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US-mediated talks between Lebanon and Israel expected to begin in weeks

TUNIS – Lebanon has agreed to enter US-brokered talks with Israel over a disputed maritime border. Lebanon has not commented publicly on its participation in such talks; however, Israeli sources indicated that negotiations could begin in July. It is understood that discussions would concern only the maritime border. Acting US Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield has ...

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Forced To Demolish Their Own Homes, Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Seek New Shelter

In the northeastern Lebanese city of Arsal, near the Syrian border, young boys stand in the blistering June heat, swinging sledgehammers to knock down simple structures made of concrete breeze blocks. Some of the children are as young as 8 years old. They’re helping the adults reduce the walls to rubble. The structures they’re demolishing are their own homes, in ...

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Nearly half of Australia’s residential aged care facilities are running at a loss

More than 45 per cent of Australia’s residential aged care facilities are running at a loss. Of these, nearly 20 per cent have greater cash outgoings than incomings, meaning they have to reach into their own pockets or rely on support from their parent organisations and shareholders to remain financially viable. The sector’s strain is even starker in the country’s ...

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What you need to know about Australia’s 5G network and how it will affect you

Australia is currently in the early stages of the rollout of the 5G network which promises to revolutionise the country’s wireless infrastructure, but not everyone is convinced. Nine.com.au has put together this explainer to address every question you might have about Australia’s next generation phone network before it rolls out across the country. What is 5G? 5G is the fifth-generation cellular ...

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The government has been lying about the strength of the economy – its lack of policy is hurting us

you would hope by now that the government is ready to face up to reality. I know this might be a rather optimistic anticipation on my part, but surely the treasurer and his predecessor and now prime minister, realise they have a problem with the economy? One of the more amusing things this week was the government and their conservative ...

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Electric public transport is coming to Australia — and commuters in major cities will be whispering about it

Electric public transport is coming to Australia and soon commuters in major cities could be whispering about it. They will be talking in hushed tones because British tests with electric-powered buses apparently found they were so quiet the passengers lowered their voices to match. And a company providing electric taxis says trials show the softer engine noise and smoother ride ...

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Cory Bernardi considers rejoining Coalition and leaving parliament before term expires

Cory Bernardi has told colleagues he is considering quitting parliament amid speculation he could rejoin the Liberal party. The Guardian understands the South Australian senator, who quit the Liberals in 2017 to form the Australian Conservatives party, is closely considering his future, and has canvassed the option of leaving the Senate before his term expires in 2022. Bernardi is said to ...

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Michele Hajal, former Miss Lebanon runner-up, dies of cancer at 25

BEIRUT: Michele Hajal, the runner-up in the Miss Lebanon 2016 competition, died Monday of cancer at the age of 25, having fought the disease for over a year. The news was announced in a Facebook post by Hajal’s sister Paula, alongside a photo of the former beauty pageant finalist captioned, “Stay smiling up above,” and describing her as a “blessing.” ...

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Former Egypt president Mohamed Morsi dies in court

Egypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country’s first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military, has collapsed in court during a trial and died, state TV and his family said. The 67-year-old had just addressed the court, speaking from the glass cage he is kept ...

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Lebanon says Russia, Europe eye investment in oil and gas

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Russian and European firms are mulling investments in Lebanon’s nascent oil and gas sector as it prepares to launch offshore drilling by the end of 2019, Lebanese Energy Minister Nada Boustani said. “Several big companies have visited Lebanon,” she said in an interview. “We are talking about Gazprom [Russia], Lukoil [Russia], and soon, the [Britain] BP ...

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