Islamic State claims fatal Kabul blasts that left 29 dead, 142 wounded

Islamic State claims fatal Kabul blasts that left 29 dead, 142 wounded

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Kabul targeting members of the country’s Shi’ite Muslim minority, the group’s Amaq news agency reported. “Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi’ites in … the city of Kabul in Afghanistan,” Amaq said in a brief news alert. A young Hazara wears a symbol of electricity as thousands of demonstrators march towards the centre of Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: AP/Rahmat GulSuicide bombers killed at least 29 people and wounded 142 on Saturday in an attack on a large demonstration by…

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Diggers buried with honours at Pozieres

Diggers buried with honours at Pozieres

THREE unknown Australian soldiers whose remains lay where they fell for nearly a century have at last been given funerals and now rest with more than 700 of their mates in the French countryside. An Australian military contingent conducted the funeral service at the Pozieres British Cemetery on Saturday, the anniversary of the first day of the Battle of Pozieres which cost more than 6700 Australian lives in the summer of 1916. Full military honours were given to the men, with their coffins being drummed into the cemetery, a three-shot…

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Perth marriage proposal rock US A-list party (The West Australian)

Perth marriage proposal rock US A-list party (The West Australian)

AAA –The West Australianon July 23, 2016, 2:00 pm VideoMichelle Obama sings Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé hits Brendan Clark is set to make it official with his partner Portia after an elaborate proposal in the US last weekend. The Perth couple attended the annual star-studded Starkey Foundation fundraisers in Minnesota, which raises funds to obtain hearing aids for people in need throughout the US and around the world. Brendan Clark proposes to Portia in the US at the Starkey Foundation fundraiser VIP dinner. Picture: SuppliedAt the VIP House Party last…

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Ricciardo sees red over yellow flags in Hungary

Ricciardo sees red over yellow flags in Hungary

Updated July 24, 2016 07:26:58 Photo: Daniel Ricciardo will start from third on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix. (Getty Images: Charles Coates) An angry Daniel Ricciardo believes the yellow flags that he slowed for on his final fast qualifying lap cost him a chance of taking pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Australian said he felt he was able to match championship leader Nico Rosberg’s pole position time. “I was pretty angry on the last lap, as I was up a bit, and I think it…

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How average income earners will be pushed into private health insurance by 2020

How average income earners will be pushed into private health insurance by 2020

By 2020 average income earners will be forced to buy private health insurance or pay extra tax after the government quietly extended a freeze in the threshold for the Medicare Levy Surcharge. The income threshold, where rebates start to phase out and taxpayers without private cover are charged the surcharge, will stay fixed at $90,000 for singles until June 2021. Health Minister Sussan Ley. Photo: Andrew MearesThe Medicare Levy Surcharge originally targeted high-income earners and was indexed to average weekly ordinary-time earnings. ​However, the first Abbott-Hockey budget in 2014 paused indexation until June 2018. The 2016…

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