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Indonesia alerted about floating MH370 wreckage

Indonesia alerted about floating MH370 wreckage

Indonesia has been alerted that wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may wash up on the country's coastline, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Floating debris from the aircraft, which disappeared in March with 239 people on board, may have drifted west away from the coastline of Australia and towards Indonesia. The Australian Transport...

Rookie spinner for Pakistan

Pakistan Tuesday named uncapped leg-spinner Yasir Shah to replace the suspended Saeed Ajmal in their preliminary 19-man squad for the two Tests against Australia starting next week in the United Arab Emirates. Shah, 28, was one of the leading wicket-takers in the domestic season last year, with 48 scalps, but had little success in one-dayers or the two Twenty20s he played on the tour of Zimbabwe three years ago. He has yet to play a Test but chief selector Moin Khan...

Australia's Flanagan wins Man Booker with war story

Australia's Flanagan wins Man Booker with war story

Australian novelist Richard Flanagan said that before winning the prestigious Man Booker prize for literature on Tuesday he had considered becoming a miner because he found it so difficult to make a living at his craft. Flanagan, 53, won the prestigious 50,000-pound ($79,530) prize for his novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North",...

Australia in first IS bombing raid in Iraq

Australia in first IS bombing raid in Iraq

Australia has carried out its first bombing raid in Iraq on what officials said was an Islamic State facility. Two bombs were dropped from a Super Hornet fighter jet. Authorities said all aircraft involved in the raid had returned safely to base. Warplanes had aborted a previous airstrike over the weekend because of concerns about...

Pak, Aus build for future

Pakistan and Australia look to build their squads in the shortest format of the game when they meet in the lone Twenty20 international in Dubai on Sunday, but both are missing key men. Pakistan, who were World Twenty20 champions in 2009, will be without their key spinner Saeed Ajmal who is suspended from international cricket after his bowling action was found illegal last month. Ajmal had been single-handedly shouldering Pakistan's bowling attack, having taken 85 wickets in 63 Twenty20 matches --...

Australia approves strike on IS

Australia approves strike on IS

The Australian cabinet has given its approval for fighter jets to join the US-led military action against Islamic State targets in Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said IS was a "death cult" that had "declared war on the world" and must be stopped. IS controls a broad swathe of territory, spanning a borderless stretch of...

Australia's stand on terrorism and foreign fighters

A column in these pages on September 24 asserted that Australia's proposed counter-terrorism legislation is 'anti-Muslim'. That is wrong. Let's be clear: the Australian government is acting to disrupt a growing terrorist threat so Australians of all backgrounds remain free to go about their lives in safety.     ISIL and similar terrorist organisations have plainly, violently and repeatedly demonstrated the international danger they pose. Earlier this week ISIL leaders called on supporters to kill people in a number of countries including...

Australia's anti-Muslim laws

AUSTRALIA'S latest round of proposed counterterrorism measures includes a “prove that you're not a terrorist” provision that risks further alienating the country's Muslims and thereby makes finding long-term solutions to home-grown extremism more difficult. Imagine the court room: “This is Uncle Ahmed” the defendant is telling the judge, showing the family photo album. The Muslim defendant is trying to prove a legitimate reason for his last visit to Syria, trying to avoid years in gaol. Under Australia's proposed counterterrorism laws a...

Global protests over climate change

Global protests over climate change

Protests in many countries to demand urgent action on climate change have kicked off, with over 2,000 marches taking place around the world. The People's Climate March has been organised to call for action to curb carbon emissions ahead of the UN climate summit in New York next week. Tens of thousands of people took...

Australian terror plot foiled, for now...

IN recent raids involving nearly 900 police Australia's security agencies claim to have foiled a serious terrorism plot. But have they done enough since 2001 to address the causes of extremism rather than only the symptoms? Yesterday's raids on homes of alleged Muslim extremists in Sydney and Brisbane were dramatic. According to media reports, police and intelligence officials foiled a plot to kidnap a random member of the Australian public, drape them in the Islamic State flag and behead them...

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