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Q&A: South Africa’s ruling ANC faces ‘a deep crisis’

Johannesburg, South Africa - It is being called a battle that will determine the future of South Africa. This weekend, about 5,000 delegates will descend on Johannesburg to vote for the future leader of the African National Congress (ANC). The two leading candidates, Cyril Ramaphosa, the party's current deputy president, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former chairperson of…

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Sydney man charged for allegedly working for North Korea

Updated December 17, 2017 13:14:49 Video: AFP charge Sydney man for allegedly acting as economic agent for North Korea (ABC News) The Australian Federal Police has charged a 59-year-old Sydney man for allegedly working as a black-market agent to sell missile components and coal for North Korea. Authorities said it was the first time a…

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Melbourne Lord Mayor stands aside over ‘abhorrent’ allegations

Updated December 17, 2017 15:33:43 Photo: Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said it was a distressing time for him and his family. (ABC Radio Melbourne: Simon Leo Brown, file photo) Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says he will stand aside temporarily after being accused of sexual harassment, indecent assault and misconduct. External Link: Robert Doyle…

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Alexander apologises for disabled parking joke after Bennelong win

Updated December 17, 2017 13:47:42 Video: John Alexander jokes about refusing disabled parking permit (Photo: ABC News/Marco Catalano) (ABC News) Newly re-elected Liberal MP John Alexander has apologised for saying he knocked back an offer for a disabled parking permit after a tennis injury because he had "some pride", but says people are being "mischievous"…

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‘Poor timing’: Ribbons for sex abuse victims cut down by Catholic parishioners

Updated December 17, 2017 17:54:25 Photo: St Patrick's parishioners in Ballarat line up to cut the ribbons off the cathedral's iron fence. (ABC: Sue Peacock) Related Story: Catholic leaders reject royal commission's key recommendations Related Story: What you need to know about the royal commission's final report Ballarat Catholic Diocese Vicar-General Father Justin Driscoll has…

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Alarm over reports US health agency forbidden from using words like ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender’

Updated December 17, 2017 15:42:36 Health leaders in the United States are alarmed about reports that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based". Key points: The full list of words also includes 'diversity,' 'vulnerable,' 'entitlement'…

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Pentagon admits to running a secret multi-million-dollar UFO program

Updated December 17, 2017 15:44:37 Photo: The Pentagon was not clear about whether the UFO program continues to exist within the vast universe of the US Defense establishment. (AP: Charles Pharapak) The Pentagon has admitted that, up until 2012, it was running a long-secret investigation into unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. The multi-million-dollar investigation was…

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‘We’ve seen tears, we’ve seen laughter’: Auslan-trained Santa a hit

Updated December 17, 2017 17:15:51 Video: Santa is now fluent in sign language (ABC News) There are hopes sign-language fluent Santas will become more commonplace following a successful meet and greet between deaf children and an Auslan-trained Father Christmas in WA's South West. "Signing Santa" met with families of deaf and hearing impaired children in…

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MYEFO budget update to show debt down by $23 billion

Posted December 17, 2017 16:46:37 The mid-year budget update will show Australia's gross debt will be $23 billion lower by the end of the decade, compared to the forecasts in the May budget. Treasurer Scott Morrison will unveil the latest budget data in Canberra on Monday. The updated figures could give more room to accommodate…

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