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Mike Baird: Life Behind Bars for Sex Offenders

People who commit the crime of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 will be facing life behind bars as part of a package of strong child protection measures announced by Premier Mike Baird and Attorney General Brad Hazzard today. “This is about protecting child victims of sexual assault and bringing paedophiles to justice,” Mr Baird said. “Included in the ...

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Museum reopening boosts Iraqi pride

Even as Iraq mourns the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Mosul, the national museum in Baghdad has brought joy and pride to visitors by opening its doors for the first time in 12 years. The public opening at the weekend was brought forward in response to a video released last week by the Islamic State group showing militants ...

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NSW election 2015: Premier Mike Baird visits the Maronite Community

With the New South Wales election in sight, Premier Mike Baird has been busy on the campaign trail.  In a bid to reach out to Australian Maronite voters, Mr. Baird made an appearance at Maronite Bishop Antoine Tarabay’s residence in Strathfield earlier this evening. Mingling with influential community leaders, Mr. Baird praised the hard work of the Maronite Lebanese community ...

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Australia’s response to Syrian refugee crisis labeled “shamefully inadequate”

Australia should reverse its “shamefully inadequate” response to the global refugee crisis by accepting 10,000 Syrians, Amnesty International says. The human rights group has released its 2014 annual report which gives Australia poor marks for its hardline asylum-seeker policies, children in detention and high indigenous incarceration rate. Amnesty International spokeswoman Claire Mallinson said Australia had the capacity to do more ...

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Chris Brown denied entry to Canada

R&B star Chris Brown, notorious for brushes with the law including an assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, has reportedly been barred from entering Canada, forcing him to cancel performances. “Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold-out crowds in Montreal and Toronto,” the controversial US singer wrote on Twitter. “The good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t ...

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Breaking: IS has reportedly kidnapped Assyrians in Syria

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups say. The extremist fighters swept through the Assyrian villages nestled along the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province around dawn on Monday. In the assault, the militants took between 70 and 100 ...

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More calls for Multicultural NSW chief to be sacked over controversial war memorial guidelines

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today invited multicultural media to the launch of Multicultural March, but the focus soon turned to the fact that Chief Executive of Multicultural New South Wales Hakan Harman, who was listed on the media invitation, was absent. Mr. Harman has been criticised by ethnic community leaders who are calling for him to sacked ...

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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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