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PM Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled a trip to Israel following comments on the Holocaust by Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr Netanyahu was quoted in Israeli media as saying "Poles co-operated with the Germans" during the Holocaust. He later issued a clarification saying he was not referring to the Polish nation or all Polish people. Poland summoned the Israeli ambassador and on Sunday...
Thousands of near-naked men seeking luck have scrambled to find two sacred sticks as part of an ancient Japanese festival. It's thought about 10,000 men wearing white loincloths took part in the ceremony at the Kinryozan Saidaiji Buddhist temple in Okayama on Saturday. Participants were purified in water before scrambling to find sticks that had been thrown into the crowd. Those who...
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the country's major political parties have been hit by a hack on their computer networks. The activity was carried out by a "sophisticated state actor", Mr Morrison said. It was discovered following an investigation into a hacking attempt on Australia's parliament two weeks ago. There was "no evidence of any electoral interference", he said. The nation is due...
A Sudanese refugee detainee has received a top human rights award for exposing what he has described as Australia's "inhumane" treatment of asylum seekers. Abdul Aziz Muhamat, 26, was held at the Manus Island detention centre after fleeing violence in Darfur. Over six years, he sent thousands of WhatsApp messages to a journalist who told his story in a podcast. The Martin...
A US community devastated by a school shooting one year ago has marked the tragic anniversary with quiet mourning. Seventeen people were shot and killed by an ex-student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida on 14 February 2018. Students and educators across the country also marked the day with vigils, moments of silence, art projects and other...
Sweden has recalled its ambassador to China over her involvement in a bizarre meeting involving the daughter of a detained Swedish-Chinese bookseller. The ambassador, Anna Lindstedt, left Beijing on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Swedish foreign ministry said. The incident began with an account of a meeting written by Angela Gui, whose father Gui Minhai, 54, was allegedly abducted by Chinese agents in...
US prosecutors have charged a former top Apple lawyer with insider trading. Gene Levoff is accused of using confidential information to trade the firm's securities for personal gain. Mr Levoff, who was responsible for ensuring compliance with Apple's insider trading policies, is accused of breaching those policies on several occasions. Apple fired him last year after being contacted by authorities and conducting...
Award-winning Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has been freed on bail, the day after her arrest on charges of "cyber-libel" drew international condemnation. Ms Ressa is CEO of Rappler, a news website critical of the government. She was arrested at its headquarters on Wednesday by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation. Press freedom advocates see this as a government attempt to silence...
A Chinese student who threw a cup of soybean pudding at a police officer has been charged with direct assault, disobedience and unjust vexation. Zhang Jiale was at a train station in Manila when she was stopped and told she had to finish her dessert before she could enter the station. She responded by throwing the pudding at the officer and...
All flights in and out of Belgium have been cancelled for a day due to strike action, the country's air traffic control has announced. The period of cancellation will run for 24 hours, from 22:00 (21:00 GMT) on Tuesday. A national strike has been called by three major trade union federations. Air traffic agency Skeyes said that there was "no certainty about...

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