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Yemen Conflict Alert: Time for Compromise

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Sanaa/Brussels | ICG | Yemen’s UN-backed transition has unravelled and the country has entered a new, highly unstable phase. On 22 January President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the prime minister resigned after Huthi fighters seized the presidential palace and consolidated control of the capital. This has upended the troubled transition and raises the very real prospect of territorial fragmentation, economic ... Read More »

Greek singer Demis Roussos dead at 68

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GREEK singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed. Herald Sun AP NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK The hospital said the singer died following a lengthy hospitalisation, but ... Read More »

Advice for raising bilingual kids

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Whatever your circumstances, here are a few tips on helping your children grow up bilingual, based on expert advice and personal experience. SBS - Jeanne Kim – Quartz Should learning a second language be compulsory in Australian schools? The list of benefits bilingualism brings isn’t getting shorter any time soon. Cognitively bilingual people are better able to switch between tasks, have increased problem solving capabilities, and ... Read More »

Mabuhay, Papa Francis! Peter Sales On The Papal Visit To The Philippines

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The recent visit by the Pontiff to the island archipelago has done little to settle ongoing tensions within the country and church, writes Dr Peter Sales. New Matilda – Peter Sales * The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on. Pope Francis has paid a spectacular visit to the Philippines. The welcome extended to him was amazing – at least ... Read More »

US A Dangerous Ally: Former Australia PM

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January 26, 2015 “ICH” – “China Times” – – In his new book titled “Dangerous Allies,” Malcolm Fraser, the former prime minister of Australia worries that the Canberra’s dependence on the United States will eventually bring the nation into a direct conflict with China. Information Clearing House - By Staff Reporter His words echo those of Georgetown University professor Amitai Etzioni in ... Read More »

Eight former Australians of the Year call for release of asylum seeker children

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Indefinite detention of children, who are not accused of any crime, is ‘inhumane and unnecessary’, write former winners in an open letter The Guardian – Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro Eight former Australians of the Year have used Australia Day to call for the immediate release of all refugee and asylum seeker children from immigration detention. In an open letter published on Monday morning, ... Read More »

Is Venezuela About To Collapse?

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FAILING IDEOLOGY Falling oil prices and incompetent governance mean Venezuela might default on its debts, leaving major trading partners like Brazil holding the bag. The Daily Beast – Catalina Lobo-Guererro CARACAS, Venezuela — “God will provide,”said Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in his State of the Union speech last Wednesday. Praying is one of the few options left for Maduro, after an unsuccessful ... Read More »