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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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Sam Burgess swims with sharks on honeymoon

NRL star Sam Burgess has been swimming with sharks while honeymooning in the Maldives with writer Phoebe Burgess. The pair married just days after Christmas in a ceremony held in the NSW Southern Highlands surrounded by family and friends. The newlyweds have been busy posting images of their holiday to social media showing Phoebe relaxing in the crystal blue water ...

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Dick Smith shares enter trading halt

Troubled electronics retailer Dick Smith has placed its shares in a trading halt ahead of an expected announcement about its debt financing. The company expects to make an announcement about its funding position and debt financing covenants by Wednesday. Dick Smith shares have plunged in recent months after it issued two profit warnings following disappointing sales in October and November. ...

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Pope urges unity against militants

Pope Francis has urged the world in his Christmas message to unite to end atrocities by Islamist militants that he said were causing immense suffering in many countries. Security was tight at the Vatican on Friday as Francis, marking the third Christmas since his election in 2013, read his traditional Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the ...

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Holiday season road death toll hits 15

Australia’s holiday road toll has climbed to 15 after six people were killed on the country’s roads on Boxing Day. In Queensland a 26-year-old man died in a two-car crash on the Burnett Highway at Gayndah and a motorcyclist aged in his 30s died after losing control and being thrown from his bike at Mount Nebo. In Richmond, western Sydney, ...

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Pharmacists warn against cheaper meds

The powerful pharmacists lobby warns pensioners they won’t see any benefit if they buy discounted medicines. The Pharmacy Guild fired the warning shot on Monday, after Chemist Warehouse announced it would discount prescription medicines by $1 from January 1. Pharmacists have been required to charge set fees for prescription drugs – $6.10 for concession patients and $37.70 for general patients, ...

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Lindt Cafe donates money to charity

Every dollar spent in the Lindt Cafe on the first anniversary of the Sydney siege will be donated to charity. It’s been a year since the dramatic siege which claimed the lives of cafe manager Tori Johnson and barrister Katrina Dawson. Funds raised at the Martin Place cafe on Tuesday will be donated to the Katrina Dawson Foundation and Beyond ...

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