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Sea otters use tools to open hard-shelled prey, saving their teeth, research reveals

Sea otters use tools to open hard-shelled prey, saving their teeth, research reveals



The behavior, documented in footage from researcher Chris Law, is most seen in females and sheds light on the threatened speciesFloating on its back in the waters of California’s Monterey Bay, a sea otter takes a shelled animal and strikes it against a rock sitting on its chest to break open the prey.This behavior, documented in footage from researcher Chris Law, is seen in relatively few animals and allows the otter to access food without damaging its teeth. A new study, which will be published in the journal Science on Friday, sheds light on the threatened species’ tactics. Continue reading…



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Author : Dani Anguiano in Los Angeles

Publish date : 2024-05-16 19:48:11

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Trump attorney leans on Cohen’s desire for revenge in cross-examination – live

Trump attorney leans on Cohen’s desire for revenge in cross-examination – live



The entire hush-money trial is likely to succeed or fail on whether jurors believe Michael Cohen’s testimonyMichael Cohen takes stand for cross-examination in Trump trialJudge Juan Merchan is on the bench and the court is in session.Donald Trump has arrived in the courtroom for day 18 of his criminal trial.Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican representativeLauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican congresswomanEric TrumpBoris Epshteyn, a longtime Trump aide Continue reading…



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Author : Hugo Lowell and Léonie Chao-Fong

Publish date : 2024-05-16 15:23:01

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One-year-old girl dies after being hit by Land Rover in Aberdeenshire

One-year-old girl dies after being hit by Land Rover in Aberdeenshire



Police launch inquiry into incident in church car park on Wednesday evening in village of BalmedieA one-year-old girl has been killed after being hit by a Land Rover in a church car park in Balmedie, north of Aberdeen.Police Scotland has launched an investigation into the incident, which happened at 7.45pm on Wednesday, in the grounds of a Plymouth Brethren church on Eigie Road. Continue reading…



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Author : Severin Carrell Scotland editor

Publish date : 2024-05-16 11:08:30

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Putin arrives in Beijing for China state visit as Ukraine war intensifies – live

Putin arrives in Beijing for China state visit as Ukraine war intensifies – live



The Russian president meets Xi Jinping as part of a trip that Chinese state media has described a visit from an ‘old friend’Full report: Putin arrives in ChinaVladimir Putin has said that Russia-China cooperation is not directed against any other power and is a stabilising factor for the world, during his meeting with Xi Jinping.It is of crucial significance that relations between Russia and China are not opportunistic and are not directed against anyone. Our cooperation in world affairs today acts as one of the main stabilising factors in the international arena.”In our new journey we intend to remain good neighbours, trusted friends and reliable partners, consistently strengthening the relationship between our two nations … defending international equality.” Continue reading…



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Author : Jonathan Yerushalmy

Publish date : 2024-05-16 06:00:05

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Murder charge dropped against 12-year-old girl arrested over Melbourne death

Murder charge dropped against 12-year-old girl arrested over Melbourne death



Prosecutors successfully apply to withdraw the charge related to alleged stabbing at FootscrayA 12-year-old girl accused of killing a woman in Melbourne’s inner west will no longer face a charge of murder.Prosecutors on Thursday applied to withdraw the charge against the girl but did not give a reason why. Continue reading…



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Publish date : 2024-05-16 01:44:24

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Australia politics live: Peter Dutton expected to focus on migration in budget reply; teacher shortages reported at 90% of NSW schools

Australia politics live: Peter Dutton expected to focus on migration in budget reply; teacher shortages reported at 90% of NSW schools



Cumberland council votes 13-2 to overturn ban on same-sex parenting book. Follow the day’s news liveGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast‘We don’t think production tax credits is way to go’: Angus Taylor on Future Made in AustraliaIs the Coalition going to vote against the Future Made in Australia policy, which was fleshed out in the budget and includes tax credits (in 2028) for things like critical minerals mining and green hydrogen?We haven’t seen the act. We don’t think production tax credits is the way to go in order to have a strong manufacturing sector.It’s about getting those fundamentals right whether it be approvals, whether it be getting rid of red tape or making sure the construction costs are competitive with the rest of the world.Oh, but it’s also a drop in the ocean, you know. What are we saying? It’s a Band-Aid on a bullet wound compared to the pain that mum and dads in Australia are actually feeling.I can tell you, they’ve paid a lot more than $300 under Mr. Albanese for their electricity. For the life of me, though, what it does show is Mr Albanese, [and the government] they’ve got their priorities all wrong. Continue reading…



