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German president mulls Greek reparations

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GERMAN President Joachim Gauck has reportedly raised the possibility of German World War II reparations to Greece. AAP – Herald Sun THE head of state was quoted by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper as saying that Germany, as a history-conscious country, should consider “what possibilities” there could be for reparations. He said Germans were “the descendants of people who had left ... Read More »

Freddie Gray case: Six Baltimore police officers face murder, false imprisonment charges in death of black man

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Two Baltimores: the grim crisis in America’s cities Baltimore: Prosecutors will file charges including second degree murder, assault and false imprisonment against six police officers in relation to the death of Freddie Gray, which has been ruled a homicide, Baltimore City’s chief prosecutor said during an unexpected announcement on Friday. The Canberra Times - Nick O’Malley, US correspondent for Fairfax Media Speaking from the ... Read More »

Joe Hockey announces foreign investment moratorium, urges rule-breakers to come clean

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Foreign investors who have illegally bought Australian real estate have until November 30 to come clean and sell their properties or face potential prosecution under a new Abbott government crackdown. Australia’s investment regime generally does not allow foreign investors to purchase existing homes and Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced tougher penalties, including possible jail terms, for people who break the rules. Under legislation ... Read More »

If North Korea Collapses: What Happens to Its Nightmare Weapons of War?

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A North Korean collapse would be a disaster. Consider this: What happens to its nuclear, chemical and possible biological weapons? The National Interest – Robert Peters A North Korean collapse is easily one of Northeast Asia’s greatest fears. But what would happen in to Pyongyang’s stockpiles of Weapons of Mass Destruction in such a scenario? A regional crisis could quickly take ... Read More »

Nauru’s ban on Facebook angers opposition and refugee advocates

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ABC - Nauru’s opposition and refugee advocates have slammed a government ban on Facebook, calling the move an act of “dictatorship”. The comments came after the government directed Digicel, the nation’s internet service provider, “to start blocking applicable websites”, which the opposition said includes the social networking site. In a statement, the government cited moral and religious grounds for the ... Read More »

Britain’s biggest hard drugs seizure ‘worth $750 mn’

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A cocaine seizure off Britain’s coast last week yielded what is thought to be the country’s biggest-ever haul of hard drugs, potentially worth three-quarters of a billion dollars, authorities said on April 30. LONDON – Agence France-Presse / Hurriyet More than three tonnes of cocaine were found on board a Tanzanian-registered tug boat that was intercepted by the Royal Navy ... Read More »

Stephen Cohen: We’re Living Through a Geopolitical Transition

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Nation in the News – Stephen Cohen, contributing editor at The Nation, joined The John Batchelor Show on Tuesday to talk about the historical contest between the West and the East, from the Cold War up to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. When discussing the Ukrainian crisis, Cohen said that “authoritative voices” in Kiev, Brussels and Washington are saying that “that a ... Read More »

Bali 9 executions: Andrew Chan’s letter to the nephew he adored

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Bail 9 duo’s ‘fierce desire to live’ Indonesian envoy’s sympathy Pawns in a power game: Waleed Aly The Myuran I knew: Michael Bachelard ​Sukumaran ‘the best art student’ On the day he was told that death would come in just three days, Andrew Chan was moved to write a poignant letter to his young nephew Kai, urging him to learn from his ... Read More »

UN says fuel shortage threatens relief work in Yemen

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UN agency calls on Houthis to release fuel supplies, saying it needs 200,000 litres of fuel to distribute its food aid. The UN has said relief operations in Yemen could end “within days” unless Houthi fighters, who control much of the country’s fuel supplies, allow distribution of the much-needed resource. UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that a lack ... Read More »

Teacher Robert Emmett guilty of filming up students’ skirts, possessing child abuse material

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A former Sydney teacher who comes from a family of top NSW judges has pleaded guilty to filming up the skirts of his students and possessing child pornography. The Sydney Morning Herald – Patrick Begley, Journalist Robert Arthur Emmett was willing to undergo chemical castration to address his “serious problem” if required, defence counsel told the Downing Centre District Court on Friday. Emmett ... Read More »