Archive for November, 2015

Cash big voice in US climate debate

November 24, 2015 6:49 pm
Cash big voice in US climate debate

Study highlights link between corporate funds and voices stirring doubt over human role in warming planet.   Destruction after Typhoon Haiyan. Photo / AP Climate change has long been a highly polarising topic in the United States, with Americans lining up on opposite sides depending on their politics and worldview. Now […]

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Paris terror attacks: Suicide vest found raises possible link to suspect

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Paris terror attacks: Suicide vest found raises possible link to suspect

 Police officers enforcing a curfew in a Paris town last week. Photo / Getty Images A street cleaner in a Paris suburb found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks near the place where a suspect’s mobile phone had been found, raising the possibility that he […]

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Turkey shot down Russian warplane near Syria border for violation of Turkish airspace

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Turkey shot down Russian warplane near Syria border for violation of Turkish airspace

 A Russian warplane goes down in Syria’s northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkeys border. Photo / Getty Images Turkey shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. “We are […]

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Maria Ivleva – The 15-year-old girl who was sitting on top of the bomb that brought down Russian jet over Egypt

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Maria Ivleva – The 15-year-old girl who was sitting on top of the bomb that brought down Russian jet over Egypt

  Maria Ivleva would have been killed instantly by the huge explosion just inches beneath her. Photo: https://vk.com/ivlevamasha • Plane went down over the Sinai on October 31 in disaster killing 224 people • Forensic tests have now revealed bomb was stuffed under seat 30A or 31A• Maria Ivleva, 15, […]

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Crew rescued after ferry capsizes in Fiji

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Crew rescued after ferry capsizes in Fiji

  The incident at Suva Harbour. Photo: VFRfijiincident / Twitter A number of crew members have reportedly been rescued from a large ferry which has capsized in Fiji. The 41-year-old inter-island MV Suilven, formerly under a New Zealand flag with Strait Shipping, is believed to have got into trouble at […]

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US issues global travel alert due to ‘increased terrorist threats’

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US issues global travel alert due to ‘increased terrorist threats’

 The United States issued a worldwide travel alert. Photo / iStock The United States issued a worldwide travel alert today warning American citizens of “increased terrorist threats” in the wake of the Paris attacks. A massive manhunt is underway in France and Belgium for Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, suspected of playing […]

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Australian senator to New Zealand : ‘join us’

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Australian senator to New Zealand : ‘join us’

  Labour Party leader Andrew Little is currently in Canberra lobbying for better treatment of New Zealand residents in Australia. Photo / Supplied Most Australians would support hardworking Kiwis becoming citizens – and if New Zealand wants closer ties it should become his country’s seventh and eighth state, an Australian […]

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Donald Trump hits out at Associated Press

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Donald Trump hits out at Associated Press

Donald Trump’s relationship with the media is becoming rather complicated. If media don’t report favourably on him, he attacks. Megyn Fox of Fox News the first high profile victim. After the first GOP debate in which Fox asked Trump a few difficult questions, he said “she was bleeding from her […]

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Brussels on edge as Belgian security forces hunt Isis (Islamic State) militants

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Brussels on edge as Belgian security forces hunt Isis (Islamic State) militants

Belgian security forces were last night still hunting down suspected Isis (Islamic State) militants after making more than a dozen arrests in a series of raids yesterday, with sweeping security measures set to stay in place in the capital as the major suspect from the Paris attacks remained at large. […]

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RSA condemns vandals’ attack on Anzac graves in London

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RSA condemns vandals’ attack on Anzac graves in London

  The graffiti on Anzac soldiers’ headstones at a churchyard in London moved a councillor to tears when she discovered it. The RSA has condemned the desecration of Anzac war graves in London as a “wanton act of vandalism”. “Such an act is appalling and can never be justified in […]

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Syria in Middle East – the land of suffering – being reduced to rubble

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Syria in Middle East – the land of suffering – being reduced to rubble

A heap of dust is all that remains of the house where Alan Kurdi was born and raised, before war sent his family fleeing and he drowned on the short sea crossing between Turkey and Greece. The image of the toddler’s lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach turned […]

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Ebola crisis claimed lives needlessly because the World Health Organisation was scared to sound the alarm

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Ebola crisis claimed lives needlessly because the World Health Organisation was scared to sound the alarm

  The Kenema Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone. Photo / Red Cross The Ebola crisis claimed lives needlessly because the World Health Organisation was scared to sound the alarm after being criticised for causing panic during the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic, health experts have claimed. An independent panel of […]

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Jack the Ripper, the singer, the Mason

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Jack the Ripper, the singer, the Mason

