Iran's poking at West heightens risks of military missteps

Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to heighten the risk of missteps and miscalculation that could lead to an armed conflict with global consequences.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 9:18pm

Kyoto Animation’s stories celebrated warmth and belonging. The fire is a tragic loss of life and legacy | Patrick Lum

The studio that nurtured creativity and treasured its staff made anime that found magic in the everyday

Like many fans, I wasn’t really aware of specific animation houses or companies when I first got into Japanese animation as a kid. Anime, as far as I was concerned, came from Japan: end of story. But over time, it became apparent that some of my favourite series and movies were all done by the same studio – a powerhouse named Kyoto Animation.


Ocasio-Cortez wants '9/11-style commission' on family separations

  • Democratic congresswoman hosts event in New York district
  • Tells crowd Trump ‘sent me back to Queens’ with racist attack

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for a “9/11-style commission” to investigate child separation on the border with Mexico on Saturday, and said the US government has a life-long responsibility to children it severed from their parents, to provide them with mental health support.


Team criticized for Spicer throwing out pitch on Pride Night

A decision to have U.S. President Trump's former communications director Sean Spicer throw out the first pitch at a Rhode Island minor league baseball game on "Pride Night at the Ballpark" is getting pushback.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 6:36pm

‘We had a row, she left. It was the last time I saw her’: anguish of Emanuela Orlandi’s brother

Brother tells of his family’s pain as 36-year investigation into missing Vatican teenager takes another bizarre twist

A missing teenager, an empty tomb, a swirl of dark theories, and the closed doors and habitual secrecy of the Vatican. It sounds like fiction, but it is a real-life mystery that has gripped Italy for more than three decades and has embroiled the powerful and inscrutable Holy See.

For 36 years, the family of Emanuela Orlandi has sought answers about the fate of the 15-year-old girl who vanished from the streets of Rome on her way to a flute lesson.


Trump Says He'd Vouch For A$AP Rocky Amid Growing Demands For The Rapper's Release

People across the entertainment industry, including Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj, voiced their outrage and have demanded the release of rapper A$AP Rocky from Swedish custody.

The American entertainer has been detained in Sweden since July 3, after an altercation in Stockholm. Celebrities, Twitter and a GoFundMe petition are clamoring for him to be let go.

(Image credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images )


Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin greeted by cheers on moon landing's 50th anniversary

  • Aldrin accompanies Mike Pence to launch site in Florida
  • Vice-president repeats Trump push for Mars mission

As Donald Trump reiterated his determination that Americans should walk on Mars, Mike Pence marked the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing at the Apollo 11 launch site in Florida on Saturday.

Related: Trump revives the idea of a ‘white man’s country’, America’s original sin | Nell Painter


Coalition accused of ignoring bipartisan advice over scrutiny of security powers

Labor and Centre Alliance fear government will proceed with two key bills without recommended safeguards

The Morrison government is being accused of ignoring bipartisan recommendations and breaching commitments to reform the spy agency’s powers as it prepares a fresh push on national security when parliament resumes on Monday.

Labor and Centre Alliance fear the government is set to ignore advice to improve scrutiny of proposed new powers for the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, to exclude citizens from Australia and to phase out Asio’s detention powers.


'Six years and I didn't achieve anything': inside Manus, a tropical purgatory

As 200 men enter their seventh year in limbo, Australia’s offshore detention experiment is winding down. But the loose ends left behind are devastating

For six years Shamindan Kanapathi has been lying to his parents.

Since 2013 the Sri Lankan refugee has been telling his mother and father he successfully made it to Australia and resettled safely in a new life. Only his siblings know that the 28-year-old has spent the entire time detained on Manus Island.


Foreskin reclaimers: the ‘intactivists’ fighting infant male circumcision

Emboldened by the body-positive movement and a sense of rage, a growing chorus is pushing back against a common custom

The media officer of one of the UK’s top medical schools doesn’t realise she hasn’t muted herself as she puts me on hold.

She sniggers with her colleague as she passes on my request – to speak to an expert on male circumcision – before informing me they don’t have one.

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