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  • Kim Dotcom's Mega-Extradition Hearing Will Be Livestreamed

    08/30/2016 3:07:43 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be allowed to livestream his legal bid to halt his extradition to the United States, a New Zealand judge ruled Tuesday. Dotcom and three of his colleagues are appealing a December lower-court decision which allows them to be extradited to the U.S. to face conspiracy, racketeering and money-laundering charges. If found guilty, they could face decades in jail.
  • Tom Jackson, hero Brit backpacker who tried to save Mia Ayliffe-Chung, dies in hospital

    08/30/2016 2:27:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 46 replies ^ | 30th August 2016
    A HEROIC British backpacker who attempted to save the life of a young woman in a hostel stabbing frenzy last week has died in hospital. Tom Jackson, 30, suffered more than 20 stab wounds to the face, head and torso as he tried to shield Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from a vicious attack at Shelley’s Backpackers, in Home Hill, south of Townsville last Tuesday night. French national Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with Ms Ayliffe-Chung’s murder, along with the attempted murder of Mr Jackson and another man. One charge of attempted murder will now be upgraded to murder in the...
  • Good News: Streisand Says If Trump Wins, She’ll Move to Australia

    08/29/2016 8:16:17 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 81 replies
    Tammy Bruce ^ | 08-29-2016 | Shifra
    Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November. The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes.
  • Aboriginal mum posts daughter's 'whiteface' photos

    08/29/2016 8:50:26 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 29, 2016
    Last week a young boy in Perth attended a school event with his skin painted black in tribute to his idol, Australian Rules player Nic Naitanui. The incident sparked furious discussion on social media. The mother-of-two from Far North Queensland shared a photo on Facebook showing her daughter dressed as a Dr Seuss character in a red wig and white face paint for similar school event three years ago. "Not once did anyone say anything when I painted my black daughter white 3 years ago. We need to stop the double standards, a hero is a hero!" Ms Bee wrote.
  • French submarine builder tries to plug global leak in Australian court

    08/28/2016 10:10:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    SUBSCRIBER-ONLY ARTICLE THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | August 29, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    <p>The French shipbuilder at the centre of a global submarine data leak scandal is threatening legal action today to prevent further publication of the information contained in 22,400 secret documents obtained by The Australian.</p>
  • Man allegedly added hydrochloric acid to lubricant dispenser in Sydney gay club

    08/28/2016 2:22:12 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 60 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | August 28, 2016 | Staff
    A man has been arrested and charged after allegedly putting hydrochloric acid inside what is understood to be a lubricant dispenser at a gay club in Sydney's north-west. Police said the 62-year-old man went into the Bridge Street premises in Rydalmere on Saturday, filling a dispenser inside a room with the highly corrosive acid. Hydrochloric acid is a strong, corrosive acid which can produce burns, ulcers and scars when put into contact with skin.
  • Australia Police: No Extremist Motive Found in Hostel Attack

    08/25/2016 2:03:33 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 31 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    Australian police were investigating whether a French man accused of fatally stabbing a British woman while shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" had a romantic obsession with her, an official said Thursday. Police in Queensland state said there was no indication the attack at a northeast Australian hostel was motivated by extremism. But they are looking into whether the suspect, 29-year-old Smail Ayad, had been rejected by 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung before police say he stabbed her to death on Tuesday, Queensland Police Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder said. "That is one of the lines of inquiry that we are conducting. There...
  • British backpacker, 21, stabbed to death by French knifeman shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (Australia)...

    08/24/2016 7:43:27 AM PDT · by Gritty · 54 replies
    The SUN ^ | 24 August 2016 | James Cox, Simon Tomlinson,...
    Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, who had been working as a bartender for the past six months, was knifed in a frenzied attack in front of 30 horrified witnesses. Another Brit, named locally as Tom Jackson, is fighting for his life in hospital after reports that he was stabbed up to 15 times. ... It has emerged the knifeman also stabbed a dog to death as he rampaged through a room of around 30 people on Tuesday night. Cops have now arrested a 29-year-old man who they say screamed extremist Islamic prayers during the attack. ... A backpacker who did not wish...
  • Scorpene submarines: Huge setback for India as 22,000 pages of secret data leaked

