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24 September 2017 5:24 AM Jackie Chan reveals his dad was a spy in startling confession

JACKIE Chan has disclosed shocking new details about his life growing including that his dad was a spy hiding in Australia. “I am Australian,” Chan, the legendary 63-year-old Hong Kong-born martial arts star, told AAP last weekend while promoting his new animated family-comedy film, The Lego Ninjago Movie. It’s the first of numerous startling insights

23 September 2017 9:53 PM Ardern confident in Labour-NZ First-Greens govt

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she is confident a Labour, NZ First, Greens government could provide stable government despite having just a one-seat majority. Ms Ardern said she was due to speak to Green co-leader James Shaw on Sunday afternoon but it was clear that NZ First leader Winston Peters wanted some time before any conversations were held. She denied 6

23 September 2017 12:44 AM Mexico school collapse spurs doubts over building code for quakes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The school collapse this week that killed at least 19 children during an earthquake has prompted many Mexicans to question whether building codes developed after a devastating 1985 temblor are too easily flouted. Stringent codes enacted after a massive temblor killed thousands three decades ago minimized damage this week across 1

22 September 2017 3:33 PM At least 25 dead after Hurricane Maria hits Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday after destroying homes, causing widespread flooding, crippling economies and killing at least 25 people on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. Maria was the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month and the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory

22 September 2017 3:10 AM 100-Year-Old Monster Crocodile Shot Dead Could Spark Deadly Power Struggle in Australia Rivers

The death of a huge crocodile whose body was found in a river in Queensland, Australia, has sparked fears of a fight for dominance among the young, aggressive males living in the area. The 5.2 meter-long (17ft) male was discovered by a member of the public, who had spotted its body floating in the Fitzroy River. Local farmer John Leaver told the Australian 4

21 September 2017 6:23 PM Mexico's president visits quake-injured; signs of life in collapsed school transfix the country

Scenes of desolation and rejoicing unspooled Thursday at the sites of buildings crumbled by Mexico’s deadly earthquake, which killed at least 252 people and galvanized heroic efforts to reach those trapped, including a child or children thought to still be alive in the ruins of a school. Battling grinding fatigue and mountains of rubble, rescuers in three

21 September 2017 9:02 AM Trudeaumania down under? A New Zealand election primer

On the outside, New Zealand's government looks much like Canada's – a Westminster-style legislature, a governor-general representing the Queen – but their elections are decided very differently. Canada still uses the first-past-the-post system, which means whichever candidate wins the most votes in their riding gets a seat in Parliament. When Canadians 3

21 September 2017 3:33 AM Beneficiary to sue MSD over fake names

A Social Security Appeal Authority decision yesterday revealed the Ministry of Social Development has been using pseudonyms during clients' benefit reviews, a practice the authority labelled "repugnant to the most fundamental concept of justice". The ministry argued it only used fake names for clients it considered a risk, and it was necessary to protect

20 September 2017 9:51 AM Mexico earthquake: Many children killed at primary school

At least 30 people, mostly children, died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during Tuesday's earthquake, local media say. The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 225 people in total and caused major damage across states in the centre of the country. Dozens of buildings were toppled, much of the electricity supply was cut and broken 4

20 September 2017 9:51 AM Strong quake near Mexico City kills at least 226, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226. The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than two weeks 2