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Syrian refugees in Lebanon suffer amid economic uncertainty

Lebanon’s economic and political crisis over the past four months has hit Syrian refugees particularly hard. Beirut and Beqaa Valley, Lebanon – For Mahmoud, a Syrian refugee working in Beirut, the sharp economic and financial downturn gripping Lebanon has brought old anxieties from his homeland bubbling to the surface. “About the economy, if it is going to [collapse] or something ...

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Australia’s new boom towns: the suburbs squeezing in tens of thousands more residents

Suburbs across our major cities are skyrocketing in population, some by as much as 1300 per cent. It’s creating problems that need radical solutions. Bullsbrook is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of place. The community of 6000, which lies 45km northeast of Perth, consists of a small parade of shops by the grand-sounding but not very huge Great Northern Highway and a ...

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Australia coronavirus: Hundreds evacuated to Christmas IslandAustralia has begun evacuating

Australia has begun evacuating its citizens trapped by the coronavirus outbreak in China to an immigration detention centre on a remote island. Evacuees from Wuhan are en route to Australia’s Christmas Island, where they will be quarantined for two weeks. Canberra said 243 citizens and permanent residents, including 89 children, were on board. A second flight is also scheduled for ...

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Yalta: World War Two summit that reshaped the world

In February 1945, three men met in a holiday resort to decide the fate of the world. Nazi Germany was on its knees. Soviet troops were closing in on Berlin, while Allied forces had crossed Germany’s western border. In the Pacific, US troops were steadily but bloodily advancing towards Japan. As their armies poised for victory, the so-called Big Three ...

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‘Australia’s largest unsanctioned art show’: guerrilla bushfire campaign hijacks bus shelters

Dozens of political posters replace outdoor advertising in a protest against the government’s handling of Australia’s bushfire crisis It’s amazing what you can get away with in a hi-vis vest. On Thursday 30 January, pedestrians in some suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane would have walked straight past activist artists (vandals, some critics might call them) removing advertising from bus shelters ...

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