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    Picture Editor's Choice, April 19, 2019


    The finest photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by our picture...

    The finest photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by our picture editors.

    Why did the world stop for Notre-Dame?


    The world, where horrible things happen every day, is in mourning - not for flesh and blood, but for centuries' worth of stone, glass and...

    The world, where horrible things happen every day, is in mourning - not for flesh and blood, but for centuries' worth of stone, glass and wood.

    Challenger Prabowo disputes tally as Joko claims win in Indonesia vote


    Indonesian President has claimed victory in the country's election, setting the stage for a potential legal battle with his challenger who's disputed the...

    Indonesian President has claimed victory in the country's election, setting the stage for a potential legal battle with his challenger who's disputed the tally.

    Teenager breaks swinging world record


    After 32 hours, teenager Charlie O'Brien has broken the world record for longest marathon on a...

    After 32 hours, teenager Charlie O'Brien has broken the world record for longest marathon on a swing.

    Emperor Akihito attends pre-abdication Shinto ritual


    Dressed in a tuxedo and carrying a top hat and gloves, Akihito headed into the shrine, with palace officials holding up two imperial...

    Dressed in a tuxedo and carrying a top hat and gloves, Akihito headed into the shrine, with palace officials holding up two imperial treasures.

    On eve of Mueller report's release, Barr accused of protecting Trump


    US Attorney-General William Barr has been accused of trying to protect President Donald Trump and "bake in the narrative to the benefit of the White...

    US Attorney-General William Barr has been accused of trying to protect President Donald Trump and "bake in the narrative to the benefit of the White House".

    31 doctors, 32 million pills: Sweeping opioids case revealed


    Officials called the indictments on Wednesday the "single largest prescription opioid law enforcement operation in...

    Officials called the indictments on Wednesday the "single largest prescription opioid law enforcement operation in history."

    Mayor feels heat from police over London climate protest chaos


    On another chaotic day, three protesters glued themselves to a train at Canary Wharf, while Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square were brought to a...

    On another chaotic day, three protesters glued themselves to a train at Canary Wharf, while Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square were brought to a standstill.

    The rich are showering money on Notre-Dame, but what about the needy?


    The pledges came in quick succession. By Wednesday, the French government had welcomed more than $1.3 billion offered to salvage the cultural...

    The pledges came in quick succession. By Wednesday, the French government had welcomed more than $1.3 billion offered to salvage the cultural treasure.

    Thai cave rescue diver rescued from Tennessee cave


    Diver Josh Bratchley, who helped in the rescue of a youth soccer team from a Thai cave last year, has in turn been rescued from a flooded cave in the...

    Diver Josh Bratchley, who helped in the rescue of a youth soccer team from a Thai cave last year, has in turn been rescued from a flooded cave in the US.

    Kim Jong-un oversees test of new tactical guided weapon


    North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," state media reported, in a likely signal of displeasure over stalled nuclear talks with US President Donald...

    North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," state media reported, in a likely signal of displeasure over stalled nuclear talks with US President Donald Trump.

    On Huawei, Australian academic urges UK to follow Australia's lead


    Andrew MacLeod, a visiting professor at King's College in London, urged Britain to look to Australia's nuanced public debate on...

    Andrew MacLeod, a visiting professor at King's College in London, urged Britain to look to Australia's nuanced public debate on China.

    Contest for design of new Notre-Dame spire announced


    The cathedral's 93-metre high, lead-covered wooden spire collapsed into the flames during the fire that destroyed the cathedral's...

    The cathedral's 93-metre high, lead-covered wooden spire collapsed into the flames during the fire that destroyed the cathedral's roof.

    Ukrainian arrests 7 Russians for plotting attacks


    The Ukrainian Security Service says that it has arrested seven Russian nationals who it says have been plotting attacks in...

    The Ukrainian Security Service says that it has arrested seven Russian nationals who it says have been plotting attacks in Ukraine.

    Portugal tourist bus crash kills dozens


    The bus overturned in a coastal town on the Portuguese island of Madeira, officials...

    The bus overturned in a coastal town on the Portuguese island of Madeira, officials say.

    Alcohol, sex and violence collided in murder case involving SEALs and Marines


    After a long night of drinking in Mali, four US army members smashed their way into a colleague's room. Within minutes, the situation had spiralled out of...

    After a long night of drinking in Mali, four US army members smashed their way into a colleague's room. Within minutes, the situation had spiralled out of control.

    Peru ex-president Alan Garcia kills himself moments after arrest


    The shocking end for the man who twice ruled Peru but more recently was ensnared in a corruption scandal comes amid a national upheaval over endemic...

    The shocking end for the man who twice ruled Peru but more recently was ensnared in a corruption scandal comes amid a national upheaval over endemic corruption.

    Melissa Parke incident raises difficult questions about Israel


    Labor candidate's decision to step aside over her comments about Israel makes one query the boundary between acceptable criticism and alleged...

