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Source: DW

Saudi sisters hide in Hong Kong after fleeing kingdom

Today 06:04 GMT

Two Saudi sisters say they are hiding in Hong Kong after being intercepted at Hong Kong airport by kingdom officials while fleeing their home.

Two sisters from Saudi Arabia have gone underground in Hong Kong after they were intercepted by Saudi officials at the country's airport en route for Australia, their lawyer says. The two sisters, aged 20 and 18, who are going by the aliases of Reem and Rawan, said they fled to Hong Kong in September from a family holiday in Sri Lanka to escape alleged violent abuse.

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Source: Reuters

Property bust rattles Australia's record-breaking economy

Today 04:14 GMT

Property classifieds sites Domain Australia Holdings Ltd and News Corp-owned rival REA Group as well as furniture seller Nick Scali are also feeling the negative effects.

Prices in the Epping area have already fallen more than a fifth from their peak in August 2017, according to data from property consultant Corelogic, the steepest falls in Sydney. “Up until December there’s actually been an acceleration of the decrease in pricing,” said Jay Carter, sales director at the Australian arm of Chinese developer Poly Real Estate Group Co, which recently built a 516-unit complex in Epping.

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Source: BBC

Australian jailed for car rampage murders

Today 01:29 GMT

An Australian man has been sentenced to life in jail for murdering six people and injuring 27 more in a vehicle attack in Melbourne.

Three months ago, Bourke St was the scene of an unrelated terror incident that left one victim dead and two others injured.

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Source: Common Domain

Dollar climbs despite weaker-than-expected data; Aussie gets knocked around

Friday 19:05 GMT

The U.S. dollar managed to climb higher on Thursday despite weaker-than-expected economic data, after the Federal Reserve’s January meeting minutes a day earlier failed to put another dovish damper on market sentiment.

Elsewhere, Canada’s dollar USDCAD, +0.3491%  was sliding against its U.S. rival after Bank of Canada Gov. Stephen Poloz said that “the limitations of monetary policy mean that it cannot solve all economic problems” and that the central bank continued to watch incoming data and developments in trade policies, according to a BOC press release.

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Source: The Guradian

Gen X has survived its gloomy formative years. Now we will have to deal with climate change

Friday 02:25 GMT

Even now, many of the commanding heights of the culture are still in the possession of a generation that refuses to retire, despite Gen Xers entering what would ordinarily be understood as their late career.

Generation X will grow to old age in a world which (it seems inevitable now) will be ravaged by the effects of climate change. The tests ahead are sterner than those that any generation has faced in some time.

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Source: BBC

UK young 'more likely to die from asthma'

Friday 10:51 GMT

"Prevention is at the heart of the NHS Long Term Plan, and as part of this we are increasing funding by an average 3.4% per year, meaning that by 2023-24 it will receive £20.5bn a year more than it currently does."

Emma Rigby, chief executive at the Association for Young People's Health, said there needed to be a greater understanding of young people's health needs. Researchers analysed data from the mid-1990s to the last year for which data was comparable with other countries, 2016.

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Source: BBC

Wentworth: The gripping, ground-breaking Australian drama

Thursday 00:35 GMT

“Prisoner is seen as a landmark in Australian TV, a great leap forward,” says Ben Pobjie, an Australian journalist who has written about Wentworth for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “Wentworth tapped into this already existing cultural memory that Australia has.”. Luckily, Wentworth lived up to the expectations that Prisoner set – and possibly exceeded them.

Such seemingly mundane conversations, loaded with meaning by constantly ratcheting tension and superb acting, are what make Australian prison drama Wentworth stand out.

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Source: BBC

Climate change-ravaged rodent 'extinct'

Thursday 06:03 GMT

The nation is not on track to meet its commitment of reducing emissions by 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030, according to the most recent government data.

It added: "Significantly, this probably represents the first recorded mammalian extinction due to anthropogenic climate change." A state government report said it was almost certainly caused by "ocean inundation of the low-lying cay, very likely on multiple occasions, during the last decade, causing dramatic habitat loss and perhaps also direct mortality of individuals".

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Source: BBC

Could Huawei threaten the Five Eyes?

Thursday 18:10 GMT

It potentially leaves the UK between a rock and a hard place and is one more reason why the Huawei decision is placing strain on the historically close Five Eyes intelligence relationship.

Even though Huawei was kept out of the core of the network and sensitive systems, concerns over security and the growing use of Huawei by other companies led - a few years later - to the creation of a "cell" to evaluate the security of Huawei products coming into the UK.


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