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Coptic Church: ‘We need to forgive these terrorists’

Despite violently beheading their brothers and sisters in Libya, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne says their followers should forgive and love the terrorists involved. Last week, Islamic State fighters released a video of the beachside beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya. A memorial service for those killed was held in Melbourne’s southeast on Saturday morning and attended by more than ...

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Blizzards sweep across Middle East

Blizzards have dumped a blanket of snow over the Middle East with many residents urged to stay in their homes because of blocked or icy roads. People in Jerusalem woke up to around 25 centimetres of snow after the second major blizzard of winter swept across the hilltop Holy City. Schools closed for the day and urban bus services were ...

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Experts warn: Parents need to get teenagers off their screens

Parents need to get teenagers off their screens and moving in order to stave off long-term health problems, experts say. Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation say secondary school students are watching more screen media than ever before. Nearly 60 per cent of teens have access to at least three TVs at home and 40 per cent have ...

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England looking to stop NRL player drain

Leading Super League coaches are urging their stars to shun the big dollars on offer in the NRL to stem the flow of English talent to Australia. Recently, the NRL has been treated to the hugely successful moves of Canterbury’s James Graham, the Burgess brothers at South Sydney, Warrior Sam Tomkins and Gareth Ellis at Wests Tigers, while Wigan’s dynamic ...

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Beauty queen helps raise over six thousand dollars for charity

Newly crowned Miss Lebanon Emigrant Australia 2014/15 Nicole Eljed has recently helped raise over six thousand dollars for Branardos Australia after hosting a Victorian Style Lunch in Peakhurst in Sydney’s south. The 23-year-old legal secretary is an active supporter of Barnardos and has worked closely with pageant creators the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) to fundraise for the charity. ‘I ...

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Lady Gaga engaged: “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!”

Pop diva Lady Gaga has announced to the world that she is getting married – to an actor she met making a video, in which she wore her mother’s wedding dress. The 28-year-old superstar, who has become as known for her extravagant outfits as for her music, revealed the engagement by showing a simple, heart-shaped ring that fiance Taylor Kinney ...

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Breaking: Jury to begin deliberations in Murder trial of Katherine Abdallah

The jury in the murder trial of Katherine Abdallah are set to start deliberations on Thursday morning. The 33-year-old has pleaded not guilty over the fatal stabbing of her flatmate Suzie Sarkis on the ground of self defence. Sarkis, 21, died from a chest wound sustained during a fight with Abdallah at their Brighton-Le-Sands townhouse on February 9, 2013. In summing up ...

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Frozen Mixed Berries recalled: Hepatitis A infections expected to rise

Health experts expect the number of Australians to contract Hepatitis A from frozen berries to increase after three new infections emerged in Queensland. Eight people have now contracted the virus after eating frozen mixed berries, including three diagnosed in Victoria, two in NSW, and the three Queensland cases reported on Monday. A ninth person, also from Queensland, has tested positive to ...

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Maronite Catholics gather to mark Ash Monday

Maronite Catholics around Australia have started to gather at churches to take part in Ash Monday services, many squeezing in a quick lunchtime church visit to mark the occasion. Ash Monday is the first day of the Lenten Season and Maronite churches traditionally hold special services and open their doors to parishioners who wish to receive blessed ashes on their ...

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IS beheads Egyptian Christians in Libya

CAIRO- The Islamic State group has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians the jihadists say they captured in Libya. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi immediately called an urgent meeting of the country’s top security body and declared seven days of mourning. Al-Azhar, the prestigious Cairo-based seat of Islamic learning, denounced the “barbaric” killings. The footage ...

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