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Abbott: Conservatives good for indigenous

It helps to have a conservative leader on your side. That’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s message on constitutional reform as he takes ministers and senior officials to the Torres Strait for the week. Mr Abbott said recognising indigenous people in the constitution had been a “long-term national project” kicked off by his conservative mentor John Howard in 1999. And in ...

Airstrikes aimed at Iran’s nuclear facilities

U.S. airstrikes aimed at Iran’s nuclear facilities would likely set back the regime’s quest for a weapon by one or two years and require waves of attacks spearheaded by the ultra-heavy conventional bomb known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, according to military officials and experts. A comprehensive attack aimed first at taking down Iran’s air defenses and destroying its deeply ...

Former Iowa National Guardsman returned to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State

A former Iowa National Guardsman who returned to Iraq in May to help fight the Islamic State says he’s now facing a different foe: the Iranian army. Ryan O’Leary originally went to north-central Iraq, where he volunteered to help train Kurdish soldiers fighting the extremist group also known as ISIS. But he told The Des Moines Register by phone this ...

Russia’s once-great space program is being dragged back to Earth by decades of brain drain

It might be the only country that can rocket humans into space, but Russia’s once-great space program is being dragged back to Earth by decades of brain drain and financial hardship. “The Russian space industry is in an obvious state of crisis,” said Asif Siddiqi, a professor at Fordham University in New York and an expert on Russia’s space program. ...

With Video: Salam threatened to resign as public discontent brought thousands into the streets

Protests against the Lebanese government turned violent for a second day on Sunday, and Prime Minister Tammam Salam threatened to resign as public discontent brought thousands into the streets. Anger at the Salam-led unity cabinet grouping Lebanon’s fractious politicians has come to a head over its failure to resolve a crisis over garbage disposal that reflects the wider failings of ...

EGYPTIANS DETERMINATION IN DEFEATING THE ISLAMIC MILITANT

WRITTEN BY EDITOR KALAHAN DENG Egypt is a great land of an ancient civilization, the land that was ruled by Pharaohs, the land of mixed religions such as Christianity and Islam. It is not a land that can be weaken by people who have been overpowered by hatred, not by those who lose their sense of humanity when they see ...

Family of Israeli held in Gaza stages protest outside prison

First demonstration in support of Avraham Mengistu aimed to coincide with visits by Palestinian families to detainees being held by Israel Dozens of protesters gathered outside a prison in central Israel on Monday morning to rally for the release of Avraham Mengistu, 28, an Israeli captive reportedly held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The protest, spearheaded by the Mengistu ...

Military aircraft crashed near the border with Libya

The spokesman of Egypt’s armed forces says a military aircraft crashed near the border with Libya because of a technical failure while on a counterterrorism mission, killing four crew members and wounding two. Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir says on his Facebook page that the aircraft crashed Thursday during a joint air and ground mission southeast of the Siwa oasis, near ...

Syrian refugees still pouring into Lebanon

With Syrian refugees still pouring into Lebanon, the humanitarian crisis is now catastrophic, says Fabrizio Carboni, head of the country’s Red Cross delegation. But disasters elsewhere are dividing donor’s attentions. Fabrizio Carboni: The situation is very difficult. In the last three or four years Lebanon has received something like 1.2 million refugees, as registered by the UNHCR. Even before the ...

Eric Abetz: Gay men don’t really want to marry

It’s reported that he said because Dolce and Gabbana didn’t ever marry, other homosexual males don’t want to get married. Are you serious?! There are bizarre claims that Federal Senator Eric Abetz said that gay men don’t want to get married, using the example of Italian fashion designer couple Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana who never made it official, reports Sydney ...