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MP cleared of calling opponent’s family ‘murderers’

Bankstown MP Tania Mihailuk has won a defamation case against a former council candidate who claimed she urged people not to vote for him because his family were “murderers and drug dealers.” In September 2012, real estate agent and Independent candidate Rabie Chehade, claimed that the Miss Mihailuk pointed at a sign showing his name and photo and said in ...

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India heatwave deaths top 1700

Hospitals in India are battling to treat victims of a blistering heatwave that has claimed more than 1700 lives in just over a week – the highest number recorded in two decades. Hundreds of mainly poor people die at the height of summer every year in India, but this year’s figures are already the highest since 1995, when official data ...

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10 Ways You Can Help Nepal After the Deadly Earthquake

Want to help Nepal? Then do one or more of the following things: Donate to a major charity Companies like (but not limited to) World Vision, Oxfam and the Red Cross are on the ground in Nepal helping with relief efforts. Whichever is your preference, giving money to charities who have specific operations on the ground will be one of ...

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Q & A with Jason Clare MP

Q & A with Jason Clare MP Shadow Minister for Communications and Member for Blaxland Jason Clare sits down for a Q&A session with Naomi Tsvirko, answering questions about metadata retention legislation, the proposed budget, media representation of western Sydney and the future of the Australian Labor Party.   ON METADATA RETENTION LEGISLATION NAOMI TSVIRKO: Once the metadata retention bill ...

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Obama sells Iran deal directly to US Jews

Amid a bitter public fight with Israel’s government, President Barack Obama has donned a yarmulke and pitched his nuclear deal with Iran and the case for a Palestinian state directly to US Jews. Visiting Washington’s conservative Adas Israel synagogue on Friday, Obama embarked on a Hebrew-sprinkled charm offensive which stressed that US-Israeli relations encompass more than just official links with ...

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Syrian war won’t end before 2017: Obama

US President Barack Obama believes the war in Syria is unlikely to end before he leaves office in early 2017, and has again said there is no “military solution” to the conflict. “The situation in Syria is heartbreaking but it’s extremely complex,” Obama said in an interview with the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television network. Asked if the conflict might be resolved ...

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BB King, King of the Blues, dies at 89

BB King, with his ever-present guitar Lucille, rose from sharecropper poverty in deep Mississippi to become the face of the American blues worldwide and an inspiration for generations of rock guitarists everywhere. “The King of the Blues,” as he was universally known, led a life of non-stop touring, electrifying audiences in some 100 countries with his biting guitar licks and ...

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Depp dogs to fly home before deadline

Johnny Depp only has a matter of hours to save his troublesome terriers from doggy death row. The pampered pooches are expected to board a charter flight back to the US on Friday night after being hounded out of Australia. The illegally imported Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, have been quarantined in the luxury surrounds of retired motorbike champion Mick ...

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Depp’s dogs ‘could end up stateless’

Johnny Depp’s two Yorkshire terriers will be flown back to the US, but the dogs could end up stateless if the US refuses to allow them in. The US actor and star of Pirates of the Caribbean brought his dogs, Boo and Pistol, into the country illegally last month and he’s been told to get them out before Saturday or ...

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Shorten flags 5% small business tax cut

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says he’ll kickstart the economy and create jobs if he becomes prime minister, with a plan to cut taxes for small business by five per cent. In his budget reply speech on Thursday night, Mr Shorten said he’d support the government’s budget measures on national security, drought relief for farmers and small business. However, he called ...

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