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Cairns tragedy site intensely examined

Daily Mail - ‎52 minutes ago‎
Forensic experts and detectives are continuing to sift through a horrific crime scene at a far north Queensland house where eight children were found dead.
Cairns Stabbing: 8 Children Stabbed To Death In Australia
Cairns child massacre: Shockwaves felt around nation and world
FOX 5 San Diego / KSWB
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CAIRNS, Australia (CNN) — Eight children, the youngest of them only 18 months old, have been found dead at a suburban home in the northeastern Australian city of Cairns in a case that the country’s Prime Minister has called “an unspeakable crime.” A woman…
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Assistant Treasurer Sinodinos resigns - ‎1 hour ago‎
The decision paves the way for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reshuffle his frontbench as early as this weekend. "I will be resigning as assistant treasurer with effect from close of business today," Senator Sinodinos said in a statement on Friday.
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Rejuvenated bowler sends stark reminder to Warnie

New Zealand Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
And it seems he won't be doing it any time soon after the lanky Australian quick stood tall on day three of the second test against India in Brisbane yesterday.
Smith shines on captaincy debut
Smith, Johnson, tailenders give Australia edge
Circle of Cricket
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Steve Smith became the youngest Australian captain to score a ton as Australia took a lead of 97 runs in the 1st Innings. India was 71/1 when play was called off for the day. With all results still possible, where do you think this Test is headed? #AUSvIND
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Clive Palmer's media advisor Andrew Crook charged over kidnap plot

The Australian - ‎4 hours ago‎
CLIVE Palmer's media adviser Andrew Crook was yesterday granted bail after appearing in a Brisbane court charged with two other men of kidnapping an employee of the National Australia Bank to get him to change his evidence in a $70 million court case.
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Arnold warns wounded warriors to toughen up

The Australian - ‎4 hours ago‎
THEY have played some good football so far, but Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says it might be time for his battered and bruised team to toughen up as the A-League heads towards the half way mark of the season.
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Battle for Iraq: BBC finds military retreat in Anbar

BBC News - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Anbar - Iraq's biggest province - has seen some of the deadliest fighting against Islamic State, with more than half a million people forced from their homes.
As IS Advances, Anbar Leader Urges More Air Strikes
Silence of the sheikhs puts Washington's Iraq strategy in doubt
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#iraq . Ain al-Asad air base, the largest in Iraq's western province of Anbar, has been encircled by militants from Islamic State (IS). The BBC's Quentin Sommerville, the first Western journalist to make it to the facility since IS launched a nationwide offensive in June, found soldiers on the defensive as the militants close in.
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Washington is limited in its response to North Korea over Sony hack

Reuters Canada - ‎17 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. determination that North Korea was behind the hacking of Sony Corp. unit Sony Pictures again exposes the limited leverage that Washington has on one of the world's most isolated and impoverished countries should it ...
FBI: North Korea is responsible for Sony hack
Sources: North Korea Behind Sony Cyber-Attack
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FBI accuses North Korea of Sony hack #TheInterview #SonyHack The FBI has named North Korea as responsible for the Sony hack which saw huge quantities of secret documents and movie details stolen, and culminated in the pulling of contentious film The Interview from theatrical release. In a statement today – and…
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Russian FM disappointed over new sanctions

Firstpost - ‎5 hours ago‎
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed disappointment over a new round of sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday.
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For ISIS, rape is a calculated strategy

Haaretz - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Islamic State sees the abuse of women as a weapon, not only a means of punishment and show of power. By Zvi Bar'el | Dec. 19, 2014 | 4:18 PM.
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It's not all bad news. A collection of positive stories from 2014

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎12 hours ago‎
At the end of a horrific week for Sydney, many could be forgiven for thinking this year has been unrelentingly grim, with plane crashes, Ebola, wars and death.
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Anti-Muslim protest at Sydney siege site

Zee News - ‎5 hours ago‎
Sydney: A group of people in Australia, who went to pay their respects to the Sydney cafe siege victims Friday shouted anti-Islam slogans here, media reported.
Anti-Islamic group moved from memorial
Anti-Islam Protest Takes Place Near Sydney Hostage Site
The Huffington Post UK
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Sydney Siege Gunman Should Be 'Chucked In The Sh**house' Says Muslim Funeral Boss By Sara C Nelson The body of the gunman at the centre of the Sydney siege which saw two innocent people killed should be dumped at sea, a leading Islamic funeral director has said. Read more:
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Australian Dollar to US Dollar (AUD/USD) Exchange Rate Forecast to Fall over ...

