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how young is too young? the age of criminal responsibility around the world

around 600 children under 14 are locked up in australian prison cells every year. the issue is also dividing the international community. in 1993, cctv images of a two-year-old boy being taken by the hand and led away from a uk shopping centre by two older children shocked the world.it was the last recorded sighting of james bulger. he was forced to walk four kilometres before the pair beat him to death and left his body on a railway line. but what was to become of the perpetrators, who were both 10 years old?at the time, children aged as young as 10 could be held responsible for a crime in england so the two boys stood trial in an adult court. the minimum age of criminal responsibility (known as macr) hasn’t changed in england or wale...




abbott slams move to legalise assisted dying as 'dreadful' as father lay ill

former pm tony abbott has labelled victoria's move to legalise assisted dying a 'dreadful moral watershed' as his father lay ill in a sydney hospital. tony abbott has slammed the pending legalisation of voluntary assisted dying in victoria as a "dreadful moral watershed" in australia's history.the former prime minister made the comments as his 93-year-old father, richard, lay in hospital following an apparent serious stroke on monday morning.his family has since been keeping a bedside vigil at sydney adventist hospital in wahroonga."this is the vigil that families from time to time have to keep over a loved one - it's the respect of the living over the dying," he told sydney's 2gb on wedn...




mugabe resignation like 'waking up from bad nightmare' says long-time opponent

exclusive: news of robert mugabe's resignation was especially sweet for opposition activist sekai holland, who was almost beaten to death at the hands of his regime. it was a brutal regime built on fear, and one zimbabwean-australian sekai holland knows only too well. a leading member of the opposition movement for democratic change, she stood up against robert mugabe and his henchmen in 2007 and almost paid with her life.medevaced to australia for treatment, her recovery was long and painful, but today that's a distant memory.mr mugabe resigned as zimbabwe's president on wednesday, shortly after parliament began an impeachment process to end his rule.the 93-year-old clung on to power for a week after an army takeover and expuls...




'butcher of bosnia' mladic sentenced to life for genocide, war crimes

the trial of the man dubbed "the butcher of bosnia" was the last before the international criminal tribunal for the former yugoslavia (icty) and comes as the court prepares to close its doors next month.the court found him guilty on 10 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1992-1995 war that killed 100,000 people and displaced 2.2 million as ethnic rivalries tore apart yugoslavia. but they found him not guilty of genocide in the municipalities."for having committed these crimes, the chamber sentences mr ratko mladic to life imprisonnement," presiding judge alphons orie said, adding the crimes were "amongst the most heinous known to human kind".bosnian serb army commander ratko mladic ad...




adelaide catholic school covers up 'potentially suggestive' statue with tarp

online criticism has forced a catholic school in adelaide to cover up a statue of a saint and a young boy. the eye-catching stone sculpture, which was unveiled last week at blackfriars priory school in central adelaide, features 16th century saint martin de porres handing a small loaf of bread to a young boy.the statue symbolised the saint's ability to multiply food, but many have remarked about the positioning of the bread loaf. an image of the statue posted on instagram received more than 2,800 likes and numerous comments.one person said: "this is wrong on so many levels."while another person said: "how is this causing such a stir? adelaide seriously needs more stuff happening."the criticism led t...




same-sex marriage: turnbull’s religious freedom inquiry ‘confusing’, says muslim barrister

a sydney barrister says prime minister malcolm turnbull’s inquiry into religious freedom protection, in the wake of the same sex marriage postal survey, confuses a number of issues and could be unnecessary. faith leaders may have welcomed the turnbull government’s announcement of an inquiry into religious freedom protection, but some legal experts want more answers.sydney barrister and muslim community advocate bilal rauf told sbs news he was sceptical and cynical about the review that was announced in the wake of the same sex marriage postal vote.“i think this review seems to conflate or confuse these two very discrete issues [of same sex marriage] and more broadly, religious freedom,” mr rauf said.former howard-government minis...




