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Australian director Jennifer Kent has defended her new film The Nightingale following criticism about its graphic scenes of rape and murder. The film tells the story of a female convict seeking revenge amid colonial violence in 19th Century Tasmania. Its depictions of rape prompted some viewers to walk out of screenings...
Brazil's Justice Minister, Sergio Moro, has denied claims he conspired to keep leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva out of the 2018 election. The Intercept news site published what it says are messages sent by Mr Moro while he was presiding over Brazil's biggest corruption investigation. The "Car Wash"...
Three men have been jailed for life for the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir. Three police officers were found guilty of destroying evidence and sentenced to five years in prison. The victim, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest...
The US's top diplomat for Africa is going to Sudan this week amid unrest, the state department said on Monday. Tibor Nagy, the US assistant secretary for Africa, will "call for a cessation of attacks against civilians". Workers have staged a national strike, which began on Sunday, to pressurise the ruling...
Rafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in four sets to lift a 12th men's singles title. The Spaniard won for the third straight year at Roland Garros with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory in a high-quality final. The 33-year-old is...
A woman killed by a lightning strike while hillwalking died as a result of a "freak accident". Isobel Bytautas, 55, from Selkirk, was among a group of seven walkers who were on Na Gruagaichean, near Ben Nevis, on Saturday when the lightning struck. The Linlithgow Ramblers party, including another woman who...
Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon has been stripped of his duties, escalating a political crisis stemming from inconclusive general elections. The move came after his party agreed a coalition cabinet with a pro-European Union block, welcomed by the EU. Outgoing PM Pavel Filip's party challenged the deal and the Constitutional Court...
The Labour Party has narrowly seen off a challenge from the Brexit Party and held on to its seat in the Peterborough by-election. Union activist Lisa Forbes managed to retain the seat for Labour, winning 683 more votes than Nigel Farage's candidate Mike Greene. Paul Bristow for the Conservatives came in...
Police in New Zealand are investigating a spate of sympathy cards posted to residents in Auckland that claim to contain messages from dead children. The writer claims to be passing on messages from angels about lost loved ones. But none of the known recipients of the handwritten cards has recently lost...
Theresa May will officially step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen. Mrs May announced her resignation two weeks ago, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit.

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