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Missile kills 17 in rebel enclave in Syria

Seventeen people – mostly civilians – have died after the Syrian army fired a missile into the last rebel-held neighbourhood in the central city of Homs, a monitoring group says. Four children and four women were among the dead in Saturday’s strike, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Nearly all of Homs has been under government control since rebel fighters pulled ...

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Brown visa decision after 28 days: Dutton

US rapper Chris Brown has 28 days to show why he should be allowed into Australia. The 26-year-old singer, who is due to arrive for a series of concerts in December, has been issued with a formal notice from Australian officials stating they intend to refuse his visa on character grounds. The R&B star was convicted in 2009 of assaulting ...

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Domestic violence national shame: PM

Violence against women is one of Australia’s great shames, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. The prime minister has unveiled a $100 million package to tackle the issue, including measures to better train frontline officers and funding for 20,000 mobile phones for at-risk women. “Violence against women is one of the great shames of Australia. It is a national disgrace,” he ...

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Australia’s new Prime Minister: Malcolm Turnbull wins Liberal leadership

Malcolm Turnbull has ousted Tony Abbott as federal Liberal leader, winning a partyroom ballot 54-44. Julie Bishop defeated Kevin Andrews for the deputy leadership 70-30, after Michael Ronaldson joined the meeting to take the total voter numbers to 100. Mr Turnbull will become Australia’s 29th prime minister once he is sworn in by the governor-general, most likely on Tuesday. Earlier today, ...

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Australia to take 12,000 Syrians

Australia will boost its refugee and humanitarian intake by 12,000 permanent places and provide more than $40 million for United Nations efforts to deal with the Syrian crisis. It’s also understood the green light has been given to RAAF bombers entering Syrian airspace to hit Islamic State targets. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to announce the cabinet decision, endorsed ...

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Aust open to help in Syrian crisis: PM

Tony Abbott is sending his immigration minister to Geneva to talk to the UN’s refugee agency on what more Australia can do to help with the growing crisis in Syria. “We are disposed to take more people from that troubled region under our refugee humanitarian program and we are open to providing more financial assistance,” the prime minister told reporters ...

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Baird promises push to help refugees

Australia must do more to help refugees and NSW is ready to do its bit, Premier Mike Baird says. Mr Baird has posted a message on Facebook on Saturday in which he says the image of three-year-old asylum-seeker Aylan Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach made him feel “sick with overwhelming sorrow”. He says he will hold talks with ...

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‘We’ve been able to stop the drowning at sea’: Immigration Minister

  Immigration minister Peter Dutton sat down with Australian Middle East Media last week to discuss Australia’s border security, refugee intake and the future of asylum seekers in detention. Asylum seekers and Refugees Mr Dutton has hosed down concerns about the mistreatment of asylum seekers and dismissed Green’s Senator Sarah Hanson Young’s claims that she was being spied on while ...

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Dr Jamal Rifi named 2015 Australian Father of the Year

The prestigious 2015 Australian Father of the Year Award has been awarded to Dr Jamal Rif in honour of his devotion to his family, his commitment to his profession and his strong personal efforts to build understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The Belmore-based GP and father of five – Faisal, 28, Nemat, 25, Shaza, 24, Sue, 18 and Jihad, 17 ...

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Greste ‘sick to stomach’ by sentence

Australian journalist Peter Greste has called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to do what he promised and pardon his innocent Al Jazeera colleagues, who are back behind bars. Greste said on Sunday he felt sick to his stomach after a Cairo court sentenced him, Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed to three years in prison for broadcasting false ...

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