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No, the White House won’t be deporting Justin Bieber

Matt Pearce
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The request: Kick Justin Bieber out of the United States of America. The White House’s response: No. In case you hadn’t been paying close attention to Bieber’s citizenship status lately — and really, who is? — someone launched a petition on the White House’s website in January asking officials to deport the 20-year-old Canadian pop megastar after his arrest on ... Read More »

George Brandis: sidelining climate change deniers is ‘deplorable’

Bridie Jabour
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Attorney general accuses ‘true believers in climate change’ of being ‘ignorant’, ‘medieval’ and trying to shut down debate – Jump to comments (1818) George Brandis says it is “deplorable” deniers are being excluded from the climate change debate and people who say the science is settled are ignorant and medieval. The attorney general called the leader of the opposition in ... Read More »

The power of parody in eastern Ukraine

Lindsey Hilsum
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The tired looking young men in t-shirts and combat fatigues manning the barricades in Slovyansk say they are not going anywhere. Yesterday the agreement thrashed out in Geneva between the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine said that all unauthorised roadblocks and occupied municipal buildings should be cleared. But they’re not obeying those orders in eastern Ukraine. “The government in ... Read More »

Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

Nobuhiro Kubo
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(Reuters) – Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni, which ... Read More »

Boko Haram Schoolgirl Abductions: Forest Search Continues for Missing Students

Mark Piggott
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Parents of around 100 NIgerian schoolgirls who were abducted from their school have spoken of their anger and confusion at claims by the Defence Ministry that all but eight of the students had been freed. The Defence Ministry has now retracted that statement, saying the search for girls in Sambisa Forest – used by militants from Boko Haram – continues. ... Read More »

Iran president offers olive branch

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Iran’s president has underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West during a military parade marking the country’s National Army Day. Hassan Rouhani said today that Iran has no hostile intentions toward anyone in the world, including the United States, which has long been considered an enemy. He said: “We are not after war, we are after logic, we ... Read More »

Japan to launch reduced Pacific whale hunt next week

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Japan says it will begin hunting whales in the Pacific Ocean next week, after cancelling whaling off Antarctica in line with an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling. Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the target would be 210 Pacific whales – about half the current catch. Japan’s defiance of a worldwide ban on whaling has angered environmentalists. Last month the ... Read More »

The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience

Maia McCann
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This incredible collection of moments represents the joy, innocence, despair, curiosity, and undying perseverance within all of us. No matter where we’re from, these are the emotions that unite us – it’s what makes us human. We set out to capture this spirit in 60 incredible photographs, and I truly hope you enjoy.               ... Read More »

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