News from around the world, May 24

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has scored a dramatic election victory.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has scored a dramatic election victory.

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New charges laid against Assange in US

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been accused of placing the US at risk of "serious harm" by publishing thousands of secret and classified documents in new charges filed by the US Justice Department.

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India's Modi stuns foes with huge poll win

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has scored a dramatic election victory, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.

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May delays Brexit bill, hangs on as PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May has backed down from plans to seek parliamentary support for a Brexit bill already rejected by much of her Conservative Party.

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Aussie ends hunger strike in Bulgaria jail

An Australian man imprisoned in Bulgaria has ended his hunger strike against unfair treatment after 33 days without food.

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Justine Damond breathless in 911 calls

Australian life coach Justine Ruszczyk Damond was breathless and sounded concerned when she phoned 911 minutes before she was fatally shot by a US police officer, according to audio of the call.

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Three dead as tornado strikes Missouri

A "violent tornado" has touched down in Jefferson City, causing heavy damage in Missouri's capital city as severe weather swept across the US state.

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'American Taliban' released from prison

John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, has been released early from a US federal prison, the Washington Post reports, citing Lindh's lawyer.

Australian Associated Press