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Keen to improve your memory? It might be as simple as ABC, expert explains

Losing keys, forgetting names and not remembering important information for work or study? Many of us have first-hand experience with the frustrations of memory lapses, and it’s not unusual to be concerned that they are a sign of something sinister. But Professor Kaarin Anstey says most memory lapses are a normal part of the ageing process. Take the “tip of ...

Damaged Aurora Australis expected to sail to Western Australia for repairs

The Antarctic ship the Aurora Australis is expected to sail P&O operations manager Shaun Deshommes commended the crew “for their efforts and professionalism which they have demonstrated through this situation”. The task now is to check the hull which was damaged when the ship broke its harbour mooring and was stranded on rocks near Mawson Station. Mr Deshommes said underwater ...

Pearls group: Investigators track over $100m from Indian scam to Australia

Authorities in India investigating one of the wor The Pearls group of companies scammed 50 million Indians, many of them living in poverty, out of $10 billion. Former Australian fast bowler, Brett Lee, had been the face of one of the company’s advertising campaigns — although there is no suggestion that he knew of the claims of fraudulent dealing. But ...

Man charged after two men are punched in the head on a Sydney street

A man has been charged after two men were allegedly punched in the head in Sydney CBD early this morning. Police have charged a 41-year-old man with assault over the alleged attacks on a 39-year-old man and a 51-year-old in front of a fast food outlet corner of Pitt Street and Park Street at about 12:30am today. Sydney City Police ...

Giant pink condom put onto Sydney’s Hyde Park obelisk to remind residents to have safe sex

The 18-metre tall condom was put onto the heritage-listed structure on Friday night in the lead up to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to be held next month, by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health promotion organisation ACON. The organisation’s chief executive Nicolas Parkhill said the Mardi Gras was a good time to remind people that ...

Israeli Security Guard Stabbed in Suspected Palestinian Attack

An Israeli security guard was “very seriously” wounded overnight in a suspected Palestinian attack in a West Bank settlement, police said on Friday. Police called to a shopping centre in the Maaleh Adumim settlement found “a 47-year-old man, a guard at the mall, lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds on his body,” a police statement said. “It appears ...

Red Cross Seeks Access to More Jails in Syria

International Committee of the Red Cross chief Peter Maurer said in Damascus on Friday he had asked the Syrian authorities to allow ICRC visits to more detention centers. “For the duration of the conflict, we have been talking with the Syrian authorities to have access to detention centers, and in the past we have visited the nine main prisons,” Maurer ...

Explosions, gunfire rock Somali capital

Explosions and gunfire echoed around Somalia’s capital on Friday night, evidence of another spate of violence in the East African nation. A large blast rocked central Mogadishu followed by the rattle of bullets, according to a Somali official nearby. Another, smaller explosion — not to mention continued gunfire — could be heard about 30 minutes later. Somali security forces, meanwhile, ...

South Sudan president unveils action plan to rescue war stricken nation

South Sudan president Salva Kiir met and held a high profile talk Thursday with the visiting secretary General of the United Nations, resulting in outlining more than a general six -point to rescuing the war stricken country.President Kiir, according to his foreign affairs and international cooperation Minister, has agreed with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of United Nations to immediately conclude ...

Donald Trump backed Iraq war in 2002 interview but says views changed

The Republican presidential contender admits he supported the invasion but changed his mind by the time the war started Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who frequently touts his opposition to the Iraq war, appeared to support the idea in a newly unearthed 2002 interview, but said on Thursday he became an opponent by the time the invasion occurred. In the ...