their homeland

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The little evidence seeping out of the repressed nation suggests its people are growing weary of their masters but still harbour a burning hatred for the US Though North Korea consumes an extraordinary amount of international attention for such a small and impoverished country, the Hermit Kingdom remains remarkably closed. We still know very little […]

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