US military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobane

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The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants near Kobane on Oct. 19, in what appeared to be the Pentagon’s first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels. The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Syrian ... Read More »

US confirms sharing intel with Syrian Kurds against ISIL

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Washington has confirmed that it has been sharing intelligence and information with the Syrian Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. “We do get intelligence from, get information from a wide range of people – obviously, look for it anywhere we can get it. So yes, there is some intelligence and information sharing going ... Read More »

Proof they don’t understand their own security laws

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The politicians who ushered in these powerful new national security laws proved this week that they remain wholly ignorant on the issue, writes Michael Bradley. Where we now stand with the debate on Australia’s national security laws was starkly highlighted on Q&A on Monday night. Comments Government MP Kelly O’Dwyer and shadow education minister Kate Ellis, who both voted in ... Read More »

Turkey Loses U.N. Security Council Seat in Huge Upset


In a tremendous upset, Turkey lost a contest in the United Nations General Assembly, exposing increasingly contentious frictions with some of its neighbors and world powers. Trying to become a nonpermanent member of the Security Council, Turkey lost out to Spain and New Zealand in a contest for two available seats reserved for a voting bloc called the Western European ... Read More »

With friends like Turkey, who needs enemies?

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After its reluctance to confront Isil, Ankara is proving to be a very unreliable Nato ally For a country that is supposed to be a pivotal Nato ally, Turkey sure has a strange way of showing loyalty to its friends in their hour of need. Ankara’s support in the battle to defeat the fanatics of the Islamic State (Isil), who ... Read More »

Opinion: To Combat Malnutrition, Don’t Just Produce More Food—Produce Better Food


Two billion people lack essential micronutrients in their diets. We need to create more nutritious food systems, says FAO director-general. Our current food systems face a tough challenge: ensuring food security as well as a balanced diet for everyone around the globe. The figures are striking: Around 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger, and roughly two billion people suffer ... Read More »

Thailand: Muslim Separatists Torch Six Schools in One Night


Insurgents in Thailand have torched six schools in one night, leaving thousands of children unable to attend classes. The arsonists tied the hands and feet of school security guards before pouring gasoline around the buildings in Pattani, southern Thailand, deputy governor of Pattani Somphoch Suwannarat was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying. No one was injured during the attack, ... Read More »

Greece tells IMF it wants early exit from rescue programme


Largest such programme in global financial history had aimed at preventing debt crisis from spreading through the eurozone Greek officials have told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the debt-stricken country can quit its multibillion-dollar rescue programme more than a year early after meeting the body’s managing director in Washington on Sunday. Greece’s finance minister, Gikas Hardouvelis, argued in talks ... Read More »

American website Intercept reveals secret activities of Australian spy agency

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An American website has revealed some of the most secret activities of Australia’s electronic spy agency as well as counter-espionage information that Australia’s closest allies withheld from Canberra. The Intercept website has published more documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that expose top secret operations by the US National Security Agency, as well as its Australian counterpart, the Australian ... Read More »