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Tonga parliament building flattened by Cyclone Gita

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tonga’s Parliament House is more than 100 years old The parliament building in the Pacific country of Tonga has been destroyed by the worst storm to hit the country in more than 60 years. Cyclone Gita, a category four storm, battered the island overnight and …

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Australia’s apology to Stolen Generations: ‘It gave me peace’

Image caption Ian Hamm was among generations of indigenous Australians who were separated from their families Ten years ago, Aboriginal Australian Ian Hamm welcomed words he had been waiting a lifetime to hear. “For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendents and for their families left …

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Kim Yo-jong and North Korea’s secret weapon

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Yo-jong’s visit to Pyeongchang mesmerised the crowds It turns out North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un doesn’t need to fire off a missile to get the world’s attention. He has a number of far more powerful weapons in his arsenal: his female envoys. And …

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Cold open water plunge may provide instant pain relief

Image copyright Science Photo Library A man who suffered constant pain after surgery cured it by taking a plunge in cold open water. The man’s case has been reviewed by doctors who suggest a short, sharp cold water swim may offer an alternative to strong painkillers and physiotherapy. The 28-year-old …

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Indonesia’s Papua province children starving in a land of gold

Image copyright AFP/GETTY Image caption A Papuan couple accompany their child suffering from malnutrition at a hospital in Agats A measles and malnutrition crisis has killed at least 72 people, mostly children, in Indonesia’s remote province of Papua, home to the world’s biggest gold mine. As Rebecca Henschke and Hedyer …

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