The modern gold rush that's destroying the Amazon

The modern gold rush that's destroying the Amazon

That nice, round number brought cheers on London trading floors and toasts in Manhattan bars, but it made a different noise in “Mother of God,” Peru. Madre de Dios is a pristine chunk of the Amazon about the size of South Carolina, where macaws and monkeys, jaguars and butterflies thrive. It is some of the healthiest rainforest left on Earth and here, that $1000 number brought the sound of chain saws, diesel pumps and dirt bikes. It created jungle boomtowns, complete with pop-up brothels and gun fights, as tens of…

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Border Force to target returning schoolies

Border Force to target returning schoolies

AS Year 12 students finish off exams next week the Australian Border Force has issued a warning to those looking to head abroad for Leavers’ week. Authorities are readying themselves to process an increased number of youngsters as they come back from overseas trips and have urged them not to bring illegal ‘souvenirs’ back into the country. Rod O’Donnell from Australian Border Force WA said officers will be keeping an eye out for a number of different items, including flick knives, BB guns, laser pointers and stun guns. They can…

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FX network cuts ties with comedian Louis C.K.

FX network cuts ties with comedian Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.’s lucrative deal with FX and FX Productions is no more. The network and production company said they are “ending our association” with the comedian in a statement Friday. Louis C.K. has executive produced five series with the company over the last eight years. In addition to canceling Louis C.K.’s overall deal with his company, Pig Newton, the companies said he will no longer serve as executive producer for any of the four shows they produce with him, including “Better Things,” “Baskets,” “One Mississippi” and “The Cops.” He will…

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Manus Island authorities prepare to move in on closed detention centre

Manus Island authorities prepare to move in on closed detention centre

Posted November 11, 2017 08:15:59 Video: Video filmed by activist group GetUp! emerged from inside the Manus Island Detention Centre this week. (ABC News) Related Story: Abbott’s sister’s clothes torn in ‘awful, scary’ scuffle with Manus protesters Related Story: Fear, squalor inside Manus detention centre as deadline to leave approaches Authorities in Papua New Guinea have started to dismantle makeshift shelters at the Manus Island detention centre, just hours ahead of the deadline for the men to leave or be forcibly removed. Key points: Hundreds of men have vowed to…

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Swift calls out everyone on album

Swift calls out everyone on album

TAYLOR Swift’s new album Reputation has finally landed, three years on from 1989, the celebratory album that made the 27-year-old into a fully-fledged pop star. This time, the darker tones of her sixth album find her sounding wounded, introverted, and caught between being defensive about her fall from grace as America’s most likeable pop star, and just plain accepting it. Taylor Swift — Ready For It? Those contrasting emotions and a fresh palette of modern-pop sounds make Reputation a frequently riveting listen. But Swift is nothing if not autobiographical. So…

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