Pentagon condemns North Korea after claim it will test missile that can reach US

Washington warns Pyongyang against provocative actions after regime announces it will test an intercontinental ballistic missile The United States on Sunday sharply condemned North Koreas claims it will test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile and warned Pyongyang against provocative actions. The toughly worded US statement called on all states to show the North that any unlawful […]

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Burkinis and belonging: ‘It’s this feeling the beach and hijab don’t mix’

Australia prides itself on its relaxed beach culture but many Muslim women fear stares and stereotyping When I was 13, I started wearing hijab. I had always loved swimming but had to give it up until my mother bought some Lycra fabric from Lincraft and sewed me a fluorescent pink-and-blue two-piece wetsuit with a matching […]

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Manchester Uniteds Ibrahimovic says he has made critics eat their balls

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Manchester United striker, said of his doubters: They get paid to talk shit, I get paid to play with my feet Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes his 17 goals for Manchester United have made his doubters eat their balls and that Jos Mourinhos side can still win the title. Saturdays level with Lionel Messis […]

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NFL round-up: Washington miss out on playoffs; Romo makes return for Cowboys

The New York Giants beat Washington to seal a playoff spot for the Lions and Packers, while the Patriots clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs Facing an opponent with nothing to play for, the Washington blew their chance to make the playoffs with an uninspired 19-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. […]

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Pep Guardiola feels pressure as tempers fray and Manchester City toil | Andy Hunter

Pep Guardiola was angry behind the scenes at Liverpool and the defeat showed he has yet to recreate the understanding at Manchester City that he enjoyed at Barcelona Pep Guardiola wished the assembled media a happy new year at the start of his post-match press conference and extended the seasonal goodwill message to their families […]

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Standing Rock protesters unfurl banner over field at Minneapolis NFL game

Demonstrator rappels down banner at US Bank Stadium targeting Dakota Access pipeline during game between Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears In Minneapolis on Sunday protesters unfurled a banner during an NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. The protest continued through the game, though play was unaffected. The banner, which read Divest […]

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Rogue One can’t catch Finding Dory as box office reels in record sum for 2016

North American box office brings in $11.4bn in banner year for Hollywood despite disappointing ride for Passengers and Assassins Creed The North American movie box office took in $11.4bn in 2016, making it the highest-earning year in history, according to the box office tracker comScore. The total eclipsed the previous record of $11.14bn in 2015. […]

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Hundreds of Syrians flee as Assad’s forces bomb groups excluded from ceasefire

Mountainous region near Damascus targeted with days of airstrikes and shelling but truce between government and rebels appears to hold Hundreds of civilians fled a mountainous region outside the Syrian capital on Sunday, where government forces were battling several insurgent groups, including one linked to al-Qaida that was excluded from the UN security council unanimously […]

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Saving New Zealand’s murder capital: ‘We don’t want to be defined by death’

Kaitaia has seen four homicides and six suicides in a single year. Now the locals are trying to save their community Ringed by golden beaches and temperate Pacific seas, Kaitaia is unconscionably pretty, dotted with flaming red pohutukawa trees and blessed by year-round blue skies. The town of 5,000 people on the northern tip of […]

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Texas federal judge halts Obama protection of transgender health rights

Rules to prevent discrimination by doctors and hospitals held in ruling by judge who blocked Obama on transgender bathroom access A federal judge in Texas has ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs. […]

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