    08/23/2016 10:20:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | August 24, 2016
    Indian Navy seems to have suffered a huge setback after more than 22,000 pages of secret data related to the six Scorpene-class submarines being made by the French company DCNS in India was leaked, “The Australian” newspaper reported. The leaked data gives away the entire secret combat and performance capabilities of these submarines, and will completely negate their operational usefulness if China and Pakistan get access to the same. India is currently building six Scorpene-class submarines, named Project 75, in partnership with the French company DCNS under a $3.5-billion deal signed in 2005. These submarines are being built at Mazagon...
  • Woman stabbed to death at Home Hill (Australia - assailant yelled "Allah Akbar")

    08/23/2016 7:29:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    UPDATE 12.15PM: POLICE have confirmed a Frenchman accused of a stabbing frenzy at a Home Hill backpackers yelled “Allah Akbar” during the violent incident and as he was taken in to custody. QPS Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said investigators would examine whether the comments were made as a result of extremist motives but could not yet rule out whether mental health issues or drug use were factors in the crime. A Bristish woman, 21, was killed in the incident and a 30-year-old British man remains in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital. A 46-year-old Home Hill man was also injured...
  • Long Tan: Vietnamese authorities allow restricted access to battle site after negotiations

    08/17/2016 3:16:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Vietnamese authorities have agreed to allow restricted access to the Long Tan site after negotiations with the Australian Government overnight. Access to the site is being limited to groups of 100 people or fewer. The Federal Government's Smart Traveller website advises that any visitors to the Battle of Long Tan site cannot wear medals or uniforms, carry banners or make speeches. The Vietnamese Government said the commemoration ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary remained cancelled. Veterans' Affairs Minister Dan Tehan, who yesterday described the last-minute cancellation as "a kick in the guts", said he was glad for the reprieve. "The...
  • Alaska Court’s Ruling on Abortion and Parental Notification Hurts Teens

    08/17/2016 6:14:33 AM PDT · by milton23 · 38 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/16/16 | Jana Minich & Elizabeth Slattery
    Hillary Kieft grew worried when her daughter didn’t arrive from school on the bus as usual. After she called the school to find out what was wrong, a school nurse pulled into her driveway with the daughter (let’s call her “Kelly”) in tow. The nurse explained that she had taken Kelly for counseling after school, according to, which reported on the Kieft story. But, in fact, the nurse took Kelly to have an abortion. In New Zealand—where the Kieft family lives—it is completely legal for a minor to have an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. Parents like Hillary Kieft...
  • Vietnam's Long Tan commemoration cancelled ('kick in the guts' for Australian veterans)

    08/17/2016 12:27:27 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    A commemoration ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan in Vietnam has been cancelled. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Vietnamese authorities had cancelled Thursday's Veterans Day at the Long Tan cross site. The department said it understood private access to the site was still permitted and the advice of exercising normal safety precautions in Vietnam was still current. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement the Vietnamese government had advised it would not permit the ceremony to go ahead. An official party including the Australian and New Zealand ambassadors will still...
  • Australia could play pivotal role in a US-China war, ex-Obama intelligence chief says

    08/15/2016 7:21:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 35 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ^ | 15th August 2016 | Andrew Greene
    A former top intelligence adviser to President Barack Obama predicts Australia could play a "very consequential" role if a war breaks out between the United States and China. David C Gompert was principal deputy director of National Intelligence from 2009 to 2010 and has just led a US Army-commissioned report examining the prospect of the two military powers going to war. The report War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable says war between the US and China would be long, destructive and could erupt if regional disputes already underway overheat. The 115-page document by the Washington-based RAND Corporation also suggests...
  • World-first trial lets WA residents sell their own excess solar power

    08/15/2016 5:55:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 19 replies
    The technology behind virtual currency 'bitcoin' has enabled Perth to launch a world-first trial to let people with solar panels sell their excess electricity to each other, not back to the grid.
  • Missile defence could be on the way (Australia)