north korea says us terror sponsor label a 'serious provocation'

north korea condemned its us terror listing as a 'serious provocation' on wednesday, warning that sanctions would never force it to abandon its nuclear weapons programme. us president donald trump this week declared north korea a state sponsor of terrorism, a spot on a us blacklist pyongyang had shed nearly a decade ago.on tuesday the us also unveiled new sanctions targeting north korean shipping and chinese traders doing business with pyongyang, raising the pressure on the pariah state to abandon its nuclear program."our army and people are full of rage and anger towards the heinous gangsters who dared to put the name of our sacred country in this wretched list of 'terrorism'," state news agency kcna quoted a foreign ministry sp...




bitcoin explained: what is it and how does it work?

we take a look at how bitcoin works. bitcoin has hit a new record high after smashing through the us$8000 dollar level for the first time.it marks an almost 50 per cent climb in little more than a week, but many skeptics are calling it a bubble waiting to pop.bitcoin is completely digital and it's the currency of choice for the cyber attackers who have crippled computer networks across the world. "ransomware" attacks have held victims hostage by encrypting their data and demanding they send payments in bitcoins to regain access to their computers.but many have found success with the cryptocurrency. pole dancing instructor dee heath is riding the surge with her fitness business in western sydney.she has spent $5,800 on bitcoin since ju...




how young is too young? the age of criminal responsibility around the world

around 600 children under 14 are locked up in australian prison cells every year. the issue is also dividing the international community. in 1993, cctv images of a two-year-old boy being taken by the hand and led away from a uk shopping centre by two older children shocked the world.it was the last recorded sighting of james bulger. he was forced to walk four kilometres before the pair beat him to death and left his body on a railway line. but what was to become of the perpetrators, who were both 10 years old?at the time, children aged as young as 10 could be held responsible for a crime in england so the two boys stood trial in an adult court. the minimum age of criminal responsibility (known as macr) hasn’t changed in england or wale...




australia 'overriding' doctors' request to transfer injured rohingya refugee from nauru

doctors for refugees claims the government is stopping an injured rohingya refugee on nauru from receiving the treatment he needs. the australian border force (abf) is not listening to the request of doctors on nauru to urgently transfer an injured rohingya refugee to australia, the president of advocacy group doctors for refugees has told sbs news."yet again we see the abf overriding the medical opinions of the treating doctors, in this case the doctors in nauru and nauru hospital itself," dr barri phatarfod said.abu bakar, a 28-year-old from myanmar, sustained injuries to his head after a motorcycle accident at the weekend on the island, where the australian government's offshore asylum seeker processing centre is located. loca...




video shows north korea defector's getaway as soldiers open fire

a video released by the un command in seoul shows the dramatic escape under fire of a north korean defector. north korean border guards were only steps behind a north korean soldier when they opened fire and one briefly crossed the border pursuing the wounded defector as he dashed to the south korean side, a video released by the un command (unc) in seoul shows.the soldier, whose rank and identity have not been disclosed, was flown by a us military helicopter to a hospital after his escape to south korea in a hail of bullets fired by north korean soldiers on november 13.an official from unc said north korea had been informed on wednesday that it had violated the 1953 armistice agreement, which marked the cessation of hostilities in the ko...




abbott slams move to legalise assisted dying as 'dreadful' as father lay ill

former pm tony abbott has labelled victoria's move to legalise assisted dying a 'dreadful moral watershed' as his father lay ill in a sydney hospital. tony abbott has slammed the pending legalisation of voluntary assisted dying in victoria as a "dreadful moral watershed" in australia's history.the former prime minister made the comments as his 93-year-old father, richard, lay in hospital following an apparent serious stroke on monday morning.his family has since been keeping a bedside vigil at sydney adventist hospital in wahroonga."this is the vigil that families from time to time have to keep over a loved one - it's the respect of the living over the dying," he told sydney's 2gb on wedn...




mugabe resignation like 'waking up from bad nightmare' says long-time opponent

exclusive: news of robert mugabe's resignation was especially sweet for opposition activist sekai holland, who was almost beaten to death at the hands of his regime. it was a brutal regime built on fear, and one zimbabwean-australian sekai holland knows only too well. a leading member of the opposition movement for democratic change, she stood up against robert mugabe and his henchmen in 2007 and almost paid with her life.medevaced to australia for treatment, her recovery was long and painful, but today that's a distant memory.mr mugabe resigned as zimbabwe's president on wednesday, shortly after parliament began an impeachment process to end his rule.the 93-year-old clung on to power for a week after an army takeover and expuls...




