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calls for crisis talks
CAIRO: Egypt’s ruling military have called for crisis talks with the country’s
political forces, as deadly clashes raged for a third day between police and
protesters demanding democratic change.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) “invited all the political and
national forces for an emergency dialogue to look into the reasons behind the
aggravation of the current crisis and ways to resolve it as quickly as possible”, it
said in a statement carried by the MENA news agency.
The SCAF - which took power when Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a popular
uprising in February -called on “all forces and citizens to commit to (restoring)
calm, and creating an atmosphere of stability with the goal of pursuing the
TWU ‘not scared’ of arbitration
ONE of the three unions involved
in a long-running industrial
dispute with Qantas says it is not
scared of arbitration.
Fair Work Australia will settle
differences between the airline
and its workers after talks broke
down on Monday, ahead of a
Transport Workers Union official
Mick Pieri doubts... Read more
Nursing home fire toll rises to 8
THE death toll from Sydney’s fatal
nursing home fire has risen to eight,
with the death of a 96-year-old
Police said the woman, who was
admitted to Blacktown Hospital
Intensive Care Unit on Friday, died
overnight from health complications
from the fire.
Her death brings the number of
fatalities to eight.
The seventh victim... Read more
Mining tax set to pass
THE federal government is set to win a
hard-fought victory on its mining tax,
with three independents signed up to
support it after securing concessions
worth nearly $300 million over five
years. To get the tax through the House
of Representatives this week - so Prime
Minister Julia Gillard can claim it as part of her ‘’decision
and delivery’’ year - Labor last night was overcoming a last-
minute hitch with the Greens by looking for savings to offset
a change it has made to the tax’s cut-in point.
Read Michelle Grattan’s report at The Age.
US-debt panel fails
WASHINGTON: As a handful of the
lawmakers on the sputtering joint
Congressional committee charged with
drafting a deficit reduction package met
for what seemed like one final time, the
White House said Monday that only
Congress could have produced a solution,
while Republican presidential candidates
moved to frame the committee’s failure
to meet its deadline as a lack of leadership
by President Obama.
Read the full story on the New York Times.
Greece bows on new property tax
GREECE’S new government has bowed to public pressure and
announced that people on low-incomes who struggle to pay a new
property tax levied via electricity bills will not have their power cut.
The state-run Public Power Corporation (Dei) was due to start
disconnecting on Monday those who failed to pay the tax, one of
numerous revenue-raising measures demanded in return for European
Union and International Monetary Fund loans. Read more
Poland unveils Reagan statue
Polish communist-era opposition icon Lech Walesa has unveiled a
statue to former US president Ronald Reagan, highly respected in
Poland for having helped hasten the fall of the Iron Curtain.
“Let us bow before Ronald Reagan for the fact that our generation
was able to bring an end to the great divisions and conflicts of the
world,” Walesa said in a ceremony in the heart of the Polish capital
Warsaw on Monday. Read more
Former MP guilty of sex with 12yo
A FORMER Tasmanian MP has been found guilty of having sex with a
12-year-old girl sold into prostitution.
A Supreme Court jury on Monday found former upper house MP
Terence Lewis Martin guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse with a
young person and producing child exploitation material.
It could not reach a verdict on a third charge of indecent assault.
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