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F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MATT APUZZO The New York Times The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the… It immediately ignited… F.B.I. Director James… Read More »

Israel’s Delek group seeks to conduct natural gas exploration in Turkey

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After discovering the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas reserves, the largest ever discovered, Israel’s Delek group hopes to conduct exploration work for Turkey, as the country starts its activities in the Mediterranean. Daily Sabah with Anadolu Agency Citing the likely presence of significant oil and natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean, Israeli oil and gas exploration firm Delek Drilling and… The CEO of Delek Group Yossi Abu said that they… Israel’s Delek group… Read More »

Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war

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Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war Julian Cribb The Canberra Times Australia may soon be sucked into a new war. Possibly more than one war. And Australians will again have no say in the matter. In two months, United States President Donald Trump has launched military actions in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, turned up the heat on North Korea and… Rein in the… Read More »

Three Russian warships enter Latvia’s exclusive economic zone

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RIGA – Three Russian warships had entered Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea on Sunday, the Latvian National Armed Forces said on Twitter. BNS/TBT Staff The Baltic Times Three Russian corvettes – the Liven 551, the Serpukhov 603 and the Morshansk 824 – were detected in the Latvian exclusive economic zone four nautical miles away from the… According to Fontanka.ru, a website of Russia’s St.Petersburg, some of the Russian naval ships that… Three Russian warships… Read More »

The decision to only fund disadvantaged volunteering projects threatens viability of vital support services

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IMAGINE a world without volunteers. What would that mean for the thousands of organisations, the communities, the individuals and their families that 5.8 million Australians freely give their time and talent to? Evelyn O’Loughlin The Advertiser What would it mean to the volunteers themselves? Individuals choose to volunteer for many different reasons – for some it provides an… Evelyn O’Loughlin: The… Read More »

South Sudan protesters say country collapsed under President Kiir

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May 8, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese students Monday took to the streets to protest against the rise in the cost of living. Sudan Tribune (ST) The protesters who were joined by residents in the capital, Juba chanted slogans against President Salva Kiir and carried banners accusing him of collapsing the country. The protesters said the government was mismanaging the economy as… South Sudan protesters… Read More »

South Korean Elections Sidestep Rising Peninsula Tensions

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North Korea’s nuclear grandstanding and inflammatory missile tests, President Trump’s anti-Pyongyang rhetoric and U.S. missile deployments have raised tensions in North East Asia. Christopher Green ICG Our Senior Advisor for the Korean Peninsula Christopher Green looks at where South Korea’s 9 May presidential election fits into these newly complex dynamics. Why have tensions risen on the… South Korean Elections… Read More »

Ex-Labor leader Mark Latham joins Liberal

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It’s the political move that stunned even the closest Canberra-watchers. Mark Hawthorne The Age With AAP On the eve of the federal budget, former ALP leader Mark Latham has announced he is joining the Liberal Democratic Party, headed by David Leyonhjelm. Mr Latham – who led Labor to defeat against former Liberal prime minister John Howard in the… Ex-Labor leader Mark… Read More »

Police in Turkey raid publisher’s offices, confiscate 2,000 books

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Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media. KOMNEWS The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti… According to reports, the… Police in Turkey… Read More »

Marine Le Pen’s Real Victory

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Her National Front party may have lost on Sunday, but its political future is bright. EMILY SCHULTHEIS TheAtlantic PARIS—Sunday was undoubtedly Emmanuel Macron’s night. In a race watched around the world and billed as a fight for the future of Europe, the 39-year-old centrist candidate, who started and grew his own party in just over a year, defeated the National Front’s Marine Le… Marine Le Pen’s… Read More »

IUPUI prof warns about danger of guns — and it’s not what you think

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Few would dispute that a gun, when used improperly, can be dangerous to your health. Shari Rudavsky INDYSTAR But a new study shows that guns, even when fired as safely as possible, can hurt you. The study by an IUPUI scientist and colleagues found that firing a gun at a shooting range, either indoors or outdoors, releases a high level of lead-filled dust that coats the… IUPUI prof warns… Read More »

Will the South China Sea Become the New Crimea?

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Xi Jinping has successfully avoided maritime overreach—but that might be about to change. Nicholas Lyall The National Interest The burgeoning friendship between President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin in recent times reflects the similarities in their personal leadership styles. Both regimes are defined by an… Will the South… Read More »

Germany searches all army barracks for Nazi material

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Inspections have been ordered at every German army barracks, after Nazi-era memorabilia was found at two of them. BBC The defence ministry said the command came from the inspector general of the Bundeswehr (Germany’s armed forces). All barracks will be searched for material linked to the Wehrmacht, the army which served Adolf Hitler. The move follows a… Germany searches all… Read More »

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

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A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose? by Carole Cadwalladr The Observer “The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental threat to our sovereignty.” ... Read More »