Leonardo DiCaprio returns a Picasso as US investigates 1MDB scandal

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US actor willingly returns picture and Marlon Brandos Oscar, given to him by a financier linked to Malaysian fund The US Justice Department took legal action on Thursday to recover about $540m in assets that authorities say were stolen by financiers associated with a sovereign wealth fund established by Malaysias prime minister. Items include a […]

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Japan passes ‘brutal’ new terror law which opponents fear will quash freedoms

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Critics including UN expert fear legislation passed by Abe government could target ordinary citizens and deter grassroots opposition to government policies eliciting an angry response from Japans prime minister, Shinzo Abe. Officials in Tokyo insist the law is needed to ratify a 2000 UN treaty targeting global organised crime, and to improve Japans anti-terrorism measures […]

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New Zealand stars tackle ‘tiny racists’ helping to normalise prejudice

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Human rights commission says one-third of all complaints now concern racial discrimination New Zealand has hauled in its biggest stars in an effort to crack down on rising levels of racism in the famously peaceful South Pacific nation. The countrys human rights commission reports a third of all complaints now concern racist discrimination, though the […]

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Helen Clark: I hit my first glass ceiling at the UN

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Interview: The former New Zealand prime minister says the rejection of her bid to become the next UN secretary general was a blow for women, but the security council werent looking for an independent-minded leader In the United Nations 72-year history, eight of its nine secretaries general have been decided behind closed doors by a […]

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Revealed: reality of life working in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory

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Workers complain of verbal abuse, impossible targets and poverty pay so bad they have to live away from their children The reality of working in a factory making clothes for Ivanka Trumps label has been laid bare, with employees speaking of being paid so little they cannot live with their children, anti-union intimidation and women […]

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