    08/14/2016 9:03:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies ^ | AUGUST 14, 2016 | Max Blenkin
    Australia's new air warfare destroyers could be equipped to shoot down ballistic missiles threatening the Australian mainland or deployed troops. That would require a government decision to acquire this politically controversial capability, which could then be retro-fitted to the three vessels. The 2016 Defence White Paper says the threat of missile attack on Australia is low. But more nations, such as North Korea, are acquiring ballistic and cruise missiles and that increases the risk of attack on Australian territory or on deployed forces. Most concerning, such missiles could carry nuclear or chemical warheads. The white paper says Australia and the...
  • Senator David Leyonhjelm files racism complaint because he was called an 'angry white male'

    08/14/2016 8:28:31 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 15th August 2016 | Ashleigh Davis
    Senator David Leyonhjelm has lodged a complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act for comments made about him by a journalist. The Liberal Democrat senator, from New South Wales, submitted the complaint last week after a Fairfax media article was published referring to him as a 'boorish and gormless as a result of being an angry white male', reported the Daily Telegraph. It is reportedly the first complaint of its kind for the Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Under this section, it states it is unlawful to commit an act which would reasonably...
  • 'Nauru Files': Allegations of Abuse of Asylum Seekers on Remote Island Shock Australia

    Advocacy groups have exposed shocking allegations of human rights abuses -- many against children -- inflicted on asylum seekers detained by Australia at a remote island in the South Pacific. Nauru is an independent country northeast of Australia with a population of approximately 10,000 and a special economic and political relationship with Australia. HRW and Amnesty International allege that the abuses have gone on unchecked because of how difficult it is to access the remote island. "Journalists in particular face severe restrictions on entry, with an $8,000 non-refundable visa fee and a protracted application process," the report states. Refugees on...
  • Australian Vietnam veterans who fought in the Battle of Long Tan finally receive military honours...

    08/11/2016 2:27:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 11th August 2016
    Ten Australian Vietnam veterans will be awarded military honours 50 years after fighting in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Following a long fight with Canberra, soldiers who took part in the Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 1966, will finally have their heroism recognised ahead of 50th anniversary commemorations. Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan announced on Wednesday he would write to the prime minister and governor-general to recommend the 10 soldiers be awarded military honours or have existing honours upgraded. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith, 83, was commander of Delta company during the Battle of...
  • Australia to ban Chinese from leasing Sydney power grid

    08/11/2016 6:02:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2016 6:47 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia announced on Thursday it plans to block Chinese bidders from leasing a major Sydney electricity grid on national security grounds. Treasurer Scott Morrison said Chinese state-owned State Grid Corp. and Hong Kong-registered Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group had until next Thursday to respond to his preliminary view that their leasing a 50.4 percent stake in Ausgrid over 99 years would not be in the national interest. The decision almost certainly sinks the deal for the New South Wales state-owned electricity network that would have earned more than 10 billion Australian dollars ($7.6 billion). The money would have been spent on...
  • Two professors kidnapped in Kabul: report

    08/07/2016 2:25:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 7, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Two professors, one of them an American citizen, were reportedly abducted at gun point near the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul this weekend, ABC News reported. The other man was Australian, according to ABC. Men wearing National Security forces uniforms reportedly kidnapped the men at about 8:30 p.m. Kabul time, according to the Voice of America. The Kabul police have begun an investigation into the incident. A U.S. State Department official said the department is "aware of reports of a U.S. citizen kidnapped in Kabul." "Due to privacy considerations, we have no information to offer," an official told Voices...
  • Bell Helicopter pitches Vipers and Venoms to the ADF

    08/07/2016 9:48:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Bell Helicopter is pitching its AH-1Z Viper attack and UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters to meet ADF requirements outlined in the recent Defence White Paper. February’s Defence White Paper and its accompanying Integrated Investment Program (IIP) detailed the planned early retirement and replacement of Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from the mid-2020s plus plans to acquire “deployable light helicopters” to support Special Forces operations. “The White Paper calls for Australia to have an outward-facing, strategically engaged capability of being forward deployed,” Bell’s regional director for military business development, John Woodbery, told Australian Aviation in Canberra in late July. “We are...
  • Long Tan veterans to receive gallantry awards 50 years after battle (Australia/Vietnam War)

