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Gas price hike, subsidy cuts shake up Saudis

Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia and, at age 30, the youngest defense minister in the world, holds many sensitive responsibilities. He sets prices for gasoline and services in the kingdom, handles terrorism issues and tackles the influence of Iran and its regional allies. Some Saudis have high hopes about Salman, while others are concerned because ...

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Is Turkey the odd man out as Egypt, Greece, Cyprus cozy up?

Egypt and Cyprus appear to be taking quick action on decisions they made with Greece during their December summit that addressed issues including the economy, energy and politics. On Jan. 4, Cypriot Minister of Agriculture Nicos Kouyialis visited Egypt and met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a number of Egyptian officials, including the ministers of agriculture and environment. Kouyialis ...

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NSW Health department confirmed two cases of Zika virus

The NSW Health department has confirmed two cases of Zika virus in Australia from passengers travelling from the Caribbean back to Sydney. However the department said the virus did not pose a serious threat to Australia. “It is very unlikely that Zika virus established local transmission in NSW as the mosquitoes that spread the infection are not established here – although they are found in some parts of north ...

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Morocco Among Safest Countries in the World for Christians

A new ranking released by the non-profit organization  (Open Doors) ranked Morocco among the safest countries in the world for Christians. The new ranking establishes a list of the 50 countries where Christians are persecuted or prevented from freely practicing their religion. According to the ranking, Morocco and Mauritania are the only countries in the Africa and the Middle East ...

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Five charged over NSW pregnant teen attack

Five young people have been charged after a terrifying Sydney home invasion where a pregnant teenager was kicked in the stomach. The 16-year-old girl, who was with five other people, was allegedly assaulted by a gang of seven teens and youths at a Cronulla unit around 2.30am on Tuesday. A 37-year-old man who was with the teenagers in the unit was also ...

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Chromium pills linked to cancer: research

A nutritional supplement used for weight loss and body building is partially converted into a carcinogenic form when it enters cells, say Australian researchers. Chromium supplements also are used by people with metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The UNSW and University of Sydney findings, published in the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie, raise concerns over the ...

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People reluctant to heed cancer risks

People are reluctant to change their unhealthy lifestyle choices even when they know they could contribute to them getting cancer, new research has found. Four out of five smokers are not willing to kick the habit to reduce their risk of getting the disease, according to a study revealing “worrying attitudes” towards the disease. Fifty-one per cent refused to lose ...

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Thousands protest over missing booksellers

Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest at the mysterious disappearance of five booksellers amid suspicions of China’s role in the abductions. “This is a matter of utmost gravity and concern to Hong Kong,” said lawmaker Alan Leong, who took part in the march that was aimed at putting pressure on Beijing to respond to ...

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US and Sth Korea in strategic talks

The United States and its ally South Korea are in talks towards sending further strategic assets to the Korean peninsula. South Korea’s defence ministry made the announcement a day after a US B-52 bomber flew over South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test last week. “The United States and South Korea are continuously and closely having discussions on ...

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Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen’s $1 million Christmas gift to Syrian refugees

Showbiz power couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen are set to donate $1 million to charities supporting Syrian refugees, according to The Sunday Times. According to the publication, the couple are donating $500,000 to their Save the Children Christmas appeal which will help protect approximately 250,000 children against a threatened measles outbreak in northern Syria. Another $500,000 will be donated to ...

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