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Teen tourist who scaled a pyramid banned from Egypt for life

A German tourist who illegally scaled an ancient pyramid to take death-defying selfies has been banned from the country for life. Andrej Ciesielski caused outrage when he climbed the 4500-year-old Cheops pyramid at Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. His intention was to take photos on the top of the ancient tomb, which he did, and posted to his Instagram account. “It ...

Why some Gazan professors are selling their homes

The repercussions of this crisis have started to clearly manifest; the university closed its gates for three days in January following disagreements between its administration and its staff union about the rights of employees at the university. The union subsequently resigned. The Islamic University, which was founded in 1978 as the first university in the Gaza Strip, is now suffering ...

What’s next for the Syrian regime?

LATAKIA, Syria — Leaving Damascus is no longer an easy journey these days; the Syrian regime has erected dozens of military checkpoints between the northern entrance of the capital and the international highway to inspect the documents and luggage of travelers. Through these inspections, the regime is trying to catch those evading compulsory military service and those opposing the regime. ...

Ancient 4,500-year-old boat discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists from the Charles University in Prague have unearthed a 4,500-year-old 59-foot boat at a site in Egypt. While working at the site of the Abusir necropolis near Cairo the archaeologists discovered 4,500-year-old wooden planks that formed part of the boat. The boat’s size, alongside additional clues such as a bowl bearing the name of king Huni of the Third ...

U.N. envoy: Don’t take Lebanon’s stability for granted

Lebanon has weathered five years of Middle Eastern turmoil remarkably well but its stability should not be taken for granted and it needs long-term financial help to cope with a huge number of Syrian refugees, a senior U.N. official said. U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag, speaking before a Syria donors’ conference in London, said on Wednesday that the ...

Malcolm Turnbull’s financial stake in 7-Eleven under scrutiny

Another of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s investments is under scrutiny, with revelations he has a financial stake in the global parent company of the scandal-plagued 7-Eleven empire. Fairfax Media can reveal Mr Turnbull has shares in two international investment funds that invest in Japanese conglomerate Seven & I Holdings. Seven & I’s major subsidiary is Seven-Eleven Japan, which is the parent company of 7-Eleven in ...

UN envoy opens Syria peace talks in Geneva, Syrian opposition will attend but not participate

The United Nations envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has met representatives of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the first day of peace talks in Geneva. The main opposition umbrella group, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), will attend the UN-brokered talks, but has refused to take part at the start of what are meant to be six months of negotiations ...

Hill End nuclear waste dump ruled out due to community opposition

End in central-west New South Wales because community opposition to the proposal is so strong, the Federal Government has said. The site at Hill End, north of Bathurst, was one of six being considered for a nuclear waste facility. It was offered up by a local landowner, who could be paid four times the land’s market value. At a packed ...

Bill Shorten, Labor, to fully fund Gonski education plan

Education Minister Simon Birmingham says Labor’s education policy will blow the opposition’s costings “black hole” out to $48 billion, as the Greens offered congratulated Labor for reaffirming their support for needs-based funding. Labor plans to target tax-avoiding multinationals to help fund its ten-year $37.3 billion education policy. Bill Shorten today pledged to fully fund the six years of the Gonski ...

Kuwait Towers shroud with Australian Flag on the National Day

On the occasion of the National Day of Australia, Mr Najeeb Al-Bader, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Australia, has conveyed his sincere congratulations and warm wishes to the friendly people and Government of Australia for further progress and prosperity.  Ambassador of Kuwait noted that the political, economic and educational bilateral relations between Australia and the State of ...