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Turkey to US: Stop YPG support or face ‘confrontation’

A Turkish official said anyone supporting the YPG militia will become "a target", a warning likely to rile the United States as its forces work alongside the Kurdish armed group on the ground in northern Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag's comments on Thursday came after Turkey threatened to attack the town of Manbij as part of its cross-border…

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Palestinians: Donald Trump’s threats ‘will not work’

The Palestinian leadership has rebuked threats by US President Donald Trump to withhold aid if it refuses to negotiate with Israel. "This policy of threats ... will not work with the Palestinian people," spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, said in a press conference on Thursday. "The issue of Jerusalem is a holy…

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Scores expected to march for Indigenous bid to change the date

Posted January 26, 2018 06:02:07 Photo: The campaign to change the date of Australia Day has increasingly been led online by young Indigenous people. (AAP: Dan Peled, file photo) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will mark today as Invasion Day, or Survival Day, as one of the nation's largest Indigenous organisations urges the Government…

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The one Hottest 100 classic you’ll never hear on the radio

Posted January 26, 2018 06:04:28 In the history of the Hottest 100, 1997 was a memorable year. Australian band The Whitlams took out the top spot with No Aphrodisiac, a slinky piano ballad. The deeply divisive Tubthumping by Chumbawamba ("I get knocked down, but I get up again …") came in at number three, while…

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Oldest modern human fossil discovered outside Africa

Modern humans were wandering out of Africa at least 180,000 years ago — some 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. Key points Key points: Oldest evidence for Homo sapiens outside Africa was found in a cave in Israel A partial jaw bone, teeth and stone tools were dated to around 180,000 years old The fossil…

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Receiving bills by mail might end soon and not everyone is happy

Posted January 26, 2018 06:05:37 Photo: For some Australians, receiving a hard copy of a bill or a statement is their only option. (AAP) Nobody likes getting bills in the mail, but getting charged a fee for it is even more annoying. For banks, phone companies and utility retailers, it is a way to encourage…

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Trump threatens Palestinian aid cut unless they ‘negotiate peace’

Posted January 26, 2018 05:49:10 Photo: Donald Trump says Israel wants to make peace and the Palestinians have to come to the negotiating table. (Reuters: Carlos Barria) President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold aid to the Palestinians if they did not pursue peace with Israel, saying they "disrespected" the United States by not meeting…

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Plastic is spreading deadly diseases to coral reefs

Oceanic plastic pollution is helping to spread colonising microbes to coral reefs, greatly increasing the risk of a group of coral diseases known as white syndromes, according to a new study. The finding comes after scientists last year discovered marine animals washed out to sea during the Japan tsunami in 2011 had been surviving for…

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Doomsday Clock moved closest to midnight since Cold War

Posted January 26, 2018 06:46:58 Photo: Members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists shift the clock closer to midnight. (Reuters: Leah Millis) Scientists have moved the symbolic Doomsday Clock ahead by 30 seconds, saying the world is at its closest to annihilation since the height of the Cold War due to world leaders' poor…

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