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guardians of the galaxy director fired over offensive tweets
james dunn has been fired as director of the guardians of the galaxy superhero film franchise after a series of offensive tweets resurfaced.the american filmmaker said he `regretted` old tweets in which he had made jokes about rape and paedophilia.walt disney studios chairman alan horn announced his sacking on friday.`the offensive attitudes and statements discovered on james' twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,` mr horn said.mr gunn said in a statement that he took full responsibility for the tweets.in a series of tweets posted on thursday, mr gunn addressed the controversy surrounding his old posts.`i viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo,` he wrote. `as i have discussed publicly many times, as i’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.`mr gunn wrote and directed both of the first two guardians of the galaxy films, which starred the likes of chris pratt, zoe saldana and bradley cooper.the two installments of the franchise brought in more than $us1.5 billion at the global box office.a third installment in the series was due to be released in 2020. it is not clear who would now direct the films.mr gunn has been an outspoken critic of united states president donald trump and said in december that he did not care if his stance resulted in him losing fans.
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republican calls teen 'young and naive' over climate change question
the republican candidate for pennsylvania governor called an 18-year-old woman `young and naive` after she asked him about campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry.scott wagner was taking part in a town hall meeting in montgomery county when he made the comments.ross strauss, a member of the sunrise movement, a group that advocates for leaders to reject donations from the fossil fuel industry, questioned his opinions on climate change.`you've said that climate change is a result of people's body heat and are refusing to take action on the issue` she said. `does this have anything to do with the $200,000 that you have taken from the fossil fuel industry?` in response, mr wagner said he `appreciates her being here` but called her naive - prompting laughter and applause from the crowd.`are we here to elect a governor or are we here to elect a scientist?` wagner asked. `okay? i'm here to be the governor. i appreciate and i understand the question.`mr wagner added that `climate change is important` but that he was `more interested` in issues such as problems related to sewage.the exchange was filmed and uploaded to twitter, prompting the hashtag #youngandnaive. 
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nsw mp daryl maguire to resign amid corruption scandal
disgraced nsw mp daryl maguire will resign from state parliament, and a by-election will be held for the seat of wagga wagga, premier gladys berejiklian has announced.`this morning i spoke to mr maguire, he advised me of his intention to resign from parliament before parliament resumes, i accepted that,` ms berejiklian told reporters in sydney on saturday.mr maguire last week quit the liberal party and his role as parliamentary secretary after a corruption inquiry heard secret recordings of him discussing potential commissions with a local councillor from property deals with a wealthy chinese developer.nsw premier gladys berejiklian. aapbut despite mounting pressure, he had until saturday refused to quit as an mp, instead announcing he wouldn't recontest the next state election in march 2019.ms berejiklian said that following her conversation with mr maguire, she spoke with deputy premier john barilaro, and they'd agreed there would be a by-election in mr maguire's seat of wagga wagga.`there will not be a three-cornered contest. the liberal party's held that seat for half a century and the liberal party has opened nominations,` she said.
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'duck boat' survivor who lost nine family members speaks out
an indiana woman who lost nine members of her family, including her children and husband, when a `duck boat` capsized and sank in missouri said on television that the captain of the vessel told passengers not to put on life jackets.tia coleman told an indianapolis television station that she and her nephew were the only survivors from 11 members of their family who were on the amphibious vehicle when it capsized and sank in a storm near branson, missouri on thursday, killing 17 of its 31 passengers. read more`i lost all my children, i lost my husband, i lost my mother in law, i lost my father in law, i lost my uncle, i lost my sister in law - she was my sister - and i lost my nephew, i'm ok, but this is really hard,` coleman told fox 59 from her hospital bed in branson. coleman said her husband would `want the world to know` that when they were in the water, the captain of the vehicle told them not to put their life jackets on, an action she believed had cost lives.`the captain told us 'don't worry about grabbing the life jackets, you won't need them,' so nobody grabbed them because we listened to the captain and he told us to stay seated,` coleman said.`however in doing that, when it was time to grab them it was too late. i believe that a lot of people could have been spared.`0:00sharethe captain of the vehicle was among 14 survivors, seven of whom were injured, one of them severely.coleman said the boat crew were told to first do the water section of the 70...
