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Egypt: Al Jazeera Journalist Could be Freed Within Hours

A Qatar-based news channel has reported that jailed Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy could be free within hours. According to his family, Fahmy recently renounced his Egyptian citizenship, paving the way for his release and deportation under a presidential decree. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said late on Monday that Fahmy’s release was “imminent.” Fahmy’s Australian colleague Peter Greste was ...

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Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste Freed

After 400 days of imprisonment Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed and deported from Egypt and flown to Cyprus. Greste was arrested in December 2013 and tried on charges that included spreading false news and collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013. Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher ...

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Djokovic Beats Murray to Win Australian Open 

Novak Djokovic wins his fifth Australian Open title after defeating Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 on Sunday. The 27-year-old Serbian has made history now trailing legends Roger Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14), Pete Sampras (14), Roy Emerson (12), Rod Laver (11), Bjorn Borg (11) and Bill Tilden (10) for singles slams.

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ASIAN Cup 2015: Success For the Socceroos

After a historic victory triumph for host nation Australia at the AFC Asian Cup, many are hopeful this is a sign of great things to come. A record-breaking crowd of over 75,000 at Sydney’s Stadium Australia witnessed the Socceroos’ 2-1 victory over Korea Republic.

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Diverse Workforce Powers the Economy, say top business leaders

The Chief Executive of Australia’s biggest bank and chairman of the nation’s second largest telecommunications company are among a group of influential business leaders who are heading up a national campaign to promote the economic benefits of cultural diversity. The high-profile group all say that Australia’s cultural diversity can be harnessed as a competitive advantage in business. The pioneering television ...

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BREAKING: Lebanon Takes Military Action to Protect its Border from Syrian Jihadis

Fears of facing another Islamist militant attack on the Syrian border have led the Lebanese army to preemptively attack, shelling the outskirts of the northeastern Bekaa Valley area of Ras Baalbek, reports the Daily Star. Just last month Syria-based militants, allegedly linked to ISIS, launched a surprise attack on an Army post in Tallet al-Hamr, in an early morning attack on 23 January. This ...

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Etihad Airways Appoints First Female Emirati Airport Manager

Etihad Airways , the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed the first Emirati female airport manager in Japan.  Based in Nagoya, Fatima Al Kharousi will be responsible for overseeing the airline’s operations at Chubu Centrair International Airport and the smooth operation of its daily service between Abu Dhabi and Nagoya. Fatima joined Etihad Airways in 2009 as part of ...

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Arab Bank Group Net Profits Grow by 15% to Reach USD 577.2 Million in 2014 and 24.5% Dividend Distribution

Arab Bank Group reported net profit after tax and provisions of USD 577.2 million in 2014, a growth of 15% compared to the profit reported in the previous year. To enhance the Bank’s capital adequacy ratio and to further expand its business, the Board of Directors recommended distributing dividends of 24.5% for the year 2014, made up of cash dividends ...

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Business Leaders Launch National Campaign to Champion Diversity in the Workplace

The CEO of the Commonwealth Bank and the chairman of the country’s second largest telecommunications company are among a group of eminent business leaders who will feature in a national television campaign launched today to promote the economic benefits of Australia’s cultural diversity. The pioneering campaign showcases how Australia’s diverse workforce has contributed to the success and prosperity of many ...

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Video Games Help Doctors Diagnose Patients at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

In a world first, doctors at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute have used computer gaming technology to help better diagnose patients suffering from a heart rhythm disease. This life threatening, electrical disorder kills 12% of Australians by stopping the heart from pumping blood effectively – causing sudden death.  Using the same technology that powers video games, researchers have been able ...

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