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Voice for the Voiceless: A statement by the Catholic Bishops of Australia on the Election

Last edited 17th May 2016

Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for the voices of the thrown-away people to be heard in the long federal election campaign. The bishops today issued a statement on the 2016 Federal Election, addressed to Catholics and all people of goodwill.


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A Prayer for the Election - Australia

Last edited 17th May 2016

Holy God, at the dawn of time you fashioned the world and set it on its course. In the fullness of time your Son took flesh and sowed the seeds of a new order, and day by day your Spirit works to bring to birth your realm of mercy, justice and peace.


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Philippines President-Elect Duterte Vows to Bring Back Death Penalty

Last edited 16th May 2016

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill.


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Migrant Crisis: EU Plans Penalties For Refusing Asylum Seekers

Last edited 5th May 2016

The European Commission has proposed reforms to EU asylum rules that would see stiff financial penalties imposed on countries refusing to take their share of asylum seekers.The bloc's executive body is planning a sanction of €250,000 (£200,000; $290,000) per person.


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Olympic torch handed over to Brazilians

Last edited 28th April 2016

With 100 days to go before the Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic flame has been handed over in Athens to the Brazilian authorities.The torch will arrive in Brazil next week and then will travel around the country ahead of the games in August.Rio mayor Eduardo Paes says the Olympic park is almost ready but there are concerns about delays to some projects.

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Lebanon Releases Australian TV Crew Held in Kidnapping Case

Last edited 21st April 2016

The authorities in Lebanon have freed on bail an Australian mother and a TV crew accused of kidnapping two children involved in a custody dispute.


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‘What We’re Talking About is Killing People’

Last edited 19th April 2016

"It's very hard to call a choice truly free and truly dignified unless it is made from a position of equality. So that means you have to have the best aged care, the best palliative care that a civilised country can afford, that the quality of pain relief is not going to depend on your level of income and that's not the case in Australia right now. We need to make sure we do a lot more to make sure that is the case so that people aren't making this choice in a situation where perhaps what they really need is better mental health treatment..."

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UN Reopens Syria Peace Talks

Last edited 13th April 2016

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has opened a new round of peace talks seeking renewed pledges to uphold a truce he said had been shaken by serious incidents but "not a bushfire".


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Australia TV Crew Face Kidnap Charges in Lebanon

Last edited 12th April 2016

Prosecutors in Lebanon have filed charges against an Australian TV crew held over an attempt to abduct two children in a custody dispute.


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Auschwitz Guard Ernst Tremmel Dies a Week Before Trial

Last edited 7th April 2016

A 93-year-old former guard at Auschwitz has died a week before he was due to stand trial in Germany.


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