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Fatalities in Indonesia could reach thousands, officials say

The confirmed death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has risen to 832, and the vice-president, Jusuf Kalla, has warned it could reach into the thousands. More than 150 aftershocks followed the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Sulawesi on Friday, causing thousands of homes, hotels, shopping malls and several mosques to ...

Councils condemned for ‘shameful’ rebranding of Black History Month

For more than 30 years, Black History Month has been a fixture in Britain’s cultural calendar, celebrated every October in schools and at tens of thousands of events across the country. But this year the event, which starts on Monday, is at the centre of an appropriation row as campaigners complain that a number of councils have scrapped the name, describing it ...

The day an Aboriginal march stopped the miners and gave birth to a land council

The Kimberley celebrates the 40th anniversary of the influential Noonkanbah march hundreds of Aboriginal people from across the Kimberley have recreated the historic Noonkanbah march, to mark the 40th anniversary of the protest that led to the formation of the Kimberley Land Council, in the Fitzroy valley community of Ngumpan. Forty years ago, the Western Australian premier Sir Charles Court ...

Australia stands ready to support Indonesia: PM

Australia stands ready to help Indonesia after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi, the prime minister and foreign affairs minister said. Scott Morrison and Marise Payne expressed their condolences to the people of Indonesia in a joint statement late on Sunday. At least 832 people have been confirmed dead after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami ...

PM claims Australia will meet Paris target ‘in a canter’ despite emissions climbing

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise, but Scott Morrison seized on the silver lining, maintaining Australia would meet its Paris commitment, despite the government having no legislated instrument to help it get there. Figures released on Friday showed Australia’s emissions increased 1.3% in the year to March 2018, up all sectors – except land use and electricity, where renewable technologies were ...

‘Institutional theft on massive scale’ by banks in Australia

hen entrepreneur Sean Butler bought the heritage National Hotel in Fremantle in Western Australia, he had ambitions to restore “a beautiful old hotel” to its former glory. The upmarket four-storey building had catered to affluent punters since the region’s gold boom of the 1880s, but had since fallen into disrepair. It was a big project, but Butler, the owner of ...

Australia let Nauru block refugee medical transfers to preserve ‘relationship’

Australian authorities were unable to send an air ambulance to Nauru for a court-ordered medical transfer after the Nauruan government refused permission, because to do so would affect the “working relationship” on offshore processing, a senior official has said. At least twice in recent weeks the Nauruan government has refused to give permission for an air ambulance to land and take a ...

ISIS Is Poised to Make a Comeback in Syria

on the surface, the Syrian civil war appears to be nearing its final stage. Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Russian and Iranian backers won the battle that mattered the most for them in July, when they drove the moderate rebels out of their last bastion in the southern Syrian city of Deraa. With that military victory, any hopes of a ...

Russia and Turkey Announce Demilitarized Zone in Last Rebel-Held Part of Syria

MOSCOW — Russia’s defense minister said on Monday that Syria would refrain from launching an offensive on Idlib Province, the last major rebel stronghold, after the presidents of Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a “demilitarized zone” there to avert a potentially catastrophic military confrontation. The announcement by the two presidents, who support opposite sides in Syria’s civil war, appeared ...

Russia defers one crisis in Syria, but is embroiled in another

A RUSSIAN-BACKED offensive to retake Idlib, the last big rebel-held stronghold in Syria, seemed imminent only a few days ago. Russia had expanded its fleet of warships off the Syrian coast. Regime troops were massing at the perimeter of the province. Russian jets had begun to bomb rebel targets and destroy hospitals. UN officials were warning of the biggest humanitarian ...