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Backlash against Australia gagging order

Sydney - An Australian court's gagging order banning the reporting of allegations against several foreign political leaders in a major bribery scandal was Thursday slammed as unacceptable by activists and media groups.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Airline staff forced to apologize while press twist their words

Sydney - Attendants mentioned that drug sniffers would be at the landing area during one Jetstar flight. Afterwards customers complained and media published the incident across the world which prompted an apology from company officials.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Costa Concordia captain playing games with new statement on ship

The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, continues to deny fault in the disaster that took 32 lives on Jan. 13, 2012, and his latest statement is one of his most deceptive. He's playing a shell game.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Bolt disputes claims he made disparaging Commonwealth Games slurs

Glasgow - Any reader of Wednesday morning's Times newspaper will have seen the report on the world's fastest man saying the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow "are a bit s**t."
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Sydney — Arty kitsch costing millions, whether we like it or not

Sydney - Proposals for new Sydney artwork have raised howls of indignation and irritation. The City of Developers is to be blessed with a gigantic milk crate, a 75m steel cloud, and various ornamental birds.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Massachusetts couple legally adding 'Seamonster' to their names

A young married couple from the American state of Massachusetts is seeking to legally add 'Seamonster' to their middle names.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

How amphibians crossed continents: A scientist tells the tale

The world's 7,000 species of amphibians can be found on six continents, but there has been few attempts at understanding how salamanders, frogs, toads, and caecilians had moved across time to these distant continents.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton

Australia's Qantas to continue flying over Iraq

Sydney - Australian airline Qantas said Tuesday it would continue flying over Iraqi airspace, despite alliance partner Emirates deciding to alter its routes over concerns about jihadist missile attacks following the MH17 crash.
In the Media by AFP

An Australian Indigenous arts extravaganza

Cairns - Cairns has just hosted a spectacular three day arts extravaganza: the fifth Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), featuring the work of numerous Queensland artists.
In the Media by Elke Nagy - 1 comment

Asylum-seekers held at sea likely economic migrants: Australia

Sydney - A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel were likely economic migrants from India, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Monday. "The indications are...
In the Media by AFP

Dog is so excited to see owner after 2 years - it faints

No matter how good your marriage is right now, if your spouse was this happy to see you it's a lock it would be even better. Casey, a cute wee schnauzer was so excited to be reunited with her owner that she not only yelped and jumped - she fainted.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 5 comments

The Guide Dogs deemed most trusted charity in Australia

According to the 2,400 participants in the annual Most Trusted Brand poll conducted by Reader’s Digest Magazine Australia, Guide Dogs won the majority vote - for the second consecutive year.
In the Media by Simon Crompton

New Zealand’s favorite dogs unveiled

According to the National Dog Database from the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs, the Labrador Retriever remains the most popular dog breed in the country — over 41,000 of the pooches were registered in 2013/2014.
In the Media by Nicole Weddington - 1 comment

Human remains still at MH17 crash site, says Australia PM

Sydney - More than a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine human remains are still at the crash site, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Boy with cancer receives more mail than entire town

Foxboro - Five-year-old Danny Nickerson wanted cards for his birthday, which is today. He got it in spades, or perhaps avalanches, as 30,000 cards and 3,000 gifts flooded in and more were coming.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Asylum-seekers held on high seas to be taken to Australia

Sydney - A group of 157 asylum-seekers in custody on the high seas for weeks will be taken to Australia and held until consular officials confirm their nationalities, authorities said Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Male circumcision lowers HIV risk for women, forum told

Melbourne - A campaign to promote male circumcision to prevent AIDS infection also indirectly benefits women by reducing their risk of contracting the HIV virus, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum Friday.
In the Media by Richard Ingham (AFP)

Australian journalist jailed in Egypt to appeal

Sydney - Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste will lodge an appeal against the conviction and seven-year sentence handed down by an Egyptian court, his family said Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Boy has 232 teeth removed in one day

A 17 year old boy from India endured a seven hour surgery to remove 232 teeth. The rare condition was caused by a complex composite odontoma.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 1 comment

Australian soap 'Neighbours' casts first aboriginal actor

For the first time since airing, the Australian soap "Neighbours" will be casting an Aboriginal actor. He'll be playing a lead role as Nate Kinski, making his debut on 13 August.
In the Media by Simon Crompton - 1 comment
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