Have we finally had enough of Eddie McGuire?

Have we finally had enough of Eddie McGuire?

CHANNEL 9’s makeover of its all-important news lead-in, Hot Seat, has failed to bridge the gap on Seven’s rival quiz show, The Chase Australia. Despite a desperate attempt to refresh the Hot Seat format earlier this year, the experiment has flopped — with network insiders confirming the changes are now unlikely to save the Eddie McGuire-hosted game show long term. It is understood Nine’s programming executives, including director of television Michael Healy, are shopping for new TV options at the international media marketplace, MIPCOM, in France, where producers pitch new…

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Alarming numbers for WA’s Meth Helpline

Alarming numbers for WA’s Meth Helpline

FUNCTIONING “ice” users maintaining a job and family life are among the 17 callers a day turning to the State’s fledgling Meth Helpline for support. As the insidious drug tightens its grip in WA — which has the unenviable title of Australia’s meth capital — counsellors and volunteers have answered 3187 calls since the 24/7 hotline launched in September, which is the equivalent of about 120 pleas for help each week. In those six months, meth-related calls accounted for more than a third (35.4 per cent) of all the 9314…

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Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians and why are they persecuted?

Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians and why are they persecuted?

Posted April 10, 2017 07:54:04 Photo: Egyptian President Sisi (2nd R) talks next to Coptic Pope Tawadros II as he attends mass in Cairo. (Reuters: Youm7, file) Coptic Christians, known as Copts, are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, constituting roughly 10 per cent of the country’s 95 million people. Although many now identify as Arabs, Copts do not historically believe themselves to be of Arab origin, but are instead acknowledged as the remaining descendants of the civilization of the Ancient Egyptians, with Pharaonic origins. The word Coptic is derived…

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Coalition, rebel forces repel ISIS attack

Coalition, rebel forces repel ISIS attack

The US-led coalition said ISIS initiated a complex attack on Saturday at the At Tanf Garrison on the Syrian-Jordanian border using a vehicle-borne IED, and 20-30 fighters followed with a ground assault and suicide vests. “Coalition and partnered forces engaged and defended the ISIS attack with direct fire before destroying enemy assault vehicles and the remaining fighters with multiple coalition airstrikes,” the coalition said in a news release. It is not known how long the battle lasted. Initial reports indicate the assault did not result in any coalition casualties, a…

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