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austria rejects registering jews for kosher meat
austria has rejected plans requiring jews to register before they can buy kosher meat, after a far-right politician proposed introducing stricter controls.gottfried waldhaeusl, a cabinet minister of lower austria and member of the freedom party (fpoe), made headlines this week when he called for tougher measures, including registration, to rein in the slaughtering of animals without first stunning them.he said it was needed for `animal protection`, adding registration would ensure ritual slaughtering was done only for those who show they belong to a religious community and need the meat.but austrian government spokemsan peter launsky-tieffenthal said on friday the country would `protect the freedoms and fundamental rights of our jewish fellow citizens and can assure that they will be upheld and in no way limited`.austria's jewish and muslim community groups condemned the proposal.a coalition of the centre-right people's party (oevp) and the far-right fpoe has governed austria since december after winning votes on an anti-immigration platform.on thursday, a man was arrested after assaulting three people, with at least one of them wearing jewish headgear, in vienna.following the attack, chancellor sebastian kurz of the oevp said on twitter that the government was doing `everything so that jews can live safely in austria and is determined to fight against any form of anti-semitism`.some right-wing parties in europe have campaigned to have halal and kosher slaughter...
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former refugee smashes australian 800m record
former refugee joseph deng has smashed the 50-year-old australian 800m record at the diamond league athletics meet in monaco.the 20-year-old deng finished seventh in one minute 44.21 seconds on friday night (early saturday aest) in a red-hot race won by flying botswanan nijel amos.the previous australian mark of 1:44.40 was set by gold medallist ralph doubell at altitude at the 1968 mexico city olympics and equalled by alex rowe in monaco 46 years later.`it's a great feeling,` said deng.`my target coming into the race wasn't the record, it was just to run fast.`i knew it was going to be a fast race. (coach justin rinaldi) said to stick in the top five, top six position and see what happens.`this is my last race of the season, so i'm done now.`i'm back in australia next week.`joseph deng (r) of australia running for australia at the commonwealth games. aapdeng was born in a kenyan refugee camp in 1998 after his mother fled the brutal civil war in sudan.the family arrived in queensland in 2004, with deng soon showing huge promise as an athlete.he was controversially selected to run the two-lap race at the gold coast commonwealth games in april despite not qualifying for the final at the trials, but justified the selectors' faith by finishing seventh as countryman luke mathews claimed the bronze medal.since the gold coast games, deng and training partner peter bol - another australian middle-distance runner of sudanese descent - have been chasing the 800m national re...
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ten injured in knife attack on bus in northern germany
a man armed with a knife attacked people on a bus in the northern city of luebeck on friday, injuring 10 including one seriously before he was arrested, police said, adding there was no indication he was radicalised or had a terrorist motive.“the identity of the perpetrator has been clarified: a 34-year-old german citizen resident in luebeck,” police added on twitter.“there are currently no indications the man was political radicalised and no signs of a terrorist background.”the police added that a backpack was found in the bus from which smoke was appearing. it was examined by a bomb squad, which found a “fire accelerant” but no explosives.the bus is being towed away at the scene where a person had reportedly attacked passengers on a bus in luebeck, germany, 20 july 2018.aapthe local luebecker nachrichten, without citing its source, said the attacker was originally from iran who now had german nationality and had lived in luebeck for years.police tweeted that 10 people were hurt.“there were no dead,” the police and state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.“the background to the crime is still unclear and the subject of the ongoing investigation.”the local luebecker nachrichten reported at least 14 people were wounded, two seriously.police block the 'travemuender landstrasse' street near the scene where a person had allegedly attacked passengers on a bus in luebeck, germany, 20 july 2018. aapon twitter, the police said the attacker was overpowered...