Jack the Ripper was an obscure singer whose identity was shielded by fellow Masons, new records suggest. A book by Bruce Robinson, the director and screenwriter of the classic film Withnail and I, claims the notorious Whitechapel killer was named Michael Maybrick. In They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper, […]

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New Zealand beauty queen leaves Philippines over safety concerns

November 23, 2015 11:30 pm
New Zealand beauty queen leaves Philippines over safety concerns

  Nicole Harding was in Manila representing New Zealand. Photo / Facebook A New Zealand beauty queen says she has to leave a pageant in the Philippines due to fears for her safety. Nicole Harding was in Manila, representing New Zealand at the Miss and Mister Pancontinental 2015 global pageant. […]

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MH370 hunt moves to where British pilot believes it crashed

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MH370 hunt moves to where British pilot believes it crashed

The deep sea hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner has shifted to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where a British pilot has calculated that the Boeing 777 made a controlled ditching last year with 239 people aboard, officials said Monday. The patch of deep ocean southwest of Australia […]

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Tiny pill fuels ‘superhuman’ soldiers in Syria

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Tiny pill fuels ‘superhuman’ soldiers in Syria

 The competing fighters in Syria are fuelled by a new drug called Captagon. Photo / Getty Images On the surface, the competing fighters in Syria are fuelled by an overlapping mixture of ideologies and political agendas. Just below it, experts suspect, they’re powered by Captagon. A tiny, highly addictive pill […]

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Paris attacks suspect still on run amid 16 arrests in Belgium

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Paris attacks suspect still on run amid 16 arrests in Belgium

Belgian police have arrested 16 people during a series of raids today after a huge security lockdown, but Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was not among them, prosecutors said. “Sixteen people were arrested” during 19 raids, with one person injured in a collision with a police vehicle, federal prosecutor spokesman […]

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Bio-chemical attack fears rattle France

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Bio-chemical attack fears rattle France

 A soldier patrols outside the Sacre Coeur basilica in Montmartre following the Paris attacks in which 130 people were killed nine days ago. Pictures / AP Paris stepped up security at key water supply facilities amid warnings of bio-chemical attacks. The move was part of a raft of security measures […]

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Paris attacks: Police issue photo of third terror suspect

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Paris attacks: Police issue photo of third terror suspect

French police have issued a new appeal to identify a third man involved in the Paris attacks. The man is believed to have played a part in the attacks at Stade de France on November 13. Police posted a photo of the man on Twitter, appealing to the public for […]

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Francois Hollande, David Cameron visit Paris concert hall that was attacked

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Francois Hollande, David Cameron visit Paris concert hall that was attacked

  Photo / Twitter – @David_Cameron British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande on Monday visited the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where 90 people were killed by jihadist attackers. Cameron said on his Twitter account he had stood “shoulder to shoulder” to Hollande at the venue, […]

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Shocking graffiti attack on Anzac war graves

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Shocking graffiti attack on Anzac war graves

  The war graves have been defaced with spray paint at a London cemetery. Photo: @CllrJanePalmer / Twitter Anzac war graves dedicated to New Zealand soldiers who died in the First World War have been defaced with spray paint at a London cemetery. Local councillor Jane Palmer was moved to […]

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Paris attacks: Brother urges suspect to surrender

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Paris attacks: Brother urges suspect to surrender

The brother of the man wanted for the Paris terror attacks has urged him to surrender. Fugitive suspected militant Salah Abdeslam, 26, fled back home to Brussels from Paris shortly after the attacks, in which his elder brother Brahim blew himself up at a cafe. Their other brother, Mohamed Abdeslam, […]

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Singapore Airlines flight from US lands safely after bomb threat

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Singapore Airlines flight from US lands safely after bomb threat

  Police said in a statement they conducted checks but nothing suspicious was found on the plane or its passengers. Photo / Getty A Singapore Airlines flight from San Francisco via Hong Kong received a bomb threat but arrived without incident in Singapore yesterday, police said. Police said they conducted […]

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Donald Trump: United States should bring back waterboarding to fight Isis

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Donald Trump: United States should bring back waterboarding to fight Isis

  Donald Trump said the United States should bring back waterboarding. Photo / AP Donald Trump said the United States should bring back waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques to fight the Islamic State, saying “we have to be strong” in the face of extreme brutality. “You know, they don’t […]

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US President Barack Obama calls Isis ‘killers with good social media’

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US President Barack Obama calls Isis ‘killers with good social media’

  Obama’s strong words came after criticism for his response to the recent terror attacks in both France and Lebanon. Photo / Getty US President Barack Obama has called Isis “a bunch of killers with good social media”. He made the comments at a press conference in Malaysia at the […]

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