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Archaeologists digging in search of common people

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In Angkor Wat research, the focus has long been on temples and high society. A new project there is taking a different approach, laying the foundation for a new understanding of the iconic empire. The Phnom Penh Post – Brent Crane A team excavating a dirt mound at Angkor Wat is hoping to shed light on one of the enduring ... Read More »

Boat turn-back payment to people smugglers the first of its kind

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The recent payment of thousands of dollars to people smugglers to return to Indonesia was the first time that such a transaction has been made specifically for a turn-back, Fairfax Media has learnt. The Sydney Morning Herald – Sarah Whyte, David Wroe and Jewel Topsfield It is understood that while payments have been made in the past for other reasons involving disrupting ... Read More »

Deutsche Welle’s Bobs award honors online activists

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Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old Saudi blogger and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and flogged in public 50 times simply for blogging about free speech. Sevil Erkuş – BONN Hurriyet He has 950 more lashes, which have been postponed due to Badawi’s poor health. The Saudi blogger was arrested in June ... Read More »

Legal challenge to Australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers goes ahead

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A high court case over whether constitution permits offshore processing is still on, despite the passing of rushed legislation to head it off this week The Guardian – Shalailah Medhora A high court challenge to the Australian government’s offshore processing regime is still on the cards for later this year, despite the passing of rushed legislation through both houses of ... Read More »

Furore over ABC’s Q&A mishandled

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The ABC made a dire error of judgement this week. Not in its much-criticised broadcast of Q&A, but in its refusal to defend the program against a campaign aimed at undermining the network’s leadership. The Saturday Paper – Editorial The broadcaster was right to put to air former “terrorist sympathiser” Zaky Mallah on Monday night. Though inelegant in his expression, ... Read More »

Greek Prime Minister Calls for Referendum on Bailout Terms

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ATHENS — In an unexpected move, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras went on national television early Saturday to call for a referendum on July 5, so that Greek citizens can decide whether to accept or reject the terms of a bailout deal proposed by the country’s creditors. The New York Times - By JIM YARDLEY and NIKI KITSANTONISJUNE With his speech, ... Read More »

Greenhouse gas blamed for ‘climate expulsion’ driving temperature rises across Pacific nations

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Australian Bureau of Meteorology study finds temperatures across 13 Pacific nations will keep climbing, even with radical cuts to greenhouse gas emissions The Guardian – Graham Readfearn @readfearn Sometime in the mid 1990s, probably unnoticed by anyone, a region of the Pacific that is home to more than a dozen nations experienced something known as a “climate expulsion”. That was the ... Read More »

Weekend deadline for Greece after negotiations draw blank

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Finance ministers will meet on Saturday to attempt to thrash out a deal before Monday’s markets open The Guardian – Ian Traynor, Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Helena Smith in Athens Greece’s creditors have set the country a weekend deadline to avoid default and stay in the eurozone, after more than 24 hours of non-stop Brussels negotiations at the highest ... Read More »