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israel, hamas agree to restore calm in gaza strip
israel and hamas have agreed to restore calm in the gaza strip, a spokesman for hamas, the islamist group that controls the gaza strip, said on saturday.`with egyptian and united nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (israel) and palestinian factions,` hamas spokesman fawzi barhoum said. israeli officials did not immediately comment on the announcement but an army spokeswoman said that in the early hours of saturday, there was no known military activity in the gaza strip.palestinian residents said the area was calm.palestinians protesters take part during the clashes with israeli troops near the border with israel in the east of gaza city on, 20 july 2018. aapon friday, palestinian gunmen killed an israeli soldier along the gaza border and the israeli military launched dozens of strikes into the strip that killed four palestinians, including three hamas fighters.at least 120 gazans were wounded.the soldier was the first to be killed on the gaza front in active duty since a 2014 war between israel and hamas, an israeli army spokesman said.during the flare-up which lasted several hours, the israeli military said its tanks had hit 68 hamas targets and had `eliminated about 60 buildings and infrastructures and revoked significant military and command and control capabilities.`egyptian security officials and a diplomat from another unnamed state held contacts with hamas and israel in an effort to restore calm and prevent further deterioration...
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trump talks of payments to model in lawyer's secret tape
president donald trump’s longtime lawyer, michael cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former playboy model who said she had an affair with trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording.the fbi seized the recording this year during a raid on cohen’s office.the justice department is investigating cohen’s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about trump before the 2016 election.prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.the recording’s existence appears to undercut the trump campaign’s denial of any knowledge of payments to the model.and it further draws trump into questions about tactics he and his associates used to keep aspects of his personal and business life a secret.file image of playboy playmate karen mcdougal with magazine founder hugh hefner.reutersand it highlights the potential legal and political danger that cohen represents to trump.once the keeper of many of trump’s secrets, cohen is now seen as increasingly willing to consider cooperating with prosecutors.the former model, karen mcdougal, says she began a nearly yearlong affair with trump in 2006, shortly after trump’s wife, melania, gave birth to their son barron.file image of michael cohen, president donald trump's former attorney....
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'duck boat' survivor who lost nine family members speaks out
an indiana woman who lost 9 members of her family, including her children and husband, when a `duck boat` capsized and sank in missouri said on television that the captain of the vessel told passengers not to put on life jackets.tia coleman told an indianapolis television station that she and her nephew were the only survivors from 11 members of their family who were on the amphibious vehicle when it capsized and sank in a storm near branson, missouri on thursday, killing 17 of its 31 passengers. read more`i lost all my children, i lost my husband, i lost my mother in law, i lost my father in law, i lost my uncle, i lost my sister in law - she was my sister - and i lost my nephew, i'm ok, but this is really hard,` coleman told fox 59 from her hospital bed in branson. coleman said her husband would `want the world to know` that when they were in the water, the captain of the vehicle told them not to put their life jackets on, an action she believed had cost lives.`the captain told us 'don't worry about grabbing the life jackets, you won't need them,' so nobody grabbed them because we listened to the captain and he told us to stay seated,` coleman said.`however in doing that, when it was time to grab them it was too late. i believe that a lot of people could have been spared.`0:00sharethe captain of the vehicle was among 14 survivors, seven of whom were injured, one of them severely.coleman said the boat crew were told to first do the water section of the 70-mi...
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poll suggests labor leading in crucial braddon by-election
a new poll shows labor is ahead of the liberals in the tasmanian seat of braddon, just a week out from a by-election.labor's justine keay is on 52 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, despite polling 34.3 per cent of the primary vote.the liberals' brett whiteley is polling 40.7 per cent of the primary vote.labor is expected to benefit from preferences from the greens' jarrod edwards, who holds 6.7 per cent of the primary vote, while controversial independent craig garland is polling 8.9 per cent.related readingmore than two-thirds of voters said they would preference labor above the liberals.the reachtel poll, commissioned by the australian forest products association, found 70 per cent of voters would be more likely to back a party or candidate `with policies that support north-west tasmania's forest industries`.as well, 76.6 per cent of voters believed forest industries were important for the local economy and 65.3 per cent thought there should be a native forest timber industry for producing products such as decks and furniture.afpa chief ross hampton said the poll of more than 800 braddon voters showed the by-election was on a knife-edge and the future of the forest industry would be a key issue.he said his organisation had a six-point plan to grow the industry by driving new plantations, providing incentives for innovation and value-adding in timber and wood processing.prime minister malcolm turnbull campaigned in braddon on friday, but is turning his attentio...
