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$63bn lawsuit filed over Brazil dam spill

$63bn lawsuit filed over Brazil dam spill

Federal prosecutors in Brazil have filed a 155 billion-real ($NZ63.3 billion) civil lawsuit against iron miner Samarco and its owners, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, for a collapsed tailings dam in November that killed 19 people and polluted a major river.

Trump triumphs as Cruz crumbles

Trump triumphs as Cruz crumbles

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has all but sealed the party's presidential nomination, with a commanding victory in Indiana that forced rival Ted Cruz to finally end his campaign.

Thousands flee massive Canada wildfire

Thousands flee massive Canada wildfire

The Canadian province of Alberta raced to evacuate the entire population of Fort McMurray where an uncontrolled wildfire was taking hold in the heart of the country's oil sands region, with dry winds forecast that could fuel the blaze.

Has Endeavour been found? (+ video)

Has Endeavour been found? (+ video)

US researchers are set to announce that they have found what they believe are the remains of Captain James Cook's ship  the Endeavour off Rhode Island.

Six funerals held after Ohio massacre

Six funerals held after Ohio massacre

More than a week after eight family members were found shot to death at four separate homes in rural Ohio's Appalachian foothills, funerals for six of the victims have been held as investigators continue to comb through evidence.

Brazil judge overturns app suspension

Brazil judge overturns app suspension

A Brazilian judge has overturned a suspension of Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messaging application that affected some 100 million users, after many people voiced frustration at the second such freeze in five months in the South American country.

Migrant crisis: EU favours reform

Migrant crisis: EU favours reform

The European Union's executive will propose a reform of the bloc's asylum rules, EU sources say, that reflects caution in the face of deep divisions among governments about how to handle the migration crisis.

World Bank warns of shrinking economies

World Bank warns of shrinking economies

Economies across large swathes of the globe could shrink dramatically by mid-century as fresh water grows scarce due to climate change, according to the World Bank.

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