    Labor candidate's decision to step aside over her comments about Israel makes one query the boundary between acceptable criticism and alleged prejudice.

    Indonesia's Joko Widodo poised to claim big win in presidential poll


    "Quick counts" of ballot papers indicate Joko has defeated Prabowo Subianto by about 10 percentage points, but Subianto has also claimed...

    "Quick counts" of ballot papers indicate Joko has defeated Prabowo Subianto by about 10 percentage points, but Subianto has also claimed victory.

    More than $1 billion raised for rebuild of Notre-Dame Cathedral after fire


    More than $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore the fire-ravaged cathedral in...

    More than $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore the fire-ravaged cathedral in Paris.

    'Good news for Australia': Chinese economy going better than expected


    Despite warnings earlier in the year from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that the economy faced severe challenges, latest data shows it performing above...

    Despite warnings earlier in the year from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that the economy faced severe challenges, latest data shows it performing above forecasts.

    'A lot of joy': Humanitarian aid begins flowing into Venezuela


    The aid includes medical supplies and electricity generators, which will be distributed to hospitals around the...

    The aid includes medical supplies and electricity generators, which will be distributed to hospitals around the country.

    Cry for Notre-Dame, sure, but why not for treasures beyond the West?


    Much greater disasters have befallen the richest relics of global history, but too many of us have a Eurocentric view of what is...

    Much greater disasters have befallen the richest relics of global history, but too many of us have a Eurocentric view of what is valuable.

    Assange used to coordinate hackers from embassy, says Moreno


    President Lenin Moreno also said on Tuesday in Washington that arrested Swedish programmer Ola Bini was one of those hackers who visited Assange many...

    President Lenin Moreno also said on Tuesday in Washington that arrested Swedish programmer Ola Bini was one of those hackers who visited Assange many times.

    Russian anti-aircraft missiles to deploy in Arctic


    S-400 missiles will be stationed on the Arctic coast and islands by the end of 2020, the Izvestia newspaper...

    S-400 missiles will be stationed on the Arctic coast and islands by the end of 2020, the Izvestia newspaper reported.

    Bernie Sanders is a millionaire socialist. Does it matter?


    Bernie Sanders' tax returns reveal the democratic socialist, who peppers his speeches with attacks on millionaires and billionaires, is a...

    Bernie Sanders' tax returns reveal the democratic socialist, who peppers his speeches with attacks on millionaires and billionaires, is a millionaire.

    Notre Dame cathedral: What treasures were saved


    Crown of thorns, the fragment of the Holy Cross and Nail were among the religious relics saved from the fire at the iconic...

    Crown of thorns, the fragment of the Holy Cross and Nail were among the religious relics saved from the fire at the iconic cathedral.

    In five years Notre-Dame will be reborn, French president Macron pledges


    Experts said rebuilding the Parisian landmark would take decades, but Macron insisted that in five years Notre-Dame will be "more beautiful than...

    Experts said rebuilding the Parisian landmark would take decades, but Macron insisted that in five years Notre-Dame will be "more beautiful than ever".

    Crews assess damage at Notre Dame as investigation begins


    With its iconic cathedral scorched but still standing, France on Tuesday was contending with the aftermath of a fire that gutted a symbol of the nation, and which authorities said had probably started by...

    With its iconic cathedral scorched but still standing, France on Tuesday was contending with the aftermath of a fire that gutted a symbol of the nation, and which authorities said had probably started by accident.

    Dog rescued while swimming 220km off Thailand


    A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometres from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to...

    A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometres from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land.

    Julian Assange wins EU journalism award


    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been given an award established in honour of an assassinated...

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been given an award established in honour of an assassinated journalist.

    Queen Elizabeth deeply saddened by Notre Dame blaze, UK bells to toll


    Britain's Queen Elizabeth has sent a message to French President Emmanuel Macron to say she was deeply saddened by the fire which engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday and that her prayers were with all of France, Buckingham Palace...

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth has sent a message to French President Emmanuel Macron to say she was deeply saddened by the fire which engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday and that her prayers were with all of France, Buckingham Palace said.

    From the Archives: 500 bodies recovered in Texas City


    It was the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history. In April 1947, the Port of Texas City was rocked by a series of explosions that left over 500...

    It was the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history. In April 1947, the Port of Texas City was rocked by a series of explosions that left over 500 dead.

    Some overseas Indonesians may vote again after postal ballots 'tampered with'


    Officials were sent to Malaysia last week to investigate claims of vote fraud after videos circulated online of thousands of ballots scattered throughout a...

    Officials were sent to Malaysia last week to investigate claims of vote fraud after videos circulated online of thousands of ballots scattered throughout a shophouse.

    'Everyone is devastated': Sydneysiders in Paris recount Notre-Dame inferno


    A Sydney woman who visited Notre-Dame just hours before it went up in flames has spoken of the locals' devastation after losing their famed...

    A Sydney woman who visited Notre-Dame just hours before it went up in flames has spoken of the locals' devastation after losing their famed cathedral.