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WEDNESDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2011
Journalists pay heavy
price for doing job
NEW YORK - Pakistan remained
the deadliest country for
journalists for the second year in
a row, while coverage of political
unrest around the world was
“unusually dangerous”, a press
advocacy group says.
The Committee to Protect
Journalists said in its year-end
report that 43 journalists died
around the world in 2011. Seven
journalists were killed in Pakistan,
where 29 journalists have been
killed in the past five years.
The New York-based group said
the number of deaths while
covering dangerous assignments,
such as street protests, reached
the highest level since 1992.
Regionally, most of the deaths
were in the Middle East, where 18
journalists died this year, most
while covering the Arab world
“Photographers and... Read more
A mob burns motorcycles in Karachi, in yet another outbreak of sectarian violence covered by the media
doing their job. Photo: Rehan Khan/EPA
Malaysia option: Ruddock
Foreign buy-up flat out
FOREIGN developers have grabbed a 30 per cent share of
Australia’s apartment market, a trend not seen since the
Japanese office and hotel development boom of the late 1980s.
Read Simon Johanson’s report in The Age
$89m for Manhattan pad
NEW YORK - The daughter of a Russian billionaire has broken New
York real estate records by paying $US88 million ($A89 million) for
a huge Manhattan apartment, Forbes magazine reports.
Yekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of former fertiliser magnate
Dmitry Rybolovlev, paid full asking price for the multiroom
spread at 15 Central Park West, the magazine reported on
Monday, saying this was a record for an individual... Read more
‘Lesbian vampire killer’ freedom
CONVICTED “lesbian vampire killer” Tracey Wigginton is
expected to be released from a Queensland prison within weeks
after an independent parole board decision. Read Rosanne
Barrett’s story in The Australian.
Sleep rape case challenge
THE Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions has launched a
High Court challenge against a controversial court ruling that
a sleeping woman could consent to sex. Read Adrian Lowe’s
report in The Age.
More hacking settlements
RAPHAEL SATTER : AP
LONDON - Rupert Murdoch’s News
International has paid out settlements to
seven more prominent figures in the wake
of the phone hacking scandal at its now-
shuttered News of the World tabloid.
The company said in a statement on
Tuesday it had settled claims brought by
Princess Diana’s former lover James Hewitt,
ex-Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten,
TV presenter Ukrika Jonsson, model Abi
Titmuss and Paul Dadge... Read more
Sweden honours WWII hero
STOCKHOLM - Sweden will commemorate
the centenary of the birth of Raoul
Wallenberg in 2012 with a series of postage
stamps and a touring exhibition about the
World War II hero credited with rescuing
tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews.
Organisers launched a photo exhibition
about Wallenberg in Stockholm on Tuesday,
and two new stamps that will go on sale
in May. The exhibition will tour Hungary,
Germany, Russia, Israel... Read more
FORMER immigration minister Philip
Ruddock says the Malaysian solution could
still go ahead if the country formalised its
promise not to return refugees to the country
that persecuted them.
Mr Ruddock suggested the Labor Party’s
Malaysia swap deal could form part of a
compromise deal with the federal opposition
to reinstate offshore processing.
“In my view the government... Read more
Defective breast implants
OLIVIER THIBAULT : AFP
PARIS - Up to 30,000 French women and
perhaps tens of thousands more around
the world may need to have defective
breast implants removed after several
suspicious cancer cases, officials say.
A decision on whether to order the removal
of the implants, produced by the Poly
Implant Prothese (PIP) company, will be
made by the end of the week, after a report
from the National Cancer Institute on
December 23. Read more
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