Former Thai leader seeking asylum in UK, says party source

Former Thai leader seeking asylum in UK, says party source

Thailand’s Supreme Court convicted Yingluck on Wednesday of dereliction of duty over a controversial rice subsidy program and sentenced her to five years in prison. The scheme cost the country billions of dollars. Having already fled the country, Yingluck was not present for the verdict and sentencing. Yingluck — ousted by a military coup in 2014 — had been barred from leaving Thailand without court approval since 2015, when her trial started. Her bail of 30 million baht ($900,000), posted when the trial began more than two years ago, has…

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Meningococcal strikes down footy player

Meningococcal strikes down footy player

THREE West Australians – one a fit country football player – have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, with the State now recording more cases this year compared with all of last year. The WA Health Department said the three adults, one young and two elderly, were recovering in hospital after being diagnosed with the disease. Two cases had been infected with B strains of the disease and one case had a W strain infection. One of the victims, 20-year-old Dean Haynes from Kalgoorlie, spent four days in hospital after he…

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Neil Prakash admits Australian terror link, apologises for 'trouble'

Neil Prakash admits Australian terror link, apologises for 'trouble'

Posted September 29, 2017 07:26:46 One of Australia’s most infamous members of the Islamic State group, Neil Prakash, has admitted in a Turkish court to being partly responsible for IS activity in Australia. Key points: Neil Prakash is on trial in Turkey where he was captured after crossing the border from Syria Says he wants to “follow the real Islam” and thought the IS group would teach him Prakash says the IS group told him to call for attacks in Australia Prakash has been accused by the Federal Government of…

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New twist to Same Love NRL row

New twist to Same Love NRL row

THE controversy stirred by American rapper performing his No. 1 hit Same Love at the NRL Grand Final on Sunday has spurred his fans and marriage equality supporters to send the song rocketing back up the charts. Macklemore’s Same Love blasted from the bottom of the top 100 to No. 18 by Thursday afternoon after former player Tony Wall and No campaigning MP Tony Abbott protested the song featuring during his set on Sunday. He now has three hits in the top 20. His current hit Good Old Days with…

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ISIS leader seemingly breaks 11-month silence in new recording

ISIS leader seemingly breaks 11-month silence in new recording

A spokesman with the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence told CNN: “We are aware of the audio tape purported to be of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and are taking steps to examine it. While we have no reason to doubt its authenticity, we do not have verification at this point.” The speech seems to have been recorded relatively recently, as it references North Korean nuclear threats against Japan and the United States, as well as Syrian peace talks — in which Russia, Turkey and Iran are trying to…

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