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Oil prices fall in New York

New York oil prices have fallen in late trade, with the WTI contract breaking away from a stable trade in London to fall near the $US50 dollar line. West Texas Intermediate for March delivery settled at the official close on Friday at $US50.32 a barrel, down 82 US cents from Thursday, as the contract expired. WTI then continued to fall further in late ...

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Two men injured in neighbourhood dispute

Police inquiries are continuing after two men were involved in a fight at Riverwood this afternoon (Saturday 21 February 2015). About 2.40pm police were called to Bonds Road after reports of two men fighting. Police believe the fight has arisen from a neighbour dispute. When they arrived, police found a 42-year-old man with a cut to his chest and a ...

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Fire rips through Dubai residential skyscraper

A huge fire has engulfed one of the tallest towers of the Gulf emirate of Dubai. The blaze has gutted the upper part of The Torch residential skyscraper, which stands 336 metres high, triggering an evacuation of nearby towers in the Dubai Marina neighbourhood, according to an AFP correspondent. No deaths have been reported so far, with the blaze brought ...

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Coptic Church: ‘We need to forgive these terrorists’

Despite violently beheading their brothers and sisters in Libya, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne says their followers should forgive and love the terrorists involved. Last week, Islamic State fighters released a video of the beachside beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya. A memorial service for those killed was held in Melbourne’s southeast on Saturday morning and attended by more than ...

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Blizzards sweep across Middle East

Blizzards have dumped a blanket of snow over the Middle East with many residents urged to stay in their homes because of blocked or icy roads. People in Jerusalem woke up to around 25 centimetres of snow after the second major blizzard of winter swept across the hilltop Holy City. Schools closed for the day and urban bus services were ...

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Experts warn: Parents need to get teenagers off their screens

Parents need to get teenagers off their screens and moving in order to stave off long-term health problems, experts say. Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation say secondary school students are watching more screen media than ever before. Nearly 60 per cent of teens have access to at least three TVs at home and 40 per cent have ...

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Lady Gaga engaged: “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!”

Pop diva Lady Gaga has announced to the world that she is getting married – to an actor she met making a video, in which she wore her mother’s wedding dress. The 28-year-old superstar, who has become as known for her extravagant outfits as for her music, revealed the engagement by showing a simple, heart-shaped ring that fiance Taylor Kinney ...

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Breaking: Jury to begin deliberations in Murder trial of Katherine Abdallah

The jury in the murder trial of Katherine Abdallah are set to start deliberations on Thursday morning. The 33-year-old has pleaded not guilty over the fatal stabbing of her flatmate Suzie Sarkis on the ground of self defence. Sarkis, 21, died from a chest wound sustained during a fight with Abdallah at their Brighton-Le-Sands townhouse on February 9, 2013. In summing up ...

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Frozen Mixed Berries recalled: Hepatitis A infections expected to rise

Health experts expect the number of Australians to contract Hepatitis A from frozen berries to increase after three new infections emerged in Queensland. Eight people have now contracted the virus after eating frozen mixed berries, including three diagnosed in Victoria, two in NSW, and the three Queensland cases reported on Monday. A ninth person, also from Queensland, has tested positive to ...

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Maronite Catholics gather to mark Ash Monday

Maronite Catholics around Australia have started to gather at churches to take part in Ash Monday services, many squeezing in a quick lunchtime church visit to mark the occasion. Ash Monday is the first day of the Lenten Season and Maronite churches traditionally hold special services and open their doors to parishioners who wish to receive blessed ashes on their ...

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