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Obama sells Iran deal directly to US Jews

Amid a bitter public fight with Israel’s government, President Barack Obama has donned a yarmulke and pitched his nuclear deal with Iran and the case for a Palestinian state directly to US Jews. Visiting Washington’s conservative Adas Israel synagogue on Friday, Obama embarked on a Hebrew-sprinkled charm offensive which stressed that US-Israeli relations encompass more than just official links with ...

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Vivid show set to light up Sydney

Record crowds are expected at the Vivid Sydney light show extravaganza on Friday night when the switch is flicked on. The festival of lights, music and ideas runs for 18 nights and will feature more than 60 works as well as musical performances and special talks, including a Q&A with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. More than 1.4 million people ...

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Depp leaves Australia to be with wife

Johnny Depp has reportedly walked off the Pirates of the Caribbean set on the Gold Coast and is headed back to the US to be with his wife. The actor is meant to be shooting scenes as the swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow in Queensland. But he unexpectedly left the set on Wednesday night, with plans to return home on the ...

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Sunny, with a chance of rain, hail, thunderstorms, and more sunshine

“If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” That’s the motto used by Sydneysiders whenever someone complains about our temperamental weather. And for the most part, it’s true. One minute the weather is nothing but picturesque clear skies, warm temperatures and comfortable cool breezes – the ideal picture of summer. The next, the skies have turned a smoky ...

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PM rejects leniency for ex-terrorists

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australian foreign fighters seeking to return home will be arrested and prosecuted. Lawyers are seeking leniency from the government in seeking to return their clients who have been fighting with Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, arguing that they could help with deradicalising Australian youths. “If you go, and you seek to come back, as ...

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Film, Fashion and Glamour at Cannes Film Festival 2015

In the beautiful resort town on the French Riviera, film stars, renowned directors and producers alike congregated together for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, where all attention is on the clothes as celebrities don their finest gowns ahead of their red carpet debuts. During the 12-day event, which runs from the 13th until the 24th of May, it is ...

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Terriers gone, investigation underway

Pistol and Boo may have “left the building”, but Barnaby Joyce says an investigation into how Johnny Depp smuggled his pampered pooches into the country is underway. The movie star, who is filming in Australia, has sent the dogs back to the US in the lap of luxury on a private jet to avoid being put down. But the agricultural ...

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Depp’s dogs face scrutiny from US Customs

Pistol and Boo better have their paperwork in order and appear healthy when they land back in the US. Johnny Depp’s infamous, illegally-imported Yorkshire terriers may have buggered off from Australia and escaped being euthanised, but they will be scrutinised by officers from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection after touching down in Los Angeles. “We ...

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Syrian war won’t end before 2017: Obama

US President Barack Obama believes the war in Syria is unlikely to end before he leaves office in early 2017, and has again said there is no “military solution” to the conflict. “The situation in Syria is heartbreaking but it’s extremely complex,” Obama said in an interview with the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television network. Asked if the conflict might be resolved ...

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Harry comes out on top in croc experience

If catching a Northern Territory crocodile safely isn’t a difficult enough task for any wildlife ranger, imagine doing it under the watchful eye of a royal. Prince Harry was recently in Australia for a secondment with the Defence Force, while also greeting adoring fans and politely declining marriage proposals. But a trip to Darwin Harbour also involved him getting up ...

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