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Russian warship badly damaged after Ukrainians claim strike

The Russian warship Moscow, badly damaged after an alleged Ukrainian missile strike, has reportedly sunk, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense. Russian state news agency TASS cited a statement from the Russian Defense authorities. “During the towing of the Moscow cruiser to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to hull …

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The Coalition is promising big things for a Darwin port ahead of the federal election, but the path ahead is unclear

It didn’t take long this week for the Northern Territory – where wresting two marginal seats off Labor could prove important to the Coalition’s re-election chances – to feature on the federal campaign trail. On Tuesday, federal government frontbenchers touched down in the searing Top End heat to spruik a key budget announcement for the …

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Plan criticized as inhumane, compared to Australian policy

In rhetoric echoing Australian leaders’ comments about lives lost at sea, the UK’s Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday said the move was needed to stop “vile people smugglers (who) are abusing the vulnerable and turning the (English) Channel into a watery graveyard “. But opposition politicians and refugee groups condemned the move as …

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What is an oligarch? The circle of businessmen who made their wealth after the fall of the Soviet Union

Soon after Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s private jet landed at a Siberian airport in 2003, a convoy of dark vans arrived on the tarmac. Masked Russian special forces agents stormed the cabin, pushing down doors and ordering passengers to put their “weapons on the floor or we’ll shoot”. The richest man in Russia was swiftly arrested and …

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After week one of the election campaign, Labor and Albanese are hoping for Easter resurrection

A week ago, Anthony Albanese appeared well placed as the election was about to be called. Now he has comprehensively blown the first campaign week. This isn’t to say he can’t recover. But it does raise big questions about his ability to perform under intense pressure, which has always been a concern for Labor, and …

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Democratic and Republican Senators push for US troops to help Australia amid growing tensions with China

A Democratic and a Republican Senator have come together to throw their support behind a greater US military presence in Australia to defend against China’s growing presence in the South Pacific. The chairman of America’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee has pushed for a greater US military presence in Australia while warning the Solomon Islands could …

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Suspended Wingecarribee mayor Duncan Gair tells inquiry he could have done more to protect staff

A public inquiry has heard suspended Wingecarribee mayor Duncan Gair concede he could have done more to protect staff from repeated acts of bullying, harassment and intimidation from other councillors. Key points: Duncan Gair said he felt many people who gave evidence against him had an “ax to grind” and he’d come to inquiry with …

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Liberal candidate Katherine Deves apologizes for likening her activism against transgender athletes to standing up against the Holocaust

A controversial candidate in a prized former Liberal Party seat has apologized after a YouTube video emerged in which she likened her lobbying to stop transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports to standing up against the Holocaust. Key points: It is the second apology Katherine Deves has made this week over controversial comments She …

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Q + A panellists call for election to focus on policy not point-scoring as both parties back Indigenous voice to parliament

Q + A panellists have roundly called for Australia’s leaders to show a grand vision for the future rather than worrying about “gotcha moments” and political sniping for the remainder of the election. Key points: Chris Bowen said Labor is committed to a referendum on an Indigenous vote in parliament in the next two years …

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