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Australian Open 2020: day one – live! | Sport

4.04am GMT04:04 Second set: Federer 6-3 1-0 Johnson* (*denotes server): Federer is mixing flowing attacking tennis on his own serve with precise error-inducing tennis on Johnson’s. That strategy earns Federer a game to love in a performance that resembled a warm-up for him and the most stress-inducing nightmare for his opponent. 4.00am GMT04:00 First set: …

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UK tour firm used by teenager in gang rape case ends trips to Ayia Napa | UK news

The UK tour operator behind the working holiday on which a British teenager was allegedly gang raped has said it will no longer send young clubbers to Ayia Napa following a week of rising anger about her treatment by Cypriot authorities. Summer Takeover said it would stop operations at the resort “in any capacity” after …

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Outrage after Colombia riot police force young woman into unmarked car | World news

Outrage has erupted in Colombia after a young woman participating in anti-government protests was grabbed by riot police in body armour, forced into an unmarked vehicle and driven away. Video of the incident showed the woman sobbing and screaming “Help! The police have kidnapped me!” through the window of the black Chevrolet sedan as it …

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World’s first fully electric commercial aircraft takes flight in Canada | World news

The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and flying for 15 minutes. “This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Australian engineering firm magniX. The company designed the plane’s motor and worked in …

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Ukrainian woman, 19, selling virginity for over £84,000 in bid to fund travelling – World News

A young woman planning to live a high life and travel in style is selling her virginity for over £84,000. Ukranian Ekaterina, 19, originally from the city of Kharkiv, is now living in the United States. She posted a video for her potential buyers online and says: “Hello, my name is Katia. “I’m originally from …

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New Zealand floods: essentials run out for tourists stranded in Franz Josef | World news

Nearly a thousand tourists stranded by flooding in a tiny New Zealand alpine town woke on Monday to clear, sunny weather, but little other good news: there was still no way in or out by road. “It’s the first time we’ve seen the sky in about six or seven days, so that’s nice,” said Khira …

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Malta PM not convincing over resignation delay, say MEPs | World news

Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, is under renewed pressure to quit immediately after a European parliament delegation said the integrity of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder inquiry remained at risk while he was still in power. Muscat was “not convincing” over why he should delay his resignation until mid-January, said Sven Giegold, a German Green …

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‘Bless this referendum’: Bougainville votes and prays for independence | World news

In the coastal town of Buka a solemn procession of people makes its way from the Catholic church to Bel Isi park, where worshippers kneel before a makeshift cross. There is one subject that dominates the prayers in Bougainville today. “We are gathered here this morning in Bel Isi Park to ask you to bless …

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Don McGahn: former White House counsel must testify, judge rules – live | US news

12.14am GMT00:14 As expected, the Trump administration will appeal the federal judge’s ruling that former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify to Congress, and seek to put the ruling on hold in the meantime, Justice Department spokesman Kerri Kupec said, according to the Associated Press. William Burck, an attorney for McGahn, said the former …

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Two die in France and highway in Italy collapses as heavy rain batters region | World news

At least two people were killed in France and a landslide collapsed a stretch of elevated highway in Italy, leaving cars perched perilously on a precipice, as heavy rains pounded the region over the weekend, trapping travellers, downing trees and triggering mudslides and floods in parts of both countries. A 30-metre (100ft) section of highway …

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