Mob politics brings down Jakarta's Christian governor

Mob politics brings down Jakarta's Christian governor

Posted May 10, 2017 00:25:44 Photo:Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was accused of attacking the Koran. (AP: Dita Alangkara) The mob came for Jakarta’s governor Ahok, and it caught him. It’s not so surprising — Indonesia has a history of ugly, if effective, free-for-alls: in 1965, when military-backed militias slaughtered hundreds of thousands of its opponents; and in 1998, when the mob turned on Jakarta’s Chinese community, looting and burning and raping. And now, a competent if brash governor, once a symbol of Indonesian tolerance and diversity, has…

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Heart attack shock for one half of Busby Marou

Heart attack shock for one half of Busby Marou

Posted May 09, 2017 11:07:53 Photo: Jeremy Marou (left) is recovering after suffering two heart attacks in Rockhampton. (Facebook: Busby Marou) Queensland musician Jeremy Marou is warning people with a family history of heart disease to get to know the warning signs of a heart attack. The 34-year-old — one half of Busby Marou — was playing touch football in Rockhampton last week when he started feeling light-headed. “I just thought I was puffed and unfit,” he said. “There was tightening across my chest … it was all the things…

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'Nothing but a tax grab': Financial sector slams bank levy raise

'Nothing but a tax grab': Financial sector slams bank levy raise

The $6.2 billion the Government will raise through a 0.06 per cent levy on bank liabilities has been met with predictable fury from across the financial sector. Key points: bank levy Key points: Levy is forecast to raise approximately $1.5 billion per year over the next four years Chairman of Bank of Melbourne says the levy was “a surprise, and not a welcome one” Anna Bligh, head of ABA, says levy is an attack on jobs and growth Chairman of the Westpac-owned Bank of Melbourne Elizabeth Proust says the measure…

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Russia showcases Arctic defence systems in Red Square military parade

Russia showcases Arctic defence systems in Red Square military parade

Posted May 10, 2017 08:37:26 Video: Vladimir Putin takes part in Red Square military parade (ABC News) Russia has rolled out air defence systems built to operate in sub-zero Arctic conditions as it showcased its military might at a parade on Moscow’s Red Square. The Victory Day parade, an annual event commemorating the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, took place under grey skies as President Vladimir Putin looked on from a platform alongside Soviet war veterans. “Lessons of the past war remind us to be…

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Harrowing video shows Syria's war on its own children

Harrowing video shows Syria's war on its own children

She stares off into the distance as she gasps for air, her tiny chest heaving desperately to take in more oxygen. Her eyes are wide and unflinching, her pupils constricted, the panic behind them clear. The little girl looks confused: she doesn’t understand why she is dying, why she is lying in the back of a truck with other small children, some foaming at the mouth, others motionless, the life already gone from them. The ground all around her is strewn with bodies, some wracked with convulsions, thrashing around in…

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