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Are we looking at a Syrian ceasefire? Sadly, no

The US-Russian agreement to seek a ceasefire is a welcome development, but an understanding between these major powers alone is likely to be self-defeating, writes Amin Saikal. Finally, there is a tiny slice of good news about Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have agreed to seek a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” within ...

Turnbull makes calls to MPs in frontbench reshuffle, Darren Chester offered Infrastructure and Transport portfolio

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is calling MPs that will make up his new frontbench. The ABC understands Victorian Nationals MP Darren Chester has been offered the Infrastructure and Transport portfolio. The portfolio was previously held by Warren Truss, who announced his resignation earlier this week. There are strong indications Steve Ciobo will take on the role of Trade Minister and ...

Shorten to announce capital gains tax, negative gearing election strategy

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will announce plans on Saturday to change negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount if Labor wins the next federal election. Under costings released from the Parliamentary Budget Office, the measures could save the budget $32.1 billion over 10 years once they come into force. The key measures are: Negative gearing to be restricted ...

Thousands of Syrians flee to Turkish border as assault on Aleppo’s rebel-held areas intensifies

Russian and Syrian government forces have gained ground north of Aleppo, intensifying an assault on rebel-held areas that has prompted tens of thousands more Syrians to seek refuge across the border in Turkey. The assault around Aleppo, which aid workers have said could soon fall to government forces, helped to torpedo Syrian peace talks in Geneva this week. Russia’s intervention ...

North Korea launches long-range rocket in defiance of United Nations sanctions

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket carrying what it has said is a satellite, South Korea’s defence ministry says. The launch is in defiance of United Nations sanctions barring it from using ballistic missile technology. United States Strategic Command said it had detected what it called a missile entering space, appearing to quash earlier media reports indicating it might ...

Malcolm Turnbull unconvinced GST hike would encourage economic growth

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is not yet convinced that increasing the goods and services tax (GST) is a good idea. Several state premiers have thrown their weight behind the proposal, arguing the revenue from the increase could help them meet budget shortfalls. But Mr Turnbull told the ABC’s Insiders program if the Government pushed ahead with the GST ...

Man’s body found at Hills Beach, north of Coffs Harbour

A man’s body has been found on a beach on the New South Wales Mid North Coast. The body was discovered on Hills Beach at Korora, north of Coffs Harbour, just before 3:30pm on Saturday. The beach has been cordoned off and a crime scene has been established. Police said it was not yet known whether the man’s death was ...

Outrage over slain baby and family ignites on social media in Mexico

The picture of a 7-month-old baby lying dead on a sidewalk between his parents has caused fury in Mexico. The picture shows the family of three moments after they were shot to death outside a convenience store in the city of Pinotepa Nacional in Oaxaca state, according to the Oaxaca State Attorney’s Office. Several armed men shot and killed the ...

Iranian commander mocks Saudi offer to intervene in Syria

Saudi Arabia’s fresh public willingness to send ground troops into Syria is drawing ridicule from the kingdom’s chief regional rival. The commander of Iran’s revolutionary guard on Saturday mocked Saudi Arabia’s declaration that it is prepared to commit ground troops to fight ISIS in war-torn Syria. “They claim they will send troops (to Syria), but I don’t think they will ...

BOKO HARAM IS USING GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN AS SUICIDE BOMBERS.

WRITTEN BY EDITOR KALAHAN DENG   It is reported in Nigeria that five female suicide bombers exploded in the Chibok hometown where school girls were kidnapped  last year. The female suicide bombers killed nine people and wounded 32.It is clear that the terrorist group Boko Haram is running out of tactics and men to fight the Nigerian Army that is ...