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Gillard launches mental health program

As the daughter of a psychiatric nurse, Julia Gillard was only a girl when given an insight into the then-hidden world of mental health and illness. Decades later, after surviving the stresses and strains of political life, the former prime minister has launched a revamped beyondblue program for high schools. “Evidence suggests half of mental health conditions emerge by age ...

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101-year-old found alive after Nepal quake

A 101-year-old man has been pulled alive from the rubble of his house in Nepal, seven days after it collapsed in a deadly earthquake. The man was rescued on Saturday and is now in hospital, according to Arun Kumar Singh, a local police official. On Sunday two women and a man were rescued alive in the country’s north-east. “Kanchan Khatri, ...

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Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a girl

It’s a girl. The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter in London, Kensington Palace has announced. In a brief statement, the palace said Kate “was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am” on Saturday morning (17:34 AEST). The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) and the Duchess’s husband, Prince William, was present for the birth. “The Queen, the ...

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Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a girl

It’s a girl. The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter in London, Kensington Palace has announced. In a brief statement, the palace said Kate “was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am” on Saturday morning (17:34 AEST). The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) and the Duchess’s husband, Prince William, was present for the birth. “The Queen, the ...

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About 160 more Boko Haram hostages rescued

Nigerian troops have rescued about 160 more hostages from Boko Haram’s Sambisa Forest stronghold in northeast Nigeria. “We are still trying to compute the actual number of those rescued. But tentatively there are about 60 women and around 100 children,” army spokesman Sani Usman said on Thursday. Usman said one woman was killed in the fighting and eight other rescued ...

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Aftershocks as Nepal toll passes 2,200

Powerful aftershocks have rocked Nepal, panicking survivors of a quake that killed more than 2,200 and triggering fresh avalanches at Everest base camp, as rescuers dug through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu. Terrified residents, many forced to camp out after Saturday’s quake reduced buildings to rubble, were jolted by Sunday’s 6.7-magnitude aftershock that compounded the worst disaster to hit ...

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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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