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  • Banana-throwing Thai leader on media warpath again

    17 December 2017 6:38 PM 68 1

    Bangkok: Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha once threw a banana peel at reporters and has threatened to "probably execute" those who did not tell the truth. Now the former army chief, who holds sweeping dictatorial powers, is on the warpath again accusing journalists of stirring up controversy over an expensive watch and ring that his 72-year-old

  • Let them eat kebab: EU okays doner meat

    13 December 2017 9:09 PM 60

    Strasbourg: Doner kebab vendors across Europe have won a victory in the European Parliament when European Union politicians failed to outlaw additives regularly used to preserve taste and moisture. The European Commission had proposed permitting the use of phosphates in frozen kebab meat to reflect current practice. The chemicals are theoretically banned

  • Australia's counter-terror measures 'fuelling racism': UN committee

    28 November 2017 11:37 PM 94

    London: Hate speech and counter-terrorism measures may be fuelling a general rise in racism, xenophobia and discrimination in Australia, a UN committee says. Verene Shepherd, the committee's rapporteur for Australia, welcomed our progress in adopting an anti-racism strategy, appointing a race discrimination commissioner and bringing in new health and justice

  • Flights cancelled after Bali's Mt Agung volcano erupts

    26 November 2017 3:39 AM 94

    Flights between Australia and Bali resumed on Sunday after eruptions from Bali's Mt Agung volcano grounded flights on Saturday, inundating nearby villages with ash. For the second time in a week, the volcano sent plumes of grey-black ash and steam at least 2000 metres into the sky prompting a number of airline to cancel services on Saturday. Bali's Mount

  • Bali's Mount Agung volcano erupts for second time in a week

    25 November 2017 3:17 PM 90

    Jakarta: A volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali has erupted for the second time in a week but authorities says its alert level remains unchanged. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the ash column from Mount Agung rose 1500m following an eruption at about 5:30pm on Saturday. Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the volcano's alert

  • LA trumps Sydney for bad traffic as Americans head home for the holidays

    22 November 2017 8:59 PM 86

    Sydney traffic is so notoriously bad our state government commissioned a public transport app to show us how late our next bus is running. But if you think our roads are clogged, wait until you see the masses of cars heading home for the holidays in Los Angeles, California. Aerial footage showed bumber-to-bumper cars leaving the city at peak hour as families

  • 'I should have left them in jail!' Trump unloads on athletes freed by China

    19 November 2017 8:08 PM 88

    Washington, DC: President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players in a Chinese jail, after the father of one of the players questioned Trump's role in their release. "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting

  • Macron invites Hariri family to France 'not at all' for exile

    16 November 2017 8:08 AM 94

    Paris: Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and his family will travel to France in coming days, a French presidential source says, after Emmanuel Macron invited him as part of efforts to defuse tensions in the Middle East. Speaking in the German city of Bonn after a climate conference on Wednesday, Macron said his invitation was not an offer of exile

  • Flawless 163-carat diamond fetches $44.5 million in Geneva auction

    14 November 2017 10:43 PM 96

    A flawless 163-carat clear diamond fetched about $US34 million ($44.5 million) at Christie's in Geneva on Tuesday evening. The diamond, the centrepiece of an asymmetric gem-studded necklace designed by Fawaz Gruosi, founder of Geneva jeweller De Grisogono, exceeded the auction house's expectation of $US25 million. The stone was the largest of its kind ever auctioned

  • Paul Manafort, Richard Gates ordered to remain on home arrest, bail unchanged

    3 November 2017 5:54 PM 90

    Washington: A US judge has ordered indicted former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Richard Gates to remain under home arrest, rejecting for now their pleas for less stringent bail conditions. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson also sharply warned lawyers for the duo not to speak about their case outside of court. "This is a criminal trial