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Syrian nightmare continues for children

Australian aid worker Adam Poulter remembers the cramped apartment in Turkey where five Syrian refugee children rested each night on a grotty single mattress as their mother slept on the floor beside them. He remembers thinking about his own four children, curled up safely in their beds in suburban Melbourne. For the refugee family there was no money for medicine ...

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Urban Report: Wolli Creek residents in uproar over traffic congestion

Wolli Creek is fast growing into a modern mini-city, with high-rise buildings blessing its streets to accommodate the growing population of the St George area. But just like many other Sydney suburbs, the rapid growth of Wolli Creek has exposed a lack of planning in the area with the suburb experiencing constant high levels of traffic congestion and serious parking ...

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Push to de-radicalise Muslim inmates

Islamic leaders believe imams and sheiks should be sent into Australian jails to neutralise any radicalisation among Muslim inmates. Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri said on Monday he would push for such a program to be introduced in jails across the country. Mr Kadri said he’d received information from intelligence agencies that a number of Muslim inmates had become radicalised ...

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Mortgage rates lowest since 1968

Home loans have dropped to their lowest level in almost half a century after the Reserve Bank’s surprise interest rate cut in February. Mortgage rates fell to 4.9 per cent after the cut, levels not seen since 1968 – the year Martin Luther King Jnr was shot in the United States and Hey Jude by the Beatles was at the ...

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Mike Baird: Life Behind Bars for Sex Offenders

People who commit the crime of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 will be facing life behind bars as part of a package of strong child protection measures announced by Premier Mike Baird and Attorney General Brad Hazzard today. “This is about protecting child victims of sexual assault and bringing paedophiles to justice,” Mr Baird said. “Included in the ...

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Museum reopening boosts Iraqi pride

Even as Iraq mourns the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Mosul, the national museum in Baghdad has brought joy and pride to visitors by opening its doors for the first time in 12 years. The public opening at the weekend was brought forward in response to a video released last week by the Islamic State group showing militants ...

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NSW election 2015: Premier Mike Baird visits the Maronite Community

With the New South Wales election in sight, Premier Mike Baird has been busy on the campaign trail.  In a bid to reach out to Australian Maronite voters, Mr. Baird made an appearance at Maronite Bishop Antoine Tarabay’s residence in Strathfield earlier this evening. Mingling with influential community leaders, Mr. Baird praised the hard work of the Maronite Lebanese community ...

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Australia’s response to Syrian refugee crisis labeled “shamefully inadequate”

Australia should reverse its “shamefully inadequate” response to the global refugee crisis by accepting 10,000 Syrians, Amnesty International says. The human rights group has released its 2014 annual report which gives Australia poor marks for its hardline asylum-seeker policies, children in detention and high indigenous incarceration rate. Amnesty International spokeswoman Claire Mallinson said Australia had the capacity to do more ...

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Chris Brown denied entry to Canada

R&B star Chris Brown, notorious for brushes with the law including an assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, has reportedly been barred from entering Canada, forcing him to cancel performances. “Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold-out crowds in Montreal and Toronto,” the controversial US singer wrote on Twitter. “The good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t ...

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Breaking: IS has reportedly kidnapped Assyrians in Syria

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups say. The extremist fighters swept through the Assyrian villages nestled along the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province around dawn on Monday. In the assault, the militants took between 70 and 100 ...

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