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Mo Ibrahim prize: Namibia President Pohamba gets $5m award

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BBC - The outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the world’s most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership. The $5m (£3.2m) award is given each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office. But the previous award was the fourth in five years to have gone unclaimed. Mr ... Read More »

Western Australia’s New Sentencing Laws May Increase Indigenous Incarceration Rates

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Changes in Western Australia’s “three strikes and you’re out” sentencing laws have drawn concern that they’ll further increase the number of Aboriginal youths incarcerated in the state. The bill expands mandatory jail sentences for those convicted of home burglary for a third time by making it easier for prior records to count as “strikes”. It also doubles the penalty to ... Read More »

A rare look inside a Saudi prison that showers terrorists with perks

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Except for the machine guns and guard towers, the al-Hair high-security prison looks remarkably like a hotel — especially the conjugal-visit wing. The Washington Post - By Kevin Sullivan Beyond a heavy iron gate, its bars painted a cheerful lavender, a red carpet stretches the length of a long hallway, where each of the 38 private cells has a queen-size ... Read More »

Search for missing MH370 may be called off soon

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RT – Australia says the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may soon be called off, as no trace of the aircraft has been found since it disappeared over the Indian Ocean a year ago this week. “We clearly cannot keep searching forever, but we want to do everything that’s reasonably possible to locate the aircraft,” Australian Deputy Prime Minister ... Read More »

Israel targets rising critical opinion in Germany

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As celebrations kick off marking 50 years of diplomacy, an increasing number of Germans is expressing negative views. Yermi Brenner | Source: Al Jazeera Berlin, Germany - It is called “Israel Day” and it features lectures, cultural performances, open discussions in schools and universities, and even dance lessons with Israeli music. Israel Day has taken place in more than 20 cities throughout ... Read More »

Legal challenge for offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru

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The Abbott government’s offshore refugee policy is facing a new legal challenge that seeks to hold the Commonwealth legally responsible for conditions in its overseas detention camps because the decisions to open and operate them were made in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald – Chris Vedelago The Sunday Age understands the claim is an attempt to refute the government’s long-standing position ... Read More »

No water needed: Methane-based life possible on Saturn’s moon Titan, study says

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RT - Researchers from the Cornell University have developed a methane-based, oxygen-free life form that theoretically may exist in the cold and harsh environment of the planet Saturn’s giant moon Titan, defying the idea that water is necessary for life. Scientists modeled the cell membrane of small organic nitrogen compounds, and it can function in extremely cold liquid methane temperatures: ... Read More »

Indian doctors shed light on massive medical procedure scandal

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New Delhi: For years, Indians have suspected that doctors operate unnecessarily, order unwarranted tests and procedures, take kickbacks for referring patients and behave like rapacious robber barons rather than carers. The Sydney Morning Herald - Amrit Dhillon Now the horror stories that used to form the subject of dinner-table banter – such as cardiac surgery prescribed for a shoulder pain that ... Read More »