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Australians decisively support same-sex marriage

Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll. The non-binding postal vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. Jubilant supporters have been celebrating in public spaces, waving rainbow flags and singing and dancing. The issue only went to a voluntary postal vote after a ...

Sister’s ‘nightmare’ as Hull woman jailed in Egypt faces agonising wait for court hearing

The family of a Hull woman accused of smuggling prescription drugs into Egypt have spoken of their “nightmare” as she waits for a hearing in the Crown Court. Laura Plummer, 33, has already spent more than a month in police custody in Hurghada, where she was arrested at the airport for carrying 300 tramadol pills. She claimed the strong painkillers were ...

8 weeks, 1 question: Australia’s same sex marriage survey

Like many Australians, Melissa Chomel wants to marry the person she loves. She’s been looking at wedding dresses online for months, picked a wedding car, but can’t decide between a church service or beach ceremony. But there’s no point in making firm plans yet, because she doesn’t know if the government will allow her to marry. You see, Melissa is ...

Amazon is ready for Australia

Amazon is ready for Australia. On Monday, 500 merchants will gather in Sydney to hear from the company’s Australia manager, Rocco Braeuniger, and head of seller services for Australia, Fabio Bertola, on how the whole platform will work. Separately, Business Insider understands from a reliable source that the Amazon Australia platform is ready to deploy. The timing of the merchant event and ...

Iran-North Korea’s ‘axis of evil’ may be Trump’s biggest threat

With sanctions and rhetoric, President Donald Trump may be pushing North Korea and Iran closer together. On Wednesday, while in Seoul on his Asia tour, three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups displayed military strength nearby, while Trump gave dire warnings to North Korea’s leader to abandon nuclear weapons. “Do not underestimate us, and do not try us,” Trump said while addressing the ...

Middle East tensions rise as Iran and Saudis jostle for power

A string of escalatory moves in the Gulf in recent days suggest the long-brewing cold war between Saudi Arabia and its regional arch-rival Iran could soon grow hot. It began with the surprise resignation of the Lebanese prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, announced on Saturday from Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is believed to have pressed him to step down in frustration that ...

Egypt’s Sisi: “Gulf security is a red line”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stressed his country’s support to the Gulf states and rejects any threat to them. During a press meet with a number of Egyptian and foreign media on the sidelines of the World Youth Forum on Wednesday Sisi said that he rejects Iranian interference in the affairs of the region. The Egyptian President said that the ...

World ‘running out of time’ on North Korea, Trump to tell Asia: White House

Trump leaves on Friday for Hawaii, the first stop en route to Asia where he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. It will be the longest Asia tour by an American president in more than 25 years. His goal will be to increase international support for an effort to deprive North Korea of resources as leverage ...

Iraq Is Not Iran’s Puppet

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iraq is, once again, deeply embroiled in crisis. For three years, the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish region fought together to oust the Islamic State. Now, following the Sept. 25 referendum on independence for the region, they are pointing their guns at each other. The dynamics in Iraq are far from simple, with intra-Kurdish rivalries; ...

Australia same-sex marriage plebiscite comes to a head

Swimming star Ian Thorpe was never an advocate for Australia’s postal survey on same-sex marriage, which is due to wrap up on Tuesday. “It is really just a stalling tactic,” says the 35-year-old marriage equality campaigner and five-time Olympic gold medallist. “But I tell people the only thing worse than a postal plebiscite is not winning it.” Mr Thorpe, who ...

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