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'duck boat' capsizes in storm in missouri, killing 17
divers on friday pulled the last bodies from the wreckage of a “duck boat” that sank a day earlier during a storm in a lake near a popular missouri destination, killing 17 people in one of the deadliest us tourist incidents for years.the world war two-style amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers including children when a microburst storm hit table rock lake outside branson, missouri.the company which builds the ducks has previously been fined for manufacturing non-compliance. aapa video of the incident showed the vessel battered by waves.duck boats have been involved in a string of deadly incidents that have killed more than three dozen people across the united states over the past two decades, by drowning and in crashes on land.the stone county sheriff’s office said divers on friday morning recovered the last four bodies from the sunken boat, 24m under water.“it’s important that we find out for sure what events did occur,” missouri governor michael parson said at a friday morning news conference.“today it’s just still early.”the incident began around 7 p.m. (0000 gmt) on thursday after thunderstorms rolled through the area, when two duck boats were out on the lake, officials said.both headed back to shore but only one made it.“from what i understand there was life jackets in the duck,” stone county sheriff doug rader told the press conference.he declined to say whether passengers had been wearing them.the national transportation safety board a...
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trump threatens tariffs on all $500 billion of chinese imports
us president donald trump on friday said he was ready to impose tariffs on all us$500 billion of imported goods from china, threatening to escalate a clash over trade policy that has unnerved financial markets.“we’re down a tremendous amount,” trump said in an interview about trade imbalances with china on cnbc television broadcast on friday.“i’m ready to go to 500.”trump his comments worried investors already grappling with the impact of a strengthening us dollar on corporate results, and key stock indexes on wall street dropped at the open on friday.the us dollar fell against major currencies on friday on trumps threat to impose more import tariffs and his repetition of complaints about rising interest rates and the strength of the us dollar.the dollar index .dxy, a measure of its value against a basket of six major currencies, was on track to post its largest one-day loss in three weeks. against the yen, the dollar was on pace for its worst daily fall in two months.a top federal reserve official, meanwhile, warned the trade war could hurt the us economy.around $505 billion of chinese goods were imported to the us in 2017, leading to a trade deficit of nearly $376 billion, us government data shows. chinese imports from the us totaled $205 billion in the first five months of 2018, with the deficit reaching $152 billion.read moretrump is taking a more aggressive, protectionist posture on trade than his recent predecessors, sparking retaliatory measures from other...
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former refugee smashes australian 800m record
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ten injured in knife attack on bus in northern germany
a man armed with a knife attacked people on a bus in the northern city of luebeck on friday, injuring 10 including one seriously before he was arrested, police said, adding there was no indication he was radicalised or had a terrorist motive.“the identity of the perpetrator has been clarified: a 34-year-old german citizen resident in luebeck,” police added on twitter.“there are currently no indications the man was political radicalised and no signs of a terrorist background.”the police added that a backpack was found in the bus from which smoke was appearing. it was examined by a bomb squad, which found a “fire accelerant” but no explosives.the bus is being towed away at the scene where a person had reportedly attacked passengers on a bus in luebeck, germany, 20 july 2018.aapthe local luebecker nachrichten, without citing its source, said the attacker was originally from iran who now had german nationality and had lived in luebeck for years.police tweeted that 10 people were hurt.“there were no dead,” the police and state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.“the background to the crime is still unclear and the subject of the ongoing investigation.”the local luebecker nachrichten reported at least 14 people were wounded, two seriously.on twitter, the police said the attacker was overpowered and taken into police custody. the attack took place at 1.47 p.m. local time (1147 gmt).“the bus was full,” the police said, appealing to passengers who fled t...
