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Tony Smith early front runner to replace Bronwyn Bishop

The Liberal Party has no intention of allowing the Nationals Bruce Scott become Speaker while Philip Ruddock lacks support as the jostling begins in earnest to replace Bronwyn Bishop. Sources have told The Australian Financial Review that the position will be filled by a Liberal and that the party room, not the Prime Minster, will decide. Early frontrunners include Victorian MPs Tony ...

Netanyahu slams Abbas after attack on Palestinian family

PM says Israel ‘condemns’ such violence, while the PA ‘names public squares after the murderers of children’ Speaking in the wake of a firebombing attack in the West Bank that left a Palestinian toddler dead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday lashed out at Mahmoud Abbas, accusing the Palestinian Authority president of failing to condemn acts of Palestinian terrorism. Netanyahu, ...

Falling oil prices have started to appear in UAE

The signs of a slowing job market in the UAE because of falling oil prices have started to appear. A report from the recruiting company Morgan McKinley yesterday showed that professional hirings fell by 1 per cent in the second quarter to 8,109 compared with 8,213 in the first three months of the year. “The oil price went back up ...

Lebanon: tourists seemingly undeterred by trash crisis

Jean Abboud, president of the Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, denied claims that the trash crisis in Lebanon has discouraged tourists from coming to the country this summer. Speaking to the Central News Agency, Abboud said that contrary to these claims, there were solid bookings up to the month of September. “If that happens [cancellation of bookings], we would ...

Kerry says US, Egypt return to ‘stronger base’ in ties

The United States and Egypt are returning to a ‘stronger base’ in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. “Egypt remains vital … to engagement and stability in the region as a whole,” said Kerry, who held the first bilateral strategic dialogue since 2009. ...

Shorten: new Speaker mustn’t be partisan

Labor has urged the Abbott government to pick a new speaker who doesn’t have “the same hyper partisanship” as Mrs Bishop, as Bill Shorten accused the veteran Liberal MP of making parliament a “laughing stock”. The Opposition Leader threw his support behind the likes of Mr Scott and Dr Stone for the speaker role and said he hoped Mr Abbott ...

Taliban Terrorist Groups Are in Disarray

Less than a week ago, Afghanistan seemed to be edging toward peace. Taliban insurgent leaders were preparing to attend a second round of negotiations with Afghan officials, prodded by Pakistani authorities amid a thaw in their long-chilly relations with Kabul and reinforced by a supportive recent statement from the supreme Taliban leader, Mohammad Omar. Today, that hopeful scenario has been ...

Canadian Prime Minister to Disslove Parliament for Federal election Campaign

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has asked Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament, touching off an 11-week campaign in advance of an election Oct. 19. Harper made the announcement today outside Rideau Hall, square in the middle of the August holiday weekend, ending months of speculation and conjecture about when the campaign would begin. He was quickly peppered ...

Sinkholes Around the World

A sinkhole is a depression in the ground created by erosion or drainage of water. Extremely dangerous, sinkholes vary in size from a few feet across to large enough to swallow an entire building. Click through to see some incredible images of sinkholes from around the world.

Bin Laden family killed in Air crash

A sister of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed along with her husband and mother when a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday. The Embraer Phenom 300 with four people on board including its Jordanian pilot was flying from Milan’s Malpensa airport to Blackbushe airport in southern England when it crashed at a car auction ...