    08/05/2016 5:06:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ^ | 6th August 2016 | Andrew Greene
    Australian veterans from the Battle of Long Tan will next week receive official recognition for their gallantry, almost 50 years to the day after their heroic efforts in the Vietnam War. On 18 August, 1966, members of D Company who were outnumbered 20 to 1, fought against enormous odds to defeat the Viet Cong in one of the most well-known Australian engagements of the war. For half a century, many of the men have received no official recognition of their courage, despite sustained campaigning from D Company commander, retired Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith. In April last year, former army chief...
  • ‘Paper cat’ Australia will learn its lesson (Red China threatens)

    08/05/2016 6:47:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2016/7/30 0:23:01
    Around the announcement of the arbitration tribunal over the South China Sea, Australia was one of the most delirious countries. Canberra immediately supported the arbitration result and claimed China “must” abide by it, and also signed a joint declaration with the US and Japan. Australia has inked a free trade agreement with China, its biggest trading partner, which makes its move of disturbing the South China Sea waters surprising to many. Australia is a unique country with an inglorious history. It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials,...
  • Australia swim team avoid using Olympic pool for fear of sickness after water ‘turns soupy’

    08/05/2016 5:29:09 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    Gold Coast Bulletin ^ | August 4, 2016
    Leading swim coach Michael Bohl, who has seven athletes racing in Rio, said he had to move his training session into the main arena as a precaution because the water quality had deteriorated at the warm up pool. Bohl brought world champion Mitch Larkin, butterflyers Emma McKeon and Grant Irvine into the main arena for the afternoon session as a health precaution. While Bohl said other swimmers remained training in the cloudy water, organisers had assured him they were looking into the problem.
  • Australia suspends World Vision's Palestine aid after allegations funds were diverted

    08/04/2016 7:39:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has suspended funding of World Vision programs in Palestine, after the head of the charity in Gaza was charged by Israel for allegedly providing funds to Hamas. The World Vision Australia chief executive, Tim Costello, has welcomed the suspension but said the charity was “mystified” by the charges given that independent audits had found its programs in the Palestine were clean. Israel’s domestic security agency Shin Bet alleges that Mohammad El Halabi, the director of the Gaza branch of World Vision, used his position to divert tens of millions of dollars of humanitarian...
  • Bill Leak's cartoon of Aboriginal people in 'The Australian' called racist

    08/04/2016 4:14:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 5th August 2016 | Harry Pearl
    A cartoon depicting an Aboriginal father clutching a can of beer and unaware of his son's name has been condemned as racist by Indigenous groups. The drawing by veteran cartoonist Bill Leak appeared in The Australian on Thursday and shows an outback scene in which a policeman is bringing an Indigenous child back to his barefoot father. The policeman says: 'You'll have to sit down and talk to your son about personal responsibility.' The boy's father responds, 'Yeah righto, what's his name then?'
  • Woman killed in London attack was an American, police say

    08/04/2016 7:11:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies ^ | 8/4/2016 | unknown
    An American woman was killed and five other people injured in a stabbing attack in London’s Russell Square by a Norwegian man of Somali origin who was arrested after the incident, authorities said. "So far we have found no evidence of radicalization or anything that would suggest the man in our custody was motivated by terrorism," Rowley said. He said the woman who died was a 60-year-old American, and the five injured people are British, American, Israeli and Australian. None had life-threatening injuries. Two remain in a hospital, while three others have been discharged.
  • Missile selfie: Did this Aussie pilot just take the best 'Top Gun' photo ever?

    08/03/2016 6:48:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    ABC, Australia ^ | August 03, 2016 | Andrew Greene
    A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot has managed to capture the exact moment he fired a high-tech missile in a perfectly timed cockpit selfie. Flight Lieutenant Todd 'Woody' Woodford took the spectacular picture inside his EA-18G Growler during a live fire exercise off the Californian coast. The airman is one of six Australians serving in US Navy expeditionary EA-18G squadrons as part of a bilateral Personnel Exchange Program, and the first RAAF member to launch an AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation (HARM) Missile. His Top Gun-style missile selfie was first published online yesterday by the California-based Tailhook Association. Twelve EA-18G Growler...
  • Malcolm Turnbull... blocked... Rudd's UN SG bid... 'couldn't bring himself to praise him on camera'

