Monthly Archives: April 2018

24 Palestinians stranded at Egyptian airports to return to Gaza

CAIRO – 25 April 2018: The Egyptian authorities allowed 24 Palestinian citizens stranded at the Cairo and Borg El Arab international airports to return to the Gaza Strip via three vehicles, Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Loh stated on Wednesday. Loh asserted that the Egyptian and Palestinian authorities are conducting ongoing efforts to open the Rafah border crossing from both ...

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Egypt enraged at Netanyahu over Gaza

Hamas’ demonstrations have been taking place along the border fence for over a month now. The number of participants may have dropped, but the violence has intensified, with many Palestinians getting hurt and even killed. The Israeli military is currently investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who was shot dead April 21. Nevertheless, there is almost universal consensus in Israel surrounding the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) ...

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Emmanuel Macron urges US: ‘Don’t close door to the world’

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on America to reject policies of isolationism if values of democracy and freedom are to be saved. Speaking to Congress on Wednesday, Mr Macron used words of flattery and friendship to cushion his insistence that the US should dump Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda. Beginning and ending with the lasting historic friendship enjoyed between France ...

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Trump’s ‘media-bashing’ style worsens US standing in world press freedom index — again

More and more democratically elected world leaders have openly sought to fuel a climate of hatred toward the media over the last 12 months, according to a study. The latest annual world press freedom index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), found a growing sense of “hostility” toward the media was “no longer limited to authoritarian countries.” The index, published Wednesday, ...

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Australia ball-tampering scandal a reality check, says Pakistan’s coach

Mickey Arthur hopes that Australia’s recent ball-tampering scandal will be “a reality check for world cricket” that makes everybody “sit back and take stock”. Arthur, who was the head coach of Australia between 2011 and 2013 and is now in charge of Pakistan, spoke on Wednesday about his disappointment with the team but also said he felt “really sorry” for the ...

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Australia has neglected its relationship with the Pacific – but that can change

Australia’s responsibility to the Pacific is unique – besides our historical ties with the UK, it is the only relationship specifically mentioned in the constitution. And for 10 of the more than dozen island nations in the region, unquestionably their most important bilateral relationship is with our country. Two things we often forget. But for the last half decade or so ...

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Anzac Day: Australia and France pay tribute to foreign world of bloodshed

It was 100 years ago to the place, the year and the hour. The dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux on a landscape of peace was a foreign world to the bloodshed on the same site a century ago. Anzac Day 2018 commemor­ated the successful Australian ­counter-attack that saved the town, left an enduring Franco-Australian bond and elevated ­Villers-Bretonneux as the ultimate ...

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Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser backtracks on comments Australia will join trade coalition

US President Donald Trump’s new chief economic adviser has backtracked on his bold announcement of a “trade coalition of the willing”, which would see Australia, Japan and other allies joining America in its high-stakes tariff battle with China. In the latest confusing chapter emerging from the Trump White House, Larry Kudlow, who succeeded Gary Cohn earlier this month as Mr ...

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Australia Shocked by Death of 2,400 Sheep on Ship to Qatar

PERTH, Australia — The Australian government said Monday that it would investigate the mistreatment of animals after video recently emerged showing thousands of sheep dying from heat stress on board a ship traveling to the Middle East. David Littleproud, the agriculture minister, said he was “shocked and gutted” by the footage and promised that those responsible would be punished. The ...

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Australia’s Prime Minister Just Can’t Win an Opinion Poll

SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia has accomplished a dubious feat: for the 30th straight time, an opinion poll placed his governing Liberal Party behind the opposition, intensifying pressure on the embattled leader as he confronts a tide of stubborn scandals. The Newspoll, one of the country’s most respected political polls, was the same survey that Mr. Turnbull ...

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