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Sony hack: George Clooney slams Hollywood for failing to stand up to cyber threats

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Los Angeles: Film star George Clooney has slammed the Hollywood movie industry for failing to stand up against the cyber threats that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel release of the movie The Interview. AFP - The Canberra Times Clooney, one of the most influential figures in the US movie industry, said in an interview that fellow celebrities and industry figures ... Read More »

Xi Jinping defends ‘one-China’ principle during Macau visit

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Macau to mark the 15th anniversary of the former Portuguese colony’s return to China. BBC He urged people in the territory to respect the “one-China” principle. Like neighbouring Hong Kong, Macau is a special autonomous region and has experienced protests by pro-democracy activists this year. Correspondents say officials in Beijing do not want to ... Read More »

Alex Salmond calls for ‘peasants’ revolt’ vote to abolish House of Lords

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Former Scottish first minister says English referendum needed to ‘clean out the stables’ and provoke a ‘constitutional revolution’ The Guardian – Chris Johnston Alex Salmond has called for a “peasants’ revolt-type” referendum in England to abolish the House of Lords. The former Scottish first minister said such a vote was needed to “clean out the stables” and provoke a “constitutional revolution ... Read More »

China grandfather defends petition to expel HIV-positive boy: report

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The grandfather of a Chinese HIV-positive boy has defended his support for a petition to banish him from their village, media reported Saturday, in a case that has sparked intense soul-searching in China. SBS Some 200 residents – including the eight-year-old’s own grandfather – signed a petition to expel him from their village in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, in a ... Read More »

Israel launches Gaza air strike on ‘Hamas target’

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Israeli aircraft have bombed a site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August. BBC The air strike was carried out on a Hamas facility in response to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza, a statement from the Israeli military said. Residents of the Khan Yunis area in Gaza reported hearing two explosions, ... Read More »

Tony Abbott commits to free vote on euthanasia

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised a dying man that he will allow Liberal Party members to vote with their conscience on a euthanasia bill being developed by a Greens senator. The Age – Kate Hagan Peter Short, 57, said receiving the commitment during a half-hour phone conversation with the Prime Minister on Friday was like reaching “the top of a ... Read More »

Julie Bishop and the empathy deficit

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Julie Bishop’s status as the rising star of the Abbott government was enhanced in the popular media this week when she toppedWho magazine’s list of the “most intriguing people” of 2014, just one month after our ownGood Weekend magazine pondered in a cover story whether she might one day be prime minister. Brisbane Times – Michael Gordon, Political editor, The Age In ... Read More »

NASA Just Emailed A Wrench To The International Space Station

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For the first time ever, hardware designed on the ground has been emailed to space to meet the needs of an astronaut. IFLScience | Janet Fang From a computer in California, Mike Chen of Made In Space and colleagues just 3D-printed a ratcheting socket wrench on the International Space Station. “We had overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore (who goes by “Butch”) mention ... Read More »