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Read the Full Text of President Obama’s Speech on Immigration

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In a primetime address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama announced sweeping executive action to change U.S. immigration policy. His plan — the largest overhaul of the immigration system in five decades — will protect nearly 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Eligible immigrants can begin applying for protections in the spring. Here are the president’s remarks as prepared ... Read More »

US, Japan, Australia Agree to Deepen Security Ties

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BRISBANE, Australia — Eyeing Chinese aggression, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed Sunday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific. The meeting, the first since 2007 among leaders of the three allies, risked antagonizing Beijing after a week when Obama reached a surprising level of ... Read More »

Alexander the Great claimed by both sides in battle over name of Macedonia

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Alexander waxwork given pride of place in Macedonian museum in latest example of symbolic point-scoring by Skopje Nikola Gruevski’s love affair with statues began with Alexander the Great. In 2011, much to the consternation of Greece, the Macedonian prime minister had the world’s largest sculpture of the warrior king installed in Skopje’s central square. Now, after peppering the capital with ... Read More »

Australia is Selling Uranium to India Without Safety Nets

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On May 18, 1974, India detonated an eight kiloton nuclear bomb named Smiling Buddha. The international reaction was swift, abject condemnation. This was the first bomb to be built from uranium sold as nuclear fuel, and it was the first bomb detonated by a country other than the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, England, ... Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the Acropolis. “Around” is the operative word, because the Greeks have gone to great lengths to unite their Athenian antiquities with a pedestrian path. At the ... Read More »

Colombian Government and the FARC published provisional agreements

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EEAS welcomed the publication of the agreements, concluded during the Havana peace talks The European External Action Service (EEAS) welcomed the joint announcement by the Colombian Government and the FARC regarding the provisional agreements from Havana peace talks. On 24 September, the two sides reached a provisional agreement, regarding the issues of land property, political participation and illicit drugs. EEAS ... Read More »

Putin’s L.America ‘big tour’, deals done

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A six-day tour by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Latin America ended with a long anticipated creation of the BRICS bank and the signing of energy agreements, as Russia looks to build alliances to counter Western influence. The Latin America tour started with the visit to Cuba, where Putin signed a new agreement on oil exploration in Caribbean waters which ... Read More »

Fatah and Hamas agree on new Palestinian prime minister

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Mahmoud Abbas names Rami Hamdallah as PM in step towards reconciliation between former rival factions The two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and the Islamist movement Hamas, appeared on the verge of forming a historic unity government after seven years of bitter rivalry as Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, named a new prime minister agreed by the two sides on Thursday. The ... Read More »

AFL gets behind Indigenous recognition

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The AFL has become the first major sporting body to formally support constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians. The AFL will back the Recognise campaign, and incorporate its message into upcoming games. Recognise describes itself as a people’s movement, advocating for constitutional change. It proposes removing some sections of the constitution, including one that could be used to create laws prohibiting ... Read More »