The children working in Cambodia's brick kilns

The children working in Cambodia's brick kilns

They’re learning at a first grade level. Neat rows of students read the local language, Khmer, out loud. The 16-year-old off to the side stands out. He’s the only one in the uniformed group wearing long sleeves in the sweltering heat. Phea Chantheng says he’s afraid of the sight of his own hand. He doesn’t even like to think about how the accident happened. At the Marist School for children with disabilities, outside Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, the teachers have seen this kind of injury before. Usually the arms are…

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Simpson going nowhere despite Eagles' woes — and history shows why he shouldn't

Simpson going nowhere despite Eagles' woes — and history shows why he shouldn't

Updated July 26, 2017 20:08:23 Photo: Questions are being asked about Adam Simpson’s future as the Eagles battle for a finals spot. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy) If Adam Simpson was unprepared for the dramatic changes of fortune an AFL coach can experience during the course of a season, he probably learnt quickly after taking the reins at West Coast in 2014. Three rounds into his fledgling career, Simpson’s Eagles were sitting pretty on top of the competition. His team went on to lose nine of its next 12 over the following…

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War for Planet of the Apes another ripper

War for Planet of the Apes another ripper

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (M) Rating: Four stars (4 out of 5) Director: Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval. There can be no revolution without evolution It is very rare for a movie trilogy to continue trending upwards in quality witheach successive instalment. Not only has the modern incarnation of the Planet of the Apes saga gone right on bettering itself at every opportunity. It also roams an exalted plane of entertainment few blockbusters ever reach: crafting fare of…

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RBA governor says inequality getting worse

RBA governor says inequality getting worse

Updated July 26, 2017 19:01:28 Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has contradicted the Treasurer, saying inequality in Australia is getting worse. Labor has made tackling inequality a key issue for the next election campaign, but on Monday, Treasurer Scott Morrison said inequality had actually improved. “What I don’t accept … that this idea, that people and inequality and incomes have been going in the wrong direction, that’s not borne out by the facts,” he said. “The last census showed that on the global measure of inequality, which is the Gini…

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NBN provider says it will work to end the broadband 'blame game'

NBN provider says it will work to end the broadband 'blame game'

Updated July 26, 2017 21:37:20 Photo: Clyde Juriansz shows NBN Co’s solution to a severed cable (ABC News: James Oaten) The company installing the NBN has declared the “blame game” with internet service providers is unacceptable and has vowed to do better, after 7.30 revealed a Melbourne resident endured more than two months without internet due to an easily identifiable fault. Melbourne resident Clyde Juriansz first noticed his NBN had dropped out on May 15. A technician arrived a few days after he called his telco, Optus, and the technician…

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