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Defence white paper shows Australia’s ‘Cold War mentality’, says China

China has accused Australia of maintaining a “Cold War mentality” with its alliance with the United States, following the release of the Turnbull government’s defence white paper which criticised China’s role in rising tensions in the South China Sea. At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Wu Qian said China was “seriously concerned” about the contents in the white paper, and ...

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Three women dead after Sydney police chase

Three women are dead, and another two people are seriously injured after a police chase in Sydney’s west. Police began pursuing a car in Marayong about 1.10am on Saturday morning when it failed to stop for random breath testing as it travelled along Railway Road. The white Holden Commodore crashed moments after the chase began. “There was no breaking noise or squealing ...

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Italian student’s death puts Egyptian abuses back on agenda

The recent death in Cairo of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni has triggered fresh concerns about Egypt’s human rights situation, five years after mass protests forced President Hosni Mubarak from power. Mr Regeni, who was in Egypt to conduct research on trade unions and labour rights, disappeared on 25 January – the fifth anniversary of the start of the protests. ...

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FFA announces new procedures around fan bans for bad behaviour and appeals against decisions

The FFA has announced a new set of procedures to cover cases where fans are banned for bad behaviour, including an appeals process against such bans. The move follows a series of incidents at A-League matches, and controversy over the lack of an existing appeals process to cover the 198 fans currently banned by the league. Under the new procedure, ...

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Bill Shorten uses NSW ALP conference to unveil negative gearing changes to to ‘level housing playing field’

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has unveiled plans to change negative gearing rules for property purchases, in a move touted to “put the great Australian dream back within reach for the middle and working class”. With just months to go until a federal election is called, Mr Shorten used his speech to the NSW ALP conference to rally the party ...

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Lebanon awaits Hariri’s keynote speech on crisis

With no solution in sight to the presidential crisis, all eyes are focused on a keynote speech to be delivered by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Sunday in which he is expected to highlight his ongoing efforts to put an end to the 20-month-long vacuum, Future Movement sources said Friday.  

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Rolf Harris charged with seven counts of indecent assault, UK police say

Entertainer Rolf Harris has been charged with seven counts of indecent assault, the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police say. In a statement, the United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service said the alleged offences dated from 1971 to 2004 and related to seven complainants. Harris will face three counts of indecent assault against girls aged 14 or younger and four counts relating to ...

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al-Assad vows to retake ‘entire country’ despite international pressure for ceasefire

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep “fighting terrorism” while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire. His defiant stance, in an interview with the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency, doused hopes of an imminent halt to hostilities, which world powers are pushing to take effect ...

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Emergency meeting to be held over Sydney school as funding cuts loom

An emergency meeting that may determine the future of thousands of students at Australia’s largest Islamic school will be held early next week.   Earlier this week, the Federal Government said it would axe funding to the Malek Fahd Islamic school in Greenacre in Sydney’s south west, saying it failed to address concerns about how $19 million in federal money ...

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NSW Labor conference: Delegates urged to clean up party culture of bullying

President of the NSW Labor Party Mark Lennon has urged delegates gathered for its annual state conference to endorse the adoption of a code of conduct in order to clean up the party’s culture of bullying and harassment. More than 800 delegates have filled Sydney’s Town Hall to wrangle over party policy, campaign strategy and party reform. The delegates will ...

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