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ABC Middle East Correspondent talks reporting in war-torn countries

She is usually the one asking the questions, but last Tuesday Debbie Whitmont, an Australian television journalist and writer for ABC’s Four Corners news program, was the one answering the questions as she took part in a Q and A session at the University of New South Wales. Organised by the faculty of Journalism, the session saw the veteran journalist being ...

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Today’s Easter Show Highlights and Photo Gallery

It’s Day 10 of the Sydney Royal Easter Show and here are some of the highlights: Today is Youth in Ag Day, a special feature at the Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show), recognising the contribution of young people in rural and regional communities. Head down to the Food Farm, where kids can receive their tractor licence, become honorary jackeroos ...

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Artist Marcelle Mansour: “Mothers should not feel guilty about pursuing their goals”

Award-winning Australian Palestinian visual artist and writer Marcelle Mansour has enjoyed a successful professional career that spans over three decades, but the mother of four (and grandmother of five) will make no excuses for being a working mum. Marcelle has been practicing visual arts since the early 1980s, creating representational art including portraits, murals, sceneries and abstract works and says ...

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20% of British teens have accessed E-cigs

One in five British teenagers has tried e-cigarettes, a study has found. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University said 16 per cent of these had never otherwise smoked, while they also found e-cigarettes were “strongly related” to drinking amongst teenagers. One of the study’s authors, Professor Mark Bellis, warned that such “rapid penetration into teenage culture of what is essentially ...

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Kids’ alcohol sips ‘send mixed message’

Children allowed an occasional sip of wine at the dinner table may be more at risk of drinking as teenagers. Of 561 children in a US study, those given a taste of alcohol by the age of 11 were four times more likely to have been drunk or to have experienced binge-drinking by the time they were in high school. ...

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US Music festivals ban selfie sticks

You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The devices, which grasp mobile phones to allow people to take pictures of themselves farther away from their faces, are banned at the US summer festivals in Indio, California, and Chicago. Coachella dismissed them ...

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Robin Williams’ wife, kids head to court

Lawyers for Robin Williams’ wife and children are headed to court in their battle over the late comedian’s estate. The lawyers are scheduled to appear before a San Francisco probate judge on Monday, as they argue over who should get clothes and other personal items the actor kept at one his Northern California homes. In papers filed in December, Williams’ wife, ...

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Breach of G20 leaders’ personal details

World leaders, including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, had their personal details accidentally shared before last year’s G20 summit in Brisbane. But Australia’s immigration department determined it was not necessary to notify the presidents, prime ministers and other representatives of the privacy breach. Passport numbers, visa details and dates of birth of leaders attending the Brisbane summit last November were ...

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Baird warns upper house to pass power bill

NSW Premier Mike Baird has put opposition parties on notice that he expects them to honour his mandate to partially privatise the state’s electricity assets. Mr Baird wants to introduce into parliament as soon as possible the legislation to lease 49 per cent of the NSW electricity network for 99 years for about $13 billion, helping create a $20 billion ...

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Middle East prepares for meltdown as Sunni states bomb Yemen

Afshin Shahi, University of Bradford Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East and known to have more weapons than citizens, has been a security nightmare for some time – but its recent downturn has finally spurred its neighbours to military action. An unprecedented coalition of Sunni states has lined up to preserve what they consider as the legitimate Yemeni ...

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