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El Masri’s lawyer call wife ‘compulsive liar’

Former Bulldogs star Hazem El Masri has pleaded not guilty to two charges relating to the domestic assault of his wife, with his lawyer saying the victim is a “compulsive liar”. The 39-year-old appeared before Bankstown Local Court on Thursday, after being charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault following an incident on Monday night. The “hysterical and false” accusations ...

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Work together on extremism threat: PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has implored security agencies to work together to combat the evolving threat of home-grown terror. Opening a national meeting on countering violent extremism in Canberra on Thursday, Mr Turnbull said the shooting of a NSW police accountant by a 15-year-old showed radicalisation and extremism could be seen in the very young. “This is a real home grown ...

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Crowds rally in support of refugees

Refugee activists have come together across Australia to send a message to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that their movement hasn’t gone away. More than 2000 Sydneysiders answered a national call to rally on Sunday in support of refugees and push for an end to mandatory detention. In Melbourne more than 3000 activists came together. There were also rallies in Brisbane, Canberra and ...

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Flashy Sydney deputy mayor charged

Controversial Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has been charged with intimidation for allegedly making threats against the father of a Lindt Cafe siege survivor. Mehajer, who made headlines for his show-stopping August wedding in western Sydney, is accused of threatening Bruce Herat, the father of Joel Herat. Joel was one of the Lindt Cafe staffers who survived the December siege, ...

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NSW police chief defends anti-terror raids

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has defended counter-terrorism raids across western Sydney after three of four males arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a police accountant were released without charge. Raban Alou, 18, was still in custody on Thursday after dawn raids on Wednesday, in which hundreds of officers stormed several homes in response to the shooting of 58-year-old Curtis ...

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NSW State Government commences talks on refugee resettlement

  The new NSW Coordinator-General for Refugee Resettlement has commenced initial discussions with relevant community, education and private sector groups to support the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in NSW. Professor Peter Shergold AC, appointed to the role last month by NSW Premier Mike Baird, said he was pleased to assume the role and looked forward to preparing for ...

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Russia and Syria increase offensive

Russia has dramatically escalated its air war in Syria, unleashing heavy bombardments and cruise missile strikes from the Caspian Sea as cover for a major Syrian army ground offensive. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow has begun synchronising its strikes with the army’s ground movements against rebels, as the Kremlin voiced willingness to make contact with Western-backed fighters that Washington ...

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Mosque denies NSW shooting link

The president of a Parramatta mosque that was raided after the terrorism-linked shooting of a NSW police employee has denied any connections with teenage gunman Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad. “We don’t know the boy, or where he lived because he’s not a regular person in the congregation,” Neil El-Kadomi told the ABC’s 7.30 program. Radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir has ...

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Radicalisation a global issue: Scipione

Australia is constantly working to find a solution to the radicalisation of teenagers, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says. His comments come after a 15-year-old boy of Iraqi-Kurdish background was revealed as the lone gunman who shot dead a police worker on Friday afternoon. The actions of the boy, who was born in Iran, are linked to terrorism, police say. After killing ...

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Pope met US anti-gay marriage clerk

A US county clerk who refused in the name of her faith to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples says she secretly met Pope Francis during his US visit and that he urged her to “stay strong”. Kim Davis, a born-again Christian, told broadcaster ABC she met the pontiff on September 24 while he was in Washington after receiving a ...

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