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Fires spread through parts of Lebanon, Syria

The Lebanese Civil Defense Directorate said that 104 fires have erupted in Lebanon since Monday night. Civil Defense Director General Gen. Raymond Khattar said “Lebanon has not seen anything similar for dozens of years, with fires reaching houses and institutions and burning forests home to natural biodiversity.” The Syrian coastal regions endured similar fires. The disaster was caused by dry ...

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Donald Trump raises tariffs on Turkey and threatens more sanctions over Syria offensive

The US Government has imposed tariffs on Turkish steel and sanctions on three Turkish ministers and two government departments over Ankara’s attack in Syria against Kurdish forces it views as a terrorist threat. The move comes as US President Donald Trump scrambles to limit the damage from his much-criticised decision to clear US troops from Turkey’s path. Treasury Secretary Steven ...

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Latitude Financial’s debut on the ASX cancelled again

Latitude Financial’s eagerly awaited debut on the ASX has been pulled for the second time in just over a year. It was meant to be the biggest Australian initial public offering (IPO) of the year, but those plans have been shelved by Latitude’s owners — US private equity firm KKR, Deutche Bank and Varde Partners. The KKR consortium decided to ...

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Dutch family found locked away after nine years in secret farmhouse room

Five siblings and a man believed to be their father are receiving medical treatment after Dutch police discovered them locked away in a secret room at an isolated farm, officials in the Netherlands say. The five siblings, estimated at 18 to 25 years of age, and a man they identified as their ailing father were found near Ruinerwold, a village ...

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Marion council backflips on decision to evict Cove Cobras over sexual harassment allegations

The City of Marion has backflipped on a decision to evict the Cove Cobras Football Club from its Hallett Cove premises over sexual harassment and intimidation allegations. The council will instead renegotiate the club’s lease with strict conditions to improve club culture. The decision follows a campaign to stay from long-time Cobras members and comes just nine days before the ...

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IMF predicts synchronised slowdown in global growth, warns rate cuts are not enough to stop it

Australia has been caught up in a sharp downturn being forecast for the global economy as headwinds from the US-China trade war and Brexit tensions bite into growth. The International Monetary Fund is predicting a “synchronised slowdown” with global growth in 2019 downgraded once again to 3 per cent — noting a “serious climbdown” from 3.8 percent in 2017. The ...

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Arabic press review: Egypt to release 500 detained since protests

And in Algeria, public and private institutions struggle to stay afloat while Iraq fears the consequences of Turkey’s offensiveEgypt’s state prosecution has decided to release 500 defendants accused of protesting against the government in recent weeks, according to the London-based newspaper Egyptian security services have arrested more than 3,300 people, including academics, lawyers and journalists, since protests kicked off on 20 September ...

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Trump threatens to sue top Democrats Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi amid impeachment inquiry

President Donald Trump threatened on Saturday night to sue top congressional Democrats Rep. Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid the House impeachment inquiry into the President. Trump, who has a long track record of calling for lawsuits against his critics and not following through, said, “We’re going to take a look at it. We’re going after these people. ...

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Australia loses to New Zealand 53-52 in netball’s first Constellation Cup Test

Australia has blown a five-goal lead to lose 53-52 to world champions New Zealand in the first Test of netball’s Constellation Cup in Christchurch. A dominant third quarter put the Diamonds ahead 44-39, but a series of errors quickly evaporated their advantage. The match was the first between the teams since July’s World Cup final in England, when the Silver ...

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Australia has moral duty to bring home foreign fighter families in Syria, Kristina Keneally says

Shadow home affairs minister says window of opportunity closing after Turkish invasion of Kurdish areas led to warnings of breakouts at Isis camps Kristina Keneally has warned the window to bring home Australians held in prisons and camps in northern Syria is closing, arguing the government has a moral duty to repatriate women and children taken to formerly Islamic State-controlled ...

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