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No charges against officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death

A grand jury voted not to charge officers shown on body camera video holding Daniel Prude down naked and handcuffed on a city street last winter until he stopped breathing

China says Japan-U.S. security treaty a product of Cold War

China has called the Japan-U.S. mutual security pact a product of the Cold War following U.S. criticism of the presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in Japanese-claimed territorial waters over the weekend

School voucher push taps frustration over distance learning

Republican lawmakers pushing to spend public money to pay for private or home schooling say they are responding to parental frustration over lack of in-person schooling

Jordan’s Principle order may cost feds $15B in compensation, PBO says

Indigenous children that were denied or delayed in essential healthcare services will be compensated and could cost the federal government $15 billion in compensation.

Aged care residents given incorrect Pfizer vaccine doses ‘show no signs of adverse reaction,’ Greg Hunt says

The health minister says safeguards "immediately kicked into place" after the residents were each erroneously given a higher dose of the Pfizer/BioTech vaccine.

Food fight: Meat-free school meals spark furor in France

The ecologist mayor of one of France’s most famously gastronomic cities has kicked up a storm of protest and debate by taking meat off the menu at school canteens

Asia Breaking News

9 women arrested in Philippines over suspected Abu Sayyaf suicide bomb plots

MANILA: Philippine forces have arrested nine women who were related to Abu Sayyaf commanders and militants in the south and could have been “potential suicide bombers”, the military said Tuesday (Feb 23). The women were captured Friday in raids on houses in three towns in the predominantly Muslim …

Probe into Sri Lanka attacks finds ex-president should face charges

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s ex-president and his intelligence chiefs should be prosecuted for failing to prevent suicide bombings two years ago on Easter Sunday that killed 279 people, according to an investigation released on Tuesday (Feb 23). Maithripala Sirisena, who left office last year, was found …

India says COVID-19 virus variants not behind spurt in cases

NEW DELHI: India said on Tuesday (Feb 23) mutated versions of the coronavirus were not responsible for an upsurge in cases in two states, a potential relief for a country where mask-wearing and social distancing have largely disappeared. Maharashtra in the west and Kerala in the south account for …

Europe Breaking News

Augmented reality art: Where your home becomes the gallery

How virtual artworks allow you to see anything from the sun to a giant spider in your own home.

Edvard Munch wrote ‘madman’ graffiti on Scream painting, scans show

The words “Can only have been painted by a madman” are written in the corner of the famous painting.

Brexit: 1,000 EU finance firms ‘set to open UK offices’

Applications to operate via a UK base suggest London will remain a key financial centre, a consultancy says.

Africa Breaking News

Indian Environmentalist Charged Under Sedition Law Granted Bail

Judge says citizens cannot be put behind bars simply because they choose to disagree with state policies

US Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Massive Cyberattack

SolarWinds hack targeted government and private entities in U.S. and other countries

The Infodemic: COVID Vaccines Don’t Alter DNA

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.

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Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, doctors are striving to better understand and treat patients who lose their sense of smell

Mt Etna’s latest eruptions awe even those who study volcanos

Europe’s most active volcano has awed even seasoned volcanologists in recent days with spectacular spurts of lava lighting up the Sicilian sky

Unfriended no more: Facebook to lift Australia news ban

Facebook says it will lift a ban on Australians viewing and sharing news on its platform after it struck a deal with the government on proposed legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism

Canada Breaking News

Drunk driver Marco Muzzo parole decision details ‘devastating impact’ on victims

‘Your insistence on returning to live in the community where the victims are memorialised and the surviving victims regularly frequent, is concerning,’ the parole board wrote.

Alberta man becomes 10th person of 2021 to win $1M or more in lottery

Greg Gerla won $1 million on the Jan. 27 Lotto 6-49 guaranteed prize draw.

Toronto Pearson Airport to launch new COVID-19 testing study for staff, departing travellers

The tests should be available to all Toronto Pearson Airport employees starting March 1 as well as to eligible departing travellers willing to volunteer.

UK Breaking News

Charlton Athletic 1-2 Burton Albion

Burton secure a vital three points in League One after coming from behind to beat out-of-sorts Charlton 2-1 at The Valley.

Luton Town 1-1 Millwall: George Evans’ last-gasp header earns Lions draw

George Evans’ late header earns Millwall their 16th draw of the season after Elijah Adebayo had scored his first goal for Luton.

Jose Mourinho says he will be remembered at Tottenham ‘for good reasons’

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho believes he will be remembered at the club “for the good reasons and not for the bad reasons”.

Australia Breaking News

Tributes flow for Queensland grandmother who died in a suspicious house fire

Investigators believe the fire was deliberately lit, with police yet to formally identify the bodies found inside the Browns Plains home.

Man with swastika on forehead accused of randomly attacking woman with flamethrower in Perth

The man allegedly yelled racial obscenities and attempted to burn a woman with a makeshift flamethrower, in a "cowardly and random attack" in Perth’s outer suburbs.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Health Minister Greg Hunt is live

Australia’s Health Minister Greg Hunt is speaking from Canberra as thousands continue to be vaccinated across the country.

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