Archive for December, 2015

The Big Read: Was 2015 as bad as you remember it?

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The Big Read: Was 2015 as bad as you remember it?

  The year ended with a massacre in Paris. Photo / Getty Images From the refugee crisis to the jihadi attacks, it has been a year of terrible lows – but there are some bright spots. At the start of the year, the West wore a black armband for Paris […]

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Harry Mount: Time to say no to pampered student emperors

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Harry Mount: Time to say no to pampered student emperors

Has a lifetime of hearing “yes” spoiled the current crop of students? Photo / iStock   The little emperors have grown up. The babies of the late 90s – mollycoddled by their parents, spoon-fed by their teachers, indulged by society – have now reached university. Some of the brighter ones […]

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Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal

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Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal

 This storm in the far North Atlantic is the same storm that caused two tornado outbreaks and widespread flooding in the United States. Photo / earth.nullschool.net A powerful winter cyclone – the same storm that lead to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding – has […]

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Sharks spotted metres from shore in New South Wales

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Sharks spotted metres from shore in New South Wales

 Hyams Beach has been closed after the sharks were sighted, with life savers sounding an alarm and ordering people from the water, just after 2.30pm. Photo / iStock About 100 people have rushed from the water after a school of 15 sharks was spotted just metres from shore on the […]

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Inside Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s 2016 calendar

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Inside Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s 2016 calendar

  Vladamir Putin 2016 Calendar. Photo / Supplied Russian leader Vladimir Putin is known for his strange promotional photos, and his 2016 calendar may just top the lot. Putin has released a series for the new year, in which he is depicted fishing shirtless, cradling a puppy and sniffing a […]

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Air Canada flight lands in Calgary after strong turbulence

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Air Canada flight lands in Calgary after strong turbulence

  Emergency Medical Services spokesman Stuart Brideaux said those transported to Calgary area hospitals were in stable condition with non-life threatening neck and back injuries. Photo / iStock Air Canada says a flight en route from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary after emergency crews say heavy turbulence injured […]

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Star Wars parody warns of penis ring danger

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Star Wars parody warns of penis ring danger

 Firefighters in the UK released a video in the style of the opening credits of Star Wars, about applying a penis ring. A day after firefighters were called to Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital to cut a steel piercing ring from a man’s penis a video has emerged from their colleagues in […]

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World on security alert for the 2016 new year

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World on security alert for the 2016 new year

Authorities taking all precautions to keep festivities terror-free   Scotland Yard cancelled all New Year leave for more than 2000 armed officers – the first time it has taken such a step. Photo / iStock The world moved nervously into the new year today with security tight for public events […]

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Rape victim outwitted her attacker

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Rape victim outwitted her attacker

 Robert Giles in court. Authorities claim he wanted his allege victim’s boyfriend to listen as he attacked her. Photo / WSBTV A woman who was told to call her boyfriend during a sexual assault instead contacted police – a decision that authorities say helped officers track down the suspect and […]

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Australian Teen who joined Isis used as sex slave

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Australian Teen who joined Isis used as sex slave

  Samra Kesinovic became a poster girl for Isis. Photos / Supplied A teenage Austrian girl who fled home to join Isis was used as a sex slave by the terrorist group before she was beaten to death, a former prisoner has revealed. Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina […]

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10 things you need to know about the world now

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10 things you need to know about the world now

  The Catholic diocese has condemned the priest’s behaviour as an attempt to “capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people”. 1. A congregation in the Philippines is divided after a priest was suspended for riding a hoverboard in the aisles during Christmas Eve Mass, the Guardian reports. […]

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‘Affluenza’ teen fugitive undone by pizza call

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‘Affluenza’ teen fugitive undone by pizza call

  Ethan and Tonya Couch went missing after video allegedly showed 18-year-old violating probation for drunk-driving accident that killed four people. photos / AP A teen fugitive from Texas known for using an “affluenza” defence has been granted a three-day delay in deportation, the same day he and his mother […]

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High tech help to save lynx

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High tech help to save lynx

Conservationists in Spain will use drones to help save the endangered Iberian lynx after a technology consortium came to an agreement with regional officials. The beautiful animals, whose numbers have recovered to 327 in the wild from the critical level of 94 at the start of the century, have benefited […]

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Top 6 major world events in 2015 and impact on the economy.