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lawyer 'secretly taped' trump discussing playboy model payment
the tape was made by his longtime lawyer michael cohen, who no longer represents trump but is under federal investigation in new york for his business dealings and reportedly whether hush payments violated campaign finance laws.the fbi seized the recording earlier this year during a raid on cohen's office, the new york times said in an explosive revelation, quoting lawyers and others familiar with the recording. cohen has not yet been arrested or charged.read morethe report will fuel speculation about how much damage cohen can inflict on trump. in one recent interview, he apparently signalled a potential willingness to cooperate with prosecutors against the republican president.former playboy model karen mcdougal says she had a months-long affair with trump after they met in 2006, shortly after trump's wife melania gave birth to their son barron. she told cnn previously that he tried to pay her for sex.trump's current personal attorney, rudy giuliani, confirmed the veracity of the recording to the times, but said that the payment to mcdougal was never made, and that the us president had not been party to any wrongdoing.the recording was less than two minutes, giuliani told the newspaper.`nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,` giuliani was quoted as saying. `in the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence,` he added.cohen's lawyers discovered the recording as part of a review of the materials seized in the ra...
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australia, uk ready to agree on free trade deal: bishop
foreign minister julie bishop and her british counterpart jeremy hunt have discussed a post-brexit trade agreement, including `contingency planning` for a no-deal scenario, during talks in edinburgh.bishop said the countries stand ready to make an agreement as soon as circumstances allow.post-brexit arrangements were on the agenda during the 10th annual ministerial talks between the uk and australia, which also covered foreign policy, defence and security issues.read more the talks were also attended by defence minister marise payne.they came as the eu's chief brexit negotiator michel barnier questioned whether the customs arrangements contained in british prime minister theresa may's proposals are workable.the eu's reaction to the prime minister's brexit plan has heightened concerns that the uk could leave the bloc without an agreement.`both governments stand ready to agree a free trade agreement as soon as circumstances allow,` bishop said.foreign secretary jeremy hunt and defence secretary gavin williamson with their australian counterpart foreign minister julie bishop.aap`the united kingdom will find post-brexit that australia will be one of your strongest, most trusted, principled and pragmatic partners.`read morehunt said post-brexit arrangements were discussed with the australian ministers `to make sure that whatever happens next year, trade between the united kingdom and australia remains smooth and continues to grow`.`we also discussed contingency plann...
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israel, hamas agree to restore calm in gaza strip
israel and hamas have agreed to restore calm in the gaza strip, a spokesman for hamas, the islamist group that controls the gaza strip, said on saturday.`with egyptian and united nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (israel) and palestinian factions,` hamas spokesman fawzi barhoum told reuters.israeli officials did not immediately comment on the announcement but an army spokeswoman said that in the early hours of saturday, there was no known military activity in the gaza strip.palestinian residents said the area was calm.palestinians protesters take part during the clashes with israeli troops near the border with israel in the east of gaza city on, 20 july 2018. aapon friday, palestinian gunmen killed an israeli soldier along the gaza border and the israeli military launched dozens of strikes into the strip that killed four palestinians, including three hamas fighters. at least 120 gazans were wounded.the soldier was the first to be killed on the gaza front in active duty since a 2014 war between israel and hamas, an israeli army spokesman said.during the flare-up which lasted several hours, the israeli military said its tanks had hit 68 hamas targets and had `eliminated about 60 buildings and infrastructures and revoked significant military and command and control capabilities.`egyptian security officials and a diplomat from another unnamed state held contacts with hamas and israel in an effort to restore calm and prevent further deteri...
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the case for introducing rhinos to australia
rhinos in australia might seem like an insane proposition – after all, we’ve had historically bad luck with introduced species. but on reflection it’s not quite as crazy as it sounds.there are five species of rhinoceros in the world: two in africa and three in asia.the world of all five species is being rapidly destroyed and shredded, their savanna and forest habitats sliced apart by clearings, fences, roads, and other obstructions.even worse, they are being slaughtered by armed poachers for their valuable rhino horn, which is falsely thought to have aphrodisiac or curative properties, for maladies ranging from hangovers to cancer.vietnam and china are overwhelmingly the biggest consumers of rhino horn. chinese citizens and even diplomats working in africa and asia have reportedly engaged in the illegal smuggling of rhino horn and other wildlife products.collapsing populationsrhinos are relicts of a great megafauna that until recently dominated the planet. today, they are some of the most endangered animals on earth.sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, in kenya in march at the age of 45.aapfor instance, the sumatran rhinoceros is so rare that biologists refuse to disclose where it still lives, to avoid tipping off poachers – beyond confirming it persists in small pockets of northern sumatra, indonesia.the javan rhinoceros was once the most abundant rhino species in asia, ranging from southeast asia to india and china. but today it is one of the rarest m...
