Monthly Archives: August 2009

An American judge refused to keep her courthouse open an extra 20 minutes to hear an appeal for an inmate on death row, leading to his execution. Texas judge Sharon Keller refused to let lawyers for Michael Richard file a … Continue reading

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The Victorian government has been accused of spending $4 million of public money on promoting itself in the lead-up to next year’s election. Using the slogan “Victoria – We’re not waiting, we’re building”, the one-minute advertisements are being broadcast in … Continue reading

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A bomb has killed 40 people in Kandahar, in Afghanistan. The truck bomb collapsed 10 residential buildings. More than 60 people were also hurt as buildings collapsed. Earlier a bomb killed four American soldiers, making 2009 the deadliest year for … Continue reading

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A fast food store in Melbourne’s CBD has been accused of systematically using ‘trial periods’ to get free work out of international students. Prateek Sahni, 23, has alleged a Subway manager did not pay him for more than 40 hours … Continue reading

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The governments of Britain and the United States had detailed knowledge of the Nazis’ plans to exterminate the Jews and others, but failed to do anything, according to the Vatican’s official newspaper. L’Osservatore Romano said that the two governments ignored, … Continue reading

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The top US military commander in Afghanistan wants the Australian government to expand the Australian military’s role in Afghanistan, allowing them to deploy anywhere, instead of mainly near their base in Oruzgan province. The request, conveyed to Australian defence chiefs … Continue reading

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Anyone can enjoy the benefits that believers derive from faith, without having any religious belief, according to a popular author on neuroscience. Andrew Newberg, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the … Continue reading

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Kevin Rudd’s government has increased funding by 50 percent, to a group that he called a cult while in Opposition. In 2007, schools run by the Exclusive Bretheren were receiving just over $9 million in funding from the Howard government. … Continue reading

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Chilren and adults on a remote Australian island have been punished for speaking their own language. The Cocos Islands, northwest of Perth, became part of Australia in 1984. Most of the 550 islanders’ first language is Cocos Malay, a dialect … Continue reading

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A man was paid only $1.26 an hour while working as a security guard. Faisal Durrani was employed at a number of events for about a month in early 2008, including the Australian Open, but ran into resistance and abuse … Continue reading

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