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DR Congo violence: Dozens killed by rebels in Beni

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are being blamed for failing to stop rebels from killing dozens of villagers in North Kivu Province this month. Congolese regional leaders say the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have killed dozens of people this month. Thousands of Congolese in Beni

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New Zealand jury convicts man of murdering British backpacker

Millane’s death shocked many in New Zealand, which prides itself on welcoming tourists [File: Mark Baker/AP] A jury in New Zealand on Friday has convicted a 27-year-old man of murdering a British female backpacker, a case that shocked the country and raised questions about its reputation as a safe,

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China boycott boosts ‘Oscars’ of Chinese-language cinema

Oscar-winning film director Ang Lee chairs the prestigious Golden Horse Awards which will be held in Taiwan on Saturday. China has boycotted the event. [File:Wally Santana/AP Photo] Taipei, Taiwan – The leading lights of the Chinese-language film industry will take to the stage in Taiwan on Saturday night for the

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UK election: Jeremy Corbyn reveals 'radical' Labour manifesto

Exactly three weeks before Britain votes for a new parliament, the opposition Labour Party has published its election manifesto in Birmingham, pledging a “radical” programme to transform the UK. Among the policies promised by party leader Jeremy Corbyn are plans to renegotiate Brexit within three months, create a million new

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Bolivia unrest: Police disperse funeral protest with tear gas

Bolivian riot police have fired tear gas to break up a funeral procession to mourn the deaths of eight people killed in clashes, in the capital La Paz. Thousands of people are demanding the interim president’s resignation, and blame Jeanine Anez for the latest deaths of protesters in clashes with

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Grace Millane trial: Man found guilty of killing British backpacker in NZ

A man has been found guilty of strangling British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand. The 27-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is expected to be sentenced on 21 February over the death.  Earlier, the court heard he stuffed Ms Millane’s body into a suitcase, which was found

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Dutton bullish about medevac repeal bill

Peter Dutton is sounding increasingly bullish about scrapping the controversial “medevac” laws when federal parliament returns next week. The home affairs minister has been locked in long-running negotiations with the Senate cross bench to unwind the Labor-backed legislation, which gave doctors a greater say in granting medical transfers to sick

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Secret refugee settlement report reveals plans to better support migrants

A long-awaited report into refugee settlement in Australia has urged the Federal government to take up reforms to deliver better outcomes for humanitarian migrants. The review, led by former top bureaucrat Peter Shergold, had been kept under wraps by the Morrison government since February despite a number of Freedom of

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Will Tamils overcome politics of fear to find new leadership?

THE overwhelming turnout by Tamil voters in North and East Sri Lanka to vote for Sajith Premadasa at the presidential election epitomised the admonition they had heard for over five years: “Don’t rock the political boat lest the Rajapaksas return to power.” Hence, the politics of fear compelled Tamils to

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US warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions

The USS Gabrielle Giffords, a Naval littoral combat ship, travelled close to China-claimed Mischief Reef in the disputed South China Sea in recent days [File: Brynn Anderson/AP Photo] Navy warships have sailed near islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea twice in the past few days, the United

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Pope to address Thai youth on final full day of Bangkok visit

Pope Francis will meet Friday with teachers and students in Thailand’s “small but vibrant” Catholic community on his final full day of a whirlwind Bangkok trip, closing the visit with a mass for the youth. The Pope is on his first trip to Buddhist-majority Thailand, where just over 0.5 percent

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Trump team pushed Ukraine for Biden investigation: Witnesses

Fiona Hill and David Holmes are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill [Andrew Harnik/AP Photo] Washington, DC – Two key witnesses told the United States House of Representatives impeachment inquiry that a number of officials openly pushed Ukraine for partisan investigations with

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Iran loosens internet restrictions after protest shutdown

Protests began on November 15 in several provincial towns after the government announced gasoline price hikes of at least 50 percent [Reuters] Iran began restoring internet access in the capital and a number of provinces after a five-day nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle deadly protests over fuel-price

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US sends first Honduran to Guatemala under new asylum deal

A man carries empty boxes past the graffiti that reads, ‘No third country’ near Congress in Guatemala City [File: Oliver de Ros/AP Photo] Guatemala City, Guatemala – The first Honduran asylum seeker arrived in Guatemala on Thursday from the United States under a new agreement between the Trump

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Sandler, Pattinson indie films top Spirit Award nominations

The winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on February 8 [Mark Blinch/Reuters] Adam Sandler and Robert Pattinson saw their Oscar hopes boosted on Thursday as, Uncut Gems, and, The Lighthouse, led the Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations with five each, in the unofficial start to Hollywood’s

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How hard is it to form a government in Israel?

