Monthly Archives: April 2017

AFP data breach: six cases of alleged police misconduct investigated

The Australian federal police conducted six internal investigations in the past 18 months into alleged professional misconduct of officers who had been newly approved to access telecommunications data, Guardian Australia can reveal. The latest revelations will heighten concern about the AFP’s handling of Australians’ personal information, after it revealed it had unlawfully accessed a journalist’s phone records without a warrant. ...

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Australia wants to avoid a Korean war at all costs – and with good reason

Australia may indeed be “blindly and zealously toeing the US line” with regards to North Korea – at least openly – but in truth, Canberra wants to avoid conflict with Pyongyang. There is much at stake for Australia should war resume on the Korean peninsula, after more than 63 years of tense calm. While Julie Bishop stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Mike ...

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Egypt Issues Law Allowing President to Appoint Judges

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified legal amendments that allow the president to make judicial appointments to its top courts, a move judges said would erode the independence of the judicial system. Parliament passed the amendments on Wednesday but some judges had called on Sisi to hold off on ratifying them, calling the amendments an unconstitutional ...

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Pope Francis in Egypt: ‘No to every form of violence’

An Egyptian army vehicle is stationed outside of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in central Cairo. The Pope’s visit comes nearly three weeks after the Palm Sunday bombing of two Coptic churches, brazen strikes that left at least 45 people dead. Hide Caption 5 of 9 Photos: Pope Francis visits Egypt Pope Francis greets Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam ...

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US Special Forces reach Anbar province in Iraq to support ISIS fight

US Special Forces units reached Ain al-Assad Airbase, the western Anbar province in Iraq, on Tuesday to help Iraqi forces recapture cities still held by ISIS. “A large number of US Special Forces units reached the Ain al-Assad Airbase in Anbar’s Al-Baghdadi district some 90 kilometers west of Ramadi,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported, quoting an Iraqi army brigadier-general. The ...

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Syria and North Korea are bit players. Iran is the bigger threat.

President Trump and his advisers are rightly concerned about Syria and North Korea. These rogue states, guilty of human rights atrocities, pose the risk of wider violence and destabilization. Syria’s civil war has already created millions of refugees, has rekindled diseases (e.g. polio) that were once thought to be extinct and has allowed the country to become a haven for ...

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Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal, But U.S. Says It Will Review Sanctions

As President Trump wages a rhetorical battle with North Korea over its nuclear program, his secretary of state says the nuclear deal with Iran will now be placed under review. In a letter to Congress, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Iran is meeting the terms of the 2015 deal worked out with the Obama administration and five other ...

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Goldman Sachs sees buyer interest in Australia as economy diversifies

Australian companies are increasingly attracting potential acquirers as the economy diversifies and North American buyers are drawn to invest in sectors such as infrastructure, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s local head. Interest in the Australian market, particularly from the US and Canada, is rising given the level of transparency relative to other parts of Asia Pacific, said Simon Rothery, chief ...

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Australia changes work visa policy

Sydney – Australia will abolish a temporary work visa that has been popular with foreigners and replace it with a visa requiring better English-language and work skills, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday. Turnbull has rejected suggestions that the visa policy change was in response to the country’s far-right wing political parties, such as One Nation, demanding more nationalistic ...

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Palm Sunday bombing suspect surrenders to Egyptian authorities

A man suspected in one of the two Palm Sunday bombings of Coptic Christian churches in northern Egypt has turned himself in to authorities. Mahmoud Mohamed Ali Hussein is believed to have played a role in the bombing of St. George Church in the city of Tanta that killed 27 and injured 78, according to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram. He turned ...

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