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… and the Met Office warns there is still more rain to come

Tony Abbott stands with his family as he claims victory in Australia's federal election

Australia takes a turn to the right: Tony Abbott wins general election

Conservative Coalition brings an end to six years of Labor rule

Egypt government to 'dissolve Muslim Brotherhood'

Move marks the next stage in the crackdown on the Islamist group

Azerbaijan government in crackdown on activists ahead of presidential elections

The government has intensified a crackdown on activists and journalists to stifle criticism of the long-term leader Ilham Aliyev before presidential elections in October, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

24 members of the Civilian JTF were killed

Vigilantes killed in Nigeria whilst hunting Boko Haram

At least 24 Civilian-JTF members were killed in the ambush in the country's north-east

Facebook post supposedly written by Assad's son invites Americans to attack Syria

The post claims that if Syria is invaded it will be a fight against "every Syrian, with, against, terrorists, the army"

Voting rights should be taken away from Commonwealth citizens living in the UK, campaigners argue

One million Commonwealth citizens 'should lose the right to vote in UK'

Campaign group says figures compiled for first time show potential impact on 2015 general elections from a legal 'hangover from the days of Empire'

Simon Read: Calling 0845 from your mobile is a costly mistake

Confusion still remains over expensive 0845 and 0870 numbers that many companies – and government departments – try and force people to use. The fact is they are high-cost, especially if you make the mistake of using a mobile phone.

Koreas agree to allow family reunions to resume after lull

North and South Korea agreed yesterday to allow reunions next month of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory gesture from the North after a spring that saw it threaten Seoul with missile strikes and nuclear war.

BBC Sports presenter Gabby Logan

Russia’s anti-gay laws unsettled me, says Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan has spoken of her personal discomfort at presenting this month’s World Athletics Championships in Russia amid the furore over the country’s homophobic laws.

Zimbabwe gets a bank holiday as Robert Mugabe is sworn in for seventh term

Mr Mugabe will be sworn in for a seventh term, after serving 33 years as head of state

More than 80 child soldiers, some as young as eight, have been freed from a militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo

UN helps to free 80 child soldiers from militia in DR Congo

More than 80 child soldiers, some as young as eight, have been freed from a militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said yesterday.

The leader of the Australian Liberal Party, Tony Abbott, wants tough immigration reform

Abbott to take hard line on asylum-seekers

Australia’s opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has announced a new hard-line policy on asylum-seekers – trumping even the recent crackdown by the country’s Labor government, which is now sending all “boat people” to remote Nauru and Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement.

Protesters are rounded up near a burnt mosque building

Egypt crisis: Government building in Cairo torched as backlash takes hold

A backlash against the Egyptian state’s war on Islamists took hold today as a government building was torched in Cairo and protesters vowed to continue their defiant stance against the interim government.

From Everest to Stoke Bruerne: Google's Street View backpack hits the UK

Known as the Trekker, the 40lbs backpack snaps 360 degree images every 2.5 seconds from 15 cameras

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