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US pulls out of Iraq
PRASHANT RAO AND MATHIEU
BAGHDAD: US forces have
formally marked the end of their
mission in Iraq with a low-key
ceremony near Baghdad, after
nearly nine years of divisive war
that began with the invasion to
oust Saddam Hussein.
The “casing of the colours” near
the airport, the first site the US
occupied in Baghdad in 2003,
comes with around 4000 US
soldiers still in Iraq, all of whom
will depart in the coming days.
After that, all that will remain are
157 soldiers under the authority
of the American embassy in Iraq,
a country where there were once
nearly 170,000 troops on more
than 500 bases.
The withdrawal ends a war that
left tens of thousands of Iraqis and
nearly 4500 American soldiers
dead, many more wounded, and
1.75 million Iraqis displaced, after
the US-led invasion unleashed
brutal sectarian fighting.
“After a lot of blood spilled by
Iraqis and... Read more
Minister refuses to back Gillard
THE fallout from Julia Gillard’s
ministerial reshuffle has
worsened, with the Minister
for Manufacturing, Kim Carr,
labelling as ‘’absolute bullshit’’
anonymous accusations that he
was demoted because of poor
performance and attacking colleagues who lacked the ‘’guts’’ to put
the assertions to his face.
His angry retaliation came as the Minister for Resources, Martin
Ferguson, pointedly refused to directly back the Prime Minister.
Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Review sets the scene for drama
over TV content
A PROPOSAL to require more Australian-
made drama on commercial television
is emerging as a key battleground in a
sweeping review of media regulation.
An independent review yesterday urged
the government to raise the ‘’sub-quota’’
for how much locally-made drama, children’s and documentary
programming commercial television networks must put to air. It
said the change was needed because each broadcaster now had
two extra digital multi-channels.
Read the full report at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Facebook’s memory lane
NEW YORK: Facebook’s 800
million users can now access
the site’s Timeline feature,
which turns their profile pages
into a virtual scrapbook full of
big photos, memorable posts
and life events.
People can add pre-Facebook
memories, too. The Timeline
goes back as far as the user’s birth date. The Timeline is blank for
now, but Facebook hopes people will fill it... Read more
Indonesia cuts Aussie beef
AUSTRALIAN beef exports to
Indonesia will be cut by almost
a half next year.
Indonesian Agriculture Minister
Suswono has told the ABC that
Indonesia is moving towards
having a self-sufficient beef
industry. He confirmed that next
year it will only allow about 280,000 Australian cows to be
brought into the country, down from 520,000 permits in 2011.
Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said this... Read more
Patel whistleblower ostracised
THE nurse who exposed rogue surgeon Jayant Patel says she has
been ostracised at work since becoming a whistleblower.
Toni Hoffman has issued a plea to Queensland Premier Anna
Bligh to examine the way she has been treated... Read more
Fifth day of PNG crisis
PORT MORESBY: The political stalemate in Papua New Guinea
continues for a fifth day with the police out in full force in the capital.
Heavily armed police continue to guard state institutions, while
random roadblocks have been set up throughout Port Moresby.
On Thursday, a resolution had seemed likely... Read more
Italian court tells why it cleared Knox
MILAN: The Italian appeals court that cleared Amanda Knox
in the slaying of her British roommate has given the reasons for
its ruling: the evidence that had been used by a lower court to
convict the American and her Italian boyfriend... Read more
British press muzzled
TOM WALD, AAP LONDON CORRESPONDENT
LONDON: Has Britain’s savage tabloid press lost its bite?
For the moment, it would appear so.
The scale of the unsavoury, illegal practices used in the world’s
most competitive newspaper market has left a... Read more
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