Australia to provide funding to help Indonesia create 10 new Balis

Australia to provide funding to help Indonesia create 10 new Balis

Posted July 18, 2017 05:26:20 Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia has emphasised the Federal Government’s commitment to try and help boost tourism in Indonesia. On Monday, Paul Grigson announced Australia would be providing funding through the World Bank to help create 10 new Balis. That commitment reportedly dominated discussions with Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs Minister, Luhut Pandjaitan, in Jakarta on Monday afternoon. “We talked mainly about tourism and the master plans that we are funding through the World Bank to help Indonesia with its tourism plans,” Mr Grigson said after emerging from…

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'Shot in the arm': Jodie Whittaker could pave way for new Whovians

'Shot in the arm': Jodie Whittaker could pave way for new Whovians

By Georgina Auton Posted July 17, 2017 15:01:39 Video: BBC announces Jodie Whittaker as first female Doctor Who lead (ABC News) Related Story: BBC announces Jodie Whittaker as first female Doctor Who lead Monday’s announcement that Jodie Whittaker will play Doctor Who has raised an impassioned, yet familiar discussion about whether roles originally written for men should be played by women. Whovians around the world were quick to weigh in on the BBC’s casting decision that will see Whittaker become the first female to land the lead role since the…

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How do you destroy an Australian flag?

How do you destroy an Australian flag?

Posted July 17, 2017 19:19:28 Destroying a tattered national flag is a delicate task often shrouded in customs and tradition — but one Government department has a more low-key approach: scissors and the rubbish bin. The Federal Government has been deciding whether to announce formal instructions on how to retire a damaged flag with the “appropriate dignity and respect”. In the meantime, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) has taken to cutting up flags outside its Canberra office and throwing them in with the general waste. “The flags…

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Chechen leader: If there are gays here, take them away

Chechen leader: If there are gays here, take them away

Ramzan Kadyrov made his remarks on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” amid allegations of a brutal crackdown on gay men in the North Caucasus region. “This is nonsense,” Kadyrov said. “We don’t have such people here. We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada. Praise be to God. Take them far away from us. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.” Kadyrov, who also spoke about his aim of creating a world-class professional mixed martial arts fight club, vociferously attacked…

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Brother of Iranian President Rouhani hospitalized after arrest

Brother of Iranian President Rouhani hospitalized after arrest

The judiciary announced Sunday that Rouhani’s brother, Hossein Fereydoun, had been arrested the day before on suspicion of “financial irregularities.” The arrest comes as political tensions between the President and the judiciary are at a high, and just weeks before Rouhani is sworn in for a new term following his landslide election win in May. The judiciary said Sunday that Fereydoun had been under investigation along with others, but it did not say how long he had been the subject of interest. Iranian officials did not immediately respond to CNN’s…

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