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australia, uk ready to agree on free trade deal: bishop
australia and the uk are working towards a free trade deal, foreign minister julie bishop said on friday in edinburgh.read moreuk foreign secretary jeremy hunt, hosting his first bilateral meeting since being appointed to the role, said he had discussed a future trade deal with his visiting australian counterpart.bishop said, `both governments stand ready to agree to a free trade agreement as soon as circumstances allow`.britain wants to secure free trade deals with new partners following its departure from the european union in march 2019.the 10th annual ministerial talks between the uk and australia are covering foreign policy, security and defence.hunt replaced boris johnson after his shock resignation earlier this month.
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protesters disrupt lauren southern event in melbourne
protesters have clashed with riot and mounted police outside a melbourne venue hosting far-right canadian provocateur lauren southern.more than 100 protesters blocked the hume highway outside somerton's la mirage reception and convention ahead of ms southern's friday night event.at one point, the group rushed at a bus filled with attendees, slapping it and chanting `surround the nazi bus` while being mooned by a man inside it.outside the lauren southern event in melbourne.aapread moreinside, ms southern's speech was interrupted by protesters with banners and chanting `racism off out streets`, according to the whistleblowers, activists and citizens alliance group.the young provocateur is known for her controversial views on multiculturalism, islam and feminism and was banned in march from entering the uk.the campaign against racism and fascism says southern is `a notorious racist and islamophobe`.`she is known for her involvement in the racist attempts to obstruct ngo search-and-rescue boats trying to help shipwrecked migrants in the mediterranean,` the group said in facebook statement.anti-fascist protesters block the hume highway.aapback outside, right-wing activist neil erikson filmed protesters before being hauled away from police.he and two other men are charged with affray and riot over an incident outside an event by controversial commentator milo yiannopoulos last year.victoria police is reportedly charging ms southern more than $67,000 for their presence at...
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the case for introducing rhinos to australia
rhinos in australia might seem like an insane proposition – after all, we’ve had historically bad luck with introduced species. but on reflection it’s not quite as crazy as it sounds.there are five species of rhinoceros in the world: two in africa and three in asia.the world of all five species is being rapidly destroyed and shredded, their savanna and forest habitats sliced apart by clearings, fences, roads, and other obstructions.even worse, they are being slaughtered by armed poachers for their valuable rhino horn, which is falsely thought to have aphrodisiac or curative properties, for maladies ranging from hangovers to cancer.vietnam and china are overwhelmingly the biggest consumers of rhino horn. chinese citizens and even diplomats working in africa and asia have reportedly engaged in the illegal smuggling of rhino horn and other wildlife products.collapsing populationsrhinos are relicts of a great megafauna that until recently dominated the planet. today, they are some of the most endangered animals on earth.sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, in kenya in march at the age of 45.aapfor instance, the sumatran rhinoceros is so rare that biologists refuse to disclose where it still lives, to avoid tipping off poachers – beyond confirming it persists in small pockets of northern sumatra, indonesia.the javan rhinoceros was once the most abundant rhino species in asia, ranging from southeast asia to india and china. but today it is one of the rarest m...
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australian nun appeals philippines deportation order
australian nun patricia fox has announced that she would appeal against a deportation order issued against her by the philippine government a day earlier over allegations of involvement in political activities against the country's president.fox's lawyer sol taule said that the appeal would be filed on monday and added that the order issued by the bureau of immigration set a bad precedent.`we're seeing the start of this trend under president (rodrigo) duterte's government, to deport anyone who is doing good. what is wrong with standing for human rights?` taule said at a press conference.australian nun patricia fox holds a press conference in quezon city, east of manila.aapthe bureau said on thursday that fox, 71, violated the conditions of her missionary visa by taking part in political activities, according to the expulsion order posted on the website of the catholic bishops conference of the philippines.the immigration officials said that allowing fox to participate in political activities `would open the floodgates for other aliens unbridled right to criticise government by joining rallies to the detriment of public peace and order.`fox is the mother superior of the sisters of our lady of sion and has been working as a missionary in the philippines for the last 27 years.she was arrested on april 15 for participating in a protest against the government.read morethe nun has openly criticised the violent anti-drug campaign launched by duterte which has left thousands ...
