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ex-is slave threatened by her captor in germany seeking refuge in australia

a few months ago, outside a supermarket in germany, yazidi teenager ashwaq was confronted by the man who sold her as a sex-slave to is. he called out her name and when she tried to ignore him, he approached her warning he knew where she lived."he asked me if i was ashwaq... and i said, no, i don't know you," she said.the yazidi camp where ashwaq has reportedly returned to live.sbs news"he then said, 'yes, you know me, and i know you.'"ashwaq was 14, when she, along with thousands of other yazidi women in northern iraq,  were enslaved by is fighters in 2014. after being raped and beaten for three months, she managed to escape to germany with her mother and brother, and the family sought to rebuild their lives. but the trauma of com...




di natale scolds 'self-congratulations' after fraser anning speech

greens leader richard di natale has scolded the "self-congratulations" of the two major parties following the loud condemnation of an incendiary first speech by a queensland senator.katter's australian party senator fraser anning drew fierce criticism from all sides of politics last week after praising the white australia policy and calling for a "final solution" to muslim immigration.however, senator di natale believes the response will do little to quash talk of a return to discriminatory immigration settings, arguing the new senator's speech must be put in context.fraser anning and bob katter at a press conference at parliament house.aaphe said it came after tony abbott called for a return to discriminatory immigration, while ma...




nz politician rides bike to hospital for birth

new zealand's minister for women has cycled herself to a birthing unit as she prepares to have her first child.green party politician julie anne genter on sunday announced on social media she had arrived at an auckland hospital to be induced, and she had opted to go by bicycle."my partner and i cycled because there wasn't enough room in the car for the support crew," she said with accompanying photos."but it also put me in the best possible mood."the news comes just weeks after new zealand prime minister jacinda ardern returned to parliament following the birth of her daughter neve.ms genter is due to give birth at the same public hospital as ms ardern.also the country's associate transport minister, us-born ms genter, 38, is a well-...




triumphs and tribulations: kofi annan's diplomatic career

one of the most celebrated diplomats of our time, kofi annan’s career spanned five decades. from the rwandan genocide to the war in syria, here are some of his successes and challenges.‘bitter regret’: rwandan genocidejust over a year into his term as the un’s head of peacekeeping operations, kofi annan was confronted by one of the darkest chapters in modern african history.according to un figures, 800,000 people died in the 1994 rwandan genocide.mr annan would later express regret at the un’s failure to prevent the massacre, acknowledging that his actions had not been sufficient.on the 10th anniversary of the genocide, he said "the international community failed rwanda and that must leave us always with a sense of bitter regret"...




emergency warning issued for port stephens bushfire

strong winds have whipped up an out-of-control bushfire in the nsw hunter region, with some residents being told it's too late to leave.an emergency warning was sent to residents around rookes road, lemon tree passage road and brownes road in salt ash just after midday on sunday as the blaze intensified."strong westerly winds are impacting the fire ground and increasing fire activity," the nsw rural fire service said.the fire, which has burnt through more than 1480 hectares, was earlier downgraded as conditions eased.firefighters are trying to make the most of the better weather, continuing backburning operations in an attempt to contain the fire before winds picked up.it's believed a caravan may have been destroyed in the fire but crew...




million-dollar boosts for 60 drought towns

communities reeling from australia's worst drought in more than 50 years will be given extra funding to help deal with the dry conditions in their own way.sixty drought-affected councils across western queensland, nsw and victoria will be handed $1 million each by the federal government to spend on anything from trucking in drinking water to building new community facilities.the grants are part of new funding prime minister malcolm turnbull has announced to help farmers and communities, bringing the total support offered by the federal government so far to $1.8 billion.drought has hit farms across the country.aapmr turnbull said the government was responding to feedback it has received from many farmers in recent weeks.giving money to cou...




trump claims social media companies 'censor' conservatives

us president donald trump on saturday accused social media platforms of "totally discriminating" against users with right-wing views while dubbing mainstream news outlets cnn and msnbc "sick".the president's comments come after several top social media platforms including facebook and spotify curbed or banned accounts of far-right conspiracy theorist alex jones."social media is totally discriminating against republican/conservative voices," mr trump said in a series of morning tweets."speaking loudly and clearly for the trump administration, we won't let that happen. they are closing down the opinions of many people on the right, while at the same time doing nothing to others."the president called censorship "a very dangerous thing...




drought funding to get a $1.8 billion boost

communities reeling from australia's worst drought in more than 50 years will be given extra funding to help deal with the dry conditions in their own way.sixty drought-affected councils across western queensland and nsw will be handed $1 million each by the federal government to spend on anything from trucking in drinking water to building new community facilities.the grants are part of $1.8 billion in extra funding the prime minister will announce on sunday to help farmers and communities.drought has hit farms across the country.aapdeputy nationals leader bridget mckenzie says it's not only farmers but the small businesses that service them which are doing it tough.giving funds to councils would help them provide relief in whatever way ...




massive 8.2 quake strikes in the pacific

a massive earthquake of magnitude 8.2 has struck in the pacific ocean close to fiji and tonga but it was very deep and did not trigger a tsunami, the us geological survey and us tsunami warning center says.the quake struck at 0020 gmt (10:20 aest) on sunday and was 560km below the earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.the us tsunami warning center said the quake was...




coles supermarkets reopen after 'technical glitch' shuts stores

coles has apologised after several of its supermarkets across australia were forced to close because of a technical glitch.a number of stores on sunday morning posted notices on their doors about the outage, including in sydney, melbourne and the gold coast, according to posts on social media.coles confirmed t...