AUD News - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Australian Dollar to US Dollar (AUD/USD) exchange rate took a breather on Friday following a week of being battered in the markets.
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Market roars back to life as stocks soar 2.5pc in early Santa rally

The Australian - ‎4 hours ago‎
AUSTRALIA'S sharemarket roared back to life yesterday, posting the biggest one-day rise in 18 months and adding nearly $36 billion to the value of stocks.
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$140bn in deals sets up 'strong' year in M&A

The Australian - ‎4 hours ago‎
A WAVE of multi-billion-dollar government privatisations and growing interest from companies in overseas acquisitions has set up a bumper pipeline of corporate activity, potentially eclipsing the $US116 billion ($142bn) of takeovers in the past 12 months.
Deal Street witnesses $29b M&As in 2014
Deal Street witnesses $29 billion M&As in 2014; eyes $40 billion in 2015
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#syria . BERLIN (18 December 2014) – As Syria's war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over US$8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015.
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Canberra Uni open for development

The Australian - ‎4 hours ago‎
THE University of Canberra is set to bring in millions of dollars worth of third party development for its campus - including residential housing, an aged care facility, a health services cluster and a technology park - after the ACT government agreed to ...
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CBA compensation payout has “potential to be large”

Courier Mail - ‎2 hours ago‎
THE program launched by Commonwealth Bank to assess how many of the hundreds of thousands of customers of its financial advice arm received dodgy and misleading advice, could start paying compensation as soon as next month.
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NBN Co reveals product roadmap and Telstra planning deal

The Register - ‎12 hours ago‎
Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?) LEGS IN 2015: SpaceX Falcon's landing PUT ON HOLD · Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship' · ESA: Venus probe doomed ...
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Steve Wozniak hits out at Google Glass and smartwatches

Daily Mail - ‎3 hours ago‎
Never one to shy away from telling people what he thinks of current technology trends, Steve Wozniak has now turned his attention to Google Glass.
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Experts on North Korea see regime's fingerprints on Sony attack

Los Angeles Times - ‎20 minutes ago‎
A number of North Korea experts on Thursday echoed U.S. intelligence officials' assessment that the reclusive regime was somehow connected with the computer hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, leading to a massive leak of sensitive data and threats ...
White House says Sony hack is a serious national security matter
Sony hack: Four more films which were never released
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The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at #Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a "very wise" decision to cancel the Christmas day release of "The Interview," a source close to the company told CNN. The email message was received by Sony's top executives on Thursday night and was obtained by CNN.
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Stella Young memorial: Comedian still gets last word at public farewell

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎17 hours ago‎
Update: Tears and laughter flow for Stella Young. If organisers of Stella Young's memorial sought to get a crowd as colourful as she was, they met their goal.
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Review: 'Mr. Turner' a fascinating biopic of artistic giant

Toronto Sun - ‎50 minutes ago‎
Timothy Spall won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his role as J.M.W. Turner, in Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner. (Mongrel Media/HANDOUT).
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Magic Millions sets $10m race day

The Australian - ‎4 hours ago‎
AS it prepares to celebrate 30 years of selling yearlings on the Gold Coast, Magic Millions and Racing Queensland have announced Australia's richest race day.
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Sonny Bill Williams reflects on Frans Botha controversy ahead of planned ring ... - ‎58 minutes ago‎
FIGHTING TALK: Code-hopping superstars Sonny Bill Williams and Quade Cooper share a joke at a press conference to promote the inaugural Footy Show Fight Night card in Sydney today.
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Crocodile cracks open a turtle shell in Australia - ‎2 hours ago‎
A stationary wildlife camera has captured images of a crocodile cracking open the shell of a turtle on a beach in northern Australia.
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Women have greater partner empathy than men, large-scale study shows

CTV News - ‎3 hours ago‎
(Relaxnews) - It might not seem like news, but women exhibit considerably more empathy towards their partners than men do, according to a large-scale study at Griffith University and the University of Queensland in Australia.

Tasmania's poor and the scourge of living in the ice age

WA today - ‎4 hours ago‎
If you have children the best way to get them to read, to absorb the benefit of multiple life experiences, to experience the complexity of the human condition before you have lived it, is for you, as the parent, to read yourself.
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