    08/02/2016 5:41:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 3rd August 2016 | Rachel Eddie and Nelson Groom
    Malcolm Turnbull made his 'captain's call' to block Kevin Rudd's United Nations bid because he didn't want to lie to the camera and pretend he believed he was the right person for the job. The night before the cabinet discussion last week, Mr Turnbull told his ministers he couldn't bring himself to feign support for Mr Rudd to media and the public, a source told Sydney Morning Herald. It comes after revelations cabinet was 11-10 in favour of nominating Mr Rudd for the international role of Secretary-General at the UN. But his bid was shut down by the Prime Minister...
  • Hillary Clinton bikini mural covered with niqab after public decency complaints

    08/02/2016 7:35:25 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies ^ | 8-1-2016 | Melissa Davey
    A Melbourne street artist who was threatened with a council fine over a provocative mural he painted of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has responded by covering her image with a niqab. Maribyrnong council took issue with the original mural, which depicted Clinton wearing a revealing swimsuit with $100 notes tucked into it. The council said residents complained about the piece, which was painted on to the side wall of a scooter shop in Footscray, 5km west of Melbourne. In a statement, the council said the mural contravened its gender equity policy. "We believe that this mural is offensive because...
  • Singaporean Zulfikar Mohamad Shariff, 44, detained under ISA for promoting violence and ISIS...

    08/01/2016 1:06:04 AM PDT · by djsunzi · 3 replies
    The Straits Times (Singapore) ^ | JUL 29, 2016 | Lim Yan Liang
    SINGAPORE - A Singaporean who actively spread radical ideology online and helped radicalise at least two other citizens has been detained under the Internal Security Act. Zulfikar Mohamad Shariff, 44, had been living in Australia for 14 years, after leaving Singapore with his family shortly after run-ins with Muslim leaders and the authorities. He was arrested and detained in Singapore this month (July) for terrorism-related activities, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement on Friday (July 29).
  • Swimsuit mural of Hillary Clinton creates a stir in Australia

    07/30/2016 10:02:16 AM PDT · by The people have spoken · 68 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 30, 2016 | AFP
    Melbourne (AFP) - An Australian mural of US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a revealing, stars and stripes swimsuit may be taken down, after it has reportedly been deemed offensive. The creator of the painting, the street artist who goes by the name Lushsux and who has also painted murals of the likes of Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian, branded calls to remove it "pathetic".
  • Stop the over-reaction. This was not ‘torture’ (on 'abuse' in Australian juvenile detention)

    07/29/2016 3:07:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 28th July 2016 | John Heffernan
    In regard to the recent exposure of the so-called torture of young offenders in the Northern Territory juvenile detention centres, I don’t think I have ever seen such an unprecedented over-reaction during all my years working in the criminal justice system. After more than 33 years working in both adult and juvenile corrections I feel I am qualified to present an informed opinion on this situation. The ABC “Four Corners” program a few nights ago showed just a few seconds of edited footage which has now resulted in politicians from all over the country jumping on the bandwagon and declaring...
  • Kevin Rudd: Malcolm Turnbull rules out nominating former PM for UN secretary-general job

    07/29/2016 2:53:11 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 29th July 2016 | Stephanie Anderson
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed he will not be nominating Kevin Rudd to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations. Speaking in Sydney today, Mr Turnbull said he had decided the former prime minister was not suitable for the role. He said the Federal Government would not be nominating anyone for the role. "When the Australian Government nominates a person for a job, particularly an international job like this, the threshold question is, 'do we believe the person, the nominee, the would-be nominee is well suited for that position?'" he asked. "My judgement is that Mr Rudd is...
  • MH370: Captain's home simulator had Indian Ocean course plotted

    07/28/2016 2:07:50 AM PDT · by Enchante · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu July 28, 2016 | Euan McKirdy
    The home flight simulator belonging to the MH370 pilot had a route plotted into it which ended in the Indian Ocean, officials have confirmed.... ...The confirmation corroborates earlier reports that the device had programmed in it a route similar to the one which investigators believe the doomed flight took on its final voyage.
  • Australia goes two years without illegal boat arrival

