Human rights up in the air ahead of diplomatic week

Human rights up in the air ahead of diplomatic week

It will be the first in-person opportunity for the new US leader to confront those issues as commander-in-chief. Initial signs, however, indicate Trump will say little on the matter during his talks with the Presidents of Egypt and China, at least in public, a dramatic shift away from the human rights practices of previous administrations. “Our approach is to handle these types of sensitive issues in a private, more discrete way,” a White House official said Friday, previewing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to the White House on Monday….

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Mel B’s ex in illegal gun raid

Mel B’s ex in illegal gun raid

US police have raided the home of former Spice Girl Mel B’s ex over reports he kept illegal guns at the Los Angeles residence. According to TMZ, police were already waiting at Stephen Belafonte’s $9 million Hollywood Hills mansion when the director arrived home over the weekend. TMZ reports police immediately patted him down and then entered the house using a battering ram, crowbar and other tools after presenting a search warrant for the premises. According to the website, federal agents raided the property in search of illegal guns. Mel…

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The backpacker-led recovery

The backpacker-led recovery

BACKPACKERS are back as tourism operators revive the $200 million-a-year reef-trip trade in the cyclone-ravaged Whitsundays. Military helicopters thudded overhead yesterday as part of a taskforce of a ship, trucks, troops and landing craft delivering supplies to hard-hit Airlie Beach. media_cameraA military helicopter arrives at Airlie Beach after Cyclone Debbie. Picture: Liam Kidston Tens of thousands of residents face a second week without power, water or sewerage with 40,000 homes blacked out and 300 power lines down. Ergon expects to restore power supplies to 80 per cent of its customers by…

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Freo blanketed in white for Diner en Blanc

Freo blanketed in white for Diner en Blanc

A SEA of white-clad guests filled The Esplanade Park in Fremantle for the elusive Le Diner en Blanc on Saturday night. Having to lug their own tables, white chairs, white table linens, tableware and centre pieces, didn’t deter the 1900 diners who used trolleys and ropes to ease the load. The location of the pop-up picnic was shrouded in secrecy until the hour of the event. Guests were directed to thirteen departure points across the Perth metro area before boarding trains to Fremantle. Everyone had to pre-purchase alcohol from the…

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