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Women’s empowerment shouldn’t come at cost to men, says Australian PM … on International Women’s Day

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provoked outrage on International Women’s Day by saying that men should not have to make way for women’s empowerment. “We’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift others up,” Morrison told a function organized by Australia’s mining industry on March 8. “We want to see women rise. But we ...

Prince Leonard, who seceded from Australia to form micro-nation Hutt River, dies aged 93

Leonard Casley, a former Western Australian wheat farmer who seceded from Australia to form the micronation Hutt River, has died aged 93. Better known as Prince Leonard, Casley died early on Wednesday after being admitted to an Australian hospital with a lung infection over the weekend. The prince, who abdicated the throne to his son in 2017, had lived with ...

High court rejects attempt to challenge Australia’s indefinite detention regime

The high court has rejected an attempt to reopen a controversial ruling which effectively enabled indefinite immigration detention in Australia. The full bench in Canberra took the highly unusual step of delivering an immediate judgement, after a tumultuous day which saw the plaintiff’s lawyers seek to stop them hearing the case and have it sent back to a single judge ...

Friday morning snow snarled traffic, caused accidents

In St. Clairsville, a parked wreck truck suddenly slid over a hill. The road had to be closed, and it took a while to get it out. At the Ohio State Highway Patrol, every trooper was responding to numerous accidents. “Oh, we had a lot of people stuck, a lot of people stuck in ditches,” said Sgt. Joe Weaver of the Ohio State ...

Egypt talks tripartite agro-cooperation with Europe, Africa

CAIRO – 22 January 2019: A proposal on establishing a tripartite agricultural cooperation between, Egypt, the European Union and African countries is being discussed, according to a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday. Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met with Phil Hogan, the commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on Monday in Cairo to discuss ways ...

Wales win over Australia would not be monkey off back, says Warren Gatland

Relieved to have started an autumn campaign with a win at last, Warren Gatland dismissed the notion that next Saturday’s assignment against Australia represents an opportunity to shake off another hex. The last time Wales beat Australia was 10 years and 13 matches ago. Eight of those defeats came here in the autumn. “I don’t look at that,” he said. “It is ...

Scott Morrison is stuck in the permanent present – and Australia’s getting nowhere

It is worth remembering that Peter Dutton was almost prime minister of Australia. Yes, the man who joked about sea levels rising and “Cape York time” while standing underneath a live boom microphone was within a whisker of being the 30th prime minister. It is worth remembering such things because in our current political climate we too often live in the permanent ...

Saudi shares tumble after journalist’s disappearance

Saudi Arabia’s stock market tumbled in early Sunday trade on concerns about relations with the international community following the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident, vanished on 2 October after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Ankara believes that he was murdered inside the building and his body removed. ...

Theresa May faces frantic 48 hours to save Brexit plan as talks stall

Theresa May faces a frantic 48 hours to try to save her Brexit negotiating strategy after she admitted talks had ground to a halt because of the EU’sinsistence upon a Northern Ireland-only backstop. The prime minister is expected to plead with EU leaders to drop their Irish backstop proposal at a make-or-break summit dinner on Wednesday night after seeking the ...

‘A dream come true’: refugees Deng and Mabil make Socceroos debuts together

Childhood friends whose families fled conflict in Sudan represent Australia for first time against Kuwait From their early years in Kenya, to a shared childhood in suburban Adelaide, to the A-League and then the Socceroos, Thomas Deng and Awer Mabil have plenty of history in common. And in the unlikely location of Kuwait City, the pair of South Sudanese refugees ...