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Sailors rescued from ‘enormous seas’ off Australia

A couple has told of facing “waves the size of buildings” when their yacht broke in remote seas off Australia. Irishman Nick Dwyer, 55, and Frenchwoman Barbara Heftman, 44, were sailing from New Zealand to Australia. Australian police rescued the pair 210 nautical miles (390km) off Sydney amid 6m swells and gale-force winds. The sailors, on a circumnavigation of the ...

Malcolm Turnbull warns Australia is in an ‘energy crisis’

Declaring that Australia is in the midst of an energy crisis, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will call together the chief executives of east coast gas companies to address the threat to their customers. Mr Turnbull told delegates to a conference hosted by The Australian Financial Review that he was concerned by Wednesday’s report by the Australian Energy ...

Among Questions for Trump on Iran: What About American Prisoners?

President Trump and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran have made no secret of their mutual contempt, raising fears of possible armed confrontation and doubts about the nuclear agreement reached under Mr. Trump’s predecessor. Equally uncertain are the fates of at least seven people in Iran, five of them American citizens. Four were imprisoned after the nuclear accord took effect and ...

‘We want bread’: subsidy cut sparks protests across Egypt

Some of Egypt’s major cities have been paralysed by rare protests in response to a cut in bread subsidies. The country’s ministry of supply reduced the state-sponsored provision of bread of up to 4,000 to 500 loaves per bakery, according to local news reports. The move is designed to replace an earlier and more controversial proposal to cut the supply ...

Watch The Trailer For A New Iraq War Film Written By An Actual Iraq War Veteran

Army veteran Chris Roessner returned home from Iraq in 2004 and spent the next 10 years writing and pitching a film based on his experiences at war. Now, that film, “Sand Castle,” is set to premiere on Netflix in April. Judging from the trailer, Roessner’s Iraq deployment was pretty awful. The film, however, looks great. Starring Nicholas Hoult — who ...

Why Trump won’t tear up Iran nuclear deal

One of Donald Trump’s most vocal riffs during his campaign was “rip it up.” He was referring, of course, to the Iran agreement that is meant to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of the ayatollahs for at least a decade. Candidate Trump boasted he would rip up the agreement, then renegotiate a much better document. This sent shivers ...

Egypt’s Christians are being driven out – will the world notice?

A spike in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, spurred by a video threat from ISIS, has drawn the prayers and concern of advocates, who are urging global leaders to take notice. “Americans need to know that one of the oldest Christian communities in the world is under threat from being completely pushed out of Egypt,” which would be disastrous ...

ISIS militants gun down another Christian in Egypt

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian inside his home in northern Sinai, the sixth such killing in a month’s time in the restive region, officials said Friday, prompting some Christian families to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next. The militants stormed the home of Kamel Youssef, a plumber, on Thursday and ...

Egypt says near meeting Russia’s airport security demands

Cairo – Egyptian officials say they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt. They say work has begun this week to install up to 16 finger-print security gates for employees at two of Cairo airport’s main terminals and to raise a potentially vulnerable stretch of the facility’s perimeter fence ...

Trump is already losing the long-term fight in Iraq

IRAQI GOVERNMENT forces last week launched a crucial campaign to retake the western side of Mosul, the Islamic State’s largest remaining urban stronghold. U.S. planes and special forces were providing critical close-up support for a battle that commanders believe could drag on for months. Victory is not assured and the humanitarian cost, which Iraqi forces managed to minimize in capturing ...