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Populist government edges closer in Italy

ITALY has edged toward its first populist government as the president convened the leaders of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League in what could be the final coalition consultation. The summit comes 11 weeks after elections left the country with a hung parliament.

Australian opinion divided over killing of wild horses

AN Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country’s Snowy Mountains alpine region.

China urges North Korea to meet Trump

CHINA has urged its ally North Korea to proceed with a historic summit between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and US president Donald Trump amid threats from Pyongyang to scrap the meeting.