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CoE Lefkosia Summit: Cyprus and Russia at Centre Stage of European Politics

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On the 19th of May, the Republic of Cyprus successfully completed its six-month term at the helm of the Committee of Foreign Ministers of the Council of Europe. ISF Foreign Ministers, Deputy Foreign Ministers and Permanent Representatives from the rest 46 member states plus observers from the USA, Canada, The Holy See, Mexico, Japan and Israel flocked to the Cypriot capital to pay their respect to the island republic and hand over the chairmanship of the Committee to the Czechs. ... Read More »

Tim Winton’s play Shrine tests writer’s nerves and shines a light on road trauma

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“As a playwright I make a pretty decent novelist,” says Tim Winton. “I don’t have any illusions about that.” Debbie Cuthbertson The Sydney Morning Herald Speaking by phone from Western Australia’s Pilbara region on a bright blue day, the writer – one of Australia’s best-known literary figures – doesn’t sugarcoat his attempts at writing for the stage. “Come on,” I retort. But it’s… Tim Winton’s play… Read More »

Revenge porn legislation a step closer as Government considers criminal, civil penalties

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People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys… By political reporter Matthew Doran ABC There is significant concern the phenomenon referred to as revenge porn is growing, as the use of social media and messaging apps becomes more and more… The Federal Government has today called for public submissions on… Revenge porn legislation… Read More »

Adam Goodes once again face of anti-racism fight in multicolour Archibald Prize portrait entry

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After enduring years of racist abuse which dogged the end of his illustrious AFL career, Adam Goodes is once again challenging racism, this time as the subject of a multicolour artwork painted for… Nadia Daly ABC Colour Doesn’t Matter was painted by Darwin artist Megan Adams as a response to the racial abuse of her friend’s Indigenous son, a Year 6… “He’s just the kindest, happy-go-lucky kid so it was really hard to see him so… Adam Goodes once… Read More »

Report: White House Lawyers Are Prepping For Impeachment Proceedings

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White House lawyers have reportedly begun preparing for the possibility that President Donald Trump will face impeachment proceedings. Kevin Daley The Daily Caller CNN, citing unnamed sources, reports attorneys in the White House Counsel’s office have begun researching the particulars of impeachment proceedings and consulted experts outside the administration with specialized knowledge of the… The sources add that the… Report: White House… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s office tells Canadian-Australian: ‘go back to US and deal with Trump’

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Doug Stetner, who has represented Australia in underwater rugby, called Dutton’s office to voice support for asylum seekers Joshua Robertson The Guardian A Canadian-born Australian citizen who called Peter Dutton’s Brisbane office to voice opposition to treatment of asylum seekers says an electorate officer told him to “go back to the United States then and… Doug Stetner, an Australian citizen for 21 years, who represented the… Peter Dutton’s office… Read More »

Iran election: Votes are counted amid high turnout

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Counting is under away in Iran’s presidential elections, with official turnout said to be at about 70%. BBC Supporters of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking a second term, came out in force to vote. His main conservative challenger, Ebrahim Raissi, has already lodged complaints about alleged voting irregularities. Long queues were seen… Iran election: Votes… Read More »

Is the Universe a Hologram?

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Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions Science today is more a process of collaboration than moments of individual “eurekas.” * By Adolfo Plasencia * Foreword by Tim O’Reilly * The MIT Press Overview This book recreates that kind of synergy by offering a series of interconnected dialogues with leading scientists who are asked to reflect on key questions and concepts about the physical world, technology, and the mind. These thinkers offer both… Is the Universe… Read More »

South African men march against abuse of women and children

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Hundreds of protesters, most of them men, have marched in the South African capital, Pretoria, over rising levels of violence against women and children. BBC One of the organisers, Kholofelo Masha, said men had to take collective responsibility for the increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings. South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the… Police figures showed… South African men… Read More »

Theresa May wants sweeping new powers to control the internet

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants sweeping new powers for her government to seize indiscriminate control of the internet. RT Towards the bottom of the Tory manifesto published on Thursday, there is a technology section that clearly states the party’s intent to control the online world through new… “Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” the manifesto… Theresa May wants… Read More »

Flynn, Turkey, Trump: Turkey Has Infiltrated Highest Levels of U.S. Government, Kurdish Leader Reports

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Reports that President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid $500,000 to lobby for Turkey underscores the scale of Ankara’s influence at the highest echelons of power, according to… Callum Paton  NewsWeek Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which provides political direction to the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, says the… “[The Turkish government] is paying a… Flynn, Turkey, Trump… Read More »

Trump campaigned against Muslims, but will preach tolerance in Saudi speech

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Trump, whose dark, guttural demonization of Muslims was a trademark of his nationalist campaign, arrives here Saturday hoping the Arab world will listen to a… Philip Rucker and Abby Phillip The Washington Post Embarking on his first overseas trip as president, Trump plans to do a rhetorical pirouette with a speech Sunday in the birthplace of Islam preaching religious tolerance and inviting Muslims to join the United States in the… Never mind that as a… ... Read More »

Explainer: why we should be turning waste into fuel

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The federal government recently announced that it is giving recycling company ResourceCo a loan of A$30 million to build two waste-to-fuel plants producing “solid waste fuel”. Nick Florin Ben Madden The Conversation Waste-to-energy is an important part of the waste industry in Europe. Significant demand for heat means efficient and tightly controlled waste incinerators are common. However, Australia lacks an established… Explainer: why we… Read More »

Theresa May could waive rights to 95 per cent of British waters after Brexit, fishermen fear

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Fishermen fear Theresa May could waive the rights to almost 95 per cent of British waters after failing to make any solid promises over sovereignty of the seas in the Tory manifesto. Christopher Hope  The Telegraph A desire to take back control of Britain’s waters was a constant theme for Leave campaigners ahead of last year’s EU referendum. They believe Britain has legal rights to all fish within 200 miles of the… * Theresa May could… Read More »