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Abbott, Key to discuss Iraq commitment

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AAP Herald Sun – A JOINT operation in Iraq is likely to be the focus of talks between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his New Zealand counterpart John Key. THE pair meet in Auckland for an annual bilateral leaders discussion on Saturday morning. Mr Key recently committed to send 143 NZ troops to help train Iraqi forces in the fight against ... Read More »

American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

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Avijit Roy, whose Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, attacked along with his wife in Dhaka The Guardian - Agence France-Presse A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, police said, with the atheist writer’s family claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists. The body ... Read More »

Impersonating a heroin dealer taught me about trust

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During my career as an undercover investigator leading covert operations I was responsible for gaining the trust of highly paranoid and suspicious criminals. The process could take months and my cover would be kept right up until the last moment. In my current role as a leadership coach and business mentor I’ve advised senior politicians, government officials and CEOs on ... Read More »

Time Running Out For Patagonian Toothfish Poaching Thunder Down Under

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The pursuit by Sea Shepherd of a fishing vessel illegally poaching in the Great Southern Ocean is now into its third month. New Matilda - By Thom Mitchell * A storm is gathering around the ‘Thunder’, an ironically named poaching vessel that’s been illegally draining Australia’s Southern Ocean of the threatened Pategonian Toothfish. Rather than the millions of dollars they were ... Read More »

Boris Nemtsov, Critic of Putin, Is Shot Dead in Moscow

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MOSCOW — A prominent Russian opposition leader, Boris Y. Nemtsov, was shot dead in central Moscow late Friday night within sight of the Kremlin walls. The New York Times – By ANDREW ROTH The murder of Mr. Nemtsov, 55, a first deputy prime minister under Boris N. Yeltsin who later helped organize opposition demonstrations against President Vladimir V. Putin, was confirmed ... Read More »

How earthquakes linked to fracking are fracturing an Oklahoma community

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Fracking brought quick money to Oklahoma, but the state’s once dormant seismic activity has awakened with a vengeance since the drilling started. The Age - Nick O’Malley When fracking started in Oklahoma, things went the way they had in the other oil-boom states. Trucks and men flooded in. They raised dust, clogged the roads, cleared scrub and sucked up water for ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use of its airspace to strike Iran – report

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RT – Saudi Arabia has reportedly agreed to let Israel use its airspace to attack Iran if necessary, in exchange for “some kind of progress” on the Palestinian issue, Israel’s Channel 2 TV station quoted an unnamed European official as saying. “The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi air space en route to ... Read More »

I can still hold my head high – but can my torturers?

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Last week, the Guantanamo Military Commissions vacated the bogus conviction that I have lived with for the past seven and a half years since my release from prison. It has been a long and very painful struggle for me and my family to finally clear my name. The Canberra Times – David Hicks Not only was I convicted of an invented crime in ... Read More »