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The new breed of terrorists: criminals first, Islamists second

Media outlets were quick to note the criminal backgrounds of the perpetrators of last week’sBrussels terror attacks. Drawing comparisons with those who undertook the November 2015Paris attacks, this analysis suggested the rise of a new generation of terrorist recruits who are not “radical Islamists” but “Islamised radicals”. A closer analysis of the perpetrators of recent attacks suggests that Islamic State ...

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Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government’s plans for it, Universities Australia (UA) is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum. The peak body’s chair, Barney Glover, will warn in a speech on Wednesday: “Almost two years of policy insecurity and uncertainty is taking its toll on the ability of ...

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a supermodel! Jerry Hall’s daughters look the perfect bridesmaids as she celebrates her wedding to Rupert Murdoch

Gazing lovingly into one another’s eyes, newlyweds Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall beamed with delight outside the ‘spiritual home of the media’. The 84-year-old media mogul and former supermodel, 59, reaffirmed vows made yesterday at their legally binding civil ceremony in front of a host of famous faces, from rock stars to Cabinet ministers. Hall wore a Vivienne Westwood ‘ice-blue’ ...

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Sydney Mardi Gras Parade 2016: Everything you need to know before the fabulous annual parade kicks off

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has kicked off, with a colourful and glittery parade set to wrap up the festival tonight. The festival began almost two weeks ago with a dazzling array of events from theatre performances to talks and forums, all leading up to the famous parade tonight which will feature 175 floats and almost 230 kilograms ...

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Morocco, Tunisia Seek to Strengthen Their Bilateral Relations

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar received, here Friday, his Tunisian counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui, bearer of a message to King Mohammed VI from Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. At a joint press briefing, the Tunisian minister reaffirmed the importance of the historic visit of HM the King in June 2014 to Tunisia and the Sovereign’s support and solidarity ...

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People too scared to speak about issues: John Howard

John Howard has sounded an alarm about the culture war in Australia — warning that people are being “cowed” against stating their views on issues and that a dangerous anti-religious push has emerged — and branded as “pernicious­” the Victorian government’s hostility to religious connections in schools. Mr Howard said there was a “get Pell” mentality in “some sections of ...

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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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