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Malcolm Turnbull faces civil war over same-sex marriage

by Phillip Coorey Malcolm Turnbull has not ruled out allocating several millions of dollars to the cases for and against same-sex marriage in a move that would appease Coalition conservatives but anger moderates and further entrench Labor’s opposition to a national vote. With same-sex marriage now a flashpoint for the factional tensions tearing at the Coalition, Mr Turnbull came under pressure on Monday from former prime minister Tony Abbott and ...

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Train passengers reveal the best and worst commutes in Australia

MANY of us have no choice but to use them, so the least they could do is make the experience as pleasant as possible. But when it comes to train travel, it appears the commuters of Melbourne are Australia’s longest suffering, with Sydney’s public transport users not far behind. To find the country’s most contented commuters you have to go ...

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ABC Queensland police reporter denies being under influence of a dangerous drug

Police are reviewing the conduct of two Brisbane officers who detained an ABC reporter outside a hardware store and accused him of being “off his chops” on drugs. ABC Queensland police reporter Josh Bavas, who denies being under the influence of a dangerous drug, used his mobile phone to film the encounter at a Bunnings store in southern Brisbane. He ...

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Syria Aleppo siege: Rebels storm artillery base

A coalition of Syrian Islamist rebel groups has said it stormed an artillery base in the strategic city of Aleppo to try to end a government siege. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said part of the base had been taken. But the Syrian army said it had repelled the assault, inflicting heavy casualties on the ...

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Probe into Russian airliner crash enters final stage

Egypt’s prosecutor-general Nabil Sadek is set to travel to Moscow next week to brief Russian officials on the latest investigations into the deadly October crash of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai. According to an official statement by Egypt’s civil aviation ministry on Tuesday, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy stressed to Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov during a Monday ...

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Egypt’s FM Shoukry heads to Washington for anti-IS group coalition meeting

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry flew to Washington on Tuesday evening to participate in the ministerial meeting of the international anti-Islamic State group coalition hosted by the United States, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry announced. According to statements by foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid, Shoukry is set to attend the meeting held in Washington with the participation ...

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Turkey imposes 3-month state of emergency to catch coup plotters

Turkish authorities Thursday imposed a three-month state of emergency, strengthening powers to round up suspects accused of staging the failed military coup despite global alarm over a widening purge. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the state of emergency, the first in Turkey in one and a half decades, shortly before midnight after an almost five-hour meeting of his national security ...

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China eyes eight cruise ships to serve South China Sea

Up to eight Chinese ships will offer cruises to the South China Sea over the next five years, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, as Beijing continues to promote tourism to the disputed waters. Sanya International Cruise Development Company, a joint venture by COSCO Shipping, China National Travel Service (HK) Group  and China Communications Construction, will buy between five and ...

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11 children killed and many wounded in Syria

The US-led coalition to defeat Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will investigate reports it killed dozens of innocent civilians on Tuesday in an air strike in northern Syria, US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. As many as 85 civilians are believed to have been mistaken for Islamic State fighters and killed in the operation north of the ...

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Cruz: If you love our country …stand and speak and vote your conscience

Great hopes for Republicans uniting behind the contentious presidential nomination of Donald Trump fractured on Wednesday evening when Texas Senator Ted Cruz pointedly refused to endorse Trump – causing extraordinary scenes on the floor of the GOP convention, and backstage – in the usually decorous donor suites. Cruz was assailed by delegates, many booing and angrily waving their fists while ...

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