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australia, uk ready to agree on free trade deal: bishop
australia and the uk are working towards a free trade deal, foreign minister julie bishop said on friday in edinburgh.read moreuk foreign secretary jeremy hunt, hosting his first bilateral meeting since being appointed to the role, said he had discussed a future trade deal with his visiting australian counterpart.bishop said, `both governments stand ready to agree to a free trade agreement as soon as circumstances allow`.britain wants to secure free trade deals with new partners following its departure from the european union in march 2019.the 10th annual ministerial talks between the uk and australia are covering foreign policy, security and defence.hunt replaced boris johnson following his shock resignation earlier this month.
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protesters disrupt lauren southern event in melbourne
protesters have clashed with riot and mounted police outside a melbourne venue hosting far-right canadian provocateur lauren southern.more than 100 protesters blocked the hume highway outside somerton's la mirage reception and convention ahead of ms southern's friday night event.at one point, the group rushed at a bus filled with attendees, slapping it and chanting `surround the nazi bus` while being mooned by a man inside it.outside the lauren southern event in melbourne.aapread moreinside, ms southern's speech was interrupted by protesters with banners and chanting `racism off out streets`, according to the whistleblowers, activists and citizens alliance group.the young provocateur is known for her controversial views on multiculturalism, islam and feminism and was banned in march from entering the uk.the campaign against racism and fascism says southern is `a notorious racist and islamophobe`.`she is known for her involvement in the racist attempts to obstruct ngo search-and-rescue boats trying to help shipwrecked migrants in the mediterranean,` the group said in facebook statement.anti-fascist protesters block the hume highway.aapback outside, right-wing activist neil erikson filmed protesters before being hauled away from police.he and two other men are charged with affray and riot over an incident outside an event by controversial commentator milo yiannopoulos last year.lauren southern arriving at brisbane airport.twitteron friday night, anti-southern protest...
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south korea’s ex-president park given eight more years in prison
disgraced former south korean president park geun-hye was convicted of charges including illegally receiving funds from the country's spy agency on friday and given eight more years in prison, on top of her current term.park, the south's first female president, was impeached last year after huge street protests over a sprawling scandal, and was jailed for 24 years for corruption and abuse of power in april.friday's penalty - issued in her absence after she refused to attend the seoul central district court - came after a separate trial for pocketing money from the national intelligence service (nis) and improperly intervening in 2016 in the selection of her ruling party's parliamentary candidates.the seoul central district court gave park six years for taking 3.3 billion won ($au3.9 million) from the spy agency, and two years for the electoral offence.the penalties apply consecutively, meaning the 66-year-old now faces a total of 32 years in prison.`the accused received some three billion won over three years from the three nis chiefs. through this crime, the accused incurred a considerable amount of loss to the state treasury,` said senior judge seong chang-ho.three former nis chiefs testified they had funnelled the funds to park on her orders, the court said.the judge rebuked park, who denied the charges, for being `un-cooperative` throughout the court hearing and questioning by prosecutors.read more park allegedly squandered the taxpayer money on maintaining her pr...
