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Angelina Jolie slams UN failures in Syria

Actress Angelina Jolie has criticised the UN Security Council’s failure to end the war in Syria, and appealed for urgent help for the growing ranks of Syrian refugees. The Hollywood star spoke on Friday at the council in her role as special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, through which she has visited camps hosting victims of the ...

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Nepal quake kills more than 1805

Nepal’s Home Ministry says the death toll from the devastating earthquake has reached 1805. The latest toll puts the overall regional fatalities at 1865. Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal said on Sunday that at least 4,700 people have been injured in Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. But the final toll from the 7.8 magnitude quake on Saturday could be much higher, ...

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Pilgrims in silent reflection for diggers

More than 10,000 Australians and New Zealanders are sitting in reverence on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula, as a formal ceremony begins to honour the diggers who fought and fell there a century ago. A vast sea of pilgrims from both nations have gathered at the Anzac Commemorative Site to mark the 100th anniversary of the bloody Gallipoli landings. ...

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Queen intervenes over baby’s title

If the Queen had not intervened, the new royal baby would be a lord or a lady, rather than a prince or a princess, and would not be an HRH. Under past rules, only a first-born son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would automatically have become a prince. A Letters Patent in 1917, issued by King George V, ...

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Lawyers: ‘No evidence’ Saudi agents backed 9/11

  Lawyers for Saudi Arabia say a judge should reject claims by families of victims of the September 11 attacks that new evidence shows agents of the kingdom “directly and knowingly” helped the hijackers. In papers filed in Manhattan federal court late on Friday, the lawyers said there is no evidence Saudi Arabia supported or caused the attacks. They urged a judge to ...

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Dad stabbed wife in front of kids: court

A Muslim man who fatally stabbed his wife in front of their children started drinking and stopped praying in the weeks before the attack, a Perth court has heard. Messaoud Chiha is on trial in the West Australian Supreme Court, charged with murdering his 45-year-old wife in their family’s Canning Vale home on April 29, 2013. In recorded evidence, one ...

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Clinton launches 2016 US presidential bid

Hillary Clinton has jumped back into US presidential politics, announcing she will again seek the White House in 2016 with a promise to serve as the champion of “everyday Americans”. Unlike eight years ago, when she ran and lost to Barack Obama, Clinton and her personal history weren’t the focus of the first message of her campaign. She made no ...

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Referees need more respect: Greenberg

Todd Greenberg says everyone involved in rugby league must show more respect for referees for the greater good of the game. The NRL’s head of football hopes the fallout from the so-called `Bad Friday‘ scenes at ANZ Stadium – when match officials were pelted with bottles and shocking player conduct led to several Canterbury stars suspended and sanctioned – has provided ...

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NRL come down hard on Canterbury

The NRL has sent out a strong message to players who berate match officials by slapping three Canterbury players with contrary conduct charges on Monday. With the fall-out from the explosive Good Friday encounter with South Sydney still raging, Bulldogs skipper James Graham, fellow prop David Klemmer and hooker Michael Lichaa were all sanctioned by the NRL match review committee for comments made ...

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Breach of G20 leaders’ personal details

World leaders, including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, had their personal details accidentally shared before last year’s G20 summit in Brisbane. But Australia’s immigration department determined it was not necessary to notify the presidents, prime ministers and other representatives of the privacy breach. Passport numbers, visa details and dates of birth of leaders attending the Brisbane summit last November were ...

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