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Australia considers childcare ban on unvaccinated children.

Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centers and preschools under an Australian government plan. Some Australian states already have "no jab, no play" laws, but PM Malcolm Turnbull is calling for nationwide legislation.

Health groups have supported the push, arguing parents and the community have an obligation to protect children. An Australian Child Health Poll survey of nearly 2,000 parents showed 5 percent of children were not fully vaccinated. Mr Turnbull said more needed to be done, citing the case of a baby who died from whooping cough.

Venezuela jail search reveals mass grave with 14 bodies.

The number of bodies found in a mass grave in Venezuela's largest prison has risen to 14, the public prosecutor's office said in a statement. The General Penitentiary of Venezuela in central Guarico state was closed in October after violent clashes between inmates.

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2016 is the deadliest year yet for children, says Unicef

Syria's children "hit rock bottom" in 2016, with more killed than in any other year of the civil war, the United Nations children's organisation says. At least 652 children died - 255 of them in or near a school - last year, a 20% jump from the number killed during 2015, Unicef said.

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Turkey rallies row: Germany and Netherlands harden stance

Several EU leaders have criticised Turkey, amid a growing row over the Turkish government's attempts to hold rallies in European countries.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany and the Netherlands of "Nazism" after officials blocked rallies there.Dutch PM Mark Rutte called his comments "unacceptable", while Germany's foreign minister said he hoped Turkey would "return to its senses".Denmark's leader has also postponed a planned meeting with Mr Erdogan.
Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he was concerned that "democratic principles are under great pressure" in Turkey.

South Korea's Park leaves presidential palace after impeachment

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has now left the presidential palace, two days after judges upheld parliament's decision to impeach her. Ms Park, who has still not commented on the ruling, arrived at her home in southern Seoul amid waving supporters. She has been impeached over her role in a corruption scandal involving close friend, Choi Soon-sil. Ms Park's opponents, who are calling for her arrest, and her supporters both held rallies in Seoul on Saturday.

A high profile US prosecutor, says he was fired

A New York federal prosecutor who refused to resign when he and 45 other prosecutors were asked to by the Trump administration says he has been sacked. "I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired," said Preet Bharara on Twitter. Mr Bharara was first asked to remain in his post by President Donald Trump, when they met after the election. But on Friday he was included in a list of prosecutors appointed by former President Barack Obama who were asked by the Justice Department to step down.

Syria conflict: Damascus twin bombing 'kills dozens

At least 30 people have been killed in a twin bomb attack in Syria's capital, Damascus, monitors and media say.  The attack was close to the Bab al-Saghir cemetery, which houses several Shia mausoleums, state media reported. Sunni militants often target Shia shrines but attacks in most parts of the capital remain uncommon. A nationwide truce brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran took effect on 30 December after talks in Kazakhstan, but sporadic attacks continue.

US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault.


The US has sent 400 additional troops to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the so-called Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. They include Marines, who arrived in the past few days. US special forces are already in Syria. Meanwhile, US-led coalition air strikes killed 20 civilians - including children - near the city, reports say. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to host talks with coalition members ahead of an expected assault on Raqqa.

Trump travel ban: Hawaii files first legal challenge

Hawaii has become the first US state to file a suit against President Donald Trump's revised travel order. Its attorney general says the new version is fundamentally the same as the first, calling it "Muslim Ban 2.0". The directive, which takes effect on 16 March, places a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations and a 120-day ban on all refugees.The previous order, which was blocked by a federal court, sparked confusion at airports and mass protests

FBI and CIA launch criminal investigation into 'malware leaks'


US officials say that US federal agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the public release of documents said to detail CIA hacking tools. They told US media that the FBI and CIA were co-ordinating the inquiry after Wikileaks published thousands of files.

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