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Homelessness growing worse in Australia, census data shows

The number of homeless people in Australia jumped by more than 14,000 — or 14 per cent — in the five years to 2016, according to census data which also reveals a “significant” increase in older women on the streets and a growing group living in overcrowded accommodation. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said 116,000 people were homeless on ...

Shorten doubles down over franking credit cash rebates

Labor leader rejects calls to water down plan to abolish rebates, branding the status quo ‘millionaires’ welfare’ Bill Shorten has doubled down on his plan to abolish franking credit cash rebates for retiree investors, branding the status quo “millionaires’ welfare” bankrolled by ordinary Australian taxpayers. Speaking to reporters in Brisbane, the Labor leader rejected calls to water down his policy ...

Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge. His children said: ‘We will miss him for ever’ Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76. His family released a statement in the early ...

“Gas deal with Egypt will improve regional stability”

Israel Institute for National Security Studies researchers found that the new deal with Egypt has great strategic value for Israel. “The natural gas deal signed recently has great strategic value for Israel. In the new reality created, any damage by Hezbollah or Hamas to Israel’s ability to produce gas will also affect the supply of electricity to Jordan, Egypt and ...

After Turmoil at Home, Egypt Struggles to Revive Power Abroad

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman chose Egypt for his first official trip abroad since becoming crown prince, Cairo draped its streets with banners declaring the two countries to be “the beating heart” of the Middle East. The prince paid tribute to Cairo’s importance, saying “when Egypt rises, so can the whole region”. “I prayed to God ...

Australian Official Calls for Emergency Visas for White South African Farmers

HONG KONG — A top Australian official said this week that white farmers from South Africa should be granted emergency visas, saying they needed protection in a “civilized country” amid a debate over redistribution of their lands to black citizens. On Thursday, South Africa’s Foreign Ministry fired back, characterizing the remarks made by Peter Dutton, Australia’s home affairs minister, as ...

Indonesia says it would be a ‘good idea’ for Australia to join Asean

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has indicated his support for Australia to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ahead of a special summit in Sydney. “I think it’s a good idea,” he told Fairfax Media in an interview published on Friday. The president said it would be better for “stability, economic stability, and also political stability. Sure, it will be ...

‘China influence’ book proves divisive in Australia debate

A controversial new book asserts that the Chinese government is undermining Australia’s sovereignty through a network of local agents. Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Puppet State has fuelled debate – some have welcomed discussion about China’s influence, while others say it could fuel xenophobia. The book, by Australian academic Clive Hamilton, argues that Beijing’s reach has ...

Sudan ambassador in Egypt: Negotiations would resolve Halaib issue

Dr. Abdel Mahmoud Abdel Halim, ambassador of Sudan in Cairo, said that the coming period will witness an Egyptian-Sudanese initiative to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries and establish relations based on mutual respect and common interests both regionally and internationally. He said in an interview with the Egyptian media on Thursday at the Sudanese embassy in Cairo, ...

Egypt’s election is coming soon. The real battle begins afterward.

As Egypt approaches its presidential election this month, its allies and critics have largely reconciledthemselves to the inevitable reelection of President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. The regime has aggressively culled the field of potential competitors through intimidation, harassment, prosecution and detention. The real struggle for Egypt’s fate will come after the election, when the regime will seek to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms and abolish term limits. ...

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