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World Court weighs Britain’s claim to Chagos Islands

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Mauritius tried to persuade judges at the World Court on Monday to find that it was illegally stripped by Britain of another Indian Ocean archipelago, the Chagos Islands, now home to a major U.S. air base. The case at the International Court of Justice in the Hague is a test of whether colonial-era deals struck by ...

Australia’s political parties got $62m in ‘dark money’ donations last year

Hidden sources gave major political parties more than $62m in so-called dark money last financial year, a new report will show. Preliminary findings from a Grattan Institute report show the origins of a huge chunk of money being handed to political parties remain secret. The findings, first reported by the ABC, show about 30-40% of donations to political parties in the ...

Steve Bannon: Australia is on ‘frontlines’ of economic war with China

Australia is on the “frontlines” of an economic war with China, a “totalitarian mercantilist” regime that must be confronted, according to former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. In a wide-ranging interview on ABC’s Four Corners, Bannon also said that the populist surge that swept Donald Trump to the US presidency and delivered the vote for Brexit in the UK ...

‘Trump is checking out of Asia’: What Australia should do about it

Donald Trump is checking out of Asia. He’s cancelled a planned November trip to the continent’s two biggest annual summits. With them, he’s cancelled any prospect of a side trip to Australia. This just serves to confirm the impression from his various policy ventures into the region. His much-ballyhooed breakthrough meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was a breakthrough all ...

Embracing the past – Lebanese in South Africa Faces in the Forest by Cecile Yazbek

Sydney author, Cecile Yazbek was born into a Lebanese family in South Africa: her father, Joe Yazbek’s family was from Hadeth Beirut and her mother’s family, Haddad, was from Beit Meri. Their parents went to South Africa from Lebanon between 1894 and 1910. To this day, their descendants cook authentic Lebanese food using ancestral recipes. Lebanese-Arabic language remains in small ...

Brits flock back to Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt

British holidaymakers are flocking back to destinations that until recently were feared by many to be at risk of unrest or terrorism. The big winners are Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, although the two Arab countries have yet to recover their full potential, according to the latest findings from ForwardKeys and Gfk, which predicts future travel patterns by analysing booking transactions ...

Australia’s big four banks and AMP have had to pay or offer $222m to customers

Australia’s fee-for-no-service scandal is continuing to grow, with financial institutions forced to repay customers $260m after charging them ongoing fees without providing services. The five biggest financial institutions – the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, ANZ Bank, and AMP – have had to pay or offer customers $222.3m in refunds and interest for failing to provide personal advice to customers while ...

New report breaks down the top 50 suburbs in Australia to buy property in

ACROSS Australia there are dozens of “supercharged” suburbs which, if you invest smartly enough, could make you a fortune. Potential homebuyers are being urged to snap up homes in these power suburbs, which often sit within a commutable distance from major cities, as well as resurgent towns and communities across regional Australia in the latest Price Predictor Index (PPI) research ...

Australian number 25 million on the way

On Tuesday August 7 at just after 11pm, Australia will welcome its 25 millionth resident. It’s impossible to say exactly who this will be – it could be a newborn baby or it could be a person moving to Australia, but what we do know is that overseas migration is fuelling population growth (accounting for 62 per cent), and the ...

There are 14,500 nuclear weapons in the world: Here are the countries that have them

It has been a little over a week since the two leaders of the world’s nuclear club met behind closed doors in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who own the lion’s share of the world’s nukes, said ahead of their first formal discussion that they would address the proliferation of nuclear weapons. “If we can ...