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Archive for the 'Surrealpolitik' Category

Taiwan’s generational change
Friday, January 15, 2016

It is the final week of typically boisterous campaigning leading to Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections on Saturday, where the embattled ruling Kuomintang is expected to be defeated in both, sparking its third democratic handover of power.

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Finding Divya: The search for one girl under a bridge in India
Friday, December 25, 2015

When entrepreneur and adventurer Dick Smith and his wife Pip saw an unclothed child and her homeless family out of their train window in India, they wondered if they could help.

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Irregular Vanuatu MPs ‘Cyclone Pam refund’ questioned
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vanuatu’s opposition leader has requested urgent clarification from the prime minister about why payments of 1 million vatu ($12,100) were distributed to the personal accounts of every opposition MP with the line item “TC Pam refund” this week.

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Aid cuts to Syria’s neighbours drive refugees back
Monday, October 5, 2015

A growing number of Syrians are choosing to return to their war-ravaged homeland as the UNHCR says severe cuts to aid are forcing up to 200 Syrian refugees a day to leave Jordan.

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HK umbrella movement one year on
Monday, September 28, 2015

One year on from the pro-democracy protests that brought Hong Kong to a standstill, organisers admit that China’s Communist leadership shows no sign of budging on reform, but a spark could reignite the movement.

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Frost and drought wipe out PNG, Solomons highland crops
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

El Nino-driven drought and frosts in the normally tropical highlands in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has brought Tasmania-like weather to the region, a regional administrator said.

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Nauru opposition MPs among 7 released on bail
Friday, July 17, 2015

Two Nauruan opposition MPs remanded in custody for nearly a month for their role in a rally outside the country’s parliament in June were among seven people released on bail on Friday.

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Team unearths decorated WWII Marines’ remains on Tarawa
Sunday, July 12, 2015

A US charity has discovered the bodies of 36 American Marines in Kiribati, including a famous Congressional Medal of Honour recipient, at the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific during World War II.

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Lawyer sting draws questionable PNG, Aust government responses
Thursday, July 2, 2015

A sting by a global NGO on high profile Papua New Guinea lawyers and broadcast on Australian television has caused an uproar in legal and political circles, as well as some of the more fiery social media sites.

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Manus and Nauru detention safeguards declined as bill passes Senate
Friday, June 26, 2015

The Australian government has successfully rushed through legislation that explicitly authorises offshore detention funding for Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, before a High Court challenge to its policy.

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