Israel is facing an unprecedented third election in just under a year. That’s after opposition leader Benny Gantz was unable to form a coalition government. That attempt came after Benjamin Netanyahu, who’s seeking a record fifth term as prime minister, also failed. Neither has managed to secure the backing of

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Turkey says 200 Syrian refugees returned home

Turkey launched its offensive on October 9, aiming to push back what it called “terrorist” elements from the border region east of the Euphrates River [File: Baderkhan Ahmad/AP] Turkey’s defence ministry announced about 200 Syrian refugees have returned home following Ankara’s offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria. “Close

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At least seven killed as Iraq seeks to quell renewed violence

Deadly use of live ammunition, tear gas and stun grenades against mostly unarmed demonstrators have stoked the unrest [Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters] Seven people were killed on Thursday when Iraqi security forces shot live fire and tear gas canisters at demonstrators in Baghdad, security and medical sources said, in renewed

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'Referendum on Duque': Thousands march against Colombia president

People demonstrate during a nationwide strike called by students, unions and indigenous groups to protest against the government of Colombia’s President Ivan Duque in Bogota [Raul Arboleda/AFP] Bogota, Colombia – More than a 100,000 protesters marched through the dense city streets of Bogota and other cities across Colombia

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Clint Eastwood seeks to restore 1996 Atlanta bomb hero's legacy

Richard Jewell found himself at the centre of a terrorism investigation and devastating media storm following the blast at the Summer Games [File: Greg Gibson/AP] Clint Eastwood’s new film restores the “hero” status of the security guard whose life was ripped apart by claims he bombed the 1996

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Coldplay won't tour new album, say want gigs to be 'sustainable'

Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, performs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia [File: Dan Peled/EPA] British band Coldplay will not tour to promote their new album, but are working on how to make their gigs environmentally sustainable, lead singer Chris Martin said. The rock

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Israeli PM Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves after addressing members of his Likud party in Tel Aviv [File: Nir Elias/Reuters] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted on corruption charges, raising more uncertainty over who will ultimately lead a country mired in political chaos after two inconclusive elections this year. Attorney

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Explainer: What are the allegations against Israel's Netanyahu?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces years in prison if convicted [Ronen Zvulun/Reuters] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on corruption charges on Thursday, presenting one of the gravest challenges yet to Israel’s longest-serving leader. Netanyahu, 70, denies all wrongdoing but now finds himself stuck in political

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Gareth Bale's Spanish 'blasphemy'

The end of Gareth Bale’s troubled career at Real Madrid is surely not far away [Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters] Madrid, Spain – In a country where football rivals religion in importance, Gareth Bale’s gesture was tantamount to blasphemy. The Real Madrid and Wales footballer unfurled a banner after his

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Chile security forces 'intentionally' injure protesters: Amnesty

Antofagasta, Chile – Chilean security forces have engaged in widespread and indiscriminate attacks against protesters over the last month, Amnesty International said on Thursday. A team from the UK-based rights organisation visited Chile this week to document and analyse alleged human rights violations in the context of the crisis sparked

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'Profoundly shocking': Bosnia lawmaker shares child abuse photos

A top European rights watchdog described the photos of child abuse as ‘profoundly shocking’ [Dado Ruvic/Reuters] Demonstrations took place in Sarajevo on Thursday after a Bosnian legislator publicly shared shocking photos of children tied to beds and radiators in a public care home outside the city. Sabina Cudic

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Israeli president: 'Dark days' as PM and rival fail to form gov't

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz attends a news conference in Tel Aviv after failing to form a government [Amir Levy/Getty Images] For the first time in Israeli history, the country’s ceremonial president announced no candidate has been able to form a government. Reuven Rivlin informed parliament

