Turkey's shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

Turkey's shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

The referendum to abolish the post of the Prime Minister and to create an executive-led rather than parliamentary system had passed a few hours earlier, albeit by a narrow margin. There was quiet discontent in Ankara, as if its pockets of opposition had been zipped tight. Duysen Talas, a 28-year-old born in the capital, Ankara, was slouched over in a chair of the pro-Kurdish opposition party Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters. Talas, like many of the country’s 24 million “No” voters, woke up in a post-referendum haze — looking for…

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Trump signals break with US-China policy

Trump signals break with US-China policy

Trump’s sweetening the pot, offering China better trade terms if the Asian powerhouse takes steps to put North Korea’s provocative behavior to rest. China accounts for 80% of North Korea’s foreign trade and has significant political leverage over North Korea. “We have tremendous trade deficits with everybody, but the big one is with China. … And I told them, ‘You want to make a great deal?’ Solve the problem in North Korea. That’s worth having deficits. And that’s worth having not as good a trade deal as I would normally…

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Why the next mining boom will be driven by tech metals

Why the next mining boom will be driven by tech metals

Posted April 17, 2017 14:55:41 Photo: There are rare earth deposits across the world, but they are difficult to find in economic quantities. (Supplied: Northern Minerals) The Australian mining industry is on the verge of a new mining boom based around so-called tech metals. And as the race cranks up across the nation to find new deposits of rare earths and other metals, industry itself is calling for the development of a value-adding component. Australia’s two largest mineral commodities, iron ore and coal, are shipped offshore in bulk form where…

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Astronaut: There's intelligent life out there

Astronaut: There's intelligent life out there

For those like myself, who thrill at any discovery that suggests Earth’s creatures may not be alone in the universe, the findings capture our imagination anew. Cassini dove through plumes erupting through the icy surface of the oceans of Enceladus. Plumes have also been observed by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) erupting through the solid ice surface of Europa’s ocean. And previous thermal measurements by the Galileo spacecraft showed that the recent Europa plumes appeared directly over a hot spot in the moon’s ocean. We can infer that that these…

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Arsenal keeps Champions League hopes alive with Boro win

Arsenal keeps Champions League hopes alive with Boro win

Updated April 18, 2017 07:45:52 Photo: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring the Gunners’ second goal against Middlesbrough. (Reuters: Lee Smith) Arsenal remains in the hunt for a Champions League spot next season with a 2-1 Premier League victory at Middlesbrough, which left the hosts in deep danger of relegation. Alexis Sanchez produced a superb free kick to put the Gunners ahead three minutes before half-time, lifting the ball over the wall and past motionless Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan. But the home side got back on level terms four minutes after…

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