Archive for December, 2015

The Big Read: Was 2015 as bad as you remember it?

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The Big Read: Was 2015 as bad as you remember it?

  The year ended with a massacre in Paris. Photo / Getty Images From the refugee crisis to the jihadi attacks, it has been a year of terrible lows – but there are some bright spots. At the start of the year, the West wore a black armband for Paris […]

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Harry Mount: Time to say no to pampered student emperors

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Harry Mount: Time to say no to pampered student emperors

Has a lifetime of hearing “yes” spoiled the current crop of students? Photo / iStock   The little emperors have grown up. The babies of the late 90s – mollycoddled by their parents, spoon-fed by their teachers, indulged by society – have now reached university. Some of the brighter ones […]

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Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal

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Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal

 This storm in the far North Atlantic is the same storm that caused two tornado outbreaks and widespread flooding in the United States. Photo / earth.nullschool.net A powerful winter cyclone – the same storm that lead to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding – has […]

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Sharks spotted metres from shore in New South Wales

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Sharks spotted metres from shore in New South Wales

 Hyams Beach has been closed after the sharks were sighted, with life savers sounding an alarm and ordering people from the water, just after 2.30pm. Photo / iStock About 100 people have rushed from the water after a school of 15 sharks was spotted just metres from shore on the […]

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Inside Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s 2016 calendar

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Inside Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s 2016 calendar

  Vladamir Putin 2016 Calendar. Photo / Supplied Russian leader Vladimir Putin is known for his strange promotional photos, and his 2016 calendar may just top the lot. Putin has released a series for the new year, in which he is depicted fishing shirtless, cradling a puppy and sniffing a […]

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Air Canada flight lands in Calgary after strong turbulence

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Air Canada flight lands in Calgary after strong turbulence

  Emergency Medical Services spokesman Stuart Brideaux said those transported to Calgary area hospitals were in stable condition with non-life threatening neck and back injuries. Photo / iStock Air Canada says a flight en route from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary after emergency crews say heavy turbulence injured […]

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Star Wars parody warns of penis ring danger

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Star Wars parody warns of penis ring danger

 Firefighters in the UK released a video in the style of the opening credits of Star Wars, about applying a penis ring. A day after firefighters were called to Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital to cut a steel piercing ring from a man’s penis a video has emerged from their colleagues in […]

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World on security alert for the 2016 new year

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World on security alert for the 2016 new year

Authorities taking all precautions to keep festivities terror-free   Scotland Yard cancelled all New Year leave for more than 2000 armed officers – the first time it has taken such a step. Photo / iStock The world moved nervously into the new year today with security tight for public events […]

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Rape victim outwitted her attacker

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Rape victim outwitted her attacker

 Robert Giles in court. Authorities claim he wanted his allege victim’s boyfriend to listen as he attacked her. Photo / WSBTV A woman who was told to call her boyfriend during a sexual assault instead contacted police – a decision that authorities say helped officers track down the suspect and […]

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Australian Teen who joined Isis used as sex slave

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Australian Teen who joined Isis used as sex slave

  Samra Kesinovic became a poster girl for Isis. Photos / Supplied A teenage Austrian girl who fled home to join Isis was used as a sex slave by the terrorist group before she was beaten to death, a former prisoner has revealed. Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina […]

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