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North Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line’, warns of nuclear strike

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North Korea has issued a stern message to Australia, accusing the Government of “blindly toeing the US line” and warning of a… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC The comments came after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this week said on the ABC’s AM program that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a… A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Australia of “spouting a… North Korea accuses… Read More »

UK sees first full day without coal-fired electricity

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Britain was on course yesterday to see its first full day without generating any electricity from coal since the Industrial Revolution, the… EMILY BEAMENT The Scotsman If the grid runs the whole day without coal power, it would be the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the… National Grid’s electricity control room tweeted: “It looks likely that today will be the… UK sees first… Read More »

Property feeds the roots of inequality in Britain. Inheritance will entrench it

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The homes passed on from this fortunate generation to the next will determine who is rich and who is poor in years to… Ian Jack The Guardian What did our grandparents leave us? That will depend on who they were and what they possessed, but in my case, not untypical of my generation, it wasn’t very… From my father’s side the treasures included: a stuffed canary; a tiny stuffed crocodile (a… Property feeds the… Read More »

Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off the coast of Mexico

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Women on Waves says it is offering free, legal, medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy in international… Al Jazeera A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico‘s west coast, according to the organisation which… The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries’ laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on… Dutch ‘abortion boat… Read More »

Past drips into present on Walled City-inspired works

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Now showing in London’s well-heeled Fitrovia, Russell West’s drip paintings are as ingenious, in their way, as Hong Kong’s historic Kowloon… RICHARD COOK Asia Times Russell West’s art – intensely coloured, three-dimensional, paint-dripped labyrinths of layers and lines – is on show at a solo exhibition in the heart of London’s elegant… Its inspiration could hardly be further away from that Past drips into… Read More »

Activists ramp up pressure on Lebanon’s rape law

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Calls increase for the repeal of controversial law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their… Al Jazeera Lebanese activists ramped up their campaign to scrap a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, with a dramatic installation on… A proposal to scrap Article 522 of the penal code – which deals with rape, assault, kidnapping and… Activists ramp up… Read More »

Pipelines and Pipedreams: How the EU can support a regional gas hub in the Eastern Mediterranean

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There has been a great deal of excitement over the past few years around newly-discovered gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, and… Tareq Baconi  ecfr.eu With confirmed recent reserves reaching close to 2,000 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas, and the possibility of more discoveries to come, the… The diversification of Europe’s gas supply has long been a priority for the… Pipelines and Pipedreams… Read More »

Anti-EU ministers show ‘invincible ignorance’ over European Court, says top ex-judge

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Exclusive: As part of our Road to Brexit series, former European Court of Justice judge Sir David Edward warns that withdrawal from the… Lucy Pasha-Robinson Independent A former judge at the European Court of Justice has slammed the “invincible ignorance” of Brexit-backing ministers who believe they can free the… Professor Sir David Edward told The Independent he was “astonished” at what he… Anti-EU ministers… Read More »

French Muslims brace for Le Pen presidency

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With no viable candidate on the left, France’s Muslim voters are… CLAIRE SERGENT AND KATY LEE Politico LE BOURGET, France — “Inshallah, it won’t be Marine Le Pen,” said Nassim with an anxious smile. “But if it is, we’ll have to accept our… Handing out fliers at last weekend’s Annual Meeting of French Muslims just north of Paris, the baby-faced 25-year-old said he’d happily vote for any… French Muslims brace… Read More »

Venezuela opposition plans silent marches and sit-ins after deaths

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Venezuela’s energized opposition is planning sit-ins on roads, silent marches in white to commemorate the dead and other nontraditional protests as it… Hurriyet Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the South American country again April 20 to demand elections and denounce what… They were met by curtains of tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to… Venezuela opposition plans… Read More »

Philippine terror risk jangles nerves Down Under

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned Islamic State-aligned terror groups could soon establish a caliphate in the… HELEN CLARK Asia Times When Australia issued a travel advisory this month warning its nationals against travel to the Philippines, the official notice was the latest indication that Islamic State (ISIS) and… Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop underscored those rising… Philippine terror risk… Read More »

Election campaign kicks off in Iran

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Campaigning began on April 21 for Iran’s presidential election with incumbent Hassan Rouhani facing a tough battle against hardliners, though not from former… Hurriyet Ahmadinejad’s disqualification by the conservative-run Guardian Council was no surprise — he had been advised not to run by supreme leader… His populist economics and defiant attitude to the establishment had alienated even Ahmadinejad’s hardline… Election campaign kicks… Read More »

Why the North Korea Problem Is Far Worse Than You Think

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The human and financial costs of reunifying Korea would be… Bruce W. Bennett, Harry J. Kazianis The National Interest If the United States were to attempt to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea, the regime in Pyongyang could do significant damage to both South Korea and Japan—not to mention U.S… One the reasons previous U.S. Administrations have left the… Why the North… Read More »

China’s East China Sea ADIZ Represents a Thinly Veiled Grab for Sovereignty

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Beijing’s approach in the East China Sea is a geospatial inverse of its approach in the South China… James Holmes The National Interest Chinese maritime strategy is a misnomer, methinks. It should be strategies… China may harbor the same goals in, say, the East China Sea that it does in the South China… Namely, it may… China’s East China… Read More »

New citizenship test to focus entirely on the value of negative gearing

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After a day of heavy consultation throughout the suburb of Point Piper, Malcolm Turnbull has announced that Australia’s citizenship test will focus entirely on the… CHARLES FIRTH The Chaser Immigrants wanting to become citizens will now be required to understand how they can reduce their marginal tax rate, obtain discounts on capital gains tax and… They will also be required to speak the language of Sydney property prices before they… New citizenship test… Read More »

MONA’s David Walsh defends ‘slaughter’ art show, says public outrage good for business, Tas economy

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David Walsh, millionaire founder of Tasmania’s acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art, responds to the controversy surrounding an upcoming performance a… James Dunlevie ABC Walsh suggested the backlash to a three-hour “installation” directed by Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch, titled 150 Action, had served his purposes and “spiked a… The work is described by MONA as “a… MONA’s David Walsh… Read More »