Islamic State takes 550 families to be human shields in Mosul: UN

Islamic State takes 550 families to be human shields in Mosul: UN

Updated October 22, 2016 02:30:49 Photo: Iraqi army soldiers raise their weapons on the outskirts of Mosul. (AP) Islamic State (IS) militants have launched a major counter-attack on the oil rich city of Kirkuk, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces continued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists’ last major stronghold in Iraq. Key points: UN reports IS is holding hundreds of civilians near their bases around mosul Some 40 civilians have been killed in one nearby village, UN says IS Kirkuk attack south-east…

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Wonder Woman controversially made UN ambassador

Wonder Woman controversially made UN ambassador

At least that’s the message some people received when earlier Friday the United Nations appointed Wonder Woman as Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. The decision comes as part of a campaign to raise awareness on Sustainable Development Goal 5, achieving gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls. Goal 5 is one of 17 goals set by the UN in 2015 to achieve a prosperous, protected planet. Since her inception in the midst of World War II, the iconic female warrior superhero made famous in…

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Two children dead, community in shock

Two children dead, community in shock

THE distraught grandmother of two children found dead in an apparent murder-suicide involving their father has urged people suffering depression to get help. Major Crime detectives are investigating the deaths of two children, aged just three and five, in Yanchep in Perth’s far north after their bodies were found on Thursday night. Police were called to the property in Flight Vista about 10.30pm where they had to force their way in and found the children’s bodies. A 35-year-old man, the father of the children, was found at the house with…

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Tattoo artists help Israeli war wounded 'reclaim their bodies'

Tattoo artists help Israeli war wounded 'reclaim their bodies'

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Tattooists needled by bureaucratic delays

Tattooists needled by bureaucratic delays

Posted October 22, 2016 09:30:22 The tattoo industry in South Australia could be in legal limbo because of delays in getting police clearances to operate. Under the Tattoo Industry Control Act, which took effect in July, tattoo artists, suppliers and parlour owners must apply for clearance to work. The act aimed to rid the industry of criminal elements. The clearance applications went through the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs, which referred them to police. However Morag Draper from the Professional Tattooing Association of Australia said clearances had taken up…

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