Law & Order

Corruption on a Commonwealth level higher than documented, expert says

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The Federal Parliament should assume that there is more corruption yet to be exposed, a governance and public policy expert says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Griffith University professor AJ Brown made the comments at a Senate Select Committee investigating the adequacy of the federal government’s current framework to address corruption and misconduct and whether a… “I think the committee and the… Corruption on a… Read More »

Ivory Coast: Army launches operation ‘to restore order’ after mutiny

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Ivory Coast’s military says it has launched an operation to “restore order” after three consecutive days of protests by mutinous soldiers. BBC The soldiers took to the streets in several cities over a pay dispute and blocked off the second largest city, Bouaké, on Saturday. They have said they are willing to fight if the army intervenes. Popular opposition to the rebellion has been… Ivory Coast: Army… Read More »

10 workers gunned down near China ‘Belt and Road’ projects in Pakistan

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QUETTA, Pakistan: Ten laborers were gunned down in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday while working on link roads to connect outlying towns to the country’s $57-billion Chinese “Belt and… Gul Yusufzai Reuters Arab News The attack on the The attack on the Pakistani laborers took place some 20 kilometers from the emerging port city of Gwadar in… “All the laborers were shot at… 10 workers gunned… Read More »

What Kissinger Can Teach Trump about Surviving an Impeachment

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It’s all showbiz—that’s how Henry escaped the Watergate dragnet. Greg Grandin The Nation So yesterday, with social mainstream media lit up with discussions of Watergate, Saturday Night Massacres, and impeachment, who but Henry Kissinger should show up at the Oval Office and sit down for a photo shot with Donald Trump, where Trump took questions on… About two years ago, I… By this, I… What Kissinger Can… Read More »

Court Rules Teenagers in Adult Jail Unlawful

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The detention of teenagers at a Victorian maximum security prison has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court – for the second time. Lina Caneva PBA In the judgement handed down on Thursday, Justice John Dixon said the detention infringed on the young people’s human rights and they should be returned to juvenile detention. The court was asked to rule on whether the… Court Rules Teenagers… Read More »

The biggest threat to free speech isn’t 18C. It’s this

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A very noisy section of the commentariat believes that the biggest threat to free speech in Australia is anti-discrimination law, particularly the “offend and insult” provision, section 18C. Michael Bachelard Brisbane Times They are wrong. A far bigger threat is defamation law. Yes, it’s a threat to the media, and to investigative journalism particularly. But it’s also a… The biggest threat… Read More »

Police Minister Troy Grant says he would like to ‘take the nuts off’ child sex offenders

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NSW’s police minister has declared he’d like to “take the nuts off” convicted child sex offenders when announcing a plan to overhaul the state’s sentencing and parole system. AAP Daily Telegraph Convicted child sex offenders would be able to volunteer for chemical castration under the reforms unveiled by the NSW government today. The suite of changes would ease overcrowding in prisons, reduce court delays and… Police Minister Troy… Read More »

Wikipedia appeals to Turkey’s constitutional court over website’s blocking

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Ankara: Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Brisbane Times Reuters Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a… The block on the… Wikipedia appeals to… Read More »

Police in Turkey raid publisher’s offices, confiscate 2,000 books

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Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media. KOMNEWS The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti… According to reports, the… Police in Turkey… Read More »

Sudan seeks to take Egypt to “binding arbitration” over Halayeb: expert

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May 5, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – An international maritime border arbitrator has revealed that Sudan is planning to take Egypt to a binding arbitration before the… Sudan Tribune The Halayeb triangle, which is a 20,580 km area on the Red Sea, has been a contentious issue between Egypt and Sudan since 1958, shortly after Sudan gained its… The area has been under Cairo’s full… Sudan seeks to… (ST) Read More »

Australia’s grand mufti wins defamation case over News Corp articles

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Media group consents to judgment as part of settlement with Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, after paper said he had not condemned Paris attacks Christopher Knaus The Guardian Australia’s grand mufti has won a defamation case over News Corp articles depicting him as an “unwise” monkey and asserting he had failed to condemn the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. News Corp consented to the judgment as part of a confidential… Australia’s grand mufti… Read More »

Why Buhari will not rid Nigeria of corruption

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Nigerian president’s war against corruption will yield a betwixt-and-between result: so much action, minimal solution. Fisayo Soyombo Al Jazeera There is renewed optimism in Nigeria over the success chances of President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption. Perennially derided by the opposition as a one-way partisan campaign, Buhari’s war against… Why Buhari will… Read More »

Aborigines seek compensation from Australian police for racism in landmark £23 million case

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Several hundred Aborigines on a remote island in Australia are seeking compensation for the racist actions of the police in a landmark £23 million class action that has been likened to Germany’s reparations to… Jonathan Pearlman The Telegraph In an unusual move, Australia’s Federal Court has given notice to… The notice says any Aboriginal person living on the… Aborigines seek compensation… Read More »

Nauruans jailed over political protest to appeal sentence in Australia

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Lawyers for three men who had their sentences increased on appeal announce intention to appeal to high court of Australia Ben Doherty The Guardian Three Nauruans charged over a 2015 protest at the suspension of opposition MPs from parliament, have had their prison sentences increased up to seven-fold on appeal, but… In an episode that has exposed long-running political tensions within Nauru’s… Nauruans jailed over… Read More »

German army officer disguised himself as refugee to carry out terrorist attack, investigators say

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BERLIN — Police on Wednesday arrested a German army officer suspected of posing as a Syrian refugee to carry out an attack that would be blamed on… Stephanie Kirchner The Washington Post According to the Frankfurt prosecutors in charge of the investigation, the 28-year-old, whose name wasn’t revealed in accordance with local customs, lived an… Austrian authorities had temporarily detained him earlier this year when he… German army officer… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

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Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet… GARETH DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE DailyMail The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al… Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and… Saudi Arabia sentences… Read More »