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Kate joins Queen’s birthday event

The Queen has celebrated her official birthday with the pomp and pageantry of the Trooping the Colour ceremony. The event also saw the Duchess of Cambridge carry out her first official engagement since the birth of Princess Charlotte six weeks ago. Joined by all the adult senior royals, the monarch inspected 1100 soldiers of the Household Division at Horse Guards ...

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Legal doubts arise over citizenship move

The Abbott government’s plans to strip citizenship from dual nationals involved in terrorism could be unconstitutional, the Australian Greens say. Greens senator Penny Wright says the proposed laws, which are expected to give Immigration Minister Peter Dutton discretion to revoke citizenship of Australians deemed to be working with terrorists, are a serious mistake. “The decision to remove a person’s citizenship ...

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Trés Chic: Thousands attend Paris’ dinner in white

More than 13,000 people have turned out in Paris for the 27th edition of “Diner en blanc” (Dinner in white) – a pop-up picnic where attendees dress to the nines entirely in white. The diners were armed with white tables and chairs, and on Thursday packed out public areas of the Tuileries Garden and the Palais Royal, locations that were made public ...

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Gay marriage opponents aren’t bigots: Nile

Christian Democrats leader Reverend Fred Nile says people who oppose marriage equality aren’t bigots, and he’ll send that message when he joins the ABC’s special gay-themed episode of Q&A. A social media backlash erupted after the conservative NSW upper house MP was chosen to join the public broadcaster’s panel on sexuality next week. Mr Nile is a fierce advocate against ...

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Prolific UK actor Christopher Lee dies

British actor Christopher Lee, the ultimate movie villain who played Dracula and starred in “The Lord of the Rings”, has died aged 93. “I can confirm we issued a death certificate on June 8. Mr Christopher Lee died on June 7th,” said a spokeswoman for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. According to the UK’s The Daily ...

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Will Homer and Marge split?

D’oh! Will Homer and Marge split after more than 25 years together on The Simpsons, or are their creators just teasing us? The hit cartoon’s writers appear to have dampened divorce speculation, despite the executive producer announcing the couple’s separation in an interview. In a link on the show’s Twitter feed, Al Jean says it will emerge at the start ...

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Australia is considering boosting its involvement in Iraq: PM

Australia is talking with coalition partners about a possible boost to its involvement in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says. Opening a summit on countering violent extremism in Sydney, Mr Abbott said the Islamic State terror group could not be negotiated with, only fought. “We are talking with our friends and partners about how the air strikes might be more ...

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Film Review

Where do you begin dissecting the depressingly funny and philosophical movie A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence? You could start by accepting that this movie will take you on a journey that is both dreamlike and nightmarish. Swedish director and writer Roy Andersson has created a film that digs right into the idea of human existence by ...

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Fat can fight heart disease: report

The fat surrounding blood vessels can help fight heart disease. The new research may help explain the paradox that people with a Body Mass Index that signifies obesity are actually more likely to live longer after a heart attack than someone with a healthy BMI. The studies, led by a British Heart Foundation research fellow Professor Charalambos Antoniades, involved analysis of tissue ...

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Come forward, Hockey tells foreign buyers

Almost 200 cases of dodgy foreign buyers of Australian houses have been uncovered, some by neighbours dobbing in people suspected of hiding their home’s ownership. Other foreign buyers have dobbed themselves in during a federal government crackdown. Under tighter new rules to come to effect in December, foreign buyers and those who facilitate illegal property sales face new penalties including ...

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