    07/26/2016 7:33:43 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies ^ | 26th July 2016 | Daniel Meers
    AUSTRALIA has officially gone two years without people smugglers successfully bringing an ­illegal boat into the country. ..... The government’s uncompromising turnback policy has led to 28 boats being turned around, with 700 people on board, since Operation Sovereign Borders was implemented when the Coalition came to power in 2013.... nobody has died at sea during the operation. ..... It is stark contrast to the 50,000 people who arrived illegally on more than 800 boats during six years of Labor. More than 1200 people died at sea during the period.....
  • 6.1 'potentially tsunamigenic' quake hits off southern Australia

    07/25/2016 2:47:26 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 14 replies
    Russia Today ^ | July 25, 2016
    A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck near Australia, according to Geoscience Australia. The quake reportedly has the potential to cause a tsunami. Mag 6.1 Western Indian Antarctic Ridge, 25 July 2016, 18:58 (AEST). Lat/Long 49.36S, 126.0E. Depth 15km. Info is preliminary. — EarthquakesGA (@EarthquakesGA) July 25, 2016 The US Geological Survey (USGS) has put the quake at a 5.9, with a depth of 10km (6.2 miles). The quake struck at 8:58am GMT, 1704.1km (1058.8 miles) off the coast of Queenstown, Australia. DETAILS TO FOLLOW
  • Soldier son missed Herbert vote: father (Australian election)

    07/22/2016 1:16:02 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 22nd July 2016
    The father of a north Queensland soldier says his son was unable to cast a vote in his home seat of Herbert while on a military exercise in South Australia. The father, identified only as Glen on the Townsville Bulletin website comments blog, said his son had left Townsville before pre-poll voting opened in the federal election. When the soldier arrived at Exercise Hamel in SA no polling station was available, despite having been told there would be. "A new poll is required ... this is a failing of process," Glen wrote. Sky News reported on Thursday more than 600...
  • Inside the little French factory engraving headstones for Commonwealth soldiers killed in world wars

    07/21/2016 2:20:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 21st July 2016 | James Glenday
    The two world wars have long since passed, but for those employed to honour the dead, the task is never-ending. At a factory in the northern French city of Beaurains, machines operate 70 hours a week to produce a constant, global supply of gravestones for the 1.7 million Commonwealth soldiers killed in the two horrific conflicts. Although age may not weary them, the years continue to condemn their gravestones and they need to be replaced. "Some of these headstones are 100 years old," the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Peter Francis said. "For us an illegible headstone is a brave man...
  • US to send ship in first naval visit [New Zealand] in three decades

    07/21/2016 6:23:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | 6:29 pm on 21 July 2016
    The United States will have to comply with New Zealand law when it sends a naval ship here in November, Prime Minister John Key says. ... A surface vessel, which would not be nuclear-powered or carry nuclear weapons, would be the most likely US ship to come, Mr Ayson said. "That doesn't mean that New Zealand has got some sort of victory here over American policy. It just means the two sides are finding another way to work around this." Greenpeace, however, hailed the announcement as a victory for New Zealand, echoing the sentiments of investigative journalist Nicky Hager who...
  • Car filled with gas cylinders rams building (Suspected terror attack, Sydney, Australia)

    07/21/2016 4:50:09 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 38 replies ^ | 21st July 2016
    A MAN is in custody after he set himself alight and drove a vehicle filled with gas bottles into a Western Sydney police station underground carpark, in what is suspected to be an attempted terror attack. It is understood the bottles did not detonate when the car rammed into the gates of Merrylands police station carpark about 7pm tonight. The driver was not arrested until about 8pm, after police closed off Memorial Ave, and he was taken to Westmead Hospital to be treated for minor burns.
  • Fromelles, 100 years on: The worst day for Diggers (anniversary of Australia's bloodiest day)

    07/19/2016 6:31:15 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies ^ | 19th July 2016
    IT WAS the worst day in Australian military history, an action described by one commander as a “tactical abortion” which succeeded in killing and wounding thousands of soldiers for no gain whatsoever. From the evening of July 19, 1916 — a century ago today — Australian troops attacked German lines, held a small section overnight and were expelled with casualties of 5533, including 1917 dead and 470 prisoners. In this one inconsequential 14-hour action, Australia lost almost a quarter of what was lost in eight-months at Gallipoli. So ended the Battle of Fromelles, the first major action involving Australian troops...
  • Former Australian leader wants nomination for UN top job [Kevin Rudd]