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Franco's victims, stolen from their graves, to be exhumed

Police officers watch over The Valley of the Fallen in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, where thousands of Franco’s victims have been interred for more than half a century [Mariscal/Pool/Reuters] Madrid, Spain – In the tiny village of Tajajuerce in northeast Spain, 83-year-old Silvino Gil recently received some excellent

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Netherlands halts aid to Palestinians over family payments

More than 35,000 families of Palestinians who were killed, wounded, or imprisoned by Israel receive PA support [File: Ammar Awad/Reuters] The government of the Netherlands has stopped sending about $1.5m a year to the Palestinian Authority (PA) because of payments it makes to families of those killed, hurt,

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Trump impeachment inquiry public hearings: All the latest updates

The impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump entered uncharted territory last week with the first public hearings of the investigation.  The inquiry deepened this week with the public testimony of nine current and former US officials. Following a full day of testimony on Tuesday, more hearings took place on

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Trump says he will release 'financial statement' before 2020 vote

Trump talks to the media on his way to the Marine One helicopter as he leaves the White House in Washington, DC, en route to Texas [File: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo] US President Donald Trump, facing lawsuits and political demands to release his tax returns and other financial information,

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Sri Lanka's Muslims have reason to fear the new Rajapaksa era

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves at his supporters as he leaves, after the presidential swearing-in ceremony in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka Nov 18, 2019 [Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters] On Saturday, Sri Lankans elected Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former secretary of defence and brother of two-time former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as their new

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At least 12 million children suffering in Yemen war

As the world marks International Children’s Day, children in Yemen do not have much to celebrate. The nearly five-year-long war has created what the United Nations calls the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. It says at least 12 million children are caught up in the fighting and need outside help. Al

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Amnesty: 22 killed, 2,000 injured in Chile's protest crackdown

Amnesty International has published a report detailing a range of human rights abuses in Chile since protests started a month ago. Twenty-two people have been killed and more than 2,000 injured. Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports from the Chilean capital, Santiago.

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Qatar marks 3-year countdown to World Cup 2022

Qatar is working to boost infrastructure ahead of the 2022 World Cup [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera] Qatar has marked the three-year countdown to hosting the 2020 FIFA World Cup with a new series intended to highlight the country’s football culture. The photo series features personal stories by more than 30

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China: Smuggling For Survival

Wang JiJang scans the airport nervously as he prepares to board a flight from the Indian capital, New Delhi, to Beijing. “To be honest, I’m really worried about going through customs this time,” he says. Hidden in his bag are drugs that could send him to prison for years, but

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Trump impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill, David Holmes to testify

A combination photo of Fiona Hill and David Homes [Files: Leah Millis/Yara Nardi/Reuters] Members of the United States House Intelligence Committee will question an official from the US embassy in Ukraine on Thursday as they seek to learn more about a phone call in which he says he

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SBS World News bulletin: 21/11/19

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sbs-world-news-bulletin-21-11-19News to your inbox Sign up now for the latest news from Australia and around the world direct to your inbox. A valid email address is required Please provide a valid...

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Furious China vows to ‘fight back’ after Congress backs HK democracy

China on Thursday accused the United States of seeking to “destroy” Hong Kong and threatened retaliation after Congress passed new legislation supporting the pro-democracy movement that has thrown the city into nearly six months of turmoil. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and

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Decapitated Sumatran elephant found dead in Indonesia

A Sumatran elephant was found decapitated with its tusks ripped off in an apparent poaching of the critically endangered subspecies, an Indonesian conservation official said. The rotting corpse of the 40-year-old male creature was discovered by a plantation worker on Monday in Riau province on Sumatra island. “The elephant’s head

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Malaysia arrests almost 700 Chinese over cyber scam

Almost 700 Chinese nationals were arrested in Malaysia when authorities raided a building and busted a major online investment scam operation, immigration officials said Thursday. With a fairly open visa regime and relatively developed telecommunications infrastructure, Malaysia has become a hotspot for foreigners looking to set up centres to run

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Gay Saudi journalists detained in Australia after asylum bid

Two gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia after being threatened at home over their relationship have been held for weeks at an immigration detention centre, their lawyer said Wednesday. The couple arrived in Australia in mid-October on tourist visas but was singled out by airport customs officials —

