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Three hurt in pair of two-vehicle crashes near Lebanon

Three people were injured in a pair of two-vehicle crashes Tuesday around the 34000 block of Santiam Highway north of Lebanon. Lebanon Fire District personnel responded to the first accident shortly after 4:45 p.m. According to battalion chief Nick Tyler, one vehicle sustained front-end damage and the other had rolled onto its top with its driver inside. “The report came ...

Lebanon Government to Win Confidence Vote in Parliament

The new government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to receive Wednesday Parliament’s vote of confidence with the majority of blocs supporting him, except for the Kataeb party and some independent deputies. During the first parliamentary session that kicked off Tuesday to discuss the ministerial statement, Hariri said: “We want this government to be one of actions and not ...

Riyadh and Tehran ‘fight for influence’ in Lebanon

Iran’s foreign minister has promised business deals to Lebanon, while some in Beirut are anticipating aid from Riyadh on the back of a forthcoming visit from a Saudi delegation. Two weeks after Beirut announced the formation of a government following an eight month impasse, the Middle East’s major regional rivalry is playing out in the Levant. Adviser to the Saudi ...

Hezbollah calls for talks on Lebanon state debt

Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government last month categorically ruled out restructuring and pledged to repay debt at existing interest rates BEIRUT: Hezbollah urged Lebanon’s new government on Tuesday to negotiate with banks to restructure the country’s massive national debt. The unprecedented call by a Hezbollah member of Parliament suggests that the group, which for the first time controls three ministries, ...

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 ...

Nine facts about the medical evacuation bill

With the medical evacuations bill now cleared by the Senate, and with politicians coming off the long run with all kinds of misleading claims about what this package does, let’s spell out some basic facts. How do the medical evacuation procedures work? The new legislation sets out the conditions by which sick people on Nauru and Manus Island can be transferred to ...

Christmas Island: Australia ‘to re-open’ controversial detention centre

Australian PM Scott Morrison says he will re-open a controversial detention centre on Christmas Island, after a historic defeat in parliament. On Tuesday, non-government MPs secured enough votes to pass a bill making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country. Mr Morrison said the law would weaken the nation’s tough border policies and embolden human traffickers. ...

Australian politicians want R. Kelly banned

The embattled singer’s possible entry into the country is reportedly being protested by a group of politicians there. On Tuesday, R. Kelly announced new tour dates in a tweet promising shows in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. R. Kelly announces overseas tour There were no additional details released, and the tweet was later deleted. The singer has been embroiled ...

Australia can meet its Paris targets – if government doesn’t hinder progress

New research finds Australia is installing renewable energy faster than any other country, a trend that will allow Australia to meet its economy-wide Paris targets five years ahead of schedule if politics doesn’t derail the trend, according to new research from the Australian National University. While emissions have been rising across the economy since the Abbott government repealed the carbon ...