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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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Courage in the face of Nazi brutality

Zakynthos is a magnificent speck in the ocean off the west coast of Greece. One of 1400 Greek islands, it is said that the Greek goddess of hunting, Artemis, hunted in the woods of Zakynthos. The island was the scene of an extraordinary act of courage which saved an entire community from annihilation. That story was not widely known until ...

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Australia paceman Kane Richardson coming home from New Zealand tour with back injury

Kane Richardson’s hopes of taking part in the World Twenty20 are hanging in the balance, with the paceman sent home from New Zealand for further assessment of a back injury. Richardson was a late withdrawal from Saturday’s one-day international in Wellington, where Australia squared their three-match series against New Zealand with a four-wicket win. “He pulled up with a bit ...

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Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney begin with Opera House bathed in red

Chinese New Year celebrations have begun in earnest in Sydney, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Monkey. The Opera House and Harbour Bridge were bathed in red light on Saturday night, although the year officially begins on Monday. Sydney is hosting more than 80 events over the next two weeks. “You ...

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Taiwan earthquake: 132 people feared trapped deeper under rubble, official says

A total of 132 people are still trapped beneath the rubble of a Taiwan apartment tower that collapsed in a powerful earthquake, a local government official says. The figure is much higher than authorities first estimated, as rescuers combed the wreckage of the 17-storey building in the southern city of Tainan with sniffer dogs and acoustic equipment, looking for signs ...

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The GST message could of Malcolm Turnbull is not clearer

The message from Malcolm Turnbull could not be clearer: the case for a GST increase does not stack up. After months of work, there is no compelling analysis showing the economy would be better off from an expansion of the GST to pay for income tax cuts. “At this stage I remain to be convinced, to be persuaded, that a ...

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Cory Bernardi has criticised Kevin Rudd in a letter to Julie Bishop

Controversial Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has criticised Kevin Rudd in a letter to Julie Bishop, urging the foreign minister not to endorse the former PM to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations. “His own colleagues have described him as a ‘megalomaniac’, ‘vengeful’, ‘unstable’ and ‘a bastard’ with a ‘vicious temper’ who put ‘his own self-interest ahead of … ...

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Can Israel mend ties with Ankara without alienating Cairo?

Last month, the director of the CIA, John Brennan, held a secret meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his counterpart, the director of Egyptian Intelligence, Maj.-Gen.Khaled Fawzy. During the meeting, Brennan promised to increase CIA aid to Egypt to bolster its struggle against Islamic State terrorist activity in Sinai. Brennan’s visit is yet another indicator that the US ...

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UN: 20,000 Syrians at Turkey border crossing

The United Nations estimates that up to 20,000 people displaced by military operations around Aleppo have gathered at the Bab al-Salam border crossing with Turkey. The deputy spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, Farhan Haq, told reporters Friday that another 5,000 to 10,000 people have been displaced to Azaz city and 10,000 have been displaced to Afrin. Haq says the thousands ...

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