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Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed

A bid by a group of Jewish women to challenge tradition at Jerusalem’s Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed yesterday after a decision by Israel’s attorney general. The plan was the latest by the group, Women of the Wall, to push for equal prayer rights at the site, the holiest location where Jews are currently allowed to… Source: Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed – MIDEAST Read More »

British ground troops could go to Libya, says Philip Hammond

Foreign secretary says he cannot rule any action out, but the question of military force would be put to MPs. British ground combat troops could go to Libya in the future, the foreign secretary has said… Source: British ground troops could go to Libya, says Philip Hammond | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Australian sculptor Inge King dies aged 100

Renowned Australian sculptor Inge King, who for more than 60 years was a pioneer of contemporary sculpture in her adopted homeland, has died in Melbourne. “Halfway between 100 and 101,” the centenarian died peacefully in the presence of her family late Saturday night, her long-time gallerist Stuart Purves said… Source: Australian sculptor Inge King dies aged 100 Read More »

Anzac Day: We’ve Already Said Thanks, It’s Time To Move On

Aboriginal people got one national apology. But Anzacs have had more than 100 thank you’s, writes Chris Graham. At the outset, I should say that my Grandfather fought in the Second World War. He did so to protect the liberties and freedoms that I enjoy today. I’m grateful for that. But I think the senseMore… Source: Anzac Day: We’ve Already Said Thanks, It’s Time To Move On – New Matilda Read More »

Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan

If repatriation goes ahead, 27-year-old will be fifth Hazara to face forcible deportation back to Afghanistan after seeking asylum.. A Hazara man has said he is set to be deported to Afghanistan from an Australian immigration detention centre after a lawyer failed to lodge an appeal for his… Source: Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

The Greek island of Kythera

As well as its important place in ancient Greek mythology and history, Kythera has an association with Australia going back a hundred years.. When George Miller’s latest Mad Max fantasy collected six Academy Awards – the most to date for an Australian film – the biggest… Source: The Greek island of Kythera | The Saturday Paper Read More »

Barack Obama: Brexit would put UK at ‘back of the queue’ in trade talks – live

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Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments, including President Obama’s visit to London and his press conference with David Cameron. After President Obama warned that Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for trade deal negotiations if it left the EU, Brexit… Source: Barack Obama: Brexit would put UK at ‘back of the queue’ in trade talks – live | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty

As their economy stalls, more Russians are being pushed into poverty. Over 19 million were living below the poverty line last year, making less than $180 a month. In St. Petersburg, CBC’s Susan Ormiston and Corinne Seminoff met a group of social workers trying to feed and house the homeless. Source: Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty – World – CBC News Read More »

BP set to clean up with new super fuel Ultimate with ACTIVE technology

BP’s new super fuel could signal better times ahead for the troubled oil giant.. Analysts have given a cautious thumbs-up to its Ultimate brand with ACTIVE technology, a dirt-guzzling compound that works with vehicles of all ages, cleaning and prolonging engine life, improving performance and cutting consumption… Source: BP set to clean up with new super fuel Ultimate with ACTIVE technology | City & Business | Finance | Daily Express Read More »

Take high road, Obama tells British youth

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Take high road, Obama tells British youth.. US President Barack Obama has implored young British people not to pull back from the world, a day after warning the country of the risks of voting to leave the European Union in a referendum in June… Source: Take high road, Obama tells British youth | The Courier-Mail Read More »

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

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Dear Bernie: I know you and I have had our differences over the past few months, so perhaps I’m not the person you’re most inclined to listen to about your political future. But please, hear me out. You’ve had a pretty good run so far. A year ago, you were trailing Hillary Clinton by 50 points in the polls. No one… Source: An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders – The Boston Globe Read More »

China and the US commit to ratifying Paris climate deal

New York: In a striking declaration that the world is finally ready to change its polluted ways, global leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters here to sign the historic Paris climate accord, an agreement that is seen as the blueprint for rescuing the planet. The question is whether the plan will work… Source: China and the US commit to ratifying Paris climate deal Read More »

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

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Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? Robert Fisk @indyvoices In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital. Whole families were annihilated. No autopsies for them… Source: ... Read More »

‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions

Decades before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, did a Jerusalem antiquities dealer really find a first draft of the Bible? The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds catalyzed a… Source: ‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions – CSMonitor.com Read More »