historic verdict due in genocide trial of 'butcher of bosnia'

un war crimes judges were wednesday set to hand down a historic verdict in the genocide trial of former bosnian serbian commander ratko mladic, seeking to close a chapter in the brutal 1990s balkans conflicts. dubbed "the butcher of bosnia," mladic's trial is the last before the international criminal tribunal for the former yugoslavia (icty), and the judgement has been long awaited by tens of thousands of victims across the bitterly-divided region.the man, who remains a hero to many in serbia, has denied 11 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 war that killed 100,000 and displaced 2.2 million as ethnic rivalries tore yugoslavia apart.now 74, mladic is the highest m...




bitcoin explained: what is it and how does it work?

we take a look at how bitcoin works. bitcoin has hit a new record high after smashing through the us$8000 dollar level for the first time.it marks an almost 50 per cent climb in little more than a week, but many skeptics are calling it a bubble waiting to pop.bitcoin is completely digital and it's the currency of choice for the cyber attackers who have crippled computer networks across the world. "ransomware" attacks have held victims hostage by encrypting their data and demanding they send payments in bitcoins to regain access to their computers.but many have found success with the cryptocurrency. pole dancing instructor dee heath is riding the surge with her fitness business in western sydney.she has spent $5,800 on bitcoin since ju...




voluntary assisted dying bill has passed victorian upper house

voluntary assisted dying has been given the stamp of approval by victoria's parliament in a landmark political decision. the voluntary assisted dying bill has passed the victorian upper house 22 votes to 18, after 24 hours of heated debate. the bill has been thoroughly debated and widely amended since it was introduced by the labor government.the outcome follows a second night-long sitting of the legislative council and amendments must now be approved by the lower house but are not expected to be opposed."this is a momentous day in the parliament of victoria," labor mp gavin jennings told the legislative council after the narrow vote.if successful in the lower house, victoria will become the first state to legalise assisted dying for ...




stephen colbert pokes fun at katter over bizarre same-sex marriage response

us television host stephen colbert poked fun at queensland mp bob katter for his bizarre response to the same-sex marriage postal survey results. us television host stephen colbert has poked fun at queensland mp bob katter's response to australia's same-sex marriage survey result.in a segment on the late show with stephen colbert, the presenter praised the 61 per cent majority result of the survey.but colbert joked the reaction of mr katter, who had opposed a yes vote, had been a memorable one."i want to warn you, the clip you're about to see contains extreme levels of australianness," colbert told the audience with a smile.related reading'common sense': turnbull defends parliament delay after same-sex marriage resultprime minister...




how young is too young? the age of criminal responsibility around the world

around 600 children under 14 are locked up in australian prison cells every year. the issue is also dividing the international community. in 1993, cctv images of a two-year-old boy being taken by the hand and led away from a uk shopping centre by two older children shocked the world.it was the last recorded sighting of james bulger. he was forced to walk four kilometres before the pair beat him to death and left his body on a railway line. but what was to become of the perpetrators, who were both 10 years old?at the time, children aged as young as 10 could be held responsible for a crime in england so the two boys stood trial in an adult court. the minimum age of criminal responsibility (known as macr) hasn’t changed in england or wale...




xenophon senator skye kakoschke-moore resigns after confirming dual citizenship

the nick xenophon team senator has become the ninth australian politician to leave office under section 44 of the constitution after discovering she holds a dual-citizenship key points: nxt senator resigns after discovering uk citizenship kakoschke-moore says she plans to return to federal politics doubts over next nxt candidate, who quit the party senator skye kakoschke-moore has resigned from the senate after receiving confirmation she is a dual british-australian citizen through her mother, but has already flagged a likely return to federal politics. she announced her resignation in adelaide on wednesday afternoon. "today i have received confirmation that i am a dual citizen as i have inherited british citizenship from my...




david cassidy dies at the age of 67: publicist

the partridge family star david cassidy has died at the age of 67, according to his family. david cassidy, pop culture idol of the 1970s, has died as a result of complications from dementia at the age of 67.his publicist, joann geffen, confirmed his death with a statement from his family."on behalf of the entire cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, david cassidy," she said."david died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years."cassidy had been hospitalized for several days with organ failure. he announced his diagno...