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Top 6 major world events in 2015 and impact on the economy.

 China’s economy slowed while refugees and migrants arrived in Europe at an ever-growing place. Photo / AP 1) Declining oil prices Saudi Arabia’s decision to let the “markets decide” was admittedly taken in late 2014, but against expectations, it has stuck with this strategy and shows few signs of changing. […]

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Affluenza teen tracked to Mexico

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Affluenza teen tracked to Mexico

Young wealthy Texan who killed four people whisked out of the country by his pampering mother.  Couch was sentenced to a drug- and alcohol-free probation but disappeared this month, along with his mother, Tonya. Photo / AP Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager who prompted an international search after he vanished […]

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New Mexico works to unbury after record snow storm

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New Mexico works to unbury after record snow storm

  Jimmy and Betty Anderson were buried in their Ford Fusion. Photo / AP Crews worked to clear snow-covered roads after a record winter storm trapped a New Mexico couple in a 12-foot (3.6 metre) snow drift for almost 20 hours, forced four newspapers to suspend publication and prompted authorities […]

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Hoverboarding priest gets suspended by church

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Hoverboarding priest gets suspended by church

 The priest was filmed riding the hoverboard up and down the aisles to the delight of some. Photo / YouTube A priest in the Philippines has been suspended by his church after riding a hoverboard during mass. The priest was filmed riding the hoverboard while he welcomed the congregation to […]

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Rare flood causes emergency evacuations in US

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Rare flood causes emergency evacuations in US

 Northern view of first street where homes were flooded. Photo / AP A rare winter flood pushed swollen rivers and streams to virtually unheard-of heights, sparking widespread evacuations and the transfer of inmates from an Illinois state prison as Missouri’s governor activated the National Guard to help divert traffic away […]

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Unauthorised pilot dies after crashing plane into city building in Alaska

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Unauthorised pilot dies after crashing plane into city building in Alaska

  Firefighters stand near a piece of wreckage after a small plane slammed into a commercial building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Photo / AP The pilot of a small plane that smashed into a office building in Alaska today was not authorized to fly the aircraft used in volunteer search-and-rescue […]

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Two suspected of plotting attacks arrested in Belgium

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Two suspected of plotting attacks arrested in Belgium

 Police officers patrol the Grand Place in central Brussels. Photo / AP Two people have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of planning attacks in Brussels during the holidays, the federal prosecutor’s office said Tuesday. The investigation revealed “the threat of serious attacks that would target several emblematic places in […]

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Guinea declared Ebola free, step to end disease

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Guinea declared Ebola free, step to end disease

 Mohamed Belhocine a representative from the World Health Organization speaks during a press briefing in city of Conakry, Guinea. Photo / AP The World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak over in Guinea, a huge step in the fight against the world’s largest epidemic and the first time there are […]

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Irish roots traced back to Middle Eastern farmers

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Irish roots traced back to Middle Eastern farmers

 The most common Irish Y chromosome type, the blue eye gene variant. Photo / Ben Fraser The Irish are descended from early Middle East farmers and from bronze metalworkers on the steppes around the Black Sea, scientists have found. Genome sequencing and DNA analysis of the remains of people living […]

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Times Square in US to be the ‘safest place in the world’ on New Year’s Eve

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Times Square in US to be the ‘safest place in the world’ on New Year’s Eve

  Police Commissioner William Bratton said there were no credible threats to New York ahead of the holiday. Photo / Richard Robinson Officials have sought to assure revelers that the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square will be the safest place in the world – heavily secured by thousands […]

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Shooting at resthome in England

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Shooting at resthome in England

  A police car parked outside De La Mer House, after a woman in her 80s was shot dead at the care home. Photo / AP An 86-year-old man is suspected of shooting dead his 81-year-old wife in front of elderly residents in a seaside care home. Rita King was […]

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US Pentagon reveals Cold War nuke plan

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US Pentagon reveals Cold War nuke plan

   The details of the Pentagon’s plans were revealed in the 800-page Strategic Air Command Atomic Weapons Requirements Study for 1959. Photo / AP In the event of a nuclear war, the Pentagon in 1956 penned a report that listed 1200 cities and 1100 airfields spread across eastern Europe, the […]

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