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Five Cambodians die after eating dog meat

Five Cambodian villagers have died and dozens more fallen ill after eating rotten dog meat in a remote province where canines are regarded as a delicacy. The round of fatal food poisonings began on Sunday after a 76-year-old man called Chea Reth bought the dead dog from another villager. He died several hours later after cooking and eating it, according to Kong ...

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Turnbull calls for water safety

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has implored Australians to swim between the flags after a dramatic increase in drownings at the beach. There were 102 drownings on the Australian coast in the 2014/15 financial year, up from 83 the previous year. All 34 swimmers and waders who drowned at the beach were outside the flags and the remaining 68 victims were ...

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Police target Melbourne Stereosonic

A week after a woman died from a drug she took at a music festival in Sydney, police in Victoria are urging people not to gamble with their lives at Melbourne’s Stereosonic this weekend. Sniffer dogs and police will be outside and inside the Melbourne Showgrounds to crack down on illicit drugs among the 25,000 people expected to attend the ...

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Qld man fighting IS to be deported to Aust

A Queensland man who’s been fighting alongside Kurdish forces battling Islamic State in Syria is set to be deported back to Australia after being detained in Germany. Ashley Dyball, 23, was detained after entering Germany while on a break from the conflict zone in northern Syria, where he had been fighting with the YPG, also known as the People’s Protection ...

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Iraq doesn’t need foreign troops: PM

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Iraq does not need foreign ground troops to defeat the Islamic State group, after Washington announced it would deploy special forces to fight the jihadists. Abadi did not directly reject the deployment, but did insist that any operations must be coordinated with the Iraqi government. “There is no need for foreign ground combat forces in ...

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Russia warns of “serious consequences” after Turkey shot down warplane but no talk of war

  The world is on edge, with fears of more conflict and unrest after a Russian warplane was shot down by Turkey on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed that there will be “serious consequences” after the crew was forced to eject from the aircraft and one pilot was shot dead by rebels as he parachuted to the ground. A Russian marine ...

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Meditation can combat racism

A Buddhist meditation technique designed to spread love and kindness can combat racial prejudice. Just seven minutes of “loving-kindness meditation” (LKM) is enough to reduce the ease with which people think negatively about someone of another race, scientists say. LKM is supposed to engender happiness and kindness through repeating phrases such as “may you be happy and healthy” while visualising ...

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Michael Moore opens home to Syrians

    US filmmaker Michael Moore is opening his home in Michigan to Syrian refugees, in a rebuke to the state’s governor who said he would turn away refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks. In an open letter posted on his Facebook page on Friday, Moore, known for his leftist political activism, slammed Governor Rick Snyder for his decision ...

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Fate of Paris attacks ‘mastermind’ unknown

The fate of the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is still unknown after a huge police raid left at least two dead. It came as it emerged the US warned months ago he could be planning an assault. Police staged a ferocious seven-hour assault in the north of Paris on Wednesday after intelligence led investigators to a flat where ...

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Paris terror attacks: France now faces fight against fear and exclusion

Aurelien Mondon, University of Bath The attacks that took place at a series of venues in Paris on November 13 were the deadliest on French soil since 1945. At least 129 people have been killed in six different places. Reports say that nearly 100 are in a critical condition. Police have reported that eight people believed to have carried out ...

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