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Australia’s big four banks and AMP have had to pay or offer $222m to customers

Australia’s fee-for-no-service scandal is continuing to grow, with financial institutions forced to repay customers $260m after charging them ongoing fees without providing services. The five biggest financial institutions – the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, ANZ Bank, and AMP – have had to pay or offer customers $222.3m in refunds and interest for failing to provide personal advice to customers while ...

New report breaks down the top 50 suburbs in Australia to buy property in

ACROSS Australia there are dozens of “supercharged” suburbs which, if you invest smartly enough, could make you a fortune. Potential homebuyers are being urged to snap up homes in these power suburbs, which often sit within a commutable distance from major cities, as well as resurgent towns and communities across regional Australia in the latest Price Predictor Index (PPI) research ...

Australian number 25 million on the way

On Tuesday August 7 at just after 11pm, Australia will welcome its 25 millionth resident. It’s impossible to say exactly who this will be – it could be a newborn baby or it could be a person moving to Australia, but what we do know is that overseas migration is fuelling population growth (accounting for 62 per cent), and the ...

There are 14,500 nuclear weapons in the world: Here are the countries that have them

It has been a little over a week since the two leaders of the world’s nuclear club met behind closed doors in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who own the lion’s share of the world’s nukes, said ahead of their first formal discussion that they would address the proliferation of nuclear weapons. “If we can ...

Wildfires around the world: The photos that explain the flames

Wildfires have been sweeping through coastal towns east of the Greek capital, Athens. Dozens of people – including families with children – have died as they tried to escape the flames. But fires are also raging in Sweden, as far north as the Arctic Circle, and have caused huge damage in countries including Portugal, the UK and the US in ...

Bad neighbours? Australia and New Zealand ‘not friends’ after deportation row

Adeepening row over the deportation of New Zealand citizens from Australia has pushed relations between the neighbours to new lows, with politicians in Wellington branding their counterparts in Canberra “venal” and calling into question the long-standing friendship between the two nations. Australia has deported more than 1,000 New Zealand citizens in the past two years but the recent detention of a 17-year-old ...

Burr Ridge Doctors Return From Mission Trip In Jordan

BURR RIDGE, IL — Two Burr Ridge doctors and members of the Syrian American Council have returned from Jordan after a week-long mission. According to the council, Dr. Talal Sunbulli, founder of the council, and co-founder Dr. Zaher Sahloul, were able to help the mission provide support to the Syrian people in Jordan and at the Jordanian border. The Syrian ...

Lebanon’s Leadership Vacuum Has Banks Battling for Deposits

Lebanon’s banks are paying the highest interest rates on deposits in almost nine years as lenders seek to shore up their capital to cope with political uncertainty and the high borrowing needs of the government. The weighted average rate on customer deposits in Lebanese pounds climbed to 6.71 percent at the end of May, the highest since December 2009, according ...

Lebanon: Same-Sex Relations Not Illegal

(Beirut) – A district court of appeal in Lebanon issued a groundbreaking ruling on July 12, 2018, that consensual sex between people of the same sex is not unlawful, Human Rights Watch said. The ruling follows similar judgments from lower courts that have declined to convict gay and transgender people of “sexual intercourse contrary to nature” in four separate rulings ...

India expected to be $10 trillion economy by 2030: Subhash Chandra Garg

Indian economy is on a stage of “take off” and is expected to be the world’s third largest by 2030 with GDP worth USD 10 trillion, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said today. “Good days are ahead and lot of good work is happening in the economy. The economy is on a stage of take off where Indians can ...