Deal allows thousands to evacuate from besieged Syrian towns

Deal allows thousands to evacuate from besieged Syrian towns

Posted April 14, 2017 21:23:15 Photo: Evacuations from Kefraya and al-Foua are being monitored by rebel fighters. (Reuters: Ammar Abdullah) A fleet of buses has begun transporting tens of thousands of people between four besieged Syrian towns under a deal forged by the warring Syrian Government and rebel forces. Key points: Buses carrying rebel fighters leave Madaya towards Idlib Thousands evacuated from pro-government towns headed for Aleppo Critics say the evacuations are forced displacement Under a swap deal brokered by Iran and Qatar they are being evacuated after long sieges…

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Sunrise’s big win against Today

Sunrise’s big win against Today

THE breakfast TV wars will see Sunrise broadcast from the Logies for the first time in years in a bid to one-up rivals Today. Confidential can reveal the Channel 7 show has, in a major coup, secured the Logies’ headline acts to perform exclusively on their morning-after show rather than on Nine, which hosts the Logies. In another blow for the Channel 9 breakfast show after a run of unfavourable ratings, rival Sunrise locked in James Bluntand Andy Grammer for their only breakfast TV performances the day after the awards….

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Air China suspends flights to Pyongyang

Air China suspends flights to Pyongyang

Air China is suspending flights between Beijing and the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The suspension of service by the state-owned carrier will go into effect from Monday, according to Chinese state media. A representative for Air China said the airline was temporarily suspending flights due to weak sales. “We will schedule flights on this route based on passenger demand,” the representative told CNN. The suspension, however, comes amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. North Korea, which is developing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, is facing increased pressure from…

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Bryan Dawe pays tribute to 'genius' collaborator John Clarke

Bryan Dawe pays tribute to 'genius' collaborator John Clarke

Updated April 14, 2017 17:08:49 Video: ‘We were just two blokes’ (ABC News) Related Story: What are we going to do without John, Max Gillies asks Related Story: ‘Brilliant’ John Clarke ‘kept the bastards honest’, Magda Szubanski says Over the past week, Bryan Dawe, the long-time satirical partner of John Clarke, has felt the kind looks of strangers wherever he goes. For more than two decades the pair appeared on Australian television, sharply sending up politicians with parody interviews in their weekly Clarke and Dawe satirical sketches. Clarke died suddenly…

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Satellite photos show N.Korea nuclear site set for test

Satellite photos show N.Korea nuclear site set for test

“The activity during the past six weeks is suggestive of the final preparations for a test,” 38 North analyst Joseph Bermudez told CNN. He and other analysts pore over commercial satellite imagery of the testing site, looking for signs of activity similar to that prior to other tests. “We watch what changes from image to image,” he said. “We take the current image and look back several months and compare it to what was happening then.” After an uptick in recent months, recent satellite images show excavation work and water…

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