Australia

Australia: Spitting Fire

The voice of a generation, rapper Omar Musa takes the stage BY Bilal Qureshi In the rising tide of art about the contemporary burden of Muslim identity, the poet, rapper, and novelist Omar Musa is emerging as one of his generation’s most original and urgent voices. As a child of an interracial relationship growing up

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“Evil Was Done”, Cardinal Says After Meeting Abuse Survivors

By Philip Pullella and Jane Wardell ROME/SYDNEY, March 4 – Cardinal George Pell, under fire for his handling of sexual abuse of children by priests in Australia, on Thursday acknowledged “the evil that was done” and vowed to work with survivors to enact better protection measures. Pell, who gave four days of evidence via video

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Australia Softens Sanctions Against Iran

SYDNEY, March 2 – Australia followed major world powers by lifting sanctions on Iran on Wednesday, after confirmation from the United Nations that Tehran had taken steps required to curb its disputed nuclear program. Under changes announced by the Australian government, businesses will no longer need to seek approval for transactions of more than A$20,000

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Top Vatican Cardinal Says Senior Clergy Lied About Child Sexual Abuse

By Philip Pullella and Jane Wardell ROME/SYDNEY, March 1 – Australian Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to testify on systemic sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, on Monday said senior clergy lied to him to cover up abuse in the 1970s. The Vatican’s treasurer told Australia’s Royal Commission

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Australia Accused of Dragging Feet on Syria Refugee Intake

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Feb 18 – Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday rejected charges his country was dragging its feet in resettling refugees from Syria and Iraq, having resettled just 26 in the same time it took Canada to process 26,000. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott last September pledged to accept 12,000 refugees

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Documents Show Australia Directed Officials How to Address Nauru Rights Concerns

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Feb 11  – Australia’s government has directed senior officials on how to respond to questions about political turmoil and alleged corruption in Nauru, where it has an asylum seeker detention center, documents obtained by Reuters under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show. The diplomatic cables, ministerial talking points and classified

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Canadian Who Says He Fought Daesh Detained in Australia

SYDNEY, Feb 3 – A Canadian who said he fought alongside Kurdish forces against Daesh in Syria has been detained while trying to enter Australia and told he will be deported, his father said on Wednesday. Richard Somerville said his son Robert, a Canadian veteran who previously fought in Afghanistan, was detained at Brisbane airport

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West Indies Cricketer Fined for “Disrespecting” Reporter

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Jan 5 – West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been fined A$10,000 ($7,197) by the Melbourne Renegades Twenty20 team for asking an Australian TV reporter out on a date and directing personal comments at her during a televised pitchside interview. Gayle had earlier suggested Monday’s incident was a “simple joke” that

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Christmas Day Bushfire Guts Australia Homes

By Christopher McCall MELBOURNE, Dec 26 – More than 100 homes burned down in a leading Australian tourist area in bushfires on Christmas Day and the situation remained dangerous on Saturday, as officials predicted more blazes to come later in the hot southern summer. While around 500 firefighters and 13 firefighting aircraft battled the flames

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U.S. Navy Commander Warns of Possible South China Sea Arms Race

By Tim Kelly TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander has warned of a possible arms race in the disputed South China Sea which could engulf the region, as nations become increasingly tempted to use military force to settle territorial spats instead of international law. Commander Admiral Scott Swift urged nations, like

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