turnbull threatens to penalise energy companies

under pressure over his energy plan, malcolm turnbull is promising to use a "big stick" on power companies that fail to deliver on cheaper prices.the prime minister says prices will come down through his signature energy policy and the government will set a "price expectation" confirming the most anyone should pay.power companies that don't pass on savings will be put on notice by the competition watchdog and face the "toughest penalties" if they don't turn things around, mr turnbull said in a video on facebook."we will not hesitate to use a big stick ... to make sure the big companies do the right thing by you, their customers," he said.the prime minister has also stressed that his predecessor tony abbott once spruiked the emissions r...




turnbull announces how he'll reduce energy bills

malcolm turnbull is promising to penalise energy companies that fail to deliver on cheaper prices and will set price caps for power bills."through more competition and all our other changes, that price will come down and we will demand and ensure these price savings are passed on," mr turnbull said in a video on facebook"we will not h...




italy bridge collapse: no apology to victims

italian toll-road operator autostrade per l'italia has pledged to rebuild a bridge that collapsed in genoa this week killing at least 40 people, but its chief executive stopped short of apologising for the disaster.autostrade, controlled by infrastructure group atlantia, manages the section of the a10 motorway linking genoa to the french border where the 1.1km-long viaduct gave way in busy lunchtime traffic on tuesday.in a news conference in the port city, held only hours after a state funeral for many of the victims, chief executive giovanni castellucci voiced his deep condolences for the victims' families but declined to give an unreserved apology."apologies and responsibilities are things that are interconnected. you apologise if you f...




uk parliament attack suspect charged with attempted murder

a man accused of crashing his car into the security barriers surrounding britain's houses of parliament was charged saturday with attempted murder, police said.salih khater, 29, a sudanese-born british national living in birmingham, central england, will appear in custody at westminster magistrates court in london on monday, police said.moments after the car crashed. aaphe is charged with one count of attempting to murder members of the public and one of attempting to murder police officers following the incident outside london's iconic palace of westminster on tuesday.the cr...




'guiding force for good': world mourns loss of kofi annan

former un chief and nobel peace laureate kofi annan died on saturday at the age of 80, his foundation announced, prompting a barrage of grief-stricken tributes from around the world.the ghanaian national, who lived in switzerland, was a career diplomat who projected quiet charisma and was widely credited for raising the world body's profile in global politics during his two terms as un chief from 1997 to 2006.the first secretary general from sub-saharan africa, annan led the united nations through the divisive years of the iraq war and was later accused of corruption in the oil-for-food scandal, one of the most trying times of his tenure."it is with immense sadness that the annan family and the kofi annan foundation announce that kofi a...




muslim couple denied swiss citizenship over handshake refusal

the swiss city of lausanne has blocked a muslim couple's bid to become swiss nationals over their refusal to shake hands with members of the opposite sex.the municipality said it refused to grant the couple's citizenship application over their lack of respect for gender equality, lausanne mayor gregoire junod told afp.he said a municipal commission had questioned the couple several months ago to determine if they met the criteria for citizenship, but had determined in the ruling made public friday that they missed the mark on integration.he refused to divulge the couple's nationalities or other identifying details, but said they "did not shake hands with people of the opposite sex."read morethey also "showed great difficulty in answer...




cricket hero imran khan sworn in as pakistan pm

pakistan's new prime minister imran khan has been sworn in at a ceremony in islamabad, ushering in a new political era as the world cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country.the ceremony at the president's house in the capital marks the end of decades of rotating leadership between the ousted pakistan muslim league-nawaz (pml-n) and the pakistan peoples party (ppp), punctuated by periods of army rule.a tearful khan, clad in a traditional black sherwani, smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of the oath administered to him by president mamnoon hussain during the ceremony, televised live by the state broadcaster ptv.read morehe swore to "bear true faith and allegiance to pakistan", and to "dis...




italy bids farewell to genoa bridge victims as toll rises

a state funeral service in italy has commemorated dozens of people killed in genoa's bridge disaster, as some outraged relatives shunned official ceremonies and rescuers pulled more bodies from the wreckage.the service, which coincides with a national day of mourning, came as firefighters still searching for five missing people discovered a car with human remains inside.local media reported a family of three had been discovered, including a nine-year-old girl, adding to the death toll of 38.a view of the collapsed morandi highway bridge in genoa, italy.aapthe populist government has blamed the operator of the viaduct for the collapse and threatened to strip the firm of its contracts.thousands of mourners flocked to bid farewell to the vic...




'delay non-essential travel': sydney trains hit by delays

people in sydney on saturday were urged to avoid travelling on trains, because of cancellations and major delays due to urgent repair work.sydney trains tweeted that due to a technical issue affecting the service's communications indicator boards, real time apps and train running information may be unavailable or incorrect.it earlier said that there was urgent overhead wiring repairs being done at wynyard in the city's cbd, and that services between wynyard and central were suspended in both directions,i...




the prime minister has my support: peter dutton

home affairs minister peter dutton has shot down reports that he is considering taking a tilt at the coalition leadership.speculation is rife that prime minister malcolm turnbull is in trouble amid internal divisions over energy policy and following a radio interview where mr dutton said further disagreements could lead to his resignation from cabinet."in relation to media stories today, just to make very clear, the prime minister has my support," mr dutton tweeted on saturday."i support the policies of the government. my position hasn't changed from my comments last thursday."in thursday's interview with ray hadley on 2gb, mr dutton refused to "bag the prime minister out" on air.asked if mr turnbull would lead the coalition to the...