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Lebanese Fashion School Scouts Talent in Refugee Camps and Orphanages

(Reuters) -It’s in the refugee camps and orphanages of Lebanon that Creative Space Beirut, a fashion school, looks for emerging talent for its three-year program taught by top Lebanese and international designers. Sarah Hermez, 28, founder and director of Creative Space, chooses ten underprivileged students from different backgrounds to join her school in the art district of east Beirut. They ...

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Jordan’s King Abdullah declares a war against ISIS

Following the release of an Islamic State group video depicting Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh being burned to death in a cage,  Jordan’s King Abdullah has declared a war against ISIS. “We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human principles and our war for their sake will be relentless and will hit them in their own ...

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Former Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Reflects: ‘Lebanon is a Part of Me’

He has been held at gunpoint in Beirut, seen the brutal aftermath of war firsthand and even shakes his head at Lebanese disunity but as he reflects on his time as Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Lex Bartlem OAM says he feels nothing but love for Lebanon and can’t wait to go back. Queensland born Lex Bartlem always dreamed of ...

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Egypt: Al Jazeera Journalist Could be Freed Within Hours

A Qatar-based news channel has reported that jailed Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy could be free within hours. According to his family, Fahmy recently renounced his Egyptian citizenship, paving the way for his release and deportation under a presidential decree. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said late on Monday that Fahmy’s release was “imminent.” Fahmy’s Australian colleague Peter Greste was ...

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Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste Freed

After 400 days of imprisonment Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed and deported from Egypt and flown to Cyprus. Greste was arrested in December 2013 and tried on charges that included spreading false news and collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013. Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher ...

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Djokovic Beats Murray to Win Australian Open 

Novak Djokovic wins his fifth Australian Open title after defeating Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 on Sunday. The 27-year-old Serbian has made history now trailing legends Roger Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14), Pete Sampras (14), Roy Emerson (12), Rod Laver (11), Bjorn Borg (11) and Bill Tilden (10) for singles slams.

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ASIAN Cup 2015: Success For the Socceroos

After a historic victory triumph for host nation Australia at the AFC Asian Cup, many are hopeful this is a sign of great things to come. A record-breaking crowd of over 75,000 at Sydney’s Stadium Australia witnessed the Socceroos’ 2-1 victory over Korea Republic.

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Diverse Workforce Powers the Economy, say top business leaders

The Chief Executive of Australia’s biggest bank and chairman of the nation’s second largest telecommunications company are among a group of influential business leaders who are heading up a national campaign to promote the economic benefits of cultural diversity. The high-profile group all say that Australia’s cultural diversity can be harnessed as a competitive advantage in business. The pioneering television ...

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BREAKING: Lebanon Takes Military Action to Protect its Border from Syrian Jihadis

Fears of facing another Islamist militant attack on the Syrian border have led the Lebanese army to preemptively attack, shelling the outskirts of the northeastern Bekaa Valley area of Ras Baalbek, reports the Daily Star. Just last month Syria-based militants, allegedly linked to ISIS, launched a surprise attack on an Army post in Tallet al-Hamr, in an early morning attack on 23 January. This ...

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Etihad Airways Appoints First Female Emirati Airport Manager

Etihad Airways , the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed the first Emirati female airport manager in Japan.  Based in Nagoya, Fatima Al Kharousi will be responsible for overseeing the airline’s operations at Chubu Centrair International Airport and the smooth operation of its daily service between Abu Dhabi and Nagoya. Fatima joined Etihad Airways in 2009 as part of ...

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