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Firefighter catches child thrown from third-story balcony of burning building – video

Video released from the Dekalb County Fire Rescue Department shows firefighter Captain Scott Stroup catching a child that was dropped from the third floor balcony. Continue reading...


Greyhound track closure in Macau raises fears for dogs' lives

Animals rights campaigner says about 650 animals remain in infamous Canidrome – the majority exported from AustraliaThe looming closure of the infamous Macau greyhound racing track has raised fears for the lives of hundreds of exported Australian d


Andre Greipel sprints to opening Tour Down Under stage win

German edges Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan at finish lineNorway’s Daniel Hoegaard taken to hospital after crashGerman Andre Greipel claimed his 17th Tour Down Under stage win, beating Australian Caleb Ewan and world champion Peter Sagan at Lyndoch in


Private health insurance sector calls for increase to Medicare levy surcharge

Private Healthcare Australia says surcharge not a strong enough incentive given rising premiums High-income earners should be penalised at a higher rate through the Medicare levy surcharge for failing to take out private health insurance, the insurance se


The Guardian Essential Report, 16 January results

This report summarises the results of a weekly poll conducted by Essential Research with data provided by Your Source. Some questions are repeated regularly (such as political preference and leadership approval), while others are unique to each week and r


Onesies for everyone: Mona's summer festival makes Launceston debut

With Violent Femmes, Gotye and a block party – and a cameo from a psychic convention – city is a fun fit for Mona FomaThe sandwich board outside a charity shop in central Launceston reads: “Dear David, Thanks for sharing Mona Foma. Kin


Family find missing son alive in car wreckage after hiring search helicopter

Father instigated search for Samuel Lethbridge, who had been trapped in car in NSW bush for more than a dayThe father of a teenager who spent 30 hours trapped in a crashed car in New South Wales bush says he knew his son hadn’t run away so followin

United Kingdom

Changeable weather forecast across UK – but cold will be constant

Met Office warns about snow and ice, and also predicts hail and lightning as well as sunny spells with strong windsForecasters have predicted “any kind of weather you want apart from heat” and issued warnings across large parts of the UK.A yel


Philippines revokes licence of leading news website Rappler

Ruling denounced by critics as an ‘alarming attempt to silence independent journalism’ and latest blow to free press in countryThe Philippine government has revoked the operating licence of leading news website Rappler, officials said on Mond


Iceland vows to eliminate plastic on all own-branded products

Supermarket outlines five-year aim to replace all plastic packaging with trays made of paper and pulpIceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminate plastic packaging for all its own-brand products. The supermarket chain, which speciali


Everton hopeful of signing Theo Walcott from Arsenal in £20m deal

• Arsenal winger also being pursued by Southampton• Everton’s Sam Allardyce anxious to improve attacking optionsEverton have made progress in their attempt to sign Theo Walcott and are hopeful of completing a £20m deal for the Arsena


Wayward wallaby stops the traffic on Sydney Harbour Bridge

Police believe the marsupial may have made its way on to the bridge from a golf course, before crossing the harbour and heading past Circular QuayA wallaby has been apprehended after hopping along the Sydney Harbour Bridge just before the city’s ru

United States

Pastor denounces Donald Trump, with Mike Pence in the congregation

The pastor at the church the vice-president attended in Maryland on Sunday said using the word ‘shithole’ was ‘dehumanizing’ and ‘ugly’A Maryland pastor denounced President Donald Trump’s alleged vulgar descri

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