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Canadian military to get guidelines on dealing with child soldiers

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Excerpts of the new guidelines say the “aim is to provide the interim guidance required to address and mitigate the broad challenges posed by the presence of child soldiers in areas where we may undertake missions.” The Star By Tonda MacCharles, Ottawa Bureau reporter OTTAWA—Canada’s top soldier is issuing the first-ever guidelines for Canadian military to… Read More »

Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense

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President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, who has said that responding to “political Islam” is the major security issue facing the United States, to be secretary of defense. The Washington Post By Dan Lamothe “We are going to appoint Mad… Trump picks retired… Read More »

Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference heads to Hobart

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As the world moves forward, criminology experts from across the globe have travelled to Tasmania to discuss the future of international criminal justice. The Examiner Michelle Wisbey National and international criminologists descended to Hobart on Wednesday for the 29th ​Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference. More than 300 delegates are taking part in the… Australian and New Zealand Society of… Read More »

Vanishing Act: The Disappearance of Refugee Aid in Belgrade

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A surreal feeling washed over me as I entered the white building behind the city’s main bus station for the first time. Posted by Christiana Botic in Fulbright National Geographic Stories An abandoned, windowless place hidden in plain sight. Belgrade was all gray outside with winter fast approaching. I… Vanishing Act: The… Read More »

This FDA Approved Drug Could Permanently Repair Brain Damage in Stroke Victims

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Researchers from the University of Manchester have developed a new treatment that could limit the damage caused by strokes and also promote repair in the affected area of the brain. AUTHOR: Jess Vilvestre EDITOR: Kristin Houser Futurism What’s more, the drug they’re using has already been clinically approved. The researchers’ study is published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, and it recounts how they developed their treatment… This FDA Approved… Read More »

The “outrageous” 40-year-old film that predicted the future

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Forty years ago this month Network was released to widespread acclaim. BBC News Nicholas Barber But its shocking satire turned out to be eerily prescient, writes Nicholas Barber. When Network was released in… The “outrageous” 40-year-old film… Read More »

America says goodbye to Michelle Obama, its mom-in-chief

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As she prepares to leave the White House, first lady and self-titled “mom-in-chief” Michelle Obama remains popular. Sara Hayden The Conversation Indeed, Obama was one of Hillary Clinton’s most powerful advocates during Clinton’s historic but ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign. From Obama’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to her rebuke of Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women, Obama urged the country to “go high” for the sake of our children. Assuming a maternal role is not unusual for a ... Read More »

What will Susan Kiefel’s job be as Chief Justice of the High Court?

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Soon, for the first time, the most senior judge in Australia will be a woman. ABC Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the new chief justice of the High Court will be Susan Kiefel, who replaces the retiring Robert French. She’ll be joined on the bench by James Edelman, who… What will Susan Kiefel’s job be as… Read More »

Michael Flynn Is The Wrong Man For Trump’s National Security Advisor

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For a job that requires laser-sharp judgment, Michael Flynn seriously misjudges major world leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Federalist Robert Carle Gen. Michael Flynn has a noble record of service to the country in Afghanistan and Iraq, but events of the last month have called into question his fitness to serve as President Trump’s national security advisor, a position once held by Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Condoleeza Rice. First, on election ... Read More »

Pauline Hanson compares Julian Assange to ‘folk hero’ Ned Kelly in letter to Prime Minister calling for his release

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One Nation senator Pauline Hanson says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be freed, and has likened his plight to that of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. ABC In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Hanson urged him to begin a multilateral process bringing all Australian political parties together to support Mr Assange. “Australia has a long and proud history of… Pauline Hanson compares Julian Assange to… Read More »

North Korea satellite images show prison camps accused of ‘atrocities’

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Pyongyang has denied the existence of kwanliso prison camps, where the UN says inmates have faced starvation, forced labor, torture and rape The Guardian Amanda Holpuch New satellite images of North Korean prison camps have been released, showing the continued existence of political prison camps described by the United Nations as being used to perpetrate “unspeakable atrocities”. North Korea’s government denies such… North Korea satellite images show… Read More »

New High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel a decisive, experienced pick

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If you want to know something about Australia’s first female Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, just ask Clive Palmer. ABC Elizabeth Byrne He may be the first person to feel the sting of a confident and decisive judge so comfortable in the role she led the court to throw out his bid to stop liquidators questioning him about the collapse of Queensland Nickel on the spot. The court almost never rejects a case so… New High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel ... Read More »

Tyrone Unsworth death shines harsh light on poofter-bashing

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I was only eight years old when I realised I was straight. SMH John Birmingham Of course, I didn’t think of it like that. My thoughts ran more along the lines of… Tyrone Unsworth death shines harsh light on… Read More »

Why the nude still shocks

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A new exhibition explores art’s long fascination with the naked form. BBC By Sam Rigby Why do representations of the human body continue to cause controversy? Sam Rigby finds out. Why the nude… Read More »

Trump expected to name financier Steve Mnuchin to Treasury

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President-elect Donald Trump is planning to name investor and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary, opting for an industry insider with no government experience to helm the agency in charge of the nation’s finances, according to people familiar with the matter. The Washington Post By Ylan Q. Mui and Philip Rucker Mnuchin (pronounced mah-NEW-chin) joined Trump’s whirlwind… Trump expected to… Read More »

How François Fillon plans to knock out Marine Le Pen

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His camp aims to expose National Front leader as a ‘false conservative’ and go after her blue-collar voters. Politico By NICHOLAS VINOCUR PARIS — With former Prime Minister François Fillon on his way to the French presidential election next year, his staff is turning to the… How François Fillon… Read More »