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Fake news amplifies fear and confusion in Hong Kong

Murder disguised as suicide. A secret massacre at a subway station. Impending ‘terrorist’ attacks: false news online is amplifying fear and confusion in Hong Kong as months of pro-democracy unrest turns increasingly violent in the real world. Using half-truths, carefully-edited video, and selective reporting, both the pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps

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Arrests ordered in Philippines vaping ban

Just hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would ban e-cigarette use, police were ordered on Wednesday to begin arresting people caught vaping in public and to confiscate the devices. The abrupt prohibition, revealed by Duterte late Tuesday, adds to a growing global backlash against a product once promoted

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Indonesia’s fading democracy dream

When Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo triggered mass protests in September over his support for regressive amendments to the Criminal Code and the founding statute of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), he beat a hasty retreat. Seeking to avoid an ignominious second term inauguration marred by protest, Jokowi instructed the

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Gender discrimination in China’s labour income

INCOME inequality has been a persistent feature of China’s rapid growth and development since the late 1970s. A gender earnings gap has persisted in urban China throughout the reform period despite a narrowing of the gender gap in educational attainment in recent years. Most of the earnings gap is attributable

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Taiwan halts sales of three Huawei phones in wording row

Taiwan has suspended sales of three Huawei smartphone models that listed it as “Taiwan, China” for timezones and contacts — a designation the self-ruled, democratic island bristles at. Starting Thursday, sales of Huawei’s P30, P30 pro and Nova 5T models will be banned until the Chinese tech giant tweaks their

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Protesters set fire to hold off police at Hong Kong campus

Pro-democracy demonstrators holed up in a Hong Kong university campus set the main entrance ablaze Monday to prevent surrounding police moving in, after officers warned they may use live rounds if confronted by deadly weapons. The violence extended a dangerous new phase of the nearly six-month crisis, which over the

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Six surprisingly easy ways to boost your qualifications

Job hunting has long been a daunting task, and these days the bar set by many employers is even higher. Where once a job-starter might have been required to complete a bachelor degree, now it might be a master’s. And research shows employers deciding between two equally qualified candidates increasingly

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Bank seeks Fraser Anning’s travel records in bank’s bankruptcy bid

Former Queensland senator Fraser Anning’s travel records are being subpoenaed from the Department of Home Affairs, as bankers attempt to locate him overseas to serve him with bankruptcy papers. Bendigo Bank subsidiary ABL Nominees is seeking to bankrupt the former Queensland senator over an unpaid debt of $185,000, understood to

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Millman left devastated after Canada loss

A devastated John Millman has shouldered the blame for Australia’s Davis Cup quarter-final defeat following his singles rubber defeat to Vasek Pospisil. The Queenslander was a late addition to the side to face the Canadians after Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the match due to a collarbone injury an hour

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ANZ, Westpac face class action over ‘junk insurance’

Law firm Slater and Gordon has announced class actions against ANZ and Westpac for selling “junk” insurance policies to unsuspecting customers. The firm claims the big banks sold worthless credit card insurance to customers they would never have been eligible to claim against. The action comes just two days after

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Banned from Bahrain: More fallout for Prince Andrew

Britain’s embattled Prince Andrew has reportedly been forced to cancel a weekend trip to Bahrain amid mounting pressure for him to give evidence to the FBI. British media is reporting that the prince had planned to fly to Bahrain on Saturday for an event for his pet project, Pitch@Palace, despite

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Qld family defamed by Nine after fatal Grantham floods awarded $3.6m

A wealthy Queensland family defamed by a Nine Network report about the fatal Grantham floods in 2011 has been awarded a $3.6 million damages payout. Toowoomba’s Wagner brothers were defamed by a 60 Minutes report from May 2015 that incorrectly insinuated they were responsible for the destruction of the town

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Is education a superpower? We think so

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey The thirst for knowledge is ageless, the capacity to learn infinite and the face of education interchangeable. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there were an extra 90,000 students above the age of 25

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Victoria’s Secret show officially cancelled after backlash and poor ratings

