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Hezbollah condemns Tehran’s terrorist attacks

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(AhlulBayt News Agency) – Hezbollah denounced on Wednesday the terrorist crime that was committed by the evil doers in the Iranian capital of Tehran and… ABNA Almanar In a statement, Hezbollah considered that the dual crime is an attempt to tamper with the security and stability of Islamic Republic and…“The crimes committed by the terrorists in the region and the whole world are a result of an international destructive scheme which is… Hezbollah condemns Tehran… Read More »

Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow same-sex marriage

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The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow same-sex couples to marry in church. Patrick McPartlin The Scotsman The historic ‘Yes’ vote will see the denomination become the first Anglican Church within the UK to allow gay couples to marry. The majority of the Anglican communion still oppose same-sex marriage. Ahead of the vote, the conservative Anglican group Global Anglican Future Conference said: “If this action is taken it… Scottish Episcopal Church… Read More »

‘Inspiring’ reporter and journalism educator Jill Singer dead at 60

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Journalist Jill Singer has died at the age of 60 The award-winning reporter, who also taught scores of journalists while at RMIT University, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder earlier this year. Broede Carmody Michael Lallo The Sydney Morning Herald Her family announced her death on Facebook, remembering her as a “bright life who made a difference”. Former students have flocked to her Facebook page to leave tributes, remembering her as an… ‘Inspiring’ reporter and… Read More »

Universities the biggest winners from China’s top 100 philanthropists

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Beijing: China’s billionaires have been so busy making money that they haven’t had time to spend it – and universities are winning from a resulting boom in… Kirsty Needham Brisbane Times China’s 2017 top 100 philanthropist list shows the trend for the country’s wealthiest property developers, finance and technology tycoons to make big charitable donations is… Almost half (44 per cent) of donations in 2017 were made to universities, up from a third (27 per cent) three years ago, according… Universities the biggest… Read More »

Trump’s FBI pick from law firm that ‘helped Gülen-linked bank go international’

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the FBI is a white-collar defense lawyer with a strong law enforcement background. Hurriyet But in Turkey the nomination of Christopher Wray has raised eyebrows, with Turkish media reporting his previous involvement in helping Bank Asya, linked to the movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, open its… King & Spalding, in which Wray had… Trump’s FBI pick… Read More »

50 Years of Palestinian Rejection

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And the world encourages it. The 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, which fell this week, has sparked much hand-wringing about why Israel still controls the West Bank half a century later. Evelyn Gordon  Commentary By sheer coincidence, Haaretz reporter Amir Tibon produced a scoop this week answering that question. It detailed the precise offer the… 50 Years of… Read More »

Israeli Commandos Heading to Cyprus for Largest-ever Drill

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The joint drill, which involves 400 Israeli soldiers, has ruffled feathers in Ankara Gili Cohen Haaretz Israeli commandos will be undergoing training in Cyprus next week, the biggest joint military exercise ever undertaken between the two countries in the island nation. Sqaudrons of Black Hawk helicopters will head to Cyprus for the joint exercise, which starts Sunday, Haaretz has learned… Israeli Commandos Heading… Read More »

Timor-Leste president Francisco ‘Lu’Olo’ Guterres: a product of war now pushing for peace

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He spent a quarter of a century in the Timorese resistance. Helen Davidson in Dili The Guardian Now, as oil and gas reserves dwindle, the young country’s new leader faces a battle to steer his people through difficult times ahead. Before becoming the fourth president of one of the world’s youngest countries, Francisco “Lu’Olo” Guterres spent almost a quarter of a century in the Timorese resistance against Indonesian occupation… Timor-Leste president… Read More »

“There’s no foreseeable opportunity for this”: Jay declares nuke dump “dead”

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Premier Jay Weatherill has officially walked away from one of the major policy hallmarks of his term in Government, pronouncing the nuclear waste dump “dead” and… Tom Richardson InDaily The position appears a significant rhetorical shift from his stance last November, when he pledged to keep the debate alive ahead of a future referendum on the… At the time, his position was seen by critics both inside the… •”There’s no foreseeable… Read More »

Deliberative democracy must rise to the threat of populist rhetoric

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We are “living in the end times”, or so Slavoj Žižek tells us. We have seen the arrival of the “four horsemen of the apocalypse”: the global ecological crisis, sharp inequalities in the economic system, the biogenic revolution, and… Nicole Curato Lucy J Parry The Conversation The global rise of populism, it seems, is only a symptom of these long-standing tragedies in the… Populist claims – the grand promises that prey on unrealistic expectations, those… Deliberative democracy must… Read More »

Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson fails in third attempt to stop criminal proceedings against him

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CATHOLIC Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson has again failed to stop criminal proceedings against him over claims he concealed a colleague’s sexual abuse of a young… Margaret Scheikowski, AAP Advertiser Wilson is accused of concealing information about the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy in 1971 by the now-dead paedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region town of… The NSW Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed his third attempt to have the… Catholic Archbishop Philip… Read More »

Valuation of climate change impacts for better responses

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Việt Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and mitigation work, deputy minister of Agriculture and… — Photo donre.hochiminhcity.gov.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and… Speaking at a workshop on climate change impacts in Việt… Valuation of climate… Read More »

Russia sanctions talks leave Iran bill hanging in the balance

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Ongoing Senate talks on a bipartisan Russia sanctions proposal are testing the ability of powerful GOP chairmen to work together on a package that can avoid imperiling passage of the Iran sanctions bill it could hitch a ride to. Elana Schor Politico Leaders in both parties say they want to vote on a plan to punish Russia as an amendment to the Iran sanctions bill that senators voted to move ahead with on Wednesday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck… Russia sanctions ... Read More »

Gillian Triggs says Australia’s politicians leading ‘assault’ on democratic ideals

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Human Rights Commission president says right to advocate and freedom of speech threatened by governments Elle Hunt The Guardian Gillian Triggs says an “ideological assault” on community advocacy is being waged by Australian governments and political leaders that threatens the… The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission said the right to advocate and freedom of speech – “some of the most basic ideas” underpinning a… Gillian Triggs says… Read More »