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Labor senator urges tax on digital companies to stop them ‘pillaging’ Australian economy

Australia should tax digital companies based on their revenue and extend superannuation to all working Australians, new Labor senator Tony Sheldon has said. In an interview ahead of his first speech on Wednesday, Sheldon said he would hold technology companies including Uber, Facebook, Amazon and Google accountable for “failing our economy and democracy” and “disrupt the disrupters” by calling for ...

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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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Snow globes filled with $1M worth of meth found in Australia

Snow globes? More like ice globes. Australian border security agents seized a $1 million shipment of liquid methamphetamine hidden inside 15 snow globes, the Australian Border Force said in a statement Tuesday. The meth globes held picturesque winter scenes and more than 7 liters of the dangerous drug. The sinister souvenirs were spotted by agents in Sydney after the package arrived ...

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Iraq to seek compensation from Israel for ’81 airstrike

Iraq’s parliament is considering legislation that would, if approved, call on the Iraqi government to formally demand compensation from Israel for a 1981 airstrike that destroyed the country’s French-built Osirak nuclear reactor. Submitted to the assembly’s presidency on Wednesday, the draft legislation seeks compensation from Israel for casualties and material damage incurred by the strike. Along with destroying the reactor, ...

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Egypt says security forces kill 16 militants in Sinai

CAIRO – Egypt says its police forces have killed 16 militants in raids in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. An Interior Ministry statement Tuesday says security forces exchanged fire with Islamic militants as they stormed insurgent hideouts in the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish. No casualties were reported among the police. The ministry says the extremists had intended ...

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ANCIENT EGYPT: ARCHAEOLOGISTS UNCOVER REMAINS OF LONG-LOST TEMPLE, SKELETONS AND 3,300-YEAR-OLD ROYAL STATUES

Archaeologists working in Cairo have uncovered remains of ancient buildings and a haul of artifacts thousands of years old. Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement released Sunday that a joint German and Egyptian excavation team had recovered relics and the remnants of a temple and other structures at a site dating back to between the 6th and 2nd ...

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Jordan’s King Is Afraid. So He Purged His Government

King Abdullah cleared out the ranks among the senior officials in the royal court and removed senior intelligence officials. There’s a message to the U.S. here, and to Israel Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan, the sister of the late King Hussein and the aunt of the present king, Abdullah II, knew back in 2013 that the sword was hanging ...

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Iran’s New Strategic Threat Against Israel

The possibility of closing the Bab al-Mandab and Hormuz straits pose a threat no less serious than others coming from Tehran and Hezbollah Israel isn’t involved. That’s the official response to anyone who asks what the recent deterioration in relations between Iran and the United States means for Jerusalem. We’re not involved; we’re not addressing or responding to it. Ramifications? ...

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Palestinians Need to Get Real About Israel

As Palestinian officials nervously await the Trump administration’s peace plan, one fundamental reality shapes their long and bitter contest with Israel. Diplomatically, economically, militarily, Israel has never been stronger than it is today. By contrast, the Palestinian cause has never been in worse shape. Neither Hamas, which alternates between firing rockets and begging Israel to admit to Gaza the supplies ...

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America Should Tread Carefully to Avoid Pushing Iraq Further Into Iran’s Orbit

Iraq remains economically dependent on Iran which complicates Washington’s hopes of forcing the country to adopt an actively anti-Iranian policy AמשThe Katyusha rocket that exploded near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a fortified area home to Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies, instantly turned Iraq into a new focal point of the collision course that Iran and the ...

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