Amid plunging ratings, a body diversity controversy and a Jeffrey Epstein link, lingerie company Victoria’s Secret has confirmed its 2019 fashion show is a bust. Longtime Australian ‘Angel’ Shanina Shaik first leaked the news in July, telling the Daily Telegraph “unfortunately” the show had been cancelled. “It’s something I’m not

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Ask the Expert: Savings and cash flow tips to grow your wealth

Saving money can often feel like a chore, but with household debt at record levels there’s never been a better time to start putting a little bit of money aside. Australia’s household debt levels have hit 202 per cent of annual income, according to NAB. Estimates suggest that number will

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Donald Trump can keep his tax returns private

California’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that US President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring. The state law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Mr Trump, violates the constitution’s

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$40m lottery winner celebrates with cooling shower

A Cairns healthcare worker who scooped an enormous $40 million lottery pool has chosen a low-key way to celebrate his newfound wealth – a shower. The Far North Queensland man held the country’s only division one winning entry in Thursday night’s bumper Powerball draw. As a bonus, his winning PowerHit

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Koala hospital raises more than $1m to help after devastating bushfires

An online fund-raising campaign set up by a NSW koala hospital has raised more than $1 million to rescue and rehabilitate marsupials devastated by bushfires. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital’s Help Thirsty Koalas Devastated by Recent Fires campaign had by Thursday night raised $1,078,000 on GoFundMe, eclipsing the initial stated target

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Trump Russia adviser warns of falsehoods

President Donald Trump’s former Russia adviser Fiona Hill has urged Congress’ impeachment inquiry not to promote “politically driven falsehoods” casting doubt on Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election. In testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Ms Hill said some members of the panel apparently believed Russian security

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Israeli Prime Minister formally indicted on corruption charges

Pink champagne and cigars are some of the thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is alleged to have accepted from billionaire friends, including Australian James Packer.  The disgraced leader was indicted on corruption charges, including bribery, breach of trust and fraud, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced on Friday

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Labor to champion 12 per cent increase to superannuation guarantee

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has vowed to champion the legislated increase in the super guarantee to 12 per cent to boost productivity and congestion-busting infrastructure. In the second of three headland speeches to outline Labor’s policy priorities, Mr Albanese will today warn the Morrison Government against delaying the increase to

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Do you swear as much as the average Australian?

Men aged between 40 and 54 are the biggest potty mouths in the country, and they drop choice expletives most often behind the wheel. A new survey has quizzed Australian on their swearing habits, and found that when we do cuss, we don’t do it with the attempt to offend

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Infrastructure assets driving industry fund outperformance: IOOF chief

Industry super funds have consistently outperformed their retail peers by 1.8 percentage points over 20 years because of their higher stake in unlisted infrastructure, a parliamentary committee has heard. And that difference means that industry fund members retire with double the super balances of their retail fund counterparts, Labor shadow

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Government urged to act on deaths caused by weak energy standards in homes

Extreme hot and cold weather will lead to more preventable deaths unless governments fast track plans to improve the energy efficiency of millions of homes, community groups have said. The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and 39 other community groups argued in an open letter to the nation’s energy

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Sickness stupidity explained: Even minor inflammation causes brain fog

New research might explain why we’re not quite on the ball mentally when suffering a low-level cold – running nose and slight elevation of body temperature – or a chronic condition like obesity. Scientists have long suspected that systemic inflammation (the body’s immediate response to infection and illness) causes the

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Woolworths trials new trolley-sized, self-serve system

There’s a special kind of awkwardness that has arisen with the advent of self-serve checkouts at supermarkets: The dance around the shopper trying to scan and bag a shopping trolley full of goods. No matter how spacious, there never seems to be enough room for the carrier and its owner,

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Workers ‘hot to trot’ on boosted super, industry chief tells politicians

Workers are “hot to trot” over the need to increase the nation’s superannuation guarantee to 12 per cent and don’t want governments to tinker with the system. The head of the nation’s largest super fund, AustralianSuper chief Ian Silk told the House economics committee on Thursday that Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s

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US Navy moves to expel SEAL commando

A US Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in a war crimes trial but convicted of posing for pictures with a dead Iraqi detainee faces proceedings to expel him from special forces after President Donald Trump reversed his demotion in rank. Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, 40, received formal notice on

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