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Success Is No Longer Foreign to East Timor, but the Players Are

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MELBOURNE, Australia — With so little to cheer in their nation’s brief soccer history, fans of East Timor’s national team would be correct to consider this the squad’s golden era. East Timor, which did not play a World Cup qualifying match until 2007 and did not win one until this year, has advanced to the second round of World Cup ... Read More »

US state executes multiple murderer from El Salvador

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The state of Virginia late Oct.1 executed multiple murderer Alfredo Prieto, rejecting last minute court appeals from lawyers for the Salvadoran immigrant. Hurriyet – WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse Prison officials said in a statement that Prieto, who was put to death by lethal injection, was pronounced dead at 9:17 pm (0117 GMT Friday). His final words, they said, were: “Let’s ... Read More »

Norway must boost defence to counter Russian build-up, military chief says

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Oslo: Norway needs to scale up and modernise its defence as Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic is creating a more uncertain security situation, its military chief said on Thursday. Henrik Stolen NATO member Norway shares a small border with Russia in the Arctic, where Oslo has noticed increased Russian military activity. Other nordic states have expressed concern over Russian ... Read More »

A northern Barossa Valley shiraz has been named best in the world

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WA wineries hammer SA at Adelaide wine show INTERACTIVE Tony Love’s top 100 wines – shiraz A TINY vineyard in the back blocks between Truro and Kapunda in the northern Barossa districts has blitzed the rest of the wine world with a red wine judged to be the best shiraz on the planet. Tony Love, National Wine Writer From: The ... Read More »

Europe’s Reality Check

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Until a few weeks ago, Europeans believed they lived in a kind of sanctuary, insulated from the world’s current conflicts. Certainly, the news and images of drowned migrants were dreadful; but the tragedy occurring south of Italy, Greece, and Malta, seemed a long way off. By Joschka Fischer Syria’s brutal civil war, which has been raging for years, seemed even ... Read More »

I lived on $6 a day with a 6-year-old and a baby on the way. It was extreme poverty

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There’s a certain hopelessness in living at this level of poverty that I had to fight daily to overcome The Guardian – Stephanie Land @stepville It didn’t take me long to go from financial stability to fearing homelessness. In January 2014 I was 35-years-old, raising a six-year-old nearly full-time and six months pregnant without a partner. I was in my final ... Read More »

All codeine-containing medications could be prescription-only from next year

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Common painkillers such as Nurofen Plus and Panadeine could soon require a doctor’s prescription after a shock decision by Australia’s drug regulator. The Sydney Morning Herald - Craig Butt, Aisha Dow From June next year, about 150 codeine products may no longer be available “over-the-counter” at pharmacies. Medicines affected include Codral Original Cold and Flu Tablets, Aspalgin Soluble tablets, Mersyndol tablets ... Read More »

Putin Aims at Syria — and Strikes Europe

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Take note, Europe: By bombing Syria, Putin has finally put Russia back at the center of the world. FP - By Benjamin Haddad *, Hannah Thoburn * On Sept. 30, Russian jets began airstrikes on rebel-held territories in the Syrian cities of Hama, Homs, and Latakia. This should have come as no surprise. During his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, ... Read More »

For Turkey’s Greek minority, an island school provides fresh hope

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On Sept. 28, Turkish newspapers reported that a Greek school was reopened after four decades on the Aegean island of Gokceada, known as Imbros in Greek. In reality, however, the school was reopened after 51 years. Moreover, the closure of Gokceada’s Greek schools in 1964 was not because they ran out of students, as the reports said, but because the ... Read More »

Putin Calls Out Washington

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“We can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world.” President Vladimir Putin Paul Craig Roberts Last Wednesday (28 Sept 2015) the world saw the difference between Russia and Washington. Putin’s approach is truth-based; Obama’s is vain boasts and lies, and Obama is running out of lies. By telling the truth at a time of universal deceit, Putin ... Read More »