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Courage in the face of Nazi brutality

Zakynthos is a magnificent speck in the ocean off the west coast of Greece. One of 1400 Greek islands, it is said that the Greek goddess of hunting, Artemis, hunted in the woods of Zakynthos. The island was the scene of an extraordinary act of courage which saved an entire community from annihilation. That story was not widely known until ...

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Chinese New Year: Millions travel across country to welcome in Year of the Monkey

At Beijing’s main train station, the snack sellers are doing brisk business. As thousands of people stream past them each hour, packs of bottled water, instant noodles and preserved duck meat are flying off the shelves. The scene is a far cry from the chaos that gripped commuters outside the main train station in Guangzhou, 2,000 kilometres to the south, ...

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Australia paceman Kane Richardson coming home from New Zealand tour with back injury

Kane Richardson’s hopes of taking part in the World Twenty20 are hanging in the balance, with the paceman sent home from New Zealand for further assessment of a back injury. Richardson was a late withdrawal from Saturday’s one-day international in Wellington, where Australia squared their three-match series against New Zealand with a four-wicket win. “He pulled up with a bit ...

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Sam Burgess swims with sharks on honeymoon

NRL star Sam Burgess has been swimming with sharks while honeymooning in the Maldives with writer Phoebe Burgess. The pair married just days after Christmas in a ceremony held in the NSW Southern Highlands surrounded by family and friends. The newlyweds have been busy posting images of their holiday to social media showing Phoebe relaxing in the crystal blue water ...

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Dick Smith shares enter trading halt

Troubled electronics retailer Dick Smith has placed its shares in a trading halt ahead of an expected announcement about its debt financing. The company expects to make an announcement about its funding position and debt financing covenants by Wednesday. Dick Smith shares have plunged in recent months after it issued two profit warnings following disappointing sales in October and November. ...

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Pope urges unity against militants

Pope Francis has urged the world in his Christmas message to unite to end atrocities by Islamist militants that he said were causing immense suffering in many countries. Security was tight at the Vatican on Friday as Francis, marking the third Christmas since his election in 2013, read his traditional Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the ...

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Holiday season road death toll hits 15

Australia’s holiday road toll has climbed to 15 after six people were killed on the country’s roads on Boxing Day. In Queensland a 26-year-old man died in a two-car crash on the Burnett Highway at Gayndah and a motorcyclist aged in his 30s died after losing control and being thrown from his bike at Mount Nebo. In Richmond, western Sydney, ...

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Pharmacists warn against cheaper meds

The powerful pharmacists lobby warns pensioners they won’t see any benefit if they buy discounted medicines. The Pharmacy Guild fired the warning shot on Monday, after Chemist Warehouse announced it would discount prescription medicines by $1 from January 1. Pharmacists have been required to charge set fees for prescription drugs – $6.10 for concession patients and $37.70 for general patients, ...

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Lindt Cafe donates money to charity

Every dollar spent in the Lindt Cafe on the first anniversary of the Sydney siege will be donated to charity. It’s been a year since the dramatic siege which claimed the lives of cafe manager Tori Johnson and barrister Katrina Dawson. Funds raised at the Martin Place cafe on Tuesday will be donated to the Katrina Dawson Foundation and Beyond ...

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Police target Melbourne Stereosonic

A week after a woman died from a drug she took at a music festival in Sydney, police in Victoria are urging people not to gamble with their lives at Melbourne’s Stereosonic this weekend. Sniffer dogs and police will be outside and inside the Melbourne Showgrounds to crack down on illicit drugs among the 25,000 people expected to attend the ...

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