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Two die after crash involving pedestrians in Pontypridd

South Wales police say man and women, both 32, died at scene of incident on Friday Two people have died after a collision involving a car and pedestrians in Pontypridd, south Wales.The crash happened on the B4273, Ynysybwl Road at 6.30pm on Friday. Continue reading...

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New York City police seek gunman in subway shooting that injured one

A man was shot in the torso shortly after 1am Saturday morning after a dispute and taken to the hospitalNew York City police are searching for a gunman who shot a man on a subway in the Chinatown neighborhood.The victim, 34, was shot early Saturday morning shortly after 1am while riding the train on the N line, reported the New York Times. Continue reading...

Kevin Rudd to shed media disclosure obligations as ambassador to US

Former prime minister’s 84 disclosed public speaking activities to soon be marked ‘ceased’ on foreign influence register when he takes up position in USFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastFor years, the former prime minister Kevin Rudd has disclosed details of state-linked media interviews – including with the BBC and Radio NZ – and other public speaking commitments on the Australian government’s foreign influence register.His prolific postings are based on what the former Labor leader once labelled an “absurd interpretation” of his obligations by government officials.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...

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Australian period underwear makers deny using ‘forever chemicals’ after Thinx settles suit in US

Modibodi and Bonds say they avoid using PFAS chemicals, which break down slowly over time and have unclear health impactsFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAustralian manufacturers of period underwear have denied using “forever chemicals” in their products following a class-action lawsuit in the US, while experts say more research is needed into the compounds and their potential health impacts.Thinx, a US manufacturer of menstrual hygiene products, announced last week that it had reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit over allegations “regarding the presence of short chain per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (‘PFAS’)” in its underwear.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...

Jenin, Jerusalem … now Israelis grieve as the cycle of violence intensifies

A chain reaction of killings leaves Israel and the occupied territories on the brink of a new round of bloodlettingOn Friday nights, quiet descends upon the holy city of Jerusalem. Many Muslim families are at home, spending time together after afternoon prayers; Jewish-owned businesses close just before sunset, buses and trams stop running and candles on dining tables announce the beginning of Shabbat.What began as a normal, peaceful Friday evening ended in tragedy for the Mizrahi family, who live in the occupied East Jerusalem settlement of Neve Yaakov. At about 8pm, a lone Palestinian gunman opened fire on people outside a synagogue, killing seven and wounding nine. Continue reading...