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NZ in spotlight at UK abuse inquiry

Revelations of abuse by former BBC personality Jimmy Savile sparked the inquiry.

18 min ago  Brits sent to former colonies as kids, then abused, begin giving evidence at inquiry sparked by Jimmy Savile scandal.

Public servants as assassins? video

Kim Jong-nam, left, and his half-brother, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

North Korean government officials suspected in the nerve agent assassin of dictator's brother, Kim Jong Nam.

Float crashes at Carnival parade

A reveller from Salgueiro samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ...

Officials apologise for crash which severely injured some revellers, but say the revelry in Rio must go on.

Terror within church walls

Former congregants says church leaders regularly beat adults and children in the name of the Lord.

Former worshippers detail years of abuse at US church, where "sinners", including children, were bashed.

Oz toddler stomped to death

Bella died of severe internal injuries after her mother's ex-partner placed his 100kg body weight on her stomach.

Fed-up after tripping over his ex's daughter, 100kg Harley Woodford stepped on the girl's stomach.

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    School-age drug runners must be "taught responsibility", says Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.

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    Trump's Navy pick withdraws

    Businessman Philip Bilden has stepped away from a chance to become secretary of the US Navy.

    Philip Bilden said he faced "undue disruption" to his privacy and business interests.

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    Tinder killing brothel business?

    An Australian brothel owner says the "industry is dying out".

    Free hook-up apps are swiping customers from brothels, says an Australian owner.

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    Trump's Navy pick withdraws

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    Forget the recession, police strikes and corruption scandals: it's Carnival time and everyone is partying.

    Trump's Navy pick withdraws

    Businessman Philip Bilden has stepped away from a chance to become secretary of the US Navy.

    Philip Bilden said he faced "undue disruption" to his privacy and business interests.

    Explaining the Trump show

    Donald Trump is Trump is constructing his presidential brand as a series of personal moments.

    The most important thing about this presidency to Donald Trump, is how it looks.

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    114 new planets discovered

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    NZ plane finds stricken boat

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    School-age thieves and drug runners must be "taught responsibility", says Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

    School-age drug runners must be "taught responsibility", says Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.

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