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Hep A scare continues: Berries could affect 100 schools

Students and staff at nearly 100 schools and childcare centres across Australia may have contracted hepatitis A from contaminated frozen berries, federal Labor says. In Victoria 53 schools and childcare centres have raised the alarm about the health of staff and students. Another 22 institutions in South Australia and 18 in Queensland may also be affected. “The latest figures are ...

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Taylor Swift crowned ‘world’s top-selling artist’

Taylor Swift has been crowned the world’s top-selling artist in 2014. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, said that Swift was the world’s most popular recording artist last year when accounting for physical sales, downloads and streaming. Swift dominated US charts in late 2014 but the group said that she was also among the top five artists ...

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Breaking: IS has reportedly kidnapped Assyrians in Syria

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups say. The extremist fighters swept through the Assyrian villages nestled along the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province around dawn on Monday. In the assault, the militants took between 70 and 100 ...

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More calls for Multicultural NSW chief to be sacked over controversial war memorial guidelines

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today invited multicultural media to the launch of Multicultural March, but the focus soon turned to the fact that Chief Executive of Multicultural New South Wales Hakan Harman, who was listed on the media invitation, was absent. Mr. Harman has been criticised by ethnic community leaders who are calling for him to sacked ...

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Multicultural March: A time to reflect on the inter-cultural harmony

To kick off Multicultural March, Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today launched a sate-wide calendar of activities that will take place in New South Wales. During a multicultural media briefing in Sydney, Mr. Dominello said the positive level of community engagement during recent sporting events like the AFC Asian Cup and the ICC Cricket World Cup as well ...

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Oil prices fall in New York

New York oil prices have fallen in late trade, with the WTI contract breaking away from a stable trade in London to fall near the $US50 dollar line. West Texas Intermediate for March delivery settled at the official close on Friday at $US50.32 a barrel, down 82 US cents from Thursday, as the contract expired. WTI then continued to fall further in late ...

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Two men injured in neighbourhood dispute

Police inquiries are continuing after two men were involved in a fight at Riverwood this afternoon (Saturday 21 February 2015). About 2.40pm police were called to Bonds Road after reports of two men fighting. Police believe the fight has arisen from a neighbour dispute. When they arrived, police found a 42-year-old man with a cut to his chest and a ...

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Fire rips through Dubai residential skyscraper

A huge fire has engulfed one of the tallest towers of the Gulf emirate of Dubai. The blaze has gutted the upper part of The Torch residential skyscraper, which stands 336 metres high, triggering an evacuation of nearby towers in the Dubai Marina neighbourhood, according to an AFP correspondent. No deaths have been reported so far, with the blaze brought ...

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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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