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India-Australia series last with current laws

The limited overs series will be the last hurrah for big bats before the ICC’s pending law changes come into effect Australia’s limited-overs tour of India will not be affected by the new rules that change how international cricket is played and which come into force this month. An update to the way the Decision Review System operates, restrictions on ...

Should Australia ban the burqa?

A VEILED woman applying for her driver’s licence was the trigger for George Christensen’s populist plan to “ban the burqa’’. The conservative north Queensland MP will light the fuse on a politically explosive debate this weekend when he demands the National Party support a ban on full-facial coverings in all government buildings and public spaces. The Islamic burqa, he insists, ...

Nikki Haley shows blinders may finally be off on US-Iran policy

In a recent speech at the American Enterprise Institute, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley sought to dismantle the political and intellectual firewall that has, for over a decade, thwarted the development of a comprehensive U.S. policy toward Iran. Haley rejected the prevailing notion that Iran’s nuclear activities comprise a special sort of threat that can be addressed in isolation from ...

The right way to pressure Iran

There is little doubt about where President Trump stands on the nuclear deal with Iran. During the campaign, he called the agreement — what we in the diplomacy business know the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — one of the worst deals ever negotiated. Recently, after his administration certified that Iran was fulfilling the terms of the JCPOA, something Congress ...

Anything but typical, Dwight Powell’s vacation took him to Egypt

On a cool, crisp night in the Sahara Desert, miles from civilization, Dwight Powell heard footsteps. Not human footsteps. Might have been a jackal or a hedgehog. And even though the fourth-year Mavericks player is 6-11 and powerfully built, he was in no hurry to find out what critters might be scurrying about. Better to curl up in the sleeping ...

Iraq Says it Has ‘Fully Liberated’ Ninevah Province From ISIS Control

(BAGHDAD) — The northern town of Tal Afar has been “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group (ISIS), Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday, further shrinking the territory controlled by the extremists who overran nearly a third of the country three years ago. The militants have suffered a series of major defeats in recent months, including the loss of Mosul, the ...

Tensions rise as Chinese government’s influence infiltrates Aussie universities

AUSTRALIAN educators are increasingly coming under attack from Chinese students, raising concerns their government’s influence is permeating our universities. The students have been openly complaining about Western teaching methods and ideas, and publicly demanding apologies or changes to how subjects are explored. The trend has raised concerns that the ideology of China’s Communist Party is weaving its way into Australian ...

7 Iranian female students killed in bus accident in southern Iran

A bus carrying high school students has overturned in Iran’s southern Hormozgan Province, leaving at least nine people, including seven school girls, dead and some 30 others wounded. Nader Rahmani, a senior traffic police official, said the bus carrying 45 mostly junior high school students was heading from Bandar Abbas to the city of Shiraz in Fars Province. Reports say ...

In inflation-hit Egypt, Eid sacrifices are a luxury

The cattle traders in the Ashmun market, north of the capital Cairo, jostled to lure customers into buying a buffalo or a sheep for Eid al-Adha, the annual Muslim holiday when custom requires a sacrifice. But this year, with inflation in Egypt hitting record highs, customers seemed more interested in gawking at the cattle than buying any ahead of Friday, ...

Analysis Egypt’s ‘Newspeak’ Masks Public’s Perception of Israel

Ahmed Kahwaji is a teaching assistant at Alexandria University and a doctoral student at the University of Poitiers in France. He also periodically contributes to the Egyptian website Mada Masr, whose op-eds tread the fine line between the permitted and the forbidden. His latest article, “The Egyptian ‘1984’: A war on words,” is about the newspeak that has taken over ...