England 40-16 Australia: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live reaction!

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A few fitful attempts from both teams come to nought and England are in the semis.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 5:12am

Scott Morrison says drought the Coalition's 'first call' – but makes no mention of climate

Prime minister suggests Coalition may commit to extra funding relief in Liberal party federal council speech

Scott Morrison has indicated the federal government might be prepared to commit extra relief funding to drought-stricken communities, reaffirming the drought is the government’s top priority.

In a triumphal speech to the Liberal party’s federal council in Canberra on Saturday, Morrison again said the drought was “the most pressing and biggest call on our budget”.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:58am

Doubting death: how our brains shield us from mortal truth

Brain seems to categorise death as something that only befalls other people

Warning: this story is about death. You might want to click away now.

That’s because, researchers say, our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. A study found that the brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:00am

Germany shooting: data on online spread of livestreamed attack kept secret

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google decline to release figures despite pledge in wake of Christchurch attack

US tech companies have declined to release data on the online spread of footage of last week’s shooting in Halle, Germany, despite pledging greater transparency as part of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s “Christchurch Call”.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 2:34am

‘You've got to carry on that fight’: strangers swap life-changing experiences

How does it feel to campaign against racism, come out, have an abortion or lose a parent to suicide? People who went through the same things, years apart, share their stories

Sam, 26, and Diane Munday, 88, had abortions five decades apart

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Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00am

Biggest ever Leonardo da Vinci exhibition to open in Paris

Louvre will host works of Italian artist after long-running political spats and legal battles

The most important blockbuster art show in Paris for half a century took 10 years to prepare and was nearly thwarted by the worst diplomatic standoff between Italy and France since the second world war. With days to go before the opening, there is still no sign of whether one of the major works will appear.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 12:00am

Sydney woman allegedly kidnapped and ordered at knifepoint to withdraw cash from bank

Dong Hwa Kim allegedly jumped in woman’s back seat, bound her hands and ordered her to drive to Ermington bank

A kidnapped woman allegedly ordered at knifepoint to withdraw cash from a Sydney bank was able to alert staff to her situation, police say.

Yun Fang, 36, was driving out of the car park of the Macquarie Centre in Macquarie Park, a suburb of northern Sydney, on Friday afternoon when Dong Hwa Kim allegedly jumped into the back seat and threatened her with a knife.

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Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:24pm

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