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four charged with murder over rapper xxxtentacion's death
a grand jury in the us has indicted four men on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges in the shooting death of emerging rap star xxxtentacion.broward county panel formally charged dedrick williams, 22, michael boatwright, 22, trayvon newsome, 20, and robert allen, 22, court records showed.according to a warrant filed in boatwright's case, the car driven by xxxtentacion, whose real name was jahseh onfroy, was blocked by a dark-coloured 4wd as it was exiting the riva motor sports motorcycle shop in deerfield beach, florida, last month.two masked men got out of the 4wd with a gun intending to rob xxxtentacion, who had a louis vuitton bag containing $us50,000 ($a67,860) in cash, police said.a struggle ensued and the 20-year-old rapper was shot multiple times by one or more gunmen, who took the bag and fled, authorities said. the indictment names boatwright as the person who fatally shot xxxtentacion.williams was arrested two days after the shooting, and boatwright was arrested earlier this month on an unrelated drug charge. authorities continue to search for allen and newsome.anneyah lawson, 14, holds up a sweatshirt with an image of slain rapper xxxtentacion, before his memorial.aapwilliams was seen in the store on surveillance cameras while xxxtentacion was shopping, court records show. a store clerk said williams purchased a black neoprene mask and that he recognised williams as a repeat customer, according to the warrant.williams later told police he was with others ...
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macron bodyguard who violently struck protester to be fired
the office of french president emmanuel macron told afp on friday that it has begun dismissal proceedings against a top security aide who violently struck a protester during a demonstration in paris in may.a video published this week shows alexandre benalla manhandling and striking a demonstrator while wearing a police helmet, even though he is not an officer.paris prosecutors also said benalla has been detained for questioning in the assault inquiry, where he also faces charges of impersonating a police officer.read moremacron's office said the decision to fire benalla was taken after `new elements` emerged in the case, which has become the most damaging scandal facing the centrist president since his election last year.a source close to the inquiry said three police officers have also been suspended on suspicion they provided benalla with surveillance footage of the may 1 demonstration in an attempt to prove his innocence.`he is suspected of receiving material from the police he was not authorised to have,` the elysee said.lawmakers have also launched a commission of inquiry as a second video of the incident emerged, in which benalla is also seen violently wrestling a young woman to the ground.benalla was punished with a two-week suspension without pay in may and later transferred to another post, but the incident was not reported to prosecutors.
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global landmarks light up for special olympics 'inclusion revolution'
special olympics australia has issued a public challenge to be ‘more inclusive’ of people with intellectual disability, as the global sporting association celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend.`today is the start of the inclusion revolution,” ceo of the special olympics australia corene strauss told sbs news.“we call on australians to choose to include and support the movement that has finally started to break down the discrimination of people with intellectual disability.”the sydney opera house and melbourne cricket ground have joined more than 200 landmarks across the world to be illuminated red marking saturday’s 50th anniversary of the special olympics and the global day of inclusion.the water cube in beijing, london eye, empire state building and niagara falls will also be lit red as part of the initiative.related reading“the 50th anniversary of special olympics comes at a time when the inclusion conversation is needed more than ever,” ms strauss said.“while there have been some great strides in providing platforms for inclusion, australia needs to work harder to understand the unique challenges of people with intellectual disabilities, and develop a culture that embraces and celebrates difference.”a series of events have been already begun in chicago, where the special olympics was born in 1968. a unified soccer cup tournament is being contested for the first time, featuring players with and without intellectual disabilities.“special olympi...
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transgender candidates hope to make history in pakistan election
a small group of transgender activists in pakistan are hoping to make history in next week's general election.thirteen transgender people - also known as hijra or khawaja sira - were reportedly running for office this year although most have dropped out due to harassment and lack of funds.but for the four who remain, this may be their moment.read more`no one can say whether that will happen in these elections but you do get a sense that there is a sense of wanting to try something different,` deputy director of amnesty international in south asia omar waraich told time.a seat at the tableone of the four transgender candidates standing for office is nayyab ali, the national spokesperson for the all pakistan transgender election network.her experience mirrors that of many transgender people in pakistan, having been a victim of violence and ridicule.ali was reportedly forced to leave home at the age of 13 and later attacked with acid by a former boyfriend.she told time that `the transgender community is progressing slowly in pakistan - we're finding positions in various industries like education and journalism`.`but the real change-making power lies in politics, which is why i'm contesting the elections this year. we need to be part of the legislative process to better our community,` she said.she told the bbc that a spike in violence against the transgender community spurred her to run.`transgender people are being murdered now. there used to be incidents of beating ...
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