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Author : Amy Remeikis

Publish date : 2024-05-15 22:05:25

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Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico ‘in life-threatening condition’ after shooting; suspect detained – live updates

Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico ‘in life-threatening condition’ after shooting; suspect detained – live updates



Robert Fico taken to hospital after four shots reported to have been fired after government meeting in HandlovaPrime minister of Slovakia shot and injuredWho is Robert Fico?Salome Zourabichvili, Georgia’s president, said she spoke with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskiy.After a delay, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, and the neighborhood commissioner, Olivér Várhelyi, issued a statement on Georgia.The adoption of this law negatively impacts Georgia’s progress on the EU path. The choice on the way forward is in Georgia’s hands. We urge the Georgian authorities to withdraw the law, uphold their commitment to the EU path and advance the necessary reforms detailed in the 9 steps. Continue reading…



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Author : Léonie Chao-Fong (now) and Lili Bayer (earlier)

Publish date : 2024-05-15 17:34:55

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French prison officers killed in ambush named as hunt for gunmen continues

French prison officers killed in ambush named as hunt for gunmen continues



Fabrice Moello, 52, and Arnaud Garcia, 34, died in brazen attack on prison convoy during which a dangerous inmate escapedEurope live – latest updatesTwo French prison officers who were shot dead in an ambush that freed a convict linked to gangland drug killings have been named, as police continued a massive manhunt for the missing fugitive.Fabrice Moello, 52, and Arnaud Garcia, 34, were killed, and three others seriously wounded, in the brazen attack on a prison convoy on Tuesday during which the inmate escaped. They were the first French prison officers to be killed in the line of duty since 1992. Continue reading…



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Author : Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

Publish date : 2024-05-15 13:03:16

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Russia-Ukraine war live: Ukraine troops pull back in Lukyantsi and Vovchansk as Zelenskiy warns of ‘difficult’ situation

Russia-Ukraine war live: Ukraine troops pull back in Lukyantsi and Vovchansk as Zelenskiy warns of ‘difficult’ situation



Ukrainian military says its troops have moved to ‘more advantageous positions’ in response to enemy fire and assaults from Russian forcesRussia on Wednesday warned the European Union that if the bloc imposed restrictions on Russian media then western reporters in Russia would feel a swift, harsh and painful response from the Russian state, reports Reuters.European Commission vice-president Vera Jourova said that the EU would sanction Voice of Europe, a website accused of spreading pro-Russian disinformation, along with Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Ria Novosti and Izvestia, Bloomberg reported on 6 May. Continue reading…



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Author : Amy Sedghi

Publish date : 2024-05-15 08:32:34

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Budget 2024 live updates: reaction and fallout from the Australia federal budget – latest news

Budget 2024 live updates: reaction and fallout from the Australia federal budget – latest news



Treasurer grilled on inflation and migration after National Press Club address. Follow today’s news and 2024 federal budget reaction liveFind our full coverage of the 2024 budget hereGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastJim Chalmers said the government didn’t create a new system for the energy payments (so everyone gets it) because it is done through the energy retailers, who don’t have people’s income data.It’s not a cash payment paid directly to you – instead, it is paid through the energy sector, which takes money off your bill. In this case, $75 a quarter.I don’t see it in political terms. I think primarily the motivation of this budget is to help people who are doing it tough. More help is on the way for people who are doing it tough via the tax system, via their energy bills and with rent assistance and cheaper medicines and in other ways as well. That’s our primary motivation.Once you go beyond providing this to people on pensions and payments, you have to design a whole new system in order to create a new distinction. We are providing this energy bill relief to every household. We think that’s a good way to help things make things easier. Some of the other measures are more targeted. Continue reading…



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Author : Amy Remeikis

Publish date : 2024-05-15 03:49:52

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Budget 2024 live updates: Dutton confirms Coalition will support $300 energy rebate but criticises lack of means testing – latest news

Budget 2024 live updates: Dutton confirms Coalition will support $300 energy rebate but criticises lack of means testing – latest news



