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Jihadists continue to torment Egypt

IT WAS as if the militants knew they were coming. When the Egyptian police drove into the desert 135km (84 miles) south-west of Cairo on October 20th, toward a suspected terrorist hideout, their convoy was met with a barrage of gunfire and rockets. In the ensuing firefight some officers ran out of ammunition, and were captured and killed. Others fled ...

Yalla Cedars! Calling all Lebanon fans

Following the Lebanon Cedars historic win over France in Canberra, the Cedars return to Sydney to play England in their second match of the Rugby League World Cup 2017. The Cedars beat France 29-18 to record their first ever World Cup victory and now prepare for to play England on Saturday 4th November at Sydney Stadium (Allianz Stadium) in Moore ...

Turnbull’s Uluru statement rejection is ‘mean-spirited bastardry’ – legal expert

Senior Indigenous and legal voices have criticised Malcolm Turnbull for reportedly rejecting the Uluru statement in favour of a symbolic model of constitutional recognition, calling it “a despicable act of mean-spirited bastardry”. News Corp has reported that Turnbull voted against a submission in favour of the Uluru statement recommendations, which include embedding an Indigenous voice to parliament in the constitution, at a cabinet meeting ...

Australia urged to consider police help for Manus refugees

Australia should consider deploying police to help protect refugees and asylum seekers it has detained in Papua New Guinea, Human Rights Watch says. Australia holds refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat on PNG’s Manus Island and the Pacific nation of Nauru. The Manus centre is due to close next week. Australia has set up alternative accommodation in a nearby ...

Pence to visit Israel, Egypt in December

Pence discussed his plans at a religious dinner in Washington, where he stressed the Trump administration’s commitment to helping Christian minority groups across the Middle East. “President Trump has directed me to go to the Middle East in late December,” Pence said in a keynote speech delivered at In Defense of Christians’ annual solidarity dinner for Christians in the Middle ...

Islamic State Group Sees Dollar Signs in Egypt

A series of deadly terrorist attacks in Egypt’s North Sinai province have citizens fearing even worse violence is to come. The most recent attack came Oct. 16 in the province’s capital, el-Arish, when the Islamic State-affiliated Wilayat Sinai robbed a bank, leaving eight dead and taking $1 million (17 million Egyptian pounds). Among the dead were three policemen and five ...

Men of the world: You are not the weather

I am sick of being warned, or not warned, about interacting with certain people, as casually (Molly Ringwald’s words, not mine) as talking about the weather. “Bring an umbrella. There is a man spitting on you from a great height and it is easier to treat it as though it is raining.” “If you have lunch with him, know that he ...

Iran’s supreme leader dismisses Trump’s ‘rants and whoppers’

Iran’s supreme leader has said his country will not take heed of “rants and whoppers of a foul-throated US president”, in a speech that also made clear that Tehran will not be the first to violate the nuclear deal. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in his first reaction since Donald Trump decertified the Iran deal, said on Wednesday that “we will not tear ...

Saudi scholars to vet teaching of prophet Muhammad to curb extremism

Saudi authorities have taken an “unprecedented” step to tackle Islamic extremism by setting up a council of scholars to vet religious teachings around the world. A royal order issued this week by King Salman established a global body of elite scholars based in the holy city of Medina to root out and “eliminate fake and extremist texts”. The King Salman ...

Archaeologists find part of 4,000-year-old statue in Egypt

Egypt says archaeologists have discovered the head of a wooden statue, likely belonging to a female regent who ruled the country more than 4,000 years ago. Wednesday’s statement by the Antiquities Ministry says the artifact was found in the district of Saqqara, near the ancient Pyramids of Giza. It says the part of the statue is in poor condition and will ...

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