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Manus refugees rejected by Australia head to US

A small group of refugees have become the first to be moved from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus island to the US to start new lives. The 22 men have been accepted by the US under a deal reached between Australia and the Obama administration. Another group are expected to be moved from the island nation of Nauru in ...

Tony Abbott’s daughter appears in same-sex marriage campaign ad

Fathers and daughters are hardly strangers to disagreement. And so it is with Tony Abbott, the prominent Australian anti-same-sex marriage campaigner, and his daughter Frances, who has backed the rival yes campaign in the country’s keenly contested postal survey. Two weeks after she put herself at odds with her father, the country’s former prime minister, with a post on Instagram, ...

Australia joins UK space radar mission

Australia is to be a launch partner on the UK’s innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR. The spacecraft, which will track shipping and forestry change from orbit, is due to launch on an Indian rocket early next year. Australia’s main research organisation, CSIRO, has signed a 10% share in NovaSAR’s data. The deal comes on the heels of an announcement that the ...

Is the government seeking fresh ideas on the economy?

In recent weeks, the National Democratic Alliance government headed by Narendra Modi has revived the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to the Prime Minister (under economist Bibek Debroy), formed an expert panel on agriculture under federal policy think tank Niti Aayog, and extended the term of chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian. The appointments come at a time economic growth has slowed ...

The illusion that China’s economy is in good shape

The Chinese economy has started showing signs of losing steam, just as it is incumbent upon the top leadership in Beijing to maintain a positive economic picture as it prepares for next month’s National Congress of the Communist Party. An official explanation goes that adjustments are being made to eliminate bubbles in the real estate sector and to reduce corporate ...

British Pound a Buy Against the Euro say Deutsche Bank Strategists

Pound Sterling which will be seeking a new driver now that a more hawkish Bank of England has been priced into the currency’s value. The Pound-to-Euro exchange rate has been tipped to rise by strategists at Deutsche Bank who say the end of the Sterling down-cycle is getting closer.  The call comes as Sterling embarks on a recovery against the Euro that has seen it rise ...

VINCE RADIATOR GAFFEVince Cable in bizarre diplomatic row with Lebanon after he compared Theresa May to a Beirut hostage

VINCE CABLE was today embroiled in a bizarre diplomatic spat after a Lebanese MP said he was wrong to compare Theresa May to a Beirut hostage. The Lib Dem leader said the Prime Minister was “like being handcuffed to a radiator in the basement of a flat in Beirut and she is at the mercy of other people” because of ...

‘A vigilant eye’: UN troops in Lebanon see no appetite for war

If the Lebanese-Israeli conflict were a football match, UNIFIL peacekeepers would not be the referee. “The UN is the referee,” Italian Major Vincenzo D’Anna told Middle East Eye, on a coastal hill a few hundred metres from the Blue Line. “We just say, this happened; and you decide. We report everything. We are totally impartial and neutral.” The Blue Line ...

Syian Children in Lebanon Toil to Feed Families

Child labor in Lebanon was already a deep-seated problem before an influx of Syrian refugees made it worse. Now, as humanitarian funds dry up, there are fears the practice could become even more widespread – and with families are dependent on the income children generate, there are no easy solutions. However, NGOs are working on the ground to re-integrate children ...

PHOTOS | Multiple tombstones damaged after car crashes into Lebanon cemetery

LEBANON, Ind. – A car knocked over several headstones during an early Tuesday morning crash in Lebanon. According to the Lebanon Fire Department, the crash happened around 4:30 a.m. at a cemetery located near State Road 47 and Elm Swamp Road/North 75 East. That’s just east of State Road 39. Investigators said the car went off the road and ended ...

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