Highest number of asylum applications submitted from Pakistan in 2014: report

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GENEVA: Over 26,000 applications were submitted for asylum from Pakistan in 2014, the highest-ever number of such applications on record from the country, making it the sixth largest source of asylum seekers. The Express Tribune – By Ismail Sheikh / Reuters According to a report published by the UNHCR titled “Asylum Trends 2014”, as many as 26,300 applications were submitted by asylum ... Read More »

David Penberthy: Why some sentences can make the public question our courts

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TWO court cases, two very different defendants, two very different sentences. The Advertiser - David Penberthy One defendant sick with remorse and wishing himself dead, refusing to appeal because he believed he deserved what was coming to him, even though there was no criminal intent behind his actions. The other defendant, exposed for the pig that he is by a mountain ... Read More »

Turkey, Armenia and beyond

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In 2003-04, the late Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink wrote a series of articles on the psychology of the Armenian diaspora. Hurriyet – William Armstrong – william.armstrong@hdn.com.tr The series, titled “On Armenian Identity,” caused a stir by suggesting that diaspora Armenians were blinded by such hatred that it had become like “poison in their blood.” Rather than waiting for Turkey to change, ... Read More »

Australian companies failing to report suspected corruption

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Self-reporting to authorities of suspected foreign bribery and corruption by Australian companies is failing to occur, with top accounting firm Deloitte revealing it has investigated at least 100 potentially illegal acts involving local firms in the past two years. The Age – Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker It is understood that only a handful of those companies have reported to police ... Read More »

Defeating the Iraqi State, One Victory at a Time

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Beirut/Brussels  | ICG | What progress is being made against jihadi insurgents occupying large swathes of north-western Iraq is simultaneously undermining what is left of a state whose frailty and malfunctions created the environment in which jihadism was able to surge in the first place. This is particularly apparent in the battle for Tikrit, where much of the fighting is by Shiite militias ... Read More »

The model Lee engineered needs innovation

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I failed to impress Lee Kuan Yew when we met for the first time a decade ago. It was in December 2004 in Bangkok and he was giving a speech arguing that rumors of America’s decline were premature. William Pesek * – Bloomberg – The Japan Times  “America,” he declared, was “the most dynamic economy in the world” and would be ... Read More »

Triggs returns to defend human rights role

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HUMAN Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs will return to the Senate estimates witness stand on Friday. Herald Sun PAUL OSBORNE, AAP SENIOR POLITICAL WRITER AAP PROFESSOR Triggs, Attorney-General George Brandis and senior officials of his department were grilled for almost six hours last month over her report into children in immigration detention and whether she’d been asked to resign. The ... Read More »

French business morale at highest in nearly three years

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PARIS: French business morale stood at its highest in nearly three years in March, data from statistics office INSEE showed on Wednesday, while morale in the industrial sector alone was close to the long-term average. The Economic Times - The composite indicator of business morale rose from 94 in February to 96, its highest level since April 2012. The more ... Read More »

This Picasso painting could smash auction record

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CNN – A painting by Pablo Picasso could set a new record for the most expensive art work ever sold at auction. The masterwork, entitled “Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”)” goes under the hammer in May, according to auction house Christie’s. Christie’s estimates it will sell for $140 million. However, Picasso’s most famous paintings are in high demand and such ... Read More »

US invites Brazil president to visit after spying row

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Brasília (AFP) – The United States has again invited Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to visit the United States, seeking to restore ties rattled by revelations of American spying against her and her country. The West Australian – AFP – US Vice President Joe Biden extended the invitation by telephone last week, said a spokesman for the Brazilian presidency on Tuesday. ... Read More »