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What it’s Like Sitting the Gaokao, the World’s Most Notoriously Difficult Exam

Last edited 6th December 2016

HALFWAY through the year, millions of Chinese high school students will sit a gruelling university entrance examination.


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Churchill Fellowship awarded to ACU Indigenous researcher

Last edited 5th December 2016

Australian Catholic University (ACU) lecturer and Early Career Researcher Dr Doseena Fergie has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to further her research into Indigenous health.


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Brazil's Chapecoense Football Team in Colombia Plane Crash

Last edited 29th November 2016

A plane carrying 77 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia.


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What Do You Say To a Homeless Person? Advice from Catholic Urban Missionaries

Last edited 28th November 2016

It’s a common sight at a city intersection. A man or a woman holds a cardboard sign: “Homeless, Hungry. Please Give. Anything Helps.”


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Mosul Christians: IS are 'Grandsons of Satan'

Last edited 27th November 2016

Almost six weeks after the Iraqi army launched its offensive to drive so-called Islamic State (IS) out of the city of Mosul, it has only regained control of a handful of districts in the east. The BBC's Richard Galpin has been into some of these villages to speak to Christian survivors who are picking up the pieces.


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30th Anniversary of Saint Pope John Paul ll's Address to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Last edited 24th November 2016

This Sunday, 27th of November marks the 30th Anniversary of the visit of Saint Pope John Paul ll to Australia and his address to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This is an excerpt of what he said:


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At Least 119 Killed as India Train Derails

Last edited 21st November 2016

At least 119 people are dead and more than 150 injured after an Indian express train derailed in northern state of Uttar Pradesh, with the toll set to rise amid a scramble to locate survivors.


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NZ Priest Hitches a Flight to Celebrate Mass after Quake

Last edited 17th November 2016

Passionist Father Pat McIndoe of Marlborough planned to "hitch a ride" on a flight into Kaikoura today, parish administrator Ginetta Petersen said yesterday.


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Cuba Pardons 787 Inmates After Pope's Call for Mercy

Last edited 15th November 2016

Those pardoned include female, young and sick prisoners but not those who have committed "extremely dangerous" crimes such as murder or rape, a statement read.


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German Police Arrest Five in Raid on 'IS Network'

Last edited 8th November 2016

Five people linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS) group have been arrested in co-ordinated raids in Germany, including a senior Islamist figure, reports say.


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