Monthly Archives: January 2016

Tony Abbott urged to sack ‘dark solitary’ Peta Credlin

She was constantly attacked in the media, which was fed damaging stories by disgruntled Coalition MPs right until Tony Abbott was replaced on September 14. Peta Credlin, the prime minister’s chief of staff, became one of the public symbols of the Abbott government’s failure. Abbott, accusing her critics of sexism, resolutely defended her in public and in private. Most MPs weren’t close enough to ...

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‘Top secret’ emails found on Clinton server will not be publicly released, US State Department says

‘Top secret’ emails found on Clinton server will not be publicly released, US State Department says Material that should have been marked “top secret” has been found in seven email chains on former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s private server, the US State Department says. Spokesman John Kirby said the emails, which he described as “22 documents covering 37 pages”, ...

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Four miners rescued in China after 36 days trapped underground

Four miners who had been trapped underground for 36 days in a collapsed Chinese gypsum mine have been rescued, state media is reporting. The operation to save the men trapped more than 200 metres underground took two hours as they were hauled up to the surface one by one in a narrow capsule, according to state broadcaster CCTV. Dramatic footage ...

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UN envoy opens Syria peace talks in Geneva, Syrian opposition will attend but not participate

The United Nations envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has met representatives of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the first day of peace talks in Geneva. The main opposition umbrella group, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), will attend the UN-brokered talks, but has refused to take part at the start of what are meant to be six months of negotiations ...

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Storm warnings for NSW and Canberra with strong winds, hail forecast

More severe thunderstorms are forecast for most of New South Wales and the ACT after fierce weather on Friday led to blackouts and hundreds of calls for help. An updated warning on Saturday afternoon included parts of Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and greater Wollongong area. Severe thunderstorms started rolling in over the Blue Mountains from about 2:30pm and were ...

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Hill End nuclear waste dump ruled out due to community opposition

End in central-west New South Wales because community opposition to the proposal is so strong, the Federal Government has said. The site at Hill End, north of Bathurst, was one of six being considered for a nuclear waste facility. It was offered up by a local landowner, who could be paid four times the land’s market value. At a packed ...

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Shane Watson to captain Australia against India in third Twenty20 at the MCG

Shane Watson will captain Australia in the third Twenty20 international against India at the SCG on Sunday. Watson will take on the Twenty20 captaincy in the wake of Aaron Finch’s hamstring injury, which he picked up during Australia’s 27-run loss to India at the MCG on Friday. “It is an honour to be asked to lead the side on Sunday, ...

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David Cameron ‘considering’ plans to admit thousands of migrant children into UK

The prime minister is understood to be seriously considering plans to welcome 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children to the UK within the next few weeks. It comes as the development secretary Justine Greening confirmed the government is looking at what more it can do to help children “across the coming days and weeks”. David Cameron is thought to be looking at ...

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Palestinians say UNRWA abandoning them

Palestinian protesters flocked to Downtown Beirut Friday to reaffirm their staunch rejection of what they consider a decision by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency to “gradually abandon” them.

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The UAE’s journey towards clean energy

As countries start reforming their economies based on their COP21 commitments, we should see global economy evolving to a lower carbon model   The discovery of hydrocarbon reserves brought tremendous prosperity for the UAE and made it a central player in the global energy market. With one of the highest gross domestic product per capita levels in the world, the ...

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