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AFP data breach: six cases of alleged police misconduct investigated

The Australian federal police conducted six internal investigations in the past 18 months into alleged professional misconduct of officers who had been newly approved to access telecommunications data, Guardian Australia can reveal. The latest revelations will heighten concern about the AFP’s handling of Australians’ personal information, after it revealed it had unlawfully accessed a journalist’s phone records without a warrant. ...

Egypt Issues Law Allowing President to Appoint Judges

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified legal amendments that allow the president to make judicial appointments to its top courts, a move judges said would erode the independence of the judicial system. Parliament passed the amendments on Wednesday but some judges had called on Sisi to hold off on ratifying them, calling the amendments an unconstitutional ...

Goldman Sachs sees buyer interest in Australia as economy diversifies

Australian companies are increasingly attracting potential acquirers as the economy diversifies and North American buyers are drawn to invest in sectors such as infrastructure, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s local head. Interest in the Australian market, particularly from the US and Canada, is rising given the level of transparency relative to other parts of Asia Pacific, said Simon Rothery, chief ...

Palm Sunday bombing suspect surrenders to Egyptian authorities

A man suspected in one of the two Palm Sunday bombings of Coptic Christian churches in northern Egypt has turned himself in to authorities. Mahmoud Mohamed Ali Hussein is believed to have played a role in the bombing of St. George Church in the city of Tanta that killed 27 and injured 78, according to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram. He turned ...

Iran resumes electricity export to Iraq – ministry

Iran resumed today exporting electric power to Iraq after it had been halted for more than two months, the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity revealed in a statement on Tuesday. The halt was said to have been resulted from Baghdad’s accumulated debts to the Iranian government. “The Iranian side will restart power lines to work after a hiatus of more than ...

New war memorial to troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to be unveiled by the Queen

The Queen will tomorrow unveil a memorial to the 682 Fallen heroes killed fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her Majesty will lead tributes to the war dead at the official opening at Victoria Embankment Gardens in Westminster. It comes as a Labour MP who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan calls on the UK to learn the lessons of the wars ...

U.S. Navy, Iran ships have close encounter in Middle East

The frigate came within 150 yards of the USNS Invincible on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, just south of the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The gulf separates Oman from southeastern Iran. The encounter was deemed “unprofessional” but not unsafe because the frigate was on a parallel course with the Invincible at the point of closest approach.  

Experts Divided on What Trump Policies Mean for the Economy

Despite rising stock prices, some experts remain concerned that economic proposals from the campaign of President Donald Trump will hurt the economy. Last year, some economists predicted large decreases in financial markets, reduced hiring and an increased risk of a recession. However, stock market measures have reached record high levels in the month since Trump took office as the 45th ...

Bodies of more than 70 migrants wash up on Libya’s coast

KALAHAN DENG The bodies of 74 migrants have been recovered by the Libyan Red Crescent after washing up on the country’s northern coast near the city of Zawiya. Rescuers say a sole survivor was found near a torn rubber dinghy. Volunteers, who responded to a call yesterday morning, say they believe the individuals drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean ...

Split by Trump’s travel ban, a family races to reunite

KALAHAN DENG Abdalla hears his English teacher’s voice beaming across the room like a ray of sunshine. “What… is… the… matter?” The teacher sounds out each syllable, pausing as photos of injuries flash on a projection screen. If you go to the doctor, she says, these are words you’ll need to know. In this Atlanta classroom, dozens of refugees who ...

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