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Israel Is Expected to Approve Surge in Jewish Construction in West Bank

JERUSALEM — In a rare step, Israel approved plans late Tuesday to build 715 housing units for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, though the government is soon expected to endorse 6,800 units for Jewish settlers there, too. About 3,700 settler housing units have already been approved this year, and the addition of 6,800 would push 2019 past the record ...

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Israel Folau launches court proceedings against Rugby Australia, NSW Waratahs over unfair dismissal claim

Sacked former rugby union international Israel Folau will today launch court proceedings for unfair dismissal against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs. Folau’s multi-million-dollar contract was terminated in May after he posted to social media that homosexuals, among others, would go to hell. Rugby Australia said the post breached its professional players code of conduct — a decision that was upheld ...

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Australian business should cut less, grow more, fund manager says

The head of IFM Investors says the $140bn investment powerhouse will be pushing Australian company bosses to work on growing their businesses instead of focusing on cutting costs. The chief executive, Brett Himbury, said IFM, which invests on behalf of Australian industry super funds and like-minded international pension outfits, also supports mining giant BHP’s new pledge to do more to ...

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Young Saudi asylum-seeker arrives in Canada to official welcome

young Saudi woman who caused a sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad was welcomed with open arms in Toronto on  Saturday at the end of an exhausting international odyssey. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted Rahaf Mohammed Al Qunun, 18, after she landed in Toronto, wearing a blue ball cap and a gray hoodie emblazoned in red with the word ‘‘CANADA’’. ...

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Swedish military tight-lipped over ‘submarine’ spotted near capital

Swedish politicians are seeking answers after reports emerged of the sighting of a submarine in Stockholm waters in June, which the military did not tell parliament’s defence committee about. Newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported late on Thursday that three teenage instructors and children at a sailing camp in the suburb of Lidingö had spotted the mystery vessel on 28 June. For ...

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Editor of Independent flies out for meeting with Saudi partner

The editor of the Independent has flown to Riyadh to meet with the news outlet’s controversial new Saudi publishing partner despite growing concerns over its links to the country following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Christian Broughton’s trip comes as a number of media organisations boycott a major Riyadh investment conference. It was said to be a long-planned meeting with the ...

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Will Smith’s World Cup song Live It Up released for Russia 2018

The official World Cup song has been released ahead of the tournament kicking off in Russia next month. Live It Up has been produced by Diplo and features Nicky Jam, Will Smith, and Kosovar Albanian singer Era Istrefi. The Fresh Prince alluded to the track earlier in the week with a post on Instagram. He follows in the footsteps of Pitbull, Jennifer ...

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DRC crisis: aide says Kabila not standing in elections

Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whose refusal to step down at the end of his mandate in 2016 resulted in ongoing, bloody street protests, will not stand in elections due to be held this year, a key aide has said. Lambert Mende, the minister of communications, said Kabila, who has been in office since 2001, had ...

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Merkel’s party loses key ministries in coalition deal

Angela Merkel has exposed herself to criticism from her own party after she took a crucial step towards ending a four-month period of political uncertainty by reaching a coalition agreement at the cost of giving the centre-left Social Democrats a greater role in government. Following a marathon of all-night dealmaking sessions and several missed deadlines, Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union on Wednesday ...

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Pope Francis warns the world is at the brink of nuclear war

Getty Images Pope Francis attends Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. Bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at “the very limit.” His comment, made as he ...

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