Treasurer accused of ignoring inflation threat after giveaway measures aim to soothe cost-of-living pressures while shoring up votes. Follow the day’s news liveFind our full coverage of the 2024 budget hereGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastJim Chalmers said the government didn’t create a new system for the energy payments (so everyone gets it) because it is done through the energy retailers, who don’t have people’s income data.It’s not a cash payment paid directly to you – instead, it is paid through the energy sector, which takes money off your bill. In this case, $75 a quarter.I don’t see it in political terms. I think primarily the motivation of this budget is to help people who are doing it tough. More help is on the way for people who are doing it tough via the tax system, via their energy bills and with rent assistance and cheaper medicines and in other ways as well. That’s our primary motivation.Once you go beyond providing this to people on pensions and payments, you have to design a whole new system in order to create a new distinction. We are providing this energy bill relief to every household. We think that’s a good way to help things make things easier. Some of the other measures are more targeted. Continue reading…



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Author : Amy Remeikis

Publish date : 2024-05-14 23:35:27

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Trump under investigation by House Democrats for alleged offer to oil executives

Trump under investigation by House Democrats for alleged offer to oil executives



Democrats on the House oversight committee sent letters to oil executives asking about alleged $1bn quid pro quo offerHouse Democrats have launched an investigation into a meeting between oil company executives and Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago home and club last month, following reports that the former president offered to dismantle Biden’s environmental rules in exchange for $1bn in contributions to his presidential campaign.Democrats on the House oversight committee late on Monday evening sent letters to nine oil executives requesting information on their companies’ participation in the meeting. Continue reading…



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Author : Dharna Noor

Publish date : 2024-05-14 18:49:34

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People on Bibby Stockholm treated like ‘cattle’, former workers say

People on Bibby Stockholm treated like ‘cattle’, former workers say



Ex-employees say asylum seekers on barge subjected to rancid food, bed bugs and flooding, and made to ‘feel like scum’Asylum seekers on the Bibby Stockholm, the controversial barge in Dorset on which one man killed himself, are treated like “cattle” and are made to endure rancid food, bed bugs and flooding, former workers have said.A pair of ex-employees have spoken publicly for the first time about the putrid state of the vessel, and how asylum seekers have been subjected to power cuts and poor physical conditions. Continue reading…



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Author : Diane Taylor

Publish date : 2024-05-14 14:13:59

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Federal budget 2024 live updates: Jim Chalmers delivers Australia budget speech – latest news

Federal budget 2024 live updates: Jim Chalmers delivers Australia budget speech – latest news



$300 energy rebate to every Australian household as $3.5bn centrepiece of pre-election cost-of-living budget. Follow live updatesFederal budget 2024: $300 energy rebates, cheaper medicines and rent relief in Jim Chalmers’ cost-of-living budgetGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastNick McKim said he agrees with EY chief economist, Cherelle Murphy, who says that you can look after people without impacting inflation by taking the money you are spending on people who don’t need it, and redirecting it to people who do. (Therefore it is the same pool of money, but targeted differently.)McKim:For example, you could end the massive tax breaks for property investors who own multiple investment properties then put in place a rent freeze and a rent cap, for example.You could tax billionaires and CEOs on the basis of their wealth and you could use that revenue to raise income support, which would lift a large number of Australians out of the grinding poverty that they experience every day.No, certainly not. I mean, what the surplus shows is that they’re prioritising their own political benefit over investing in the kind of programs that would provide genuine help to people who are really doing it tough at the moment.So what you’re going to see in the budget tonight is that having talked up an absolute storm on things like climate change and on things like cost of living, Labor is simply not prepared to take the action necessary to respond to those challenges that the urgency and the scale that is required. Continue reading…



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Author : Tory Shepherd (now), Amy Remeikis and Josh Taylor (earlier)

Publish date : 2024-05-14 09:46:09

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Global violence causing record numbers of internally displaced people

Global violence causing record numbers of internally displaced people



Conflicts in Gaza, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have led to a total of 68m IDPs across the worldConflict has forced more than 68 million people to leave their homes as of the end of 2023 – the highest figure since data became available 15 years ago.Natural disasters made a further 7.7 million people homeless, pushing the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) to a record 75.9 million, according to figures published by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre on Tuesday. Continue reading…



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Author : Kaamil Ahmed

Publish date : 2024-05-14 05:00:28

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