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UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet

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Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says The Guardian - Felicity Carus A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today. As the global population surges ... Read More »

Ukraine rebels have powerful new Russian-made rockets – OSCE


International monitors say they have found a new type of Russian-made rocket system in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. BBC – The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) spotted the powerful TOS-1 Buratino multiple rocket launcher in Luhansk. Meanwhile, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France discussed peace efforts in Ukraine, with Paris saying the pullout of light weapons ... Read More »

Anne Harris: History will judge O’Reilly as a man of principle

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While the former newspaper proprietor will always have his critics, his dedication to press freedom is unassailable The Irish Times – Anne Harris Tony O’Reilly had such a good press for so long that clawback was inevitable. Matt Cooper’s book The Maximalist has sparked many begrudging reviews. However, the book itself is fair to a man who was defined by ... Read More »

Australia’s Role in the 1965-66 Communist Massacres in Indonesia

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Fifty years ago, on September 30, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century took place on Australia’s doorstep. Following an AIIA and ANU conference on these events, a young Australian reflects on Australia’s complicity. Australian Institute of International Affairs – By Marlene Millott An estimated half a million people affiliated with the Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party or ... Read More »

Success Is No Longer Foreign to East Timor, but the Players Are

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MELBOURNE, Australia — With so little to cheer in their nation’s brief soccer history, fans of East Timor’s national team would be correct to consider this the squad’s golden era. East Timor, which did not play a World Cup qualifying match until 2007 and did not win one until this year, has advanced to the second round of World Cup ... Read More »

US state executes multiple murderer from El Salvador

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The state of Virginia late Oct.1 executed multiple murderer Alfredo Prieto, rejecting last minute court appeals from lawyers for the Salvadoran immigrant. Hurriyet – WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse Prison officials said in a statement that Prieto, who was put to death by lethal injection, was pronounced dead at 9:17 pm (0117 GMT Friday). His final words, they said, were: “Let’s ... Read More »

Norway must boost defence to counter Russian build-up, military chief says

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Oslo: Norway needs to scale up and modernise its defence as Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic is creating a more uncertain security situation, its military chief said on Thursday. Henrik Stolen NATO member Norway shares a small border with Russia in the Arctic, where Oslo has noticed increased Russian military activity. Other nordic states have expressed concern over Russian ... Read More »

A northern Barossa Valley shiraz has been named best in the world

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WA wineries hammer SA at Adelaide wine show INTERACTIVE Tony Love’s top 100 wines – shiraz A TINY vineyard in the back blocks between Truro and Kapunda in the northern Barossa districts has blitzed the rest of the wine world with a red wine judged to be the best shiraz on the planet. Tony Love, National Wine Writer From: The ... Read More »