    07/17/2016 8:46:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2016 10:12 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked the government to nominate him for the United Nations top job, the foreign minister said on Monday. Julie Bishop said Rudd wanted the government’s endorsement to succeed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose second five-year term ends Dec. 31. That decision would be made by Australia’s next cabinet, which will be named Monday following July 2 elections. …
  • Islamic terror rocks Goulburn jail (New South Wales, Australia)

    07/13/2016 3:15:43 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 14th July 2016 | Miles Godfrey
    PRISON officers fired live bullets and used tear gas to break up fresh violence involving radical Islamists allegedly trying to force other inmates to adopt their extreme views. The fighting at Goulburn jail is the latest serious violence in NSW’s overcrowded prisons and an apparent escalation of a campaign by a small but growing band of hard-line Islamist prisoners to use fear and threats to convert fellow prisoners. A radicalised teenage prisoner, said to be an ISIS supporter, was charged after allegedly pouring boiling water over another inmate and carving “e4e” (eye for an eye) into his head at Kempsey...
  • Takeaway owner, confronted by armed robber, serves another customer instead

    07/13/2016 1:44:13 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12 July 2016 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    The attempted robbery happened on a Saturday night at Taste of Egypt takeaway shop in Christchurch. Ahmed was working alone, preparing a large chicken souvlaki for a customer. The street was quiet, the other kebab shops had closed an hour before and Ahmed was tired and wanted to go home. On the 26-second video an armed, masked person approaches the counter at 10.38pm. Ahmed gives him a cursory glance and appears to smile. He sees the pistol in his hand – and decides to ignore it.Ahmed, who emigrated from Egypt to New Zealand 20 years ago and has a degree...
  • Australian Arabic Council founder jailed for sex attack on boy

    07/12/2016 4:19:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Australian Arabic Council founder Joseph Wakim has been jailed for less than two years for a brazen sex attack on a teenage boy on Christmas Day. The former Victorian multicultural affairs commissioner was told he had already suffered from the public humiliation after being ordered to hand back his Order of Australia medal and resign from his advisory position with the NSW police. The 53-year-old pleaded guilty to the rape of a 13-year-old boy on Christmas Day in 2015 after showering him with gifts and holidays.
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne: Muhammad “instrument of God’s mercy”

    07/10/2016 5:34:33 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | JULY 10, 2016 | ROBERT SPENCER
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has issued greetings to Muslims on the occasion of the feast of Eid al-Fitr. The Very Reverend Denis Stanley, Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Melbourne Archdiocese, wrote: The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne would like to extend its best wishes to the Muslim community in Victoria and Australia on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast, celebrated at the end of the sacred month of Ramadan.The Holy Qur’an was first revealed in the month of Ramadan and had a special purpose:And We sent down of the...
  • Australian opposition concedes defeat in tight election

    07/09/2016 10:07:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 10, 2016 12:44 AM EDT | Kristen Gelineau
    Australia’s opposition leader conceded defeat on Sunday in a chaotic national election that has left Australia in a state of political paralysis for more than a week, while officials scramble to sort out who, if anyone, actually won the tight race. Vote counting was still underway from the July 2 ballot, but opposition leader Bill Shorten said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ruling conservative coalition would eventually secure enough seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives to retain power. […] With Shorten’s center-left Labor Party out of the running, just two options remain: Either the coalition will form a majority government...
  • 'Australia has a government' (very narrow 'conservative' win in Australian election)

    07/08/2016 5:22:45 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 8th July 2016
    RESPECTED election analyst Antony Green is predicting the Coalition will get the seats it needs to form government. While the official seat count still sits at 63 for the Coalition, the ABC analyst said he thought he could “pretty accurately predict” the Coalition would achieve between 75 to 77 seats. “All the seats which are in doubt are starting to trend towards the Coalition so 76 may be an underestimate, it may be 77, we’ll see,” Mr Green said during an appearance on the ABC 7pm news bulletin. He said the Coalition definitely had 73 seats and it needed to...