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Commonwealth Bank Targeted Over Support For Coal Projects

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Environmental activists say they are willing to be arrested as they continue a direct action campaign against the bank. Max Chalmers reports. New Matilda – By Max Chalmers * The Commonwealth Bank has been targeted by climate campaigners for the second day in a row, as anger over its support for the fossil fuels industry grows and protesters start to move ... Read More »

Record fines for currency market fix

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BBC - Five of the world’s largest banks are to pay fines totalling $5.7bn (£3.6bn) for manipulating the foreign exchange market, US officials say. Four of the banks – JPMorgan, Citigroup, Barclays, RBS – have agreed to plead guilty to US criminal charges. The fifth, UBS, will plead guilty to rigging benchmark interest rates. Barclays was fined the most, $2.4bn, as ... Read More »

Royal commission into child sex abuse investigating Immigration Department

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The royal commission into child sex abuse has demanded immigration authorities hand over a series of documents in a move that could eventually widen to see Australia’s detention centres become a target of the inquiry. The Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah Whyte and Bevan Shields Documents obtained by Fairfax Media in response to questions about children in detention show the powerful commission has ... Read More »

Charles meets Sinn Fein leader Adams

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GALWAY, Ireland: Prince Charles on Tuesday became the first British royal to meet Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, on a visit that will take him to the scene of his great-uncle’s murder by the IRA. Arab News – AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE Charles, the heir to the British throne, shook hands with Adams, the veteran president of Sinn Fein, the political wing ... Read More »

How many slave deaths for the Qatar World Cup can Fifa put up with?

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Fifa’s president Sepp Blatter could change lives of World Cup labourers at a stroke by threatening to deprive Qatar of 2022 tournament The Guardian – Marina Hyde @MarinaHyde • Trapped in Qatar: migrants who built tower of football Clearly there must be a magic number of slave deaths in the world’s richest country that would render the Qatar World Cup a moral ... Read More »

The man who couldn’t stop giving

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What a Brazilian man’s pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy. SBS – By Sam Kean / Source: The Atlantic In the early 1990s, a quiet man named João quit his job running the human-resources department of an insurance company in Rio de Janeiro and began selling french fries from a street cart. The fries quickly proved popular, in part because they ... Read More »

How Was Bin Laden Killed?

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Seymour Hersh’s sources tell a more believable story than the self-serving official White House narrative. The American Conservative – By PHILIP GIRALDI * Some might argue that knowing exactly how Osama bin Laden was killed really doesn’t matter. Some might even argue that he is still alive, which, if nothing else, would demonstrate the persistence of urban legends relating to conspiracies allegedly ... Read More »

US arrests Chinese professor, indicts five others, for stealing secrets from Silicon Valley

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Washington: The Obama administration has announced the arrest of a Chinese professor and the indictment of five other Chinese citizens in what it contended was a decade-long scheme to steal microelectronics designs from Silicon Valley companies. The Age * – David E. Sanger The indictment was the broadest since five members of the People’s Liberation Army were indicted last year by the ... Read More »